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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 Vitt, a farmer of Lyon Township, Franklin County is a native of Westphalia, Prussia, born in 1835. His parents were John E. and Marie E. (Remmel), Vitt, who were born, respectively, in 1805 and 1812, and were married in 1831; they came to the United States in 1853, and located in Lyon Township, where the father has since made his home, as one of its enterprising farmers and influential citizens; he is now living with his daughter, Mrs. Frick, having been a widower since 1853. Mr. John E. Vitt received from the king of Prussia, in 1833, a badge of honor as a capable farmer, which he has yet. (Verdienst um den Staat.) Henry Vitt received a good general education, and came with his parents to Franklin County. He served in the Home Guards and in the Missouri State Militia during the war. In 1859 he married Miss Anna, daughter of Julius and Anna Schmidt Schweikart, natives of Saxony, Germany. Mr. Jul. Schmidt Schweikart was a member of Parliament in Frankfort-on-Main, in 1848, and came here as a refugee. He served in the Home Guards, and died shortly after being discharged. Mrs. and Mr. Vitt have four children: Julius, Nannie (wife of William Kattelmann), Martha (wife of William Burchard) and Anna. Mr. Vitt resides seven miles southwest of Washington, where he has a fine farm of 220 acres under an excellent state of cultivation, making one of the most desirable country homes in Franklin County. He is a stanch friend of educational advancement, and spares no pains to enhance educational institutions and the social condition of his county. In political preference, he is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln, in 1860.

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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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