Matlock  Roberts

Matlock Roberts (abt. 1811 - 1890)

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Matlock "Mack" Roberts
Born about in Cumberland, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Husband of — married in Tennessee, United statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in DeKalb, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Aug 2017 | Last significant change: 30 Jan 2018
01:23: Kristina Wheeler edited the Biography for Matlock Roberts. [Thank Kristina for this]
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Contents

To do

Finish transcription of land sale and find rest of it.

Research Notes

See: Story written by Minnie Roberts about the Matlock Roberts family

See: The history of Jo Daviess County - Absalom Roberts

Biography

The early years

I estimate Matlock was born about 1811 in Cumberland County, Kentucky or in North Carolina. I believe he was born to William Roberts and Elizabeth Cox with the following siblings:

  • Charles Roberts
  • Joseph Roberts
  • William Roberts
  • Sally Sarah Roberts (1802-1877)
  • Matlock Roberts (1808-1894)
  • Ellijah/Elisha Roberts(1811-?)
  • Absalom (Abraham) Roberts (1814-?)

Matlock's roots have proven elusive to prove and find. I have listed William Roberts and Elizabeth Cox as his mother due the fact that records show that Matlock is from both North Carolina and the Cumblerand area. From the Cumberland County - we find the following referring to guardianship.

We also have the rumor that Matlock's grandaughter Mattie Roberts married a cousin - Enoch Aboslum Roberts. Tracing Enoch's line backwards I find him to be the son of William Roberts - Matlock's brother William with some certainty.

We have found court records that refer to guardian ship for the family

From Cumberland County Circuit Court Records, Abstracted by Randolph N. Smith

p. 90 - July, 1829 Court Cyrus Walker appointed guardian of Matlock, Abraham & Elijah Roberts, 3 infants of William Roberts, dec.; F-281

Joseph & Charles Roberts - son of William Roberts are not in Ky.; F-282.


p. 95 - July, 1830 Court Cyrus Walker appointed guardian of Matlock Roberts, Elijah Roberts & Absalom Roberts, infant heirs of Will Roberts; F-377

p. 98 - October, 1830 Court Milton King appointed guardian for Matlock Roberts, Elijah Roberts, Absalum Roberts, infants of Wm. Roberts, deceased; F-440.

p. 91 October, 1829 Court

Robert Reid vs heirs of William Roberts; defend. Hiram Garrett & wife & William Roberts are not inhabitants of state; F-295.

p. 92 Abraham Speer vs heirs of William Roberts, dec.; def. Hiram Garret & wife Sally, Joseph Roberts, Charles Roberts & William Roberts, not inhab. of Ky.; F-323.

Following these leads I find that Sally Sarah Garret with Hiram Garrett reside in Jo Davies, Illinois.

Also in Jo Davies, Illinois we find an Absolum Roberts born about 1814. This Aboslum roberts did an interview - stating this Father William Roberts and mother died about 1828, and he had a brother named William.

Family Life

Matlock opted to marry Zilphas around 1826[1]. Together they had at least 13 children:

Through the years

We find him living a consistent life as a farmer, but they were in a few locations.

In 1830 Lincoln, Tennessee, USA. [3] He is in Liconln, Tennesee with 2 persons in the house - 1 male under 5, one male 15-19, 1 female 15-20, 3 family members this would be Matlock Zilpha and Milton.

In 1836 they are in Cannon, Tennessee, United States. [4], they owned no land or slaves and only minimal taxes were required to be paid

In 1850 North of Cumberland and East of Caney Fork Rivers, Smith, Tennessee. [5] They are living North of Cumberland and East of Caney Fork Rivers in Smith, Tennessee. In the home are Matlock 40, Zelpha 40, Matlock Jr 19, Martha 15, Sarah 12, Washington 12, Catherine 9, Dianna 8, Jame 6, Pashal 2.

In 1860 District 11, Wilson, Tennessee. [6] he confirms he was born in Kentucky, and their closest post office is Shop Spring, they are living i District 11 Wilson, Tennessee and he is 50 years old. In the home are Zilpha 50, Catharin 20, Diana 13, Jennnie Pink 13, Paschal 11, Amada 7, James 4. He confirms his parents are born from Kentucky, and again they state he comes from Tennessee, however evidence leads me to choose Kentucky with the court case, and the 1850 and 1880 census both confirmed Kentucky, this matches also the biography of Absalom Roberts.


In 1870 District 2, DeKalb, Tennessee, USA. [7] He was living next door to his daughter Jennie in 1870. He is a farmer, living in DeKalb County, his personal estate is valued at about $600 and his real estate at $400. He is 60 and Zilpha is 55 however states he was born in Tennessee, this leads to me believe he didn't answer the census taker, perhaps James Henry did or a neighbor.

And in 1880 - . [8] they were living next door to son James Henry. He lists himself as 70, with Zilpah 69. He confirms he was born in Kentucky and both parents hailed from South Carolina.

Death

We first find record of death by his probate on 6 Jan 1890 in DeKalb, Tennessee, USA. [9]

State of Tennessee - DeKalb County Tillman Jones, JJ Ford are bound to the State of Tennessee in the penalty of two hundred dollars.

Witness our hands and seals this 6th day of January A.D. 1890.

The Condition of this obligation is such, That whereas the above bound Tillman Jones has been appointed admin of the estate of Matlock Roberts deceased. Now if the said Tillman Jones shall well and truly, as such admin perform all the duties which are or may be required by law then this obligation shall be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Signed by Tillman Jones and others.


From DeKalb administrator settlements, but not noted until 1894 in Dekalb County, Tennesse. Settlement Book 1886-1907 p 51. [10]

pg 174. 27 Jan 1894. Tillman Jones, administrator of the estate of Matlock Roberts,. The balance of the estate in the hands of Jane Bane, wife of Jack Bane, one of the heirs of said decd who has already received a cow as her interest in the estate. The sum of $48.22 should be divided among eleven additional heirs:

  • Amanda Driver $4.38
  • Martha Corley 4.38
  • Columbus Driver 4.38
  • Milton Roberts 4.38
  • Annie Denison 4.38
  • Washington Roberts 4.38
  • Sarah Jones 4.38
  • Catherine Gerhart 4.38
  • Charlie Roberts 4.38
  • J.H. Roberts 4.38
  • M.J. Roberts heirs 4.38

He was buried on the family farm, photos of the location are attached to his profile.

Land Sale

J.P. Lee to W.F. Malone

Whereas on the first day of Junary 1890 Tilmon Joines andwife filed in the office of the clerk of the court of DeKalb cunty Tennessee a bill against Milton Roberts and ?? ?? for a sale of the land of Matlock Roberts and his wife who were joint owners of a 36 acre tract of Land lying in the 19th Civil District of DeKalb County, Tennessee bounded North by the lands of Jane ???, East by the Lands Sallie Bernett, South and West by the lands of ?? Paker ?? that ?? and Deft were the legal  ?? of said Matlock Roberts and his wife and that sale for division was necessary.

And where as at the March Term of Said DeKalb County Court 1890 upon the bill, ??? of Guardian ?? ?? ?? Proof in the ccause and Report of the clerk the court ?? thatthe land as described that the land as described be sold on one and ?? ?? time for ?? wrong the Complainants and Defendants and wehre as ont he 5th day of Apriol 1890 as directed by said decree fo court at March Term K>K> allen Clerk of said county  ?? did sell at public outcry on the ?? said tract of land to W.F. Malone as mentioned and


Sources

  1. calculated using birth year of first child Milton
  2. Washington's Death Certificate
  3. 1830; Census Place: Lincoln, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 177; Page: 203; Family History Library Film: 0024535 Page 1830; Census Place: Lincoln, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 177; Page: 203; Family History Library Film: 0024535 File
  4. Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895
  5. Year: 1850; Census Place: North of Cumberland and East of Caney Fork Rivers, Smith, Tennessee; Roll: M432_896; Page: 223A; Image: 334 Page Year: 1850; Census Place: North of Cumberland and East of Caney Fork Rivers, Smith, Tennessee; Roll: M432_896; Page: 223A; Image: 334 File
  6. Year: 1860; Census Place: District 11, Wilson, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1280; Page: 343; Family History Library Film: 805280 Page Year: 1860; Census Place: District 11, Wilson, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1280; Page: 343; Family History Library Film: 805280 File
  7. Year: 1870; Census Place: District 2, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1524; Page: 123B; Image: 35059; Family History Library Film: 553023 Page Year: 1870; Census Place: District 2, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1524; Page: 123B; Image: 35059; Family History Library Film: 553023 File
  8. Year: 1880; Census Place: Liberty, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: 1252; Family History Film: 1255252; Page: 124C; Enumeration District: 027 Page Year: 1880; Census Place: Liberty, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: 1252; Family History Film: 1255252; Page: 124C; Enumeration District: 027 File
  9. Source: #S275 Probate Records, 1838-1969; Author: Tennessee. County Court (Dekalb County); Probate Place: DeKalb, Tennessee Page Probate Records, 1838-1969; Author: Tennessee. County Court (Dekalb County); Probate Place: DeKalb, Tennessee File Format: jpg PHOTO Scrapbook: N
  10. Probate Records, 1838-1969; Author: Tennessee. County Court (Dekalb County); Probate Place: DeKalb, Tennessee Page Probate Records, 1838-1969; Author: Tennessee. County Court (Dekalb County); Probate Place: DeKalb, Tennessee File


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Deed of Land - Matlock Roberts
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