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Below is a family biography included in The History of Osage 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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Max Vache, a farmer on Dodd’s Island, in the Missouri River, near Bonnot’s Mill, Osage Co., Mo., was born in the Dept. des Vosges, France, in 1840, and is a son of John F. and Mary F. Vache, also natives of France. John F. Vache was a well-educated man and was a member of the village council of Mandres-sur-Vair in 1852, when Napoleon III overthrew the Republic of France, and all councilmen were called upon to resign and take the oath; this he refused to do, for which he was imprisoned and after his release was given his choice of immigrating to the United States or being banished to the colonies. He chose the former and in 1858 came to this country, first locating in Mississippi, where he spent nine months, thence to Davenport, Iowa, and later settling at Loose Creek, Osage Co., Mo., where he died, in 1882; he was a merchant in his native country, but after his immigration to this country engaged in farming. The mother of our subject died in 1885. Max Vache was the eldest of two sons; he attended the common schools until ten years of age, when he assisted his father in his business until they came to America. July 16, 1866, he married Matilda, daughter of Beline Lamouret, natives of France, who came to the United States about 1856, and were members of a French colony in Illinois, but subsequently removed to Osage County, Mo. Nine children, two sons and seven daughters, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Vache. After his marriage Mr. Vache engaged in the saloon business at Bonnot’s Mill a few years, and then removed to near Loose Creek, where he engaged in farming until about 1878; he then located on his present farm, which contains 400 acres, 320 acres of which are on Dodd’s Island. July 1, 1861, Mr. Vache enlisted in Company D, Sixth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, from which in January, 1863, he was discharged on account of disability at Cairo, Ill.; he returned to his home and while there was captured, and held for two days by Price’s army on its raid through Missouri. The following December he re-enlisted as orderly sergeant of a company of Osage and Maries Counties Rangers, with whom he served until the close of the war. Mr. Vache was elected justice of the peace in 1866, and for sixteen years discharged the duties of that office. He is now notary public, which office he has filled ten years. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the A. F. & A. M.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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