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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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Rev. John Hennes, pastor of St. Bridget’s Church, at Pacific, was born in Germany, November 21, 1849, and when six years of age came to the United States with his parents, Mathias and Catherine (Kuhl) Hennes, also natives of Germany. Of their ten children, eight of whom are now living, John Hennes was the youngest. The father was a farmer by occupation, and upon his arrival in this country first settled in Granville, Wis. Rev. John Hennes graduated from St. Francis Seminary, near Milwaukee, Wis., having spent eleven years in the study of the classical and theological courses of that institution. He completed his theological studies at Cape Girardeau, in July, 1872, and in November of the same year was ordained. The following two years he served as assistant at Holy Trinity Church, St. Louis, when he went to St. Charles, where he acted in the same capacity in St. Peter’s Church; here he remained until the spring of 1875, when he was transferred to Deep Water, Mo., laboring in the latter place until the spring of 1876. He then took charge of St. John’s Church, Pierce City, from 1876 to 1879. October 18, 1879, he removed to Rich-wood, Mo., in the capacity of pastor of St. Stephen’s Church. In July, 1884, he assumed the duties of his present position. Mr. Hennes has done much toward the upbuilding of the church of Pacific, having freed it from a debt, and its affairs are now in a prosperous condition. He also built a schoolhouse and has in progress a good school. He has met with unusual success in his chosen work, and is especially noted as a church organizer.

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