A. B. ROBERSON, fruit-grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, is a native of Wilkes County, N. C., born April 24, 1835. His father, James Roberson, was born in Wilkes County, N. C., February 19, 1808, where he was reared, educated and married. In 1842, with his family, he emigrated to Pulaski County, Ill. He died May 10, 1852. His wife (subject's mother) Mary (Wallis) Roberson, was born in Iredell County, N. C., November 14, 1812, and is now living. Of the six children born to them, three are now living, A. B. Roberson being the oldest child. He was reared on the farm, and the death of his father, together with the poor school facilities, deprived him of the opportunity of receiving anything but a limited education. After his father's death, he became the main support of the family, and remained at home until he was twenty-five years of age, when he married Georgiana Timmons, a native of the county, and a daughter of George and Lucinda (Conor) Walters. She died May 11, 1868, leaving two children, viz.: George C. and Mary L. He married a second time Mrs. Susan S. Pierce, by whom he had one child, Susan Bertha. On the 7th of February, 1875, he married his present wife, Miss Amanda J. Essex. Mr. Roberson has always been engaged in farming and fruit-growing, and is now the owner of 140 acres of well-improved land. He has filled many of the offices of the county, is an enterprising and self-made man, bearing a good reputation. In connection with his farm, he is engaged in the mercantile business.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 294-295.