Robertson, Charlotte Reeves
Was born in North Carolina
1908 Plat: Mrs. C. R. Robertson 1751-1843
Section 28 NE Lot 37
Garrett: Same as Recorded 2005
Tuesday, June 13, 1843
On Sunday, 11th inst., Mrs. CHARLOTTE ROBERTSON, the aged mother of Dr. Felix Robertson, of this city, and relict of Gen. James Robertson, an early and distinguished pioneer of Tennessee.
Article for Cemetery new App
written by Paul Clements
Charlotte Reeves was born in 1751 and grew up in North Carolina. After her marriage to James Robertson, she and her husband moved across the Appalachian Mountains to the Watauga Settlement, which was in Cherokee territory. After nearly a decade in the area, and after her family had survived periods of warfare, James Robertson led a small group toward the French Lick, which lay some 200 miles west in the Cumberland wilderness. Charlotte Robertson, along with four of her five children, several other family members, and a few slaves, embarked on a river journey that covered 1000 miles. Several individuals were killed over the course of the voyage, and Charlotte helped paddle the flatboat on which her family was travelling much of the final 200 miles, upriver to where Nashville would eventually stand.
Charlotte experienced the ordeals of frontier life and Indian warfare for another 15 years. As a leader of the isolated settlements, James was frequently away for months at a time, but Charlotte managed to keep the family together and to help sustain the fledgling community. By the time the Indian wars came to a close in 1795, she had survived two attacks on the forts in which she and her family were living, she had given birth to six more children, her husband had been wounded three times, one daughter had died, and two sons, including a twelve-year-old, had been killed by Indians. Her sacrifices did not end when peace was finally achieved. She accompanied her husband to the Chickasaw Territory, where he was in service to the Federal government when he died in 1814. Charlotte Robertson, who said near the end of her life that she would not relive what she had experienced during the Indian wars in exchange for the entire world, died in 1843.