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William Tipton Roberson

William Tipton Roberson

Male 1840 - 1862  (21 years)

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  • Name William Tipton Roberson 
    Born 19 May 1840  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Mar 1862  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Grant Roberson Cemetery, Grantsburg, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1705  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2018 

    Father George William Roberson,   b. 10 Dec 1815, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1899, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Sarah A. Kintner,   b. 11 Sep 1810, Washington, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1888, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1834  Harrison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Johnson,   b. Abt 1840 
    Married 27 Jul 1860  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

  • Notes 
    • Grant-Roberson Cemetery in Grantsburg (Several 1820-1880 Graves)

      N38 17.3998 W 86 28.2302

      "Corpl., in Co. D., 23 Ind Vol."
      mustered July 29 1861 in New Albany, IN
      Died at home of disease

      Pvt., Co. D., 23 Regt. Ind. Inf. Vol., age 19.

      George William Roberson is the 8th child out of eleven of Daniel Robert Roberson and Esther Ada Yates born December 10, 1815 in Meade County, Kentucky. He married Sarah A. Kinter November 6, 1834 in Harrison County, Indiana. Sarah was the daughter of George Kinter and Susannah Lamb born September 11, 1810. They show up on the 1850 Sterling Township Census already with 9 of their eleven children. George William will reach age 80 when he dies in 1895 and Sarah age 78 and will be buried in the Grant-Roberson Cemetery in Grantsburg, Indiana. George William Roberson and Sarah Kinter Roberson are the 2G uncle and aunt of Nidrah, Jack and Dale Roberson. George and Sarah are the 4G 1st cousins of Ronald E. Yates.

      Oh what a time to be a parent! Just as others were doing, the nine Roberson boys would have sat around endlessly discussing how they were going to be able to participate in the great upcoming conflict. Of the nine boys produced by George William and Sarah six were at an age appropriate for military service. We don't have an indication of how the final decisions were made but we do know that five of his sons will enlist and three of them will die. Disease would be the cause of at least two of their deaths.

      Twins William T. and Daniel M. age 21 along with their older brother James F. age 25 would meet up with Captain George S. Babbitt on July 12, 1861 a week before the disastrous First Battle of Bull Run is fought near Washington, DC. They had made a decision to join Company D, 23rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry together. The first to die will be twin William T. Roberson who takes sick while in New Albany in January 1862. He is likely hospitalized for January and February and subsequently is sent home and will die of typhoid fever March 12, 1862. Typhoid fever, also known as Yellow Jack, is transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces from an infected person.

      The 23rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry was based at Paducah, Kentucky until February, 1862. From there they marched into Columbus, Kentucky on November 7-9, 1861 and thereafter moved to Fort Donelson, TN February 12-15, 1862. They executed an expedition toward Purdy and operations about Crump's Landing, TN March 9-14 and the Battle of Shiloh, TN April 6-7 and then advanced on and conducted a siege of Corinth, MS, April 29-May 30. They march to Bolivar, TN and stay there until September 1862. They then march to Iuka, MS September 1-20 and maintain duty in the District of Jackson until November 1862. They then participate in Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November 2, 1862, to January 10, 1863. The second to die is James F. Roberson who will die December 15, 1862, nine months after his brother William.

      The third to die will be 24 year old Daniel M. Roberson who dies May 22, 1864 in New Albany. Like his twin William T., Daniel apparently was very susceptible to disease as well. His Company records indicate he was present for regular duties through December 1861; however he fell ill beginning in January 1862 and never returned to his regular unit. Although serving differently then he might have first imagined he indeed served well and consistently. His records indicate his presence serving in capacities described as nurse and at times as a teamster for the U.S.A. General Hospital #1 located in New Albany. He served in these roles until he is recorded as dying on May 22, 1864.

      It is a sad poignant thing to see the first time you walk into the small cemetery off old route 37 in Grantsburg and view the headstone of George William and Sarah Kinter Roberson with three identical headstones for their sons William, James and Daniel next to them. Henry Clay Roberson decided to enlist in Company H, 81st Indiana Volunteers Infantry along with John Winfield Yates and Benjamin H. May. He will return home safely and marry his sweetheart Mary Jane Landiss and live to age 86. George W. Roberson enlisted and served in Company E, 38th Indiana Volunteers Infantry and will also return home safely and live until age 78. He will marry Mariah Martin who is the granddaughter of Robert Yates and daughter of Cassa Yates Martin.

      George and Mariah are buried in Grantsburg Cemetery just a few feet from their cousin Elizabeth Roberson Yates, widow of John Yates who died in Vinings, Georgia. In an interesting twist of fate, as John Yates was struggling to make his march to Nashville with his unit October 1, 1862 he encountered George W. Roberson. This encounter turns out to be important as George W. Roberson provided testimony in the 1863 Court Martial held in Chattanooga which exonerated John Yates. And lastly, George William's youngest son, Adam will marry Alice Goodman. This marriage will produce Eunice Aldah Roberson who will marry Rev. Mann Roberson. They are buried in Hamilton Roberson Cemetery.