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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gasconade 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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Christian F. Oelschlaeger, farmer and wine-grower, is the son of Daniel and Christina P. (Oelschlaeger) Oelschlaeger, both of whom were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, though not related. Here they were married and reared three children. The father was a tailor by trade, and in 1833 they crossed the ocean to America, and located at Philadelphia, Penn. Becoming a member of the German Settlement Society, they came to Hermann in 1837, and soon after moved to the place where our subject now lives. The father lived to see his eighty-seventh year, and the mother to see her sixty-fifth year. Both were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The father served four years under Napoleon. Christian F. was born in the same place as his parents, in the year 1827, and was the youngest child born to their union. He came to this country when only six years of age, and his education was limited to a few months’ attendance at Philadelphia. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the Mexican War, but was discharged, with others, on account of having no arms. In 1851 he married Marian Krattli, a native of Switzerland. She died in 1886. To them were born eight children, four sons and four daughters. Mr. Oelschlaeger is conservative in his political views, voting for the man more than for the party, and he is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as was also his wife. He has for forty years lived on the tract of land he now owns, which consists of 225 acres, and has lived for fifty-one years in the county. When his parents reached this country, ten cents was all the money they had. They immediately went to work, and, by laboring almost day and night, succeeded in accumulating considerable property. The father was one of the successful and enterprising farmers of Gasconade County, as is also his son, the subject of this sketch.

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This family biography is one of 146 biographies included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Gasconade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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