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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller 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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John Singer came to Miller County, Mo., in the fall of 1881, and purchased the saw-mill at St. Elizabeth, erecting two years later the flouring-mill of which he is proprietor. He was born in Germany, in 1827, being the youngest of two children born to Sumner and Barbara (Gephardt) Singer, who were also natives of Germany. The father was a farmer, and died in his native land when our subject was quite small. The latter, in 1851, embarked at Bremen on a sailing vessel for America, and, after a voyage of eight weeks, landed at New Orleans, thence up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, where he was married in December of that year to Miss Margaret Schurt, who came to the United States on the same vessel as himself. After residing for a short time in that city, they moved to Jefferson City, and in 1852 purchased a farm of 180 acres near that place, and in time succeeded in putting 177 acres under good cultivation. Later he traded one-half of his farm for a mill on Moreau Creek, and was engaged in milling there until he came to Miller County. He has built up a good trade in his present mill, and is now putting in the roller process. He has done his share in developing Cole and Miller Counties, and is in every respect a self-made man, having come to this county without money or influence. He is in good circumstances financially, and is enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life. He supports the principles of the Republican party, and he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and are the parents of the following children: Henry, Thomas, Elizabeth (Mrs. Schneider, of Cole County), and Andrew, who is married, and resides in Osage Township.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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