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Descendants of John C. Roberts


Submitted by Scot Martin Rogerson.

The death of this well known Marshall County citizen took place at his residence on Jefferson Avenue at 6:30 o'clock Saturday evening. He had been in failing health for a number of years past, but the immediate cause of death was an attack of acute pneumonia super induced by weak heart action. The subject of this sketch was born in Round Bottom about two miles below the city on March 28, 1836. He comes from a line of ancestry that traces back to colonial times. His grandfather Jonathan Roberts migrated from Culpepper (sp) County, Virginia in 1796 and settled on what is known as Roberts Ridge near this city. His father David Roberts was one of the early settlers of Round Bottom.

John Clinton Roberts, who represented the third generation since the removal of the family from eastern Virginia to the Ohio Valley, served as deputy sheriff under Jackson Reed in 1862. He assisted in recruiting Company B of 12th West Virginia Volunteers and was elected second lieutenant. A year later was promoted to Captain and served with the command till July 1864, when he resigned in action near Winchester which incapacitated him from further service in the field.

On his return to Moundsville formed a partnership with George Edwards and embarked in the mercantile business. Later he was associated with Dr E C Thomas, who retired soon after the formation of the partnership since when Capt. Roberts has continued in the business.

He married Miss Elmira Adelaide Garrett of Chester County, Pennsylvania who survives him. To this union seven children, two have passed to the beyond. The living are Frank G., a merchant; Evan G., a director in the Farmers & Mechanics Bank; D. Leon of New York City; Mrs. Mayne R. Denman of Pittsburgh and Miss Nellie E., at home.

The deceased has always taken an active interest in the welfare of his hometown and has been a leader in public enterprise. His place will be hard to fill. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Tuesday afternoon. Interment at Mt Rose Cemetery.

[Moundsville, West Virginia Newspaper Obituary - December 1901]