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Below is a family biography included in The History of Warrick County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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CHARLES GORDNER was born in Germany, January 17, 1880, the second of nine children of Phillip and Louisa (Hoop) Gordner, both natives of the old country, where the father now resides aged eighty-three years, and where the mother died about ten years ago. The father was a miller, and our subject when a boy assisted his father in that occupation, securing in the meantime a fair education. At the age of fifteen years he learned the blacksmith’s trade, and two years later began for himself, locating in various places. August 27, 1852, he married Julia Anna Eppinghouse, and by her had nine children: Charles, Phillip, Wilhelm, John, Louis, Rudolph (deceased), Julia, August and Rudolph. August 27, 1855, Mr. Gordner reached New York City with his wife and one child. He came West to Evansville, and in March, 1856, came to Boonville and began blacksmithing, which has since been his occupation. Albert Lunenburg became his partner January 1, 1884, and the firm commenced dealing in wagons, buggies, agricultural implements, etc. He now owns valuable property in Boonville, and a good farm in Boon Township. He is a Republican, an I. O. O. F., and his wife is a member of the German Methodist Church.

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This family biography is one of 274 biographies included in The History of Warrick County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Warrick County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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