Posted By:Mary
Subject:Re: Oxford Cty. grave site ROBERTS Nathaniel
Post Date:August 26, 2000 at 17:45:24
Message URL:
Forum:Oxford County, ME Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:

Hi,Jackie, Yes, you seem a little confused. I have here The Robertses of Northern New England. It was written by Thomas Jacobsen an acquaintance of mine. We shared some research. He concluded he knew the parents of Joseph Roberts Sr. The evidence I thought was a tad scant. However the rest of his research is great and his conclusion in the instance stated is probably correct. I am still researching for another conclusive bit of evidence ,so far no luck.
So,let me start with Joseph Roberts Sr, He was born sometime between 1725 and 1735 and died in Buckfield, Maine ,probably at the home of his daughter Elizabeth ca 1806. Roberts cites a court document stating that Eliphlet Roberts was his brother to connect him to the family of George Roberts of Brentwood. NH. Contemporary records say Joseph Sr. was buried in the Lowell Cemetery in Buckfied. There was no stone there as early as 1940. The locals state that a cemetery superintendent used the stone in his walk way. Many stones vanished under the WPA. Perhaps he was a pauper and never had a stone?
Joseph married Hannah Young about 1755. Hannah was born around Exeter,NH Dec 25 1740 and died in Buckfield ca 1816. Jacobsen states she was probably the daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Lovering) Young of Brentwood.(age 15) I read another source that proposed her as the widow of Daniel Young.Certainly if she was Daniels daughter she was very young. There is no indication however in the papers I have seen for step-children in this family and therefore this is not likely.
Joseph Roberts signed a petition During 1755 in Brentwood, NH where his son was born in 1756 according to the sons petition for pension. The next record is in Nottingham where he sold his rights as proprietor of Sandwich, NH during 1763. John Robinson sued Joseph to recover a debt of 70 pounds old tenor,a hog and crosscut saw were attached to partially repay the debt.
Around 1764 Joseph Roberts removed to Windham, Maine. His brother Jonathan also appears there on the vital records.
Joseph Roberts in 1775 attempted to recover his son Joseph from the military effort and they were both it is said at the battle of Bunker Hill.
Joseph and Jonathan Roberts settled with their large families in Buckfield,Maine Near Federal Corners
Later in the company of his large family Joseph went to Brooks, Maine,apparently returning to his daughter's home. Children i. Joseph b Feb 6,1756 in Brentwood ,NH,(24 children) ii. Hannah born Ca 1762 married James Jordan in 1780 and had 12 children,iii. Sarah Young, born June 1764 and married Jotham Shaw .She died March 4 1855, and is my ancestor. iv. Jonathan ca 1766, v. Elizabeth b 1769 and married Thomas Irish July 25 1792 She died in 1856 they had Seven children. vi. Mary b 1773 married Richard Taylor April 23 ,1794 they had eight children. and vii John b.1777 he is your ancestor.

John , married Miriam Irish of Buckfield( I have that family record as well) John and his brothers and his family went to Brooks .Maine and in 1812 he removed to Ohio. He had six children in Maine and then six more in the west.
The dated information I gave is from Jacobsen's work. I think it possible I found some original documentation he did not ,one can never find every thing.Mine is filed and difficult to retreive. Joseph Roberts and his son Joseph are listed by the DAR, and I heve read Joseph Robert's Jr's Pension Application. They are both with their service records listed in Mass Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution.
The information you have,well I just do not know where it came from. I never saw a marriage to Hannah Whitney for Joseph .While there may be some debate about the identity of Hannah young it is certain that was her name.(Sarah their daughter was Sarah Young Roberts) Joseph had no brother Jacob unless you have located a new source. I thought I had seen them all perhaps not.
you can e me directly at
Let me know if this helps. Perhaps if you send me all your information I can find a better fit? Mary