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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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Stephen Hug was born December 24, 1829,in Alsace, France, and is one of four children born to Antone and Marianna (Kuhn) Hug, whose other children were Madeline L., who died in Paris, France, in 1863; Josephina, a resident of Alsace, And John Baptiste, who died in Alsace at the age of eleven. Stephen Hug was educated in the schools of his native country, in which both the French and German languages were taught. At the age of twenty-one he was drafted in the French army and was sent to Africa, where for two years he served in the Third Regiment of Zouaves in Constantina. From here he embarked for Gallipoli, Turkey, in the war vessel “Gemap,” and while en route traversed the Mediterranean Sea and the Dardanelles; there they “broke camp” and passed behind Adrinopel. Two days afterward, while on the march, they were over taken by the dread disease, cholera, and within forty-eight hours 374 soldiers and 110 officers lost their lives. They were then countermarched to Adrinopel and taken the route to Varna, crossed the Black Sea to Eupatoria, where, on the following day, they were engaged in the battle of Alma, for which their chief commander, Gen. St. Arneaut, took with him to the field one-half of each company of the whole army, holding the remainder in reserve on vessels. The battle lasted six hours and resulted in the defeat of the Russian army. The Russian general, Gen. Menchiekoff, general-in-chief of the Russian army, brought his family to witness the repulse of the French and English army, boasting that he would drive them to the sea, but the honors were awarded to Gen. St. Arneaut and his noble warriors. On the second day following the latter general called a halt, ordered his men from the front to the rear, and placed his command in charge of Gen. Canrobert, telling him to take Sebastopol as soon as possible with the force he had, and in a short time he was dead. For the services of Mr. Hug in these campaigns a medal was awarded him by Queen Victoria, on which were inscribed the following battles: Battle of Alma, Balaklava, Tcharnaia and Sebastopol. After the latter battle he returned home. In 1860 he immigrated to America, arriving in New York March 4, and from there went to Pittsburgh, where he secured employment in a dry goods store, remaining three months. He then traveled westward, locating in Carondelet, Mo., where he was engaged in various pursuits. From there he removed to Kennett’s Castle, and leased a farm for ten years, but after five years’ stay bought the Cornish Island, in 1869, which he farmed for seven years. In 1875 he purchased the farm on which he now resides, which consists of 266 acres of land, all well improved and in a high state of cultivation. September 16, 1851, he married Miss Theresa Maurer, in their native city, Alsace, France. They are the parents of two children: Maria Theresa, born September 1, 1852, now the wife of W. Wittier, of St. Louis, was married in October, 1875, and has one child, William S., born in August, 1876; and Justine M., wife of Thomas L. Burgess, of Crystal City, and they have one child, Tom B. Burgess, born November 17, 1886. Mr. Hug is a member of the American Legion of Honor, of which he was treasurer for a number of years. He and wife are members of the Catholic Church. In political matters he is Democratic. He served three years in the First Missouri Regiment Volunteer Infantry, under Col. Blair, and was wounded twice at the battle of Wilson’s Creek. He is now engaged in farming in connection with which he conducts a butcher shop.

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