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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 352-353.


"Abraham ROBERTS, one of the principal agriculturists of Liberty Township, residing on section 1, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, August 4, 1840, the youngest of a family of four children. His father, Thompson Roberts, was a farmer by occupation, which pursuit he followed till his death. He died when our subject as but seven years of age. The mother also died when our subject was a mere boy, leaving him an orphan at a very early age.

After the death of his parents he was employed on the farm of John S. Webb, for whom he worked nine years, near Indianapolis, Indiana. In the spring of 1865 he came to Ringgold County, where he lived on rented land for four years. He then bought forty acres of his present farm, which was one of the first settled farms in this part of the county.

He was united in marriage in March, 1871, to Miss Louisa J. McMullin, a native of Coshocton County, Ohio, but at the time of her marriage living in Ringgold County. They are the parents of six children four sons and two daughters.

Mr. Roberts brought with him to this county $700, which he had saved from his own earnings, and this money he invested in a team, which he subsequently traded for his first forty acres. Here he followed farming a number of years, when he seeded his farm to grass, and turned his attention to raising stock. He is making a specialty of high-grade cattle and draught horses, being especially successful in the raising of horses. To his original purchase he has added from time to time till his farm now contains 230 acres of choice land, 160 acres being across the line in Monroe Township.

He has a comfortable and commodious residence, a good frame barn and other farm buildings for the accommodation of his stock, and by his industry and good management has acquired a good competency for his declining years.

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