Looking for genealogist descendants of James Monroe Roberson Jr (1784 - 1852)

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I came across an newspaper article that was photocopied in Swaffords of Sequatichie Valley, Tennessee, Third Edition Volume 2, Page 1114, by Ray C. Swofford, from Page 10 - THE Bledsonian Banner. Pikeville, Tennessee 37367 - Thursday,  January 29,1987

which states:

Roberson builds "Belleview" around 1820
The old Roberson brick borne, built by James
Roberson around 1820. was located about six
miles south of Pikeville near the Sequatchie
River, on the farm now owned by Clay Greer. The
family pictured is the Samuel H. L. Swafford
family before they moved to west Texas in the
late 1890s. Sam Swafford was s grandson of
James Roberson.
James Roberson. veteran of the War of
1812, was a large landowner and slave owner. The
home, known as "Belleview," stood until around
1930. Margaret Roberson, the fifth daughter of
James and Margaret Worthington Roberson, was
born and reared at the Roberson borne. She was
the great-great-grandmother of VS. Congressman
Jim Cooper from the Fourth District of
The photograph was submitted by the
Bledsoe County Histories] Society.

This is a confluence of puzzles for me. DNA tests have linked me to the Robersons, Greers and the Swaffords. They had never been a part of my research, until my genetic ties to the families were discovered. My great great grandfather was a Miller and was born in Bledsoe County in the 1860s.

This is the first time I have seen all of these items on one page.  I am very interested in DNA tested descendants and genealogists to share data.


WikiTree profile: James Roberson
in The Tree House by Lance Martin G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
The Swafford married Major James Roberson's widow, his second wife, Sarah Hutcheson, after Major James died in 1852. Major James' first wife died fairly young. She was Margarette Worthington.
Is there a source for this information?

2 Answers

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Lance, I don't know if Dave Robison (Robison-113) will be able to help or not. He's often on Dear Myrtle's hangouts and talks about the Robison/Roberson surname from the South. He's done extensive research on his line, though, so it's worth a shot.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (412k points)
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James M. Roberson is my great, great grandfather and is buried in Pikeville, TN.
Have you or do you know of any of his descendants that have done a DNA test?
Yes, several of us have. Several cousins and I have completed the testing with Ancestry.com.
Marilyn.. are you the same person who responded that this is your gg grandfather?


I am wondering if you can clear up a question. How is Isaac Roberson related to Sarah Vernon(?) Hutcheson Roberson and to James Monroe Roberson?
Col Issac and Major James were brothers who settled in Bledsoe County around 1800. Issac is my great, great grandfather on my father's side and Major James is my great, great grandfather on my mother's side. Sarah was the wife of Major James Monroe.

Were they Col Isaac and Major James both children of 

 William Roberson (1759 - 1816)
  Rhoda Sartain Roberson (1766 - 1837)



Col Issac Roberson, (Roberson Crossroads) and Major James M. Roberson, (Bellview/Brick Mansion), were actually 1st cousins. Col Issac's father was James Monroe Roberson, Jr.(married Sarah Vernon). Major James' father was William Roberson (married Rhoda Sartin). James Monroe Jr. and William were brothers, sons of James Monroe Roberson Sr.
What is the source?
You ask for the source. Well, I've studied this my whole life. The first source I can recall was a series of old articles called "Leaves from the Family Tree" printed in the Chattanooga Free Press, I think, might have been Chattanooga Times. Now days the paper is combined, Chattanooga Times Free Press. The author and researcher was Margaret Roberson Hollinshead. I knew her daughter, also named Margaret, and remember her telling many family stories about family history. She passed away sometime in the 1980's. I also have a digital copy of the farm ledger and family page from Maj. James Monroe Roberson's family Bible. The Bible has names, birth dates, marriages, slave names, etc. I know where Col. Issac is buried and also where Maj. James is buried. William, Maj. James' father, is buried in the same cemetery with his son, Maj. James. Col. Issac is buried in a different graveyard  located about 2 or 3 miles away. My guess is that the Jim Cooper connection may come through the Cocke family in Franklin Tn. A daughter of Maj. James, can't recall the name, married a Cocke from Franklin. Sorry for rambling on so.
Hey Blake, do you mind sharing that? My family were one of the enslaved and would love to see it and connect with others. Also have many questions. Find me on social media at: MrDJFisher or respond to this please. Desperately needing to see a copy of that Bible

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