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Dr. William W. Roberts Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Dr. William W. Roberts Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Dr. William W. Roberts, a prominent physician of Sedgewickville, Bollinger Co., Mo., is a son of Caswell C. and Nancy (Pigg) Roberts.

    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 age.

    He immigrated to America, and, during the was for independence, held the office of first duty sergeant in the American army, and stood guard at the time the constitution was framed.

    Emily Eshore was born in France, and came to America with La Fayette when she was eighteen years of age.

    Landing in Maryland, she went from there to North Carolina.

    Caswell C. 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.

    The subject of this sketch was born in Warren County, Tenn., in 1839, and received his literary education in Burk College, that State, graduating in 1857.

    In 1867 he came to Bollinger County, Mo., and taught school one year, when he went to Dent County, Mo., and remained one year, engaged in teaching.

    In 1869 he went to Denver City and began the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. John Higher.

    Returning to Madison County, in 1871, he resumed his study with Dr. John Dannell, of Fredericktown, and remained until 1876, when he entered the University of Nashville, Tenn., from which institution he graduated, in 1879.

    Locating in Columbus, Ky., he practiced his profession until 1884, when he came to Bollinger County, where he has since resided.

    In 1877 he was united in marriage with Mary E. Presnell, of Perry County, Mo.

    She is daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Hudson) Presnell, natives of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively.

    The parents were married at Giles Courthouse, Va., and removed to Perry County, Mo., in 1816.

    They were the parents of seven children, viz.: Mary E. (Mrs. W.W. Roberts), Susan (Mrs. Joseph Limbaugh) Sarah (Mrs. Van Kinder), Evaline (Mrs. Frank Kritz), Julia (Mrs. William Propst), Marcella (who married Francis Bridges), and Charles, (now attending the College of Physicians and Surgeons in St. Louis).

    During the war Dr. Roberts was a member of the Twentieth Army Corps of Illinois, was on detached business all the time, 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. 843-844]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 843-844]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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