John Robertson


JOHN ROBERTSON, who was born near Knoxville, Jefferson county, November 16, 1800, and died in Island Creek township, April 25, 1873, was one of the prominent and highly esteemed citizens of the county during a large part of this century. He was the son of Thomas and Hannah (McMillan) Robertson. The father was born in Lancaster county, Penn., and came to Jefferson county in 1778, being one of the very first to establish themselves on the west side of the river. He and his wife were charter members of the Island Creek church, and when she died May 20, 1860 at the age of eighty-four years, she was the last survivor of the original members. Her husband passed away September 15, 1827. Of their eight children, three are now living. John Robertson grew up amid the wild scenes of the early settlements, and had the advantages of little schooling, but he was an intelligent and energetic man. He was reared as a farmer and his life was devoted to that vocation. He moved on the farm now owned by his heirs in 1822, which was also the year of his marriage to Eliza Carr, who bore to him seven children, four of whom are living: Mrs. Jane Lyle, Mrs. R. Lyle, John M. and Thomas. The mother of these children died in February 1846 and in January 1847, he was married to Rucina Lyle by whom he had two children: Sarissa L. and Ella K. Mr. Robertson was a member of the Presbyterian church of Island Creek, and held the office of elder. In politics, he was a republican. His life was an honorable and useful one, and his memory is tenderly cherished by his descendants.

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