|Info 7a, George henry Roberts||Close info Window|
George henry's start in life was modest, a son of Jervis Roberts a Butcher
and Jane Sugden daughter of Joseph Sugden an Inn Keeper at the Fleece Inn, Market place wakefield.
George's father - Joseph Roberts died 15th May 1846.
George's youngest brother Wallace was born marqt1849 confirmed by his age of 2 in 1851 census which initially suggests his father died at later date, however the will of Joseph Sugden feb 1847 names George's mother Jane Roberts as a widow of Joseph Roberts; suggesting the 1846 date is correct.
Wallace's birth cert in 1849 only lists mother Jane, so who was Wallace's father?
By 1851 his widowed mother Jane has moved to Tofts Yard Northgate
with 3 of the children , Jane's eldest daughter Mary Roberts aged 12 is working as barmaid for Jane's brother, Edward Sugden , at the Fleece Inn
and George henry, aged 8, is living in Albion St with his paternal uncles, who were market gardeners
The 1861 census shows George henry aged 18 a farmer is now working with his uncles and still in Albion St
George married in 1870 to Ellen Pearson daughter of Timothy Pearson farmer of Snow Hill Wrenthrope,
and by 1871 census George henry is a market gardener in his own right
did he get a helping hand from his wife's family
|Marriage solemnized at St Pauls Church in the parish of Alverthorpe in the county of York|
|Number||When Married||Name and Surname||Age||Condition|| Rank or
|416|| October 14th
|George Henry Roberts||27||Bachelor||Gardener||Wakefield||Gervice Roberts||Gardener|
| Married in the Church at Alverthorpe
According to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church,
In the presence of:
W. Pearson and
Mary Ann Briggs
In 1882 George Henry Roberts inherited money from his late uncle Joseph Roberts
for whom he had work for some 20 years
He was made Executor along with John Beeford Boston who had
married his Aunt Martha Roberts
The 1881 census shows he is still a market gardener but
In 1885 builds himself a new home on land he had bought the previous year The land was described in deeds as "used as garden ground in the occupation of John Briggs". the land was owned by the Heywood family. who live opposite in Wentworth house. For years the land was not built on to ensure their view was unrestricted. Around 1885 George henry became an Alderman and a member of Wakefield lodge of FreeMasons In 1898 was made Mayor of Wakefield, sadly he died in 1900 .
His widow Ellen Roberts seem to have sold Avenue house shortly after as her 2 youngest daughters where married in Scarborough 1904 and 1908 where Ellen lived for several years before moving to wales where she died in 1941
In 1909, when Canon E A Welch was inducted as the vicar of Wakefield, Avenue house became the new vicarage. But not everyone thought it was suitable – when the Rev Noel T Hopkins became the city's vicar in 1933, he thought the house was too big because of its many cellars and attics. He and his family moved to 11 South Parade before settling in the cathedral vicarage in Margaret Street.
It was the council's decision to buy the house at this point that saved it from being turned into business premises and its grounds into garages, and it proved to be the perfect building for an Art gallery when it opened in 1934.
Avenue House, Wentworth Terrace
LEFT:- Ellen Roberts
(nee Pearson) with
son Gervase henry / grandson /George henry
and Gtgrand dau Elizabeth joan
Eventually Ellen moved to Wales
where she died in 1941 see Wills
Family listed at funeral of George Henry Roberts 16 sep 1900 St Johns Wakefield Mrs Roberts, Mr Gervase H Roberts, Horwich(son) Miss Roberts, Misses Mary and Patti Roberts(daughters) Mr Edward Roberts(brother), Mr G H Roberts(newphew) Mr Vine (brother in-law), and Mr J R Richardson. see Wills section for full Obit and WILL
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