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Descendants of
1810 - 1863  CSA
Gilmer Co., GA, Cherokee Co., NC & Polk Co., TN

Last Update:  January 04, 2010

Elisha ROBERTS was born 1804-1810 Clarke Co., GA [src: military records] and met, courted and married  Lethia "Leathy" CLIAN/CLINE  b. 1818-1824 while she was living in 1840 Cherokee Co., NC with her step-father, John BAILUS STANDRIDGE, Sr. and his wife Sarah ??, Leathy's mother.  They were married shortly after the 1840 census, with 5 ROBERTS children born in NC before moving to Gilmer Co., GA abt 1849:

Mary M.  ROBERTS  b. 1841 m. Silas GRANT 1858 in Polk Co., TN; d. after 1880 Polk Co., TN.  He was the son of Alexander GRANT.  They had 10 children all born in Polk Co., TN.

John  ROBERTS  b. 1842-1844 m. bef 1870 - we don't know what happened to him.

James Dunagan  ROBERTS b. 1844-1845 m. Malinda E. HARRIS in 1866 in Polk Co., TN and they had 6 children.   She died in 1895, so he then married Addie HYDE in Polk Co., TN and they had 2 children; James d. abt Nov 1916 in TN.  In 1861 he enlisted as Pvt., Co. A "white", Walker's 1st Battalion, Thomas' NC Legion CSA.  After his father's death in 1863, he re-enlisted at Loudon, TN for the Union into Co. H, 3rd TN Mounted Cavalry USA and for this service he drew a pension. Invalid App #1203633 Cert #1112907 filed in TN

Barker Civil War Research:
Roberts, Benjamin John died Apr 21, 1920 Ch.Co.Al XC878624 Pvt iri. Co.H 3rd Tn MI Teague, Catherine Br.Co.Tn - died 1875 Ro.Co.Tn
Roberts, Benjamin John ditto ditto ditto Dean, Judy Po.Co.Tn died 1887 Cane Spgs, Ga
Roberts, Benjamin John ditto ditto ditto Rux/Ruxer, Mary Ann died Oct 26, 1888 Ch.Co.Al Jul 18, 1931 Palestine, Al

Roberts, James D. Sep 23, 1909 Cassv., Ga WC835217 3rd Tn MI Harris, Melvina Nov 1895 Blo.Co.Tn
Roberts, James D. ditto ditto ditto Smith, Addie Hyde Apr 16, 1895 Po.Co.Tn Jun 4, 1937 Pa

Benjamin John. ROBERTS b.1846-1847 m. 1st Catherine TEAGUE 1865 in Bradley Co., TN and they had 3 children and she died 1875 in Roane Co., TN;  He then married Juda DEAN in 1876 and had 2 children before she died in 1887 in Cave Springs, Floyd Co., GA.  Thirdly, he married Mary Ann RUCKS in 1888 Cherokee Co., AL. He died after  5/6/1912 in Cedartown, Polk Co., GA and is buried at Arrington Chapel Cem., Cherokee Co., AL   In 1861 he enlisted as Pvt., Co. A "white", Walker's 1st Battalion, Thomas' NC Legion CSA.  After his father's death in 1863, he re-enlisted at Loudon, TN for the Union into Co. H, 3rd TN Mounted Cavalry USA and for this service he drew a pension and Mary Ann received a widow's pension. Filed in GA: Application # 1285005 and received Certificate # 1091405

George Washington ROBERTS  b. 1846-1847 m. Martha E. PENCE in 1870 in Gilmer Co., GA d. 1894 Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.  They had 10 children.

There were numerous other ROBERTS families living in 1850 Gilmer Co., GA, all in the same District.

While in Gilmer Co., GA, Elisha and Leathy had  5-6 more children [1 set of twins]:

Sarah Vanessa ROBERTS b. 1849  m. George Cleveland HARRIS Sr. 1866 Cherokee Co., NC; d. 1926 Tellico Plains, Monroe Co., TN.  They had 10 children.  They are buried at Tellico Plains Bapt Ch Cem., Monroe Co., TN

Manoah B.  "Noah" ROBERTS b. 1850-1851 m. Lucieta Caroline PENCE 1874 in Gilmer Co., GA; d. bef 1880 Gilmer Co., GA.  They had 1 daughter.

Margaret Ella ROBERTS b. 1852-1853  m. John Henry PRUITT 1876; d. 1935 Polk Co., GA; buried in New Harmony Bapt Ch Cem., on county line between Marshall Co., AL and Bullock Co., AL.  They had 9 children.

Anna Miranda ROBERTS b. 1854  twin m. Pryor McClarie BUCHANAN-MADISON 1877 in Polk Co., TN; d. 1882 Fannin Co., GA.  They had 4 children. He re-married to Sarah Ella Mae League and died 1932 in Soddy Daisy, Hamilton Co., TN

Elijah L. ROBERTS  b. 1854  twin m. Sarah J. BROOKS 1877 in Polk Co., TN; d. 1933 Polk Co., TN; buried at Ducktown Cem., Polk Co., TN.  They had 7 children.  He remarried in 1906 to Mrs. Sarah "Dazy" Nichols ROBERTS but they had no children together.  All 3 are buried at Ducktown Cem., Polk Co., TN.

By 1856, Elisha and Leathy were back in Cherokee Co., NC.  This is evidenced by a 1856 deed in Cherokee Co., NC where Leathy received 180 acres from C.B. STILES paid for by John STANDRIDGE.  Elijah and his twin sister, Anna Miranda, are also grantees of this deed; but not husband Elisha or the other 8 children born before this deed was executed.

By 1860 census, Elisha & Leathy ROBERTS are in neighboring Polk Co., TN.  It was difficult to find them because the enumerator showed them as Roberts GRANT.  They were living in between the Alexander GRANT household and the Silas GRANT household in Dist. 8 in the Ducktown/Isabella area.  Their dtr, Mary M. ROBERTS, had married Silas GRANT bef 1860 and his father was Alexander GRANT.  Alexander GRANT had also been in 1850 Gilmer Co., GA living near the ROBERTS and the STANDRIDGEs. The 1860 census shows 3 more Elisha ROBERTS children born after this 1856 deed:

America "Merricky" ROBERTS b. 1858  m. George W. BEVELS 1872 and they had at least 3 children born in Polk Co., TN.  She re-married to Thomas R. HANSON abt 1915.  She died in 1926 Cave Spring, Floyd Co., GA and is buried at Bethel Ch Cem., Cherokee Co., AL

Marion ROBERTS b. 1858  m. Zilphia CROOKS 1879 Gilmer Co., GA.  They had 5 children before she died in 1895.  He then m. Martha McCOVALL 1895 Polk Co., TN and had 1 son before he d. aft 1920 in Cave Spring, Floyd Co., GA

Andrew Jackson ROBERTS b. Aug 1859 m. Francis C. GOGGANS  1883 Polk Co., GA and had 5 children with only 1 dtr living to adulthood.  She died in 1893 and was buried at Sanders Cem., Cedartown, Polk Co., GA.  He then m. Martha S. "Mattie" LOGAN 1894 Cherokee Co., AL He died in 1934 in Polk Co., GA and was buried at Greenwood Cem., Polk Co., GA.  Mattie died in 1951 Polk Co., GA and was also buried at Greenwood.

Elisha Roberts "from Polk Co., TN" enlisted 9/28/1862 in Blount Co., TN at age 52 as a Private into Co. C, Walker's 1st Battalion, Thomas' North Carolina Legion CSA.  According to the Soldiers' & Sailors System files, his rank in was a Private and his rank out was a Private.  His military records have been obtained from NARA.  He was transferred to Co. A, Walker's Batt. out of Cherokee Co., NC to join his 2 sons who had enlisted into Co. A.  Elisha was born in Clarke Co., GA and was residing in Polk Co., TN at the time he enlisted.  He had light hair, blue eyes & fair complexion.  He stood 5'7" tall.  He was in a hospital in Louden Co., TN in May & JUne 1863 "sick".  He died July 8, 1863 of disease.  Lethia claimed his body and it is believed that she carried him back to Ducktown Cem. for burial.

Leathy and the children continued living in Ducktown, Polk Co., TN and are found on the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Polk Co., TN.  She and Elisha had 1 child born aft 1860 census:

Boyd Jefferson Davis ROBERTS b. 1861 m. Nancy Ranamy/Rohamie HEDGECOCK in 1885 Union Co., GA.  She was the dtr of James Thomas HEDGECOCK and Jincey Jane DEAN.  He d. 1925 Fannin Co., GA and Nancy died in 1954. They are both buried at Hemptown Bapt Ch Cem., Fannin Co., GA].  Their only child was Lorenie D. 'Rennie' Roberts-Gibby [Mrs. William Daniel GIBBY].  They had 11 children and she died 12/5/1979 in Greenville, Greenville Co., SC.

Lethia CLIAN-ROBERTS died 1900 in Hemptown, Fannin Co., GA.  She is buried at Ducktown Cem., Ducktown, Polk Co., TN per WPA survey but no tombstone remains visible.

My Mama's grandfather was Elijah L. ROBERTS b. 1854.  Elijah's middle name is said to be LOUCILL but no documentation has been found showing that name, only the initial of L which often looks like S in old handwriting. The source of LOUCILL was my great-aunt Mary Bowers-Roberts, but my cousin who wrote all this down could have heard could have been STANCELL. He was called Lidge, a common nickname for Elijah,  and worked his whole life for the local copper mining company in Copperhill, Polk Co., TN. He was well known in the community and respected by all that knew him.

Elijah L. ROBERTS married  in 1877 in probably Ducktown or Isabella, Polk Co., TN,  Sarah Jane BROOKS, the dtr of Josiah/Josephus & Susanna "Susan" VAUGHN-BROOKS.  They had 7 children.  Sarah read a lot of medical books, probably those of her brother who was the doctor for the mining company. 

Sarah Jane BROOKS-ROBERTS died in 1903 and is buried at Ducktown Cem., Polk Co., TN   In 1905 Polk Co., Elijah married Salah [Mrs. D.N.] 'Dazy' ROBERTS.  My family notes say she was nee BEAVER[S] and died in Hemptown, Fannin Co., GA.  Dazy re-married one month after Elijah's death to William Akins WILLIAMS a widower in Ducktown, Polk Co., TN.  William is buried at Zion Hill Cem., Turtletown, Polk Co., TN with his 1st wife, Lina Ellen 'Linnie' BARNETTE; and Dazy is buried next to Elijah in Ducktown Cem. along with his 1st wife, Sarah.  

1918 Ducktown, TN:  Wm. BOWERS, Medley & Arthur ROBERTSElijah and Sarah's son, Arthur Brooks ROBERTS, who married Medley Leona BOWERS in 1910 Polk Co, TN.  Medley was the dtr of Elias Berry BOWERS and Rutha American AKINS-BOWERS who are buried at Harmony Bapt Ch Cem. in Blue Ridge, Fannin Co., GA.  Arthur and Medley had only one child to live beyond infancy. They divorced in 1920.  It was a bitter divorce, so my mother never knew her father or even saw him until she was about 33 yrs old.  Medley married 2 more times but had no more children.  She died from cancer in 1952 and is buried at Oaklawn Cem. in Jacksonville, FL under her married name of CRAWFORD [Mrs. Oscar H. Crawford, Sr.]  Arthur Brooks ROBERTS, in 1916 leased 160 area of land in Aspen, Pitkin Co., CO for mining.  In 1917 he was a miner for Lucky Gold Mine Co. in Douthat, OK according to his WWI Registration Card.   In the 1920's he leased an additional 12 acres in Pitkin Co., CO and while there was a Mason.  By 1930, he was working as a miner in Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT where he was briefly married in 1925 and again divorced after 1930.  Lastly, he re-married to Ann PRICE and had 3 sons and 2 dtrs.   He served as a Vet to the horses in the US Army, stationed in Germany during WWII.  Arthur died in 1967 in Knoxville, TN and is buried at the National Cemetery in Knoxville.

Elijah & Sarah's oldest son, John Henry ROBERTS,  suffered from a head injury he received when a car door was slammed on his head.  He was born abt 1878 and died aft 1920 in Eastern State Hospital in Knoxville, TN.

Elijah's second oldest son, Oscar Augustus ROBERTS, married Medley BOWERS' sister, Mary Louisa BOWERS in 1910.  Oscar d. 1950 and Mary ROBERTS d. 1989 are buried in East View Cem. in Atlanta, GA.  They had 2 dtrs, shown in the photo below:  Lucille and Eileen, both deceased.  Mary died shortly after her 100th birthday.

Elijah & Sarah's dtr, Lillie L. ROBERTS, married Samuel B. PENCE.  She died in 1974 Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA.  They had 2 dtrs, Eula Mae [Mrs. Lester J. FORD] & Ada [Mrs. Fred C. CARPENTER].  They were all living in Detroit, MI in 1930 next door to one another.   Two of Lillie's great-aunts or uncles also married into the Absolom PENCE Family in Gilmer Co., GA.

Elijah & Sarah Jane's dtr, Minnie Ella ROBERTS, married both Dean SISSON in 1902 then his brother, Thomas Benton SISSON in 1904 in Polk Co., TN.  They were both sons of Thomas E. SISSON b. 1857 & grandsons of John Erwin SISSON.  Ella died in 1972 in Knoxville, TN.  Ella & Thomas had 9 children.

Elijah & Sarah Jane's dtr, Florence E. ROBERTS, married 1908 to Robert D. "Bob" GOODE.  He was a s/o Lewis GOODE b. 1859 TN. They had 5 children and lived all their lives in Polk Co., TN  They are both buried at Zion Hill Cem., Turtletown, Polk Co., TN

Elijah & Sarah Jane's youngest dtr, Ethel S. ROBERTS married M.P. SMITH in 1911 Polk Co., TN, divorced him and re-married to Goodman Ross LEDFORD in 1920 Polk Co., TN. He was the s/o Columbus M. LEDFORD and Martha HALL. Ethel died from childbirth in 1922 in Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA and is buried at Old Hamilton Presbyterian Cem., Corner Stone & Happy Streets in Dalton.

So far, it is most likely that Elisha's father was Noel Francis ROBERTS and mother was Heighly CARTER who married in 1808 Clarke Co., GA  Noel Francis died in 1843 Austin, Fort Bend Co., TX and was a s/o John & Judah ROBERTS of early Columbia Co., GA.  If anyone has any information about these ROBERTS, I'd love to hear from you...

Grandaughters of Elijah L. ROBERTS:
L to R:  Eileen Roberts-Kimble of Lakeland FL - d. 1999;
Jeanette Ruth Roberts-Tindell of Jacksonville, FL d. 2005;
Lucille Roberts-Cargile-Bennett of Gainesville, GA - d. 1986
Eileen & Lucille were sisters and 1st "double" cousins to Jeanette.

1978 Reunion - Gainesville, Hall Co., GA
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Documents and Info regarding ROBERTS:

  1. ROBERTS Family Census Records

  2. ROBERTS Marriages covering NC/GA/TN border counties.

  3. 1856 Deed from C.B. STILES to Leathy ROBERTS 180+ acres  Cherokee Co., NC

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