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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Conrad Norwine, a merchant and miller of Fourche a Renault, was born in St. Francois County, Mo., December 25, 1821, and is a son of Conrad and Maria M. (Bische) Norwine, both natives of Germany, and the former of whom, a rope-maker by trade, immigrated to the United States at an early day and made his home in Missouri until his death. In their family were twelve children, only three of whom are now living. Conrad Norwine, subject of this sketch, was reared in his native county, which was his home until 1877, having been engaged in farming, trading and merchandising. Two years previous to his removal to Washington County he purchased his present mill site; he has twice remodeled his mill, the last time in 1887, when it was changed to a roller mill and provided with the best and most improved machinery. It is the best mill in the county, having a capacity of fifty barrels per day, and the quality of the product will compare with any manufactured in the southeastern portion of Missouri. In 1843 Mr. Norwine was married to Miss Eleanor Christopher, a native of Washington County, and a daughter of William Christopher, of North Carolina, who settled in Washington County at an early day. Their seven children are named, respectively, William H., Charles, Albert, Andrew J., Samuel C., James J., Willis C. and Rosa L. The latter is now Mrs. William Tillson.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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