James Joseph Roberts

By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

tailor of Waverly, is the son of Edward and Clara (Manning) Roberts. His father was born in Maryland about 1800; married in Kentucky, his wife being a native Kentuckian, and died in Breckenridge County about 1864, the mother dying in Union County, in 1883. His grandfather Roberts died before his father's birth, and the widowed grandmother married a man named Leek, and died in Union County when subject was young. John Manning was his maternal grandfather.

Our subject was born in Breckenridge County June 17, 1829, and got three years' training in Breckenridge schools. He then  served two years apprenticeship at the tailor's trade under Chaffin Smith in Breckenridge County; and acquired a good knowledge of the business. On January 20, 1853, he married in Breckenridge County to Teresa Ellen Hayden, the daughter of Benjamin and Susan (Burch) Hayden. Mrs. Roberts' parents were born and married in Marion County, but died in Breckenridge County in 1840, and 1851 respectively. She was born in Breckenridge County November, 1827.

When Waverly was young, in March, 1855, Mr. Roberts removed to Union County and settled in the little village. Here he carried on his trade for many years, building a house in the west end in 1857, and getting in the course of time some eleven acres of land. He has been a Catholic from infancy is one of the best and most influential farmers of Raleigh Precinct. He is the son of Thomas B. and Malinda (Floyd) Robertson. Thomas Robertson was born near Washington, D. C., December 25, 1808, came to Union County in 1819, married in 1842, and died at his splendid home, in this county, May 2, 1877. He was a highly respected citizen, having been a member of the church from boyhood. Malinda Floyd who was born in Union County January 11, 1819, is one of the brightest old ladies we ever met. In her day she was considered one of the best singers in Kentucky, and can now carry the tenor to many of the old favorite airs beautifully. Thomas Robertson, subjuect's paternal grandfather, was born in Ireland. He was twice married: first to a Miss Letcher and lastly to a MIss Mangram. Was drafted in the War of 1812 but did not serve. Subject's paternal grandmother was Susan Letcher, born in Maryland. Subject's maternal grandfather was Henry Crosby, who was a farmer, born in Nelson County, Kentucky, January 4, 1789, married a Miss Ann Threlkeld, of Flemming County, Ky., in 1818, and died in Union in 1859. His wife was born in 1804 and died in 1831.

Our subject was born at the old Robertson place July 1, 1855. He received some eight years' training in the Union County free and special schools, after which he graduated with the highest honors in the Evansville College. For several years he and his brother Posey, who is a merchant in Uniontown, ran the farm together, having each 140 acres of the best and in Union County, but now the whole farm is controlled by him. The old house is a good frame on the old style, with eight rooms and two porches, on eon either side. In politics Boyd is a Democrat. Has been a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church for eight years, and member of the Masonic fraternity at Shiloh for the same length of time. Subject is considered a first-class farmer in his precinct. In the stock line he deals principally in fine horses and mules.