James Monroe Roberson

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James Monroe Roberson, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: Died in Pikeville, Bledsoe, TN, USA
Place of Burial: Sequatchie Valley Old Indian Burial Grounds Pikeville, TN, Pikeville, Bledsoe, TN, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Roberson and Elizabeth Roberson
Husband of Mary Roberson (Fuqua)
Father of Roysdon Roberson; John Roberson; William Roberson; James Monroe Roberson, Jr; Littleberry Roberson and 3 others

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About James Monroe Roberson, Sr.

By one account, he was born in Scotland about 1737. He came to America with a brother, landed in Virginia, and he never saw his brother again. Some Roberson descendants claim his father was Dr. Andrew Roberson. Research indicates that is not the case, despite the fact that Andrew married a woman with the name of Roysdon, the odd first name of James' and Mary's first son.

In 1756 a man by this name was living in Albemarle County, Virginia, where he served in the company commanded by Captain James Neville in the French and Indian War, but it is not likely that this is the same James. His name also appears in a list of those who contributed money to buy provisions for friendly Indians.

James was living 1758 in Bedford County, Virginia. In 1758 he served in the company commanded by Capt. John Quarles in Bedford County.

During the American Revolution he served in the company of Captain Quarles, Second Virginia Regiment, commanded first by Col. Alexander Spotswood and afterwards by Col. Christian Febiger. It is said that this company was with Col. Febiger in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

He moved to what is now Tennessee and settled first in Greene or Hawkins County, where he bought land on 23 August 1778. James and his wife Mary sold land in Bedford County, Virginia on 25 February 1779. James Robertson might have been a relative of the A. Robinson, Thomas Fuqua, and Isham Fuqua who were mentioned in connection with the estate of William Howard on 23 November 1790 at Bedford County.

His sons William and James Roberson were among the first settlers in Bledsoe County. In 1819 James Sr. bought land on the western side of Sequatchie Valley near his son, James Jr. with whom he probably lived, as there is no mention of his wife being with him.

In 1827 he was alive and very agile and vigorous, according to the accounts of his great grandsons. His name was not found on the 1830 census, so he died presumably in 1828 or 1829. The date was given as January 3 from a memorandum in the possession of a descendant. He was buried in "the old Indian Burial Ground" on the west side of Sequatchie valley, about eight miles from Pikesville.

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James Monroe Roberson's Timeline

1737
1737
Scotland
1757
1757
Age 20
Bedford, VA, USA
1757
Age 20
1758
1758
Age 21
Bedford, VA, USA
1759
November 7, 1759
Age 22
Bedford, VA, USA
1763
October 19, 1763
Age 26
Bedford, VA, USA
1767
1767
Age 30
Bedford, VA, USA
1768
1768
Age 31
Bedford, VA, USA
1769
1769
Age 32
Bedford, VA, USA
1771
1771
Age 34
Bedford, VA, USA