Moses Fisk Roberts

Full Name: Moses Fisk "Dog" Roberts
Date of birth: February 9, 1803
Date of death: April 7, 1889

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 24 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (1)     Shelbyville / Shelby   Shelby
H 24 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Buena Vista / Shelby   Shelby

(1) Listed in "Representatives Elected: Opposition," 8/18/1857, p. 2. Civilian and Gazette (Galveston, Texas).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, M.F. Roberts, age 50, native state Tennessee, emigrated in 1836 from Tennessee, farmer, postoffice Buena Vista, Shelby County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Private, Company C, Whitfield's Legion, enlisted 10/10/1861 at San Augustine, Texas. Moses F. Roberts, Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900.
  • 2nd Lieutenant, Jasper Volunteer Company at San Augustine. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Moses F. Roberts was "one of the great early-day Texans. He was a soldier in the Texas Army in 1836; a member of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Texas Congress during the Republic of Texas days; lieutenant colonel of Texas Militia 1836-1843; elected sheriff of Shelby County without announcing for office about 1845, and was a confederate soldier from 1861-1863. "Shelby County Historical Society News," The Timpson Times, 10/18/1963, p. 2, crediting Timpson Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • Moses F. Roberts, birth date 2/9/1803, death date 4/7/1856 [sic] on grave marker; burial in Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County. Includes historical marker photo and stone for "Soldier of the Republic of Texas." Find a Grave.
  • "Moses F. Roberts, commonly called 'Dog Roberts,' because of the great number of dogs he kept about him, was a member of the 7th legislature, and lived at Buena Vista." The Champion (Center, Texas), 5/12/1915, p. 17 of 18, crediting Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.
    Shelbyville Cemetery, "Another famous grave is that of Moses Fisk Roberts, a member of the Republic of Texas Congress. He was often called 'Dog Roberts' because he marched off to tend to the state's business with a pack of hounds at his heels." "Area Cemeteries Rich in Folklore," Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Texas), 2/13/1992, p. 9, crediting Livingston Municipal Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). Polk County Enterprise The Champion
  • Historical marker, Moses Fisk Roberts (1803-1889), Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).

Committee Information top

7th R.S. - 1857
Public Lands  
State Affairs  
5th R.S. - 1853
State Affairs  

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