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Wiley Thomas ROBERTS

Wiley Thomas ROBERTS

Male 1870 - 1946  (76 years)

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  • Name Wiley Thomas ROBERTS 
    Born 29 Aug 1870  Roberts Station, Jones Co, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1946  Jones County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Macon Memorial Park, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Memorial ID 144234819
    Notes 
    • Wiley Thomas Roberts was born on August 29, 1870 at Roberts Station, Jones County, Georgia. Tom, as he was called, was the oldest child of William Luke Roberts and Sarah Sallie Godard. Tom's mother, Sarah died as a young mother at the age of 21. Tom was 2 years old, his younger brother, Nicholas was 1 year old, and his baby sister, Sallie was only 2 weeks old. It is not documented as such, but the probability of Sarah dying from complications of childbirth is great.

      Sarah?s death proved to be too much for Tom's father, Bill Luke, and it was decided that the 3 young children would be raised by the Grandparents, Green and Mary Summers Roberts, also of Jones County. At some point when the boys were older, they went back to live with their father, but Sallie remained with her grandparents.

      When Tom was a boy of 7, he attended school and learned to read and write. When he was 22, he married Isabelle Hasseltine Neal (1876-1945) on Dec 22, 1892. They owned their farm home located in the Finneys District of Jones County, GA. Children were Pearl Florene, Arthur Napoleon, Sallie Belle Virginia, Annie Winifred, William Howard, and Hasseltine.

      Tom?s beloved wife, Belle, died on October 3, 1945 after 53 years of marriage. Tom was distraught for some time later and could not overcome his grief and loneliness. Unfortunately, he became a danger to himself and he was admitted to the Georgia Lunatic Asylum in Milledgeville, GA.

      Depression and mental health were widely misunderstood in the 1940?s. The majority of society believed that mentally ill people were dangerous and unpredictable. Patients were institutionalized and were subjected to techniques such as labotomies, insulin-induced comas, malarial infections, and early electro-shock therapy. Patients were chained and had rope restraints to hold them.

      Wiley Thomas Roberts died on December 23, 1946 at the age of 76, in the Georgia Lunatic Asylum in Milledgeville, GA. Tom is buried alongside Belle in Macon Memorial Park, Macon, GA.

      I think he may have died of a broken heart.

      By Carla Roberts Pryor,
      great granddaughter of Wiley Thomas Roberts
      8-7-2017
    Person ID I4457  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 14 May 2018 

    Father William Luke ROBERTS,   b. 6 Nov 1849, Jones County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1901  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Sarah (or Sallie) M. GODDARD,   b. 28 Aug 1852,   d. 28 Aug 1873  (Age 21 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1869 
    Family ID F1602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabelle Hasseltine NEAL,   b. 15 Apr 1866,   d. 3 Oct 1945  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1892 
    Children 
    +1. Sallie Belle Virginia ROBERTS,   b. 9 Feb 1897, Jones County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1990, Monroe County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +2. Annie Winifred ROBERTS,   b. 27 Jun 1900, Jones County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1994, Monroe County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +3. Hasseltine ROBERTS,   b. 20 Jul 1907, Jones County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1997, Bibb County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +4. Pearl Florene ROBERTS,   b. 23 Jan 1894, Gray, Jones Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1990, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    +5. Arthur Napoleon ROBERTS,   b. 6 Oct 1895, Gray, Jones Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1977, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. William Howard ROBERTS,   b. 14 Sep 1902,   d. Dec 1984  (Age 82 years)
    Family ID F1664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Dec 1946 - Jones County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Macon Memorial Park, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Wiley Thomas Roberts and Belle Hasseltine Neal Roberts
    Wiley Thomas Roberts and Belle Hasseltine Neal Roberts
    Wiley Thomas Roberts
    Wiley Thomas Roberts

    Documents
    Wiley Thomas Roberts_1870_Obituary
    Wiley Thomas Roberts_1870_Obituary