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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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Melchior Poeschel, retired wine-grower of Hermann, was born near Altenburg, Germany, November 12, 1813, and is the son of John Poeschel, a native of the same. Melchior came to the United States in 1854, settling in Hermann, where he has since lived, and where he engaged in wine growing until the fall of 1881. His first marriage was to Sophia Fleischer, who bore him nine children, only one now living, Louis, a resident of Roark Township. Mrs. Poeschel died, and her husband took for his second wife Johanna Rosine, and three children were born to this union: Oscar (deceased), Allwin and Ida. The second wife died, and Mr. Poeschel married Wilhelmina Rulle, whose maiden name was Flake. Mr. Poeschel is an old settler of the county, and is an influential citizen.

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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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