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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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Capt. William Meyer was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1836, being the elder of two children born to John H. R. and Lisette (Stenter) Meyer, also natives of Hanover. The father was born in 1808, and in 1839 came to the United States, and for five years was a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. Up to the time of his death, in 1883, with the exception of two years’ residence in St. Louis, he resided in Gasconade County. His wife died in Cincinnati. Their daughter, Caroline, is the wife of Frank Stoenner, of Osage County, Mo. Capt. William Meyer received a fair education in both English and German, and at the breaking out of the war was made captain of Company E, Thirty-Fourth Missouri Militia, and in September, 1861, was commissioned captain of Company A, Third Regiment, Sixth Division of Missouri Militia, which he commanded for six months, at Douglas Prairie and Pacific. He returned home in 1865, and married Mary, daughter of Emil Hensley, formerly of Tennessee. Mrs. Meyer was born in Franklin County, of the latter State, and died in 1872, leaving four children: George R., Mary C., Mary L. and William (deceased). In 1873 Capt. Meyer married Palemley P., daughter of Leroy Dennis, also formerly of Tennessee, where Mrs. Meyer was born. They have four children: Edward A., Lisette C., Letta C. and William W. Capt. Meyer and his wife reside on the old home farm of 190 acres. During the war he and three Robinson brothers built a saw and gristmill on Second Creek, which they operated for about ten years. He has served as constable and justice of the peace, and from 1884 to 1886 was county judge from the North district. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln. He is a member of the A. O. U. W.

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