I am descended from James Bentley Roberts by his first wife. We have documentation of three children, Emily, Ann and James Bentley, Jr.
Emily was my great grandmother, and married Andrew Jackson Richards in Phila. Jan. 3, 1853. My sister has the bible given to her by Andrew on her wedding day. My mother remembered her well since she lived and died in my grandparents home. Mom was eleven years old when her grandmother died at age 86.
The 1850 census for Philadelphia has an Emily Roberts, age 23, living with a Peter Gillis in Southwark. This census also shows James B. Roberts in Moyamensing married to Pheby[sic] with Emilie age 16, Henrietta, Permar, John, and James, age 20. The latter James is a bricklayer which accords with my grandmother's uncle who went to Pensacola, fought for the south in the Civil War, became wealthy with his brickyard during reconstruction, served as sheriff of Escambia County and served a term in the Florida legislature. Ann Roberts Bennett moved her family to Pensacola when she was widowed, and family tradition is that James wanted Emily Roberts Richards to move there as well when her husband eventually died from his Civil War wounds.
Family tradition also has it that the children from the first marriage rebelled against Phoebe -The name was known to my mother-- which accords with Emily living elsewhere in 1850, but not with James Jr. who was apparently more compliant.
My sister-in-law obtained a copy of the death certificate of Emily Roberts Richards who died in Camden, NJ in 1914. It gives her age as 86 and her mother's last name as Connor. My grandmother, Emily Richards Purnell claimed to be the third generation of Emilys, so we assume Emily Connor was James B. Roberts's first wife, but cannot be certain of facts before 1850.
Any data you can supply would be greatly appreciated. I will be happy to supply you with anything I have.
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