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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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Joseph Kuntz, contractor and builder, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., September 5, 1851, and is a son of John B. and Elizabeth (Hitzler) Kuntz, who were born in Rhine Province, Germany. The father was a shoemaker by trade, and is now residing in Erie City, Penn. Here Joseph grew to manhood and learned the carpenters trade. In 1879 he left Erie and spent some time in traveling through the West. He finally located in Peirce City, Mo., where he has been prominently identified with the interests of Lawrence County. Among the many buildings here which do him credit is the Peirce City Opera House, the business blocks of D. S. Flowers, Charles Helwig, Andy Volk, and the German Catholic Church. He was married in Erie, Penn., to Frances Smalce, a daughter of Michael Smalce, and their union has been blessed in the birth of seven children: Eddie, Mary, Katie, Emma, Edmund and Johnnie and Frankie, (who are deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Kuntz are members of the German Roman Catholic Church, They own some good mining interests, and have a nice home on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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