Robertson, one of the pioneers of Shelby County,
was born in Madison County, Ky., November 13, 1821. He is the
son of James and Nancy (Wheeler) Robertson, and is of Scotch-
Irish ancestry. The father of Mr. Robertson was born in Madison County, Ky., November 10, 1791, and died on his eighty-
seventh birthday. The mother of the subject of this sketch was
born also in Madison County, Ky., in the year 1796, died in September of 1 841.
The paternal grandfather of Mr. Robertson was
Samuel Robertson, a native of North Carolina, who emigrated to
Kentucky and died in that State in 1827. The Robertson family
came to Shelby County, when John W. was about five years of age,
and settled on Lewis Creek, five miles east of Shelbyville. Our
subject is the third of a family of seven children now living. He
was raised in the woods of this county, and acquired all the education he could from the subscription schools, then common.
twenty-six years of age, he began farming for himself, and lived on
one farm, which he still owns, from 1828 to 1886, or for fifty-eight
years. He now owns 800 acres of land in this county. Mr.
Robertson removed to Shelbyville in August, 1886. In politics, a Republican — formerly a Whig — and a leading member of
the Baptist Church. He is one of the most successful and highly respected men of this
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville
Sketches," page 530-31, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming