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ROBERTS, ALBERT SAMUEL (1844–1927). Albert Samuel Roberts was born on November 2, 1844, to William Henry and Virginia (Lafayette) Roberts in Madison County, Virginia. He moved to Texas with his family in 1858 and settled in Webberville. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a member of the Tom Green Rifles, a company later known as Company B, Fourth Texas Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade. In 1868 he married Fanny Chalmers, youngest daughter of Dr. John G. Chalmers, secretary of the treasury of the Republic of Texas under President Mirabeau B. Lamar. On August 5, 1870, Roberts was commissioned a lieutenant in the Texas National Guard. In that capacity he was in command of the Austin Company of the Travis Rifles. This unit took over the Capitol in 1874 to prevent trouble with carpetbaggers at the inauguration of Governor Richard Coke and remained on guard to prevent any interference with the meeting of the legislature. Roberts's first wife died in 1883; in 1885 he married Jane Burgess of Culpeper, Virginia. Roberts retired on July 1, 1895, with the rank of major general. In civilian life he was a postal inspector for several years. He died in Austin on January 11, 1927, and was survived by four sons. His reminiscences are in the Barker Texas History Center of the University of Texas at Austin.


Daisy Barrett Tanner, The History and Treasures of St. David's Church (Austin, 1976). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Virginia Roberts Gilman


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Virginia Roberts Gilman, "ROBERTS, ALBERT SAMUEL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.