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William ROBARDS, Jr.
Elizabeth Pleasants COCKE
Elizabeth LEWIS
Husband:  William "Will" ROBARDS, Jr.
Birth:  1749/50/51, Goochland Co., VA
Death:  18 Nov 1823, Jessamine Co., KY
Military Service:  Revolutionary War
Father:  William ROBARDS, Sr.
Mother:  Sarah HILL
Marriage-1:  3 Jan 1774, Goochland Co., VA
Wife-1:  Elizabeth Pleasants "Eliza" COCKE
Birth:  ca. 1755
Death:  1780/1, Goochland Co., VA
Parents:  James COCKE
Mother:  Mary LEWIS
Marriage-2:  7 Sep 1781, Goochland Co., VA
Wife-2:  Elizabeth LEWIS
Birth:  ca. 1751
Death:  24 Feb 1840, Jessamine Co., KY
Father:  William LEWIS
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Children with Elizabeth Pleasants COCKE born in Goochland Co., VA:
  1.  Elizabeth "Betsy/Eliza" ROBARDS, b. 25 Apr 1776
  2.  George ROBARDS, b. 28 Feb 1777; died in infancy
  3.  Mary Lewis "Polly" ROBARDS, b. 1778
Children with Elizabeth LEWIS born in Goochland Co., VA:
  4.  Nancy ROBARDS, b. 24 Sep 1782
  5.  William R. ROBARDS, b. 1783  {67, VA
  6.  John M. ROBARDS, b. 1784-94
  7.  Susannah ROBARDS, b. 1784-94; living in 1823; died unmarried (apparently handicapped in some way)
  8.  Rebecca ROBARDS, b. 1784-94 
  9.  Catherine "Kittie/Kitty" ROBARDS, b. 1790 
10.  Otho / Ortho ROBARDS, b. 24 Feb 1794; d. 9 Feb 1857, Jessamine Co., KY; m. 28 Jan 1828, Cassa "Cassie" (PITTS) GREGG (d. 18 Mar 1891), widow of Dr. Samuel GREGG of Scott Co., KY


1.  Lyon G. Tucker.  1906/7.  "Register of St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County...."  Pages 108-137 in (1984) Virginia Vital Records... Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-174):
(This register, which was kept by Rev. William Douglas, is the property of R. Lee Traylor, Esq., of Memphis, Tennessee, and the following notes were taken by me from his very full manuscript:)...
p. 109 MARRIAGES...
p. 116 1781, Sept. 7. Will Robards & Eliz. Lewis, both of Goochland.

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):  the 1790 VA [and, thus, KY] Census was destroyed in the British attack on Washington, DC, during the War of 1812.

3.  Anon.  1991.  The 1795 Census of Kentucky [as constructed from tax lists].  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL (said to include every extant tax list from the state of Kentucky for the year 1795):
Pg Name County
148 Roberds, Morning Madison
148 Roberds, William Madison
149 Roberts, Elisha Madison

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  the 1800 KY Census was also destroyed in 1812.  For some KY counties, tax lists are substituted on this CD.  There are some records from Jessamine Co., which may lead you to believe Jessamine Co. is covered, but it is not.  To be precise:  there are 43 Jessamine Co. records on the CD, one with surname beginning in "B," the other 42 with surname beginning in "M."

5a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched).  In this case, there are multiple errors.  In addition to the gender switch, there's been a "frame shift" in the male data, plus, their database is incapable of displaying a two-digit number in the slave field. 
1810 Robards, William, Sr. KY Jessamine Co. p. 57 00301-1101009

5b.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #23 of 28; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 KY Jessamine Co. p. 57/600 William Robards Sr 01101-00301-0/29/
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Otho (b. 1794)
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = John (b. ca. 1786)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = William (b. ca. 1751)
3 females 16-25 1784-1794 = Catherine (b. 1790)
= Rebecca
= Susannah
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Elizabeth (b. ca. 1755)
29 slaves all ages in or bef. 1810 = names unknown

6.  1820 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #15 of 31; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Jessamine Co. p. 81 William Robards 200010-11011-0-800-9162-2223
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 white males 9 or under 1810-1820 = grandson?
= grandson?
1 white male 26-44 1775-1794 = Otho (b. 1794)
0 white males 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = William (b. ca. 1750) 
1 white female 9 or under 1810-1820 = granddaughter?
1 white female 10-15 1804-1810 = granddaughter?
1 white female 26-44 1775-1794 = Susannah
1 white female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Elizabeth (b. ca. 1755)
8 people in agriculture
9 male slaves 13 and under 1806-1820 = names unknown
1 male slave 14-25 1794-1806 = name unknown
6 male slaves 26-44 1775-1794 = names unknown
2 male slaves 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = names unknown
2 female slaves 13 and under 1806-1820 = names unknown
2 female slaves 14-25 1794-1806 = names unknown
2 female slaves 26-44 1775-1794 = names unknown
3 female slaves 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = names unknown
William Sr. was missed in the tally (or tallied in the wrong column), but there can be no doubt this is our subject.  We would expect Susannah, the unmarried daughter (who appears to have been handicapped in some way), to be at home.  Otho didn't marry until 1828, so he might still be at home.  But if both the young adults are unmarried, to whom do the four children belong?  Listed next to William LEWIS.

7.  Max E. Hoyt, et al.  1943.  "Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications."  National Genealogical Society Quarterly.  Supplement.  1284 pp.  (Broderbund CD-210):
p. 1 The following index was made from the Revolutionary War pension and bounty land records of the Veterans' Administration Archives in The National Archives, Washington, D.C...

In regard to the file numbers S., W., and R. preceding numerals mean, respectively, Survivor, Widow and Rejected claims... B.L.Wt. means Bounty Land Warrant.  For example... "(B.L.Wt. 145-160-'55)" means that 160 acres of bounty land was granted on warrant No. 145 under the act of Congress approved March 3, 1855...

p. 918 ROBARDS
(or ROBERTS), Archibald, Md., Mary, W5737; BLWt. 11395-160-55
(or ROBERTS), George, Va. S31330
Jesse, Va., Francis Ann, W8563; BLWt. 31592-160-55
Lewis, Va., Hannah, W581
William, Va., Elizabeth, W8562
These are all the ROBARDS on the list.

8.  Court Records:  February 1799 to April 1799 Jessamine County, Ky (online in the USGenWeb Archives; contributed by Bryce Stevens):
  Court Orders Book Vol 1A 1799-1800
Page Sixteen...
April 22 1799...
to let
Ordered that William Shreves James Johnson Tho Caldwell Joseph Crockett & William Robards Gentlemen be appointed Commissioners to Contract & agree with any person or persons they may deem proper for erecting the publick Jail & Stray pen at the seat of Justice in Jessamine County.

9.  Court Records:  November 1799 to March 1800 Jessamine County, Ky (online in the USGenWeb Archives; contributed by Bryce Stevens):
Court Orders Book Vol 1A 1799-1800
Page Seventy-five...

December Court 1799

Ordered that William Robards, James Dunn, [????] Ramsey, and Menoah Singleton, Commissioners appointed by the Last County Court to divide the estate of James Williams, deceased among his Widow and legal representatives and report Specially 
to the next Court in what manner they have executed that order.

10.  Known Revolutionary War Soldiers of Jessamine County, Kentucky (online in the USGenWeb Archives; contributed by Clyde N. Bunch):
The following is a list of known Rev. Soldiers of Jessamine County...
William Robards...
William is the only ROBARDS/ROBERDS/ROBERTS on the list.

11.  Messages in the Robards Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

12.  Messages posted to the ROBARDS Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com).

13.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

14.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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