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Below is a family biography included in The History of Osage 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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John Strumph was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1824, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Bottlestein) Strumph, also natives of Prussia, who immigrated to the United States in 1840, and located in Osage County, Mo. The father, who was born in 1805, was a farmer, both in his native country and in this, and died in Osage County about 1868, his widow surviving until 1876; they had twelve children, only three of whom are now living and all in Osage County. John Strumph received his education in his native country and after coming to this country turned his entire attention to the pursuit of agriculture. In 1851 he married Margaret Fick, who was born in Prussia, in 1829. To this union have been born nine children, viz.: Elizabeth, wife of George Bowersestes, a resident of St. Louis; Margaret, wife of Joseph Wilde, of Miller County, Mo.; Mary, Henry, Anna, Louise, James, John and George. Mr. Strumph purchased his present farm in 1863, which consists of 217 acres of land, located on Maries Creek, in Washington Township, Osage County, about twelve miles south of Westphalia; he has about ninety acres under cultivation, with improvements and good buildings, and is an industrious and enterprising farmer, who is much respected by friends and neighbors. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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