The Lewis Roberts Home

Location: One mile east of State Road 620; seven miles northwest of Wise.

Date: About 1840.

Owners: Lewis Roberts, James Chisenhall, Harrison Chisenhall, 
Virginia coal & Iron Company

Description: One room log house; porch in front; one window with board shutter in front; on in west end; fireplace at east end. Facing south. Clapboard roof.

History: Lewis Roberts was a son of Shadrack and Ellender Roberts and was born in Grayson Co., VA, about 1800. He married, in Carroll Co., VA, Penelope, daughter of Joseph Day (and Rhoda Cox) and moved about
1830 to the Powells Valley, then Lee Co., but now Wise Co., where he resided until he moved to the "Lewis Roberts Place" on Guest River about 1840. While living here his youngest son, James Polk Roberts died of a fever and was the first body buried in the now large Roberts family burying ground on the hill just back of the Lewis Roberts home place.
     Lewis Roberts and his wife Penelope had the following children: Shadrick R. Roberts, soldier in the Mexican and Civil Wars and among the pioneer school teachers of Wise Co., VA.; William Roberts, noted Baptist preacher. Father of Wade Hampton Roberts; timberman, coal operator and one-time member of the
General Assembly, and grandfather of Richmond R. Roberts, former Clerk of Wise Co.; Galon M. Roberts, who was killed in a feud on Critical Fork of Guest River in 1889; Ira J. Roberts, noted as strong man of the
mountains. He moved to Taney Co., MO, about forty years ago, where he died in 1935; James Polk Roberts died young; Mary Roberts, known as "Pop" who married Randolph Hubbard; Katherine "Katie" Roberts who married Nelson Kilgore; Cora Roberts who married John Addington; Annie Roberts who married James Bray; Jane Roberts who married James Chisenhall.

Source of Information: W. H. Roberts, Marion Roberts.


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