Currituck Co., N.C. Houses

 

J.M. Roberts Home

Located on Indian Ridge Road south of Shawboro.  Present owner is J.M. Roberts who bought it from a descendant of William Ferebee (1722-1783).  Part of original Ferebee property.  Originally had a cellar.  Note fan-light in peak of kitchen.  This kitchen was built as a model for the Providence Baptist Church at Shawboro.

UPDATE 2/18/2006 from Anne Jennings: This home is still standing and well cared for. It has also been known as the "Humphries - Roberts House".  The house was built by John Humphries in 1820 and deeded to Adelia Moore in 1843. There is an area of red clay on that part of Indian Ridge and the Humphries-Roberts farm was known for having a brick kiln.

James Monroe Roberts was born in Camden Co., NC on 10 Jan 1878 and was the son of Thomas L.(1830-1881) & Elizabeth Morrisette Roberts (1834-1896). On 23 Jan. 1902 he married Ida Perkins who was born in Sligo, NC on 15 Jan. 1881.  Ida was the daughter of Charles L. & Buena Vista Cherry PerkinsJim Roberts bought the Humphries home in 1911.  It was in this home that Jim and Ida reared 10 sons and 2 daughters. Their oldest son was George Frank Roberts (23 April 1903 - 27  Nov. 1989) who married Alma Owens (22 July 1907 - 11 Feb. 1981) on 16 July 1921. Jim Roberts' youngest son and daughter-in-law still live in the house today.  A story has been handed down orally that during the Civil War some of the Union troops rode horses up the stairs into the house looking for valuables hidden in the attic. There are some marks in the floor of the entry that appear to be made by horseshoes.

 

This photo and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society.   We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.

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