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Below is a family biography included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Frederick Bandel was born in Prussia, Germany, March 21, 1824, being a son of Christian and Johanna (Summer) Bandel, also natives of Germany. The father died in Germany at the age of sixty-one years, and his widow and children afterward emigrated to America, reaching the United States in the spring of 1856. They first located in Davis County, Iowa; then moved to Hickory County, Mo., where the mother died in 1876, aged eighty years. Both parents were members of the Lutheran Church, and he was in the war with Napoleon Bonaparte, and was a participant in the battles of Leipsic, Waterloo, and others. He was a tiller of the soil throughout life, and, like the majority of farmers, was honest, sober and industrious. His union resulted in the birth of six sons and two daughters, the latter being residents of Prussia. The second son, Godfried, came to the United States in 1852, and located in Burlington, Iowa, and about 1857 four more brothers came to the United States and located in Davis County, Iowa. Frederick Bandel received his education in his native land, and, when a young man, learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked until he came to the United States, when he turned his attention to farming, but was taken sick soon after his arrival, and the most of his capital was spent to pay his physician. After recovering, he began chopping and sawing wood, and, by perseverance and industry, has become the owner of a valuable farm of 310 acres in Hickory County, which is finely improved with good buildings, his barn being 56x60 feet, and furnished with all the latest improvements. He gives considerable attention to the propagation of stock, and ranks among the successful citizens of the county. When twenty-eight years of age he was married to Emma Waggoner, who was born in Prussia in 1825, and died in Middletown, Iowa, soon after arriving from the old country. Two children survive: Augusta and Frederick. Another child, named Frank, nine months old, died the same day of its mother’s death. In 1859 Mr. Bandel wedded Louisa Brookmeyer, who was born in 1834, also in Prussia. Seven children are the result of this union: Charles J., Frederick William, Zennie, Lissie, Nancy, Pauline and Emma. Mr. and Mrs. Bandel are members of the Methodist Protestant Church, and he is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Agricultural Wheel.

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This family biography is one of 53 biographies included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hickory County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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