David Roberts 1899
David Roberts and Sal
Mary Jane Roberts, David Roberts, Morgan Jones, Daniel Jones
David, Mary Jane, Morgan Jones outside Bryn Awelon, Waunfawr
David Prichard Roberts1,2,3,4,5
Father Henry Roberts (1866 - 1926)
Mother Margaret Jones (1865 - 1913)


Brian Roberts says:

David ROBERTS …….b.1899…..known in the family as Dafydd, to me he was ‘Uncle Dai’. Another wanderer, a lovable rogue, nothing was too hot or too heavy for Dai. My grandfather remembered, as a teenager Dai would disappear, spending days poaching, groping trout (catching them with your hands) in the Taf Fechan river, sleeping ‘rough’ in the woods, and then reappear again. This became his way life, for a number of years at least, in his later teens/early twenties his friend(s) would call for him and off Dai would go, disappearing for perhaps a day – a week – a month, then reappearing again as if he’d only been away a few hours, he would always tell them where he’d been……perhaps logging in a forest in mid Wales or working in a quarry in West Wales etc. A friend called for him one day and off they went, a month passed, then two….three….when about six months later they received a letter off Dai telling them he had joined the army! He and his friend had gone to Brecon, signed up with the South Wales Borderers, did their basic training, and been posted to India! they didn’t see him again for five years!! My grandfather always suspected that Dai and his mate had gone to Brecon, got themselves into some sort of minor trouble, nipped into the barracks – Brecon being a garrison town – and signed up to evade the police. When he left the army he came back to Cefn for a short while, then moved to North Wales to live with his sister Mary Jane, and his two uncles Mog and Dan. Although he always remained close to my grandfather. While there he had varied employment, at one time being part owner of a small quarry, until something went wrong and Dai had to lie low and bide his time until it had all blown over. In later life, fifty three to be exact, Dai married for the first time, Sarah Ann BLAIR - ‘Sally’, it was her second marriage. We visited them often as I was growing up, sometimes staying with them at Bryn Awelon in Waunfawr, and they would often visit us. When he died in August 1966 my father, grandfather and I went up to his funeral, I was learning to drive at the time…..I drove all the way to Waunfawr, it was the longest practice session I had, it must have served me well I passed in October. We stood in that chapel graveyard in Bettws Garmon on that grey, misty day in a fine drizzle of rain, paying our last respects and saying farewell to one of the characters of the family…..6

Family with Sarah Ann ("Sally") Blair (1903 - )

Events and attributes

2 May 1899 (age 0)
Rhosbach, Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire, Wales4,1
14 June 1899 (age 0)
Rhosbach, Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire, Wales4
31 March 1901 (age 1)
17, Holford Street, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales2
2 April 1911 (age 11)
15A, Pontycapel Road, Cefn Coed, Vaynor, Breconshire, Wales1
10 July 1926 (age 27)
Bryn Awelon, Waenfawr, Caernarfonshire, Wales3
29 September 1939 (age 40)
Roadstone quarrier5
29 September 1939 (age 40)
Bryn Awelon, Waenfawr, Caernarfonshire, Wales5
1952 (age ~53)
To Sarah Ann ("Sally") Blair
Caernarfonshire, Wales6
27 March 1966 (age 66)
Waenfawr, Caernarfonshire, Wales7
about April 1966
Bettws Garmon, Waenfawr, Caernarfonshire, Wales7


  1. [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.
  2. [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
  3. [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.
  4. [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.
  5. [S218] 1939 National Register of Wales, Gwyrfai R.D., Caernarvonshire, Bryn Awelon, Mary J Roberts; digital image, Findmypast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk: accessed 21 December 2017); Ref: RG101/7542J/003/8 Letter Code: ZEDC.
  6. [S201] Personal knowledge of the Roberts family
  7. [S216] Bettws Garmon (Caernarfonshire, Wales) Mary Jane Roberts grave marker; taken by Brian Roberts.