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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Joseph D. Bodenhamer, another successful agriculturist of Grant Township, is a native of Webster County, Mo., born March 5, 1854, being the son of William Frederick and Mary E. (Rudd) Bodenhamer. The father was born in Tennessee in 1822, and came to this county with his parents about 1836. He was a Republican in politics, a soldier in the late war, and was captain of Company B, Twenty-fourth Missouri. He represented Webster County, Mo., in the Legislature, and was one of the leading men and early settlers of this part of the State. He took a leading part in the affairs of the county, and was a man universally respected. He died in Webster County in 1887. The mother was born in North Carolina in 1833, and died in August, 1887. They were the parents of four children, three now living, of whom Joseph D. is the eldest. He was reared to manhood on the farm, and now owns the old homestead. He attended the county schools in his boyhood; has all his life followed agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of 240 acres of land in Grant Township. January 18, 1882, he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda A. Goodwin, who was born in Illinois in 1867, and who is a daughter of Thomas Goodwin. One child is the result of this union, named Ella Maude, whose birth occurred in June, 1884. Mr. Bodenhamer has been a resident of Grant Township all his life; is a Republican in politics, and is a highly respected man.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Webster County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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