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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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Louis Poeschel, another successful farmer of Roark Township, is the son of Melchior and Sophia (Stedzner) Poeschel. The father was born in Saxony in 1813, and the mother in Prussia in 1819. While in the old country the father followed the occupation of a stone-mason, and since coming to this country has followed agricultural pursuits and wine-growing. They made the trip to America in 1854, and located in Gasconade County, where, the same year, the mother died, leaving nine children. The father has married twice since then, and by his second marriage had three children. The father is still living, and is a member of the Evangelical Church, of which his first wife was also a member. Louis was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1839, was reared on a farm, and in the spring of 1854 he and his brother came to America about two months before their parents. During the war he served in the Home Guards, the Third Missouri Reserve Corps, and was transferred to the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He then served seventeen months on a gunboat on the Mississippi River—in all he served about three years. After the cessation of hostilities he returned to Gasconade County, where he has farmed ever since. In 1864 he married Miss Mary Streker, a native of Gasconade County, and the result of this union was the birth of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Two of the sons are deceased. Mr. Poeschel has 160 acres of good land, besides some town property, and has made this county his home for thirty-four years. He is a Republican in his political views, and he and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church, to which they contribute liberally. They are highly esteemed in the community, and are recognized as substantial citizens of the county.

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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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