By Don Taylor
My paternal grandfather, Bert Allen Roberts, was born in Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois, on 7 September 1903, the third child of Hugh Ellis and Clora Dell (Scott) Roberts. I already had a copy of Hugh’s delayed birth certificate, but I thought I’d see if there were any other birth records from the county during the time.
FamilySearch has many records and images available for Franklin County Births. The certificates from 1900 to 1904 are indexed, so I looked at all the birth records regarding Roberts’s children during that time.
|Bert Allen Roberts||7 Sep 1903||Hugh Ellis Roberts||Clara Dell Scott||I already had this record.|
|Harry Ray Roberts||22 May 1901||“||“||Bert’s Older Brother – New Record for me. Harry had a twin sister also.|
|Claude Ray Roberts||15 Jan 1901||Charlie Wilson Roberts||Clara Farmer||Bert’s 1st Cousin|
|Harry Clyde Roberts||21 Mar 1904||Thomas Jackson Roberts[i]||Mandala Eline Ashby||Unknown|
|Randle Earl Doty||11 Oct 1903||Robert Marshall Doty||Sarah A Roberts[ii]||Unknown|
|Knox Edward Scott||17 Jun 1902||Francis Percy Scott||Florence Elizabeth Roberts||Bert’s 1st Cousin|
|Fred Everett Scarlet||19 Jun 1900||Jack Scarlett||Kizzie Roberts[iii]||Unknown|
|Eva A Scott||27 Jul 1904||Francis Percy Scott||Florence Elizabeth Roberts||Bert’s 1st Cousin|
Because of this resource, I could add birth records for two of Bert’s siblings (Harry & Carrie) and three of his 1st cousins. There were three other Roberts children born between 1900 and 1904 in Franklin County; however, they are probably unrelated.
[i] Thomas Jackson Roberts (1870-1928) is the son of George Anderson Roberts (1823-1900), who is also unknown and probably unrelated.
[ii] Sarah A Roberts (1874-1963) is the daughter of Reuben Derrith Roberts, Jr. (1834-1883), who is also unknown and probably unrelated.
[iii] Keziah “Kizzie” Frances Roberts is the daughter of James Roberts (1813-1900), who is also unknown and probably unrelated.