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James Roberson

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Birthplace: Inverness, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Pikeville, Bledsoe, TN, USA
Place of Burial: Pikeville, Bledsoe, TN, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Andrew Robertson and Ann or Elizabeth Roberson
Husband of Mary Roberson (Fuqua)
Father of Roysdon Roberson; John Roberson; William Roberson; James Monroe Roberson, Jr; Littleberry Roberson and 2 others
Half brother of Robert Munro Roberson; William Robertson; Margaret McIntosh Ewell; Thomas Glasscock Robertson; Duncan Forbes Robertson and 6 others

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About James Roberson

James Roberson (undocumented James Monroe Roberson). 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.

He is thought to have been a son of Dr. Andrew Roberson and his wife Ann (Munro?). "[Andrew] had James Monroe and Margaret McIntosh" (Horace Edwin Hayden, Virginia Genealogies: A Genealogy of the Glassell Family of Scotland and Virginia (1891), 347n., citing Foote S. I. 368). Dr. Robertson married a woman with the maiden name Roysdon, and Roysdon was the odd given name of James' and Mary's oldest son.

Other researchers say the relationship is unlikely because Andrew's children are well-documented. There are references to each and every child except James Monroe. However, the only reference to any the children of Dr. Robertson by his first wife Ann ? [maybe Munro] is in the diary of Dr. Gordon from Lancaster Co who mentions "Dr Robetson and his poor children."

In 1756 a man by this name (James Robertson) 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 Roberson's Timeline

1737
1737
Inverness, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom
1757
1757
Age 20
Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
1758
1758
Age 21
Bedford County, Virginia, United States
1759
November 7, 1759
Age 22
Bedford County, Virginia, United States
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
1828
January 3, 1828
Age 91
Pikeville, Bledsoe, TN, USA