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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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Charles H. Kleinschmidt, attorney-at-law and public administrator, at Hillsboro, is a native of Dillenburg, Nassau, Germany, born in 1858, and the only child of John L. and Augusta (Geise) Kleinschmidt, natives of Germany. The father was born in 1821, was well educated, was a chemist, mining engineer, etc. He came to the United States in 1849, and went to California during the gold excitement. A few years later he went to St. Louis, where he was for a short time engaged in the drug business, and where he has since made his home, although his business has called him to various parts of the world for a number of years, being employed for a St. Louis tin mining company, as a chemist and mining engineer. He made seven trips to his native country where Mrs. Kleinschmidt died in 1858. He has written many valuable articles on mineralogy, and is well known in mining circles, his service in that direction having been of inestimable value. Charles H. was born in Germany, while his parents were visiting in that country, and remained there until fourteen years of age, attending one of the most celebrated boarding schools. He then came to St. Louis, and in 1879 began the study of law, where, at the end of two years, he graduated. In 1882 he came to Hillsboro, where he has already obtained a successful practice in Jefferson County. He was thrown on his own resources at an early age, and worked at whatever employment he could obtain. He has been notary public since 1882, and public administrator since 1884. In 1883 he wedded Teresa, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Volmar, and a native of St Louis. To this union one child was born. Mr. Kleinschmidt is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Democrat in politics, casting his first vote for Gen. Hancock.

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