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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gasconade 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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Gustave Manske, farmer, was born in Prussia, July 16, 1814, and is a son of Martin and Rosali Manske. He was reared on the farm, and received a good collegiate education. In June, 1838, he married Miss Caroline Vearch, who bore him eleven children, only four now living: Adolph, Otto, Emma, wife of William Strieker, and Amelia. In 1852 Mr. Manske came to the United States, spent about a year and a half in New Orleans engaged in the carpenter busi ness, and then returned to the old country for his family. They then returned and settled in Morgan County, Ill., where they remained eight years. They then removed to Leavenworth County, Kas., and in 1867 came to Gasconade County, settled on Gasconade River in Richland Township, where they have 205 acres of good land, about 108 under cultivation, all the result of his own labor. He served in the Home Guards during the war. He has always taken a deep interest in all matters pertaining to education, and has given his children good educations in both German and English. He is a Republican in politics and is an enterprising citizen. Adolph, eldest son of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1845, and educated in the common schools. In 1865 and 1866 he was in the Government employ as watchman and driving team ambulance in Southwest Missouri, a part of the time at Leavenworth, Kas., and North Missouri. In 1861 he, with a number of emigrants, crossed the plains to the Rocky Mountains in search of the precious metal in Colorado and Nebraska. Aside from that he has devoted his attention to farming and stock-raising. He is a Republican in politics and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln.

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This family biography is one of 146 biographies included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Gasconade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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