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William W. Roberts

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William W. Roberts

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Posted: 20 Aug 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Roberts, Wiley, Morris, Anders, Mason, Smithers
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901 page 387

William W. Roberts, who occupies an honorable place among the representative men of Jefferson township, Huntington county, Indiana, is a native of Darke county, Ohio, where he was born in 1848. He is a son of Samuel and Sophia (Wiley) Roberts, who settled in Jefferson township in 1849, buying one hundred and sixty acres in the wilderness of Huntington county. Their first home was a little log cabin of rough logs, which was replaced later by a house of hewed logs, and that in turn was supplanted by a fine brick residence. The father was of German-Irish ancestry, a man of strong character and sturdy habits. It was but a short time before he had part of his land ready to be tilled, and finally brought all of it under cultivation. He was a resident of this farm for almost half a century, his death, which occurred May 15, 1897, being deeply deplored by the many friends who knew his worth and integrity. Seven children blessed his fireside, viz: William W.; Sarah, who married George S. Morris and resides on a farm in this township; Nancy, who lives on the homestead with her brother; George, a prosperous farmer of Jefferson township; Linsey, also a farmer in this township; Rilla, wife of John Anders, of Van Buren; and Jasper, who cultivates the homestead.

William W. Roberts was not of a studious nature and cared little for books. He was of a practical turn and delighted in manual labor. Even in his early boyhood he showed signs of the thrift and industry which characterized his later life and led to his success in the agricultural field. He continued to remain on the home farm until his twenty-seventh year, renting nearby fields when he could, and also farming part of the homestead. He was frugal in his habits, and by the time he had reached his twenty-seventh year he had saved sufficient money to enable him to make a first payment of two hundred dollars on the farm he then purchased in section twenty-eight, where he now resides. Eight hundred dollars still remained to be paid on the farm, and this was done largely by raising and feeding hogs, and in a remarkably short time. He is a practical agriculturist, who brings common sense to his aid in carrying on his work, and few farms in this section make a better appearance than does that of Mr. Roberts.

In 1870 he led to the altar Miss Sarah E. Morris, who has presented him with a family of four children, namely: Lillie, the wife of Jonas Mason, a farmer of this township; Ora, who was united in marriage to Miss Laura Smithers; Orva, who resides at home and is a student in the country schools; and Samuel and Orville, deceased. Mr. Roberts was formerly an adherent of Democracy, but of recent years has given his suppoert and vote to the Prohibitionists. He is a thoroughly conscientious, upright gentleman, and an earnest and zealous worker in the United Brethren church, of which he is a member. He has been one of the most active workers in the organization and was class-leader for years. He was also superintendent of the Sunday-school and one of the most efficient and successful officers the school has ever had.

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