Jabez became owner of Cae Merddyn having jointly owned it with my grandfather, Owen John Roberts. Jabez married Jane Owen, a descendant of the Bulkeley family, and created our link into the Welsh Royal Family.
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JABEZ LLOYD ROBERTS
1883 - 1977


Cae Merddyn, Penmon
reproduced here by kind permission of illustrator
Kim Selene Davies
great great niece of Jabez Lloyd Roberts


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Jabez was the third child of Charles and Maggie Goodman Roberts. He lived at Cae Merddyn, Penmon.

Cae Merddyn

1891 census; Charles Goodman Roberts 39 of Beaumaris, lived at Cae Merddyn with wife Margaret 34 of Llangoed, Joseph T. G. 11 of Beamaris, Jabez Ll. 7, Charles G. 4 and Catherine 1, all of Penmon.

1901 census; Charles Goodman Roberts 49 a gardener, born in Beaumaris, lived at Cae Merddyn, with his wife Maggie Goodman Roberts 44, bricklaying son Jabez Lloyd Roberts 18, Charles Roberts 14, Katie Goodman Roberts 11, and Owen John Goodman Roberts 6. Maggie and their children were born in Penmon. All spoke both languages

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 them. He was the son of Joseph and Georgina Roberts.

On the 15th September 1967, Jabez was interviewed by Robin Gwyndaf, who worked for the Welsh Folk Museum in St Fagans, Cardiff. Undetaken in Welsh, Jabez described his early life in Anglesey. Also present at the interview was Jabez' son Arthur Wyn Roberts.

Jabez mentioned that he was born in Cae Merddyn in 1883 as was his mother, Margaret Jones. His father, Charles Goodman Roberts was 'un o hogia'r dre' Beaumaris,  and was a gardener at Baron Hill for Sir Richard Bulkeley.


Baron Hill gardens

His mother's mother was also called Margaret Jones, and lived at Cae Merddyn. His mother's father was Joseph Jones, from Wern, Llangoed. He was a tenant at Cae Merddyn.

His father's mother came from Cwm y Glo, Arfon, and his father's father, from Beaumaris
.

Tradition has it that he came from Bishop Goodman's family, but Jabez stressed that it was only tradition

Jabez started school in Penmon when he was 4 years old, up to his thirteenth birthday, when he was told by his schoolmaster that he had to leave
.

Jabez started work as a stonemason's apprentice in Llangoed for William Owen, Bodolau. He helped build Bryn Menai, and later worked for Owen Owens Contractors, Beaumaris for a couple of years. He went through his apprenticeship and looked for work, adding that 'work doesn't come looking for you'.

He worked mostly in the Llangoed area, with spells at Llandudno, Birkenhead and Manchester.


Jabez seated right with brothers Owen John and Charles, and sisters Katie and Maggie.


JANE OWEN

Jabez married Jane Owen on the 15th July 1914 at The Rigistry Office, in the District of Bangor.
Jabez Lloyd Roberts was a 30 year old stone mason, living at Cae Merddyn.
His father, Charles Goodman Roberts was a stone quarryman.
Jane Owen was 27 years old, no employment recorded, living at
Bryn Hyfryd, Llanfaes.
Her father, John Lewis Owen was a farmer.
Witnesses were Owen John Roberts and Richard Roberts.
Registrar; Hugh O. Hughes.   Supt; P. Huw Rowlands


Jane Owen was born on the 31st March 1887 and her birth was registered on the 21st May 1887 in Beaumaris. She was the third child of John and Hannah Owen, nee Lewis. The family came from Bryn Glas farm, Beaumaris. It had 200 acres of land and was one of the largest farms in the area.
Their children were; John b 1883, Dorothy b 1885, Jane b 1887, Hannah b 1888, Gwen b 1890, Ruth b 1894, William b 1892, Thomas b 1897, Edward b 1898, Owen b 1901
.

 Hannah Owen
nee Lewis, Jane's mother

 Jabez and Jane with sons Arthur, left, Lloyd, right and daughter Eluned


Jabez was asked during his interview for St. Fagans about some local tales;

PLA  Y  CAP  COCH

He heard the story of some French sailors involved in a shipwreck off Moelfre some 200 years ago, and many dead bodies came ashore. The men brought a plague with them.

No doctors were qualified enough to treat the plague, but a Miss Evans, who had served as a nurse in Egypt, looked after the sick. She used olive oil, caster oil and rubbed asipheta onto the wounds, which were bound to improve. She earned great respect from the local doctors.

Six survivors married into Llanddona families
.
 

FAIRIES

At Rhos y Nant, Ty'n y Coed, near Cae Merddyn, was a fairy ring, some seven feet across on a slope. It was always red.

CAE MERDDYN

Cae Merddyn was owned by the Bulkeley family. Jabez's mothers family had lived there since at least 1841
1861; Owen Owens 70 born Llangoed
1871; Owen Owens 80
1881; Owen Jones 30 born Pensarn
1891; Charles Goodman Roberts 39 born Beaumaris
1901; Charles Goodman Roberts 49.

OWNERS
On the 16th April 1921, the property was sold by Sir R.H. Williams-Bulkeley to Owen John Roberts, son of Charles Goodman Roberts

On the 14th January, Owen John Roberts sold a part share of the property to his brother Jabez.

On the 8th March 1932, Jabez Lloyd Roberts bought Cae Merddyn outright from his brother.

On the 1st January 1959, Charles William Wright purchased the property

Jabez, standing right, with with his parents seated and brother Owen John , right

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MEMORIES FROM
MRS JEAN DAVIES (nee Roberts)

My father's family lived on the Isle of Anglesey.
The name of the smallholding was Cae Merddyn, where we used to go on holiday in the summer. It was my grandmother's home, Maggie Goodman Roberts nee Jones, and it was also where my great grandparent, Joseph and Margaret Jones lived.
Uncle Jabez and Aunty Jinnie later owned the property.

I can remember sitting in the living room by the window, where my Aunty Jinnie had put a few cacti plants. They were quite big, or so they seemed to me then and I thought they were quite ugly.

There was a sofa just below the window and I very much liked sitting there. That window is the bottom window on the left hand  side of the house at the front, and the window above is where I slept with my cousin Eluned. A gorgeous bed, very high. I think it had a feather mattress, because we used to sink right into it, lovely and warm.
My sisters Betty and Myfanwy slept in the opposite bedroom.

At the other end of the living room was a large table and chairs, where we ate our meals. Since then, my Uncle Jabez built a kitchen. There was always a lovely smell of cooking. There was an orchard there, and we were told not to eat any of the apples - but we did!"

 

Jabez at Cae Merddyn

Jane wrote the following letter to my mother, Jean Roberts, Jabez's niece, before Jean's wedding in 1951.(KD)

Cae Merddyn
Penmon
Beaumaris

Dear All,
Thanks for your letter yesterday Jean.
I gave Lloyd your card last night, Well how are you feeling dear, excited I suppose. I hope you will be very happy and that the weather will be nice for your wedding. Sorry I can't manage to be there.
Just had a letter from Sister Jones from Alex Hospital, Rhyl today, asking if she can come here for a holiday as she has been off sick, and wants to come here and get on her feet again.
Dad and Lyn will be sure to come, also Lloyd and Betty and of course Alsion. She is looking forward very much to Anti Jean and Uncle Bill's wedding and her silver horseshoe.
She has her birthday on Wednesday, 4 years.
Well this is all for now.
Lots of love and best wishes,
Yours sincerely
Anti Jane

 

Jabez moved to live at Mona House, and later to Haulfre

Jabez died on the 25th August, 1977

Roberts - August 25th 1977, peacefully at St David's Hospital, Bangor, of Haulfre, Llangoed (late of Cae Merddyn, Penmon), aged 94 years, beloved husband of the late Jane Roberts, and dear father of Arthur, Eluned and Lloyd (deceased). Funeral private at Haulfre, Monday August 29 at 1.30pm., followed by public service at C.M. Chapel, Llangoed at 1.45pm.. Family flowers only but donations in lieu of flowers if desired, towards C.M. Chapel, Llangoed, per T. Idris Parry, Funeral Director, 7 Park Terrace, Llangoed, Anglesey.

Jabez's life and times is best summarised by the obituary which appeared in Papur Menai, following his death in 1977.

PAPUR MENAI

Cae Merddyn y Caim, enough space to keep a cow, was Jabez's home, and the name stuck with him for the rest of his life. His mother gave him the interest and originality for his life ahead.

The family had supplied plenty of romance and opportunity to take on any challenge thrown at them. But not Jabez, he shrugged off the Puritanical influence he was born with. Jabez was a Chapel man, although his faithfulness to his religion was fickle at times, he never lost his faith.

The youngsters he taught until the 1920's testified that there was no better teacher. However, he spent the rest of his life as a member of Thomas Rolant, Bryn Mawr's class. If anyone didn't take him seriously, Jabez would regularly go into a sulking mood.

He was a man full of ecstacy. He would raise his voice when excited and he would move close to the face of the person who was talking to him

He kept to one particular job throughout his life, he was the superintendent of the Cemetery at Ty Rhys, selling graves and keeping notes. He was also the secretary of the committee oversaw the building of the minister's home.

In 1913, he married Miss Jane Owen, Bryn Glas - who came from a family of non-conformists in Anglesey, a granddaughter to John Owen, Llanol.

He though the world of his family, and never tired of speaking to his two sons and daughter.

He was apprenticed as a carpenter. Early in the last century, he turned to building with stone, never coming to terms with bricks. He often asked himself why those less able than he, had done well in their professions, despite the fact that he was so gifted with the small pencil.

He worked a great deal of his life on the Haulfre Estate, without realising that the old house would be refuge to him in his twilight years.

Jabez was a genuine, honest man, changeable in his temper, talented and original, and unlike anyone else.


Mr J. Ll. Roberts, Llangoed.

The death occurred on August 25 at St David's Hospital, Bangor of Mr Jabez Lloyd Roberts of Haulfre, Llangoed (late of Cae Merddyn, Penmon). He was 94. His wife Jane died 19 years ago, and his eldest son at the beginning of the year.

A private service was held at Haulfre on August 29 followed by a public service at C.M. Chapel, Llangoed. The Rev. Byron Hughes officiated. Family Mourners were;

Mrs Eluned Mee, daughter
Mr & Mrs Arthur Roberts, son and daughter in law;
Bernadette, Judith, Kevin, Patricia, Shelagh, Eilish, Paul & Alison, grandchildren
Mrs B. Roberts, daughter in law
Ms Eirwen Roberts, Mrs Megan Ellis, Mrs J. Owen Jones,
Mrs Flo Roberts, Mrs Betty Stevens, Mr David Owen,
Mr John Edwin Owen, Mr Lawrence Owen,
Mr & Mrs W.J. Jones and Chief Inspector Ron Roberts
nieces and nephews;
David Jones, Ruth Jones, Mr & Mrs John Seiriol Jones
Miss Davies and staff of Haulfre as well as many friends.
Several members of the family were unable to attend.
The bearers were;
Messers John Edwin Owen, Dafydd Owen, Lawrence Owen & Tom O'Brien
Flowers were from the immediate family only;
Betty and Alison and Josie, Megan, David and Ruth.
Donations were to the C.M. Chapel,
per Mr Idris Parry, 7 Park Terrace, Llangoed
.


ELUNED MEE nee Roberts

Eluned, or Lyn, the only daughter of Jabez and Jane Lloyd Roberts
married Patrick Jonh Mee.
They had seven children; Bernadette, Judith Ann, Kevin Charles, Patricia Claire, Shelagh Mary, Eilish Siobaghn and Paul Anthony
.


Jane holding Judith on the right, with Bernadette
in the arms of  Mrs Mee on the left.

Charles Goodman Roberts' Sunday School Class,
Caim, Penmon.
 

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.
 

Eluned seated right with her father's Sunday School class.

 

Lyn feeding the birds