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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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C. M. Kerckhoff, an extensive breeder of thoroughbred Alderney cattle, and dairyman and farmer of Joachim Township, was born in Prussia in 1818, and is the son of Peter and Mary (Hosseach) Kerckhoff, who came to the United States in 1846, to St. Louis, and soon after to Jefferson County. The father went to Cape Girardeau, where he died soon after. He was a wheelwright by trade. The mother died in Jefferson County. The subject of this sketch received a good common-school education, and at the age of sixteen learned his father’s trade. In 1838 he married Miss Louisa Rige, who bore him twelve children. In 1845 he came to the United States and spent three years in St. Louis in a foundry at that place, where he lost his left arm. In 1848 he came to Jefferson County, and here his wife died in 1867. He was afterward married to Louisa Teber, and to this union was born one child. The second wife dying in 1869, he then married Miss Louisa Stading, who bore him seven children. When he first came to Jefferson County Mr. Kerckhoff purchased 1,200 acres, about six miles west of Pevely, but three years later he sold this property and settled on his present farm, which consists of 485 acres of as good land as is to be found in the county. For many years he has been quite extensively engaged in breeding Alderney cattle, and has now about eighty head in one of the finest herds in the county. In 1866 he erected a large flourmill on Franklin Avenue, St. Louis, which he operated for four years. The mill was then burned; another was erected, which he operated one year and then broke up, losing $60,000. He is a man of good business ability, energetic and persevering, and is a money-making man. He ships butter to St. Louis, on an average from 300 to 600 pounds per week, churning by horse-power in winter and by an engine in summer, and has the modern process of separating the cream from the milk, making very extensive and complete works. He prepares the feed for his cattle all by machinery, and has an engine for cutting his hay as well as one for operating his churn.

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