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Edward D Roberts


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/9/2006 at 15:57:54

Edward D Roberts, inspector of mines for Boone county, P O Boonesboro, was born in Merionythshire, North Wales, October 15, 1832 and in 1842 came with his parents to the United States, settling in Oneida county, New York, where they lived until 1846, and then moved to Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1859, then to Vermillion county, Illinois, residing there until November 1861, when at his country’s call he enlisted in company F, Thirty-fifth Iowa volunteer infantry, and served with his regiment until the expiration of his term of service, when he was discharged December 30, 1864, he participated in the battles of Pea Ridge, Stone River, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta and several others, besides many skirmishes, in 1865 he came to this county and has been actively engaged in mining since, being superintendent of the largest coal mine in the county for upwards of twelve years, and was county coal inspector in 1878-1879 which he discharged with great ability, to this gentleman belongs the credit of working a coal mine on the “long wall system”, the first in the state, he was married October 14, 1866 to Mrs Catharine Williams, of Winterset, by this union they have five children: John L, William H, (twins) Viloa, Ida and Kate, Mrs Roberts has three children by a former marriage: Saphrona (wife of J M Pope), Edward M and Angus

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