In early life Ephraim Roberts,Sr. along with his family went to Tennessee, where he reared his children on an old plantation worked by slaves. His first wife was Nancy Harris and she bore her husband a dozen children, but died before all of them grew to maturity. Ephraim Roberts, Sr. was one of the old-time men of the south. He carried on his farm with slave labor, owned and operated a distillery, as was customary with men of means in those days, and seems to have been a robust figure. He was married three times, but had children only by his first wife, Nancy Harris of whom little is known. Those children were: William; Riley; Winnie (Winifred), wife of John Calvin Holman; Ephraim A.Roberts; “Booker,” or Pleasant, as he was christened; Jesse B.; Polly, who married Caven Mason; Nancy became the wife of Meredith Long, the son of Ephraim's second wife; Martha became Mrs. Robert Thompson; Rachael married a Mr. Parker; and Elizabeth married her cousin, Jabez Roberts, and they spent most of their married life in Texas and after the war settled in Arkansas. All the above except Elizabeth, Ephraim A. and Jabez, passed their lives in Tennessee, where the father was called to the life eternal in 1854, at the age of sixty-eight years. Ephraim A. Roberts, Jr., married Miss Mary Williams, a daughter of Rev. John Williams, a Baptist minister who died in active religious work in Robertson county, Tennessee.
Nancy Harris Roberts' father is Richmond Harris of Orange County, North Carolina.
Roberts, Ephraim Nancy Harris 23 Jan. 1801 C. Parish Orange County NC - MARRIAGES - Marriage Bonds R - Z, Indexed by Groom
Birth: Oct. 5, 1780 Orange County North Carolina, USA Death: Aug. 5, 1832 Robertson County Tennessee. Wife of Ephraim Roberts, Bond Date: 23 Jan 1801, Orange County, North Carolina, Clayborn Parish, Bondsman, Jno. Taylor, Witness. Family links: Spouse: Ephraim Roberts (1782 - 1853) Children: Martha Roberts Parker (1807 - 1835)* William Roberts (1809 - 1885)* Nancy Roberts Long (1813 - 1856)* Pleasant B. Roberts (1820 - 1867)* Burial: Roberts Cemetery Barren Plain Robertson County Tennessee, Created by: Sharon Wilson Record added: Aug 11, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 56928279
"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979", digital images, FamilySearch (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2018), [Original source: North Carolina State Archives, "Wills, 1663-1978, estate papers, 1754-1944 (Orange County)", DGS 7384092, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988-1989, 1996), Richmond Harris (1814) Estate File ]
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