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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 Matheau, retired butcher and farmer, of De Soto, was born in France in 1827, and is the third in the family of five children born to August and Julian Matheau. He was educated in his native country, and in his youth learned to cook, which occupation he followed in private families and hotels; he subsequently established a restaurant in Orleans. In 1849 he married Miss Annett Brierre, who was born in France in 1827. They are the parents of two children, viz.: Juliette (wife of Andrew Frech) and Emma (wife of Amos Coleman). In 1852 Mr. Matheau immigrated to this country, and first settled in Nauvoo, Ill., where he remained five years, and then removed to Adams County, Iowa, where he resided five years. In 1862 he moved to St. Louis, Mo., and in 1866 located in Jefferson County, where he bought 160 acres of land three miles from De Soto, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Six years later he removed to De Soto and established a butcher shop, which he successfully conducted until 1881, when he sold out. He also sold his farm in 1884, and is now living a quiet and retired life, enjoying the fruits of his industry and economy. In political faith he is a Republican.

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