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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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Romain Spitz, farmer of Rock Township, and the only child of Dominique and Elizabeth (Loos) Spitz, was born in Alsace, France, in 1824. His parents were born in 1796 and 1777, respectively. They were married about 1821, and in 1853 came to the United States. The mother died while en route from New Orleans to St. Louis, and was buried in the State of Mississippi. The father and son came on to Jefferson County, and settled on Sugar Creek, three miles south of Fenton, where the father died in December, 1854. Romain secured a good education in the common schools, and came with his father to Jefferson County, where he was married (1853) to Miss Magdalena Flothau, a native of Lorraine, France, born in 1826. After her marriage she came with Mr. Spitz to the United States, and here three children were born to their union, viz.: Otto, Romain and George. Mrs. Spitz died in 1861, and in 1862 Mr. Spitz married Miss Catherine Rush, who bore him three children: Henry (deceased), Louis and Paul. Mr. Spitz has lived on the tract on which his father first settled ever since he has been in Jefferson County. He now has 180 acres under a good state of cultivation, and is an industrious, enterprising citizen. He is an ardent advocate of universal education, a member of the Catholic Church, and a Republican in politics, casting his first vote for Lincoln, in 1860. Previous to coming to America, and from 1845 to 1852, he was a soldier in the French Revolution, in 1848-49, under King Louis Philippe and under Napoleon III.

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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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