Henry Roberts1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
Male
Father Griffith Roberts (cal 1836 - )
Mother Jane Prichard (est 1829 - )

Notes

Family knowledge as related by William John Roberts b.1895:

“Henry ROBERTS b.1866… he was a rogue a thief a villain and he liked his drink, he would regularly mount his pushbike and cycle from Cefn To North Wales to visit his family, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves, the journey wouldn’t be a continuous one he would work on farms on the way up, he would sleep rough, getting a small payment and food off the farmers. (he was very good at ‘dry stone walling’) it was on one of these trips in “1926” he was found dead in a barn near North Wales, he had been there for about three days before the farmer found him. My grandfather and two of his brothers went up to identify the body, and bury him, in Llangybi where his mother was born”.

Note by ColeValleyGirl : He actually died in Eryri Hospital in Caernarfon, but may have been found in a barn as described; and he was buried in Caernarfon.16

Family with Margaret Jones (1865 - 1913)

Child Roberts ( - bef 1911)
Son Robert Henry ("Bob") Roberts (1886 - 1954)
Son Griffith Roberts (1888 - 1967)
Child Roberts (bet 1890 and 1895 - bef 1901)
Daughter Mary Jane Roberts (1890 - 1949)
Son William John Roberts (1895 - 1982)
Daughter Margaret Ellen Roberts (1897 - 1931)
Son David Prichard Roberts (1899 - 1966)
Daughter Jane Roberts (cal 1902 - 1918)
Daughter Ann Elizabeth ("Eliza") Roberts (1904 - 1946)
Son Henry Roberts (1907 - 1980)

Family notes

Relationship with Margaret Jones
There were 11 children born to this marriage, of which 2 had died by the 1911 census. 3

Events and attributes

Birth
27 April 1866 (age 0)
Pant Du Terrace, Llanllyfni, Caernarfonshire, Wales9,3,7
Residence
6 June 1866 (age 0)
Pant Du Terrace, Llanllyfni, Caernarfonshire, Wales9
Census
2 April 1871 (age 4)
Pant Du Terrace, Llanllyfni, Caernarfonshire, Wales

Notes:
3 possible Henry Roberts born circa 1866 in Llanllyfni were found in 1871 and 1881:

1. Henry Roberts age 7 living in Pant Du Terrace, Llanllyfni with his mother Jane born abt 1825 Clynnog and his brother Robert born abt 1854 Llanllyfni. Jane Roberts is a widow and as Henry Roberts' father is alive at his marriage in 1884, this is unlikely to be the correct one.

In 1881, Henry Roberts age 17 Quarryman is still living with his widowed mother Jane (born abt 1824 Clynnog), but now at 9 Halfway Terrace Talysarn.

2. Henry Roberts age 6 living at Buartha, Llanllyfni, an orphan lodging with Jane Jones widow b 1827 and her children John, Richard and Anne. As Henry Roberts' father is alive at his marriage in 1884, this is unlikely to be the correct one.

In 1881, this family is at the same address and Henry is shown as Henry Jones son (of Jane Jones), age 15 born Llanllyfni.

3. Henry Roberts age 5 living in Pant Du Terrace, Llanllyfni with his parents Griffith (1837 Llaniestyn, Labourer) and Jane (1830 Llangybi) and sister Elleanor (1860, Llanllyfni). This is the most likely match.

In 1881, there is a Henry Roberts born 1866 Llanllyfni, Farm Servant at Ynys Goch, Llanaelhaearn, Pwllheli. As the other 2 candidates are accounted for in 1881, this is most likely "my" Henry.7
Occupation
3 April 1881 (age 14)
Farm servant (indoor)8
Census
3 April 1881 (age 14)
Ynys Goch, Llanaelhaearn, Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire, Wales8
Occupation
6 December 1884 (age 18)
Labourer6
Residence
6 December 1884 (age 18)
Cae Ymryson, Llandwrog, Caernarfonshire, Wales6
Marriage
6 December 1884 (age 18)
To Margaret Jones
The Register Office, Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, Wales

Notes:
Woman's Age: 19y
Man's Age: 19y6
Occupation
4 February 1886 (age 19)
Husbandman14
Residence
4 February 1886 (age 19)
Bryn Beddau Isaf, Llanbeblig, Caernarfonshire, Wales14
Occupation
2 May 1890 (age 24)
Coal Miner12
Residence
2 May 1890 (age 24)
Well Street, Vaynor, Glamorgan, Wales12
Occupation
5 April 1891 (age 24)
Coal Miner5
Census
5 April 1891 (age 24)
Well Street, Vaynor, Glamorgan, Wales5
Residence
1892 (age ~26)
Well Street, Vaynor, Glamorgan, Wales17
Occupation
23 June 1894 (age 28)
Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd, Abercynon, Glamorgan, Wales
Coal Miner

Notes:
From Brian Roberts:

Harry worked at the Albion Colliery located in the village of Cilfynydd half a mile south of Abercynon, one mile north of Pontypridd. The Albion was the scene of the second worst disaster in the South Wales Coalfield. At 4 o'clock on Saturday 23 June 1894, a massive explosion on the Groves level caused by the ignition of coal dust killed 290 men and boys, and 122 horses. Despite 16 men emerging from the disaster with their lives, only five of these survived

The ‘shift’ that was underground at the time of the explosion was the ‘shift’ Harry should have been on, but Harry being Harry, or so the story goes, had met an old friend on the Saturday morning from North Wales recently moved down, and was in one of the local pubs when the explosion happened – drunk!!16
Occupation
10 September 1897 (age 31)
General labourer2
Residence
10 September 1897 (age 31)
Rhosbach, Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire, Wales2
Occupation
14 June 1899 (age 33)
General labourer13
Residence
14 June 1899 (age 33)
Rhosbach, Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire, Wales13
Occupation
31 March 1901 (age 34)
Coal Miner Hewer4
Census
31 March 1901 (age 34)
17, Holford Street, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales4
Residence
from 1902 to 1906
Lower Vaynor Road, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales17
Occupation
2 April 1911 (age 44)
Coal Miner Hewer3
Census
2 April 1911 (age 44)
15A, Pontycapel Road, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales3
Occupation
18 May 1913 (age 47)
Gardener (domestic)15
Residence
18 May 1913 (age 47)
2 Garden Houses, Lower Vaynor Road, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales15
Occupation
9 February 1924 (age 57)
Slate Quarryman1
Occupation
8 July 1926 (age 60)
General labourer10
Residence
8 July 1926 (age 60)
Ty'n Maes, Cesarea, Y Fron, Llandwrog, Caernarfonshire, Wales10
Death
8 July 1926 (age 60)
Eryri Hospital, Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, Wales
Cause: 1) Cardiac disease10
Burial
13 July 1926 (age 60)
Llanbeblig Public Cemetery, Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, Wales

Notes:
He was buried in Grave Number 629, which was an unpurchased grave (that is a grave where there would be no marker).

By September 2012, the grave had been re-used.11

Citations

  1. [S40] Wales, marriage certificate (certified copy) for Thomas Jones and Margaret Ellen Roberts, married 9 February 1924; Merthyr Tydfil 11a/1005, Glamorgan. General Register Office, Southport
  2. [S47] Wales, birth certificate (certified copy) for Margaret Ellen Roberts, born 14 August 1897; registered Sep quarter 1897, Carnarvon district 11b/435, Carnarvon Sub-district, County of Carnarvon; General Register Office, Southport.
  3. [S49] 1911 census of Wales, Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil, Henry Roberts; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 3 October 2016); citing Class: RG14; Piece: 32476 Schedule Number: 180.
  4. [S50] 1901 census of Wales, Brecon, Vaynor, Henry Roberts; digital image, Findmypast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 21 September 2016); citing Class: RG13; Piece: 5032; Folio: 54; Page: 26
  5. [S194] 1891 census of Wales, Vaynor, Breconshire, Henry Roberts; digital image, Findmypast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 12 December 2017); citing Class: RG12; Piece: 4441; Folio: 79; Page:14.
  6. [S195] Wales, marriage certificate (certified copy) for Henry Roberts and Margaret Jones, married 6 December 1884; Carnarvon Carnarvonshire. General Register Office, Southport
  7. [S196] 1871 census of Wales, Llanllyfni, Caernavonshire, Griffith Roberts; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 12 December 2017); citing Class: RG10; Piece: 5712; Folio: 23; Page: 10
  8. [S197] 1881 census of Wales, Llanaelhaearn, Caernarfonshire, Henry Roberts; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 12 December 2017); citing Class: RG11; Piece: 5556; Folio: 70; Page: 1
  9. [S198] Wales, birth certificate (certified copy) for Henry Roberts, born 27 April 1866; registered 6 June 1866; Carnarvon district, Llandwrog sub-district, County of Carnarvon; Register Office, Carnarvon.
  10. [S199] Wales, death certificate (certified copy) for Henry Roberts, died 8 July 1926; registered 10 July 1926, Carnarvon District district, Carnarvon sub-district, County of Carnarvon; General Register Office, Southport.
  11. [S200] Llanbeblig Parish Church (Caernarfon, Caernarfon, Wales) "Register of Burials in the Parish on Llanbeblig in the Corporation Cemetery in the County of Carnarvon" Parish Register page 19 entry 152 Henry Roberts burial 13 July 1926. Digital images, Findmypast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk accessed 30 August 2012) citing Gwynedd Archive Services XPE25/238.
  12. [S202] Wales, birth certificate (certified copy) for Mary Jane Roberts, born 12 April 1890; registered Jun quarter 1890, Merthyr Tydfil district Upper Merthyr Tydfil Sub-district, County of Glamorgan and Brecon; General Register Office, Southport.
  13. [S203] Wales, birth certificate (certified copy) for David Roberts, born 2 May 1899; registered 14 June 1899, Carnarvon district, Carnarvon Sub-district, County of Carnarvon; General Register Office, Southport.
  14. [S204] Wales, birth certificate (certified copy) for Robert Henry Roberts, born 12 January 1886; registered 4 February 1886, Carnarvon district, Carnarvon Sub-district, County of Carnarvon; General Register Office, Southport.
  15. [S209] Wales, death certificate (certified copy) for Margaret Roberts, died 18 May 1913; registered 19 May 1913, Merthyr Tydfil district 11a/714, Upper Merthy Tydfil Sub-district, Counties of Merthyr Tydfil C.B., &c; General Register Office, Southport.
  16. [S201] Personal knowledge of the Roberts family
  17. [S225] findmypast.co.uk, England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Digital images.(http://www.findmypast.co.uk) citing The British Library, Archive reference: SPR.Mic.P.269/BL.W.M.5