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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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William Poeschel (deceased) was one of the old settlers of Gasconade County, born in 1829, in Saxony, and was the son of John Poeschel. He came to America in 1846, and the same year enlisted for the Mexican War but only served about one month. His company being disbanded he went with a train to carry provisions to the army, and in that capacity served about two and a half years. In 1850 he married Miss Theodora Neidhardt, a native of Baden, Germany, born in 1828, and who came to this country in 1849. After marriage they settled upon the farm where his widow still lives, and which consists of ninety-five acres, of which eight acres are in grapes. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and she of the Catholic. He died in 1870. He was a stirring, successful farmer and wine-grower, and, although starting with nothing, succeeded in becoming one of the well-to-do farmers of the county. In their family were seven children, two sons and five daughters. One son, William F., was born in this county March 4, 1857, and was educated in Hermann, finishing school at St. Louis. He remained at home with his mother until 1879, when he married Amanda Colling, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Colling, who were early settlers of Gasconade County. She was born in that county December 25, 1859, and by her marriage became the mother of two children, one son and one daughter. After marriage they settled upon the farm on which they are now living, 186 acres, and in this county William P. has lived all his life, and is accounted a stirring young farmer and a good citizen. He is a Republican in politics.

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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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