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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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J. N. E. Moser, a farmer, is a native of Saxony, Germany, his birth occurring in Hockeroda, Fuerstenthum Schwarzburg, Budolstall, on the 23d of March, 1832. His father, John C. E. Moser, was a farmer and distiller in his native land, but thinking he could better his condition he, in 1836, sailed for America, and landed at New York City, but after remaining one year in that city he returned to Germany, and in 1838 came back to America, bringing with him his eldest son, John C. E., Jr. They came west to Missouri, and purchased land in Cooper County, near Boonville, in what is now Moniteau County, and also purchased a farm near Moniteau Creek. In 1846 he brought his family from Germany, and established them on his farm, and in 1850 he and his eldest son started for the State of California, taking the overland trip, but while on the plains the son was taken ill and died, and is buried there. The father continued his journey, and was engaged in mining in California until 1857, when he died, and was buried in that State. His wife, whose maiden name was Magdalena E. Reichenbacher, died in 1886, in her eighty-third year. She and Mr. Moser were the parents of four children, only two of whom are living: J. N. E. and Christiana. The widow married again, and by her second husband became the mother of two children. J. N. E. Moser was about fourteen years of age when he left his native country, in 1846, and after remaining in Missouri until 1852, he followed his father to the State of California; in 1853 they both went to Oregon, and each took up a land claim of 160 acres in Umpqua Valley; went back to California the same year, where he followed the occupation of mining until 1859. He then returned to his home, in Moniteau County, and followed farming. In 1862 he enlisted in the Enrolled Missouri Militia as second lieutenant, being afterward commissioned Captain of Company E, Forty-third Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia, and served until the fall of 1863. Since that time his attention has been spent in farming and liquor dealing, and also spent a considerable period in lead mining. He owns some real estate, and considerable town property in California, but is now living retired from the active duties of life, and enjoying the fruits of his early industry. In 1868 he was elected county treasurer, which office he held one term, and was also a member of the city council during 1872 and 1873. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W. In the year 1859 he wedded Miss Caroline Kirschman, a native of Cooper County, by whom he has seven children, all living.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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