Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Sterling Clack Robertson
“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine”
STERLING CLACK ROBERTSON by Suzanne Turner Jensen Barber
Sterling Clack Robertson, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was my great, great-grandfather. His uncle, James Robertson, was the founder of Nashville, Tenn. Sterling moved to Texas were he was the founder of the Robertson Colony, also known as the Nashville Colony, that spanned over 100 miles in each direction. All of Sterling’s offspring were instrumental in various stages of the founding and development of Texas. Sterling’s son, Elijah Sterling Clack Roberston, my great grandfather, built Salado College and the Robertson family homestead which is still standing and the only one still owned by the original family. Elijah’s son (one of 12 children), Huling Parker Robertson was my grandfather and a State Senator. He was instrumental in brining the MK&T Railroad into Temple where he lived. He was a large land owner and prominent man for many years. His wife, my grandmother, Mary Gatlin Cooke Robertson, founded the Betty Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Temple which is still active. Betty Martin was a Colonial Game and one of our ancestors dating back to the 1600s on my mother’s side.
Photo is of Douglas Morrow Jensen, Suzanne Jensen Barber and Pamela Jensen Jones Stovall. Family members not pictured include Doug’s children: son Clayton Douglas Jensen, 38, his sons Joseph and Jacob, (teens) and daughter, Ava, 10. Doug’s daugher, April, has a daughter, Liliana,9 and a son, Wyatt, 8, Pam’s daughter, Nicki Jones Cromer, has two sons, Landon, 6, and Ethan, 3. Expecting a girl in April! Pam’s Son- Matthew Jones, has a daughter , Madilyn Jones, born Jan. 1st, 2016 My son Berkeley Jensen, his two sons, Tyler and Ross are U.S.Air Force pilots, two daughters, Mary Christine, 16 , and Katy Marie, 15. (Tyler has two children, Mason, 3 and Madelyn,1.)
Photos below are the Robertson family throughout the ages from Suzanne’s family collection.