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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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C. H. Corser, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Windsor County, Vt., July 8, 1823, being the son of William and Mary A. (Manuel) Corser. The father was born in Boscoin, N. H., but removed to Vermont when a young man, and there passed the remainder of his life. He was a farmer by occupation, and a soldier in the War of 1812. To his marriage were born eleven children, four now living. C. H. Corser was reared in Vermont, and there received his education. He began learning the iron moulder’s trade when nine years of age, at Taftsville, Vt., where he worked for seven years. He then worked at his trade in South Boston, Mass.; Lowell, Mass.; Stockton, Cal.; West Pawlet, Vt., one of the largest factories in the United States; Rutland, Vt., and numerous other places. In 1849 he went to California, and remained in that State for three years, engaged in mining and working at his trade. In 1852 he returned to Lowell, Mass., and May 19, 1853, he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie L. Way, a native of New Hampshire. The fruits of this union are two children: Fred. Augustus and Nettie Louise. In 1872 Mr. Corser and family moved to Laclede County, Mo., purchasing the farm where they now live, which consists of eighty acres, with seventy-five acres under improvement. Mr. Corser’s attention is almost wholly taken up with the raising of live-stock, especially Holstein and Short-horn cattle. He also has a large orchard, with 300 bearing trees, and is one of the enterprising and intelligent citizens of the county. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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