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.