HUMPHREY or HUMPHREYS
The surname seems to have been HUMPHREYS in Wales where she came from, but
HUMPHREY in the U.S. (at least as provided by her son, Lewis Humphrey Roberts)
NICKNAME: “Kate” (1860 census, Boston)
date: 1806? place:
Mallwyd, Merioneth County, Wales?
date: 16 November
1806? place: Parish of Mallwyd (Church of Wales), Merioneth County, North Wales?
[daughter] of D'd [David] HUMPHREYS Clerk and Margt” [Margaret] his wife was
baptized in Mallwyd parish 16 November 1806—I believe this child was my
ggg-grandmother, but am hoping for more confirmation. This baptism is at a
plausible time and place, consistent with other documentation so far.
name in full: David
HUMPHREYS? a clerk (for the church?) in Mallwyd, Wales?
name in full:
OCCUPATION(S): Wife, housewife, mother
date: 18 May 1827
place: in the parish (Church of Wales) of Mallwyd, Merioneth, Wales, by Edward Evans, Curate; Hugh Evans and Robert Griffiths, witnesses. They were
married by publishing of banns (not by a marriage license). They were both 20
years old and I believe she was pregnant with their son David at the time.
Record of marriage of David Roberts, Bachelor,
and Catharine Humphreys, Spinster 
name in full: DAVID ROBERTS
To see photos from my visit to Mallwyd, go here.
place: unknown (Boston? California?) cause:
date: unknown place: unknown; she was not buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery with her husband and other family members.
Town County State Dates
baptized in Mallwyd, Merioneth County, Wales? 1806?
Merioneth, North Wales, May 1827 – confirmed presence/inhabitant in marriage
Merioneth, North Wales, October 1827 – confirmed presence/inhabitant at time of
her son David’s birth/baptism
Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, February 1831? – son Lewis said to have been born
there; did the family stay in Boston until c. 1840-41?
Merioneth, North Wales, c. 1841 (census) – 1844 (city business directories) –
circumstantial evidence implies this was our Catherine (Humphreys) and David
Roberts and their family, running a grocery/tea/sundries shop
To see photos from my visit to Dolgellau, go here.
Caernarfon, Wales to
Boston, April-May 1846 – emigrating with husband and family on the barque
Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 1847-1851 (city
directories and 1850 census) 1851 cd: “Roberts (David) & Edmunds (G) trunk
manufactory Haverhill near Causeway, h[ome] 9 Carroll pl,” [today Boston’s North End]
Street, Boston, Massaschusetts, 1852-1853
(city directories) [Boston’s North End]
Place, Boston, Massaschusetts, 1854 (city
directory; David Roberts Sr. was still listed as a “trunk manufacturer” working
at 69 Haverhill and living at 5 Bartlett place); 1858 city directory same home
address, work address 11 Richmond [Boston’s North End]
Suffolk Co., Massachusetts (1860 census)
Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 1863, her husband, David
Roberts, Sr., was said to have been married at the time of his death; his
birthdate and parents’ names were known and provided on the death certificate,
implying Catherine was still living then to provide that information. I have
found yet no further trace of her, or of her three youngest children.
Living in California circa August 1870? (claimed in
divorce papers filed by son Lewis' first wife)
RELIGION: Church of Wales in Wales; Protestant in the U.S. (Methodist or Methodist Episcopal)?
physician/apothecary, baptized 31 October 1827 in Mallwyd, Merioneth, North
Wales; died 15 August 1863 in South Boston, Massachusetts.
HUMPHREY ROBERTS, machinist,
soldier, born 26 February 1831 in Boston, Massachusetts? and died 24 December
1915 in Watertown, Jefferson Co., New York.
1835-1838 (in Boston? or Wales?)
1838-1841 (in Boston? or Wales?)
ROBERTS born 1845 in
Information on the history and genealogy of Humphrey/s: http://humphreygenealogy.com
record of Catherine Humphreys, daughter of David Humphreys, Clerk, and Margaret his wife, 16 November 1806, original Mallwyd parish record book (Church of Wales, Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery), National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales.
2. Roberts-Humphreys marriage, no. 117, 18 May 1827, in “Register of Mallwyd Marriages (Counties of Merioneth and Montgomery) 1813-1837” (Church of Wales), microfilm A417, Gwynedd Archives, Dolgellau, Wales.
3. Baptism record of David Roberts, son of David and Catherine Roberts, 31 October 1827, page 30, no. 240 in “Church of Wales, Parish of Mallwyd, Counties of Merioneth & Montgomery, Register of Mallwyd Baptisms, 1813-1894” (microfilm), Gwynedd Archives, Dolgellau, Wales.
4. David Roberts household, 1841 Welsh census, Merionethshire, population schedule, Parish and part of the township of Dolgelley (in the Hundred of Talybont and Mowddwy), Enumeration District 2, Folio 33, Page 22 (lines 8 through 12, and neighbor Catherine Roberts, line 7), last dwelling on Waterloo Street, British Public Record Office publication HO 107/1432/4, as part of the U.K Census Collection, online database, Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., http://www.ancestry.com.
5. “The North Wales Directories 1818-1936,” Clwyd Family History Society, CD-ROM, Wrexham, Wales, 2004. (Dolgelley business directory, 1844, page 24; ibid., 1850, page 28).
6. Photos of Dolgellau and Mallwyd, Wales taken by M. Stone 15-16 April 2007.
7. David Roberts and family, “List of Passengers taken on board the Barque Hindoo of Carnarvon,” arriving in Boston 15 May 1846, reproduced from NARA microfilm M277, Roll 20, at Ancestry.com “Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943,” Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2006, http://www.ancestry.com.
8. Boston, Massachusetts city directories, 1834-1858, viewed at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, as follows:
Stimpson’s Boston City Directory, 1834, p. 300;
The Boston [Massachusetts] Directory 1848-1849; Adam’s New Directory of the City of Boston containing a general directory of the citizens, and a special directory of the trades, professions, &c with a variety of miscellaneous matter, and an almanac, from July 1847, to July 1848, p. 227;
The Boston [Massachusetts] Directory... 1849, p. 243
Ibid., 1851, p. 212
Ibid., 1852, page 218
Ibid., 1853, page 239
Ibid., 1854, page 261
Ibid., 1858, page 312
9. David Roberts household, 1850 U.S. census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, City of Boston (1st Ward), page 93 (lines 1 through 5), dwelling no. 1073, family no. 1583, National Archives micropublication M432, roll 334.
10. David Roberts household, 1860 U.S. census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, City of Boston (Ward 3), page 142 (lines 5 through 9), dwelling no. 531, family no. 1232, National Archives micropublication M653, roll 521.
11. Divorce Case no. 1159, Margaret Roberts v. Lewis Roberts, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin, granted 7 October 1870 (listed in the 1837-1875 volume of Plaintiffs' Index for Equity cases as Vol. 33, page 131) viewed by M. Stone at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 2007.
12. Record Proof of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, Claim of Ellen A. Roberts, wid. for
Lewis Roberts, Late 7th Regt. Wis. L. Arty., dated April 11, 1916, states
Lewis’ mother’s and father’s names and places of birth. Part of General
Pension Records, Lewis Roberts, Claimant (Application No. 613.475 filed June
16, 1887; Certificate No. 407.358), and Ellen A. Roberts, Widow (Application
No. 1057.975 filed Dec. 29, 1915; Certificate No. 814.368). National Archives.
Correspondence/notes from Barbara Payne Citron, 1994 to present.
death info for her. Whatever happened to her and her three youngest children?
Would love to
discover a photograph of her or her husband, family, etc.
Would love to
confirm and find out more about her Welsh ancestry and home. How did she and David Roberts meet? Why did they emigrate (twice?)