James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
Note that some of this page is speculative at this stage

(Anthony) Norman Roberts (1909-1979?)

The son of Timothy and Margaret Roberts, Anthony, who was aged one in the 1911 census, was registered as Anthony Norman Roberts [Birkenhead 1909, 2nd qt] but he became known as Norman.

The death of an Anthony Norman Roberts was recorded in 1979 [Birkenhed 1979, 2nd qt] but on the General Register this man's birth was given as 5 May 1903, not 1909, possibly the result of a transcription error (there is no corresponding 1903 birth recorded in the General Register).

In the early 1930s it was Norman’s girlfriend, (Hazel) Doreen Baker, who ended up marrying Norman’s brother Vincent. I was told that Norman subsequently married and had children Kenneth and Margaret. I therefore suspect that (as 'Norman A Roberts' in the General Register) he married Winifred Rowlands in 1935 [Birkenhead 1935, 3rd qt] and their son, Kenneth A Roberts was born the following year [Birkenhead 1936, 3rd qt]. Kenneth and his cousin, the son of Norman's brother Vincent, were best friends for a while as children. Kenneth may have married June A Campbell [Birkenhead 1958, 4th qt].

I was also told that Norman's wife was called Bridie so it would appear that in 1950 Norman (as 'Norman A Roberts') married Bridie May Hanwell [Birkenhead 1950, 2nd qt]. Her maiden name was Whitby and she had been born on 23 February 1918 [Birkenhead 1918, 1st qt] to Harold Whitby and Bridget (née Cully); her parents had married in 1913 [Birkenhead 1913, 2nd qt] and Bridie was the youngest of their three children. She had previously married Alfred Hanwell [Birkenhead 1942, 3rd qt] and had given birth to a son in about 1947 [Leicester 1947, 1st qt]. She and Norman appear to have had a son and a daughter. Their son was born in 1950 and the birth of their unnamed daughter (this suggests she may have been still-born or died soon after birth) was registered three years later [Birkenhead 1953, 2nd qt].

Bridie outlived Norman by many years and I believe she died, aged 84, in 2002 but by then she was known as Bridie May Carter [d Birkenhead Jun 2002]. There are living descendants.