Thomas Edward Roberts

Male 1808 - 1852  (43 years)


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  • Name Thomas Edward Roberts 
    Born 14 Oct 1808  Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation farmer  [4
    Died 1 Jul 1852  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried Mount Gilead Cemetery, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I4516  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2014 

    Father William Claude Roberts, Sr.,   b. 1788, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1839, (White County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Sarah "Sallie" Walling,   b. ~1790, (Anderson County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years) 
    Married 1809  Anderson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Residence (Family) Lee County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F1739  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary A. "Polly" Webb,   b. 15 Dec 1809, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1903, Danville, Morgan County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1824  (White County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Francis Asbury Roberts,   b. 1829, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Permilia "Millie" Roberts,   b. 7 Feb 1831, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1916, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. James Roberts,   b. 1833, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Roberts,   b. 1838, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Joseph Herd "Herd" Roberts,   b. 24 Jan 1837, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1909, Austinville, Morgan County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     6. George Washington Roberts,   b. 24 Feb 1840,   d. 19 Dec 1917  (Age 77 years)
     7. William Jefferson Roberts,   b. 0___ 1842, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1912, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     8. Mary Jane Roberts,   b. 1844, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. John Wesley Roberts,   b. 22 Jul 1847, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Aug 1851, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     10. Elizabeth Keathley Roberts,   b. 0___ 1849, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1891, Morgan County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     11. Thomas H. Roberts,   b. 22 Dec 1851, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1854, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F2207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Isabella R. Swindle,   b. 4 Jan 1817, (White County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1861, (White County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1841  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F14230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1808 - Commonwealth of Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1824 - (White County, Tennessee) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Apr 1841 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jul 1852 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Gilead Cemetery, White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas E. Roberts is believed to be the son of William Roberts, but there is controversy about the identity of his mother. Some family historians believe his mother was Sallie Humphrey(s) and some say it is Sarah Walling.

      Thomas's tombstone gives his date of birth as October 14, 1808 but in his son, George Washington Roberts's, Bible, the date is written as September 4, 1804. Whatever the correct date, Thomas lived a brief life leaving his wife, Mary, a widow at a young age with a house full of children to raise alone. Only two of her children, Francis Asbury and James M. were married at the time of their father's death.

      Thomas was married to Mary A. "Polly" Webb, the daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Webb and Sarah "Sallie" Copeland Webb of White Co. TN. Thomas and Mary had twelve children as stated in Mary's obituary. Several of their children migrated to Morgan County, Alabama; some just before the Civil War and others just afterward. Mary also moved to Alabama where she lived to be almost 94 years old and is buried at Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Morgan County.

      Little is known about Thomas Roberts's life. There is a mention in the history of Mt. Gilead Church of a Thomas Roberts being one of the original trustees of the church and it is possible it could have been this Thomas Roberts. There are three young Roberts children buried adjacent to Thomas at Mt. Gilead who are likely his sons. They are Jeremiah, John W. and Thomas H. Roberts. All died young.

      Their other nine children are:(1) Francis Asbury Roberts who married (1st) Elizabeth Denton (2nd)Martha Ann Denton. (2)Pamelia Roberts who married James O. Johnson (3)James M. Roberts who married Melsena Holland (4)Sarah Roberts (probably never married) (5)Joseph Herd Roberts who married Sophrona Cook (6)George Washington Roberts who married Elvira Jane Denton (7)William Jefferson Roberts who married (1st)Elizabeth (Betsie Ann) Swindell (2nd) Josie Brook(s). (8)Mary Jane Roberts who married Thomas Johnson (9)Elizabeth Keathley who married James W. Swindell.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S39] "Roberts, The Generations of Reuben" by Laney James Roberts, p. 9 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S52679] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=roberts&GSfn=thomas&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1852&GSdyrel=in&GSst=45&GScnt.

    3. [S13896] "Sarah Roberts formerly Walling", Ancestores & Descendants, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Walling-488, abstracted by Dav.

    4. [S75] 1850 White County,TN Census,transcribed from microfilm,by Peggy Allison,1981., p. 54 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S74] "Cemeteries of White County,TN", compiled by Mrs. H. K. Renfrow, (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S50] "The Other Bunch",by Sharon Almas Swindell,3875 Silver Birch,, p. 188 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S13897] "Sarah Walling Roberts (1790-1812)", Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30302916/sarah-roberts, abstr.

    8. [S9365] Phillip Roberts, August 13, 2012, cites his pedigree and other commentary in a letter written to other ROBERTS reseacher.

    9. [S52678] "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/3SGR-GVL : accessed 2013-12-29),.

    10. [S52680] http://genforum.genealogy.com/swindell/messages/82.htm.