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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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Peter Bucher was born near Berne, in Switzerland, in 1833, and is the eldest of a family of six children born to Peter and Margaret (White) Bucher, natives of Switzerland, who came to the United States in 1845, and settled in Indiana. The mother died in 1872, but the father is still living, and a resident of Greene County, Ind. His father, also named Peter, went to Greene County from Switzerland, where he passed the remainder of his life. The maternal grandfather of our subject was also a native Swiss, and moved to Greene County, Ind., where he died. The subject of this sketch accompanied his parents upon their removal to Greene County, Ind., afterward moving to Monroe County, Iowa, in 1854, and then to Putnam County, Mo., in 1850. He was educated at an academy in his native land, but, after coming to America, first worked as a day laborer, and afterward firing and engineering for a saw and grist-mill until 1859. He then devoted his attention to farming and stockraising, and as the fruit of his industry and practical business ability is now the owner of a splendidly improved farm of 240 acres of good land, but, upon which he resides. This land is well stocked and equipped for farming and stockraising, and in addition to this tract he also owns others in the county. In 1859 he was married to Miss Sarah S., daughter of Reuben Beary, a native of Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. Bucher five children have been born: Reuben T., Elmore (deceased), Carrie, Maggie and David. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Bucher are formally united with any church, but both are in sympathy with the United Brethren denomination. Mr. Bucher is a Republican in politics, and on about March 12, 1864, enlisted in Company B, Eighteenth Missouri Infantry, serving until the fall of 1865, when he was mustered out at Louisville, Ky. Mr. Bucher is one of the enterprising farmer citizens of the township, and enjoys the respect of the community.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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