Mary A. "Polly" Webb

Female 1809 - 1903  (93 years)


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  • Name Mary A. "Polly" Webb 
    Born 15 Dec 1809  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Sep 1903  Danville, Morgan County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 5 Sep 1903  Johnson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Danville, Morgan County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I6024  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2014 

    Father Reverend Jeremiah M. Webb,   b. 15 Sep 1791, Rutherford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1869, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Sarah "Sallie" Copeland,   b. 16 Apr 1795, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1869, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 19 Jan 1809  Rutherford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) 1850  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F2515  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thomas Edward Roberts,   b. 14 Oct 1808, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1852, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 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

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Dec 1809 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1824 - (White County, Tennessee) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Sep 1903 - Danville, Morgan County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Sep 1903 - Johnson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Danville, Morgan County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • She was the wife of Thomas E. Roberts, born October 14, 1809 in White County, Tennessee and died July 7, 1852 in White County, Tennessee. She was the mother of 12 children and a widow for the rest of her natural life. Carolyn Lane, a descendant of hers, found where she was buried and generously had a legible stone put near the original grave marker and supplied all the information below:

      An article by Guinn Copeland in the January 23, 1890 edition of the Alabama Enquirer states that "Just about the beginning of the Lincoln campaign, a large family of Roberts came to Morgan County. A.F. Roberts (Francis Asbury) was a lieutenant in Capt. Harper's company of cavalry. He was brave and much esteemed. All the Roberts family were true to their country. All but one was in the Confederate Army and he was in the Union service. Not one of them was in the woods. Herd and William and Rev. Washington Roberts were brothers of Asbury. Their mother was a Webb and was left a widow when her many children were small. But she brought them up well."

      An article in the Danville News on August 21, 1903 states: "Mrs. Mary Roberts, who has been confined to her bed and room so long is very feeble at this writing. She will be 95 years old in December 1903."

      An article in the Neel News on September 18, 1903 states: "Died on the 5th inst.(meaning "of this month") at Danville, AL, Mrs. Mary Roberts, mother of W. J. Roberts of Neel at the age of 95. She has been a member of the Methodist Church for 70 years, probably the oldest member of that church in the county. She was an earnest Christian woman, full of good works, and loved by all with whom she came in contact. She was buried at Johnson Chapel on the following day, the service being rendered by J. L. Heaton and W. D. Brown."

      Mary's obituary tells us much about her life, where she was born, and when she was married to Thomas. The following appeared in the New Decatur Advertiser October 9, 1903, some weeks after her death. It was written by her grandson Thomas "Edd" Roberts.

      "Mrs. Mary A. Roberts, wife of Thomas E. Roberts, was born in South Carolina, December 15, 1809 and departed this life at the home of her son, Esquire J. H. Roberts, at Danville, Alabama September 4, 1903 at the age of 94 years, 8 months and 20 days. Her remains were laid to rest the following day in Johnson Chapel Cemetery to await the resurrection of the just. Rev. J. H. Heaton conducted the burial services.

      Mrs. Roberts was the daughter of Rev. Jerrie M. (Jeremiah) and Sallie (Sarah Copeland) Webb. In her early childhood, she moved with her parents to Sparta, White County, Tennessee and in 1824 she was married to Thomas E. Roberts and to their union were born twelve children. In 1833 she professed faith in Christ, and with her husband, joined the Methodist Church in which she lived a faithful and consecrated Christian life for about 71 years--till God called. In 1852 she was left a widowed mother, with the responsibility of providing for and raising her orphan children resting upon her. She was the mother of Esquire J. H. Roberts of Danville, Rev. G. W. Roberts and W. J. Roberts of Neel, and a sister of that venerable minister, Rev. Elisha Webb, of Sparta, Tennessee. She was the mother of twelve chidlren, 59 grandchildren, 119 great grandchildren and 24 great, great grandchildren, making a total of 214 descendants. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S58] "The Families of White County,Tennessee in 1860", enumerated & notated by, p. 195 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S48689] https://classroomfurniture.com/MaintCF.wws?Action=AdminMenu.

    3. [S39] "Roberts, The Generations of Reuben" by Laney James Roberts (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S32518] "The Warren County Story","The Jeremiah Webb Family", p. 211.

    5. [S5453] "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC63-L61 : accessed.