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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam 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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E. M. Strauser was born in Northumberland County, Penn. (then Armstrong County), and is a son of David and Ellen (Solady) Strauser, natives of Eastern Pennsylvania. His father was married four times. After the death of his first wife, in 1847, he married Miss Elizabeth Troutman, by whom three children were born. This lady died in 1866, and he then married Mrs. Lankard, who bore him three children. After her death, in 1860, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Motter (Fanny Bailey). Mr. and Mrs. Strauser are now living in Jefferson County, Penn., he being seventy years of age. His father, Jacob Strauser, was born near Philadelphia, Penn. E. M. Strauser moved to Louisa County, Iowa, in 1857, and in the spring of 1865 came to Putnam County, where he has since lived. He was educated in the common schools of Pennsylvania, and when sixteen years old began life upon his own responsibility, and is now a well-to-do and prosperous citizen, owning 622 acres of land besides town property, which he possesses elsewhere. During his youth he learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed to some extent until the fall of 1866. He also conducted a dry goods’ store in Newtown for five months, and then engaged in the hardware and the harness business for fifteen and seven years, respectively. He is now interested in the lumber business in Newtown, in connection with his farming. April 7, 1861, he married Miss Lucy Williams, daughter of G. B. Williams and Mary (Hall) Williams, natives of Indiana. To this union nine children have been born: Gamalia W., Mary J., Alice, David Z., Augusta, Lizzie, Jalia, Elijah and Clinia. Mr. and Mrs. Strauser are both identified with the Christian Church. Mr. Strauser is a Republican, and has served his township as notary public four years, and in the spring of 1887 was elected justice of the peace. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, No. 190, A. F. & A. M., in Masonry.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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