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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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John Helmendach. Also numbered among the first German settlers of Gasconade County are William and Barbara Helmendach, both of whom were born in Germany, the former in 1809, in Prussia, and the latter in 1813, in Baden. When twenty-one years of age William left home, went to London, and shipped from there to the United States, in order to escape military service. Two years later he arrived at Philadelphia, and there, in 1837, was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Fine. They came to Gasconade County, where they settled, reared a family of nine children, and here died, he in 1854, and she in 1870. Both were members of the Evangelical Church. John Helmendach was born in Roark Township, on his present farm, in 1841, and received a rather limited German education. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Capt. Fritz Bade’s Company, of Fourth Missouri Infantry Volunteers, and served three years and three months. He participated in the following battles: Pea Ridge, Perryville, (Ky.), Missionary Ridge, and on through all the fights to Atlanta. He was discharged at the latter place, in September, 1864. Two years later he married Mary E. Bensing, who was born in Gasconade County in 1843, and who bore him seven children, five of whom are living. Mr. Helmendach is a successful farmer, and owns 167 acres; is a Republican in politics, and both he and wife are members of the Evangelical Church.

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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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