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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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T. B. Robinson, attorney at law at Tuscumbia, Miller County, was born in St. Francois County, Mo., April 3, 1837, and is the son of Philip R. and Margaret (Moore) Robinson, the father a native of Kentucky and the mother of East Tennessee. Philip R. Robinson immigrated with his father, John Robinson, to St. Francois County in 1803, when it still belonged to the French, and the State was then a wild territory. They came down the Ohio River in a flat-boat, locating near Farmington, and here the grandfather died. Philip R. Robinson was the eldest son born to his parents, his birth occurring in 1797. He was but seven years of age when he came to Missouri, and he remained in St. Francois County until about 1849, when he removed to Miller County, Mo., and located eight miles south of Tuscumbia, at Little Richwoods, where he entered land. He died in that county in 1879, and the mother died about 1856. They were the parents of eleven children, five now living: Joan, wife of W. Ponder; Elizabeth R., widow of H. C. McFarland, and resides in Illinois; Theodore B.; Rachel, wife of Jesse Salsman, and Sarah E., wife of J. M. Warnell. T. B. Robinson was principally reared in Miller County, and there attended the common schools. In 1861 he enlisted in the Osage Regiment Missouri Home Guards, where he remained a short time and then re-enlisted in Company H, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, and served a little over three years. He was first sergeant, was in all the principal engagements from Pea Ridge to Red River, and was mustered out at Baton Rouge, La., in February, 1865. He then returned home, and in 1866 he was elected county and circuit clerk. He was re-elected in 1870 and 1874, served until January 1, 1879, thus holding the office for twelve consecutive years. In the meantime he read law, and was admitted to the bar in September, 1878. He was elected prosecuting attorney in 1880, and re-elected in November, 1886, holding the office until January, 1889. Mr. Robinson is one of the leading and influential citizens of Miller County, and has made his own mark from a boy up. He was married first on March 26, 1865, to Miss Martha C. Hawkins, by whom he had one child, Olive, wife of Prof. Moles, of Aurora Springs. The wife died in June, 1868, and Mr. Robinson was again married, January 2, 1870, to Porthena McCarty, a native of Tennessee, who came to Missouri with her parents when but an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are members of the Christian Church, and are active church workers. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, and also belongs to the G. A. R. He was a delegate to the national convention from the Eleventh District to Chicago in 1888, in the interests of the Republican party. Mr. Robinson is interested in farming to some extent, and is the owner of several good farms in the county besides town property.

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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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