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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau 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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S. W. Hardenbergh, a prominent farmer of Harrison Township, was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., and is the son of William C. and Nancy (Campbell) Hardenbergh, and the grandson of John Hardenbergh, who was a native of Orange County, N. Y., and died in 1853. He was a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell, was a native of Connecticut, and of Scotch descent. He was a tiller of the soil. William C. Hardenbergh was born in New York, March 29, 1809, and died in 1886. His wife was also born in New York, Cayuga County, in 1811, and died in 1862. The father left his native State and moved to Titusville, Pa., in 1861; was a farmer by occupation, but also followed mercantile pursuits. In Pennsylvania he engaged in the oil business. He was constable, and assessor, and supervisor for many years. He was the father of eight children, three now living: S. W., Oscar and Frank. He moved to Moniteau County, Mo., in 1880. S. W. Hardenbergh spent his early life in Cayuga County, N. Y., attending the Falley Seminary at Fulton, N. Y., and remained there two terms. At the age of twenty he went to Iowa, and from there to Leavenworth, Kan., in 1860. One year later he returned home for the purpose of entering the army, and was in Virginia City, Montana, in 1864. He came to Moniteau County in 1868, bought his present home the same year, and has improved and cultivated his farm to a great extent. This consists of 200 acres, on which is a good house and out-buildings. He has handled stock considerably, and has been quite successful. He is Democratic in his political views, and his first presidential vote was for Douglas, in 1860.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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