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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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Louis Kleinschmidt, a son of Charles Kleinschmidt, was born in Prussia, Germany, December 10, 1841, and came to America with his parents in the fall of 1856. In March, 1857, the family removed to Plattin Township, Jefferson County, Mo., where our subject has ever since resided. He was reared on a farm, and has always devoted his attention to the pursuit of agriculture. His education was acquired in the common schools of his native place, and, after coming to this country, he attended the night school in St. Louis a short time, which, supplemented with the study of the English language at home, completed his educated. During the late war he served in the Missouri State Militia, and was in active service several months at different times. March 27, 1864, he married Mary Moehlmann, and of the eleven children born to them nine are living, viz.: Emma C., now the wife of Alvin Gierth, of De Soto; Charles H., Anna M., Minnie L., Louis A., Clara, John, Lizzie and Edward. Mr. Kleinschmidt owns 350 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is clerk of the school board. Mr. and Mrs. Kleinschmidt are members of the German Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has held various offices of trust.

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