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Family: Benjamin Thomas Roberts/Anna Wigglesworth Cartwright (F3486)

m. 10 Jan 1869


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  • Father | Male
    Benjamin Thomas Roberts

    Born  2 Apr 1837  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  6 Nov 1887  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  10 Jan 1869  [1]  San Augustine County, Texas  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Mother | Female
    Anna Wigglesworth Cartwright

    Born  6 Apr 1844  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  27 May 1903  Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Matthew Cartwright | F3418 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Amanda "Mandy" Holman | F3418 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    Matthew Cartwright Roberts

    Born  18 Jan 1870  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  7 Apr 1931  Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Emily Griffith | F9071 
    Married  Abt 1890  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Female
    Amanda "Manda" Holman Roberts

    Born  17 Jan 1871  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Dec 1949  Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Forest Park (Forest Park Lawndale) Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Eli William Gaffney | F12586 
    Married  7 Jan 1891  Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Female
    Annie W. Roberts

    Born  8 Nov 1872  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  26 Nov 1963  El Paso, El Paso County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    Benjamin Shadrach Roberts

    Born  2 May 1874  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  12 May 1966  Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Male
    Felix M. Roberts

    Born  Abt 1876  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Abt 1900   
    Buried     

    Child 6 | Male
    Claude C. Roberts

    Born  4 Jul 1877  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1 Feb 1924  Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 7 | Female
    Mary C. Roberts

    Born  19 Aug 1878  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Dec 1936  Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Thomas Corley | F12587 
    Married  Abt 1903   

  • Notes  Married:

    • Anna and her sister Mary had commenced writing letters to "care-worn soldiers" other than their brothers. One of these soldiers was Benjamin T. Roberts, seven years older than Anna and a neighbor since childhood, whom had asked her to begin a "friendly correspondence." Although she "never corresponded with young gentelmen before the war...(and) said I never would, She decided it was a 'duty imcumbent of the fair sex' to contribute to the soldier's happiness." (Henson and Cartwright, p. 227) in October 1868, Anna finally gave in to Ben Roberts's ardent courtship and set the wedding for January 1869. Using money from her father's wedding gift, Anna bought the 1830 Ezekiel Cullen house in December 1869, registering the transaction in her own name, an unusual practice for married women at that time. (ibid, p. 267). As a young girl, Anna had displayed more independence of mind than many of her friends, even her mother deplored her occasional "contrariness." After her husband died in 1887, Anna applied to the court and was immediately appointed administrator. Although there was not a prenuptial agreement on file, Anna had kept her property seperate from Ben's. (ibid, p. 299). Her youngest brother, Matthew, offered to build a house for Anna on Griffith Avenue in Terrell, and she agreed to make a fresh start in an area that offered business opportunities for her sons. Within eighteen months of the move, she and her eldest son Matthew had opened a real estate and loan office with the aid of her brother Matthew, and they soon opened an insurance agency to augment their income. (ibid, pp. 300-301). Anna later also had her husband's body reinterred in Terrell, Texas.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 267 (Reliability: 3).