Dr. William W. Roberts Bollinger Co
- Dr. William W. Roberts, a prominent
physician of Sedgewickville,
Bollinger Co., Mo., is a son of Caswell C. and Nancy (Pigg)
Caswell C. Roberts was born in North Carolina, in 1804, and was
a son of
Reuben and Emily (Eshore) Roberts.
Reuben was born in Lancashire,
England, in 1742, and lived to be one hundred and six years of
immigrated to America, and, during the was for independence,
office of first duty sergeant in the American army, and stood
the time the constitution was framed.
Emily Eshore was born in France,
and came to America with La Fayette when she was eighteen years
Landing in Maryland, she went from there to North
Roberts was educated in Tennessee, and was a farmer.
His wife was also
a native of the Old North State.
To them were born four children, viz.:
James L. Ann (Mrs. A.P. Crawford, of Tennessee), and William W.
subject of this sketch was born in Warren County, Tenn., in
received his literary education in Burk College, that State,
In 1867 he came to Bollinger County, Mo., and taught school
one year, when he went to Dent County, Mo., and remained one
engaged in teaching.
In 1869 he went to Denver City and began the study
of medicine under the direction of Dr. John Higher.
Madison County, in 1871, he resumed his study with Dr. John
Fredericktown, and remained until 1876, when he entered the
of Nashville, Tenn., from which institution he graduated, in
Locating in Columbus, Ky., he practiced his profession until
he came to Bollinger County, where he has since resided.
In 1877 he was
united in marriage with Mary E. Presnell, of Perry County,
daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Hudson) Presnell, natives of
Carolina and Virginia, respectively.
The parents were married at Giles
Courthouse, Va., and removed to Perry County, Mo., in 1816.
the parents of seven children, viz.: Mary E. (Mrs. W.W.
(Mrs. Joseph Limbaugh) Sarah (Mrs. Van Kinder), Evaline (Mrs.
Kritz), Julia (Mrs. William Propst), Marcella (who married
Bridges), and Charles, (now attending the College of Physicians
Surgeons in St. Louis).
During the war Dr. Roberts was a member of the
Twentieth Army Corps of Illinois, was on detached business all
and reported to the Forty-eighth Illinois Regiment.
He was discharged
at Chicago in 1865.
Five children have been born to the Doctor and
wife: Sarah E. Minnie M., Eustacia Eve, Nancy Ann and Edna Pearl.
Politically Dr. Roberts is a Democrat.
He is a consistent member of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church, and of the A.O.U.W. [p.
Goodspeed's History of
Southeast Missouri, [p. 843-844]