DAVID W. ROBERTS, engaged in the grocery business at Irondale, ws born in North Wales, May 9, 1835, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Wynne) Roberts, both of whom were natives of Wales. In 1849 the parents removed with their family to AMerica, and settled in Jackson county, Ohio where the father engaged in farming but in a few months removed to Meigs county, where he was in the butcher business a short time. He subsequently removed to Oshkosh, Wis., and died at Wyandotte, Mich in 1871. His widow died at Ironton, Ohio, March 3, 1882. David W. was fourteen years old when he reached America. He farmed with an uncle for some months, and then went to Caol Port, Meigs county, where he worked in the coal mines in the winter and assisted his brother in the butcher business at Ironton in the summer seasons until December 1854 when he went to Wellsville, reaching there January 1, 1855. He engaged in the coal mining, and he and his brother leased some coal land near Wellsville, and mined coal for three years. Subsequently he worked in the railroad shops and on the road for nearly six years, after which he bought a small farm near Salineville, to which he removed in 1865 and remained there for five years, then opened a meat market; he conducted that until APril 1887 when he began the grocery trade at Irondale, in which he is now occupied doing a good business, which is constantly increasing. Mr. Roberts was married April 24, 1858 to Elizabeth Duncan, who was born in Scotland, March 11, 1837, daughter of John and Marian Duncan. The father died at Wellsville, December 23, 1876 but the mother is now living at St. Paul, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have ten children, Robert F., John D., David, Marion G., Elizabeth W., Mary J., Thomas R., Catherine H., Lydia Hyde and Edith. Mr. Roberts and family are members of the PResbyterian church, and he is a republican having cast his first vote for John C. Fremont.
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