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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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Joseph H. Dickneite, a prosperous farmer of Jim Henry Township, was born in St Louis in 1853, being the youngest of a family of four children born to the marriage of Henry Dickneite and Anna Mary Hincke, who were natives of Westphalia, Germany, and came to America in 1850, settling first in St. Louis, and in Osage County in 1852. The father followed the occupation of wagon making, but later purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he continued to follow until his death, in 1872, at the age of fifty-six years. His wife died in 1888, at the age of seventy-two. Joseph H. Dickneite was educated in the Jones Commercial College at St. Louis, from which institution he graduated in 1876, and afterward engaged in teaching in Osage and Miller Counties. Prior to this time, however, he was in the mercantile business in Charleston three years, and after his experience in pedagoging he bought 140 acres of land, which he commenced improving, and now has thirty-five acres under cultivation. In 1879 he was married in Cole County, Mo., to Miss Katie Box, daughter of Bernhard and Katie (Beckman) Box, who were born in Westphalia, and immigrated to America in 1849, settling in Osage County, being now residents of Miller County. He has taken an active interest in politics, and has served as constable four years, being elected on the Democratic ticket. He has, also been deeply interested in the cause of education, and has given his children good educational advantages. His daughter, Mary, died at the age of eighteen years. Katie is attending school in St. Elizabeth, and Cecilia and Jane are at home. The family worship in the Catholic Church.

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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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