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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Andrew L. Frech, dealer in corn, oats, hay, etc., De Soto, is a native of St. Louis, Mo., and was born in 1853. His parents, Conrad and Catherine (Mahn) Frech, were natives of Germany, and were born, respectively, in 1822 and 1818. They were the parents of the following children: Elizabeth, wife of John Hausam; John, in the grocery business in De Soto; Andrew L.; Catherine, wife of Elmer Kempe; Conrad, a cigar manufacturer, of Des Moines, Iowa; Philopena; Hannah, wife of George Mann, of St. Francois County, and Mary, wife of John Walteher. The father immigrated to the United States in 1847, and followed his trade of stone-cutter in St. Louis, until 1855, when he came to Jefferson County, and bought 200 acres of land, five miles east of De Soto; in 1869 he sold his farm and moved to St. Charles, Mo., where he died April 10, of that year. His widow is still living. Andrew L. Freeh received his education in the common schools and at Warrenton College. He remained on the home farm until sixteen years of age, and two years later began learning the barber’s trade, establishing a shop of his own in 1872. He continued in business until June, 1887, when he abandoned it, and opened a feed store. April 10, 1877, he married Miss Julia Matheau, daughter of Louis and Annett Matheau; she was born in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1855. Three children have been born to this union, Eva, Emma and Harry. Politically, Mr. Freeh is a Republican. He is a member of the Encampment, I. O. O. F.

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