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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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 S. Hillhouse, farmer and stock raiser, of Section 6, Spring River Township, was born in Giles County, Tenn., October 4, 1824, and is the son of George and Elizabeth (Dobbins) Hillhouse, the former’s ancestors being from Tennessee, and the latter’s from South Carolina. James Dobbins, father of Elizabeth Dobbins, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and for this drew a pension. George Hillhouse was the father of five sons and five daughters. Mr. Hillhouse was a strong temperance man, was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was of a rather long-lived race. His son, Robert S., grew to manhood in Tennessee, and went into service at the first call for troops for the Mexican War. After six months field service he was honorably discharged on account of disabilities. He is now drawing a pension of $8 per month for such service. In 1852 he removed with his family, and sought a location on Spring River, three miles from Verona, where he purchased property and still resides. Upon the breaking out of the late war he joined his interest with that of the Union, and in 1862 he entered the State Militia and bore arms until the close of hostilities. He served as first lieutenant of Company A, Seventy-sixth Regiment E. M. Militia, and after the war he returned to his farm, where he has since been successfully engaged in raising Short-horn cattle. While living in Tennessee he married Miss Mary Jane Inman, daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Peery) Inman, of Tennessee, and has reared five sons and five daughters: James W (a substantial farmer of Mount Pleasant Township), Martha C. (widow of James H. Gibson), George A., Thomas J., Erasmus W., Elizabeth (wife of Willis Sutton), Nancy A. (wife of William Allen), Mary J., Ollie M. and Robert Clinton. Mr. Hillhouse and all the family, with the exception of one member, belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hillhouse assisted largely in organizing a grange, when that movement was on foot, and is holding the office as overseer of Zion Grange, an institution which still exists. He has served on the school board, but has always objected to holding office. He is a prosperous farmer and a good man.

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