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Biographical Sketch for 126767 Charles Henry Robertson


Charles Henry Robertson, Hernando, Miss., has lived in De Soto county since he was a child three years of age. He was born in Hardeman county, Tenn., December 19, 1839, and is the youngest of a family of eight children. His parents, Gen. J.C.N. and Margaret (Reagan) Robertson, were natives of Washington county, Tenn. The father was born in 1792, and was well and favorably known throughout Tennessee. He was brigadier-general of the state militia, and for fifteen years was sheriff of Hardeman county. He was a member of the constitutional convention of the state, and was afterward a member of the state senate. He removed to Mississippi in 1842, and settled in De Soto county, three miles from Hernando, and engaged in planting. There he passed the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1880. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, holding an official position. He was grand master of the Masonic lodge of Tennessee for a number of years. His wife survived him, and is still living, at the age of ninety-five years. She was born in 1795. The paternal grandparents were George and Susan (Nelson) Robertson, both of whom lived to be very old. They were of Scotch extraction. The maternal grandparents were John and Martha (Black) Reagan, the former being a native of Ireland, and the latter of North Carolina. The Blacks were originally from England. Charles Henry Robertson was sent to the public schools of his own county, and was also a student at La Grange, Tenn. Soon after leaving school, in 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma L. Caffey, who was born in Hernando, Miss., a daughter of Thomas Y. and Louisa (Hanks) Caffey. (See sketch of T.Y. Caffey.) Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Robertson: Thomas Caffey, Charles Reagan, Emma L., John W. and Annie Bell. After his marriage Mr. Robertson embarked in the mercantile trade, and has followed the business continuously ever since. When there was a call for men to go to the country's aid he enlisted in 1862, in Company I, Twenty-ninth Mississippi volunteer infantry, and served as sergeant-major for two years. He was in the battles of Stone river and Chickamauga, and at Lookout mountain he was taken prisoner. He was sent to Rock Island, where he was held until the surrender. After his release he returned to his home, and set about rebuilding his shattered fortunes. He has been successful in this effort, as he is now the owner of twenty-five hundred acres of land, two thousand of which are under cultivation. He also owns a half interest in the business of Robertson & Goodman, who handle $50,000 annually, and carry a stock valued at $10,000; they own their store building, which is worth $5,000. The people of De Soto county attested their confidence in Mr. Robertson by calling him to fill the office of treasurer, which he did for six years in a very satisfactory manner. He is a member of the Knights of Honor and of the I.O.O.F. fraternity. His wife is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Robertson takes a just pride in his career, and is well worthy of the high esteem in which he is held by the people of his county. He gives freely of his means for the benefit of the public, and no more loyal citizen can be found.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1891), reprint edition (Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1978), 689-690.

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