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Capt Daniel Webster Roberts

Capt Daniel Webster Roberts

Birth
Winston County, Mississippi, USA
Death 6 Feb 1935 (aged 93)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 Row:K Number:25
Memorial ID 9723802 · View Source
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ROBERTS, DANIEL WEBSTER
(1841-1935)

Daniel Webster Roberts, Texas Ranger, was born in Winston County, Mississippi, on October 10, 1841, one of the eight children of Alexander (Buck) and Sabra Roberts.

At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined Capt. W. H. Perry's company of mounted rifles in the Twenty-sixth brigade of the Texas Militia and served as a scout against Indian raiders in the Devil's River region. His father is said to have joined the Union army as a captain. On February 26, 1862, Roberts enlisted as a private in Company K of Col. Peter C. Woods's Thirty-sixth Texas Cavalry regiment; he deserted with many other members of his company on February 2, 1864, when the regiment was dismounted. His first recorded Indian fight came in August 1873 when he, with his brother George T. Roberts and eight other settlers from Round Mountain, pursued a band of raiding Comanches. "All of us were young men," Roberts remarked, "but we were seasoned plainsmen inured to the hardships of life on the frontier. We knew how to ride hard and shoot straight." George was severely wounded in the battle of Deer Creek, and Dan was shot through the left thigh. The hard-pressed boys were reinforced by Cicero R. (Rufe) Perry, but the Indians escaped. Each of the group was awarded a coveted Model 1873 Winchester rifle for his service in the fight. Roberts and his fellow rangers took part in the Mason County War. The ranger company also cooperated with the United States Army, not only in fighting Indians but in surveying and building a military road from Fort McKavett to Fort Stockton. With the rank of first lieutenant, Roberts led his men on campaigns in Kimble, Mason, and Menard counties and followed Indian raiders onto the Llano Estacado.

Roberts married Luvenia Conway of Columbus, Texas, on September 13, 1875. In the fall of 1882 Roberts again resigned from ranger service and, in deference to his wife's health, moved to Nogales, New Mexico, then a raw gold-mining community. There the couple lived for thirty years, and Roberts worked as a stock raiser and miner. There, too, the childless couple adopted Lillie Roberts, who later became the wife of Governor J. F. Hinkle of New Mexico, and her brother Fred, both the children of Roberts's brother, George. Dan and Luvenia Roberts at last returned to Austin "to pass the remainder of our days in our beloved State." At the age of ninety-three, Captain Roberts suffered a fracture of his left shoulder. The fracture developed into pneumonia, from which he died in his Austin home on February 6, 1935.

Sources; "ROBERTS, DANIEL WEBSTER." The Handbook of Texas Online.


ROBERTS, Daniel Webster (Ind. Sur. No. 11233)
Born October 10, 1841, in Winston County, Mississippi, died February 6, 1935, in Austin, Texas. Married Luvenia Conway September 13, 1875, in Columbus, Texas; she was born September 14, 1849, died July 14, 1940. Application based on service in Company D of the Frontier Battalion from May 28, 1874, to August 31, 1876, and from September 29, 1877, to February 28, 1878. Application approved.
One of the outstanding Captains in the Frontier Battalion, Roberts saw extended service against Indians and in his application stated that he had "scars from bullet wound through left thigh." He was the son of another famous Indian fighter, Captain Alexander "Buck" Roberts. (Source: Bertha Hood)

FdAGr Contributor WichitaFalls:
I found him in a book titled "TEXAS RANGER INDIAN WAR PENSIONS"
Abstracted By Robert W. Stephens

He was a Texas Ranger

ROBERTS, Daniel Webster (Ind. Sur. No. 11233}
Born October 10, 1841, in Winston County, Mississippi, died February 6, 1935, in Austin, Texas. Married Luvenia Conway September 13, 1875, in Columbus, Texas; she was born September 14, 1849, died July 14, 1940. Application based on service in Company D of the Frontier Battalion from May 28, 1874, to August 31, 1876, and from September 29, 1877, to February 28, 1878. Application approved. One of the outstanding Captains in the Frontier Battalion, Roberts saw extended service against Indians and in his application stated that he had "scars from bullet wound through left thigh." He was the son of another famous Indian fighter, Captain Alexander "Buck" Roberts.



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  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 28 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9723802
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Daniel Webster Roberts (10 Oct 1841–6 Feb 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9723802, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tracy Crow (contributor 47147504) .