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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Robert Childers is a native of East Tennessee, born on August 1, 1823. His father, Robert Childers, Sr., was born in Virginia, and served in the War of 1812 as a private soldier under Gen. Jackson. Upon leaving his native State, the latter first located in Tennessee, and on December 3, 1837, brought his family to Missouri. He located in the only cabin on the present site of South West City. This cabin had been built two or three years previously by Robert Louderdale. In 1838 the family removed into the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, settling on Grand River, near the mouth of Saline Creek, where the father operated a corn-cracker mill, which was propelled by water from the latter creek. However, the following year, he returned with his family to McDonald County and settled on Cow Skin Prairie. Robert Childers, Jr., has since been a resident of this county. He is the owner of 106 acres of land, which he rents to tenants. For twelve years he served as justice of the peace, administering the duties of his office in an able and satisfactory manner. On October 16, 1845, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth L. Price, a daughter of Campbell Price (deceased). They became the parents of nine children, six of whom are living, viz.: James C., Sarah A., Martha, Robert, Frank and Mary J. One daughter, Emma, died after reaching womanhood, leaving a husband and one child. Mr. Childers is a earnest member of the Christian Church. Mrs. Childers departed this life on October 14, 1875, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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