Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Jefferson Roach and His Sister Wives

TJRoachGraveDon’t let the title fool you.  I don’t mean to imply that “Sister Wives” (as in the TLC reality show of the same name) means that the subject of today’s article, Thomas Jefferson Roach, was a polygamist.  Quite the contrary, since according to family history Thomas was of the Baptist faith.  Rather, he was married multiple times – five to be exact – and of the five wives, four (two sets) were sisters.

Thomas Jefferson Roach was born on August 25, 1825 in Orange County, Virginia to parents William and Jincey (or Tinsey) Roach.  On January 27, 1845 Thomas married Alice Farish in Caroline County, Virginia.  Census records indicate that their first child, Eugenia, was born around 1849.  By 1860 the family had migrated from Virginia to Cherokee County, Texas.  Their oldest son, George W., was nine years old that year and had been born in Virginia.  The next child, John, was six years old and had been born in Texas.  So, presumably the family migrated sometime between 1851 and 1854.  Two more children, Robert (4) and Mary K. (six months old) were also enumerated in 1860.


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