Re: Sterling Clack Robertson
Nashville Whig, October 8, 1846
Died on the evening of the 3rd instant at her residence in this City, aged 88 years, Mrs. Sarah Robertson, the venerable relict of Col. Elijah Robertson, brother of General James Robertson and one of the hardy and intrepid band of pioneers who first dared to make the spot on which Nashville now stand their home.
The deceased was a native of Virginia which State she left in early childhood with her family who settled in Carter county of this State where she married Colonel Robertson in the year 1782, who in the year following brought his wife to the then distant and struggling settlement of whites at French Lick where she has resided ever since and has seen arise before her from the dense canebrake and forest, from the camp and cabin of the backwoodsman and hunter, the present beautiful city of Nashville.
About the year, 1796, Mrs. Robertson lost her husband and has since that event remained a widow.She was the mother of five children, all of whom she survived and lived to see the fifth generation of her descendants.
The early dangers and difficulties of her life, she met with courage and calmness; what and how trying these were canot now be easily realized or understood.They can only be known by those who experienced them in the early settlement of this country and few, indeed, of these can now be numbered with the living.
Mrs. Robertson was distinguished in private life for simple and unfeigned piety as well as boundless charity,.The poor and unfortunate never sought aid or protection from her in vain.The homeless found shelter under her roof at all times.She fed the hungry and to the last divided her substances with the needy and destitute.From childhood, she had been religious and for the last thirty years a member of the Baptist Church.She was mild and kind in all the relations of domestic and social life.At all times resigned to the will of her God, she departed this life full of hope and no doubt has her exceeding great reward for her spotless and Christian life.