Biography of Benjamin F. Robertson (b.1823 )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) pages 609-610.

Benjamin F. ROBERTSON, farmer, stock dealer and merchant, of Lincoln County., Mo., was born in Shelby County, Ky., in 1823, and is the sixth of nine children born to Horatio and Nancy (GILL) ROBERTSON. Both parents were born in Virginia and removed to Kentucky with their parents when quite young, and were married in Shelby County, after reaching maturity. They came to Lincoln County about 1826, where the father died in 1840. The mother then went back to Union City, Ky., where her death occurred in 1860. Mills ROBERTSON, grandfather of Benjamin F., was also a Virginian, and Thomas GILL, the maternal grandfather, was an Englishman. Benjamin F. obtained his education in the old log school-houses of early times, and at the age of seventeen years began working for himself and learned the carpenter's and cabinet-maker's trade. In 1854 he married Mary Elizabeth GILHAM. She is a daughter of Tandy and Mary GILHAM, of Virginia, and was born in Pike County of that State. She is the mother of four children: George (a hardware merchant of Montgomery City), Ardena T. (wife of C. C. WILLIAMS, a broker at Nevada, Mo.), Alice (wife of Samuel MARKS, a merchant at Foley), and Martha E. (wife of Joseph VARNUM, a merchant at Montgomery City). In 1857 Mr. ROBERTSON settled on his present farm of 306 acres, in Lincoln County. He owns considerable property at Foley, which town he established, and since 1879 has had a store there. Soon after locating on his farm he erected a steam saw and flour-mill which he ran for fifteen or sixteen years. He was engaged in the agricultural implement business from 1872 to 1876, and is counted one of the prominent citizens of the county. He is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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