History of Roberts Family
"The early Robert ancestors are supposed to have gone from France to Wales, then to have returned to france, later joining the persecuted Protestant refugees who settled in Switzerland. It appears from the Welsh motto on the coat of arms that Daniel Robert's ancestor must have lived for a while in Wales and received knighthood during that period of allegiance to the Welsh ruler. The descendant of Christopher Robert (founder of Robert College in Constntinople) claim the same coat of arms used by Rev. Pierre Robert's descendants, which indicates that Christopher, also, was from the line of Daniel and Marie. In the main library of New York City is a book written by a Robert descendant, and in the book claim is made that Roberts were from Wales at a very early period, but the name was then spelled Rhobert."
This branch of the Roberts Family as far back as I found was in Greenville, South Carolina before 1850, migrated to Paulding county, Georgia 1850 and then to Jefferson county around Warrior Alabama about 1860 in the Cane Creek community. A few of these Family members turned up on the 1860 Montgomery county, Arkansas (Mountain Township) census before returning back to Jefferson county, Alabama.
Iím working on this Family history page and this is just the beginning. I started out as far back as I have been able to get and will add more to this page as time permits. I just wanted to add it to my website so that the information could be of use for anyone doing research on this branch of the Roberts family
Nicolas Robert -- born 1379 -- death 1420
Spouse: Nicole Grandpierre born 1366 -- death 1420
Children: Othenin Robert, Jean Robert
Jean Robert -- born 1400 Le Locle, Neuchatel, Switzerland -- death 1442 Leloche, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Children: Jehan Robert
Jehan Robert -- born 1444 Neufchatel, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France -- death 1484 Leloche, Switzerland
Children: Humbert Robert
Humbert Robert -- born 1464 Lelocle, Neuchatel Canton, Switzerland -- death 1506 Neufchatel, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Spouse: Jeannette Dumont
Children: Guillaume Robert
Guillaume Robert -- born 1540 Lelocle, Neufchatel, Switzerland -- death Apr 1623 St. Imier, Neuchatel Canton,, Switzerland
Children: Daniel Robert
Daniel Robert -- born 1570 Sonvillier, Bern, Switzerland -- death 19 Dec 1634 Droit, Artibonite, Haiti
Pierre Robert -- born 1598 Sonvillier, Bern, Switzerland -- death 27 Aug 1671 St. Imier, Switzerland
Spouse: Judith Sagne
Children: Daniel Robert
Daniel Robert -- born 1625 Sonvillier, Bern, Switzerland -- death 1699 Basle, Switzerland
Spouse: Marie Petremand De Sonviuer
Children: Pierre Robert
Pierre Robert 3 Feb 1656 --born St Imier, Neuchatel, Switerland
-- Died 1715 Santee, Clarendon , SC
-- Died 1715 Santee, Clarendon , SC
Spouse: Jeanne Braye
Physician, Graduated at St. Etiene
Ordained a minister Pierre Robert de St. Imie
"First minister of the French Huguenot Church in Parish of St. James, Santee, South Carolina.-"French Santee"- son of Daniel and Marie Robert, was born at St. Imier, Switzerland, 1656, married Jeanne Braye, came to South Carolina in 1686.
The registry of the old French Huguenot Church in Basle, Switzerland, still bears record of the ordination of "Pierre Robert de St. Imie", February 19, 1682; also of the baptism of his son, Pierre, May 9, 1675, with names of mother, Jeanne Braye and sponsors, "Remy Frey, Sv. de Beaulieu, et Damoiselle Elizabeth Tudors".
An old family record claims that Pierre Robert was "the first Huguenot pastor who came to South Carolina". He died in 1715; records name two sons, Pierre and Elias, and a daughter, Jeanne.
Among those French Refugees named in the "Ravenel List", were "Pierre Robert, M.D.; St. E" of St. Emier, Switzerland; his wife, Jeanne, and son Pierre. Pastuer Pierre Robert is also mentioned in several old histories and records; among others, the record of the Probate Court, Charleston, S.C., bears an old document written in French, dated January 25, 1701, settling property on his son, Pierre Robert, upon his marriage with Anne Marie Louise le Grand, a native of Normandie, France, daughter of Mr. Louis l Grand, "ecuyer, sieur, de la Fresnaye."
John Robert of Robertville, S.C., great grandson of Pastuer Pierre Robert, was a soldier and patriot of the Revolutionary War; the Tories twice visited his home intending to kill him but he escaped, once by his hospitable entertainment of these evil wishers, and again by the intercession of his wife, and her known kindness to her neighbors. He was a man of wealth and education, married Elizabeth Dixon of James Island, a grand-daughter of the 2nd Landgrave Thomas Smith of South Carolina.
This John Robert moved from French Santee to Black Swamp, S.C. (now in Hampton county, where the village of Robertville bears his name.) He died 1826, and his tomb stands in the Robertville graveyard. He left many descendants.
Part of marriage settlement deed record in Charleston courthouse (translated):
We, the undersigned, Pierre Robert, minister of the Gospel, native of St. Imier, Switzerland, and now living in the county of Craven on the border of the Santee river in the Province of Carolina, and Pierre Robert, native of Basle, Switzerland, son of myself - the said Pierre Robert, minister of the Gospel, and Jeanne Braye, his wife.
In regard to the proposed marriage between my said son, Pierre Robert, Jr.; and Demoiselle Anne Marrie Louise le Grand, daughter of Louis le Grand, Esquire, "Sieur" de la Fresnaye, and of Demoiselle Anne de Magneville, his wife - the father and mother of "la Paroise" d'Agurny, Viconte of Caen, in Normandy, Province of France, etc.
Done in the home of Isaac le Grand, Esquire, Sieur d'Anerville.
(Signed) Pierre Robert, minister; and Pierre Robert, his son.
Witnesses: Isaac le Grand, Jacques le Grand.
Sworn and executed before Henry Auguste, Chastainer, Sept 10, 1701."
"Dr. Howe's History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina: There was still another French settlement on the Santee River, more considerable than the two which have been last mentioned. Towards the close of the century there were two distinct settlements south of that river known as the French and the English Santee. The first of these was in what is now the parish of St. James, and the other in the parish of St. Stephen. The two communities had but little intercourse with each other. Of the families in French Santee was that of Bouisseau, of Dubose, of Dutarte, Gaillard, Gendron, Gignilliat, Gourdin, Horry, Huger, St. Julien, Le Grand, Mayrant, Michaud, Porcher, Postell, Ravenel, Rembert, Richebourg, Robert and others. To what date we should assign the organization of a church on the Santee is difficult to determine. The refugees who emigrated to the British provinces in groups were usually accompanied by their ministers, and their earliest solicitude after a settlement had been effected, was the erection of a church and institution of worship. It was for this they abandoned their native country.
Rev. Pierre Robert was their first pastor. There is an ancient register of his family in which he is said to have been the first Calvinistic minister who preached in South Carolina. He is said also to have been the first person in the settlement who owned a horse; which was imported for his special use to enable him to attend religious services held often at remote distances from his house.
In September 1705, the lords proprietors ceded to the French inhabitants a tract of land on the Santee for a town, or a plantation in common as they should prefer. In January following a town Jamestown, was laid out with streets intersecting at right angles, in the middle of which a lot was appropriated for a church and cemetery.
Dr. Hirsch says: Jamestown never prospered, the river was given to freshets and the climate was not salubrious. During the early life of the colonies the largest settlement of Huguenots was on the Santee River, sixty miles north of Charles Town. In 1690 about eighty French families had settled there, but they began to migrate about 1712, and a large number had left by 1720.
Until the Revolutionary War the principal occupation of the settlers was the culture of rice and indigo. The so-called "long cane" cotton was introduced in to the province about 1770.
The site where Jamestown once stood was eventually abandoned and sold as a plantation. Even its name today is but a memory, for the site for decades was known as Mount Moriah. It never became a large town. Today much of the old Santee section is almost a wilderness. Here and there an old ruin marks the spot where once a plantation house stood, but the river fows through miles of waste area, desolate and lonely."
Jean (John) Roberts -- born 1677 French Santee, SC -- death 25 Jan 1760 Colleton, SC
Spouse: Elizabeth Margaret Dixon
Children: John Roberts, Mariah Hannah Roberts, Abraham Roberts, Ann Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Owen Roberts, Abraham Roberts
William Hardin Roberts --born 1715 -- died 1795
Spouse: Sarah Elizabeth Couth
Children: Betsy Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Hardy Roberts
Hardin (Hardy) Roberts -- born 1744 VA -- Died 1789 Greenville, SC
Spouse: Patience -- born 1744 -- Died 1790
children: James Sherod Roberts, Hardin Roberts, Winney Roberts
James Sherod Roberts -- born 1768 Virginia
-- Died 1850 Greenville, SC
-- Died 1850 Greenville, SC
Children of James Sherod Roberts
Adeline Roberts born ???? -Died 1850
Jesse Roberts born 1799 Died 1836
Hiram Roberts born 1807 Died 1870
children: William Martin, Angeline, Milus L., Jesse H., Mary C.,James H.,Sarah H., & Martha Jane
Tyree Roberts born 1810 Died 1879
Hiram Roberts -- born 1807 Greenville, S.C.
1850 Paulding county, Ga.
1850 Paulding county, Ga.
(Polly) Ayers or Ayres --born 1805 Greenville, S.C.
of Hiram Roberts and Mary Ayers or Ayres (Roberts)
William Martin Roberts
1828 Greenville, S.C. physician/farmer March 23-1828-died 1899
(buried at Cane Creek
cemetery, Warrior, Al).
Angeline Roberts born
1833 Greenville, S.C.
Milus L. Roberts born
1837 Greenville, S.C.
Jesse H. Roberts born 1839 Paulding county, Ga. spouse: Rebecca
children: Francis E., Mary Catherine, Josiah, William
Mary C. Roberts born
1840 Paulding county, Ga.
2 children: Angelina Campbell 1858 Hiram Campbell 1860
James H. Roberts born
1844 Paulding county, Ga. died
11-24-1920 buried Old Union
Hackett, (Sebastian county),Arkansas listed as Hiram James Roberts or H.J.
Roberts--served in CO.
D, 12th Alabama Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.
spouse: Nancy Elizabeth Hamner (b) Jan 5 1849 Tuscaloosa county, Al.(d) Aug 30-1932 buried Old Union cemetery Hackett, Ark.
children: May M., James Martin, Acenia A., Mathilda Lavena, William,
Charles(Dr.), Jesse, Elizabeth C., Joseph Franklin, & Mary Jane Roberts
Sarah H. Roberts born
1846 Paulding county, Ga.
Martha Jane Roberts born 1850 Paulding county, Ga.
Children of William Martin Roberts and Jane Campbell (Roberts)
Mary Ann Roberts Feb 9-1858 Nov 11-1909 spouse: Hiram Cruce
Zion Yancy Roberts July 13- 1859 Dec. 9- 1927 buried New Bethel cemetery Warrior, Al spouse: Nancy Emaline Ragland (buried New Bethel cemetery Warrior, Al.) daughter of Manual S. Ragland and Sarah Kitchens
Martha Roberts spouse: Richard Blalock
Julie Ann Roberts 1871 (d) 1944 spouse: John Hill (b)1864(d) 1944
children: Carrie, William B., Martin H., Arthur L., Larris Donnie, Denolan, Delolvier, & TressieB. Hill
Louise Roberts spouse: Frank J. Creel
Margaret Roberts spouse: (1)LaFayette Owens (2) Alonza Blackburn
John Martin Roberts Jan. 1869 spouse: Carolina (Callie) Missouri Shaw (b)March 5-1875 (d) May 11-1945 daughter of Dewitt Shaw
Theresa (Thursie) Roberts 1873 spouse: James Will Barrow
children: Josie, Ernest W., Florence, Hubert C., Ana, William C., & Molle L. Barrow
William (Will) H. Roberts 1875-1935 (buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al) spouse: Elder Sawyer(buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al)
children: Lillian, Stella, Forest E. & Mildred Roberts
Charles (Cap) Roberts March 1879-1959 (buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al) spouse: Mary M. Brannon (buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al)
children: Ethel M., Gracie L., William E., Curtis B., & Charles T. Roberts
Jimmy Roberts died as young child
Elvira (Ellie Vie) Roberts 1877 spouse: Clint Eubanks
Children of Zion Yancy Roberts and Nancy Emaline Ragland (Roberts) Sept. 25 1861 Bibb county, Al.
Sarah Jane Roberts 1882-1962 spouse: Benjamin Franklin Rouse
children: Mary, Daisy, Elah, Alice, Elberta, Nettie, Anna Dean, Horace, Grady (Bud), Pauline, & Electra Rouse
James Noel Roberts 7-29-1884--1965 (buried McCormack cemetery, Jefferson county, Al) spouse: (1)Janie Mae Lynn 7-2-1891 1-17-1917(buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al) (2)Hattie Grubbs died 3-7-1925 buried Mt. Zion cemetery, Warrior, Al (3)Lena Evans 2-9-1898- 9-8-1986 (buried McCormack cemetery, Jefferson county, Al)
Mary Ann Roberts Jan 17-1886 Oct 29-1919 spouse: Ira Creel
children: Opal, Alpha, Lorene, & Alvadus Creel
John W. Roberts Oct 8-1887 June 25-1919 spouse:
children: Willie, Gladys, & John Roberts (other names unknown)
Essie Pearl Roberts Dec 20-1889- June 27-1891(buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al)
William Martin Roberts 1891-1970 (buried McCormack cemetery Jefferson county, Al) spouse: Dora Caudle
children: Audrey Lucille, Atha Will, Jeanette, Juanita, John, Dorthy Ann(Dot), Irma Ruth(Puz), Peggy, & Jack Roberts
Thomas P. Roberts 1894-1936 (buried New Bethel cemetery Warrior, Al.) spouse: Vella Hayes(buried New Bethel cemetery, Warrior, Al)
children: Elsie Mae, Tom Fee, & Laurel Roberts
Alvie Edward (Ed) Roberts 1895-1975 (buried Elmwood cemetery Birmingham, Al) spouse: (1) Ethel Teer Robbins (2) Ola Mullinax
children: Charles Edward, Joel Thomas, Clarence Donald, & Walter Scott(Corky)Roberts
Martha E. Roberts 1898-1954 (buried Mt. Zion cemetery, Warrior, Al) spouse: Oda Bert Caddell
children: Bobbie Olene, Charles Fee, William Martin, Jesse Bert, Anna Laura, Mary Alice, Doris Rebecca, James Ira, Dewlyn Sue, Joseph Eugene & David Jerry
Charles Roberts 1900-1977 (buried McCormack cemetery Jefferson county, Al) spouse: Pearl Fowler children: Charles Dewey(Sonny) Roberts & Mildred Roberts
Robert Lee Roberts 1902-1969 (buried Empire, Ala) spouse: Arzilla Creel
children: Margie Marie, Louis Neil, John D., Robert Lee, Ramona & Harmon Roberts
Myrtle Roberts 1905-2001 (buried Keeton cemetery, Nauvoo, Al) spouse: Elliot
children: Ronald Dean Mikell
Elsie Mildred Roberts 1907-1991 (buried Georgia)
children: Phillip Roberts
---and following my lineage branch---
Children of James Noel Roberts and Janie Mae Lynn (Roberts) born 2-7-1891 daughter of Arten Lynn from Duck River, Tennessee
Walter Lee Roberts (b) 1-6-1908 (d) 1-10-1961 buried McCormack Cemetery Jefferson county, Al spouse: Verna Goodwin
children: Erskine, Lawrence Joe, & Donald Roberts
Julia Mae Roberts (b) 9-14-1909 (d) 7-11-1910 (buried Cane Creek cemetery, Warrior, Al)
Harry Zion Roberts (b) 11-5-1912 (d) 3-3-1978 buried New Cannan cemetery, Walker county, Al spouse: Leopal Bowen
children: Jimmy, Evelyn, Lafayette, John Paul, Lawrence & Denise
James Auton Roberts /Sr/ (b) 12-27-1916 (d) 10-6-1953 buried Cane Creek cemetery, Jefferson county, Al spouse: Ruby Burgess --daughter of Robert E. Lee Burgess & Sarah Campbell (both buried at Dillworth cemetery Walker county, Al.
Children of James Noel Roberts and Hattie Grubbs (Roberts)
Robert Lee Roberts (b) 8-13-1922 (d)8-17-1984 buried Moncrief cemetery Gardendale, Al spouse: Willadean Doss
children: Robert Lee(Bobby) & David Roberts
Evelyn Roberts (b) 3-7-1925 to (d)6-1925
Children of James Noel Roberts and Lena Evans (Roberts)
Nancy Thelma Roberts 1932- spouse Charles Wayne Carden
children: Nancy Gayle & Gregory Wayne
Children of James Auton Roberts Sr. and Ruby L. Burgess (Roberts) 2 (Elliott)
James Auton Roberts, Jr. 1940- spouse: Carolyn Sue Robinson
Mickey Allan Roberts 1942- 1961 Died in car accident 1961 & buried in Cleveland, Ohio spouse:
Carter Dale Roberts 1944- spouse: (1)Kaye Bratton (2) (3)Betsy Grover
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