Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885, Edmonson County.
J. J. ROBERTS, son of John and Rebecca (Danaldson) Roberts, was born in Fleming County, Ky., June 8, 1824, and is the third in a family of four boys and one girl. His parents were both natives of Kentucky. John Roberts was a farmer, and died when J. J. was quite young. Mrs. Rebecca Roberts was born in Clark County; her parents were natives of Virginia, and her mother was a relative of Gen. George Robert Clark. After her husband's death Mrs. Roberts married Joseph Robb, who served as circuit and county clerk of Lewis County, Ky., under appointment and election for forty-five years. Subject's maternal grandfather - Danaldson - was a soldier in the war of 1812. J. J. Roberts lived on a farm with his mother until eleven years of age. He then resided with his uncle at Flemingsburg, and attended an academy for two years. He then engaged as clerk for his uncle in a general merchandise store at Rockville, Ind., where he remained until 1853, when he returned to Lewis County and served as deputy county clerk under Joseph Robb until 1855. He then traveled until June, 1857, when he located at the Mammoth Cave and engaged in the mercantile business until the early part of 1880. He next went to Glasgow Junction, and thence in August, 1882, to Brownsville, where he engaged in the general mercandise business, which he still follows. He carries a stock valued at about $1,500, and is doing a good business. He also owns sixty acres of land near the Mammoth Cave. July 4, 1861, Mr. Roberts married Mary Hunt, and to their union two children were born: Mary R., now nineteen, and James W., aged fifteen years. Mrs. Roberts and daughter are members of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Roberts is a Democrat, and was appointed postmaster August 8, 1885.