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Martin Roberts' Biographical Sketch

(The following is an excerpt from Scates' Mill Precinct Biographical Sketches of Christian County, Kentucky by William Henry Perrin, pp. 573 - 574. Research on the deeds of Monroe CO, TN show that Martin Roberts sold his land to David M. Lewis on 25 Dec. 1874.)

Martin Roberts, farmer, was born February 24, 1828, in Monroe County, Tenn., and is the fourth child of a family of seven born to Basil and Sallie (Ervin) Roberts; the former was a native of Tennessee. The subject of this sketch was reared on his father's farm, where he remained until the age of twenty-three; he then lived on a rented farm four years, after which he bought a farm of sixty-five acres in Roane County, where he remained about eight years, when he returned to Monroe County; he there bought a farm of 265 acres, on which he resided until the spring of 1864 (except serving three months in the army); he then returned to Bullitt County, KY; engaged there in farming. December, 1864, he removed to Indiana; there remained till the fall of 1865, when he returned to his home in Tennessee. In the fall of 1875 he came to Christian County, where he has since resided; he owns a farm of 235 acres, about seventy of which are improved; he was married on January 1, 1852, to Mrs. Susan A. Murphy, a native of Tennessee (Carter County). Five children blessed their union -- two sons and three daughters.

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