Biography of Robert Gilmore (1792-1849 )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.,
1888), pp. 479-480.
Robert GILMORE, a pioneer preacher in Lincoln County, was born in 1792, in the
State of Virginia, and subsequently moved to the State of Kentucky, where, in 1818, he
married Mary HANSFORD. In 1819 he immigrated to Missouri, and settled in St. Charles
County, and settled in the neighborhood of Old Sulphur Lick Church. Not long after his
settlement in Lincoln County he professed religion, and became a member of the Baptist
demonination, having been baptized by the old pioneer, Bethuel RIGGS. He began preaching
before 1830, but was not ordained until 1841. He was a most excellent man, had only a
limited education, and was a real, old-fashioned preacher of the gospel. His labors in the
ministry were confined chiefly to Lincoln and Montgomery Counties. In the spring of 1849
he, with his family and many others from his adopted State, started across the plains for
California. The cholera broke out among the emigrants, and many were made its victims.
Elder GILMORE, his faithful wife and one son, were among the sufferers. He died at the
head of Sweet Water, on the 25th of June, 1849.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Neal Underwood, 22 May 2006. Link change or
update: 12 August 2006
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