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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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William H. Meyer, a farmer, and a son of John H. and Mary C. (Brameyer) Meyer, was born in Prussia, Germany, in the year 1848. His father was born in Westphalia, Germany, in 1816, and while growing up learned the stone mason’s trade, which he followed while in the old country. Upon reaching his majority he married Miss Mary E. Brameyer, who bore him six children, four sons and two daughters. She was also born in Westphalia in 1817. In 1859 they came to America, settled on a farm in Franklin County, and here they have since resided. The father is a stanch Republican, served in the Home Guards during the war, and he and wife are members of the Evangelical Church. William H., at the age of twelve, came with his parents to America. They landed at New Orleans, came up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, and from there to Franklin County. While growing up he received an education in both English and German. In 1874 he married Miss Sophia D. Bente, who was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1856, and who bore him one child, John (deceased). Mrs. Meyer died in 1875, and the following year he married Miss Kate Krenning, a native of St. Louis, born in 1856. This union resulted in the birth of four children, viz.: Wilhelmine, Eddie Frank, Charles Henry and Henry Oscar. Soon after his second marriage Mr. Meyer settled on the place where he is now living, which consists of 125 acres, the greater part of which he has made by his own industry and good management. For twenty-seven years he has lived in this county, and is a wide-awake young farmer, and an honest, upright citizen. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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