John Oliver Roberts 1848

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Things I Remember About My Father and Mother

By Charlotte L. Roberts

Father (John Oliver Roberts)

We were always at church every Sunday. My father was treasurer of the Sunday School. Also teacher of a men’s class. He knew the Bible well. I found books that had been given to him as awards for his Bible study. I believe Father was also on the Official Board. He always liked to have his family look nice and he himself, was very meticulous about his appearance.

He was a wonderful gardener – no weeds in his garden. He raised all kinds of vegetables so we had good food summer and winter. Apple trees in the back garden furnished fruit and jelly.

He was fond of games. On afternoons when he could get away from the store he would go with Bert Livermore to the Trout Ponds to play croquet. They each had their own special mallet and ball. At home he liked to play checkers and crokinole. As children we had Parcheesi, Dominos, Authors, Devil Among the Tailors, Jack Straws, and croquet. He enjoyed company and we had cousins from Jersey who used to visit us in the summer. One year 15 cousins had their pictures taken at our home, tho all were not visiting us (Jackie has that picture).

Father was born in Middleton, Ireland. Roberts is a Welsh name but I know nothing about his family, his ancestors. There was an Uncle Ben who lived in London. Father’s brother James lived in this country and all his later years were spent in Smithboro. There were two sisters who visited in New York but there is no further information about them. My father came to this country when he was 18 years of age in 1865.

See Charlotte Knaggs Roberts' Chronicle here

Additional Information
Date of Birth 7th Jun 1848 VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 22nd Dec 1905 VIEW SOURCE
Father (First Name/s and Surname) William Roberts  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Florence 'Flora' Sarah Hawkes  
Townland born Midleton, Cork County  
Number of Siblings 6  
Names of Siblings James Alexander, Polly, Julia, Marie, Matilda, William Hawkes  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Charlotte Knaggs, born in Thurles County Tipperary VIEW SOURCE
Place & Date of Marriage Manhattan, New York City, USA 1872  
Number of Children 6  
First Child Florence  
Names of Children Florence, George Edgar, Sarah 'Sadie', Etta, Charlotte 'Lottie', Olive, Harold Arthur  
Occupation Grocer - Owned and operated Grocery Store in Newark Valley, NY, USA. Passed down first to son George Edgar Roberts, then to his son George Kemp Roberts.  
Place of Death Newark Valley, NY, USA 22 December 1905  
     
     
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