Submitted by Tom Roberts

This is a reading of ROBERTS FARM CEMETERY, located on private ground in Grange Hall. Won't find it on any map. Actually you won't find it period -- unless you know where to look. Rather obscure it is and in a state of disrepair.


Roberts Farm Cemetery

Roberts Farm Cemetery is located in the region known as Grange Hall, (Section 15 of Somerset Township, Jackson Co., IL) on privately owned ground. Although never owning the land, the Roberts Family lived on this plot and worked the soil for many years. (According the 1907 Jackson County Atlas, the land at that time was owned by Sam Schwartz.)

The family cemetery contains five graves laid out in two adjacent rows ­ one row of two graves, one row of three. One stone is illegible, thus the identity of the interred is uncertain but family members recalled it was the grave of a child.

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Grave #1

Grave #2
Sarah Elizabeth Smith
Born June 7, 1870
Died Jan. 2, 1898

Grave #3
Pink A. Roberts
Died February 25, 1894
Aged 32 Yrs. 8 Ms. 9 Days.
Footstone: P.A.R.

Grave #4
Alexander Roberts
Died January 19, 1877
Aged 52 Yrs. 3 Mo. 21 D.
Footstone: A.R.
Note: Grave also marked with a "G.A.R." marker.

Grave #5
David G. Roberts
Son of Alex and Sarah J. Roberts
Died February 5, 1876
Aged 22 Yrs. 29 Days.
Footstone: D.G.R.

‹ Alexander Roberts was a veteran of the Civil War (private, later corporal in Co. D, 81st Illinois Vol. Infantry).
‹ Pink A. Roberts is a son of Alexander and Sarah J. Roberts.
‹ Sarah Elizabeth Smith was the third daughter of Alexander and Sarah J. Roberts. She married John Smith.
‹ David G. was the eldest son of Alexander and Sarah J. Roberts.

Additional Notes:
‹ Sarah J. Roberts, (nee Durham) wife of Alexander along with two of their additional children - William Newton Roberts, (known as "Newt") and Mary [Roberts] Lybarger are buried at Central Cemetery (Section 6, DeSoto Township, Jackson Co., IL) Additionally, Mary Roberts first husband was Josiah Griffin; her second was Samuel Lybarger.

‹ Lafe Roberts, (full name John Lafayette,) the youngest son of Alexander and Sarah J. Roberts, is buried at Zion Cemetery along with wife Sarah "Sally" (nee Bittner) (Section 23 of Somerset Township, Jackson Co., IL).
Adjacent to their graves is the grave of their son oldest Roy Roberts who died as a child [b. 6 Oct., 1894, d. 12 Nov., 1902]

©2000 Tom Roberts


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