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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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S. C. Demuth, grocer at Lebanon, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, May 15, 1832, being the son of Joseph and Mary (Varner) Demuth, natives of Ohio, and grandson of John Demuth, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and who drove a team in the War of 1812. He was a farmer by occupation, and died in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, at the age of sixty-three years. The father of the subject of this sketch was a mechanic by trade, which he followed the principal part of his life-time. He was elected to the office of county treasurer of his county, and served two successive terms. He was a prominent man and a good citizen. He died in 1867, and the mother many years previous, in 1832. They were the parents of two children, only one now living, S. C. Demuth, who was reared in Ohio and received his education in the schools of that State, completing his education at Granville College. He was placed behind the counter at eleven years of age, and has followed mercantile pursuits ever since, except at intervals, when attending school. In 1856 he went to Northern Illinois, and from there, in 1858, to Clinton County, Ill., where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1876. Previous to this, in 1860, he married Miss Mary James, a native of the State of New York, who immigrated with her parents to Illinois when about eight years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Demuth were born three children: John V., Frederick and Mary. In 1876 Mr. Demuth moved to Lebanon, Mo., engaging in merchandising, which he has since carried on quite extensively. He has a general line of groceries and a full stock. He has had considerable experience in the mercantile line, and has a thorough knowledge of the business. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also a member of the A. O. U. W., and is a Republican in his political principles. He had the misfortune to lose his life’s companion in October, 1888. She was in her fifty-fourth year, and was an excellent woman.

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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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