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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 M. Hall, proprietor of the Silver Ridge Lead Mines, was born in Todd County, Ky., on April 18, 1820, and is a son of Cornelius H. Hall, a native of Virginia, who settled in Kentucky. The latter started with his family to the western district of Tennessee, in 1827, but died while on the way. His widow and children continued the journey and settled in Carroll County, Tenn. There the widow and mother died the next year, leaving her children to battle alone in the great world. In 1834 Robert M. went to the Red Church, near New Orleans, thence to Holly Springs two years later. In 1838 he went back to Carroll County, Tenn., whence in the same year he came to McDonald County, Mo., settling in what is now Buffalo Township. In a few years he moved to Cowskin Prairie, and in 1861 to Beeman Hollow. In 1867 he sold his property at the latter place and purchased 120 acres at Bowling Springs, where he now resides. For fifteen years he has prospected for minerals, and has at last found both silver and lead in paying quantities. He, however, has spent, the greater part of his means in prospecting, and has leased the mines to a company. Mr. Hall has been twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Love, by whom he became the father of four children, of whom two are living: Henry C. and Thomas A. One daughter, Margaret C., was married to William Moss, and died leaving five children. After his first wife’s death Mr. Hall married Abigail Dobbs, and to them were born one child, John. Mrs. Hall died in October, 1886. Mr. Hall is a devout Christian and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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