biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
SAMUEL ROBERTSON, who owns and occupies a fine farm on section 4 in Scott Township, was born in Cannonsburg, Pa., Oct. 19, 1808, and is a son of John and Rebecca (Leach) Robertson, of Scotch-Irish descent. Shortly after the birth of the subject of this sketch they removed to Westmoreland County, Pa., where they lived twelve years, and pursued the occupation of farming. Thence they removed to Carroll County, Ohio, where they lived until 1853. They have since died. The subject of this sketch came to this county in 1853, and settled in Scott Township, where he owns 205 acres of farm land, fifty-three in timber. He was married in 1837 to Mary Jane Semple, who is a native of Wilmington, Del., born Oct. 22, 1814, and the daughter of Samuel and Jane (Crawford) Semple, natives of Ireland, and who were among the early pioneers of Ohio. Her grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are the parents of eight children: Samuel S., born Dec. 1, 1840, at Waynesburg, Ohio, resides in Sumner County, Kan.; Jane was born May 18, 1843; Johnson L., born Feb. 10, 1846, resides at home; Ann Eliza, born Sept. 10, 1848, died in 1853, while en route to this county; Robert Dennie, born April 18, 1851, is engaged in farming in this township; Sarah Eleanor, born May 18, 1856, is at home. Two children died in infancy. Mr. Robertson and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject was a member of the Union League during the war, and a loyal and devoted supporter of the Union cause by his voice, his personal influence, and his vote. He is an uncompromising Republican, who dares to follow what he believes to be right. There are no better citizens in any country than those whose ancestors came from the north of Ireland. The spirit of liberty imbibed in that far-off land came with them to America, and has grown with their growth, and is a part of their very existence. Upon all questions affecting the public weal they are ever found upon the side of liberty and justice.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy