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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 W. Plackmann was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1854, and is the son of Frederick and Anna E. (Schweerkotting), both natives of Germany. When about the age of twelve the father was brought to this country and located in Franklin County, in 1839, being among the first settlers. The mother came here when a young woman, and here she was married to the father of our subject. They settled a place in the woods, and by hard work and economy added to his land until he owned about 400 acres. The father lived to be nearly sixty-one years of age; the mother is still living, and is sixty-three years old. The father served in the militia during the war, and was a Republican in politics. He and wife were members of the Lutheran Church. Henry W. was the second of seven children, and was reared on the farm. In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Becker, a native of St. Louis, born in the year 1861, and the daughter of Frank. L. and Catherine Becker. Mr. Plackmann’s marriage resulted in the birth of four children: Katie, Anna, Fritz and Louis. He is a Republican in politics, and both he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Plackmann now owns 140 acres of land, and is a wide-awake, thorough-going farmer.

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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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