Friday, January 1, 2016

Joseph B. Robertson, Born in Northumberland County, England

Joseph Bell Robertson was born in Alnwick, Northumberland County, England in July of 1849 to William and Elizabeth Robertson. By the year 1860, he was residing in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, with his parents and several siblings. In 1870, he was working with his father in the grocery business. Later he was a salesman for the Hoover and Woodward, Wholesale Grocers.  According to birth records on file at FamilySearch, Joseph Robertson and his wife, the former Bridget Kelly, had several children, born in the 1870s and 1880s. On January 2, 1899, Joseph B. Robertson passed away at the family residence on Decatur Street in Sandusky, Ohio, at the age of 49 years. Funeral services for Joseph B. Robertson were held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Sandusky, Ohio.

Burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery. An article which appeared in the Sandusky Star of January 4, 1899 stated, "The business connections of the deceased and his sterling character had won for him many friends who came to pay their last tributes of respect to their dear friend." The phrase "Rest in peace" is inscribed at the bottom of the tombstone of Joseph B. Robertson.

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