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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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PHILIP BORGER (deceased) was a native of Germany; came with his parents to the United States when but two years old; settled in St. Clair county, Ill., where they engaged at farming. Here our subject attained his manhood; went overland to California in 1850, and engaged at mining and freighting, and subsequently at stock-raising. He was married in Sacramento, Cal., to Miss Mary Devault, who was born on board a German emigrant ship on the Atlantic Ocean. Of this marriage there are five children living: George W., Philip, Elizabeth, wife of James Smith; Henry, born in Colorado; and Mary A., born in Jasper county, Mo. During the last years of his residence at the Golden Gate Mr. Borger was proprietor of a brewery in Jackson, Amador county, which was destroyed by fire in 1868. He then, with what means he had saved, came east via Panama and New York. Stopping for a brief visit with old-time friends in Illinois, he came to Jasper county, Mo., and purchased a tract of unimproved land, where he died Feb. 9, 1872. He was during life a man of much energy, business tact, and sagacity. His widow and family still reside on the farm, and are quite prosperous. The eldest son, George W., was married Dec. 3, 1883, to Miss Rosanna Hall, a native of Missouri, daughter of Jefferson Hall, a resident of Jasper county.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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