Biography of Dr. John Hallam Roberts

DR. JOHN HALLAM ROBERTS – A man of fine education and scientific in the practice of his profession, that of a veterinarian, Dr. Roberts is one of the highly esteemed residents of Northampton, Massachusetts. His forebears are from English stock.

Edward Roberts, the great-grandfather of Dr. Roberts, was born in England. He came to the province of Quebec, Canada, in 1816, and his wife’s name was Hallam. His son, Samuel Roberts, was born in England in 1800, and died in Canada in the province of Quebec, in 1898, aged ninety-eight years. He was the eldest child of his parents, and came to Canada with them when sixteen years of age. He followed farming in Canada. He married Lydia Spear, born in Canada, died in 1894. Their children were: Edward, of whom further; Turner and Samuel.

Edward Roberts, born in Granby, Quebec, in 1840, died 1908, aged sixty-eight years, was a farmer, owning a place of some two hundred acres on Granby Hill. One of his features of this life was dairying. He was a liberal in politics, and was a member of the Episcopal Church. He married Ann Roberts, born in the province of Quebec, daughter of Lother Roberts. She died in 1923. Their children were:

  1. William, who died in 1914, leaving a daughter, Isabella.
  2. John H.

Dr. John Hallam Roberts was born in West Stafford, province of Quebec, March 22, 1867. He was educated in thee schools of West Stafford and in Granby, Quebec. He attended McGill University, in Montreal, from which he was graduated as a veterinarian in 1878. McGill is considered one of the best universities of its kind in the world. Dr. Roberts remained at home for two years after his graduation, and came to Northampton in 1890 and began the practice of his profession, and has since been located here, covering a period of thirty-five years. Since 1893 Dr. Roberts has been district agent for the Department of Animal Industry of the State of Massachusetts. He is a member of the State and National Veterinarian Associations. In fraternal circles he is a member of Jerusalem Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of the Royal Arch Chapter; of the Council, and of Northampton Consistory, Knights Templar; of Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Springfield, Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Northampton Club and the local Kiwanis Club, and a member of the McGill Graduates’ Society of New York City. In religion he is a member of the Congregational Church.

Dr. Roberts married, October 25, 1895, Dora M. Horton, of Hadley, Massachusetts, daughter of Dwight and Amanda (Mason) Horton.

Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

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