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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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 B. Garner, sheriff and collector, was born in Izard County, Ark., February 1, 1853, and is the son of Thomas D. and Mary A. Garner, who were natives of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Garner emigrated to Arkansas at quite an early day, and located on a farm, where they remained until the latter part of 1861, when they removed to Miller County, locating near Iberia on a farm and there they still reside. They were the parents of seven children, four now living: Robert B., Frances E., wife of S. P. Hickman; Thomas D. and Hugh M. Robert B. Garner was but twelve years of age, when he came to Miller County, and was principally reared in that county. He assisted his father on the farm until twenty years of age, when he engaged in farming for himself near Iberia, and there remained until 1878, when he removed to Brumley. He here engaged in merchandising and farming for three years, and then moved back to Iberia, where he purchased a farm and followed farming exclusively for a short time. He then moved back to Brumley and remained until 1884, when he was elected sheriff. After this he moved to Tuscumbia, where he remained two years. He served one term, and in 1888 was re-elected to the same office; also to that of county collector. He took possession of the last named office in March, 1889. He was married in 1873 to Miss Elizabeth H. Thompson, a native of Arkansas, by whom he has three children: Arthur M., Chester G. and Nellie. Mr. and Mrs. Garner are members of the Christian Church and are prominent citizens in Miller County. Mr. Garner is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also the I. O. O. F., in which latter he has passed the chairs.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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