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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cole 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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Andreas Knernscheld was born in Heidelheim, County of Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany, February 25, 1825, and was there united in marriage to Miss Barbara Ploss, also a native of Germany, born in 1828. They came to America in 1852, and Mrs. Knernscheld died in Ohio five years later. She left three children, who are named as follows: Nicholas, born in Germany, married in that country, and the father of five children, is living at the present time in Wisconsin; Christ was born in Ohio, is married, has one child, and is now living near Centre Town, Mo.; Eva married Henry Gastenkon, is the mother of four children, and is now living in Jefferson City, where her husband runs a meat market. Andreas Knernscheld took for his second wife Miss Caroline Elschner, and to them have been born three children: Maria Barbara, who married Nicholas Wolfhart, is the mother of three children, and is now residing on a farm near Jefferson City; Karl, at home, and in partnership with his father in the farm machinery business; John has been telegraph operator, station, express and ticket agent for two years at Otis Station, Rush Co., Kan.; Frederick, at home attending the farm, and Henry, at home, and the youngest of the family. Mr. Knernscheld followed farming and coal mining in Washington County, Ohio, for sixteen years, and then, in 1868, he moved to Cole County, Mo., and purchased a farm of 114 acres, to which he has since added enough to make 317 acres. Aside from carrying on this extensive farm he is also engaged in the farm machinery business, and has a full line of wagons, plows, harrows, reapers and mowers, etc. Mr. Knernscheld is occupied quite extensively in the raising of live-stock, has some fine Poland-China hogs, some Short-Horn and Durham cattle, and in sheep has a cross between the Southdown and Merino.

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This family biography is one of 127 biographies included in The History of Cole County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cole County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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