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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 J. Buhr, manufacturer of wagons, carriages, buggies and farming implements and all kinds of repairing at Washington, Mo., was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1835, and is a son of John H. Buhr and Maria Elizabeth Buhr, born Holtmeyer. The father was born in Hanover, Germany, the 18th of December, 1800. His wife was born in Hanover, Germany, the 15th of April, 1801, and in 1833 immigrated to America, and settled three miles south of Washington, in Franklin County, Mo. He followed agricultural pursuits, and owned 130 acres of land. His wife died March 26, 1848, and she was the mother of six children, and after her death the father married Miss Katie M. Brunsmann, and she is the mother of seven children. The father died June 26, 1865. Our subject was the third child by the first marriage. He was reared and grew to manhood on the farm, and when twenty years of age, in 1855, commenced to learn the wagon-maker’s trade. He worked one year in Washington, after which he went to St Louis, and, after working there one year, returned to Washington and worked for three years longer, and in 1860 worked on the farm, and in St. Louis at his trade in 1861. He established a shop on his own responsibility, and has since continued at the same trade. He has made on an average about fifteen vehicles per annum, besides doing general repairing. June 1, 1865, he married Miss Katie Placke, a native of Franklin County, Mo., born in 1837. To this marriage were born six children: Josephina M. (Mrs. Gustav Filla), Cecilia A., William F., Agatha M., Henry F. and Vincent F. Politically, Mr. Buhr is a Democrat, and he and family are members of the Catholic Church.

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