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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Franklin Beyersdorf, M. D., is the son of Daniel F. and Mina (Trautwein) Beyersdorf, both natives of Germany. They came to America about 1839, and were here married. The mother had previously been married to a man by the name of Gulden, and had one daughter. By her second marriage she had six children, four sons and two daughters. The father was a farmer by occupation, but was a man of more than ordinary ability, having graduated at the gymnasium of Greifswald. He graduated in theology at the University of Halle, but never preached but one sermon; that being criticised by a superior, he gave up the profession. For several years he was tutor in a private family, and then came to this country. He wrote quite extensively on agricultural subjects, and was well versed in meteorological observations. After living at Hermann, Gasconade Co., Mo., until 1856, he came to Franklin County, and here passed the remainder of his days, dying at the age of seventy-two. The mother died at the age of forty-four. Franklin, the youngest child of his parents, was born at Hermann, Gasconade Co., Mo., in the year 1853, and was only two years old when he lost his mother. He attended school but little, but, under the instruction of his father, improved rapidly. At the age of twenty-one he entered the State University, and spent two years in the literary department and one year in the medical department. In 1879 he graduated at the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis, and the same year located at Beemont, where he has practiced since. In 1881 Dr. Beyersdorf married Miss Anna M. Horstmann, a native of Gasconade County, Mo., born in the year 1862, and the fruits of this union were three children: Truda E. (deceased), Alfred A., and Lucy L. Both the Doctor and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Democrat in politics, and for eight years has practiced his profession successfully in this county.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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