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Henry Verschelden


Henry Verschelden was born in Belgium in 1833 and is a son of Louis A. and Eugenia (Geobert) Vercshelden. When Henry was about six years of age his mother died and his father married Miss Mary Gysels in the autumn of 1855.

Soon after the family came to America and located at New Hope, Lincoln Co., Mo. Three years later they removed to St. Louis and in 1859 made a permanent location in Perry County, where Mr. Verschelden died in 1868 and his wife in 1867.

Henry was a soldier during the late war, serving as a member of Company I, Fifth Cavalry Missouri State Militia. He received his discharge in March, 1865, and upon his return home began farming in Bois Brule Bottom.

In 1867, he was joined in marriage with Lucinda E. Case, who died in the fall of 1871. The next year Mary Daily, a native of Hamilton County, Ill., became his wife, and to them has been born one child, Alice E.

In 1867, Mr. Verschelden was appointed constable and served until his election as justice of the peace in 1870. In 1886 he was again elected to the latter office but resigned in 1887.

He is the owner of a portable engine, and a saw and grist mill located in Claryville, and is also the proprietor of a steam thresher.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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