Thomas Goodman Roberts lived at 31 Wexham Street. He was my great great grandfather. His son Charles Goodman Roberts would move to live at Cae Merddyn, Penmon. He was my great grandfather. Also featured here are Thomas's family, parents, and brother Edward.
I am very grateful to Judy Matthews and Ann Lane for supplying more family information. 
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GOODMAN ROBERTS
and CATHERINE JONES
.

Research at the National Library of Wales Aberystwyth, showed that Goodman Roberts married Catherine Jones on the 1st January 1816 in Beaumaris. Witnesses to the marriage were John and William Williams. Goodman Roberts is the earliest confirmed relative I have in the Roberts line. Goodman and Catherine Roberts are my great great great grandparents. Catherine was born about 1796.

In 1821, the couple lived in Llandegfan, but had moved to Beaumaris 1n 1824.

They are known to have had a daughter and five sons, John Roberts, Elinor Roberts, Edward Roberts,  Thomas Goodman Roberts, my great great grandfather, William Roberts and Hugh Roberts.

Goodman, who was described as a 'Man chef', died in 1836. There is no birth certificate.

The 1841 census for Townsend, Beaumaris, shows Catherine as widowed, aged 45. Children living with her were Elinor, 20, Edward 15 (erroneously recorded as Thomas), Thomas 10, William, 5 and Hugh 5.


Catherine died in 1846, of English Cholera. Her death certificate showed she had been living at Towns End, Beaumaris with her son Edward, who was the informant. Edward had beautiful writing, having signed his name on the document, a rarity in those days

I am very grateful to Ann Lane for contacting me and for all the family information received from her. Goodman and Catherine are also her great great great grandparents. Their son Hugh is her great great grandfather; KD
  

THOMAS GOODMAN ROBERTS
son of Goodman and Catherine Roberts

Roberts Wexham St Beaumaris
Thomas Goodman Roberts is pictured here around 1900 in the garden of 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris.
 
With him are his married daughter Anne Jane Williams and her children Anne Goodman Williams, baby Harry Goodman Williams and Thomas Goodman Williams.  

Thomas Goodman Roberts was born in Beaumaris and christened on the 9th June 1824, on the Wesleyan Circuit. He was a gardener by trade. His wife Ellinor (Ellen) was born c 1831 in Llaniolen, Caernarfon.

The couple were married in September 1850

They had seven children, Catherine Roberts born c 1844, Charles Goodman Roberts born c 1852 (my great grandfather born c 1852), Mary Roberts born c 1856, Thomas Goodman Roberts born c 1857, Goodman Roberts born c 1863, Ellen Roberts born c 1864 and Ann Jane Roberts born 13th December 1867, pictured above with her father.

In 1851, the family lived at Baron Hill Lodge, Llanfaes. Thomas was 26 then and head of the household which consisted of his wife Ellen, 22 and only child Catherine 6 months old, named after her grandmother, and born in Llanfaes. Thomas worked as a gardener at Baron Hill, home of the wealthy Bulkeley family. Visiting Thomas on census day was William Roberts, a 'gentleman's servant', born in Beaumaris. His age is unknown.

Ten years on, in 1861, the family were living at 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris. Thomas' age is noted as 40 and he still worked as a gardener. His wife Ellinor, 30, daughter Catherine 10 had been joined by children Charles G Roberts 9, born in Llanfaes, Thomas Roberts 8 born in Didsbury, Lancashire, Mary Roberts 4 and Goodman Roberts 2, both born in Beaumaris.

They were living at 17 Wexham Street during the 1871 census. Thomas, 46,  was still a gardener with his wife Ellinor, 43 at home. Daughter Catherine, 20 was a housemaid, Charles 19 workedas a stableboy, Thomas,16 a butcher's servant, with Mary, 14, Goodman, 12, Ellen, 9, and Ann Jane all scholars.

The family had returned to 31 Wexham Street by 1881, and Elinor had passed away. Thomas, 58, was a widower.Son Thomas 24 was on the Militia staff, Goodman 19, a general labourer, Ellen 17 was housekeeper and Ann Jane 15, still at school.

COURT CASE against GOODMAN ROBERTS
Of Goodman Roberts, Wexham Street, parish Beaumaris, at Beaumaris for stealing ferns and primroses from Sir Richard L. M. Williams-Bulkeley, Baronet. Ordered that Goodman Roberts pay to James McDonald £1 plus 9/- costs within 14 days or be imprisoned at Carnarvon prison for 14 days.
Order 1880. Aug 9..

In 1891 Thomas lived with son Goodman 27, a general labourer, Ann Jane a domestic 24 servant, and grandson John Roberts 5.

In 1901, 31 Wexham Street housed Thomas, 74, son Goodman 37 and his Daughter Ann Jane, 32 and her family. Her 38 year old husband John Williams was born in Bangor and worked as a general labourer, their son John Williams 15 was a domestic gardener, and other children Ann, 7 and Thomas 18 months were all born in Beaumaris.

PEN PICTURES OF
THOMAS & ELLINOR GOODMAN ROBERTS' CHILDREN
.

CATHERINE ROBERTS

Catherine, or Kate was born c 1844 in Llanfaes parish and was their eldest known child. She lived with her parents  ay Baron Hill Lodge in 1851, 31 Wexham Street in 1861, and was no longer living at home by the next census. She married Thomas Jones. They had two children, Thomas and Caroline.

 

CHARLES GOODMAN ROBERTS
Charles is my great grandfather, click here to read about him
.

MARY ROBERTS
Mary was born in Beaumaris 1856 and was baptised on the 4th January 1857 - father Thomas, mother Ellen.
He was a gardener and they lived at Townend.
Mary and lived at home during the 1861
and 1871 censuses
.

THOMAS GOODMAN ROBERTS

Born in Didsbury, Burnley,  Lancashire, in 1857, he was at home during the 1861, 1871 censuses, when he was a butcher's servant, and 1881 when he was a militia staff member. He was also a bell ringer at St Mary and Nicholas Church Beaumaris. He married Jane Helen Millichip, born c 1859 in Birmingham.

The 1891 census show Thomas, 33, a gardener and wife Jane Helen, 32, living at 17 Stanley Street, Beaumaris.

They were at the same address in 1901, with Thomas 45 and Jane Helen 44.

In 1923, they are recorded as living at 17 Stanley Street, Beaumaris. They had no children. Thomas died on the 11 February 1933 aged 79, and his wife joined him on the 15th January 1942. They are buried in the Beaumaris cemetery.

ELLEN (Elin) GOODMAN ROBERTS

Ellen was born in Beaumaris in 1862 and baptised as Elin on the 15th May 1862. Father Thomas, mother Ellen, living at Wexham Street. Thomas was a gardener.
Ellen lived at home in 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris in 1871 and 1881 respectively. She was housekeeper in the latter. She married Thomas Brereton, born    in Horton, Cheshire, in June 1853, at Birkenhead.

Thomas was the youngest of the ten children of George Brereton and Jane Hopley. His paternal grandparents were William Brereton and Mary Tomlinson. His siblings were Richard, William, Robert, George, John, Charles, Ann, Margaret and Jane. He was previously married to Margaret Edwards in June 1870 and they had two children, William Thomas Brereton born 1870, died April 1946, and John born Jun 1872, died March 1873. Wife Margaret died in March 1874.

Ellen and Thomas had five children, Jesse, born 1885 in Birkenhead, died 24th July 1941, as a result of air raid in the Second World War,  Ann, born 1888, born in Beaumaris, Teresa born 1890,  Ellen born 1893, Jane born 1896, and George born 1900, all born in Birkenhead.

1891 saw Ellen, aged 30, living at 12 Livingstone St, Birkenhead, with husband Thomas, 40, a dock labourer. They had three daughters, Jesse 6, Ann 3 and Teresa, 9 months old.

In 1901, the couple lived at 4 Club Row, Birkenhead. Thomas was 48, working as a general labourer, Ellen was 38. Their children were Jessie 16, Ann 13, Ellen 8, Jane 5 and George, 10 months.

Sadly, Thomas had died by 1903, and Ellen married Theophilus Griffiths,  born in Llanerchymedd, then aged 38. A son, also Theophilus was born in 1904 in Birkenhead, where presumably the couple met.

In 1911, the family lived at Ardd Gron, Llanddona, Anglesey. Theophilus was 46, a farm labourer, Ellen was 48 and the census shows they had been married 3 years. Their son Theophilus was 7 years old. Ellen's children from her previous marriage living with them were, Jane, 15 and George 11. 

Ellen died aged 68 in 1930 in Beaumaris.

Click here to see Ellen's family tree with the Berereton family connection, courtesy of "John's Family Tree" 


GOODMAN ROBERTS

Goodman was baptised on the 31st March 1859, father, Thomas, mother Ellen, living at Townsend. Thomas was a gardener.
Goodman always lived at the family home at census times, as detailed under his father, Thomas Goodman Roberts.

GOODMAN ROBERTS,
PROSECUTED for THEFT
in 1880


BEAUMARIS COURT

1880 August 9th - BEAUMARIS COURT CASES.
Of Goodman Roberts, Wexham Street, parish Beaumaris, at Beaumaris for stealing ferns and primroses from Sir Richard L. M. Williams-Bulkeley. Ordered that Goodman Roberts pay to James McDonald £1 plus 9/- costs within 14 days or be imprisoned at Carnarvon for 14 days. 
Henry Bromley, also of Wexham Street was similarly fined for the same offence.
 


Beaumaris Court's Dock - awaiting the arrival of Goodman Robert


Goodman's view from the Court Dock at the hearing. 


".....and the case for the prosecution is......."

Be it remembered,
That on the 8th day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty, in the Parish of Beaumaris, in the Borough of Beaumaris, Goodman Roberts of Wexham Street in the Parish of Beaumaris in the said Borough,is convicted before the undersigned one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said Borough of Beaumaris within Six Calendar Months next before the laying of Information wheron this Conviction is found to wit on the 30th day of April last, at the Parish of Beaumaris in the said Borough did unlawfully (a) steal certain plants and roots to cut Ferns and primroses of the Value of  the property of Sir R. L. M. Williams Bulkeley Baronet of Baron Hill in the said Borough the growing in a certain pleasure of the said Sir R. R. L. M. Williams Bulkeley there situate contrary to the Form of the Statute in such Case made and provided : And the said Justice adjudge the said Goodman Roberts and I adjudge the said Goodman Roberts to pay to James McDonald the Sum of One pound to be paid according to Law and nine shillings for his Costs in this behalf; and if the said Sums be not paid within fourteen day I order that the Sum be levied by Distress and Sale of the Goods and Chattels of the said Goodman Roberts and in default of sufficient Distress in that behalf I adjudge that the said Goodman Roberts be imprisoned in the Prison at Carnarvon for the space of fourteen days unless the said Sums shall be sooner paid.

Given under my Hand and Seal the day and year first above-mentioned at Beaumaris in the Borough aforesaid
J. L. Harrington Lewis

 

In 1901 at 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris aged 37, he is recorded as a general labourer.

Ten years later, in 1911, Goodman was living in the household of his sister Ann Jane Williams, at 20 Steeple Lane, Beaumaris. He was a labourer.

He died a batchelor, and is buried with his father in an unmarked grave, the location of which, I do not know.

ANN JANE GOODMAN ROBERTS.

Ann was born in 1866 and baptised 0n the 5th April 1866. Father Thomas, mother Ellen. Living at Wexham Street. Thomas was a gardener.
Ann Jane lived as a member of her parents family during the census 1861 to 1901. She married John Williams, born in Bangor around 1860, in 1896 and the couple lived with her widowed father in 1901 at 31 Wexham Street, with their son Thomas then 18 months old. The couple had another five children, Annie, John, Harry, Francis and Esther
.

In 1911 Ann, 45, who had been married for 15 years, was living at 20 Steeple Lane, Beaumaris with her husband John Williams, 51, a labourer. The family living with them consisted of children John G., 25, a coachman, Ann  E., 16 a servant, Thomas 12, Henry 10, Francis 8 and Esther 3, all born in Beaumaris. Ann's brother Goodman Roberts, 49 and single, a labourer, also lived with them.   

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ELINOR ROBERTS
daughter of Catherine and Goodman Roberts

I am very grateful to Ann Lane for this information about Elinor.

Ellinor was christened at Zion Independent on the 17th May 1819, Townsend 

The 1841 census for Townsend, Beaumaris, shows Elinor at home with her widowed mother, Catherine aged 45. Catherine's children were were Elinor herself, aged 20, Edward 15 (erroneously recorded as Thomas), Thomas 10, William, 5 and Hugh , aged 5.

On the 30th May, Ellinor (Ellen) married John Raby on the 30th May 1846, and five years later was living in Didsbury, Manchester. 

The 1851 census for 11, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury shows John Raby aged 38, working as publican, born in Kirkham, Preston, and Ellen was aged 30. They had three children, John 9, born in Oldham, Catherine 4 and Anne 1, both born in Didsbury.
Dublin born Ann Conway, 25 was employed as a servant. 

On the 25th October 1854, Ellen married John Evans, her first husband John Raby having presumably passed away. They lived in Didsbury intially when their daughter Sarah Ellen was born around 1855, then Rusholme around 1859.

The 1861 census for Ightenhill Park, All Saints, Burnley, Lancashire records John Evans as 42, a gardener, born in Caernarfon. Ellen is 44 and shown as a gardener's wife. Their family consists of Ann Raby 11, John's stepdaughter, and the couple's own children; Sarah Ellen,6 born in Didsbury and Mary Elizabeth 2, born in Rusholme.
Ellen's brother Hugh, 22, a gardener had joined the household.
Francis Heliwell 21, of Marsden, Lancashire boarded with the family. 

Ellen's brother Hugh married Sarah Dean on the 8th December 1861, and the couple had two children. Goodman Roberts born on the 11th November 1863 at Lower House, Habergham Eaves, Burnley and John William Roberts, born in 1865 at Burnley.

Sadly, Hugh's wife Sarah died in 1868 aged 29, in Burnley.

Hugh and his children were living at his sister Ellen's household, who was herself widowed by 1871.

Ellen's daughter Catherine Raby married Willaim A. Hughes. They had a son John W. Hughes born around 1870. They had also joined Ellen's household.
 

The 1871 census for Habergham Eaves Burnley has Ellen 52, head of household, widowed and working as a domestic servant.
Her daughter Catherine Hughes, now married, aged 24 was a cotton weaver with Catherine's husband William A. Hughes aged 26, a jojner, born in South Wales. Their son John W. was 1 year old.
Ellen's daughter Anne Raby, 21 was also a cotton weaver, and daughter Mary E. Evans 12, was a scholar.
Brother Hugh Roberts aged 35 is shown as married and working as a gardener. His sons were John W. Roberts 5, and Goodman Roberts 7.
Thomas Hughes aged 18, a joiner from South Wales was boarding with the family. 


EDWARD GOODMAN ROBERTS
son of Goodman and Catherine Roberts

I am very grateful to Judy Matthews for the information she has supplied on Edward Goodman Roberts, whose husband is a descendant.

Edward was youngest of Goodman and Catherine Roberts' sons. He was born in Llanfair, and was baptised on the 25 July 1821 in the Beaumaris Wesleyan Circuit. He was recorded as the son of Goodman Roberts, labourer, and Catherine of Llandegfan in 1821 and of Beaumaris in 1824.

Registers record that in 1842, Beaumaris Edward Roberts son of Goodman Roberts married Lacey Jones, daughter of Thomas King.

On the 13th September 1846 in Llanfairfechan, Eliza Goodman Roberts was baptised, daughter of Edward Goodman Roberts and Lacey.

On the 4th February, 1849 Thomas Roberts was baptised, son of Edward Goodman Roberts and Tacey, living at Townsend. Thomas's occupation is recorded as servant.

The 1851 census shows Edward aged 26, with his wife Lucy Mary 30, born in London and two children, Thomas 2 and Elizabeth 5 living at Townsend, both born in Beaumaris. His brother Hugh is also living with them as a servant, following the death of their mother Catherine. 

On the 3rd July, 1851, Catherine Roberts was baptised, daughter of Edward Goodman Roberts and Tacey, living at Townsend. Thomas's occupation is recorded as servant.

On the 22nd June, 1854, Goodman Summers Roberts was baptised, son of Edward Goodman Roberts and Tacey, living at Townsend. Thomas's occupation is recorded as servant.

On the 9th May, 1858 Tacey Mary Roberts was baptised, daughter of Edward Goodman Roberts and Tacey, living at Townsend. Thomas's occupation is recorded as servant.

He married twice, we know this because he is described as widowed when he married Elizabeth Sloane, herself a widow, on the 11th April 1871. Elizabeth was born in Ireland. She was the daughter of John Sloane, a farmer. Interesting to note that she has used her maiden name, unless she married a cousin of some sort. Both Edward and Elizabeth made a mark, 'X', for their signature. Witnesses were Charlotte Richard Jones and William Hughes. 

In 1881, we've traced an Edward Roberts, aged 48(?) as a domestic gardener living at Pen Bryn Gate House, Llanbeblig, with wife Eliza, 44, son George, 18, a gasman and daughter Charlotte, 8.

In 1891, Edward, aged 68, lived at 20 Rosemary Lane, Beaumaris and was employed as a domestic gardener. His wife Elizabeth was 45 (?), and daughter Charlotte, 16 also lived at home.

By 1901, Edward's wife had died. He was a widower, 74, a domestic gardener, still living at 20 Rosemary Lane, with daughter Charlotte, aged 23. 

Son George married Louise.

Daughter Charlotte married Charles Matthews and they had six children, Sidney, William, Ernest, John, Edward and Matilda.

Their third child was Eliza Goodman Roberts.

 

HUGH ROBERTS
son of Goodman and Catherine Roberts

I am very grateful to Ann Lane for this information about her great, great grandfather. Hugh's son Thomas Edwards Roberts, is Ann's great grandfather. KD

Hugh was born in Beaumaris around 1836.

The 1841 census for Townsend, Beaumaris, shows Hugh's mother, Catherine as widowed, aged 45. Children living with her were Elinor, 20, Edward 15 (erroneously recorded as Thomas), Thomas 10, William, 5 and Hugh himself, aged 5.


The 1851 census shows Edward aged 26, with his wife Lucy Mary 30, born in London and two children, Thomas 2 and Elizabeth 5 living at Townsend, both born in Beaumaris. Hugh is also living with them as a servant, following the death of their mother Catherine. 

He moved to Didsbury, Manchester, where he lived with his sister Ellinor. He was a gardener.

The 1861 census for No 2, Close Top, Ightenhill Park, All Saints, Burnley, Lancashire records Hugh living with his sister and brother in law, John Evans 42, a gardener, born in Caernarfon. Ellen is 44 and shown as a gardener's wife. Their family consists of Ann Raby 11, John's stepdaughter, and the couple's own children; Sarah Ellen,6 born in Didsbury and Mary Elizabeth 2, born in Rusholme.
Hugh, is aged 22 and working as a gardener.
Francis Heliwell 21, of Marsden, Lancashire boarded with the family. 


Unconfirmed photos of Hugh Roberts

Hugh married Sarah Dean on the 8th December 1861, and the couple had two children. Goodman Roberts born on the 11th November 1863 at Lower House, Habergham Eaves, Burnley and John William Roberts, born in 1865 at Burnley.

Sadly, Hugh's wife Sarah died in 1868 aged 29, in Burnley.

Hugh and his children were living at his sister Ellen's household, who was herself widowed by 1871.

Hugh's sister Ellen's, daughter Catherine Raby, had married Willaim A. Hughes. They had a son John W. Hughes born around 1870. They had also joined Ellen's household.
 

The 1871 census for 5 Springwell Street, Habergham Eaves Burnley has Ellen 52, head of household, widowed and working as a domestic servant.
Her daughter Catherine Hughes, now married, aged 24 was a cotton weaver with Catherine's husband William A. Hughes aged 26, a jojner, born in South Wales. Their son John W. was 1 year old.
Ellen's daughter Anne Raby, 21 was also a cotton weaver, and daughter Mary E. Evans 12, was a scholar.
Brother Hugh Roberts aged 35 is shown as married and working as a gardener. His sons were John W. Roberts 5, and Goodman Roberts 7.
Thomas Hughes aged 18, a joiner from South Wales was boarding with the family. 


Hugh married Emily Ann Peak on the 27th August 1873 at St James, Burnley. Their first son Thomas Edward Roberts was born on the 20th July 1874.

In  1881, Hugh is 45, a gardener and head of household with his wife Emily, aged 32, born in Wellington, Shropshire, live at 23 Brunshaw Road, Burnley. Hugh's sons from his first marriage were at home; Goodman 17, and John William 15, both were mechanics.
Hugh and Emily's children were Thomas Edward 6, Joseph, 5 and Richard 2, all born in Burnley.
Fanny Peak, 20, Emily's sister, born in Wellington is living with the family. 

In  1891, at 8 Belgrave Street, Burnley, Hugh is 56, a gardener and head of household with his wife Emily, aged , born in Wellington, Shropshire. Hugh's son from his first marriage, John William 25, is a mechanic.
Thomas Edward is 18 and a clothier assistant, Joseph 15, a cotton weaver, Richard 12, Harry 10, Florence 7 and Arthur is 4, all children born in Burnley.
Richard Hull, born in Preston, aged 32 is lodging there and works as a general labourer. 

In  1901, at 1 Rochester Street, Burnley, Hugh is 68 and still a gardener, Emily is 51, son Harry 19 works as a general labourer, Florence 17 is a cotton winder. Arthur W, 14 is a doffer at a cotton mill and William is aged 7.

Hugh died on the 25th October 1907 in Burnley.

In  1911, widow Emily 62 is now head of household.
Harry 29 is a labourer at an Iron Foundry, William 17 is a Back Tenter at a paper works. 


Emily Roberts died on the 28th August 1925. 

THOMAS EDWARD ROBERTS
Son of Hugh and Emily Roberts 

Thomas Edward Roberts was born on the 20th July 1874. He was the first child of Hugh and Emily Roberts.

In  1881, Thomas's father Hugh is 45, living at 23 Brunshaw Road, Burnley, was a gardener and head of household with his wife Emily, aged 32, born in Wellington, Shropshire. Hugh's sons from his first marriage were at home; Goodman 17, and John William 15, both were mechanics.
Hugh and Emily's children were Thomas Edward himself, aged 6, Joseph, 5 and Richard 2, all born in Burnley.
Fanny Peak, Emily's sister, born in Wellington is living with the family. 


By the time he was 18, Thomas was working as a clothier assistant.

In  1891, Thomas Edward is still living at home with his parents at 8 Belgrave Street, Burnley. His father Hugh is 56, was a gardener and head of household with his wife Emily, aged , born in Wellington, Shropshire. Hugh's son from his first marriage, John William 25, is a mechanic.
Thomas Edward himself is 18 and a clothier assistant, Joseph 15, a cotton weaver, Richard 12, Harry 10, Florence 7 and Arthur is 4, all children born in Burnley.
Richard Hull, born in Preston, aged 32 is lodging there and works as a general labourer with his wife Sarah Ann 32, a cotton winder . 


Thomas Edward Roberts married Martha Hannah Haigh on the 29th August 1892 at Friarmere Parish Church, Delph Saddleworth, Yorkshire, and the couple had five children by the 1901 census. Four were living at home


Thomas Edward Roberts in 1895


Martha Hannah Haigh in 1892

In  1901, Thomas Edward Roberts was 28 and a foreman in a clothing factory. His wife Martha, born at Dobcross, Yorkshire, was 29. Their family consisted of Hubert W, aged 6, Nellie, 4, Tom 3, all born in Lancashire and Annie E. 2, born in Delph, Yorkshire. They lived at 8 New Street, Failsworth, Lancashire.

In  1911, Thomas Edward Roberts was 38 and living at 18 Henshaw Street, Stretford and was a foreman tailor. He and his wife Martha, 39 had been married for 19 years. Hubert Warwick was 16. Interestingly, an entry for Nellie aged 14 has been deleted. Tom was 13. Other children were Lena Mary, 9, Frank Goodman 7 and Adeline aged 1.
A John Grange, 25, an engineer, boarded with the family.


Stretford

Thomas declared on the 1911 census that they had 8 children born alive, but only 7 were still living. Daughter Annie Elizabeth, who was born on the 18th March 1899, sadly died on the 3rd November, 1902, the cause of death was measles.

Hubert Warwick Roberts
married Winnie
in 1919

RICHARD ROBERTS
Son of Thomas Edward and Martha Roberts 

Thomas and Martha's eldest son Richard Roberts was living with his maternal grandparents in 1901, and also in 1911.

In  1901, Richard's grandfather Richard Armitage Haigh was 58 and worked as a tripe dresser. He was born in Honley, Yorkshire. His grandmother Elizabeth was 51 and born in Saddleworth, Yorkshire. Richard Roberts himself was 8 years old. They lived at 49 Bridge Street, Delph.

By 1911, Richard's sister Nellie had joined him at his grandparents' home.

Richard and Betty Haigh
outside their Tripe Shop in 1909

 In  1911, Richard's grandfather Richard Armitage Haigh was 68, worked as a tripe dresser, Elizabeth was 61. Richard now 18, was a labourer and Nellie aged 14 was involved in packing and sorting.


 

Richard and Elizabeth Roberts in 1923


 

Richard Roberts
Mayor of Oldham 1943-44

PAST MAYORS of OLDHAM (click here to view)


Richard became Mayor of Oldham during 1943-44 and is Ann Lane's grandfather. My thanks to Ann for supplying these wonderful family photos. KD.

 



JOHN ROBERTS

I am very grateful to Ann Lane for this information about John.

John was baptised on the 12th January 1817, in Beaumaris, son of Goodman and  Catherine Roberts. Goodman is recorded as a labourer.

In the spring of 1839, a John Roberts married a Margaret Pritchard in Bangor.

The 1841 census for Townsend, Beaumaris, shows that John had left home. His mother, Catherine was widowed, aged 45. Children living with her were Elinor, 20, Edward 15 (erroneously recorded as Thomas), Thomas 10, William, 5 and Hugh himself, aged 5.

The 1851 census for a house called farmyard had John Roberts, 34, born on Anglesey and working as a gardener. His wife Margaret, 34 was Caernarfonshire born. Two of their children were born in Caernarfon ; Catherine 10 and Goodman 8, whereas Mary 5, John R. Roberts 2 and Margaret, 1 were born on Anglesey. Mary Pritchard 30, a relative is visiting. She was born in Caernarfonshire and may have been Margaret's sister.
Elizabeth Evans was a 17 year general servant living with the family. 


John's wife Margaret had died by 1861
The 1861 census shows John aged 40 and widowed. He is a gardener and seedman living at the Seed Warehouse, Amlwch. Daughter Mary is 15, a dressmaker, John, 12, Margaret 11, Richard 7.
Ellen Lewis 19 is their house servant.
Son Goodman had left home having applied for and granted, an apprentice fee.

2nd Octr. 1856
Petition of
Goodman Roberts son
of John Roberts, Gardener
for an Apprentice Fee
.

Granted.

To the Honorable the Froffees of the Gramar School of Beaumaris.
The humble petition of Goodman Roberts son of John Roberts Gardener, A poor boy educated at the said School.
Hereth
that your petitioner has been in the said school
for four years and upwards and is about 14 years of age.
That he is desirous of being of being apprenticed to some useful trade or calling, but his father being a poor man and not having the means of paying an apprentice fee he humbly solicits the Froffees to grant him
such a sum as they may deem sufficient for that purpose of the Funds of the said School.
And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray
Goodman Roberts

Beaumaris
1st October 1956

I certify that the above Goodman Roberts has paper from years in the Grammar School and that he well deserves the kind aparlance of the Froffees


In 1861, Goodman was an apprentice Ship Chandler, boarding at 11 Portwood Street, West Derby, Liverpool with Thomas Owen aged 29 a miller journeyman and his wife Jane Owen, 36. Jane was herself Bangor born, so there could have been a family connection.



WILLIAM ROBERTS

I am very grateful to Ann Lane for this information about William.

William was baptised on the 20th June, 1831 at the Zion Independent Chapel.

The 1841 census for Townsend, Beaumaris, shows that William was aged 5. The 1841 census tended to round ages up to the nearest 5 years. His mother, Catherine was widowed, aged 45. Children living with her were Elinor, 20, Edward 15 (erroneously recorded as Thomas), Thomas 10, William himself, 5 and Hugh  aged 5.