Ishmael Roberts

Ishmael Roberts

Male 1750 - 1826  (76 years)

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  • Name Ishmael Roberts  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 1750  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Ethnicity Native American 
    Tribe Lumbee 
    _MILT Between 7 Jun 1777 and Jun 1778 
    Colonel Abraham Shepherd's Company at Head Quarters Valley Forge - Revolutionary War 
    Residence 1780  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1782  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Early Tsx List, 
    Residence 1790  Robeson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1800  Robeson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1810  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 1826  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Probate 12 Jul 1826  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Reference Number 1723 
    Person ID i1723  Families

    Mother Margaret Roberts,   b. 1725, Northampton, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789, Northampton, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1255  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ishmael Roberts,   b. 1750, Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1826, Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Children 
     1. Zachariah Roberts,   b. 1782  [natural]
     2. Kinchen Roberts,   b. Abt 1785, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1870, Lost Creek, Vigo, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)  [natural]
     3. Mary Polly Roberts,   b. Abt 1790, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1876, Vigo, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)  [natural]
     4. Jonathan Roberts,   b. 1784, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Elizabeth Roberts,   b. 1788,   d. USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Benjamin F. Roberts,   b. 1792, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1880, Lost Creek, Vigo, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     7. Elias Roberts,   b. 1793, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1866, Orange, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     8. Aaron Roberts,   b. Abt 1794, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Washington, Owen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Margaret Roberts,   b. Bef 1800, Robeson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Pardon Boin "Bowen" Roberts,   b. 1800, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     11. James Roberts,   b. 1800, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     12. Richard Roberts,   b. 1802, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     13. Delphy Roberts,   b. Abt 1807, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     14. Ethelred Roberts,   b. Abt 1780, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Orange, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     15. Lewis Roberts,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     16. Rebecca Roberts,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Family ID F292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1750 - Chatham, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1780 - North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Early Tsx List, - 1782 - North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1790 - Robeson, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1800 - Robeson, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1810 - Chatham, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1826 - Chatham, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 12 Jul 1826 - Chatham, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • ROBERDS/ROBERTS In what may have been the first act of violence by a
      Lumbee Indian in current Robeson County, James Roberts shot James
      McCullam five times 29 Jan. 1754, in S1. Martin's Parish, Bladen County.
      The murder came to court I Feb. 1754 (Secretary of State, Committee of
      Claims, Coroner's Inquests, 1738-1775, SS 316, N.C. Archives). Reuben
      Roberts of Bladen sold two tracts of 310 acres north and northeast of
      Drowning Creek to Thomas Owen 6 July 1773 (Deed Book B, 29-30). He
      lived near Soloman James and Richard Smith. Ishmael Roberts, probably
      Lumbee, was living on Saddletree Swamp near Jacob Blount, Phillip Blount,
      Robert Willis, John Baggett and Thomas Ivey before 12 July 1788 (Deed
      Book A, 282-283). He bought 185 additional acres from Lewis Jenkins 15
      Oct. 1790 east of Saddletree Swamp (B, 166-168). He appears on Saddletree
      Swamp in the 1790 census. Ishmael patented 100 acres east of Raft Swamp
      adjacent to fellow Lumbee Thomas Jackson, Lewis and Edward Jenkins 26
      Nov. 1789 (B, 314, H, 109-110). Two Roberts families, Sampson and
      Etheldred, age 55-100, and both Mulatoe were in the 1830 census of
      Robeson. Several families named Roberts, all listed as mulatto, appear near
      each other in the 1850 census close to the Lumbee families of Hammonds,
      Revels, Briant, Jacobs and Chavis. All six families were listed as mulatoe.
      Roberts was listed as an Indian name in Lumberton e township in the 1870
      census of Robeson. The name was self-identified as Indian in the 1900
      Census of Robeson. One family was listed in the 1900 Indian Census
      Schedule in Robeson County. Lucy Roberts Harris, daughter of White Troy
      Roberts Jr. of Lumberton, came from an affluent family. Her brother, Larry
      Roberts, was a longtime police chief in Pembroke. Roberts was listed as
      Indian in the 1930 census of Pembroke Township. Death records show the
      Indian name of Roberts in 1916 in Lumberton and Pembroke townships.
      They were related to the Oxendine and Smith families. See Native Visions,
      Lumberton, N.C., August, 2005, for Lumberton family of Roberts. Cited at
      Deep Branch Cemetery and New Bethel Methodist Church cemetery,
      Fairmont, by Jane Blanks Barnhill, Sacred Grounds, 2007, a listing of 162
      Lumbee cemeteries of Robeson County.
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      Ishmael1 Roberts, born say 1755, was head of a Robeson County household of 10 "other free" in 1790 [NC:50], 15 in 1800 [NC:415], and 14 in Chatham County in 1810 [NC:195]. He received pay for Revolutionary War service from 3 June 1777 to 3 June 1778 as a private in Colonel Abraham Shepherd's Company. Colonel Shepherd gave him a certificate which stated that he was furloughed at Head Quarters Valley Forge to come home with me who was Inlisted in my Regement for the Term of three years - and Returned Home with me [NCGSJ XV:105]. He entered 100 acres in Robeson County on the north side of Saddle Tree Swamp on 5 September 1787, 100 acres on the north side of Five Mile Branch and 100 acres on the east side of Raft Swamp on 14 February 1788, and 100 acres on the west side of Five Mile Branch on 22 January 1793 [Pruitt, Land Entries: Robeson County, I:7, 13, 70]. He sold land by deed proved in Robeson County on 5 January 1801 and purchased land by deed proved in Robeson County on 6 July 1803 [Minutes I:130, 256]. On 18 February 1804 he purchased two tracts of land in Chatham County, one of 250 acres on Bear and Bush Creeks for $450, a second of 100 acres on the waters of the Cape Fear River for $150, and he purchased a further 57 acres on Bush Creek for 75 pounds on 9 January 1805 [DB N:456, 437; M:641]. The sheriff sold 260 acres of this land on 12 February 1808 for a debt of about 16 pounds [DB P:118]. However, Ishmael repurchased this same 260 acre tract for about 17 pounds on 14 August 1811. And he purchased 102 acres on Little Lick Creek on 10 April 1818 [DB S:26; V:131]. On 8 and 12 February 1825 he sold (signing) most of his land to his sons: Richard, James, and Aaron [DB AB:166, 221; AA:275]. By his 12 July 1826 Chatham County will, he left his land on the west side of Bush Creek to his wife Silvey and then to his grandson Ishmael, oldest son of Zachariah. He also left one dollar to a list of persons, no relationship stated (who were identified as his children in his May 1829 Estate Papers), and he willed that his land where John Archie (Archer, his son-in-law) was living was to be sold and divided among his wife and a second list of persons (which included members of the first list), no relationship stated, and left $20 for the schooling of his grandson Thomas Roberts [CR 022.801.16]. When the will was offered for probate in the Tuesday, May 1827 session of the Chatham County court, the jury ruled that it was his will as regards his personal property but not as regards his real estate [Minutes 1822-27, n.p.]. A committee was appointed to settle the problem, and their report was recorded in the Monday, May 1828 session [Minutes 1828-33]. His estate papers listed seventeen persons and called them his children, but at least two of them, Ishmael and Elias, were probably his grandchildren [North Carolina Archives Estate Papers, Chatham County].

  • Sources 
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      Record for Ishmael Roberts

    2. [S299] North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;).
      Record for Ishmael Roberts

    3. [S300] 1790 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1790; Census Place: Robeson, North Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 7; Page: 147; Image: 429; Family History Library Film: 0568147.
      Record for Ishmael Roberds

    4. [S301] 1800 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1800; Census Place: Fayetteville, Robeson, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 32; Page: 415; Image: 425; Family History Library Film: 337908.
      Record for Ishmael Roberts

    5. [S244] 1810 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1810; Census Place: Chatham, North Carolina; Roll: 39; Page: 195; Image: 00360; Family History Library Film: 0337912.
      Record for Ishmael Roberts

    6. [S302] North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2013;).
      Record for Ishmael Roberts

    7. [S281] North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;), Wills, 1770-1931; Author: North Carolina. Probate Court (Chatham County); Probate Place: Chatham, North Carolina.
      Record for Ishmael Roberts