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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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Henry Alberswerth, dealer in general hardware and farm machinery, at New Haven, is a native of Lyon Township, Franklin Co., Mo., born in 1850, and the son of Fritz and Wilhelmina (Oberwortman) Alberswerth, natives of Germany, who came with their parents to Franklin County, Mo., and were here married about 1848. They located in Lyon Township, where the mother died when our subject was quite young. The father died in 1859, at the age of thirty-four. He spent a few years in St. Louis after coming to the United States, having a position in the postoffice, but passed the greater portion of his time engaged in agricultural pursuits. Henry remained with different relatives until about fifteen years of age, his entire schooling being not more than a few months. He then began for himself at such work as he could obtain until 1872, when he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline, daughter of William and Charlotte Koch, natives of Germany. Mrs. Alberswerth was born in Franklin County, and by her marriage became the mother of six children, five now living, viz: Ida, William, Edward, Amanda and Caroline. After marriage our subject first located on the old home place in Lyon Township, and this farm he afterward purchased. It consisted of 200 acres, on which he lived and farmed until February, 1885, when he removed to New Haven, and has since been engaged in the hardware business with very good success. Politically a Republican, he cast his first presidential vote for J. G. Blaine. Although not identified with any religious denomination he and family are regular attendants and supporters of the Evangelical Church.

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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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