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Francis Roberts [Jr]1774-1864

Charlotte Co., VA

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See the Will of Francis Roberts [Jr]submitted by Kathy Liston 22 Mar 2001.
   The will, dated 1 Sept. 1852, names, among legatees: "2ndly I will to my four unmarried sons 
now surviving namely Theodoric M., William T., Erasmus F., and Benjamin A. Roberts all
the property I have heretofore given them and one sixth part each of the remainder of my
estate at my decease after the foregoing provisions the first has been complied with to them and to their heirs forever." Observation of the marriage and census records of Charlotte, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg
counties causes me to believe the wording "unmarried sons" is incorrect. Possibly the will
was copied from the draft of an older will, or an error occurred when the will was copied into the will book. The will shows that son Joseph H. and grandson Francis G. Roberts had received their shares and would not share in the estate at death. Thus, the "1/6" applied to each of the remaining children, and indicates that grandson Francis G. Roberts was not a child of John Roberts, or any of those named.
I have outlined the family as I see it, and included notes I have collected. I am not a Roberts researcher and welcome verifications, corrections and additions. My interest in the family of Francis Roberts has been John Roberts and the Gregory marriage (my extended family), and those that figured in the minutes of the Meherrin Church. - JoLee Gregory Spears Descendants of Francis Roberts [Jr] Generation No. 1: 1. FRANCIS ROBERTS [Jr]was b. abt. 1774 in Charlotte Co., VA, and d. abt. 1864 in Charlotte Co., VA. He marr. JANE HERNDON February 09, 1798 in Charlotte Co., VA, daughter of JOSEPH HERNDON.
Appeared on the 1850 Census of Charlotte Co., VA Children of FRANCIS ROBERTS and JANE HERNDON: 2. i. JOSEPH H. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1798, Charlotte Co. 3. ii. JOHN ROBERTS, b. Charlotte Co., VA; d. bef. 1852. iii. UNNAMED f/o FRANCIS G. ROBERTS b. abt. 1830, Charlotte Co., clerk in store with
Wyatt Cardwell 1850 Census. 4. iv. GEORGE J. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1803; d. 1850-1852, Charlotte Co., VA?. v. THEODORICK M. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1805, Charlotte Co., VA. 5. vi. WILLIAM T. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1808, Charlotte Co., VA; d. bef. Nov 20, 1888, Meck. Co., VA. 6. vii. ERASMUS F. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1810, Charlotte Co., VA. viii. BENJAMIN A. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1812, Charlotte Co., VA; d. 1884 Mecklenburg Co., VA.
Note: Full names (indicating a family record somewhere?) are given in a 1998 query by Nancy
Roberts Huffman whose email address in 2001 is nancye@hotmail.com. Seven children named (not included-name of parent of grandson Francis G. Roberts): Joseph Herndon m Eliz Jane Osborne Lockett John Alexander m Elizabeth Gregory 12/12/1822 George Jefferson m Martha Smith Theodore Mack m Ann Elizabeth Burwell William Thomas m Martha Saunders Erasmus Thomas[?] m Matilda Jane Boyd Benjamin Archer m Marie Wilson Notes Generation No. 2: ========== Notes for JOSEPH H. ROBERTS 2. JOSEPH H. ROBERTS (FRANCIS1) was b. abt. 1798. He marr. ELIZABETH J. OSBORNE-LOCKETT October 20, 1828 in Charlotte Co., VA. Children of JOSEPH ROBERTS and ELIZABETH OSBORNE-LOCKETT: i. ELBERT H. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1832, Charlotte Co., VA. ii. MARTHA M. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1838. iii. GEORGE J. W. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1840. iv. LUCY E. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1844. Notes for JOSEPH H. ROBERTS: Charlotte Co., VA Marriages Roberts, Joseph H. & Elizabeth J. Lockett who signs her own consent 20 Oct 1828 m.b. Meherrin Church Minutes 177-1844 Lunenburg Co., Va., LVA 23 Aug 1834 At a meeting at Goode's Meeting house Joseph Roberts and [wife] Elizabeth Roberts & Susan Hankins were baptised. 24th (Lords day) Theodoric Roberts, Wm Hankins & Wm. Roberts came forward professing faith in the Lord and were baptised by Bro. Shelburne.[p.206] Dec 1834 At a meeting of Meherrin Church....a meeting was holden at Goode's and brother John J. Ingrum chosen clerks to the arm of the Church at that place and Brothers Joseph Roberts & Wm. Hankins were appointed Deacons.[p.209] 4 Jul 1835 "Brethren in the vicinity of Goode's Meeting house in county of Charlotte presented a petition to constitute ourselves into a church to meet at Goode's Meeting house from time to time to observe the Lord's day..." Among those who signed were: Theodorick M. Roberts, Joseph H. Roberts, Wm. T. Roberts, Elizabeth J. Roberts.[p.211] 1850 Census Charlotte Co., VA 36 294 294 ROBERTS Joseph H. 52 M W Planter 2,314 VA b. Charlotte 37 294 294 ROBERTS Elizabeth 46 F W VA b. Charlotte 38 294 294 ROBERTS Elbert H. 18 M W Planter VA b. Charlotte 39 294 294 ROBERTS Martha M. 12 F W VA b. Charlotte 40 294 294 ROBERTS George J. W. 10 M W VA b. Charlotte 41 294 294 ROBERTS Lucy E. 6 F W VA b. Charlotte 42 294 294 ROBERTS Sarah G. 4 F W VA b. Charlotte Household 293 was brother Theodorick M. Roberts Notes for ELIZABETH J. OSBORNE-LOCKETT: Charlotte County marriage record shows Elizabeth J. Lockett was widow of Abner Lockett. Surety Abraham H. Roberts. Mecklenburg County marriage record shows Abner A. Lockett & Elizabeth Osborne m. 16 Nov 1824, Minister William Richards, Sur: L. B. Barnes; Thomas Goode gdn of Elizabeth. ========== Notes for JOHN ROBERTS: 3. JOHN ROBERTS (FRANCIS1) was b. in Charlotte Co., VA, and d. bef. father's will 1852. He marr. ELIZABETH GREGORY [Martha "Elizabeth"] December 12, 1822 in Lunenburg Co., VA. Child of JOHN ROBERTS and ELIZABETH GREGORY: 7. i. MARY JANE T. E. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1825, Lunenburg Co., VA; d. bef. 1870, Lunenburg Co., VA. Named in will of her grandf John Gregory, Lun. Co. See Mary Jane Roberts generation 3. ========== Notes for George J. Roberts: 4. GEORGE J. ROBERTS (FRANCIS1) was b. abt. 1803, and d. 1850-1852 in Charlotte Co., VA?. He marr. MARTHA ANN SMITH October 20, 1830 in Charlotte Co., VA, dau. of WILLIAM SMITH. Children of GEORGE ROBERTS and MARTHA SMITH: i. EDWARD A. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1835. ii. GEORGE T. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1837. Notes for GEORGE T. ROBERTS: Possibly this family 1870 Charlotte Co., VA 30 20 424 424 Roberts George T. 33 M W Farmer 6000 500 VA 30 21 424 424 Roberts Maria 30 F W Keeping House VA 30 22 424 424 Roberts Pattie 10 F W At Home VA 30 23 424 424 Roberts Pela 8 F W VA 30 24 424 424 Roberts Whitfield 2 M W iii. JOHN A. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1839. iv. ROBERT R. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1843. v. BETTIE J. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1846. George J. Roberts was Ass't Marshall for 1850 Charlotte Census ========== Notes for THEODORICK M. ROBERTS: Mecklenburg Co., VA Marriages: Roberts, Theodorick M. & Ann E. Burwell M.B. 1 Dec 1848 Sur: John S. R. Burwell ========== Meherrin Church Minutes 177-1844 Lunenburg Co., Va., LVA 23 Aug 1834 At a meeting at Goode's Meeting house Joseph Roberts and [wife] Elizabeth Roberts & Susan Hankins were baptised. 24th (Lords day) Theodoric Roberts, Wm Hankins & Wm. Roberts came forward professing faith in the Lord and were baptised by Bro.Shelburne.[p.206] 4 July 1835 "Brethren in the vicinity of Goode's Meeting house in county of Charlotte presented a petition to constitute ourselves into a church to meet at Goode's Meeting house from time to time to observe the Lord's day..." Among those who signed were: Theodorick M. Roberts, Joseph H. Roberts, Wm. T. Roberts, Elizabeth J. Roberts.[p.211] 1844 The Church Meherrin [Lunenburg Co.] being incorporated with that of Goode's [Charlotte Co.] its history as a seperate church ceased. Theodorick M. Roberts, appointed as clerk at Goode's brought the Meherrin Minutes up to date at the conclusion of the minutes.[218-223] ========== 1850 Census Charlotte Co., VA 34 293 293 ROBERTS Theodorick M. 45 M W Planter 3,972 VA b. Charlotte 35 293 293 ROBERTS Ann E. 43 F W VA b. Mecklenburg Household 294 was brother Joseph H. Roberts ========== 1870 Census Charlotte Co., VA 27 25 383 383 Roberts Theodoric M. 64 M W Farmer 4000 3000 VA 27 26 383 383 Roberts Ann E. 63 F W Keeping House VA 27 27 383 383 Childs Martha 62 F W VA 27 28 383 383 Childs Mary 30 F W Teacher VA 27 29 383 383 Childs Samuel 23 M W Farm Laborer VA 27 30 383 383 Thompson Lizzie 44 M M Farm Laborer Possibly Theodorick M. & Ann E. Roberts were childless Marriage Notes for THEODORICK ROBERTS and ANN BURWELL:1 Dec was date of marr. bond ========== Notes for William T. Roberts: 5. WILLIAM T. ROBERTS (FRANCIS1) was b. abt. 1808 in Charlotte Co., VA,and d. bef. November 20, 1888 in Mecklenburg Co., VA. He marr. MARTHA ALLAN SAUNDERS September 17, 1845 in Lunenburg Co., VA. Meherrin Church Minutes 177-1844 Lunenburg Co., Va., LVA 23 Aug 1834 At a meeting at Goode's Meeting house Joseph Roberts and [wife] Elizabeth Roberts & Susan Hankins were baptised. 24th (Lords day) Theodoric Roberts, Wm Hankins & Wm. Roberts came forward professing faith in the Lord and were baptised by Bro. Shelburne.[p.206] 4 July 1835 "Brethren in the vicinity of Goode's Meeting house in county of Charlotte presented a petition to constitute ourselves into a church to meet at Goode's Meeting house from time to time to observe the Lord's day..." Among those who signed were: Theodorick M. Roberts, Joseph H. Roberts, Wm. T. Roberts, Elizabeth J. Roberts.[p.211] ======================================================= Lunenburg Co. VA Marriages Roberts, William T. of Charlotte County, and Martha A. Saunders, of Lunenburg County, 12 September 1845. Sur. David C. Hutcheson. Married 17 September 1845 by Louis Dupree. ======================================================= It appears William T. Roberts lived in nw Mecklenburg, near the Charlotte line. 1850 Census Mecklenburg Co., A 33 450 450 ROBERTS William S 42 M Farmer 2,755 VA [I think William S. should be William T./jgs] 34 450 450 ROBERTS Martha 31 F VA 35 450 450 ROBERTS Lavenia 4 F VA 36 450 450 ROBERTS Emily 2 F VA [see 1870; Emily and Emma S. might be one individual.] 37 450 450 ROBERTS William 4/12 M VA 38 451 451 BURWELL Sally E 65 F 4,350 VA 39 451 451 BURWELL John S.S.R. 36 M Farmer 3,498 VA 40 451 451 BURWELL Parthea 29 F NC 41 451 451 BURWELL Sally 9 F VA 42 451 451 BURWELL Richard 8 M VA 1 451 451 BURWELL Christiana 7 F VA 2 451 451 BURWELL John 3 M VA 3 451 451 BURWELL William A 23 M ========================================================= 1870 Census Mecklenburg Co., VA
323b 36 310 285 Roberts Wm. T. 62 M W Farmer 14000 1400 VA 323b 37 310 285 Roberts Martha A. 50 F W Keeps House VA 323b 38 310 285 Roberts John W. 20 M W Assists on farm VA 323b 39 310 285 Roberts Emma S. 21 F W Assists Mother VA 323b 40 310 285 Roberts William T. Jr. 16 M W At Home VA 324 1 310 285 Roberts George I. 18 M W At Home VA 324 2 310 285 Roberts Robert S. 8 M W At Home VA 324 3 310 285 Boothe Richard E. 23 M W At Home 100 VA 324 4 311 286 Burwell George W. 47 M W Farmer 9000 8284 NC 324 5 311 286 Burwell Elizabeth F. 42 F W Keeps House VA 324 6 311 286 Burwell Thomas G. 16 M W At Home VA 324 7 311 286 Burwell Sarah E. 11 F W At Home VA 324 8 311 286 Burwell Frances S. 10 F W At Home VA 324 9 311 286 Burwell George L. 8 M W At Home VA 324 10 311 286 Burwell Henry I. 6 M W At Home Note: George W. Burwell m. Elizabeth F. Gayle d/o Thomas Gayle; this hshld may have been on Gayle property./jgs ========================================== Meck. deed index 48:290 20 Nov 1888 Roberts, Wm T. Est, to Roberts, J.W. etal - indicates William T. Roberts is deceased. Probable children of WILLIAM ROBERTS and MARTHA SAUNDERS: i. LAVENIA ROBERTS, b. abt. 1846. ii. EMILY OR EMMA S. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1848. iii. WILLIAM OR JOHN W. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1850. iv. GEORGE I. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1852. v. WILLIAM T. ROBERTS, JR., b. abt. 1854. vi. ROBERT S. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1862. Others? ========== Notes for Erasmus F. Roberts: 6. ERASMUS F. ROBERTS (FRANCIS1) was b. abt. 1810 in Charlotte Co., VA. He marr. MATILDA BOYD December 31, 1849 in Mecklenburg Co., VA. Erasmus F. Roberts was baptized into the Meherrin Baptist Ch ========== Mecklenburg marriage: Roberts, E. F. & Matilda Boyd M.B. 12 Dec. 1849 Sur: Phillip Rainey Minister: William A. Smith Married: 31 Dec 1849 ====================== 1850 Census Charlotte Co., VA 291 291 ROBERTS Erasmus F. 40 M W Planter 3,972 VA b. Charlotte 291 291 ROBERTS Matilda J. 30 F W VA b. Mecklenburg ====================== 1870 Cen Charlotte Co., VA 25 18 353 353 Roberts Erasmus 60 M W Farmer 8000 200 VA 25 19 353 353 Roberts Matilda 51 F W Keeping House VA 25 20 353 353 Roberts Frank B. 19 M W At Home VA 25 21 353 353 Roberts Jennie 16 F W At Home VA 25 22 353 353 Roberts John A. 13 M W At Home VA 25 23 353 353 Roberts Theodons 11 M W Children of ERASMUS ROBERTS and MATILDA BOYD: i. FRANK B. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1851. ii. JENNIE ROBERTS, b. abt. 1854. iii. JOHN A. ROBERTS, b. abt. 1857. iv. THEODORE? ROBERTS, b. abt. 1859. ========== Notes for BENJAMIN A. ROBERTS: Lunenburg Co., VA Marriage Records Roberts, Benjamin A. & Maria Wilson, 8 _Mar_ 1847, Sur. Robert B.Wilson,marr. 12 _ Jan_ 1847 =========== 1850 Census Mecklenburg Co., VA 22 548 548 ROBERTS Benjamin A 38 M Farmer 3,612 VA 23 548 548 ROBERTS Mariah 25 F VA 24 548 548 ROBERTS Robert 2 M VA ========== 1870 Census Mecklenburg Co., VA 305 26 6 6 Roberts Benj. A. 57 M W Farmer 4000 2000 Charlotte Co. VA 305 27 6 6 Roberts Mariah C. 46 F W Keeps House Lunen Co. VA 305 28 6 6 Roberts Clarissa J. 19 F W At Home Meck Co. VA 305 29 6 6 Roberts Anne E. 13 F W At Home Meck Co. VA 305 30 6 6 Roberts Maria L. 10 F W At Home Meck Co. VA 305 31 6 6 Roberts Robt. W. 21 M W At Home Meck Co. VA 305 32 6 6 Roberts Benj. A. F. 10/12 M W At Home Meck Co. VA b.Aug [1849?] 305 33 6 6 Roberts Henrietta 12 F M House Svt Meck Co. VA ========== Roberts Family Cemetery [p.269],Cemetery & Tombstone Records of Mecklenburg Co.,VA,v2,Munsey Moore Roberts, B. A. 1812-1884 M. C. 1825-1873; Mrs. (both on same stone) Maria Louisa died 26 Dec. 1937 Enclosed in Metal fence with periwinkle, several graves marked with field rocks. Munsey Moore wrote travel down hwy 600 east of Chase City to Morris trailer park. Ask for home of Rachael Goode. Cemetery extremely remote. He wrote to refer to "unknown cemetery" which is about 100 yds southeast of Roberts cemetery, described as a "rock wall and periwinkle, no tombstones, near old chimney." ========== Generation No. 3 7. MARY JANE T. E. ROBERTS (JOHN2, FRANCIS1) was b. abt. 1825 in Lunenburg Co., VA, and d. bef. 1870 in Lunenburg Co., VA. She marr. JAMES R. WILSON April 05, 1847 in Charlotte Co., VA. Children of MARY ROBERTS and JAMES WILSON: i. JOHN W. WILSON, b. abt. 1848, Charlotte Co., VA. ii. MARTHA "PATTIE" E. WILSON, b. abt. 1851. iii. JANE E. WILSON, b. abt. 1854. iv. THOMAS "EDWARD" WILSON, b. abt. 1857. v. MARY "LOUISA" WILSON, b. abt. 1860. vi. JAMES WILSON, b. abt. 1864. Notes for JAMES R. WILSON: 1850 Census Charlotte Co., VA. shows James R. Wilson family 2 doors from Mary Jane's grandfather, Francis Roberts. By 1870 Census, Mary Jane apparently was deceased and James R. Willson was enumerated on Lunenburg Census, Columbian Grove township, Wattsboro, Marriage Notes for MARY ROBERTS and JAMES WILSON: Mar. Bnd of James R. Wilson & Mary Jane Roberts shows Mary Jane was dau. of John Roberts, Dec'd