Biography of Thomas Roberts
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Roberts, Thomas, was a Welshman by birth, and with a large family came to this country in 1818, locating at Deerfied, N. Y. Among the younger children in this family was William Roberts, who was brought up on a farm, but at the age of fifteen was apprenticed to learn the trade of harness and saddle making. He first started in business at Clarendon Mills, and then came to Albion and opened a shop where the North Avenue Hotel was afterwards built. He did a good business here for many years, but in 1859 he sold out and moved to a farm at Barre Springs. Farming, however, proved uncongenial to his taste and he gradually worked back to his trade. December 31. 1844, William Roberts married Marion J. Tousley, and to them these children were born: Melville T. and Byron W., of Chicago; Jasper B. (deceased); Victor H., of Albion, and William C., a merchant, lately in business in Holley and Albion. Victor H. Roberts was born in Albion, May 1, 1853, and was educated at the village academy and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y. He began his business life as a clerk, and later was in the post office under J. M. Cornell, and for a short time he was in the Orleans County Bank. In 1873 Mr. Roberts went to Chicago, and during his eleven years' residence in that city engaged in successful mercantile business in the wholesale grocery and dry goods trade. Ill health, however, compelled him to leave that city and he came to Albion in 1885. Two years later he bought the C. D. Gould lumber yard, and has since been its proprietor. On September 1, 1880, Victor H. Roberts married Minnie E. Mebren, adopted daughter of Henry A. Reed, of Chicago. They have one child, Edith H. Roberts. Mr. William H. Roberts died in February, 1883.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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