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The Roberts and the Williams

The 1851 census records that Elizabeth Williams was the Inn Keeper of the Tan y Fron Inn, Moelfre. Today the Inn is well known as the Kinmel Arms.

Gallery 6

Tan y Fron

The Tan y Fron Inn


The name 'Moelfre' can be traced back to the Doomsday Book of Wales in 1306. Even earlier in 1157 Moelfre was mentioned as a focal point in a sea battle fought between Anglesey seamen and the English fleet of Henry II.As the village grew in the 19th century many and varied tradesmen settled in Moelfre but it was the sea that called most villagers, as fishermen, seamen, mariners and even ship owners.

Robert Roberts was born in Llantrisant, Anglesey in 1807 and married his wife Anne (also Roberts) around 1825. They had three sons and a daughter. The second child, the daughter, was born in 1833 and was named Margaret. The 1851 census shows that Robert was a farmer with 60 acres, employing four labourers, and the family were living at Nant Bychan farm, Moelfre.

In 1829 Owen Williams was born, the son of William and Elizabeth Williams. The 1851 census shows that Elizabeth was an Inn Keeper, living at the Tan y Fron Inn, Moelfre. William was not recorded on the 1851 census. Owen’s sister Jane followed her mother as licensee of the Fan y Fron, and after she died in 1876, Owen took on the licence.

Owen Williams and Margaret Roberts were married in Llanallgo parish church on 20th May, 1851. The marriage certificate shows that Owen’s father, William, was a mariner. This probably explains why he wasn’t recorded at home on the 1851 census.

Owen and Margaret had six children, four girls and two boys.

Elizabeth born 1852

Annie born 1854

William born 1857

Jane born 1859

Margaret born 1861

Joseph born 1870

The two boys both grew up to be mariners and both of them drowned at sea. Joseph on his way home from South America on the SS Lassell in 1890, aged 20, and William, the Coxswain of the schooner Isabella, off Falmouth, in 1891, seven months after his brother. Nothing is know of the girls except for Annie.

Annie Williams was the mother of my grandmother, Gertrude Percival. Annie married Robert Percival who was born in 1848 in Altrincham. According to family legend, Annie and Robert met on Anglesey while he was working there as a glazier at a big house where Annie was in service. He returned to Altrincham and some time later Annie followed him and they were married on 27th October 1874 in Manchester Cathedral. By 1881 they were living at No.15 John Street, Altrincham, Robert was a Master Painter and Decorator, and they had three daughters.

Margaret born 1876

Gertrude born 1877

Mary Jane born 1880

By 1891 they had added two sons to the family

John Robert born 1890

William Owen born 1891

Then in 1893 Joseph Stanley was born, followed by Austin William in 1897.