Craig F. Roberson (c.1817 - c.1867)

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Birthplace: Lee, VA, USA
Death: Died in Carroll, MO, USA
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About Craig F. Roberson

He was a farmer. He might have been named for Elijah Craig, a famous Baptist minister in central Kentucky. Elijah Craig was a relative by marriage of Susanna Helvey, Craig Roberson's mother.

His father's 1835 will called him Craig Robinson. He moved to Missouri about 1839 with his mother and siblings. He does not appear on the 1839 tax list of Platte County, so probably had not yet established an independent household. His 1843 marriage record calls him Craig F. Roberson.

On 30 September 1845, as Craig F. Roberson, he bought 160 acres, southwest quarter of Section 15, Township 54, Range 35, Platte County. Certificate dated 26 Decemeber 1845.

In 1850 he was living in his mother Katherine's household with his wife and children (as Craig Robertson), near his brother Benjamin. The census reports that he, not his mother, owned $3,000 in real estate. They had two laborers in their household, Isaac Hanekeling (21), and David Henley (23).

In his mother's will (1852) he received one negro girl Sarah.

In 1852 he married Margaret Stovall, by James E. Drake, Minister of the Gospel. They divorced in 1864.

In 1860, he was living next door to his brother's widow, Cynthia. He reported $2,400 in real estate and $1,300 in personal property. His household included Craig Robinson (41), his wife Margaret (27), daughter Catharine (16), son William (14), daughter Elizabeth (12), son Craig (7), daughter Ellen (5), daughter Johanna (3) and daughter Franky (6/12).

He owned property in Egypt Township, near Norborne in Carroll Township (Sec. 4, Twp. 52 North, Range 25 West, 5th P.M.). He was a defendant in a civil suit, James Hughes vs. Craig F. Robinson, 25 September 1863 (Carroll Co. Cir. Ct., Vol. C-D, 1855 - 1866, 325-26). The suit was apparently to enforce a vendor's lien against Craig's real estate.

On the same day the Hughes suit was filed, his wife filed for divorce, Margaret Robinson vs. Craig F. Robinson: "Now at this day came the said complainant by her attorney and the said Craig F. Robinson the defendant being three times audibly called but wholly makes default herein, Where upon it is ordered and decreed, that as to the said defendant, the allegations of the complainants petition be taken as confessed, and that the proof of the petition be granted unless the said defendant shall appear at the next term of this court, and show good cause why the said decree shall not be made final." (Carroll Co. Cir. Ct., Vol. C-D, 1855 - 1866, 371.)

Shortly after, he was charged in a criminal case for Felonious Assault, State of Missouri vs. Craig Robinson (Carroll Co. Cir. Ct., Vol. C-D, 1855 - 1866, 382). Then, in March 1864, he failed to appear in court, State of Missouri vs. Craig F. Robertson, For Failure of Recognizance: "Now at this day comes the circuit attorney who prosecutes for the State of Missouri and the said defendant being thrice solemnly called, fails to make his appearance, as required by his recognizance at the last term of this court, but wholly makes default, and the said also fails to deliver the said defendant Craig F. Robertson here in court his recognizance is here forfeited, and it is therefore hereby ordered by the court that ____ be awarded against said recognizance, to show cause when the said State of Missouri shall not have judgment against them for the said sum of money in said recognizance and specified together with costs." (Carroll Co. Cir. Ct., Vol. C-D, 1855 - 1866, 398.)

The same month, and perhaps the same day, on 24 March 1864, the court entered default judgment in the Hughes suit, James H. Hughes vs. Craig F. Robinson, Civil Action Enforcing Vendor's Lien: "Now at this day comes the said plaintiff by his attorney, and the said defendant although thrice audibly called comes not but wholly makes default therein, the demand of the plaintiff being founded upon and instrument of writing, and liquidated and certain, the court finds the debt due plaintiff, to be twelve hundred and forty eight 46/100 dollars with interest at the rate of ten percent per annum.

"It is therefore considered by the court, that plaintiff ____ of defendant, the said sum of twelve hundred and forty eight 46/100 dollars with interest on the rate of ten percent together with cost of suit laid out and expended, and that he have execution to enforce the vendorship to be levied of the following lands and tenements to wit, South half of South west quarter of section four, and South west quarter of South east quarter of section four, and West half of North west quarter of section four, and South east quarter of North west quarter of section four, and East half of South east quarter of section eight, and North west quarter of South west quarter of section nine, all in township fifty two, of range twenty five." The 1877 Atlas of Carroll County shows Jas. Hughes as the owner of tract in Section 4. The tract in Section 8 was owned partly by Craig's widow "M. A. Brown" (30 acres), and partly by G. Edwards (50 acres). The tract in Section 9 was owned by G. Edwards and one other person.

The same day as the default judgment in the Hughes case, 24 March 1864, the court granted Margaret's divorce, Margaret Robertson vs. Craig F. Robertson: "Now at this day come the said complainant, by her attorney, and the said defendant failing to appear as required by the terms of the interlocutory decree rendered in this cause, at the last term of this court and the said petitioner, having made proof to the full satisfaction of the court here, of her good conduct, and that she is the injured and innocent party.

"It is therefore ordered, a judged and decreed by the court, that the said interlocutory decree be made absolute, and that the said petitioner, be and she is hereby divorced from the bonds of Matrimony heretofore contracted with the said defendant Craig F. Robertson, but it is furthered ordered by the court, that the said petitioner pay all costs of this proceeding."

Craig died 1866-1867 in Carroll County, Missouri. The inventory of his estate was conducted in July 1867. His former brother-in-law James M. Stovall was administrator. February Term 1867, Margaret A. Brown, John W. Edwards and Jasper N. Coleman posted bond for Craig's minor children: Craig P., Susan (Ellen), Virginia J. (Johanna), Frank C. and Margaret Robinson.

Inventory of the Estate of C. F. Robinson to wit: On the following described real estate to which the said C. F. Robinson holds title bond for a deed to wit: The west half and the south east quarter of the north west quarter and the north east quarter of the south west quarter of section four in township (52) of range (25) and the north west quarter of the south west quarter of section four in township fifty two and range twenty twenty five and the south west quarter and the south east quarter of the south west quarter and the south west quarter of the south east quarter of section four township (52) Range (25). (Inventories of Estates of Deceased Persons, 1860-1886 Missouri Probate Court (Carroll County), 359.)

In 1880 his son Craig and daughter Johanna were living together in Carroll County, with no other relatives.

Hughes Connection

Notice that a Catherine Ann Hughes (1820-1884) was married to Alexander Marshall Robinson (1802-1884), of Platte County. In August 1876 the Welch Calvinistic Methodist church was dedicated by Rev. R. W. Hughes. The organizers were John O. Roberts, David Hughes, Ellen Roberts, David O. Hughes and Catharine Hughes. The land was donated by John W. Davis. Pastors were Rev. Hugh H. Hughes and Rev. P. W. Hughes. There is a marriage record for James W. Roberson and Elizabeth Davis on October 6, 1868.

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Craig Roberson's Timeline

1817
1817
Lee, VA, USA
1843
March 3, 1843
Age 26
Platte, Missouri, United States
1850
October 11, 1850
Age 33
1852
February 23, 1852
Age 35
Carroll, Missouri, United States
February 23, 1852
Age 35
1864
March, 1864
Age 47
1867
1867
Age 50
Carroll, MO, USA