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Otho Robards & Cassa Pitts son, Dr. William Otho Robards
Posted by: Janice Samuelson (ID *****3193) Date: July 11, 2007 at 09:22:41
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This is my own follow up message to my questions in a message dated Feb 2005 in the Pitts family forum. I have never found Cassa Pitts' parentage. I was able to visit Jessamine Co KY this past week and was helped by Sue Clark of Nicholasville, Jessamine Co KY with the following information taken from a book on "Biographical Sketches" of that county:

Pg 246-247
***"Dr. William Otho Robards was born August 1, 1830, in Jessamine Co. In 1853 he removed to Perryville, in 1857 to Marion Co, in 1859 to North Fork Station, Boyle Co, in 1874 to Lebanon and in 1877 he located at "Linwood" farm, on Pleasant Hill pike, five miles north of Danville, where he has since resided.

His father, Otho Robards, a native of Jessamine Co was born February 24, 1704, three miles northwest of Nicholasville. He served many years in the capacity of sheriff, was long a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, was a public-spirited and liberal man; in politics a Whig; a farmer and large slave-holder. He died February 9, 1857. He was the son of William Robards, a native of Virginia, who removed to Jessamine Co KY, in a very early day, and was a successful business man, an extensive land-owner, and died about 1820 at the age of 65 years. His children by his first wife were Mrs. Floyd and Mrs. Davis. His second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Cox, nee Lewis, of Virginia, and their offspring were William, Otho, John M., Rebecca (Singleton), Kittie (Mervey), Susan and Mary (Caldwell).

Otho married Mrs. Cassa Gregg, daughter of Younger and Elizabeth (Rogers) Pitts of Scott Co (born November 9, 1802, now living), and from their union sprang John M., William O., Younger P., Elizabeth (deceased), Kittie (Caldwell), of Williamsville, IL, James H. and Lewis S. May 8, 1855, William Otho Robards married Miss Augusta C., daughter of Capt. John A. and Louisiana (Chandler) Burton, of Perryville (born September 23, 1838), and their union has been favored by the birth of Louisiana B. Huguely, Isabell B., John B., William B. (deceased), Richard B., Robert B. and Eusebia B.

In 1851 Mr. (Wm) Robards commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Joseph P. Letcher, of Nicholasville, and after attending three courses of lectures (two at Lexington and one at Louisville, intervening), he graduated at Transylvania University, and has met with marked success in the practice of his profession, at present only practicing to a limited extent among friends. He is engaged in farming, having 333 acres of highly improved land. His mansion, one of the best in Mercer Co, was constructed for and by Abram Bowman in 1850. The farm lies in Mercer and Boyle Counties. Dr. Robards lost seventeen slaves as a result of the late war. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and in politics a Democrat."***

I do not have the date of the book. I could find out. Cassa died in 1891 and the narrative mentions she is still living. The next biographical sketch is about Jefferson Robards Jr from Mercer Co KY married to Kate Terhune of Mercer Co KY. His father, Jefferson Robards Sr married to Eliza Farlee of Garrard Co. His grandfather, Jesse Robards, a native of VA and early settler in KY married Miss Lewis. Would be happy to extend the rest of the info if someone wants it.

Otho and Cassa Robards are my 3x great grandparents. Their mansion called "Thornwood" was built in 1847 is still standing and has been beautifully restored by the Clark family, present owners. It's an incredible place!!

Would love to hear from another family member of Otho and Cassa Robards. I am descended from their daughter Gabriella, known as "Kittie" married to George McDowell Caldwell in 1864 in Jessamine Co KY and moving on to live in Sangamon Co IL. I have a great picture of Cassa and looking in earnest for a picture of Otho Robards, who lived 1791-1857 in Jessamine Co KY. We are excited to display the two pictures in "their" home, Thornwood.

Janice (Caldwell) Samuelson


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