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View Tree for Elias RobertsElias Roberts (b. Bef. 1771, d. Abt. 1806)

Elias Roberts (son of FNU Roberts) was born Bef. 1771 in Probably South Carolina, and died Abt. 1806 in Roane County, Tennessee. He married Rebecca Brashears on Abt. 1786 in Pendleton County, South Carolina, daughter of Robert Samuel Brashears and Phoebe Nicks.

 Includes NotesNotes for Elias Roberts:


First Families of Tennessee Ancestor

See also, father of Elias Roberts for additional information.

Source: Roberts Families of Roane County, TN, by Snyder E. Roberts

This is ancestor of Pat Roberts McDonald.

Please contact me for additions/corrections. However, I believe this data has been researched thoroughly, and is as close as we can get. There are many listings online at various places, and some have very glaring errors!!

Please respect the many years of research put into this family by not contributing the notes to commercial organizations to sell. I encourage everyone to do their own digging at the Kingston Archives. Thanks.

Elias Roberts, (date and place of birth unknown), died in 1806 Roane County, TN married Rebecca Brashears (b: 09 Jan 1771 Guilford County NC d.1859 Roane County, TN) about 1786 in Pendleton County, SC. Her parents were Robert Samuel Brashears and Phoebe Nicks Brashears. Her sister, Nancy Brashears, married Zaccheus Roberts, who may have been a brother or other kinsman to Elias. There is NO proof of a father named Edward, although it could be true.

In 1785, Robert Samuel Brashears received a patent for 402 acres of land on Saluda River in SC, Presumably, Rebecca would have been living with him at that time.

Elias Roberts can be first positively documented in Deed Book B, page 153, on file in Anderson County, SC. "This indenture made the 28th day of December in the year of our Lord, 1787, between David Loggan of Abbeville County and Elias Roberts....... 200 acres situated on the South side of Saluda River."

It is presumed Elias and Rebecca married in late 1786, took a lease on the above-described plantation with the option to buy it at the end of one year, which they did buy Dec. 28, 1787.

Of interest, but with no established connection, was a survey of 150-acres on the waters of George's Creek and Saluda River in 1784 for ZEPHANIAH ROBERTS. If Zephaniah and Elias were not blood related, they were at least neighbors.

Elias Roberts is listed in the 1790 Pendleton County, SC census. Elias Roberts disposed of one-half of his plantation in SC in 1793 (Book B, page 223), and the second 100-acres sale was recorded in Book B, page 228-229. After Elias had sold his land in SC in January 1794, he is next found in the records of Knox County, TN in August of the same year. (Roane County was formed from Knox County in 1801). He is a witness to the signature of his father-in-law's purchase of 640-acres, dated August 8, 1794.

Elias, his wife and children, and most likely Zaccheus Roberts and family probably lived on the Brashears holdings for a while, because it was 1796 before the records show that Elias Roberts bought from Stockley Donelson and Francis Fulchas 192-acres on the waters of Clinch adjoining Charles McClung and John Rhea.

Roane County, Deed Book E, page 306, records a deed of conveyance from Stockley Donelson to Elias Roberts for 500-acres located at the mouth of, and divided by, the waters of Poplar Creek at its juncture with Clinch River. [present site of Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plat Site] I have a nice photo of the K-25 plant, with the farm outlined which I will share with descendants.

Elias Roberts was enrolled in Capt. John Walker's Company. He was summoned to jury duty several times. Is on 1805 Tax List for Roane County, and in 1806. He died in 1806, cause unknown. His widow, Rebecca outlived him by more than 50 years, and managed the 500-acre farm.

Chancery Court - 27 May 1852 property of Elias Roberts, at his death:

Personal property consisting of cattle horses & some other stock farming tools & household appears that the inventory of the personal property amounted in value to $635.50-1/2 cts.

"Also owned & possessed a valuable tract of land situate in the county of Roane containing 453 acres more or less, joining lands of Lewis Burris & others on the north side of Clinch River, beginning on a white oak on the east side of Big Poplar creek thence down said creek with it several meanders to a horse(?) barn(?), Thence south fifty two west crossing said creek three chains to a white oak, thence North fifty nine west thirty chains to a stake in a field, thence North twenty four west eighty five & 4/10 chains to a sassafras on the road & near a field, thence north 51 East 46 & 8/10 chains to a post oak, Thence north 81 & 44 chains to a stake & points Thence South 79 East crossing the said poplar creek 41 chains to a stake & pointers thence a conditional line made between William & John Ellis & the Robertses south 49 East 145 hains to a stake & pointers, thence south 40 west 31-1/10 chains to post oak, Gardenhires now Lewis Burrises corner thence north 59 west 84 chains the Beginning. "

Chancery Court records at Kingston in 1854: Jane A.. Nesmith vs Rebecca Roberts and Others –

Extends over a 2-year period. The complainant is Jane R. Nesmith, the granddaughter of Elias Roberts, who asked the Chancery Court to make a division of the Elias Roberts estate to the heirs. The heirs are listed as:


Jane Nesmith says ......the aforesaid tract of land has been occupied & cultivated by John Roberts, Samuel Roberts, Phillip Roberts & Rebecca Roberts a part of the children & widow of the said Elias Roberts and they have rept & enjoyed all of the rents & profits arising from said farm since the death of the said Elias Roberts. Her counsel, J. Y. Smith

Deponent further states that she is acquainted with nine of the heirs, to wit, Robert S., Edward, John, Bassil, Elijah & Philip Roberts, sons of Eli Roberts and with Betsey, Polly and Rachel Roberts daughters of said E. Roberts, and thinks it more than probable that she may have seen another daughter Phebe Roberts, but cannot be positive as to her.


Affidavit of Absolom Adkisson, 15 March 1855.........states among the distributees of said Eli Roberts decd. there being ten in number (from deponents own knowledge & information)..........

The children of Elias Roberts and Rebecca Brashears

EDWARD C. ROBERTS b: Abt. 1787, SC d: 05 Sep 1841
+Susan Ballard b: 1797 d: Aft. 1858 (no children)

ROBERT SAMUEL ROBERTS b: 1789 SC. d: 13 Feb 1873 Roane County, TN
+Margaret Gardner b: 11 mar 1795 d: 29 May 1874 Roane County, TN

RACHEL ROBERTS b: 1791 d: Aft. 1856

PHILLIP ROBERTS b: 06 Mar 1794 d: 1874 +unmarried

JOHN C. ROBERTS b: 03 Mar 1795 Roane Co., TN d: Apr 1873 Roane Co.,TN
+Elizabeth Blackwell b: 10 Sep 1796 Roane Co.,TN d: 05 Jul 1867 Roane Co.,TN

BAZZEL ROBERTS b: 1797 Roane County, TN d: Abt. 1860 Monroe Co. TN
+Sarah Ervin b: 1797

ELIZABETH ROBERTS b: 1799 Roane Co, TN d: 1855 Perry Co, TN
+Walter Brashears (cousin) b: Abt. 1790 Sullivan Co., TN(NC)

*2nd Husband of Phebe Roberts:
+John Nesmith d: 25 Dec 1847 Lawrence Co., AL

ELIJAH ROBERTS b: 1801 unmarried

MARY POLLY ROBERTS b: abt 1804 Roane County,TN
+William Ervin b: 14 May 1803

For genealogical purposes, I have added links for the children on whom I have more information—especially the ones who stayed in the Roane County area longer. (My ancestor is Robert Samuel).

Edward C. Roberts left Roane County and apparently went to AL with several cousins from Zaccheus Roberts and Nancy Brashears Roberts line, and his sister Phebe Nesmith. Newly discovered information, since the publication of the Roberts Family book, indicates that Edward did not have any children, and the daughter attributed to him was actually the daughter of Phoebe (Nesmith)

I don’t know who our Rachel Roberts married. There are three Rachel marriages in the same time frame. A Rachel Jones 55, b SC, is shown living in an adjoining house to Rachel Roberts’ niece, Elizabeth Roberts Crow in 1850.

Bazzel and his sister, Mary Polly, married Erwin/Ervin siblings and moved to Monroe County, TN.

Phoebe had one child prior to her marriage to John Nesmith—Susan Roberts (Burns)—and died in AL soon after the birth of her only child, Jane, by John Nesmith. The Ervin and Nesmith families have been researched by others, and I have linked to them.

S. E. Roberts says the Roberts family knew, or had for their immediate neighbors, the GARDENHIRES, ELLISES, WELCKERS, GALLAHERS, ARNOLDS, MCKINNEYS, WALLERS, MAHANS, BRASHEARS, DICKEYS, HEADRICKS, MEADS, ADKISSONS, WALKERS, NESMITHS and others.

More About Elias Roberts and Rebecca Brashears:
Marriage: Abt. 1786, Pendleton County, South Carolina.

Children of Elias Roberts and Rebecca Brashears are:
  1. Edward C. Roberts, b. Abt. 1787, Pendleton County, South Carolina, USA, d. 05 Sep 1841.
  2. Robert Samuel Roberts, b. Abt. 1789, Pendleton County, South Carolina, d. 13 Feb 1873, Roane County, Tennessee.
  3. Rachel Roberts, b. Abt. 1790, Pendleton County, South Carolina, d. Aft. 1856.
  4. Phillip Roberts, b. 06 Mar 1794, South Carolina or Tennessee, d. Abt. 1874.
  5. +John Calvin Roberts, b. 03 Mar 1795, Roane County, Tennessee, d. Apr 1873, Roane County, Tennessee.
  6. Bazzel Roberts, b. Abt. 1797, Roane County, Tennessee, d. Abt. 1860, Monroe County, Tennessee.
  7. Elizabeth Roberts, b. Abt. 1799, Roane County, Tennessee, d. Abt. 1855, Perry County, Tennessee.
  8. Phebe Roberts, b. Abt. 1800, Roane County, Tennessee, d. date unknown.
  9. Elijah Roberts, b. Abt. 1801, Roane County, Tennessee, d. date unknown.
  10. Mary Roberts, b. Abt. 1804, Roane County, Tennessee, d. date unknown.
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