About William Roberts
The first census of Austin's Colony 1826 reflects the following:
William ROBERTS p.11 Married, age over 50, farmer and stockraiser Wife, Peggy, age over 50 One male child, age 16-25 One Servant
William ROBERTS cannot be found in a census (with certainty) before his arrival in Texas (Mexico). There is a William ROBERTS in the 1799 and 1800 tax roll of Pulaski Co., KY. He is taxed on 100 acres and his source of water is from Sinking Creek. He is not listed in the 1810 census of Pulaski Co. His daughter, Elizabeth, did marry Cornelius SMITH in Pulaski Co, Kentucky, in 1808. Cornelius can be found in the 1810 Pulaski County census, William cannot. Cornelius is not listed in the 1820 census. William was in Texas by 1824.
The only plausible marriage record found to date is William ROBERTS marrying Margaret ADMIRE Sep 1793 in Rowan Co, NC. If this is the correct William then it would be a second marriage and not the mother of Betsy or Andrew. The Cornelius SMITH clan was living in Rowan Co at this time. The Smith clan left Rowan Co, NC, in 1805.
William ROBERTS' land grant of one league and labor (4,605.5 acres) was surveyed 8 July 1824. Six months (27/28 December) later William sold 1/2 of his league of land to son Andrew for $127.00 and the other 1/2 to his son-in-law Cornelius SMITH for $150.00. The actual acreage according to land records found at the Brazoria County courthouse was 5,312.12.
William ROBERTS died intestate in “the spring of 1826.” His probate record reflected that his only heirs were his son, Andrew, and his son-in-law, Cornelius Smith. Probate Records of William Roberts record #633 filed in 1833 at the Brazoria County Courthouse. Inventory dated 5 May 1833 lists judge of the probate as Henry Smith. Andrew Roberts listed as Administrator for his father's estate.
William Roberts's Timeline
Rowan, North Carolina, USA
Kentucky Co., Virginia (now Pulaski Co.)
Brazoria Co., Republic of Texas (Mexico)