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Roberts Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3454

This collection consists primarily of correspondence between Thomas Roberts and several members of his family dating from 1842 to 1913. Also included are genealogical records (including handwritten narratives and lists of births, deaths, and marriages), military papers, land records (documenting holdings in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas), sermons and religious reflections, and a scrapbook.

Dates

  • 1827-1914, 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

6.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of correspondence between Thomas Roberts and several members of his family dating from 1842 to 1913. Also included are genealogical records (including handwritten narratives and lists of births, deaths, and marriages), military papers, land records (documenting holdings in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas), sermons and religious reflections, and a scrapbook.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Roberts was born to George and Jane (Edwards) Roberts in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania on September 27, 1807. He married Ann Hughes (d. 1837) on October 14, 1830 and the couple had two children who survived to adulthood, Thomas (1833-1913) and John (1835-1862). After his wife died, George Roberts married Ann Janette Marvin and had ten more children: Mary Jane (Roberts) Pichett (1839-), David Lewis (1840-), Ann (1843-1854), Rhoda Rose (Roberts) Dresser (1844-), Edward Payson (1847-), Clarissa (1849-1854), Libbie (1851-1854), Howard (1853-1854), Harlan Page (1854-1925), and George Cheever (1856-1878). George Roberts moved his family to Ohio in 1835 and died on May 17, 1857.

Thomas Roberts attended Hudson College during the 1850s and served as a Chaplain with the 12th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. After the War ended, he married Mary Hughes Jones and the couple had three children: John (1867-1909), Mary Anne (1873-), and William Edward (1879-). Roberts died in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on March 5, 1913.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480