William Drummond Roberts

17 March 1808–7 September 1886 (Age 78)
Bourbon, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Drummond

When William Drummond Roberts was born on 17 March 1808, in Bourbon, Kentucky, United States, his father, Alexander Roberts, was 28 and his mother, Polly Drummonds, was 23. He married Sarah Selby on 17 November 1836, in Rush, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 7 September 1886, in Shelby, Indiana, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Shelby, Illinois, United States.

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William Drummond Roberts
Sarah Selby
Marriage: 17 November 1836
Mary Ann Roberts
John Alexander Roberts
James H Roberts
Elizabeth S Roberts
Ann Eliza Roberts

Spouse and Children

17 November 1836
Rush, Indiana, United States


    Mary Ann Roberts


    John Alexander Roberts


    James H Roberts


    Elizabeth S Roberts


    Ann Eliza Roberts


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+9 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

Age 4

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 22

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Robert . This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm D Roberts, "United States Census, 1840"
  • William Roberts, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Roberts, "United States Census, 1870"

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