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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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Florian Jenni, farmer and stock-raiser, of Jefferson County, Mo., was born in Switzerland, in 1837. When he was but eight years old his parents, Peter and Kunigunde (Jost) Jenni, immigrated to the United States, and for a period of eight years were residents of St. Louis, Mo. The mother died in that city, and there Mr. Jenni married his second wife. He afterward moved to Jefferson County, and settled on Dry Creek, where he died in 1867, leaving three children: Peter, of St. Louis, Andrew J., of Jasper County, and Florian. The latter received a good common-school education, and in 1858 was united in marriage to Miss Emily, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Stirzel, natives of Saxony, and immigrants to the United States in 1845. Mr. Jenni and his wife became the parents of ten children, the following three of whom are living: Mary C, Peter and Henry F. Mr. Jenni lived on Dry Creek until 1883, then moved to Plattin Township, one mile south of Crystal City, where he holds a good farm of 370 acres, 175 being under improvement. All of this he has acquired through his own industry since the panic of 1873, when he was financially ruined. In politics he is a Republican, and his first presidential vote was cast for Lincoln, in 1860. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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