Roberts, Moses Fisk (1803–1889)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: March 31, 2022

Moses Fisk Roberts, soldier and congressman, was born on February 9, 1803, in Davidson County, Tennessee, the son of Isaac and Mary (Johnson) Roberts. He apparently grew up in Davidson County, as did his first wife, Amanda Grant, whom he married before moving to Texas. Roberts and his family arrived in Texas on February 19, 1836. He joined Capt. James Chesser's Jasper Volunteer Company at San Augustine and was elected second lieutenant on March 23, 1836. According to family tradition, he arrived at San Jacinto too late to participate in the main battle there, but lost his right eye in skirmishes with surviving Mexican troops the next day. He served in the army until June 22 of that year, when he was discharged because of the loss of his eye. Subsequently, Roberts settled in Shelby County, where he was elected to the House of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Texas congresses (1839–42). During his first term in Congress, his wife died, and in December of 1841 he married Nancy Murray in Travis County. They had at least six children. Upon leaving Congress he returned to Shelby County and remained until 1853, when he was elected to the House of the Fifth Legislature. He also represented Shelby County in the House of the Seventh Legislature (1857–58). Roberts died in Shelby County on April 7, 1889, and was buried in the Shelbyville Cemetery.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • Republic of Texas Congressmen
  • Fifth Congress (1840-1841)
  • Fourth Congress (1839-1840)
  • Sixth Congress House (1841-1842)
  • Seventh Congress (1842-1843)
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution
  • Republic of Texas
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Cecil Harper, Jr. Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Roberts, Moses Fisk,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 31, 2022

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