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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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P. J. Lehnhard, dealer in agricultural implements, etc., Peirce City, is everywhere regarded as one of the persevering, industrious, and consequently successful, businessmen of Lawrence County, Mo., and no worthy movement tending to the moral and financial advancement of his adopted home fails to receive his earnest support. He was born in Washington County, Ohio, May 11, 1848, and is a son of John and Philena (Buck) Lehnhard, natives of Germany, and who came to the United States in 1837. They were the parents of nine children, P. J. being the fifth son and sixth child. The early days of our subject were spent in a wholesale dry goods house in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1868 he went to Emporia, Kas., where he was in the boot and shoe business until 1876, at which time he came to Lawrence County, Mo., settling in Peirce City, where he embarked in the manufacture of wagons, etc. He continued in this line until 1883 when he disposed of his business and began dealing in agricultural implements, buggies, carriages and spring wagons, in which he has met with flattering success. Mr. Lehnhard owns two farms, embracing 540 acres of land, on which is an orchard numbering 6,000 trees of well selected varieties of fruit, adapted to this locality. He gives considerable attention to the raising of Polled-Angus cattle and fine horses; and it is worthy of mention that he has made sales to the prominent fine stock breeders of Lexington, Ky. Mr. Lehnhard was married December 13, 1872, to Nettie E., daughter of John Wilson, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. She was born in Boonville, N. Y., and is the mother of four children: Carl, Philip, Willis and Sarah.

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