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Eleveta Sparks identifies Mystery Photo #4

Mystery Couple identified as Rev. Evan Roberts
and wife, Sophia Wheeler Roberts, Sparksville, KY

Eleveta Sparks was the first to correctly submit the correct answer for Olden Times Mystery Photo Contest #4, and wins a copy of Drifting And Dreaming: The Story Of Songwriter Haven Gillespie, about the Kentucky song writer who wrote "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." The prize is courtesy E.P. Waggener & Sons, Booksellers

The couple identified by Eleveta Sparks are Rev. Evan Roberts and his wife, Sophia Wheeler Roberts, and they were photographed in Sparksville, KY.

She writes, "Mr. Evan Roberts was a teacher in a one room school which taught all eight grades.

"Sophia Wheeler was in the upper grades. I do not know how long before they got married.

" They have three children Hortense, Ernestine and Tyler Roberts.

"Mr Roberts was a farmer and monument maker in the Sparksville community fo many years.

"He also pastored various Baptist Churches in rural Adair Co.

"Sophia was a Wheeler."

Carlis Wilson adds notes

Adair County author/historian Carlis Wilson, from whose collection the photo comes, wrote of Rev. Roberts, "My uncle, Rev. Evan Roberts, was a well known Baptist minister in the Sparksville community.

"Rev. Roberts also owned and operated The Roberts Monument Shop at his property on Highway KY 61, in Sparksville."

Mr. Wilson notes that Rev. Roberts was born in 1893, and died September, 1983, in Adair County, KY.

Mr. Wilson said his Aunt Sophia Roberts was born February, 1898, in Adair County, KY, and died in December 1973.

The Roberts were married in 1917 in Adair County.

Both are buried in Sparksville Baptist Church Cemetery, Sparksville, KY.

More about the Robertses can be found in Carlis Wilson's book, "Times in Adair County, KY," which may be ordered from Mr. Wilson. His email address is:

This story was posted on 2004-12-22 10:23:40
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