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James F. Roberts

JAMES F. ROBERTS,  farmer, post-office Kennard, was born April 12, 1840, in Salem Township. His father, Robert Roberts, was born June 11, 1793, in the southeastern part of this State, and was there united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mary Critchfield.  They came to Salem Township, Mercer County, in 1818, and purchased a portion of the Bishop Roberts tract, on which they settled. For several years he was in the employ of Bishop Roberts, in conducting business at his grist-mill, and when the milling business was abandoned, Robert gave his attention to farming, There were thirteen children born to them, all of whom grew to maturity, and were all, excepting one, the heads of families, viz.: John,  lives in Wisconsin; Joanna, wife of Mr. Tiffany; Phoebe, deceased; Martha,  deceased; William C., deceased; Mary, deceased; Sarah, wife of  Mr. Cook, of Washington Territory; Susan, wife of N. Kline, of Wisconsin; Robert,  deceased; Jane, widow of J. Partridge; Charlotte, wife of Thomas Rhoades,  of Salem Township; James F.; Emily, deceased. In politics Robert was a Whig, and he and his wife were members of the Methodist-Episcopal Church. Robert  died July 22, 1844, in his fifty-second year. His widow died January 80, 1879, in her eighty-fifth year. She spent the latter years of her life with her son, James F., on the homestead on which she first settled. James F. was reared by his widowed mother and educated at the common schools. He was married February 18, 1863, to Susan, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (White) Mackey, of Sandy Creek Township. They located on the paternal homestead, and purchased the interests of the heirs. There were seven children born to them: Sophia, William, John, Nettie, Milton, Sherman, Hattie. In politics Mr. Roberts is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Free-Will Baptist Church.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1135

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