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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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 A. Boring, farmer, is the son of Leroy C. and Mary (Hulsey) Boring, natives of Tennessee and Georgia, respectively. When young they came to Missouri, were married in Franklin County, and here the father followed agricultural pursuits for some time. He held the position of justice of the peace, and died in the full strength of manhood. The mother afterward married John Peters. She still lives and is seventy-eight years of age. Three children were born to her first marriage, and three to her second. Robert A. was the eldest of the children born to the first marriage, his birth occurring in 1830. His early education was wholly neglected, but upon reaching manhood he acquired a practical education by his own efforts. His early life was one of hardship, and when fifteen years old he began working for himself at 25 cents a day. Until 1853 he worked at whatever he could get to do, and in that year married Miss Martha J. Callaway, a native of Virginia, who bore him six children, three now living: Henry C., John T., and William A. Both Mr. Boring and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1864 Mr. Boring enlisted in Company H of the Fortieth Missouri Infantry, United States army, and served until August of the following year. He was in the battles of Nashville and Spanish Fort. While marching through Nashville he fell headlong into a pit and injured himself for life. He was discharged at St. Louis and is now drawing a pension. For a number of years after marriage Mr. Boring hauled iron at Pilot Knob, but for the last twenty years he has been engaged in farming, and has 121 acres. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the G. A. R. He may be called a self-made man in every sense of the word, as he made his all by hard work and economy.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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