Biography of Robert T. Elsberry (1818- )
From The History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), pp. 535-536.
Robert T. ELSBERRY is one of ten children--seven living--born to William N. and Lydia P. (OWEN) ELSBERRY, who were born in Maryland and Kentucky, in 1792 and 1800, and died in Missouri in 1871 and 1882, respectively. The father was an early resident of Kentucky, and there married and lived, until 1837, when he became a resident of Lincoln County, Mo. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was an honest and upright citizen of the county. His eldest child, Robert T. ELSBERRY, was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1818, and was educated in the pioneer schools of that State. In 1839 he was married to Julia Ann, daughter of Thomas BUCHANAN, of Lincoln County, and after a happy married life of thirty-seven years, the mother died. In 1882 Mr. ELSBERRY married Mrs. Ella (MARTIN) FRAZIER. He is a prosperous farmer, and has accumulated a fair property by his industry and frugality. Since 1859 he has lived in the town of Elsberry, which was built on his land and was named in his honor. He owns about 300 acres of land, and is a strong advocate of prohibition. Town lots which he has disposed of have all been sold with the understanding that no liquor of any kind should be sold on them. Previous to the war he was a Whig, but since that time has been a supporter of Democratic principles. In 1880 he was one of the company who built a large flouring-mill at Elsberry, and since 1883 he has been a one-third owner of the same. Mr. ELSBERRY is very public spirited and may justly be considered one of the prominent and honored citizens of the county.
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