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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 F. Brinkmann, retail liquor dealer of Washington, is a native of Germany, born in 1847, son of Peter H. and Ilsabein (Schwake) Brinkmann, both natives of Germany, born in 1819 and 1817, respectively. In 1855 Peter H. and family immigrated to America and settled in Warren County, Mo., where he lived seven years, at the end of which time he moved to Washington and worked at a planing-mill at South Point. About 1872 he returned to Warren County, purchased a farm, and in two years sold out and bought 270 acres in Franklin County, where he settled, and where he has since lived. He has been twice married; his first wife died in 1862. She was the mother of four children: John F., Louise (wife of Henry Langemann), Henry H. and Harman H. There were four children by the second marriage: Lena, August, Charles and Ida. Our subject was the eldest by the first marriage; he was seven years of age when he came to America. He attained his growth on the farm, and at the age of eighteen began learning the carpenter’s trade in the planing mills at South Point, and followed that business twelve years. In 1877 he established his present business, which he has since continued. In 1868 he married Miss Henrietta Windau, who was born in Germany in 1844. The fruits of this union were five children: August H., Ida, Mattie, Emil F. H. and Clara. In politics Mr. Brinkmann is a Republican, and he is a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. Since the above was written Mr. Brennan’s partner, T. M. Brennan, who was the oldest son, died on the 16th of December, 1887, aged twenty-two years, three months and nineteen days. He was a member of Star Council, No. 32, Order of Chosen Friends, in the State of Missouri and town of Catawissa.

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