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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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Julius Hundhausen, a vine grower of Hermann, was born near Cologne, Rhine Province, Prussia, Germany, April 13, 1824, and is the son of John Fred Hundhausen, now deceased, also a native of Prussia, Germany. The father, with his four sons, Frederick, Robert, Julius and Hermann, came to the United States in 1840, and settled on a farm in Franklin County, Mo. He had studied theology, was a graduate of the University of Marburg, and had been an acting minister of the gospel since July 30, 1813, evidenced by his first commission granted by Napoleon Bonaparte, still in possession of his son with other valuable relics. He afterward established the Lutheran Church at Hermann, Gasconade Co., Mo., where he preached for a number of years, and died January 28, 1874. His son, Julius, now the only survivor of the family, originally emigrated in 1840, and stayed on the farm in Franklin County till the fall of 1845, when he went to St. Louis, but returned to Franklin County again in the spring of 1846. There he enlisted, together with his brother, Robert, in the Mexican War, in Company E, First Missouri Cavalry, commanded by Col. Doniphan, and participated in the battles of Bracito and Sacramento, and the entire march of Doniphan’s regiment through Mexico down to the coast. In the year 1848 he came to Hermann, where he has since lived, and is now cultivating the vine and has about four acres of vineyard. During his residence in Hermann he held the position of justice of the peace, presiding justice of the county court, notary public, and was a member of the board of trustees of the town of Hermann, as well as the school board for a number of years. In 1870 he was elected circuit clerk and recorder of deeds of Gasconade County, which position he held for eight years. He has studied law and was admitted to the bar several years before the late war. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he commanded a battalion of Home Guards, afterward was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and served for about two years. He was then deputy provost-marshal till May, 1864, and superintended the draft in Osage and Maries Counties, Mo., after which he went with his brother, Robert, who had received the appointment of paymaster of volunteers, to New Orleans, and served as his clerk to the close of the war. October 22, 1872, Miss Clara Holthaus, of Franklin County, became his wife, and to their union were born seven children, five now living: Frederick A., Robert J., Hermann H., Flora B. and Walter L. He is a respected citizen, and is well known throughout the county and State.

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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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