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John M. ROBARDS
Sarah A. __?__
Husband:  John M. ROBERTS / ROBERTS
Birth:  1829, Michigan Territory, probably in Dexter, Washtenaw Co., MI
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  farmer, railroad worker
Father:  George ROBERTS / ROBARDS
Mother:  Temperance MONROE

John's age was more likely correct in the earlier (1840/50/60) censuses, so his birth year is almost certainly 1829, not 1832 (n.b., in the 1840 census, John's parents had only one son born after 1830, and it appears that son was James, not John).

Marriage:
Wife:  Sarah A. __?__
Birth:  1836-38, NY
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Children born in Hillsdale Co., MI:
1.  Jessie T. ROBARDS, b. 1866/7
2.  [Donald?] Don J. ROBARDS, b. 1870/1
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Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #30 of 33):  Litchfield Twp., Hillsdale Co., MI, Roll M432_351, p. 432B, 221/228, enumerated 4 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Stoddard 29 M   Farmer 1300 NY
Julia E Stoddard 27 F       NY
Julia E Stoddard  3 F       Mich
Eugene Stoddard  2 M       Mich
Charles Eggleston 14 M       Mich
Henriette Eggleston 11 F       Mich
John Roberts 21 M   Farmer   Mich
Julia's maiden name was EGGLESTON (see her family group sheet), so there's no obvious family connection here, though John's father was living near a Harry EGGLESTON in the 1840 census.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #36-37 of 40):  Sylvanus P.O., Allen Twp., Hillsdale Co., MI, Roll, pp. 432-433, PN 36-37, 271/271, enumerated 11 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John W Roberts 31 M   farmer 3000 275 Mich
Sarah 24 F         NY
Miles Warren 17 M         Mich
John's middle initial is clearly "W," and he is indexed "John W."

4.  Library of Michigan 1870 Census Index and Images (online at the Library of Michigan [link died]):  Hillsdale P.O., City of Hillsdale (Ward 4), Hillsdale Co., MI, p. 346B, PN 4, enumerated 16 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
29 26 Roberts James 37 M W Farmer 2500 300 Michigan
    _______ Kate 32 F W Keeping House     Massachusetts
    _______ Frank 12 M W At School     Iowa
  27 Roberts John 40 M W Farmer  400 300 Michigan
    _______ Sarah A 32 F W At Home     New York
    _______ Jessie  3 F W  "   "      Michigan
James ROBERTS/ROBARDS is John's brother.  Based on earlier censuses, John should be 41 years of age.

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #14 of 42):  Litchfield, Hillsdale Co., MI, Roll T9-0581, p. 184B, PN 14, SD 1, ED 88, enumerated 25 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 14 21 24 25 26
361 396 Robards John M W M 48     / Works on railroad track 2   MI NY NY
    _______ Sarah A W F 43 Wife   / Keeping House     NY NY NY
    _______ Jessie T W F 14 Dau /   At School   / MI MI NY
    _______ Don? J W M  9 Son /       / MI MI NY
John's middle initial is clearly "M," and he is indexed "John M."  Based on earlier censuses, John should be 51 years of age.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  Messages in the Robards Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).  One message includes an excerpt on the ROBARDS family from the following source:

7a.  Vivian Lyon Moore.  1933.  Lineages of Some Early Hillsdale County Families.  Typescript MS.  Gives John's middle initial as "M" and his birthyear as 1832.

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