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Below is a sample of a family biography included in History of Pike County, Missouri and published by Mills & Co., in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

Rev. Robert Orange Elmore, pastor of Antioch and Ashley churches, is a native of Missouri, born October 27, 1836. His father, Freeman P. Elmore, was born in Caswell county, North Carolina, in 1811; he moved with his parents to Pike county in 1830; on December 22, 1831, he was married near Ashley to Miss Martha Orr, his bride seventeen years of age and he twenty. He began married life as a tiller of the soil in the vicinity of Ashley, until the spring of 1840, when he moved to Lawrence county, Missouri, where he was connected with the Spring River Academy as one of the founders of that institution. He was a zealous member of and worker in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a ruling elder in the same; and being one of the pioneers of southwestern Missouri he did much for the cause of education and Christianity in that part of the country. He was an intimate friend of Rev. James Logan, and at his solicitation moved, in 1852, to Chener Hill, Lafayette county, to assist in establishing a school there. On February 1, 1853, after a short illness, he died of pneumonia. After his death the family, consisting of the widowed mother and six children, returned to Ashley, Pike county. Robert, our subject, continuing to reside with his mother, received his principal education in the Watson Seminary and at the Pardee College. In 1870 he was ordained as a minister at the C. P. Church, and took charge of the churches at Ashley, Auburn, Rush Creek, and Concord, continuing for some years. He was married June 14, 1871, to Miss Mattie E., daughter of Thomas J. Hammond, of this county. They have two children: Ola D. and Walter B. In 1873 he dropped Rush Creek and took charge of Antioch. In 1877 he took charge of the C. P. Church at Bowling Green, but resigned it in 1881. At the present he devotes all of his time to the Ashley and Antioch churches.

This family biography is one of 731 biographies included in the History of Pike County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Pike County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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