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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gasconade 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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Squire Christian Danuser. Among the German settlers that came to Gasconade County at an early day may be mentioned Thomas and Barbara (Bantly) Danuser. The father was born in 1802, and the mother in 1805, and both were natives of Switzerland. They were married in 1825, and the result of this union was the birth of ten children, two of whom died in the old country, and one on ship board while crossing the ocean to America in 1846. They located on the place where Christian now resides, the father having purchased the property of David McKinney, the original settler. Here they passed the remainder of their lives, the father dying in 1871, and the mother ten years later. Squire Christian Danuser, the youngest of the five sons, was born in Switzerland in 1840, but received his education in Gasconade County, or what little he did receive, not having attended more than twelve months altogether. By observation and reading he has become one of the well-informed and wide-awake men of the county, and is so considered. October, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States army, and served eighteen months as teamster. Since the war he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has been quite successful in this occupation. In 1864 he married Miss V. Christina Bottermann, who was born in Gasconade County in 1846. Nine children, four sons and five daughters, were born to this union. All are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Squire Danuser has held the office of justice of the peace for four years, is a Republican in politics, a member of the G. A. R., and of the Agricultural Association, of which he has been director. He takes much interest in schools and in improving the public roads, and is an intelligent farmer, standing high in the estimation of those who know him. He owns 160 acres of good land, of which 100 acres are under cultivation, which he has made by his own industry and good management.

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