Posted By:Maggie Robinson
Subject:Wm. Roberts, Justice of the Peace, 1837 Washington County, TX
Post Date:June 27, 2011 at 19:44:04
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Forum:Montgomery County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Searching for information relative to the life and family of this William Roberts.

Prior to the creation of Montgomery County, Texas, in December of 1837, the settlers on the EAST side of the San Jacinto River were considered as living in the San Jacinto Precinct of Washington County.

In February of 1837, an election of county officers was held, and William Roberts and William Robinson were elected Justices of the Peace for San Jacinto Precinct.

Our William Robinson lived on the EAST side of the river, about 8 miles west of Huntsville, Texas. William Roberts must have lived farther south.

Foreigners who came to Mexican Tejas were required to register and apply for citizenship. The following is of record:

"In the Town of Nacogdoches, on the 27th day of the month of December, 1829. The foreigner named William Roberts presented himself in the regular meeting, and in it he declared to be proceeding from the State of South Carolina, and to be his wish to settle in this Town, and in it he has resided for 11 years without having himself presented under it, verified on this day; moreover, he declares his age to be 35 years, condition, married; occupation, laborer, religion, none but that which this country imposed upon him. And having taken the due oath according to custom, he promised by it to guard and comply, faithfully and legally, with all the mandates of the Federal Government; to respect all its authorities; in all its parts to obey and guard the General Constitution and that of the state of Coahuila and Texas, and to obey all the authorities that rule in this country. And for which constancy he signed it with me and the Messrs. of the Ayuntamiento that compose the said meeting, to which I certify. Signed William Roberts. Witnesses: Luis Prosela and Jose Ygno. Ybarva"

On the 26th day of December one Reding Roberts made application for citizenship...proceeding from South Carolina...he has resided for 11 years without presenting himself...

Our William Robinson stated upon his oath that he arrived in Texas December 24, 1829. His previous residence was in Louisiana.

According to the 1825 Colonization Laws of Mexico, "any person entering the Province of Texas must be vouched for as to good character ad intent of becoming a citizen by someone who was already a citizen."

Our William Robinson was "vouched for" by one William Roberts.

According to the Handbook of Texas ONLINE, under Elisha Roberts (1744-1844), "In January 1824 he settled his family near the site of present San Augustine. Shortly after, his brothers, Redden (Redding) and William Roberts, moved into the area." An earlier Handbook of Texas version states he came to Texas in 1818..."where his brothers joined him later in 1818." In Alexander Horton's memoirs he corroborates the 1824 date. All of the information indicates their residence prior to Texas was Louisiana.

Elisha Roberts, and if the above is true, Redden and William Roberts, father is to have been George Roberts and his mother Rhoda Payne.

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to my request for information.

Maggie Robinson
William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn.
Houston, Texas