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Below is a sample of a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Lafayette and Saline County Missouri and published by Chapman Bros. in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

CHARLES STRASBURG, a prominent German-American citizen of LaFayette County, Mo., resides upon his farm of one hundred and
forty-five acres of land located In township 49, section 7, range 26. His birth took place in Prussia April 16, 1838, he being a son of Charles
and Minnie Strasburg, both of whom were natives of Germany. In that country he passed a happy boyhood and youth, and in 1855
accompanied his parents to America. The great city of Hamburg is a favorite place of embarkation, and from Cuxhaven, its port, Mr. Strasburg
and family took passage in a sailing-vessel for their new home. After landing at New York City, having passed eight weeks upon the ocean,
they went across the country until they reached Jefferson County, Wis. Oftentimes while traversing the broad green prairies of Illinois or Iowa
were they reminded of their own country, near Hamburg, and possibly the owners of many of the familiar looking farm houses had been former
residents of the Fatherland.

In the State of Wisconsin, our subject remained until 1861, when, by enlisting for her defense, he proved most forcibly his affection for his
adopted country. In September of that year, he became a member of the Thirteenth Wisconsin Infantry, and subsequently re-enlisted in the
same regiment, taking part in the battle of Nashville and several others of minor importance. He was sent to Texas after the surrender of
Richmond and remained from July, 1865, to the following January, when he went to Minnesota, where he resided until 1873. Since that time,
Mr. Strasburg has been a resident of LaFayette County, Mo where he owns the fine farm mentioned at the opening of this article. As Mr.
Strasburg is a self-made man, having had no wealthy or powerful relatives to push him up the ladder of life, he may well be proud of the
position of influence and prominence he has gained by his own efforts.

One of the most judicious ventures of the life of our subject was his marriage, March 13, 1864, with Miss Henrietta Drager, a native of
Germany. She has been a careful, worthy helpmate, and has become the good and faithful mother of nine children, who will ever remember her
love and care. They are as follows: Charles, Henry, Edward, George; Lizzie, who is now the wife of Charles Daggs; William, Herman, Albert
and Arthur. This is a noble array of sons, and if they make as fine men as their excellent father, the county of their residence may well be proud
of them. As far as possible, Mr. Strastburg will bring them up to follow the principles of the Republican party, for in that party our subject has
been an active member for many years. As road Commissioner, Mr. Strasburg has given his township the utmost satisfaction and has shown
himself one of the intelligent and progressive citizens of the place. Both Mr. and Mrs. Strasburg are connected by membership with the
Methodist Episcopal Church, where they are very highly esteemed. The war record of our subject is an honorable one, he having entered the
ranks as a private; he was promoted two years later to be a Corporal, serving as such until the close of the strife.

This family biography is one of 488 biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Lafayette and Saline County Missouri published in 1893.  For the complete description, click here: Lafayette County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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