James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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(Mary) Louise Roberts

Mary Louise Roberts Wm Henry Barnes The eldest daughter of Margaret and Timothy Owen Roberts, (Mary) Louise Roberts (left), known to her nieces as 'Aunty Lou', was born on 10 October 1895. She married William Henry Barnes [Birkenhead 1918, 4th qt]. For many years William (right), who had been born on 27 Oct 1888 and his younger brother, Alexander, who married Louise's sister, Christina, lived with their parents, Annie (nee Douglas; the name 'Douglas' has since appeared several times in the family) and Charles William Quick Barnes, at 8 Westbury Street, Tranmere; Charles Barnes had been an able seaman in the merchant navy and then a gate keeper at a shipyard but in 1920 he was a 'patrolman'. In 1911 William was a machinist in a shipyard, operating a machine that planed wood.

I am told that William and Louise had six children. The eldest, Margaret Louise Barnes, was born on 17 September 1919. She was a 'Laundry Hand Packer' in 1939. She became known in the family as 'Auntie Peg' and she married Arthur Worthington [Birkenhead 1941, 2nd qt]. They had a son and three daughters and lived for many years at 17 Shore Drive, New Ferry. Sadly their eldest daughter, Christine Worthington, who was born on 13 December 1945, died, aged 46 [Birkenhead, May 1992]; I believe she is survived by her husband, a son and a daughter.

Louise and William lived in 30 Deveril Road, Birkenhead - they were there in 1939 and William was a 'Hydraulic Engine Attendant' - but, later, they moved in with their youngest daughter, Doreen, and her husband. After Louise was widowed, she lived with her daughter, Margaret (‘Auntie Peg’) at 17 Shore Drive. Peg was 85 when she died [Birkenhead Jan 2000]. I believe Arthur had been born on 19 August 1914 and died, aged 68 [Birkenhead 1983, 2nd qt].

William Barnes died, aged 74, on 10 January 1963. Louise died in 1972 [Birkenhead 1972, 4th qt].   >