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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk 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 Kim, collier or chief burner in the charcoal company, at Fair Play, Polk County, Mo., was born in the Republic of Switzerland in 1852. The father, Bernhard Kim, was born in Switzer land in 1816, and was educated there. He was also married there to Miss Catherine Fishier, who was a native of Switzerland, born in 1829, and who is now living in her native country. The father was a farmer, and served as a soldier. He died in 1866. They were the parents of six children, all now living. The grandparents on both sides were natives of Switzerland, and the maternal grandfather was a farmer by occupation. John Kim is the, only one of his family who has emigrated to America, and he landed in New York October 6, 1880, where he remained about a week. He then went to Philadelphia, back to New York, then to Brooklyn, and then again back to New York, and from there to Hartford, Conn., where he worked on a farm for about two months, after which he returned to New York. He then got his first permanent situation in Vermont, engaging in the charcoal business, and at this he has continued to work. He has followed this business in Vermont, Alabama, and is now in Missouri. He filled the position of foreman in Vermont, and has worked as chief burner ever since. He gets seventy-five dollars per month, and is the owner of sixty acres of land in Cedar County. He was married in his native country to Miss Theresa Smith, who was born in 1852. They have two children, Rosa and Theresa. Mr. and Mrs. Kim are worthy members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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