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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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Henry Jobgen, nurseryman and farmer of Rock Township, was born in the district of Koblenz, Prussia, March 26, 1838, and is the second of eight children born to William and Anna (Smitz) Jobgen, who were born in 1808 and 1810, respectively. They were married in 1832, and came to the United States in 1855, settling at Lyons, Iowa, where the father died in 1871. The mother is still living and is a resident of Lyons. Henry was educated at Kreuzbere, Rhine, Province of Prussia, and came with his parents to the United States and settled in Iowa. Here he worked at whatever he could find to do and succeeded in learning the nursery business. He came to St. Louis County, Mo., in 1860, and here followed that business until 1871, when he came to Jefferson County and purchased fifty-seven acres near Rock Creek, three miles northwest of Kimmswick, where he has since been successfully engaged in the nursery business. He was married in 1864 to Miss Mary McCarty, a native of Ireland, who came to the United States when only eleven years of age. Her father, Michael McCarty, was a native of Castle Main, Kerry County, Ireland, where he passed his life. Of the five children born to Mr. Jobgen and wife only two are now living: William and Francis H. Mr. Jobgen is an earnest worker for the cause of education and for the general upbuilding of the county. He is a man of education, and has been active in helping to build up a good school in the neighborhood. He is a member of the Catholic Church, is a Democrat in politics, and his first Presidential vote was for S. J. Tilden.

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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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