George D. Roberts


GEORGE D. ROBERTS, a successful farmer of Knox township, Jefferson county, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, April 11, 1843. To that county his father, William Roberts, a native of Virginia, removed witht he family of his parents, Robert and Ruth (Atkinson) Roberts, about 1818. Robert Roberts was a gunsmith by trade, and followed that calling until his death, which occurred April 17, 1836. His wife died January 20, 1886. They had eight children, four of whom are living. William Roberts, the father of the subject of this mention, was born in 1818. He became a plasterer by trade. In about 1841 he was married to Eva Miller, who bore to him twelve children, nine of whom are living. He died March 21, 1887, but his widow is still living, at her home at Fowlerville, Mich. George D. Roberts, son of the above was reared in Harrison county, and in youth learned the trade of cabinet maker. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Ohio, and served about three years and participated in over twenty engagements among which were the battles of the Wilderness and Cedar Creek. He was an eye witness of Sheridan's famous ride from Winchester, "twenty miles away". After the close of his patriotic and distinguished service for his country, he engage din farming in Harrison county and in 1865 he removed to Knox township and occupied his present property. In March 1868, Mr. Roberts was married to Mary D. Burnett, daughter of James H. Burnett, of Jefferson county. To this union six children were born: Annie I., James W., Charles D., John R., Harry K. and Mary E., who died in 1887. He and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church, of Knoxville, and he is a comrade of the G. A. R.

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