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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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William Henry Buttemiller is the son of John F. and Anna M. Buttemiller. The father’s name before marriage was Drevel, but, marrying a lady of landed estate, took her name, and their five children were born in Germany. The father was a blacksmith by trade. In 1839 they set sail for America, and in the spring of the following year settled on the farm upon which William is now residing. Having borrowed enough money to buy eighty acres of wild land, they were obliged to work very hard and use great economy in order to keep their home. From exposure, the father died soon after coming here, but the mother lived to a good old age. Both were members of the Lutheran Church. William was born in Prussia, Germany, and while growing up learned the trade of his father, but did not follow it long after coming to America. In 1853 he married Miss Mary W. Vemmers, who was also born in Germany, about 1832, and who bore him ten children: Mary E., Anna M., Franz F., Mary F., Herman W., Frederick W., Franz A., John F., Margaret L. and William L. For forty-seven years our subject has lived in Franklin County, and is a good farmer and citizen. He owns 150 acres, all of which he has made by his own efforts. He served in the militia during the late war; is not a strict partisan, but votes for the best man. He and wife are members of the Lutheran 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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