Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Roberts, Center Township, Buchanan
County, MO

>From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph
Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.

Jonathan Roberts, farmer and stock raiser, section 27, post office St.
Joseph, was born April 19, 1826, in Surry County, North Carolina, and
was reared at his birthplace, on a farm there attending school, and
finished his education at Emery Henry College in Virginia. His father
raised and manufactured tobacco, and Jonathan assisted in peddling it
during the winter season. He emigrated West in 1852, and settled in
this county. Shortly afterwards he moved to Kansas, resided there one
season, then returned to this county and settled on his present farm
in 1854. It consists of 160 acres of well improved land. During the
late war he served for six months in the famous Pawpaw Militia. He
has filled the office of school director for several terms. Mr.
Roberts was married, in 1854, to Mrs. Elizabeth Tabor, who had one
child by her former marriage: Julia Tabor, now Mrs. Dr. C. R. Woodson,
of Agency. Mrs. Roberts died in September, 1871. By this union they
had eleven children, of whom three are living: Alice B., Sarah D., now
Mrs. George McCauley and John W. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church South. He is also a member of King Hill Lodge.
His daughter Alice keeps house for her father and brother.

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