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William R. ROBARDS
Dorcas MAXWELL
Husband:  William R. ROBARDS
Birth:  1782/3, Goochland Co., VA
Death:  in or aft. 1850, probably MO
Father:  William ROBARDS, Jr.
Mother:  Elizabeth "Eliza" LEWIS
Marriage:  10 Jun 1809, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
Wife:  Dorcas MAXWELL
Birth:  1783/4, of Scotland
Death:  in or aft. 1850, probably MO
Children:
1.  (Daughter A) ROBARDS, b. certainly 1800-1810, probably 1810
2.  Sarah ROBARDS, b. 18 Oct 1811; m1. Mr. BARKLEY (two children: Sarah, Bettie); m2. Hiram YATES (two children: Edward, Lillie)
3.  Zarilda ROBARDS, b. 23 Aug 1813; m. William LEMON (five children: Dorcas, Sarah, Elnora, Joe (female), William)
4.  Ella ROBARDS, b. 25 Jul 1815; m. Henry MEYERS (two children: Elinor, Frank)
5.  William Alvan ROBARDS, b. 12 Jul 1817, Jessamine Co., KY 
6.  John Milton ROBARDS, b.  8 May 1825; d. 24 Mar 1879; m. 13/14 Oct 1847, Boone Co., MO, Ann Eliza PHILLIPS (nine children: Dorcas, Anna, Elinor, Warner, Mary, Minnie, Katherine, William, Frank); merchant in Centralia, Boone Co., MO

Both William and Dorcas were old enough to have had an earlier marriage, which means the eldest daughter may have been from a prior marriage, which may explain why she is not as well known as the other children.  It may also be that she died young.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; SCT; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia

Sources:

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Robards, William Maxwell, Dorcas 14 Feb 1809 Fayette Co.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William R. ROBARDS
Spouse: Dorcas MAXWELL
Marriage: 10 Jun 1809, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
Source: none given
Sarah ROBARDS
Birth: 18 Oct 1811, Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky
Father: William R. ROBARDS; Mother: Dorcas MAXWELL
Source: none given
Zarilda ROBARDS
Birth: 23 Aug 1813, Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky
Father: William R. ROBARDS; Mother: Dorcas MAXWELL
Source: none given
Ella ROBARDS
Birth: 25 Jul 1815, Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky
Father: William R. ROBARDS; Mother: Dorcas MAXWELL
Source: none given

2.  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 Jr 00100-10100-03
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = William (b. 1782/3) 
1 female 9 or under 1800-1810 = Daughter A
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Dorcas (b. 1783/4)
3 slaves all ages in or bef. 1810 = names unknown

3.  1820

4.  1830

5.  1840

6.  1850 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #20-21 of 137):  Cole Co., MO, pp. 10B-11A, 141/143, 13/14 Aug 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William A Robards 33 m Lawyer (Atty Genl) 1200 Ky
Edmonia R    " 26 f     Va
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[William & Edmonia's three children]
William Robards 67 m Farmer   Va
Dorcas    " 53 f     Ky
Ann E Robards 20 f     Mo
Dorcus   "  3 f     Mo
Anna     " 6/12 f     Mo
Edmonia is our subjects' daughter-in-law, wife of their son, William (see William & Edmonia's page for the full record).  Ann E. is also their daughter-in-law, Ann Eliza (PHILLIPS) ROBARDS, wife of their son, John M. ROBARDS where is he? 

7.  James Harvey Robards.  1910.  History and Genealogy of the RoBards Family.  Self-published, Whiteland, Indiana (photocopy courtesy of Gerald Lawrence; transcription by Diana Gale Matthiesen). 

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

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

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

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