Between centuries sixteen and eighteen, thousands of French Protestants or Huguenots were forced to flee their country to escape religious persecution by the Roman Catholic Church with government approval and encouragement. Many 'Wars of Religion' were fought and many lives were lost. Many of earliest known Roberts family ancestors were among these emigrants that fled across the border into Switzerland and later to America.
Read more about: "The French Huguenots".
The extent of our current knowledge base for the Roberts Family Tree begins with JEHAN ROBERT in the 1400's, in the town of Le Locle, Neufchatel, Switzerland. Included are seven generations of direct descendants of Jehan Robert leading up to the Reverend Pierre Robert. In 1686 Pierre became the first of our ancestors to leave Switzerland and lead his family to America to begin a new life. This information indicates that our Roberts family ancestors were already in Switzerland many years prior to the "Wars of Religion" in France (1562-1598)
South Carolina's recorded history begins in the mid 1500s, when Europeans first arrived, though the area had been inhabited long before then. The Cherokee Nation was prominent in the area at the time that Europeans first arrived. Even though the French and Spanish were attracted to the coast of South Carolina in the 16th century, it was the English who established the first sustained European settlement, near present-day Charleston.
The earliest Robert family members established their homes primarily in the Beaufort District and Berkeley County South Carolina areas and various other French and British settlements in the state. Future generations saw migrations to many parts of the country with a large representation in Florida and other southern states. The first indication of the name change (Robert to Roberts) occurs in the mid 1700's with the family of John Robert.
The tree continues up through present day following a specific, direct Roberts bloodline with branches to other indirect family members. The process is of course ongoing and never ending and will eventually include many other paths. We hope the information proves to be a source of interest and enjoyment to members of our family for many years to come.
We continue to search for new information and updates or corrections to existing information. We are especially looking for interesting facts or stories about our ancestors and for unique/rare photos. Please use the "Change Request" option on the navigation bar above for instructions.
We also welcome "Family News" (significant happenings) that you would like posted. Please use the "Family News" option on the navigation bar above for instructions.
From the "Name Search" page, you may link directly to a specific page where the selected family member first appears in the tree.
The "Sources" page lists various information sources used in the construction of this web site. It also expresses thanks and appreciation to those who were instrumental in the development and willingly gave their time and efforts.
We sincerely hope you enjoy the "Roberts Family Tree" site.
Dark Blue = Page headliner (Roberts bloodline)
Brown = Father of page headliner
Grey/Purple = Mother of page headliner
Crimson = Spouse of page headliner
Purple = Female child of page headliner
Green = Male child of page headliner
Burnt Orange = Adopted child or stepchild (male or female)
Tan = Unmarried father or mother of child
Black = Information
Blue/Green = Link from 'Parents' to previous generation page
Gold = Link to next generation page
Yellow = Link from 'Spouse' to previous generation non-Roberts page
White = Names, titles & dates (no links)
Red = Links to stories, more information & other web sites
Light Green = "Research pending" (no further information is currently available)
Pink = "Further research pending" ( more information is likely to be added)
Light Blue = "Further information (family tree extension) forthcoming"
Brite Blue = "View Photo/s", link to photograph page
Important Note: The Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV) following some of the family member names identify the order that that specific name was added to the tree. It does not represent part of that individual's official name. This method was selected because using; Sr., Jr., III, etc. would have resulted in duplicate names since it was common for families to reuse names from generations past. This will ensure that every family member will have a unique name identifier in the family tree.
About The Author
Jerry Sauls is an accomplished Professional Visual Artist and Internet Web Master and the son of Margie Roberts Sauls. This project began with a box of old family documents passed on from Margie to Jerry in 2003. Jerry's interest peaked while studying the documents and investigating further utilizing other resources and Internet research. The result was the beginning of the "Roberts Family Tree". The site has more than doubled in size between 2003 and 2006 and will, no doubt, continue to grow.