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Moses Fisk Roberts

Full Name: Moses Fisk "Dog" Roberts
Birth date: February 9, 1803
Death date: April 7, 1889

Terms of Service

  • House, 7th (1) Legislature
    11/2/1857 - 11/7/1859
  • House, 5th Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
(1) Listed in "Representatives Elected: Opposition," 8/18/1857, p. 2. Civilian and Gazette (Galveston, Texas) .

Biographical Notes and Resources

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 .

Other Resources

  • 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. Ancestry.com .
  • Biographical sketch, Moses Fisk Roberts, p. 159. Born 7/9/1803 in Davidson County, Tennessee, still living on 10/3/1878. "The date of his death has not been found." Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 1942.
  • 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 .
  • ROBERTS, MOSES FISK (1803-1889). Born 2/9/1803 in Davidson County, Tennessee; died 4/7/1889 in Shelby County, Texas. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • 2nd Lieutenant, Jasper Volunteer Company at San Augustine. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • "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) . The Champion Polk County Enterprise
  • 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) .
  • Historical marker, Moses Fisk Roberts (1803-1889), Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission) .

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