biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
LILBURN B. ROBERTS, a pioneer of Adams Township, was born in Henry County, Ky., Aug. 25, 1814. He received a commonschool education, and after attaining to manhood was married, Nov. 11, 1835, to Miss Miranda Stringfellow, who was a native of Kentucky. Of this union there were born thirteen children, of whom the record is as follows: Mary F. became the wife of George M. Vallandingham, of Rose Hill, this county; America became the wife of Jabez Ruby; he died in 1868; Elizabeth, Mrs. Joel Briney, lives in Adams Township; George W. lives in Spring Creek Township, and Henry F. in Monroe Township; Sarah is deceased; James lives at Rose Hill; John L. is in Adams Township; Joseph resides in Monroe Township; Charles F. and Martha, Alice and Ellen, twins, and an infant unnamed, are deceased. Our subject has thirty-five grandchildren living, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Mr. Roberts came to Iowa in 1851, and located in Adams Township. Politically he is a Democrat, and himself and wife are members of the Baptist Church. At the time of his settlement in Adams Township there were no improvements on the place, and he was one of the first men to build a house in that township. He now owns 160 acres in good cultivation and well improved, and has been fairly successful in his agricultural and business transactions. The pioneers of his day are not many, and the passing years are decreasing the number slowly and surely. The prosperity their children are enjoying to-day is due to the hardships and privations they endured in the early settlement of this country. Economy and close management were a necessity then, and it gave them an experience that was valuable in their after life and taught them how to save that which they had earned.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy