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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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Herman H. Kamper, son of Fritz and Anna (Bartling) Kamper, was born in Franklin County, Mo., in the year 1857. His parents were born in Prussia, Germany, in 1819 and 1815, respectively. After reaching years of maturity they were married, and four children were born to them in the old country. In 1854 they left their native land for America, coming by way of New Orleans. At Cairo, Ill., their boat was frozen in for about two months, they working in the meantime at anything that presented itself in order to pay expenses, and after arriving at their place of destination had a capital of 75 cents. After working the city for about two years they moved to Franklin County, renting for about two years, and then bought the property now owned by our subject. Here they remained the balance of their lives, both dying at the age of sixty-three. Their family consisted of five children, four sons and one daughter, the four sons being stanch Republicans in their political views, as was their father before them. Herman H. was reared on the farm, and was educated in both English and German. He remained with his parents until their death, and in 1880 was united in marriage to Miss Charlotta Voght, a native of Franklin County, born in 1858, and the daughter of Fritz Voght. To this marriage four children were born: Fritz, Amanda, August and Henry. Mr. Kamper has a fine farm of 360 acres of land, furnished with good buildings, etc. He and family are members 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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