James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Timothy Edward Roberts

Timothy Edward Roberts was the eldest child of Margaret and Timothy Owen Roberts. He was born in 1891/2 [Birkenhead 1892, 1st qt] and he married Florence Gallagher Elder in 1915 [Birkenhead 1915, 2nd qt]. Florence was born in 1894 [Prescot 1894, 4th qt]. (I believe she was the daughter of Margaret and Charles G. Elder and that her father, a joiner, was the son of Jessie Lambert Elder and Peter Gallagher, a ‘poulterer’ in Liverpool in 1871 and a hawker in Nottinghamshire in 1881 when his wife was declaring herself a widower. In 1881 all Jessie’s children bore the surname Gallagher but Charles adopted his mother’s maiden name and became 'Charles Gallagher Elder' after his marriage to Margaret Lomax in 1885.)

Timothy and Florence’s children included Mabel E Roberts, born in 1916 [Birkenhead 1916, 3rd qt] and Florence M. Roberts, born in 1918 [Birkenhead 1918, 2nd qt]. There was also a son, Edward T. Roberts [b Birkenhead 1920, 2nd qt] who survived no length of time; his death was registered in the previous quarter.

Tragically all but Timothy died in 1922 [Birkenhead 1922, 2nd qt]; his wife, Florence, then 27, died on 9 April at 98 Littledale Road, of Pulmonary Tuberculosis; her husband, a chief steward in the merchant service, was present at her death, though her death certificate describes him as her father. TB was so contagious that children, Mabel, 5, and Florence, 3, almost certainly died from the same terrible disease.

Timothy then settled in Australia where, about a year later, on 19 June 1923 at Sydney Register Office, he married Margaret (aka Madge) Purtell. I am told she was forty years old, not thirty-three as appears on their marriage certificate; her age at her death in 1973 was recorded as eighty-three. The certificate states she was a barmaid, born in Albury, NSW, the daughter of the late Francis Purtell, occupation grazier, and Margaret Harrington. Timothy's occupation was still chief steward, merchant service, but that of his father was given as 'master mariner' which seems unlikely; his mother, Margaret (née Harrison), was stated to be dead.

I believe Timothy had no further children and he died on 4 February 1952 at Royal South Sydney. At the time he and Madge were living in Edgehill Road, Botany. Timothy and later Madge, were interred at Botany Bay; the location of their grave is given as Roman Catholic FM 25, Grave 165.