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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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John Ernst, farmer and stock raiser, was born near Buffalo, N. Y., in 1856, and is the son of David and Frederica (Beringer) Ernst, both natives of Germany, the father born about 1828, and the mother a few years later. They were reared in their native country and married there in 1855. The same year they came to the United States and lived near Buffalo, N. Y., for some time, then went to Wisconsin, and from there, in 1859, to Franklin County, Mo., where they located two miles west of New Haven, and where they have a good farm. They are both living, and have resided on their present farm for nearly thirty years. Mr. Ernst served for some time in the army in his native country, and was in the Missouri militia during the late war. About 1875 he made a trip back to his old home in Germany. He is a man of industrious habits and honest in his dealings. John was reared at home, and obtained a public school education. He was married in 1880 to Miss Johannah Rascha, a native of Warren County, and the daughter of Henry and Hannah Rascha. To Mr. and Mrs. Ernst were born two children: Louisa and William D. G. Since his marriage our subject has resided five miles southeast of New Haven, where he has a fine farm of 180 acres. Although comparatively a young man, he is already among the leading farmers of the county. He, being a Republican in politics, cast his first vote for James A. Garfield, in 1880. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Ernst lost her parents when about eight years old, and then lived with her grandfather, Christ. Bueker, with whom she went on a tour to the old country in 1872. Since his return Mr. Bueker has resided east of New Haven, where he has a good farm.

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