McRoberts, David

Birth Name McRoberts, David
Gender male
Age at Death 64 years, 4 months, 1 day


David McRoberts moved from the Empire state to Ohio after marrying Rebecca Abbott of Maryland, and settled near Cincinnati. In 1840 he left the Queen City and with his family, came down the Ohio river to Evansville, Indiana, from which point they came overland to Washington township, Gibson county, and here David purchased land. David spent his life on his farm, cultivating his land in seasonable weather and during the winter months working at his trade as a cooper.
P&G complex on part of McRoberts land. Mill Creek Twp, Hamilton Co, OH. Alexander D was 6 weeks old when they came down the Ohio River on a flat boat (October 1840), bringing all their possessions with them. Rebecca rode horseback with a 6 week old baby on a pillow in front of her from Evansville to Mt Olympus.

excerpt from History of Gibson County, Indiana. Elia W. Peattie. 1897. Page 147-148.
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

Another good source: & & &, contains many more McRoberts descendents.

David McRoberts died intestate and son William administered the estate. (Probate on It was quite substantial at 50+ pages. His wife, Rebecca, retained only a few things enumerated in the estate holdings and $500 , signed for only with "her mark". These family members are listed:
Widow, Rebecca
son, Wm L McRoberts
daughter, Lucy Hillman
son, Reuben McRoberts
son, Barnard McRoberts
daughter, Marinda McRoberts
son, Alex D McRoberts.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1805-12-05 New York, USA    
Death 1870-04-06 Washington Township, Gibson Co, IN    
Burial   Washington Township, Gibson Co, IN France Cemetery 1a


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McRoberts, David1782-03-231831-10-14
Mother Olds, Martha B.1781-12-131859-03-21
    Brother     McRoberts, Willard about 1803 before 1810
         McRoberts, David 1805-12-05 1870-04-06
    Sister     McRoberts, Lucy Ann? 1806-03-18 1873-10-29
    Sister     McRoberts, Elizabeth 1808
    Brother     McRoberts, Reuben Olds 1814 1885-04-14
    Sister     McRoberts, Martha Belle 1817
    Brother     McRoberts, Artemus Bernard 1822-03-13 1895-03-15
    Sister     McRoberts, Lucretta Jane 1823
    Sister     McRoberts, Cynthia Ann 1828


Family of McRoberts, David and Abbott, Rebecca

Married Wife Abbott, Rebecca ( * 1809-02-11 + 1874-06-22 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1827-08-26      
Event Note

People have variously said MD, NY, and Cincinnati, but I think they were most likely married in Kentucky. Altho records appear in early Cincinnati marrages - - for marriage of David's brother and sister, they do not show his. Note David McRoberts was in Mill Creek, OH in 1826 (Tax List) before he married Rebecca.

Browsing the Hamilton Co, Ohio marriage records (LDS), there appears to be a gap between Aug 11, 1827 and Oct 2, 1828 ( both on the same page ).

Gil Stormont's History of Gibson County, Indiana... says this in biography of Rev William L McRoberts, their son:
"Rev. McRoberts' father removed from the Empire state to Ohio after marrying and settled near Cincinnati. In1840 he left the Queen City and, with his family, came down the Ohio river to Evansville, Indiana, from which point they came overland to Washington township, Gibson county, and here the father purchased land. A younger brother here joined them, he having come from Cincinnati with the horses, driving them through over the rough trails and primitive roads of the time." , implying they were married in NY.


1826-1834 Millcreek, OH Tax Assessment
1830 Millcreek, Hamilton Co, OH
1840 onward - Washington, Gibson Co, IN
(in 1850 census looks like "David M Roberts"

Name Birth Date Death Date
McRoberts, David1828-08-091828-08-30
McRoberts, Elizabeth1829-09-131829-10-09
McRoberts, Nancy Ann1830-06-081830-08-21
McRoberts, Lucy Ann1832-01-011911-11-05
McRoberts, Willard1834-10-311834
McRoberts, William Louis1837-08-081921-04-28
McRoberts, Alexander David1840-09-141912-02-19
McRoberts, Reuben Olds1844-06-241891-05-23
McRoberts, Artimus Barnard1847-05-161913-03-06
McRoberts, Cynthia Lucetta1848-08-051849-05-10
McRoberts, Martha Jane1850-04-051851-07-17
McRoberts, Marinda Ellen1851-07-001938-09-11

Source References

  1. various: USGenWeb
      • Page: Gibson Co, IN