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Thomas Zane Roberts
Faithful Sunday School Teacher and Inventor

      The Boone County Recorder reported the death of Thomas Zane Roberts: Quite a gloom was cast over a community last Thursday afternoon for the sudden death of one of our most highly honored citizens Mr. Thomas Zane Roberts of Middle Creek.

      His obituary was as follows:

Thomas Zane Roberts [b. October 4, 1851] was found dead at his home on Middle Creek. Thursday evening, January 15th, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. He had been attending to his usual duties all day Thursday and had no complaint to any of his family. He had suffered with shortness of breath and affection of the heart and this was no doubt, the cause of death.

He was a consistent Christian and lived the life of his Master and Saviour as near as it was in his power to do. He was a student and a genius, well versed in the Bible and its history, as well as in other good literature. He was a natural mechanic. One of his mechanical achievements was the building of a clock that not only recorded the time, but the moon changes, rising and setting of the sun and the day of the week and month. Mr. Roberts spent the greater part of his life farming, but he also taught school for a number of years. He did no man wrong.

The funeral service was held in Bellevue [now Belleview] Baptist Church, [where he was a long-time member,] which was filled with his relatives and friends. He is survived by a brother, John Roberts, of Covington, and two sisters, Mary Cravens and Mrs. Ell Beasley, who are in California. He was never married.


[From the Boone County [KY] Recorder 28 January, 1925; via Judge Anthony W. Frohlich, Time Keeper, Thomas Zane Roberts: A Kentucky Renaissance Man, p. 132. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]

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