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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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MONROE SCHAADT. Agriculture and stock-raising have formed the principal occupations of this gentleman, and the wide-awake manner in which he has taken advantage of all methods and ideas tending to enhance the value of his property has had a great deal to do with obtaining the confidence which he now enjoys. He is one of the representative and well known farmers of South Whitehall Township, which is due largely to industry, perseverance and close attention to business.

Our subject was born in North Whitehall Township, this county, March 8, 1834, and is the son of Henry and Magdalena (Knauss) Schaadt, also natives of this locality. His grandfather, John Schaadt, was also born in the above township, while his father, John Schaadt, came from Germany. The parents of our subject came with their family to South Whitehall Township in 1834, and made their home in the house in which Monroe is at present residing. The father died in 1869, and his wife lived until March 1, 1886, when she too passed away. Of their family of children, the following survive: William; Hattie, the widow of the late David Troxell; Polly, the widow of Alfred Balliet; Monroe; Eliza, wife of Reuben Kemerer; John J., ex-Treasurer of Lehigh County; and Anne, now Mrs. Solomon Ruch. Those deceased are Benjamin H., Christiana, and three who died in infancy. Henry Schaadt was a member of the German Reformed Church and was a well known resident of this part of the county. He was a prominent Democrat in politics and a public-spirited citizen, who was alive to the interest of this section, where he was held in high esteem.

Monroe Schaadt was reared in his native county, and having received a thorough training in agricultural pursuits during his youth, has made that branch of work his life occupation. His marriage with Miss Catherine Butz was celebrated September 19, 1857. The lady was born in this county and was the daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Lentz) Butz, the former of whom is deceased. Peter Butz, Sr., the great-grandfather of Mrs. Schaadt, came from Germany, being the first of the family to emigrate to America, and located in Berks County. Later his son Peter made settlement in this county, and at his death was one of the wealthy farmers of North Whitehall Township. Mrs. Schaadt was one of a family of five children, of whom those surviving besides herself are: Louisa, the widow of Jeremiah Kuhns, and Peter. After the death of her first husband Mrs. Butz was married to Daniel Kuhns, and to them was born a son, Walter M. This lady still survives and has reached the advanced age of seventy-nine years.

Of the twelve children born to our subject and his wife all are living with two exceptions, and are named respectively: Samuel B.; Ida V. B., the widow of John H. Strauss; Walter B., Milton M. B., M. Preston B., Alfred P. B., Lloyd H. B., Howard E. B., Katie B. and Carrie M. B. The parents and their family are members of the German Reformed Church, in which denomination our subject has served for two years in the capacity of Elder, and for four years has been Deacon. He is a strong Democrat in politics. Mr. Schaadt owns one hundred and sixty-five acres of land, which is under an admirable state of cultivation, and as a public-spirited and progressive citizen has done much for the upbuilding and development of the best interests of the community.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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