McRoberts, William Louis 1a

Birth Name McRoberts, William Louis
Gender male
Age at Death 83 years, 8 months, 20 days


W. L. McROBERTS, of Washington township, ex-County Commissioner of Gibson County, and a gentleman whose social and business ties bind him to his neighbors and friends closer than a brother, is a successful farmer, a useful citizen and a Christian man. He was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, August 8, 1837. In the year 1840 his father, the late David McRoberts, left the old Ohio home and turned his head toward the Hoosier state and stopped only when he had set foot upon the soil of this county. In his young days he was employed upon a canal in Ohio, and while so engaged his "boss" proposed to sell him a ninety-acre tract of land which he owned in Indiana, and this proposition led to its purchase and to the removal of the family to Gibson County. He lived and labored on this farm till 1870, when he died. He was born in New York in 1805. His wife, nee Rebecca Abbott, died in 1873. She was the mother of thirteen children, of whom the following are living: Lucy, widow of Jerry Hillman; A. D.; Barnard; William L.; and Marinda, wife of Calvin Minnier. The paternal grandfather of these children was David McRoberts, a soldier of the war of 1812. Their mother's people, the Abbotts, were from the State of Maryland. Our subject was educated in the common schools. He began life for himself at twenty-two as a farmer. He was married in 1861 to Mrs. Mary France, daughter of James Kirk. They have reared their family on their present beautiful homestead, made so by their own efforts. Their children are: William A., who married Cynthia Hoover; Ambrose U., whose wife was Ella Finney; Ethel D. O. Mr. McRoberts is a staunch Republican, and was elected Commissioner in 1888 and served six years, succeeding Josiah Kightly. The board of which he was a member finished paying off the indebtedness contracted by the building of the court house, bought the county farm of 208 acres and improved it. All his public acts were such as to meet the just approval of the public and he retired from the office with the best wishes of a grateful populace. Mr. McRoberts has been for many years engaged in ministerial work on behalf of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His work has been largely that of a supply in this and the adjoining counties, and his sermons and work have been of such character as to mark him as a sincere and earnest Christian worker.

Submitted by: Terry Nolcox
History of Gibson County, Indiana. Elia W. Peattie. 1897. Page 147-148.

Another biography references family in "History of Gibson County, Indiana : her people, industries and institutions"


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1837-08-08 Hamilton Co., Ohio    
Ordination     Methodist Minister  
Death 1921-04-28 Gibson, IN    
Burial     Mt Olive Cemetery, Mt Olympus, IN  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McRoberts, David1805-12-051870-04-06
Mother Abbott, Rebecca1809-02-111874-06-22
    Brother     McRoberts, David 1828-08-09 1828-08-30
    Sister     McRoberts, Elizabeth 1829-09-13 1829-10-09
    Sister     McRoberts, Nancy Ann 1830-06-08 1830-08-21
    Sister     McRoberts, Lucy Ann 1832-01-01 1911-11-05
    Brother     McRoberts, Willard 1834-10-31 1834
         McRoberts, William Louis 1837-08-08 1921-04-28
    Brother     McRoberts, Alexander David 1840-09-14 1912-02-19
    Brother     McRoberts, Reuben Olds 1844-06-24 1891-05-23
    Brother     McRoberts, Artimus Barnard 1847-05-16 1913-03-06
    Sister     McRoberts, Cynthia Lucetta 1848-08-05 1849-05-10
    Sister     McRoberts, Martha Jane 1850-04-05 1851-07-17
    Sister     McRoberts, Marinda Ellen 1851-07-00 1938-09-11


Family of McRoberts, William Louis and Thompson, Rosalie

Married Wife Thompson, Rosalie ( * 1870 + ... )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1908-12-29 Gibson, IN   2a

Family of McRoberts, William Louis and Kirk, Mary Ann

Married Wife Kirk, Mary Ann ( * 1832-04-00 + 1901-05-02 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1861-02-03 Gibson, IN    
Name Birth Date Death Date
McRoberts, William A18611921
McRoberts, Ambrose Ulysses18631946
McRoberts, Ethel D1872
McRoberts, David O1876

Family of McRoberts, William Louis and Sinkhorn, Walla

Married Wife Sinkhorn, Walla ( * + ... )