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James Thomas "Pampa" Roberts
Birth: Jan. 5, 1874
Madisonville
Madison County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1945
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

James Thomas Roberts, the son of Charles Middleton Breaker Roberts and Agnes Jane Hale Roberts, was born in Madisonville, Madison County, Texas. The entire Roberts family moved to the Texas Gulf Coast in 1895 and lived in Alvin and Galveston.

James Thomas joined the 1st Regiment of US Volunteer Texas Cavalry for 2 years as a Private during the Spanish American War. His enlistment date was June 18, 1898, at Fort Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas.

Information from grand daughter: James (nickname Pampa) lived for a number of years in Alvin. For 15 years he worked as a depot Agent in Duke, Texas. He was in Galveston during the great flood of 1900. As a telegraph operator Pampa sent the news of the flood and was one of the last to leave the island.

James and his first wife, Mary, were married in about 1903. They are enumerated on the 1910 US Census for Fort Bend County, Texas in 1910. James states that his next of kin is wife, Mary Roberts on his WWI Draft Card on September 18, 1918. Sometime before 1920 James and Mary divorced. James Thomas Roberts is enumerated on the 1920US Census for Harris County, Texas as divorced, in the household of his father-in-law, William J. McCristal.

James second marriage was to Sue Sheffield Sirman on January 7, 1920 in Houston, Texas, marriage record #39766. James and Sue raised her two sons, Hugh Phillip Sirman and Vernon Elmer (Jack) Sirman and their one child, a daughter, Jimmie Lee Roberts, born on January 20, 1922. This was a wonderful, lifetime marriage.

Another comment from granddaughter: "When Pampa and Grandmother were married he was employed by the American National Insurance Company.
When his health failed the family moved from Goose Creek to Houston to live at 1346 Harvard. It was at this home that my first memories are of Pampa crossing the street to go to the Christian Science Reading Room that was located directly across the street from the lovely orange brick home.
Pampa's favorite pastimes were playing cards and dominoes. He delighted in giving a nickname to each and everyone."

James Thomas lived in Houston for 30 years where he was an insurance salesman and a member of the Baptist Church. He lived close to the family of his brother, Joseph Marion Roberts and other relatives. Both of his stepsons were active in the United States Military during World War II. James and Sue's daughter Jimmie Lee married and had 4 children.

James died at the age of 77 and is buried next to his beloved wife, Sue, in a large family plot at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Middleton Breaker Roberts (1851 - 1935)
  Agnes Jane Hale Roberts (1852 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Sue Sheffield Roberts (1892 - 1968)*
 
 Children:
  Jimmie Lee Roberts Crosson (1922 - 2003)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Florence Roberts Lackey (1872 - 1900)*
  James Thomas Roberts (1874 - 1945)
  Lucy Emma Roberts Vieno (1875 - 1952)*
  Susan Anna Irene Roberts Shaw (1876 - 1953)*
  Joseph Marion Roberts (1878 - 1939)*
  Nora Lee Roberts Hurst (1879 - 1912)*
  Charles Edwin Roberts (1882 - 1975)*
  Robert Franklin Roberts (1882 - 1946)*
  William Clarence Claude Roberts (1884 - 1960)*
  Julia Roberts (1885 - ____)*
  Floyd Dickson Roberts (1886 - 1949)*
  Reuben Roberts (1889 - 1956)*
  Mattie Estelle Roberts Wooley (1892 - 1981)*
  Bertha Ola Roberts Kost (1894 - 1986)*
  Leon Douglas Roberts (1897 - 1960)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
James T Roberts Pvt 1 Texas Cav
 
Burial:
Forest Park Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section: Acacia, Lot 215.
 
Created by: Jo Roberts
Record added: Oct 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42904701
James Thomas Pampa Roberts
Added by: Katherine Torkelson
 
James Thomas Pampa Roberts
Added by: Katherine Torkelson
 
James Thomas Pampa Roberts
Added by: Jo Roberts
 
 
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Pampa, How I loved to sit in your lap. And hold your hand when you walked to the Christian Science Reading Room from the house in the Heights.
- Katherine Torkelson
 Added: Jul. 10, 2011

- Helen R. Kennedy
 Added: Dec. 19, 2009

- Jo Roberts
 Added: Dec. 12, 2009
 
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