|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1835|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1926|
Rock Island County
SIMEON E. ROBERTS has demonstrated the true meaning of the word success as the full accomplishment of an honorable purpose. Energy, close application, perseverance and good management—these are the elements which have entered into his business career and crowned his efforts with prosperity. He now resides on section35, Buffalo Prairie township, where he owns three hundred and twenty acres of valuable land, and in addition to this he has other landed possessions aggregating eight hundred acres.
Mr. Roberts was born in Dearborn county, Indiana. April 20, 1835. His grandfather, Ebenezer Roberts, was one of the heroes of the Revolution, was wounded in battle and was afterward granted a pension by the government. He was a native of Maine, and removed with his family to Dearborn county, Indiana, where he made a home in the wilderness. His son, Arthur P. Roberts, was born in Maine, in 1812, and was reared in the Hoosier state, where he married Mary B. Freeman, a native of Indiana. By trade, Mr. Roberts was a blacksmith, as was his father. In 1839 he removed to Illinois, and the grandfather came to this state the following year. The former located near Oquawka, Henderson county, where he resided until 1852, when he came to Rock Island county, and purchased two hundred and seven acres of raw land in Buffalo Prairie township. There he built a house, developed an excellent farm and planted one of the best orchards in the county. His buildings were neat and substantial structures, and he was regarded as a very progressive farmer. His land was purchased with the proceeds of a California trip. In 1850 he went to the gold mines, where he spent eighteen months, returning with
twenty-eight gold pieces of fifty dollars each. His death occurred November 2, 1887. His first wife passed away some years previous, but he was survived some years by his second wife. In the family were ten children: Moses,
who grew to mature years and married, but is now deceased; Simeon E.; Rebecca Jane, wife of John McNutt of Audubon county, Iowa; Isaac, who died in the service while defending his country in the Civil war; Martha Ann, who married but is now deceased; Philip, deceased; Mary, widow of Michael Coon, of Kansas; Joshua, of Rock Island county; Lydia, wife of George Parmenter, of Grinnell, Iowa; Elisha B., a farmer of Rock Island county; Ernest, now in South Africa; and Susan, wife of Elmer Vandever, of Rock Island county.
Mr. Roberts, of this review, was a child of about five years when he came to Illinois, and a young man of eighteen when the family removed to this county. He aided his father in clearing the land and opening up a farm, continuing to assist him in its further cultivation until twenty-three years of age, when with his father and brother Isaac, he started for Pikes Peak, but on reaching the Missouri river, he determined to go no further and returned to his home. Here he traded his outfit for twenty acres of land which he still owns, and upon the place built a home, and planted one thousand apple trees. From time to time he has added to his land until he now has something over seven hundred acres, included in three farms, and comprising some of the most valuable land in the county. He is very progressive and methodical in his
farming operations, is honorable in his dealings and by his enterprise and industry has accumulated a handsome competence, thus fully realizing the dreams of his youth.
Mr. Roberts was married in Buffalo Prairie township, November 28, 1862, to Miss Nancy A. Campbell, who was born near Steubenville, Ohio, a daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (McNutt) Campbell, also natives of that state, whence they came to Illinois in 1852. Twelve children born of this union are now living—Emeline, wife of Thomas Hayes, of this county; Priscilla, wife of Otto Schutte, of Buffalo Prairie township; Charles, a farmer of this county; Arthur, who is married and follows farming in Buffalo Prairie township; Elizabeth Jane, who was formerly engaged in teaching, now at home; Alice, wife of William Robinson, of Andalusia township; Mollie, Ella, Clarence, Ira, Frank P. and Myrtle, all at home. Bertha Maud died at the age of four. In politics Mr. Roberts has been a stanch Republican sinng his first presidential vote for Fremont, and in had the pli visiting and shaking hands with Presidenl McKinley in Canton, Ohio. lb- has taken quite an active part in local politics, serving on different committees and acting as delegate to the county, judicial and congrional conventions. He has filled tin: office of coll. Tier and positions of honor and trust, yet has never been an office seeker, lb- aided in organizing the school districts, served for seventeen consecutive years as school trustee, and has long labored earnestly and effectively in the interests "I the cause of education.
His wife and children are members of the Baptist church and Mr. Roberts is also an attendant on its services, and contributes liberally to its support. He belongs to Andalusia Lodge, A. F. & A. M . having been made a Mason in 1862. He and his family receive and merit the high
the entire community. His public and private life are above reproach, for his career has ever been one characterized by the utmost fidelity to duty. The part which he has taken in the development of the county has impressed his name indelibly upon its records and he well deserves mention among the pioneers.
From Contributors Bob & AJ
Arthur Plummer Roberts (1810 - 1887)
Mary elizabeth Freeman Roberts (1810 - 1867)
Nancy Amanda Campbell Roberts (1845 - 1941)
Emma Roberts Hayes (1863 - 1938)*
Charles Roberts (1867 - 1946)*
Moses Roberts (1833 - 1884)*
Simeon E Roberts (1835 - 1926)
Phillip Roberts (1843 - 1862)*
Joshua Roberts (1850 - 1932)*
Rock Island County
Created by: Barbara HARMS Craig
Record added: Dec 01, 2011
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