Charles Goodman Roberts was born about 1852 in Beaumaris and lived his early life at 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris with his parents Thomas Goodman Roberts and Elinor Roberts, and his siblings.
He married Margaret Jones in 1875 and for a short while lived in Liverpool where their eldest daughter, Maggie Goodman Roberts was born.
Certificate of Registry of Marriage 1875
MARRIAGE solemnized at the Registry Office in the District of Bangor
in the County of Caernarfon, page 87 no. 174
16th November 1875
Charles Goodman Roberts, 22 years, Bachelor, Labourer,
Residence Cae Merddyn, Penmon
Father - Thomas Goodman Roberts, Gardener
Margaret Jones 18 years, spinster, Residence, Cae Merddyn, Penmon
Father - Joseph Jones, Quarryman
before John Pritchard, Registrar,
in the presence of Annie Roberts and Jane Williams.
In 1881, they lived in Caim, Penmon, near Cae Merddyn together with their second child Joseph, born in Beaumaris 12 months earlier.
He was a domestic gardener, working for Sir William Bulkeley's estate at Baron Hill, Beaumaris, and was also a Sunday school teacher.
In 1891, Charles and Maggie were living at Cae Merddyn, which was Maggie's former family home.
They had six children in all, and Sadly the family saw more than their fair share of pain, unhappiness and grief.
Children of Charles and Maggie Goodman Roberts;
Margaret Ellen Roberts c 1877 - 11.4.1897
Joseph Thomas Goodman Roberts c 1880 - 30.03.1914
Jabez Lloyd Roberts 20.05.1883 - 25.08.1977
Charles Goodman Roberts 18.08.1887 - 26.06.1918
Catherine Goodman Roberts c 1890 - n/k
Owen John Goodman Roberts 10.11.1894 - 1.05.1976
The couple had another two children who died., names unknown at present.
Their eldest child Maggie died of tuberculosis aged 20.
In 1911, the family living at Cae Merddyn consisted of Charles Goodman Roberts, 58 was a gardener at a Gentleman's Residence, wife Maggie Goodman Roberts was 53, Jabez Lloyd Robers, 26 was a bricklayer, Charles Goodman Roberts, 24 was a carpenter, Katie Goodman Roberts was 21, and Owen John Roberts 16, was a gamekeeper. Charles and Maggie's grandson, Joseph Thomas Roberts aged 3 was also living with tyhem. He was the son of Joseph and Georgina Roberts.
Eldest son Joseph Thomas Goodman Roberts moved to South Africa and fought in the Boer War. He married a lady from Transvaal, Georgina Hoff. The couple moved to Penmon to live after the war. Georgina as badly treated by the community. The couple died in their thirties and are buried at Penmon Church.
Jabez Lloyd Roberts married Jane Owens, a descendant of the Bulkeley and Tudor families. He later owned and sold Cae Merddyn.
In 1911, son Charles Goodman Roberts left for America where he committed suicide in 1918.
Daughter Katie suffered with depression.
In 1917, son Owen John Roberts was injured in the Great War.
Their granddaughter Madge died aged 25, just weeks before Charles and Maggie died.
One of their granddaughters Mrs Jean Davies, daughter of Owen John Roberts, recalls staying with her grandparents.
'We stayed in Penmon, at Dad's home, Cae Merddyn, a smallholding and I loved to feed the chickens. There were many fields there and we played for hours. They also had a lovely orchard and kitchen garden.
'My grandparents had a lovely flower garden, backed by a rockery and it was full of sweet smelling flowers. My grandfather used to sit there and feel he was in the presence of God.
'He was a very religious man and was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. No work was done at all on the Sabbath, apart from feeding the animals. They went to chapel three times on a Sunday.'
Charles Goodman Roberts' Sunday School Class,
Boys standing; Maldwyn Jones, Mon Owen.
Seated row; Olwen Williams, Betty Owen, Eluned Hughes, Charles G. Roberts, Austin Jones, Seiriol Jones, Eluned Roberts
On ground; Iris Siriol Jones, Mair Owen.
Names kindly supplied by Marjorie Jones, Anne Crew, and Audrey Bradbury.
This photo hung by the stairs in my grandparents home,
Owen John and Sarah Michell Roberts, at 26 Gwydr Road, Dolgarrog.
Tom and Nancy Hughes, who later owned Cae Merddyn,
kindly supplied this photo.
The following collection of photographs appear here courtesy of Judy Jones, daughter of Eluned Roberts who appears in the Sunday School photo above.
Eluned was the daughter of Jabez Lloyd Roberts, son of Charles Goodman Roberts.
The photos are dedicated in loving memory of Eluned Gee.
Owen John Roberts, sister Katy and mother Maggie
Maggie Goodman Roberts
with son Charles G. Roberts
Owen John Goodman Roberts with brothers Charles, Jabez
and sisters Katy and Maggie
Son Charles Goodman Roberts
Charles, a very religious man, was involved in the Anglesey Revivalist movement, which commenced in 1904. He and his family probably attended the last revivalist meeting held in Anglesey onthe 4th July 1906.
Charles and Maggie seated, with sons
Owen John Roberts, my grandfather, left and Jabez Lloyd Roberts, right
Charles was known locally as Yr Hen Gristion, the Old Christian. All his pupils called him Taid, such was their affection towards him.
Charles died on the 24th April 1935. At the time, his wife Margaret was very ill. So ill in fact, that they kept the sad news of his death from her. She died on the 15th May 1935, unaware that she would be meeting her husband who had predeceased her.
Charles in his garden.
Son Jabez saw to his father's funeral. The undertakers account was as follows;
Estimates Free No8
Dr. to John Jones
Builder and Contractor
TY'N LLIDIART, LLANGOED, ANGLESEY
Mr J. Lloyd Roberts April 29 1935
To Coffin and Shroud for the late
Mr Charles Goodman Roberts £7 10 0
Bricks 10/- Castings 2/- 12 0
Covers 6/6 6 6
£8 8s 6d
Received with thanks
John Jones April 29 1935
Charles is buried at Capel Ty Rhos, with his wife Maggie and daughter Maggie Ellen.
Yr Arglwydd yw fy mugail ni fydd eisiau arnaf"
Er serchog goffadwriaeth am
CHARLES a MAGGIE ROBERTS
Cae Merddyn, Penmon
yr hon a hunodd yn yr Iesu, Ebrill 11 1897 yn 20 mlwydd oed.
Hefyd CHARLES ROBERTS
a fu farw Ebrill 24 1935 yn 83 mlwydd oed.
a fu farw Mai 15 1935 yn 79 mlwydd oed.