BENJAMIN ROBERTS, farmer on section 18, Iowa Township, possesses eighty-seven acres of land; he settled in Iowa in 1853, and in Benton County in 1855. Our subject was born in Knox County, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1825, and is the son of Lewis and Polly (Glaze) Roberts. He was brought up on a farm in his native State, and was married, March 10, 1850, to Miss Jane Fletcher, daughter of James and Rebecca (Blue) Fletcher. Mrs. Roberts was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in July, 1826. Six children were born to this union, four boys and two girls, four of whom survive: Thomas M. married Maggie Milverstedt, and lives in Buffalo County, Neb.; James B. married Effie Kroh, and is a farmer of Iowa Township; Christiana is the wife of George Gouldy, a farmer of Iowa Township; Franklin is living at home; William H. died in youth, and the second child in infancy.
Hearing such glowing accounts of the country west of the great Mississippi, Mr. Roberts decided to emigrate there. He left Ohio in 1853, landing in Johnson County, this State, where he remained until 1855, when he removed to Benton County, and has since resided on the farm which is his present home, and which he purchased of the Government in 1855. His oldest child was born in Ohio, and the younger ones in Iowa. Mr. Roberts votes with the Democracy.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 313.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.