Dear Ms. Sparrow,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1850 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that confirms Robert was a resident of New Madrid, MO and his occupation is listed as “farmer.” For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
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The 1850 Census has been digitized and is available via Ancestry. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
Plus, we located a newspaper article at an unofficial site from The Daily Standard which indicates that Robert came to New Madrid in 1805 to set up a fur trading post for his uncle.
Lastly, we suggest contacting the Missouri State Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or The State Historical Society of Missouri at email@example.com since other records relating to Robert may be held at the state or local level.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family search!