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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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John Theobald, proprietor of the Vienna Bakery and Confectionery, of De Soto, is a son of John George and Barbara (Martin) Theobald, and was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1838. John George Theobald, a cooper by trade, was born in 1800, and died in 1854. His wife was born in 1802, and died in 1858. They were the parents of nine children, of whom John was the seventh. At the age of seventeen the latter commenced learning the baker’s trade, serving an apprenticeship of two years. He was subsequently enrolled and served four years in the regular army. In 1864 he came to this country, first settling in St. Louis, whence, in 1870, he removed to De Soto, and established his present business. In 1865 he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Heusner, a native of Germany, born in 1845. Mrs. Theobald died in January, 1873, leaving two children, John and Susie. In September, 1875, Mr. Theobald married Miss Susan Heusner, a niece of his first wife, who was born in Philadelphia, in 1852 and is the parent of six children, as follows: Lyda, Maggie, Helen, Willie, Eddie and Alfred. In politics Mr. Theobald is conservative. The family are members of the German Methodist Church.

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