Biography of William F. Roberts
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Frederick Roberts, retired, has been a substantial citizen of Saranac Lake for 40 years, and during his active career was interested in the real estate business. He was born at Lewis, Essex County, N. Y., Jan. 30, 1851, the son of Samuel and Sarah A. (Lee) Roberts.

Samuel Roberts was born at Westport, Essex County, in 1806. Throughout his life he was interested in general farming. He died in 1879 and is buried at Lewis. He was married (first) in 1829 to Miss Clarissa Lee, and to them were born four children: 1. Lucia Lorraine, born in 1832, died in 1903, was the wife of Richard Eggleston. 2. George, born in 1834, died in 1916. 3. Oscar F., born in 1836, died in 1929. 4. Duane, born in 1838, died in 1880. In 1838 Clarissa Lee Roberts died, and two years later Mr. Roberts married her sister, Sarah A. Lee. They were the daughters of Noah Lee who was a lineal descendant of John Lee from England and a man prominent in the early settlement of Connecticut in the seventeenth century. To Samuel and Sarah A. (Lee) Roberts were born five children: 1. Ralza R., born in 1843, was a Civil War veteran, and became a prominent physician of Westport and Lewis. He died in 1879. 2. James L., born in 1845, died July 2, 1929. 3. Austin, born in 1847, died at the age of 16 years. 4. Clarissa Armina, born in 1849, deceased, was the wife of David W. Dougam. 5. William F., the subject of this sketch. Sarah (Lee) Roberts died in 1857, and is buried at Lewis, N. Y.

William F. Roberts received his education in the district schools of Lewis and high school of Elizabethtown. He came to Saranac Lake in 1881 as manager of Saranac Lake House. He held that position for ten years and in 1887 was also appointed postmaster, in which capacity he served for five years. Mr. Roberts was interested in a real estate business in this city for about 30 years, and has lived retired since 1922.

In 1874 Mr. Roberts married Miss Rosamond P. Wakefield, the daughter of Cyrle Wakefield, of North Hudson. They had no children. Mrs. Roberts died Feb. 23, 1929.

Mr. Roberts has always been a Republican, and for many years has been an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and has been prominent in the work of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Roberts is a director of the Saranac Lake National Bank. He lives at 118 Main Street.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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