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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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Peter Gutohrel, a farmer and stock-raiser of Joachim Township, was born in Bavaria, Germany, September 22, 1829, and is the youngest son in the family of six children of George and Rachel Gutohrel. His father having died before Peter was born, leaving the family in limited circumstances, the latter was thrown upon his own resources at an early age. He attended the schools of his native country for the better part of seven years, and was afterward employed as a common laborer in various occupations until he had reached the age of twenty-two years, when, in 1849, he came to America, stopped one month as a farm hand in New York, and then came west to Mansfield, Ohio, where he secured employment on a railroad then in process of construction, remaining in that vicinity two years. December 16, 1860, he married Bridget Connley, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, who was born in October, 1834; her parents having died when she was quite young, she was dependent upon relatives, with whom she lived about three years, and then came to America with a family from her native place. Mr. and Mrs. Gutohrel have been blessed by the birth of seven children, of whom Peter and Thomas are deceased. Those living are: William, born December 12, 1861; Mary, born April 9, 1867; Christian, born October 12, 1868; John, born January 14, 1871, and Joseph, born March 5, 1873. William married Mary Clarke and has two children, Peter and Laura. Mary is the wife of Robert Wolmer. Mr. Gutohrel located in Jefferson County in 1864, where he has since resided. He owns sixty acres of land, and four houses and lots in Festus. He is president of the school board of directors of Joachim Township, and is a member of the American Legion of Honor. In politics he is a Republican. He holds membership in the Christian Church and his wife in the Catholic Church. The family command the respect and confidence of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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