New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - John R. Roberts

John R. Roberts Stricken With Paralysis

He lived Near Holmdel and Died Last Saturday Night From a Stroke of Paralysis Received a Few Days Before

John Henry Roberts, who lived near Holmdel, died last Saturday night, aged 53 years. Death was caused by paralysis. Mr. Roberts was in the habit of getting up early every morning. Last Thursday morning, when he did not get up at seven o’clock, his unmarried sister, Emma, with whom he lived, went to his room to call him. She found her brother paralyzed down the entire right side and unable to speak. He gradually grew worse until he died. Mr. Roberts was the son of the late John Roberts. His grandfather was a Jerseyman, who was known throughout the section as Elder Thomas Roberts and whose bones lie in the Baptist burying ground at Middletown.

Mr. Roberts was born at Trenton, near Utica, N. Y., where his father at one time owned a large dairy farm. He moved to Holmdel about sixteen years ago with his parents. His father and mother have both died within the past five years. Mr. Roberts was unmarried. The sister with whom he lived at the time of his death is the only surviving member of his family. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the house. Rev. Robert Fisher of the Holmdel Baptist church had charge of the service. The pall bearers were Mr. Robert’s cousins from Middletown township. The body was buried ar Fair View.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, June 28, 1899