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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin County, Arkansas 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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Michael Metz, a prominent hardware dealer of Altus, Ark., was born in France, on the 8th of March, 1853. His parents Michael and Katie (Heideneker) Metz, were born in Northern France, which is now a portion of Germany, the father’s death occurring in 1871, at the age of sixty-one years. He was a wagon-maker by trade, and a member of the Catholic Church. The mother is still residing in Alsace, Germany, and is sixty-eight years of age. Michael Metz is the youngest of their four children, and when eighteen years of age determined to seek his fortune in the United States, and for two years worked at his trade in Chicago, and then became a newspaper carrier for a Chicago German newspaper, continuing at this six years, working also at his trade. He then came to Franklin County, Ark., and after working at his trade for six years in Ozark, came to Altus and opened a tin-shop, and soon after added a stock of hardware. In 1875 he was married to Annie Ziegler, a daughter of Lorenz Ziegler. She was born in 1856, and died September 27, 1881, having borne three children: Mena, Mike and Frankie, who died in 1880 aged four years. The mother and child are buried in the Catholic grave-yard at Chicago. In 1883 Mr. Metz married Minnie, a sister of his first wife, and by her became the father of three children: Leon, Carl and Alfred, who died in 1886, when two years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Metz are members of the Catholic Church, and he affiliates with the Union Labor party.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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