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NAME in full: DAVID ROBERTS
BIRTH date: 3 June 1806? (Date calculated from death certificate) place: Dolgelley, Merioneth, Wales (today, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, in North Wales)
BAPTISM: (if this is indeed he): 18 June 1806, parish church (Church of Wales), Dolgelley (“a native of Dolgelley” per death notice). Parents at this baptism were DAVID ROBERTS, an innkeeper, and ELLEN, his wife. This baptism has not yet been confirmed as being his, but so far it is consistent with the rest of the documentation I have on him.
FATHER’S name in full: DAVID ROBERTS
MOTHER’S name in full: ELLEN or ELEANOR
OCCUPATION(S): Skinner (Mallwyd, 1827); Grocer, tea and sundries dealer (Dolgelley c. 1841-1844); Grocer (emigrating, 1846); “Truckman” (Boston, 1850); trunk manufacturer, partner with Griffith Edmunds in Roberts & Edmunds trunk “manufactory” (Boston, 1851-1863)
MILITARY SERVICE: None known
MARRIAGE 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,
SPOUSE’S name in full: CATHERINE HUMPHREY or HUMPHREYS
DEATH date: 28 November 1863 place: Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts cause: died age 57 years, 5 months, 25 days of Dropsy with Chronic Pericarditis (edema/chronic inflammation of the lining of the heart). “Died…. ROBERTS—In this city, 28th ult, [Boston, 28 November 1863] Mr. David Roberts, father of the late David Roberts, M.D., of South Boston, 57 yrs 5 mos. a native of Dolgelly, North Wales.” 
BURIAL date: 1 December 1863 place: Grave 649 in a family plot owned by him, Cypress Vale section, Mt. Hope Cemetery, 355 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126.
[Originally part of neighboring Dorchester, Mattapan was incorporated in 1870. It is a part of greater Boston today and the cemetery is administered by the Boston Parks and Recreation authority.]
Gravemarker commemorating David Roberts, his son, Dr. David Roberts, and his grandson, Albert C. Roberts, in Mt. Hope Cemetery, reads: “In memory of / DAVID ROBERTS / Died 28 Nov. 1863 Aged 57 Years / Born at Dolgelly in North Wales; Also his son / DAVID ROBERTS M. D. / Died 13 August 1864 [sic; 1863] Aged 36 [sic] Years / Born at Mallwyd, North Wales; Also his son / ALBERT C. ROBERTS / Died 23 Sept. 1863 Aged 2 years and 2 mos.” Photo courtesy Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, August 2007.
Town County State Dates
Birth - Dolgelley, Merioneth, North Wales, 1806 - Said to be a native of Dolgellau, North Wales at the time of his death; there was a baptism of a boy who could have been him in Dolgellau at the right time to coincide with his reported birth info given on death certificate.
Age 20 - Mallwyd, Merioneth, North Wales, May 1827 – confirmed presence/inhabitant in marriage record
Age 21 - Mallwyd, Merioneth, North Wales, October 1827 – confirmed presence/inhabitant (as a Skinner) at time of his son David’s birth/baptism
Mid-20’s - Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, February 1831? – son Lewis said to have been born there; did the family stay in Boston until c. 1840-41?
Late 30’s - Waterloo Street, Dolgelley, Merioneth, North Wales, c. 1841 (census) – 1844 (city business directories) – circumstantial evidence implies this was him and his wife and family, running a grocery/tea/sundries shop
Age 39 - Caernarfon to Boston, April-May 1846 – emigrating with wife and family on the barque “Hindoo”
Early 40’s - 9 Carroll 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]
Late 40’s - 109 Endicott Street, Boston, Massaschusetts, 1852-1853 (city directories) [Boston’s North End]
Late 40’s-50’s - 5 Bartlett 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]
Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 1863, died age 57 (married at the time?), buried in plot he owned at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mattapan (then part of Dorchester, South Boston, near where his son David had lived, at the corner of 4th St. & Dorchester Ave.)
RELIGION: Church of Wales in Wales; Protestant in the U.S. (Methodist Episcopal?)
1. Dr. DAVID ROBERTS, physician/apothecary, baptized 31 October 1827 in Mallwyd, Merioneth, North Wales; died 15 August 1863 in South Boston, Massachusetts.
2. LEWIS HUMPHREY ROBERTS, machinist, soldier, born 26 February 1831 in Boston, Massachusetts? and died 24 December 1915 in Watertown, Jefferson Co., New York.
3. MARGARET ROBERTS, born 1835-1838 (in Boston? Or Wales?)
4. JOHN ROBERTS, born 1838-1841 (in Boston? Or Wales?)
5. ROBERT ROBERTS born 1845 in (Dolgellau?) Wales?
REFERENCES AND SOURCES:
1. Email message (“Re: Born in Dolgellau 1806-07?”) from Gwynedd Archives at Dolgellau (ArchifdyDolgellau), Wales to M. Stone, regarding possible 18 June 1806 baptism record of David Roberts in Dolgelley, Wales, 17 May 2007.
16. Correspondence/notes from Barbara Payne Citron, 1994 to present.
Would like to find out whatever happened to his wife and three youngest children.
Would love to discover a photograph of him and/or his wife, family, etc.
Would love to confirm and find out more about his Welsh ancestry and home, as well as why he emigrated to Boston (not once but twice?).
Would like to find out more about his “trunk manufactory” in Boston. Did this Victorian-era trunk, handed down through our family from his granddaughter, Nellie Roberts, come from Roberts & Edmunds’ Boston factory?
Revised 29 Oct. 2007