NameWilliam “Clark” Roberts
Birth12 Aug 1850, Grayson Co., Virginia
Death8 Jan 1939, Big Creek, Logan Co., West Virginia
Marriageabt 1870, Bath Co., Kentucky
SpouseSarah E. Sorrell, 2C3R
Birthabt 1853, Bath Co., Kentucky
Deathbef Dec 1902, Kentucky
Birthabt 1871, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth3 Aug 1872, Kentucky
Death24 Oct 1937, Morehead, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BirthMay 1875, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth22 Aug 1876, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth22 Apr 1878, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth19 Jan 1878, Blair’s Mill, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Birthabt 1880, Kentucky
BirthSep 1882, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death15 Nov 1956, Dekalb Co., Georgia
BirthNov 1884, Kentucky
BirthFeb 1887, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth11 Jan 1890, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Death11 Feb 1972, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BirthMay 1891, Kentucky
Birth1 Aug 1892, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Death20 Jan 1960, Montgomery Co., Kentucky
Birth10 Sep 1893, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Death16 Feb 1971, Willard, Huron Co., Ohio
Birth7 Mar 1895, Kentucky
BirthMar 1898, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Notes for William “Clark” Roberts
According to Hall family tradition, Clark Roberts was a brother of Susan Roberts who married John M. Hall. This tradition is supported by the fact that the John M. Hall and Clark Roberts families are adjacent in the 1880 census, and that Clark and both of his parents were born in Virginia, as is true of the Minetry Clark family. But the 1860 census for Minetry Roberts shows no son named Clark. It shows a son named Isaac age 6 and one named James age 4, but both of those are listed separately in 1880. The other son of Minetry Roberts listed in 1860 under 10 was a son William, age 9. There is no William Roberts in 1870 in Rowan, Bath, Morgan or surrounding counties. Finally, the marriage license for his second marriage refers to him as William Clark Roberts. I think together all of this is pretty good evidence that the Clark Roberts who was listed as 25 in the 1880 census with wife Sarah is the same person as William Roberts son of Minetry. But I have seen no record that specifically documents his parentage.
His death certificate records Clark Roberts, age 91 years 4 months 27 days, born 12 Aug 1847 in Virginia, died 8 Jan 1939 in Big Creek, Logan Co., W. Va., residence Wharton, Boone Co., W. Va., married, husband of Josie Roberts, farmer, father Minter Roberts, mother’s maiden name not known, cause of death lobar pneumonia, informant Claud Roberts, Wharton, W. Va., burial in Morehead, Ky.
The birthdate and reported age are incorrect, since he was not listed in the 1950 census at all, and his age was given as 9 in the 1960 census.
The Rowan County News of Jan. 19, 1939 contains this notice of his death: “Funeral Rites Held For Former Pioneer Citizen - Clark Roberts, 91, Dies At West Virginia Home Funeral Conducted Here - Funeral rites for Clark Roberts, 91, pioneer citizen of Eastern Kentucky, who died at his home on Big Creek, W. Va., were conducted here last week with burial in the Baldwin cemetery in Morgan Fork. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. T. F. Lyons and Rev. Henry Hall. Surviving are his wife and 22 children and about 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is the grandfather of Eddie Roberts and the grandfather of Mrs. Woodrow Horn.”
I only know of 21 children, of whom at least four predeceased him. I may well have missed a few, but I don’t think there is room to fit five more children who survived to adulthood yet appeared in no censuses. So most likely the obituary is in error and he was the father of 22 children, not all of whom were surviving.
Census Notes for William “Clark” & Sarah E. (Family)
1870 census of Bath Co., Ky, lists him as Clark Roberts, age 18, b. Virginia, with wife Sarah, age 16, born Ky, living with the family of Benjamin Botts, age 60, in Sharpsburg precinct, family #167.
1880 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Morehead precinct, lists as family #45:
Roberts, Clark, 25, farmer, Va Va Va; Sarah, 23, wife, Ky Ky Ky; James, 9, son; Lula, 7, dau; Katie, 5, dau; John, 3, son; Elizabeth, 2, dau. All the children are listed as born Ky Ky Ky, but that is probably just a clerical error, since Clark was born in Virginia and there is no reason to suppose these are not his children. The ages from the 1870 census are probably more accurate as well, since if these were correct, Clark would have been 15 and Sarah 13 when they married.
1900 census of Morgan Co., Ky, district 6, enumerated 20 June, lists on p. 17B as family #277/280:
Roberts, Clark, 52, b. Mar 1848, Va Va Va; Sarah, wife, 49, b. Mar 1851, married 33 years, mother of 14 children, 14 living; Floyd, son, 17, b. Sep 1882; Laban, son, 15, b. Nov 1884; Sarah E., dau, 13, b. Feb 1887; Caleb, son, 11, b. Jan 1889; Millie, dau, 9, b. May 1891; Carry, dau, 7, b. Aug 1892; Claud, son, 6, b. Sep 1893; Andrew, son, 4, b. Mar 1895; Lillie, dau, 2, b. Mar 1898. All children born Ky Va Ky.
The next household is their son John, age 23, with wife Manerva.
See Notes for Clark and his third wife Josie McAllister for later census readings.