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Frederick Roberts

Eric Trudgill    -    2 June 2017

Frederick Roberts, perhaps born in Frome, Somerset about 1824, married Rebecca James, baptised in Pimperne, Dorset 18/1/1835 daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann travellers, and had the following children: James baptised in Perranerworthal, Cornwall in March 1858; Sarah baptised in S Perrott, Dorset in November 1859; William baptised in Lamerton, Devon (licenced hawker of Frome, Somerset) in 1862; Mark and Britannia born apparently in the USA about 1864 and 1866 respectively; Thomas, Henry and Martha born in Devon about 1868, 1870 and 1872; and Tranet (born in 1874) and Joseph baptised jointly in Uffculme, Devon (brush maker of Uffenham Down) in 1876. Of these James was missing in the 1861 census and perhaps died very young, and William perhaps married a Tranet and christened a William junior in Chudleigh Knighton, Devon in 1893 jointly with a child of his sister, Martha Roberts wife of Joseph Orchard. I know a bit more about Frederick and Rebecca’s other children.

Sarah Roberts, baptised in 1859, married (20 daughter of Frederick) James Cooper (21 son of Henry) in the Axminster RD in 1879. They christened (as Coopers) the following children: William, Henry and Frederick jointly in Helston, Cornwall in 1884 (born respectively in 1880, 1882 and 1884); Mark in St Enoder, Cornwall in 1886; Betsy in Baldhu, Cornwall in 1890; and Moses and Affiance in Tuckingmill, Cornwall in 1894 and 1900 respectively, on either side of John in Marazion, Cornwall in 1898.

Mark Roberts, born about 1864, married Defiance Orchard (sometimes Fiance, sometimes Frances, and sometimes both), born in 1867 daughter of Edwin and Sophia, in the Exeter RD in 1889. They christened (as Roberts) the following children: Henry in Baldhu in 1890 son of Mark and Frances Viance (a week after their niece Betsy Cooper), who married a Priscilla; Mark junior in S Molton Dev in 1891, who married Patience Manley daughter of Charles and Sarah in 1918; Joseph and Sophia jointly in Bere Regis, Dorset in 1896; and Becky in Chulmleigh, Devon in 1901. They had in addition a Frances/Fiance born in Stogumber, Somerset about 1898.

Britannia Roberts, born about 1866, married Powers Manley, born in Bridport, Dorset in 1864 son of Henry and Matilda. They had the following children: Betsy Manley born in Crediton, Devon in 1890; Fiance Manley born in the Chard RD in 1893; Matilda Manley christened in Bere Regis, Dorset in 1896 jointly with two children of Mark and Fiance Roberts; Henry Manley born in the Chard RD in 1897, who married Sophia Penfold in Okehampton, Devon in 1919; Eliza Manley born in Dorset about 1899; William and Martha Manley born in the Chard RD in 1900 and 1902 respectively; James Manley born in Axminster, Devon about 1901; and Maly (Amelia) Manley born in Wayford, Somerset about 1906 or later.

Thomas Roberts, born about 1868, married Defiance (Frances) Penfold daughter of Thomas and Sophia. They had the following children: Mark Roberts christened in Chacewater, Somerset in 1892; Frederick Roberts born in N Lawton, Devon about 1893; Rebecca Roberts christened in Cruwys Morchard, Devon in 1895; Sophia Roberts born in Tavistock, Devon about 1897; Caroline Roberts born in Monksilver, Somerset about 1899; Thomas Roberts born in Holsworthy, Devon about 1901; and Joseph and Christopher Roberts christened jointly in N Lew, Devon in 1909 (the former born about 1905).

Henry Roberts, born about 1870, married (22 son of Frederick) Caroline Orchard, christened in 1874 daughter of James and Britannia, in the Holsworthy RD in 1892. They had the following children: James Roberts born in Bodmin, Cornwall about 1890; Frederick, Thomas and William Roberts born consecutively in Devon between about 1891 and 1897; Henry Roberts christened in Ipplepen, Devon in 1898; Mark Roberts christened in Sampford Peverell, Devon in 1902; Joseph and Genty Roberts christened in Blackawton, Devon in 1903 and 1905 respectively; Maria and Robert Roberts christened in St Cleer, Cornwall at the start and end of 1907 respectively; and Defiance and Benjamin Roberts born in Cornwall about 1909 and 1911.

Martha Roberts, born about 1872, married Joseph Orchard son of Edwin and Sophia in the S Molton RD in 1890. They had the following children: Sophia Orchard born in Liskeard, Cornwall about 1891; Patience Orchard christened in Chudleigh Knighton, Devon in 1893; Martha Orchard junior christened in Frithelstock, Devon in 1895; Defiance Orchard born in the Honiton RD in 1897; Joseph Orchard born in Honiton, Devon about 1899; Henry and Caroline Orchard born about 1902 and 1904 respectively.

Tranet Roberts, born in the S Molton RD in 1874 daughter of Frederick and Rebecca formerly James, perhaps married a William Roberts and christened a William junior in Chudleigh Knighton in 1893 jointly with her niece Patience Orchard daughter of Joseph and Martha, though William junior, as mentioned earlier, could have been the son of Tranet’s brother William by another Tranet. Either way Tranet presumably, a little later, married Joseph Penfold and christened an Eliza Penfold in Sydenham Dumerel, Devon in 1907, and a Tranette Penfold in St Cleer in 1908.

Finally, Joseph Roberts, baptised in 1876, married Charlotte Penfold daughter of Edward and Rachel, and christened a Rebecca Roberts in Lamerton, Devon in 1900, in the church where Joseph’s brother William had been christened 38 years before.

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