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WILLIAM B. ROBERTS, the present collector of Hilyard township, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Hardin county, in that state, February 7th, 1837. His grandfather, David Rittenhouse Roberts, was in the war of 1812. His father, William C. Roberts, was born at Norristown, Pennsylvania, and when a young man came to Kentucky, and married Mary Gilmore, daughter of David Gilmore, one of the early settlers of Hardin county. David Gilmore built a mill at the mouth of Gilmore's branch, which was the earliest mill constructed in all that part of Kentucky. Mr. Roberts' father lived on Otter creek, the boundary line between Hardin and Meade counties, and Mr. Roberts raised in both counties. He was married February 14th, 1861, to Kitty Ann Allen, daughter of William Allen, born and raised in Hardin county. In April, 1864, he moved to this state, and went to farming in Hilyard township. In politics he has been a democrat, though his father was first a Whig and afterward became a strong Republican. Since 1873 he has been constable, and in 1879 was elected collector. His five children are Mary Frances, Julia Florence, Lillie May, Allen Bathurst and Hardin Alexander. He is a man who stands well in the community in which he lives.