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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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 MICKEY, a prosperous farmer and enterprising citizen of Oakville post office, Newton township, traces his line to his great-grandfather, Robert Mickey, who founded the family in this country.

(I) Robert Mickey, great-grandfather, emigrated from Ireland, to what is now Newton township, and was one of the first settlers in the valley, and he and his wife Agnes lived out their span of days there, and their remains were interred in the Big Spring cemetery, at Newville.

(II) One of their sons, Robert Mickey, the grandfather of our subject, was born in 1746. He inherited that part of the original tract on which his grandson now lives, and to which he has added largely, and lived all his life on the farm, where in 1767, he built the stone house, in which our subject was born. Robert Mickey married Ezemiah Kelly, of York county. His death occurred Dec. 22, 1828, when he had attained to the venerable age of eighty-two years. His widow lived to be seventy-five years of age, and died Dec. 8, 1830. Their children were: Andrew, Thomas, John, James, Mary, Agnes and Margaret, all now deceased.

(III) James Mickey, the father of Robert, our subject, was born Feb. 15, 1795. He became a farmer and never removed from the family home in which he was born. He died in the year 1835. On April 15, 1818, he married Lucetta Carothers, of Silver Spring township, who was born Aug. 11, 1801, and died March 20, 1862. Six children were born to them, two of whom died young. One daughter, Ezemiah, born April 26, 1820, became the wife of Joseph Moody, removed to Ohio, and died there. The living are: Mary Ann, born Feb. 19, 1828, wife of William W. Frazier, who lives in Missouri; Hays, born Aug. 6, 1833, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Kelly, of York county, and now resides in California; Robert, the eldest son, born Jan. 14. 1823, until three years ago, lived in the house built by his grandfather, but in 1880, built his present house, across the road from his birthplace.

For several years prior to the father’s death, the farm was rented, but when Robert was eighteen years of age, he took a part of it into his own hands, and a few years later bought the shares of his two sisters, so that he now is the owner of over three-fourths of the manor farm. The remainder is owned by his brother. He also owns adjoining property, known as the Thomas Mickey farm. In November, 1846, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John McCulloch, of Newton township, to this union thirteen children have been born, three of whom died young. The survivors are: Sarah Belle, wife of James Hamphill, living in Kansas; John E., a merchant of Oakville; Lucetta, wife of William Park, of Franklin county; Marv Elizabeth, wife of John Witherspoon, of Franklin county; Robert Austin, who married Mary Belle McCoy, and lives on his father’s farm; Ira, who married Sarah Hood, and was in the employ of the Carlisle Manufacturing Company, of Carlisle, when he died, March 19, 1887; Andrew Elmer, Eugene Sherman and Helen, all three living at home; and Quinn Thornton, graduate of Lafayete college and now an attorney of Shippensburg. Mr. Mickey has never filled office, but has the best interests of the township at heart, and can always be counted upon to uphold justice and to advance his locality. He belongs to Big Spring Presbyterian Church, in which he takes a leading part, and toward the support of which he is a liberal contributor. Mrs. Mickey died Sept. 21, 1893, aged sixty-six years, seven months and four days. She was a consistent member of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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