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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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Paul Gorg, one of the leading farmers of Franklin County, was born in Germany May 1, 1824, and is the youngest of four children born to Ecarius and Margaret (Lauderbach) Gorg, also natives of Germany, where the mother died when our subject was but two years of age. The father was again married, having six children by his second wife (three now deceased), and, when Paul Gorg was seventeen years of age, crossed the Atlantic to America, landing in New Orleans on Christmas, 1841; they remained in the latter place a few weeks, spent a short time in St. Louis, and then settled on a tract of land in Union Township, Franklin Co., Mo., where the father remained until his death, in 1877; the step-mother afterwards moved to St. Louis, where she died, in 1884. Paul Gorg was educated in the common schools of his native country, and at the age of nineteen years left his father’s home, wholly dependent upon his own resources. He learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked eighteen months when he was employed on the farm of Charles Jones, where he afterwards became overseer of the slaves, remaining there four years. He then settled on a rented farm in Union Township, for a few months, and, later, lived a short time in Central Township, where he purchased forty acres of his present farm, in Section 11; he now owns 360 acres, 120 acres of which are well improved. February 18, 1864, Mr. Gorg was wedded to Margaret, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Stahlmann) Schiller, who was born in Germany, November 3, 1827, and came to America with her parents when ten years old, landing at Baltimore, going thence to Wheeling, from there to St. Louis, and in 1840 settling in Franklin County, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Gorg have been blessed with the following children: Harriet Elizabeth, wife of F. Angirer; James Harrison, (deceased); Frances Ellen, wife of John McRerly; Amerlia Ann, Minerva Jane, wife of August Mauthe; Albert John, Charles Andrew, (deceased), and Cora Belle. The family are highly-respected citizens of their community. Mr. Gorg served a short time in the militia during the war, and is a Republican politically, and cast his first presidential vote for J. K. Polk, in 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Gorg are members of the Lutheran faith, and cheerful supporters of all worthy enterprises. They have a grandson twenty-one years of age, and altogether nine grandchildren.

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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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