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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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 JACOB MEYER, dealer in stoves and tinware, Tell City, is a native of Canton Zurich, Switzerland, born September 24, 1828. He is one of nine children of John J. and Barbara (Staubli) Meyer, who were also natives of Switzerland, where they lived and died. John J. grew to manhood in his native country, receiving a good education in French and German. In 1844 he entered upon a four years’ apprenticeship to the tinner’s trade, which he followed in that country until 1854, when he came to the United States. He worked at his trade successively at Indianapolis, St. Louis, Quincy, Ill., and Collinsville, Ill. In 1858 he came to Tell City as a member of the Colonization Society, and engaged in the business, which he has since followed with good success. He has his store well stocked, and has a full share of the trade in the town and surrounding country. He is also a stockholder in the Southwestern Furniture Association. In 1858 Verena Meyer became his wife, by whom he is the father of two children, Mina and Gustav. Both he and wife are members of the Evangelical Church.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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