Fourth Generation

49. Richard Morris ROBERTS611 was born on 27 September 1837 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.612 He appeared in the census in 1840 in Peno, Pike, MO.295 He appeared in the census in 1850 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.613 Richard appeared in the census in 1860 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.614 On 8 October 1860 he became a member of 615 He owned on 17 February 1866 in Pike Co, MO.616 Pike County Deed Book 29, Page 76

This indenture made on the day of February AD One thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Six by and between Willis Underwood and Nancy Underwood his wife of Pike County Missouri parties of the first part and Richard Roberts of the County of Pike in the State of Missouri party of the Second Part Witnesseth that the said party of the first part in Consideration of the sum of Six hundred and forty dollars to them paid by the Said party of the second part the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do by these presents grant bargain and Sell convey and confirm unto the Said party of the Second part his heirs and assigns the following described __?__ (Scots?) tracts or parcels of land lying being and situated in the county of Pike and State of Missouri. To Wit Seventy four acres of land being a part of the East half of the South West quarter also a part of the West half of the South East quarter of Section Thirty Three Township fifty four North of Range Three West. To have and to hold the premises aforesaid with all and singular the rights privileges appurtenances and immunities thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the Said party of the Second part and unto his heirs and assigns forever the Said Willis and Nancy Underwood hereby covenanting that being lawfully Seized of an indefeasible Estate in fee in the premises are free and clear of any encumbrances done or Suffered by them or those under whom they claim and that they will warrant and defend the title to the Said premises unto the Said party of the Second part and unto his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all person whomsoever In Witness Whereof the Said parties of the first part have hereunto Seth Their hands and Seals and Seal the day and year first above written.
Willis Underwood (Seal)
Nancy X Underwood
Attest Wm H Campbell
State of Missouri
County of Pike (SS) Be it Remembered that on this 17th day of February AD 1866 before the undersigned Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Pike and State of Missouri personally came Willis Underwood and Nancy Underwood who are personally known to me to be the Same persons whose names are Subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto and acknowledged the Same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned And the Said Nancy Underwood being by me first made acquainted with the contents of Said instrument of writing upon and examination Separate and apart from her husband acknowledged that She executed the Same freely and without fear compulsion or undue influence of her Said husband In testimony whereof I have thereunto Set my hand the day and year first above written
William H Campbell JP

Filed for Record February 17th AD 1866
Attest Lyons W Williams Recorder Richard appeared in the census in 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.617 In 1870 he was a Captain of a steamer on the Mississippi in Pike Co, MO.618 He was elected as mayor in 1879 in Joplin, Jasper, MO.619 On 16 April 1883 in Joplin, Jasper, MO Richard and E D Porter sued Thos. Beale Dorsey.620 ORDER OF PUBLICATION: In the Circuit Court of Jasper County, Missouri, at Joplin, in vacation. Edward D. Porter and Richard M. Roberts, partners as Porter & Roberts, plaintiffs, vs. Thomas B. Dorsey, defendant.
Now at this day come the plaintiffs, in the above entitled cause, by attorney, Galen Spencer, before the undersigned clerk of the circuit court of Jasper county, Missouri, in vacation, and file their petition and affidavit, stating among other things that the defendant, Thomas B. Dorsey, is a nonresident of this State so that the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon him. [He asserts he is a resident of Tennessee.] It is therefore ordered by said clerk in vacation that publication be made, notifying the said defendant that suit has been commenced against him by petition and attachment in the circuit court of Jasper county, MO at Joplin the object and general nature of which, firs: to recover judgment against him in the sum of two thousand six hundred and sixteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($2,616.75) on account for goods and wares and merchandise sold and delivered to him and for money advanced and paid out for him on his order and for his use and benefit, with interest thereon : and second, to recover judgment against him, in the further sum of one thousand six hundred and forty-six dollars and fifty-five cents ($1,646.55) on account for goods and wares and merchandise sold and delivered to and money paid out for the firm of Sellars & Dorsey and on their order and for their use, of which said firm he, the said Thomas B. Dorsey, was a member, together with interests and costs; and that his property has been attached to satisfy said demands; and that unless siad defendant be and appear at the next term of the said court to commence and be holden at Joplin in said county on the second Monday in June, 1883, and answer or demur to the plaintiff's petition, on or before the sixth day of said term (if the term shall so long continue, and if not, then before the end of the term), the same will be taken as confessed, and judgment rendered against him on both of said demands and his property be sold to satisfy the same with costs.
It is further ordered that a copy hereof be published in the JOPLIN NEWS, a newspaper published in this State, for four weeks successively, the last insertion to be at least four weeks before the first day of the next term of this court. A true copy - Attest: I. C. Hodson, Clerk. By F. C. Combs, Deputy Clerk, Galen Spencer, attorney for Plaintiff
Published in the Joplin News for four weeks successively, the first insertion being on the 16th day of April, 1883, and the last insertion on the 12th day of May, 1883. Peter Schnur (publisher On 12 September 1890 he became a member of 621 He was buried in 1893 in Riverside Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion, MO.622 Richard died on 29 August 1893 at the age of 55 in Joplin, Jasper, MO.623,624,625,626,627,628 He has reference number 106. He was elected. Article from an unknown newspaper upon his death:


R. M. Roberts Falls Dead on
the Street a Victim of Apoplexy
of the Heart.

Richard M. Roberts, ex-sheriff of Jasper County and probably the best known man in the county, left his home on the corner of Virginia avenue and Second street shortly before 7 o'clock this morning apparently in his usual state of health, but in less than fifteen minutes later he was carried back into the house unconscious and breathing his last.

He had taken a bundle of his clothes down to the laundry on Second street, between Main and Joplin and then started back to Main street to go down to Marquis' for his breakfast. He had crossed Second street and was just in the act of stepping up on the curb stone at the corner of Main and Second, west side, when he fell back onto Second street. Some men on the street who saw him fall rushed to his assistance, but he was unconscious and apparently dying. Dr. Wolf, whose office is across the street, was summoned and at the suggestion of Col. Pierce, who happened to be at the scene, the men present picked up the prostrate man and carried him to his home and laid him tenderly on the bed and the doctor proceeded to examine him, but found without difficulty that he was beyond human aid and that he had fallen a victim to apoplexy of the heart. He continued to breathe about ten minutes after the fatal stroke, but did not regain consciousness.

The news of the sudden death as it spread along Main street caused everybody to stop and question, and looks of distress were plainly visible on the features of all, for everybody knew "Dick" Roberts and held him in high esteem.

Mr. Roberts was about fifty-six years old and had been a resident of Joplin since the fall of 1872 removing to this place from Hannibal, Mo. where he had married a most estimable young lady, Miss Julia Porter, daughter of Judge G. Porter. Shortly after his arrival here he and his brother-in-law, E. D. Porter, now president of the Rex Mining Co., engaged in the grocery business at the corner of Main and First streets. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of Jasper county, and he then retired from the mercantile business and gave his entire attention to his official duties which he did so creditably that he was re-elected two years later. After serving four years as sheriff he retired from office and engaged in business as a merchandise broker, which he continued in up to the time of his death.

Just previous to his election to the office of sheriff he served two years as mayor of Joplin, having been nominated at a mass convention which was presided over by W. M. Carter and at the election he received a very large vote.

In the meantime the saddest blow of his life befell him. His wife, who he almost idolized, was taken from him by death. This occurred about twelve years ago. She left him three bright and promising children who have been a great comfort to him since, but he has seen them only occasionally, as after their mother's death realizing that it would be better for them, he sent the children to live with their grand parents at Hannibal and they have made that their home ever since. His children were Nellie, who is now Mrs. Dr. Young and lives at Stockton, CA; Miss Dot, aged sixteen, and Master Porter, aged thirteen.

Mr. Roberts has always, since the death of his wife, cherished her memory with the greatest affection, although he never spoke of her to his friends. During all these years he has kept the house in which she and he lived so happily, as nearly as possible as it was when she left it. He and the house and the furniture have grown old together and now he has gone to join her in the better world, and his body will be taken to Hannibal and laid to rest by the side of her whom he loved so dearly.

Coroner Squire decided that it was not necessary to hold an inquest but very likely an autopsy will be held this evening and the body will be taken on the Memphis or Missouri Pacific night train to Kansas City and from there to Hannibal.

Mr. E. D. Porter, Mr. Roberts' brother-in-law and life long friend, was down on the Cowskin river fishing when the death occurred, but a telegram was sent him by special messenger from Noel this morning and he is expected to arrive on the evening Splitlog train.

Deceased has a brother, John Roberts, living at Clarksville, Mo., also one in St. Louis, and a sister, Mrs. Downing, in Kansas City. They have all been notified and will probably be present at the funeral.

Mr. Roberts was in comfortable circumstances financially, owning considerable land in the county, some of which is lately proving to be valuable mining land. There is not a man in the county of Jasper who had so extensive a personal acquaintance as he, no matter what part of the county he was in nearly every man he met greeted him pleasantly and called him by name, and everybody had a good word to say of him.

A. F. and A. M.
Fellowship Lodge No. 345, A.F. and A. M., will meet at its asylum at 7:30 tonight for the purpose of escorting the remains of Brother R. M. Roberts to the train. Members of Joplin Lodge No. 335 is cordially invited to meet with us.
P. L. Crossman W.M.
W. R. Fletcher, Sec'y


The Old Settlers associations of Jasper county at a recent meeting adopted appropriate resolutions on the death of R. M Roberts who died suddenly at Joplin and was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery. The resolutions are, as follows:
Resolved, 1st. That in the death of R. M. Roberts our city has lost a most estimable and worthy citizen, society one of its brightest lights, the poor a warm friend who gladly extended to them a helping hand and words of sympathy in their need and distress.

2. That this organization deeply deplores the sudden death of our late associate and friend and that to his children and relatives we extend our deepest sympathy in this, their sad hour of affliction.

3. That his noble deeds of love his words of kindness spoken his virtues and true nobleness of manhood will ever remain green and fresh in our memories; and while he sleeps the sleep that knows no wakening may we cherish the fond hope the we may meet again and draw consolation to our souls in the thought that the world is better for his having lived.

Joplin, MO Morning Herald, Wednesday, August 30, 1893


Richard M. Roberts Called Home After a Life of Activity and Usefulness

The community was shocked yesterday to learn that Ex-Sheriff Richard M. Roberts had been suddenly called to a higher life. Just before 7 o'clock yesterday morning Mr. Roberts, in his usual good health, left his home at the northeast corner of Second street and Virginia avenue and started to the Marquis chop house on Main street to get his breakfast. Before going to Marquis' he took a bundle of linen to the laundry on Second street between Main and Joplin streets and was returning when just as he stepped upon the curb at the southwest corner of the streets he threw up his hands and fell backward dead. Some men who were standing near, among whom was Col. J. V. Pierce, ran to lend him assistance, but when they raised him up he was quite dead. Death had come instantaneously. He gasped once but never breathed or moved after he fell. Death had come swiftly in the form of apoplexy or heart failure. He was tenderly lifted and carried to his home where Dr. Wolff attended him, but medical aid could avail nothing. Rapidly the sad news spread about the city and on every hand were expressed deep sorrow and regret at the sudden taking away of one of Joplin's oldest and best citizens. The body was at once prepared for burial by Undertaker Fletcher and a telegram was sent to E. D. Porter who had gone on a expedition to the Cowskin. Mr. Roberts was a brother-in-law of Mr. Porter, having married Mr. Porter's sister Miss Julia Porter, in Hannibal in 1866. Mr. Porter arrived home on the Splitlog last evening and at once determined to take the remains to Mr. Roberts' old home in Hannibal where the family burying ground is situated. Mr. Roberts had for many years been a Mason and Fellowship Lodge A. F. and A. M. took charge of the remains. Many old citizens called at the residence during the day to view the remains, which rested in their burial casket wrapped in their last eternal slumber with a peaceful smile upon the features which look as natural as though in the sleep of life. At 11 o'clock last night the remains, escorted by Fellowship Lodge, were taken to the Memphis depot for transportation to Hannibal. A large number of citizens accompanied the remains to the station. Mr. Porter has charge of the body en route. The funeral will take place in Hannibal, Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.


Richard M. Roberts was born in Ohio in 1837. In 1865 he went to Hannibal, Missouri, where he met and loved Julia Porter, a beautiful and charming girl, daughter of Judge Porter. They were shortly afterward married and in 1872 they removed to Joplin, where, at the corner of Main and First streets, Mr. Roberts and his brother-in-law, E. D. Porter, engaged in the grocery business. The young firm prospered. The young men became widely known as active, enterprising, bright business men. In 1878 Mr. Roberts was elected mayor of Joplin as a popular candidate and served two years. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of Jasper County. He then retired from business and gave up his time to the arduous duties of his office. In 1883 he was re-elected sheriff, and after serving his term of office with the honor he again re-entered business as a merchandise broker. In 1881 his beloved wife passed away and this was a terrible blow to him. She left three children. Nettie, who is now Mrs. Young, of Stockton, California, Miss Dot, aged sixteen, and Master Porter, thirteen years of age. The latter two have been living with their grandparents in Hannibal since the death of their mother. His wife was the idol of his heart and he held her memory sacred. After her death he permitted no one to touch an article in the house and today the furniture in the house stands as she left it before her fatal illness and during all these years he has lived there alone. Richard Roberts was an honest, conscientious generous hearted man, unswayed by prejudices and governed by noble impulses. A man of the people, he was familiarly known throughout Jasper county, and everyone called him "Dick." In his death Joplin loses a valuable public spirited citizen, his family a loving and indulgent father, his friends a true and lasting friendship and the world a good man, for whose life it is made better.

Richard Morris ROBERTS and Julia PORTER were married on 1 December 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.612,629,630 They612,629,630 appeared in the census in 1880 in Joplin, Jasper, MO.631 Julia PORTER612, daughter of Gilchrist PORTER and Comfort Worthington DORSEY, was born on 26 November 1847 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.624,625 She appeared in the census in 1850 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.632 She appeared in the census in 1860 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.633 Julia appeared in the census in 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.634 She died on 14 June 1883 at the age of 35 in Joplin, Jasper, MO.624 The Death of Mrs. R. M. Roberts; Thursday evening, June 14, 1883
Mrs. Roberts, wife of Sheriff R. M. Roberts, of whose dangerous illness mention was made in these columns yesterday, died at half past nine o'clock last night. Some months ago Mrs. Roberts was taken seriously ill with inflammatory rheumatism, from the effects of which she never fully recovered, being ever since that time in poor health and much reduced in strength from her intense sufferings. On Tuesday afternoon she was quite suddenly prostrated with congestive chills and remained in a critical condition, despite all that medical skill could suggest, until yesterday afternoon, when the physicians announced a slight change for the better and hopes were entertained that she would survive the attack. But with the approach of evening came a relapse, and at the hour named, while surrounded by a loving, grief-stricken family, her spirit took its flight.
At half-past two o'clock this afternoon the remains were followed by a large concourse of friends to the Missouri Pacific depot, and accompanied by the family on the 3:30 train to Hannibal, Mo., the home of the parents of deceased, where the funeral services take place.
Mrs. Roberts has resided in Joplin since 1873. She was a lady possessed of many noble traits of character and was held in the highest esteem by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Scores of warm friends will sadly miss her from the social circle, while the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved husband and the three motherless children in their sad and irreparable loss. She was buried after 14 June 1883 at Riverside Cemetery in Hannibal, Marion, MO.635 Julia has reference number 409.

Richard Morris ROBERTS and Julia PORTER had the following children:



Eleanor Levering "Nellie" ROBERTS.



Annie Porter "Aunt Dot" ROBERTS.



Gilchrist Porter ROBERTS , Sr..