The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 686, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"DR. ROBERT MATTINGLY is the son of IGNATIUS and MARY (DENT) MATTINGLY, who were born near Port Tobacco, Maryland, in 1781 and 1784, respectively, and were married in 1800. The father was a farmer and tobacco manufacturer, and in 1810 moved to Richmond, Kentucky, where ROBERT was born December 22, 1816. In 1836, the father died, and ROBERT assisted his mother in the management of her business until about his twentieth year, when he went to Florida as Clerk to CAPTAIN WHEELOCK, a quatermaster during the Seminole war. Subsequently, he served for two years as Hospital Steward at ST. Augustine (Florida); returned to Kentucky read medicine, took a course in Transylvania College in Lexington, and then came to Corydon, this state, where he associated with DR. JONES in practice. January 3, 1843, he married MARY, daughter of JOHN and SARAH (MERRIFIELD) HOWARD, of Bardstown, Kentucky, and to this union have been born seven children - MARGARET M. (deceased), LAURA H., a girl that died unnamed, ROBERT L., HORACE, FLORENCE (deceased), and MARY E. In March, 1845, he moved to Washington County, Indiana, and practiced until 1855, when he sold out and in the spring of 1856 came to Francesville, bought a residence, resumed practice and erected the first drug store in the township, and the second in the county. At the end of four years, he sold his store, and when the war broke out undertook the free treatment of the families of all who enlisted. The Doctor is a member of Odd Fellows' Lodge No. 190, of Francesville, and is a Republican."