Robertson Family of Parker County
The Robertsons of Parker County first appeared on the scene
with mother Elizabeth Ann (Harrison) Robertson patenting land
in Rock Springs near Peaster in the northwest part of the county
in 1857. She is buried in that cemetery near a son, James Monroe
Robertson, Jr. Another son, Albert M. Robertson, is buried in
the Willow Springs Cemetery near Interstate 20 and in Willow
Park, Tx. Whether or not James M. Sr. made it to Parker County
is debatable since the patent is in her name, but he might be
buried in the Rock Springs Cemetery as well and might have died
before the patent was granted. The entire family had made its
way to Parker County from Daviess County, Indiana where James
M. and Elizabeth Ann were married on 31 Dec. 1835. When they
left Indiana, they settled for ten or so years in Missouri before
moving south to Hopkins County, Texas.
Moving on to Parker County a few years later, the Robertsons
brought with them six of their seven children – Albert
M., Asher E., Missouri Angeline, James M. Jr., John Harrison,
and Eleanor E.A. Their last child, Joseph W., was probably born
in Parker County. He later married Ruth Stratton and they moved
to Paducah, Texas where they raised their family.
The oldest, Albert M. married Mary Jane Fox, but in July of
1864 he died of an illness while serving in the War Between the
States. He is buried in Willow Springs Cemetery. He and his wife
had one daughter, Missouri Ann. His wife then remarried to James
R. Pritchard and they are both buried in Willow Springs Cemetery
as well. Asher E. married Martha A. Gilliland and he died in
Parker County in 1903. Missouri Angeline married Wallace Thompson
King, and Eleanor also married into the Gilliland family. She married J. C. Gilliland.
John Harrison Robertson was born in Johnson County Missouri
in 1847 and was little more than a toddler when the family came
to Texas. He married Mary I. Blocker in 1870 and they patented
land north and east of the current Lake Weatherford. His land
extended to the Clear Fork River and much of it is now under
the lake. White Settlement Road passes through part of his land
grant. They had seven children and an infant who died. Mary I.
Blocker Robertson died in 1885, probably in childbirth for she
is buried with her infant in the Turner Cemetery north of Lake
Weatherford. Following her death, John Robertson married Martha
Billingsley and they moved to Crystal Falls in Stephens County
where he raised another set of children by his second wife.
Robertson roots permeate the county. There was, at one time,
a Robertson schoolhouse and J. Robertson was a preacher of the “United
Missionary Baptist Church of Christ” founded at Anderson
Green’s house. Asher Robertson was a member of the Pioneer
Association of Parker County and reported that he had come to
Texas in 1852 and to Parker County by October 15, 1855. He was
also a trustee of the Clear Fork School in 1877 where there were
34 scholars. His property was adjacent to that of his brother
There are still descendants of the Robertson family in the area
and tracks of their ancestors can be found throughout Parker
County – many in East Parker County as well.
James M. Robertson – b. 1817 VA, m. 31 Dec. 1835 Daviess
Co, IN, d. ca. 1855 Parker County, TX? – buried Rock Springs
Cemetery? – married to:
Elizabeth Ann Harrison – b. 27 Jan. 1819 IN, d. 16 Mar.
1880 in Parker County, TX and buried in Rock Springs Cemetery.
Albert M. Robertson – b. 29 Oct. 1836 IN, d. 27 Jul 1864
and buried in Willow Springs Cemetery in Parker County, TX. He
married Mary Jane Fox ca. 1860-63 and following his death she
married second to James R. Pritchard. Mary Jane had one daughter
with Albert M. Robertson -- Missouri Ann Robertson – b.
13 May 1863 Parker Co, TX and d. 17 Feb. 1943 Parker Co, TX.;
buried in Dicey Cemetery in Parker County.
Asher E. Robertson – b. 4 July 1839 MO, d. 2 May 1903 in
Parker County. He married Martha A. Gilliland and they had at
least one daughter named Ann.
Missouri Angeline “Ann” Robertson – b. 1842
MO, died about 1877 in Parker County.
She married Wallace Thompson King around 1860 in Parker County.
They had at least 3 children – Anna Bell, Mary Ann, and
James Monroe Robertson Jr. – b. 26 Feb 1845 MO and died
15 Jun 1876. It is unknown if he ever married. He is buried in
the Rock Springs Cemetery near his mother and sister.
John Harrison Robertson – b. 9 Oct 1847 MO, married Mary
Independence Blocker on 6 Oct 1870. She was born 8 Oct 1852 in
Hopkins County, TX and died 26 April 1885. She is buried near
her infant in Turner Cemetery in Parker County. John Robertson
was married second on 17 Nov 1886 to Martha Billingsley. He d.
5 Feb 1932 in Stephens County and is buried there in Crystal
Eleanor “Ellen” Robertson – b. 1850 MO married
J. C. Gilliland.
Joseph W. Robertson – b. 29 Jan 1855 TX, married about
1877 in Parker County to Ruth F. Stratton. They had 9 children,
the oldest of whom was Mary J. Robertson and she is buried in
Rock Springs Cemetery by her grandmother and uncle. The other
children included James A., John F., George L., Martin B., Ida
B., Mily C., Joseph, and Arthur L.
The family moved to Cottle County and Joseph W. died on 17 Dec.
1907 and is buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in or near
Some Robertson marriage records from my research in Parker County,
C. A. Robertson to Mattie Plumlee – 16 Dec. 1888
J. Robertson to Melania Blackburn – 28 July 1879
J. H. Robertson to Martha E. Billingsley – 17 Nov.
J. C. Robertson to Pearl Blair – 15 Dec. 1892
J. C. Plumlee to Annie Robertson – 2 Dec. 1888
Louis McKissick to Ella Robertson – 21 Mar. 1893
J. D. Fulfer to Ellen Robertson – 30 April 1886
W. E. Glenn to Josie Robertson – 3 Feb. 1898
J. C. Cockburn to L. A. Robertson – 18 Dec. 1892
M. W. Evans to Lela Robertson – 25 July 1900
J. W. Williams to Lula Robertson – 16 Sep. 1894
R. K. Haygood to M. A. Robertson – 14 Nov. 1885
Robert Lee Pool to Mattie J. Robertson – 28 July
S. Thomas to M. L. T. Robertson – 16 Mar. 1893
W. R. Park to Myrtle Robertson – 24 Nov. 1898
S. W. Miller to V. E. Robertson – 29 Sep. 1887
[© Kay W. Davis 2007]