Sherman W. Roberts, farmer; P. O. Oakland; born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, Jan. 11, 1852; he attended school here until 9 years of age, when he emigrated with his parents to Illinois, and located in East Oakland Tp., Coles Co., in September, 1860 (his father at that time purchasing upward of two hundred acres upon Sec. 6, where he still resides); he attended school here during the winter and assisted his father farming in the summer, until he attained his majority; he then engaged in farming a part of his father’s farm on shares for three years, when he bought 100 acres where he now lives, and located upon his present place in 1876; he also owns ten acres of timber, his home farm being all under fence and cultivation. He married March 26. 1874, to Sarah A. Dollar, daughter of John and Sarah Dollar, who are among the early pioneers of Coles Co., and whose biography appears in this work; she was born in Coles Co., Nov. 1, 1352: they have two children by this union-Sarah N., born Nov. 5, 1875, and Lillie A., born Nov. 22, 1877.