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Four Additional Documents Concerning 126 Charles Roberson

Lunenburg County, Virginia, Deed Book 7, 130, 131.
[George] King / from / [126 Charles] Roberson

This Endenture made the twenty ninth day of august in the year of our Lord / one thousand Seven hundred and sixty one Between Charles Roberson and his wife

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Susana of Granvil County in North Carolina of the one part and George King of / the said County and Province of the other part Witnesseth as follows that Charles / Roberson and Susana for and in Consideration of the Sum of forty pound Virginia / Money to our hand before the investing hereof weel and truly paid by the Receipt / whereof made hereby acknolidge and ourselves where with fully satisfied paid and / Contend of of every part and part thereof Do Invest agree and Discharge the said / George King and his heirs for ever have Given Granted Bargained sold alin'd Convey'd and / Confirm'd and by these presences do fully freely clearly and absolutly give grant Bargain / sell Convey and Confirm unto him the said George King his heirs and assigns forever / one tract or parcel of land Containing Tow hundred acres to wit Lying and being in Lunenburgh / County in Virginia bound as follows begining in the Country line at a pine thence a north / Course to the Redy branch to a white oak thence a West line to a Corner white oak Thence / a South line to the Country line to a Corner Hickory Thence by that line East to the beginning / place at the first station The said land was first received by Israel Roberson and / made to Charles Robinson in Lunenburgh County To have and to have [sic] for him the said / Granted and bargained premises with all the appurtenances priviledges & Commodities to / the same belonging as in any ways appertaining with all houses orchards gardens / Glens ground woodland grasses pastures and pasture ground waters & water courses and / all other liberties therein and thereon Contained to him the said George King his / heirs and assigns for ever to his and their only purposes and benefit and behoof forever / We the said Charles Roberson and Susanna for ourselves our heirs exetors and admintors / Do Covenant promise and Grant to said with the said George King his heirs and assigns / that Before the Insealing and Subscribing hearof we are the True Sole and Lawfull / Owner of the above bargained premises and Lawfully Seized and possest of the same / in our own proper Right as a Good perfect and absolute Esteat of an Inheritance fee / Simple and have in ourselves Good Right full power and Lawful athority to Grant / Bargain sell Convey and Confirm the said bargained premises in manner as abovesd / and that the said George King his heirs and assigns shall and may from to in to / him and at all times for ever hearafter by force and Vesture of these premises Lawfully / peaceably and Quietly have hold use Occupy posses and enjoy the said Demised and / Bargained premises with the appurtenances free and Clear and freely and Clearly / Acquited Isonerated and Discharged of from all manner of form in and other Gifts / Bargains Sales Leins mortgs wills intails joyntures Dowers judgments Iccasitsions / Incumbrances Esteat farther more He the said Charles Roberson and Susana for their / heirs Isecutors and Admints Do Covenant warrant and ingage the above sd Land and / premises with all profits and Interests thereon Depending to him the sd George King / his heirs and assigns ganst the Lawfull Claims or Demands of any person or / Persons whatever for ever hearafter to warrt Seinse [sic] and Defend In witness / whereof we hearunto set our hands & fixt our seals the day and years first above / written

                                                                     Charles (his C mark) Roberson L.S.
                                                                     Susanna Roberson L.S.

Sign'd Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Jurat George Nichols / Herbert (his K mark) King Daniel Collson

At a Court held for Lunenburgh County the first day of September 1761 / The Within written Indenture was proved by the Oaths of all the witnesses thereto / Subscribed and the same was Ordered to be Recorded Jurat Clement Read L.S.

Source: Lunenburg County (Virginia) County Clerk, Deeds, 1746-1869, Deeds, Volumes 7-9, FHL microfilm 32391.

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Will for 126 Charles Robertson
Washington County, Tennessee Will Book 1, 44.

Know all whom these presents may concern,

That CHARLES ROBERTSON SEN. of the County of Washington & State / of Tennessee on the thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred / and ninety eight have my last will and testament, as I think myself perfectly in my senses and / capable of disposing of my estate as I think best, -- In the first place I think best to appoint CHARLES / ROBERTSON JR. & James Gordon & Jacob Brown my executors to act and settle my business & after / all my just & lawful debts is paid & settled the ballance to be disposed of as follows -- / I do bequeath unto my wife SUSANNAH ROBERTSON negroe Peter & Poll her bed & furniture suff - / icient for the same until the said Susannah death then they to be equally amongst [sic] my sons and all my / real estate to be divided equally divided [sic] amongst my sons and my personal estate to be / divided amongst my sons and daughters except these exceptions that is that WILLIAM ROBERTSON to / have negroe Kate deducted or the price there of out of his part ROSAMOND BEANE to have the / price of negroe Rhood deducted out of her part KESEAH SEVIER to have a likely smart negroe / girl which is to be the full amount of her share SARAH COX to have ten dollars which / is also to be the full amount of her part there is also excepted out of my real estate two / thousand acres of land lying at the mussel shoals which is to be taken out of eight thousand / acre tract one thousand to be given to James Gordon and the other thousand to be given to CHARLES / SEVIER In testimony whereof I have set my hand the day and year first above written

Signed in the presence of                            Chas. Robertson Sen.
Henry Taylor
Abraham Hartsell
Ears Witt

The foregoing will was proven in Court by the oaths of Henry Taylor / and Ears Witt two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, at November Sessions 1798 / & ordered to be recorded, Charles Robertson, Jr. & James Gordon quallified as the / executors of the foregoing will –

Source: Tennessee County Court (Washington County), Probate Records, 1778-1950, Will Books, Volumes 1-2, 1779-1889, FHL microfilm 825521.

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Frederick Hargett and Scott Gray
Conveyance for 10 tracts of land by [1267] George Robertson & others,
Maury County, Tennessee, Deed Book A, 195, 196,197.

Frederick Hargett and            } This Indenture made and
Scott Gray Conveyance for    } concluded the 28th day of
10 tracts of land by George    } August 1806 between George
Robertson & others -- Regis-  } Robertson,Julius Robert-
tered August 21st 1809           } son, William Robertson

and Charles Robertson dec'd of the one part, Frederick Hargett and Scott Gray, heir of William Randoll / Gray heir of William Randol of the other part -- / Witnesseth: that the said George, Julius, William and / Charles for and in consideration of the moiety of / certain lands to wit, give entries and land warrants / that issued in the name of Charles Robertson, Fred- / erick Hargett and William Randoll of one thousand / acres, and this day conveyed to the heirs of said Charles / Robertson by their agent Robert Dillon, the receipt / whereof the said George Robertson, Julius Robertson

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William Robertson & Charles Robertson doth acknow- / ledge themselves fully satisfied and paid hath and / by these presents sold aliened, conveyed, transferred and / made over to the said Frederick Hargett and Scott Gray / all that, and the following ten tracts of land to wit, / Grant No 204, for one thousand acres on Sycamore -- No / 206 -- one thousand acres on Sycamore -- No 207 one thous - / and acres on Sycamore -- No 210 -- one thousand acres on / Buffaloe -- No 211 -- one thousand acres on Cold-water -- No / 212 -- one thousand acres on Buffaloe -- No 213 -- one thousand / acres on Sycamore -- No 214 -- one thousand acres on Cold-water -- / No 215 -- one thousand acres on Sycamore, all lying in the / middle District, granted to Charles Robertson, Frederick / Hargett and William Randoll with all the woods, waters, / water-courses and heriditaments thereunto belonging to / them the said Frederick Hargett and Scott Gray and / their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns for - / ever -- And we the said George Robertson, Julius Rob - / ertson, William Robertson and Charles Robertson, / for our heirs, Exrs, admrs and assigns covenant to and / with the said Frederick Hargett and Scott Gray their / heirs, Exrs & admrs, that we will warrant and defend / the title in & to the above recited nine tracts, reference / to the grants and the boundaries therein contained will more / fully appear against the claim of all or any of the heirs / of Charles Robertson dec'd or that of any body else claim - / ing the same, by, through or under name, but against no other / person or persons whatsoever -- In witness whereof we have / hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this day / & year first above written --
Signed, sealed and deliv -      }                            George Robertson (Seal)
ered in presence of                }                            Julius Robertson (Seal)

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Thos McCorry                                                     by Jas Gordon & Chs Rob -
John Smith J                                                       ertson his atto in fact.
Edwa'd Watts                                                     William Robertson (Seal)
                                                                             by Jas Gordon & Chs Robertson
                                                                             his atto in fact
                                                                             Chs his x mark Robertson (Seal)

Under which foregoing conveyance was / the following certificate --
State of Tennessee, This thirteenth / day of October 1806. Personally appeared Thos McCorry / before me John Overton one of the Judges of said state / and proved the due execution of the above deed for / the purposes expressed, and that he subscribed his name to the execution thereof --

                                                                              John Overton-

Source: Maury County (Tennesse) Register of Deeds, Deed Books, 1808-1881, Deed Books, Volumes A-B, 1808-1822, FHL microfilm 549236.

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Autobiographical Sketch of 12676
Julius Caesar Nichols Robertson

February 27, 1869

Grand Secretary of Grand lodge of Tennessee.

Dear Sir and Brother:

In your letter now before me, you requested me to furnish you with a short biographical sketch of my life, and knowing my want of sigt, you suggested that I should procure some suitable masonic friend to act as my amanuensis for that purpose. It not being convenient to obtain such person, I proceed to perform the task myself. I suppose the object of requesting such memoir is that at some future day it is designed to publish a work containing sketches of the lives and characters of all the Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge, or as many as can be obtained. In the sketch herewith furnished, you will permit me to suggest that you make any alterations or corrections you may deem necessary, to prepare it more appropriately for publication.

Very Truly and Fraternally Yours,

J. C. N. R


Of the life of


(Late Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of Tennessee)
written by himself at the age of seventy-seven.

I was born on the 20th of February, A.D. 1792, in Washington County, in the State of Tennessee; though it was then North Carolina, as the State of Tennessee was not admitted to the Union until 1796. My father, George Robertson, was the youngest son of Col. Charles Robertson, of whom favorable mention is made in the history of the Revolution. He commanded as a major in Col. John Sevier's regiment, at the memorable battle of King's Mountain, in which both of my grandfathers and four of my uncles were engaged. One of my uncles, Capt. Robert Sevier, fell in that engagement; and another uncle, Julius Robertson, was wounded. My father was too young to participate much in the service, though he went into it near the close of the war. I was raised in West Tennessee, but about the time I arrived at manhood my father moved to Overton County, where in 1812, I volunteered in the Service of my country, and was one of the soldiers known as Gen'l Jackson's Old Tennessee Volunteers. I was with that renowned General all through the Creek War, and though quite a young man, was promoted to the rank of orderly sergeant. After the close of the war, I was elected captain in the 58th regiment Tennessee Militia, since which time I have filled various offices in the Militia up to and including that of Brigadier-General, This was in times when military offices were respectable, and were sought after by men of character and qualification .

In the Spring of 1823, I removed with my family to the Western District of Tennessee, and in the Fall of that year was elected first Sheriff of Hardeman County. I served in that respectable position for fifteen years. In 1834, I was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention, which framed the Constitution of Tennessee in that year. In 1835, I was elected Senator for the Counties of Hardeman, Fayette, and Shelby, and served in the arduous session of the legislature of 1835-36, and also in the called session of 1836.

P.S. In the foregoing sketch I omited to state that I was of Scotch descent. My Great Grandfather was a Scotchman and I have heard my Grandfather say he could trace his relationship back to William Robertson that imminent Scotch Historian.


In the year 1825 I was made a Mason in Clinton Lodge No. 64, in the town of Bolivar, Tennessee; and after presiding over that Lodge several terms as Master. I was, in October 1835, appointed Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee -- Gen'1 Benjamin Tappan was Grand Master that year. In the Fall of 1836 I was elected Grand Master. My elevation to the distinguished position of Grand Master of Tennessee was more owing to my military and political character and standing and the partiality of my brethren than to any superior attainment of my own in the art of Masonry, though I was considered a bright and zealous Mason. I regret that I am unable to illustrate, or rather to detail , the early history of Masonry in Tennessee. Gen'l Andrew Jackson was one of the early Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge. In 1843 I removed to the State of Mississippi, since which time I have not been familiar with the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, nor the progress of the Order in Tennessee.

I will here take occasion to relate a circumstance which occurred during the late war, in which myself and a neighbor by the name of Williams were greatly benefited by being Masons. I live in a section of the country (DeSoto County, Miss. ) which, after the occupation of Memphis by the Federal troops, was alternately in the possession of first one Side and then the other -- and subject to predatory excursions from both. Mr. Williams was engaged in transporting bacon and other supplies to the Confederate forces some distance South of us, and for this purpose had hired my wagon, team and driver. While engaged in constructing a bridge or raft, in order to cross a little stream in our vicinity -- the bridges and ferries having been destroyed by the Contending armies -- he was overtaken by a troop of Federal raiders, under command, I think, of Major Heath. Mr. Williams was taken prisoner, and some of the wagons, with their valuable loading, were burned. But the wagons belonging to Mr. Williams and myself were ordered to the right-about face, and were driven towards Memphis. After some ten or twelve miles they halted for rest and refreshments. While resting and discussing a little good old rye, which the Major had with him, he and his prisoner, Mr. Williams, got into conversation, in which they found out that they were both Master Masons, and the Major was informed that I too was a Master Mason. The consequence was that Mr. Williams and both our wagons and teams, were generously released from custody by their captor. Mr. Williams then turned about and proceeded to his original destination, greatly rejoicing at his good fortune in having fallen into the hands of a brother Mason, so generous and magnanimous as Major Heath, and one who so strictly adheres to the tenets of the Order. The Major will ever have our highest esteem and gratitude for his kindness to us.

For reasons unnecessary to mention here, I have never attached myself to any Lodge since my removal to Mississippi, though I have frequently been with the Lodge of my neighborhood on public occasions. My last Masonic act was a participation in the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the New Masonic Lodge in Hernando -- the old one having been burned down by the Federal troops during the war. The address on laying this corner stone, was delivered by that great and good man and Mason, Gen'l Albert Pike.

In giving a sketch of my political career, I might have mentioned, that after my removal to Mississippi, I was elected to a convention that assembled in 1851, and which was considered of great importance. It will be recollected that Mississippi, as well as South Carolina and other Southern States, became dissatisfied with the compromise measures passed by Congress. The Governor of Mississippi, Gen'l Quitman, and the Legislature, being in favor of secession, it was decided to call the Legislature together to deliberate on the subject. The consequence was that a general convention was called, of which body I was a Union member. When the convention assembled, it was discovered that the Governor and Legislature had "counted without their host". Out of one hundred members but fifteen were secessionists. The secessionists were extremely disappointed at this result, for they were certain that the State was ripe and would join South Carolina to go out of the Union.

The last act of my political life remains to be told. Last summer, in canvass for and against that odious thing-so-called the Constitution of the State of Mississippi, prepared for us by political adventurers and negroes -- old as I was, and nearly blind, my services were in requisition, I was induced to make several speeches against the adoption of that odious and detestable instrument, and I have the vanity to believe with good effect. Although a majority of the registered voters were negroes, yet the County gave a majority of 1,750 votes against the so-called Constitution. I have not the vanity to think that this result was attributable to my efforts, yet, in conjunction with many of the best and most talented men of the State, a most glorious result was achieved. Although there was a majority of over 17,000 of the registered voters of the State negroes, yet the constitution, so-called, was defeated by 8,000 majority.

It is a difficult matter for a man to write a sketch of his own life without subjecting himself to a charge of egotism; but if ever this sketch shall make its appearance in print, the reader will readily excuse one of seventy-seven years for manifesting a little of this disposition, especially with regard to his military achievements, for it is said of decrepid old men, who have seen service in their youth, that they will shoulder their crutch and fight their battles over again."

P.S. When I wrote the foregoing sketch it was not intended to give anyone a copy but the Grand Secretary for the use of the Grand Lodge, but having shown it to several of my friends and relatives, they all insisted on having a copy, & in order to furnish them I have had it printed.

J. C. N. Robertson

Source: This file courtesy of
Ron Roy. It was reprinted in a slightly different form in The Masonic Jewel Memphis, Tennessee, Volume III, Number 1 (Jan 15, 1875), 4.

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