Charles Goodman Roberts was my maternal great grandfather. He was a son of Thomas and Elinor Goodman Roberts. He lived in Beaumaris before marrying Margaret Jones. The couple lived in Liverpool, Caim and Cae Merddyn, Penmon. They are buried in Capel Llangoed. They were the parents of Owen John Roberts, my grandfather.


Cae Merddyn, Penmon
reproduced here by kind permission of illustrator
Kim Selene Davies
great great great granddaughter of Joseph and Margaret Jones
who lived at Cae Merddyn from c 1861

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1852 - 1935

Charles Goodman Roberts was born about 1852 in Beaumaris and lived his early life at 31 Wexham Street, Beaumaris with his parents Thomas Goodman Roberts and Elinor Roberts, and his siblings.

He married Margaret Jones in 1875 and for a short while lived in Liverpool where their eldest daughter, Maggie Goodman Roberts was born.

Certificate of Registry of Marriage 1875
MARRIAGE solemnized at the Registry Office in
the District of Bangor
in the County of Caernarfon, page 87 no. 174
16th November 1875
Charles Goodman Roberts, 22 years, Bachelor, Labourer,
Residence Cae Merddyn, Penmon
Father - Thomas Goodman Roberts, Gardener

Margaret Jones 18 years, spinster, Residence, Cae Merddyn, Penmon
Father - Joseph Jones, Quarryman
before John Pritchard, Registrar,
in the presence of Annie Roberts and Jane Williams.

30 Awst 1877
Chware teg i Charles Goodman Roberts, yr hwn a gyhuddwyd o flaen y Fainc am gadw twrw hefo'r chaps hyny; pa achos oedd ganddynt gymeryd y penwaig oedd ganddo ar y llinyn. Iddo ef y perthynent : ie, siwr, a thalodd 5s. a'r costau am geisio eu cadw yn ei feddiant.

In 1881, they lived in Caim, Penmon, near Cae Merddyn together with their second child Joseph, born in Beaumaris 12 months earlier.

He was a domestic gardener, working for Sir William Bulkeley's estate at Baron Hill, Beaumaris, and was also a Sunday school teacher.

In 1891, Charles and Maggie were living at Cae Merddyn, which was Maggie's former family home. 

They had six children in all, and Sadly the family saw more than their fair share of pain, unhappiness and grief.

            Children of Charles and Maggie Goodman Roberts;

Margaret Ellen Roberts                      c 1877 - 11.4.1897
Joseph Thomas Goodman Roberts   c 1880 - 30.03.1914
Jabez Lloyd Roberts                            20.05.1883 - 25.08.1977
Charles Goodman Roberts                  18.08.1887 - 24.06.1918
Catherine Goodman Roberts              c 1890 - n/k
Owen John Goodman Roberts            10.11.1894 - 1.05.1976
The couple had another two children who died., names unknown at present. 

Their eldest child Maggie died of tuberculosis aged 20.

Rhagfyr 1af, 1910
Nos Fawrth y cynhaliwyd yr uchod, dan lywyddiaeth Mr Charles Goodman Roberts.

Wedi can gan Mr John Roberts, Pwll Crwn, ac anerchiad gan y llywydd, bu i Miss J. Williams, Cae Coch, a Miss Molly Parry, Coedwig Terrace, ein swyno a'u lleisiau cyfoethog; yna adroddiad, gan Mr E. Jones, Penmon.

Areithio yn ddifyfyr, goreu Mr R. Williams, Parc; yna can gan Miss Thomas a'i llais melodaidd, ac felly Mr Robert Williams yn swynol dros ben.

Cawsom adroddiad wedi hyn gan Mr Ioan Jones, ac anerchiadau barddonol gan Mri Ioan Jones a W G. Williams. Dilynwyd hyn ag adroddiad campus gan Miss Ceinwen Jones, Penmon.

Terfynwyd y cyfarfod drwy ganu "Hen wlad fy nhadau" gan Miss Thomas, a'r gymdeithas yn uno yn y cydgan. Testyn y ddadl yn y gymdeithas nesaf fydd "Ai rhan ai dewisiad yw priodas?" Agorir gan Mri Richard Thomas a W. G. Williams.

Rhoddir gwahoddiad cynes i bawb.

In 1911, the family living at Cae Merddyn consisted of Charles Goodman Roberts, 58 was a gardener at a Gentleman's Residence, wife Maggie Goodman Roberts was 53, Jabez Lloyd Robers, 26 was a bricklayer, Charles Goodman Roberts, 24 was a carpenter, Katie Goodman Roberts was 21, and Owen John Roberts 16, was a gamekeeper. Charles and Maggie's grandson, Joseph Thomas Roberts aged 3 was also living with them. He was the son of Joseph and Georgina Roberts.

The 1911 Census, completed in Charles's handwriting,
with his signature.

Eldest son Joseph Thomas Goodman Roberts moved to South Africa and fought in the Boer War. He married a lady from Transvaal, Georgina Hoff. The couple moved to Penmon to live after the war. Georgina as badly treated by the community. The couple died in their thirties and are buried at Penmon Church. 

Jabez Lloyd Roberts married Jane Owens, a descendant of the Bulkeley and Tudor families. He later owned and sold Cae Merddyn.

In 1911, son Charles Goodman Roberts left for America where he committed suicide in 1918.

Daughter Katie suffered with depression.

In 1917, son Owen John Roberts was injured in the Great War.

Their granddaughter Madge died aged 25, just weeks before Charles and Maggie died


One of their granddaughters Mrs Jean Davies, daughter of Owen John Roberts, recalls staying with her grandparents.
'We stayed in Penmon, at Dad's home, Cae Merddyn, a smallholding and I loved to feed the chickens. There were many fields there and we played for hours. 
They also had a lovely orchard and kitchen garden. 

'My grandparents had a lovely flower garden, backed by a rockery and it was full of sweet smelling flowers. My grandfather used to sit there and feel he was in the presence of God.
'He was a very religious man and was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. No work was done at all on the Sabbath, apart from feeding the animals. They went to chapel three times on a Sunday

Charles Goodman Roberts' Sunday School Class,
Caim, Penmon.

Boys standing; Maldwyn Jones, Mon Owen.
Seated row; Olwen Williams, Betty Owen, Eluned Hughes,
Charles G. Roberts, Austin Jones, Seiriol Jones, Eluned Roberts
On ground; Iris Siriol Jones, Mair Owen.
Names kindly supplied by Marjorie Jones, Anne Crew,
and Audrey Bradbury.

This photo hung by the stairs in my grandparents home,
Owen John and Sarah Michell Roberts, at 26 Gwydr Road, Dolgarrog.
Tom and Nancy Hughes, who later owned Cae Merddyn,
kindly supplied this photo

The following collection of photographs appear here courtesy of Judy Jones, daughter of Eluned Roberts who appears in the Sunday School photo above.

Eluned was the daughter of Jabez Lloyd Roberts, son of Charles Goodman Roberts.

The photos are dedicated in loving memory of Eluned Gee

 Owen John Roberts, sister Katy
and mother Maggie

Maggie Goodman Roberts
with son Charles G. Roberts

Owen John Goodman Roberts
with brothers Charles, Jabez

and sisters Katy and Maggie

Son Charles Goodman Roberts

Charles, a very religious man, was involved in the Anglesey Revivalist movement, which commenced in 1904. He and his family probably attended the last revivalist meeting held in Anglesey on the 4th July 1906.

Charles and Maggie seated, with sons
Owen John Roberts, my grandfather, left
and Jabez Lloyd Roberts, right  

Charles was known locally as Yr Hen Gristion, the Old Christian.
All his pupils called him Taid, such was their affection towards him.
       Charles in his garden

Charles died on the 24th April 1935. At the time, his wife Margaret was very ill. So ill in fact, that they kept the sad news of his death from her. She died on the 15th May 1935, unaware that she would be meeting her husband who had predeceased her.

Son Jabez saw to his father's funeral. The undertakers account was as follows;

Estimates Free         No8
Dr. to John Jones
Builder and Contractor

Mr J. Lloyd Roberts April 29 1935
To Coffin and Shroud for the late
Mr Charles Goodman Roberts  £7  10  0
Bricks  10/- Castings  2/-                12  0
Covers  6/6                                      6  6
£8  8s  6d

Received with thanks
John Jones  April 29  1935

Charles is buried at Capel Ty Rhos, with his wife Maggie and daughter Maggie Ellen. 

Yr Arglwydd yw fy mugail ni fydd eisiau arnaf"
Er serchog goffadwriaeth am
anwyl ferch
Cae Merddyn, Penmon
yr hon a hunodd yn yr Iesu, Ebrill 11 1897 yn 20 mlwydd oed.
a fu farw Ebrill 24 1935 yn 83 mlwydd oed.
a fu farw Mai 15 1935 yn 79 mlwydd oed.


Old  Family Clock

"Araf y ticiau'r cloc yr oriau meithion..."
"Slowly the clock ticks away the long hours…."
(Translation from the opening line of a famous Welsh poem about
The Welsh National Museum at St. Fagans, Cardiff.)

My Taid and Nannan
Owen John and Sarah Michell Roberts

"You can stay up until nine o'clock tonight" my Taid informed me one day, when I was about 5 years old, looking at the old clock, when staying with Taid and Nannan on a short holiday, in Dolgarrog, Conwy Valley.

Nine o'clock was late for me in those days, so it was a very special treat.

The clock was, many years ago, on the wall of Taid's house when he was about my age then, in Penmon, Anglesey. 

Cae Merddyn was a small cottage where my great grandparents, Charles Goodman Roberts and his wife, Maggie, lived. Six children were raised by them, with another two dying at a very young age. 

Sad stories are remembered about my family…… as the clock on the wall ticked and chimed….. and listened to them all…

 Maggie Ellen was the oldest child. She went into service in Liverpool, and having been taken ill, returned to her home. Her health got worse, suffering with tuberculosis. One night, before she died, with her mother sitting beside her, Maggie's face lit up. "What can you see dear Maggie?" asked her mother. "I can see Jesus Christ in all his glory." She replied and passed away on the 11th April 1897 …… and the clock ticked and chimed….. and listened…. 

Elizabeth, or Lizzie Jones, was my great grandmother's sister.  Her husband died at a young age, leaving her a widow with four young children to raise.
She was thrown out of her house by the Massey family, purposefully on a Sunday, as her friends and neighbours were going to Chapel.
She had been unable to pay her rent.
Lizzie moved to Bethesda where she remarried, only for sadness to
strike her again as her second husband died.
She replied to an advertisement to be a domestic servant in America, was successful and emigrated in 1909. Lizzie married for the third time….. and the clock ticked and chimed….. and listened….
            Lizzie with her sons
     (back), William Hughes, John                                   Hughes,
(seated) Albert Hughes, Sam Jones

Charles died on the
24th June 1918

Charles Goodman Roberts was Charles and Maggie's youngest son. He emigrated to Rome, New York where he died aged just 31. 

My grandfather gave me Charles's pocket watch, 
saying "Look after this for me Ken. It belonged to my brother Charles. He died in America."
When researching our family history, I tried to find out what happened to Charles. 
I corresponded with a researcher from the States, who sent me an article from a local paper of the time, 1918. 
I was shocked as I read the headline "ROME MAN HANGS HIMSELF" 
Nobody of my mother's generation knew about this.The family had kept this terrible stigma quiet.
His body was found hanging from a beam near his Aunt Lizzie's house, mentioned above. He had mental health issues, and was on the verge of being admitted to hospital…but the doctor working on his case died, and nobody took Charles's case on …… and the clock ticked and chimed….. and listened….

Joseph Thomas Goodman Roberts was Charles and Maggie's eldest son. When he was about eighteen years old, he went out to South Africa in search of gold, without success. He later joined the Prince of Wales Light Horseguards in the Boer War.  
Joe married an Africaan lady, Jane Georgina Hoff in 1905 and brought her back to live with him in Penmon, where everyone hated her because of the colour of her skin. She died in 1913 aged 33. This broke Joe's heart, and he died within 12 months in Denbigh Mental Hospital, after being discovered laying on his wife's grave many times and crying… and the clock ticked and chimed….. and listened….
 Georgina died on the
12th January 1913.

Joseph died on the
30th March 1914.

Madge with brother Joe at Cae Merddyn with grandparents Charles and Maggie Goodman Roberts.

She died of breast cancer
on her 25th birthday.

Two of Joseph and Georgina's children died in their infancy.
George died on the 29th March 1912, aged 1, of bronchitis, pneumonia and exhaustion. Georgina died on the 4th November 1912, just 10 weeks old. She had debility from birth.

Their daughter Madge
 went to live with her grandparents with her brothers. 
Madge was a very good pianist.
When she grew up, she worked in Birmingham where she sadly developed breast cancer. Her boyfriend/fiance spent his savings obtaining radiotherapy for her (or radium as it was then called) but to no effect.

Within a few weeks of Madge dying, her grandparents also died. Maggie Goodman Roberts was in such a bad way, that the family never told her that her husband had predeceased her on the 24th April 1935. 

She died on the 25th May 1935....... and the clock ticked and chimed….. and listened…. 
Charles and
Maggie Goodman Roberts

Our family has naturally also enjoyed many happy times of course, all witnessed by the clock. Its face looks sad to me, and I can understand why.

But happily, the old clock on the wall, surely over 140 years old by now, is currently in my home, telling me it's nine o'clock, once more.... my mind goes back to when I was 5 years old in it's getting late....

...... and yes, the clock is still ticking and chiming.... and continues to listen....

As stated above, I have the clock on a wall in our home. I have turned off the lovely chiming mechanism as it is quite loud.
It has not chimed for a few years now. 

However, at 11pm on the 22nd June 2018, it inexplicably chimed three times.

If you've read the item about
Charles Goodman Roberts (Junior), 
you'll have noticed that he committed suicide on the 24th June 1918 - exactly 100 years ago. 

I strongly believe that this chime represented the moment Charles put in place his plan
to shorten his life.

Ken Davies



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