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Colonel Harlee's Notes on 12244 Eldridge Blount Robertson

[12244] Eldridge Blount Robertson's father, [1224] Elijah Robertson, in his will, dated 17 Feb 1797, names [12244] Eldridge among his children. It has been estimated that [12244] Eldridge was born between 1786 and 1796.

He and his brother, [12243] Sterling Clack Robertson, seem to have been engaged in business together.

From Will Book 7, p. 452, Clerk of Court, Davidson Co., Tenn.: "Estate of John Childress...[married 12241 Elizabeth Robertson] recorded August 30th, 1820A supplementary inventory of the estate of John Childress deed, viz: Three notes given by [12243] Sterling & [12244] Eldridge Robertson. 1 due 1st Jany 1821 for $2555.001 due 1st Jany 1822, $2555.001 due 1st Jany 1823, $2555.00-Total 7665.00 July 27th 1820Sam B. Marshall [married 122411 Jane Martin Childress]...Admr.State of Tennessee, Davidson County Court, July Sessions 1820. This additional inventory was returned in court by Sam B. Marshall, his Admr. and ordered to be recorded."

On 15 Jan 1824, [12244] Eldridge B. Robertson resided at Nashville as shown in a bill of sale (v 77) from "[12243] Sterling C. Robertson and [12244] Eldridge B. Robertson of Nashville Tennessee" to their mother for several negroes for $3600.00.


From original loaned by Mrs. Lela Sterling Robertson (701g). (Note the salutation "Dear Sir" and ending "Respectfully." This was customary among near relatives in those times).

Fayetteville, Tenn., Jany. 29, 1842.

Dear Sir:

By Doctor Graves, who is on a visit to this place, I embrace the opportunity of addressing you a letter. I wrote you about four months ago, and about six months since I have a letter from you dated 27 December in which you inform me of your good health and give me the news current in your part of the country.

We have very little news stirring in this quarter. Congress is doing nothing worthy of note and our legislature has been in session for four months back, engaged in passing bills interesting to the state but not of much importance to anyone else.

Your old mother was in tolerable health two weeks ago and would be glad to hear from you. We are all of us anticipating a successful result to your lawsuit and are wishing good luck in it to you. We should like that your suit would come to a termination as we might then hope to have the pleasure of seeing you once more.

The times are very hard in this country. Produce very low and everything depressed. Our currency is very much deranged and all the banks south of New York have suspended specie payment and nobody knows when they will resume.

President Tyler at the last summer extra session vetoed two bills that were intended as bills for a United States Bank. Since the meeting of Congress this winter, be and his Secretary of the Treasury have submitted a bill to Congress which they intend shall answer all the purpose of a United States Bank. I think it doubtful whether either party will support it sufficiently strong to carry it into a law.

Exchange is 10 to 12 per cent on New York against Nashville. Mississippi money is worth nothing here. Everything is deranged for the want of a United States Bank, and yet, notwithstanding this, our statesmen appear spellbound and refuse to give us such institutions as have promoted the prosperity and happiness of the United States for forty years. I hope something will be done this session of Congress to remedy the disorder or we may give up in despair.

James McGavok was killed in an affray about twelve months ago by Sam'I Earthman who fled, it is supposed, to Texas. Two hundred dollars are offered by the governor for his apprehension.

James C. Jones is elected governor in place of James K. Polk [husband of 12241A Sarah Clack Childress], as I wrote you there was a probability. The Whigs are triumphant in their election for governor and in the House of Representatives whilst the Democrats have a majority in the Senate of one.

The two houses have disagreed in electing senators to Congress and Tennessee will probably be not represented at all in the Senate of the United States the next two years in consequence of the disagreement.

Sackfield a member of the Senate from the western district and is one of the Democrats.

Sam'l Marshall...has resigned his office as Marshall and Thos. Claiborne is appointed in his. place. I dont know what has produced his resignation.

Rumor has it in this part of the country that [122413] George Childress...killed himself in consequence of his indorsements for Col. Marshall. I dont know how the fact is. I have not been to Nashville for two years past and know but little that is circulating there.

My bodily health is tolerable good but I am very lame and deaf and am confined to my room. I am in no business at present and am in hopes you will be able to give me a little lift when you come to Tennessee.

Our crops of cotton were passably good this season. The cultivation of tobacco is extending rapidly. According to the last census Tennessee raised more Indian corn and tobacco than any state in the union.

The population of the state by the last census is 829,000. She is now the fifth state in the union. The committee in Congress have reported 68,000 as the proper ratio in Congress for the representation for the next ten years. That ratio will reduce the present number of Representatives in Congress, and very well too, as there are too many to do business expeditiously. I am afraid they wont adopt it as the ratio.

Internal improvement has gone to considerable extent since you were here. Most of the roads leading to Nashville are turnpiked. The road out to Elkton is turnpiked and from Nashville to the Kentucky line, thus making a turnpike road across the state. A turnpike road is all made from Columbia to Tennessee river and is about to be extended into this district.

The distribution of the sales of the public lands will in a few years enable our state to extend her improvements to a large extent. A law for the distribution of the sales of the public lands among the states passed Congress last session.

I have nothing more worthy your attention but hope I shall have the pleasure of seeing you face to face and conversing with you shortly.

Yours Respectfully, E. B. Robertson.

(On the reverse side is the address): Major Sterling C. Robertson, Nashville, Texas, politeness of Doct. Graves.


His letter, dated 29 Jan 1842, shows that he then lived at Fayetteville, Tenn.

However, the County Court Clerk of Lincoln Co., Fayetteville, Tenn., writes: "I have searched the index to wills in this county and do not find any will of Eldridge Blount Robertson. I have also-searched the index to old deeds and mortgages in this county and do not find his name appearing on the index to these records."

His grandson, Ephraim Barnett Robertson..., writes that he died in Nashville.

His mother's will, dated 17 May 1845, stating "having made several wills in the lifetime of my son, [12244] Eldridge B. Robertson, which are in great part in operation since his death," shows that he died before that date.

Her will shows also that [12244] Eldridge B. Robertson, then, in 1845, had sons, Marcellus Robertson and James Oakley Robertson, to each of whom she bequeathed a part of her claim against the estate of her son, [12243] Sterling C. Robertson, late of Texas.

Notes made from old family letters at the home of [12243] Sterling C. Robertson's son at Salado, Texas, furnishes the information that [12244] Eldridge B. Robertson's son, [122441] Marcellus, lived in New Orleans, La.

Eldridge Blount Robertson....was twice married. The name of his first wife, mother of his sons, [122441] Marcellus and [122442] James Oakley, is not known. His second wife was Mary Hammons. The information concerning her and her descendants was furnished by her grandsons, George Phineas Robertson...and Ephraim Barnett Robertson....

Letter, 9 Feb 1935, from George Phineas Robertson... :

"My oldest sister thinks our father's half-brothers were older than he and that at their mother's death her people took them away to New Orleans and that our grandmother, Mary (Hammons) Robertson, was with our grandfather when he died. My father then went back to Tennessee and brought her to Texas where she received a headright of 640 acres of land in Hunt Co. She died in Bosque Co., in 1868.

Source: William Curry Harlee, Kinfolks: A Genealogical and Biographical Record, 3 vols. (New Orleans: Searcy & Pfaff, 1935-37), 3: 2592-2595.

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