Robert Frederick Andrews was born on 08 August 1834 in Prospect House Monaghan Co., Ulster, Ireland. His Scotch ancestors moved to Ulster during the persecution of Protestants in the sixteenth century. At the age of nineteen, he came to America with his father's family, where they settled first at Pittsburgh but later moved to Whiteside County, Illinois, there encountering the struggles incident to those pioneer days.
On 14 September 1862 he married Mary M. Mitchell in Whiteside County, Illinois. Mary was born on 15 December 1844 in Warren County, Illinois.
In early manhood Robert accepted the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Not long after he actively engaged in the work of teaching his faith to others. He was fervent and active in labor, traveling by the slow methods of those early days ove Wisconsin and Illinois, raising up churches, combating heresies, rebuking fanaticism, and strengthening believers. At one time Elder Andrews was president of the Illinois-Wisconsin Conference while the territory of these two States comprimised one conference . In 1885 he and Elder S. H. Lane were sent to Ireland as pioneers of the message, leaving his wife with the care of six growing children, the youngest of whom was little more than a babe.
in 1901 he then moved his family to College View, Nebraska for the sole purpose of affording his children the advantages of a Christian education in Union College.
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