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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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William Kramer, retired tailor of De Soto, was born in Germany, in 1831, and is the second in the family of ten children born to Peter and Magdelena Kramer. He was educated in his native country, and at the age of seventeen commenced to learn the tailor’s trade, serving an apprenticeship of two years. He immigrated to the United States in 1851, and first located in New Orleans, where he worked at his trade until 1864; he then moved to St. Louis, where he resided until 1878, when he located in De Soto, where he has lived a quiet and retired life. In 1858 he married Miss Mary Knab, who was born in Alsace, France, now Germany, in 1831, and came to America in 1855, locating in New Orleans. Mrs. Kramer is a practitioner of the obstetric art by profession, receiving her education in her native country, and attending medical school six months; she has been constantly engaged in practice for the past ten years, and has been very successful in her chosen profession. In politics, Mr. Kramer is conservative, voting for principle and not for party. He is a member of the Evangelical Church, while Mrs. Kramer is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

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