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Below is a family biography included in The History of Morgan 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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A. F. Schad was born in Winneshiek County, Iowa, in 1855, and is the son of John and Christiana Schad, natives of Germany. They came to this country about forty years ago, settling in Illinois, near Chicago, and then moved to Iowa, where the father purchased 211 acres of land, and there remained until 1868, when he sold out, and moved with his family to Moniteau County, Mo. Here he purchased 410 acres of land, and bought forty acres additional, and has about 300 acres under cultivation. A. F. Schad is the sixth of nine children born to his parents. He was educated in the common schools, and remained with his parents until twenty years of age, when he went to Monroe City, Ill., and there learned the blacksmith and wheel wright’s trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years. He then moved four miles west of Sparta, Ill., in Randolph County, and there engaged in business for himself, which he continued for eighteen months. While there he became acquainted with Miss Anna Harmon, of Randolph County, and the daughter of Joseph Harmon, of the same place. They were married, and afterward moved to Moniteau County, Mo., where they remained two years, and then bought a house, four acres of land, and a wagon-shop in Excelsior, Morgan County. Since then Mr. Schad has added seven acres, sold one acre for town property, built an addition to the house, a fine barn, and has also built a large blacksmith shop. Mr. Schad is doing a good business, besides dealing a little in stock. Last year he, with his father and Richard Korner, his brother-in-law, took a trip to his father’s native land, Saxony, Germany, where they remained about two months. To Mr. and Mrs. Schad have been born four children: Mary Luella, John Louis, Nora Christina, and Clara E.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Morgan County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Morgan County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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