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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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JOSEPH G. MEYER, farmer and stock-raiser, section 21, post-office Carthage. He was born in the principality of Hohenzollern, Germany, Aug. 27, 1842, where he was reared to manhood and acquired a good education in his native language; he also mastered the trade of cabinet-maker. He landed in New York in 1864. His first impressions of the land of the free were not at all encouraging, as he was without means. But he possessed a stout heart and a pair of strong arms, and a disposition to work. Not knowing where to obtain employment at his trade, he started to work in a grain elevator the day of his arrival. After six weeks of this labor he obtained work in a cabinet shop, and three months later left the city of New York and took a situation in a cabinet shop at Troy, where he worked three years. He worked in Schoharie county two years; then he turned his face westward and rambled about for some time, going first to St. Louis, then to Kansas, back to St. Louis, and thence to New Orleans. From there he went to Austin, Texas, where he married Mrs. Maria Bouldin, Aug. 20, 1871; and after a visit to the native home of his wife in Athens, Ohio, he settled in Jasper county, Mo., in 1872. He purchased the land upon which they now reside. It was then a wild unbroken prairie, but by hard industrious labor, have caused it to blossom as the rose. The farm comprises 160 acres, well improved, with good buildings, orchard, etc. By toil and industry they have accumulated a nice property, and are much respected by the community. Mr. Meyer is an enthusiastic admirer of American institutions, and much prefers it to fatherland. Porter Wilson, the father of Mrs. Meyer, resides on the old homestead in Athens, Ohio. He is a native of Virginia, of an old Virginia family.

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