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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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William Beckmann is a native of Prussia, Germany, born March 4, 1829. His father, Henry Beckmann (deceased), was also born in Germany, and immigrated with his family to the United States. They located in St. Louis, where the father died in 1851, of cholera. The family then removed to Warren County, Mo., in 1854. The mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Schmidt, was born in 1801, and died in 1856 in Montgomery County, Mo. In the spring of 1864 William came to Gasconade County and settled upon his present farm, which consists of 341 acres, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. September, 1855, while living in Warren County, he was united in marriage to Miss Frederica Uthlantt, who bore him five children, only one now living: Frederick W. One son, Henry, died in his twenty-first year in 1876. Mary and Louis died in Warren County when young, and August died in Gasconade County in 1867, when three years old. Mrs. Beckmann died in the fall of 1866, of cholera. Frederick W. married Miss Caroline Biesemier, daughter of Fritz Biesemier, a resident of Osage County, Mo. Two children were born to this marriage, who are named as follows: Dinah and Minnie, aged, respectively, three and one year and six months old. Frederick and family live with the subject of this sketch. The latter is no aspirant to official positions, never had but one law suit (and gained that), and is a member of the Evangelical Church.

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This family biography is one of 146 biographies included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Gasconade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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