Maria Roberts was my great, great, great grandmother on the Collier side. She outlived two husbands and five of her seven children. She was born on 14 November 1822 in Hatfield Street, near St Giles Cripplegate, London to Robert Roberts and Sarah Ann Pearse Barnes. Her father was a whitesmith. A whitesmith worked with light metal such as tin and pewter. Conversely to blacksmith’s they tended to work with the metal cold. Maria was baptized at St Giles without Cripplegate on Christmas day in 1822. (I have used Wikipedia’s history of the church as it has more historical information at the moment)
I’ve begun this blog to share stories and photos of my ancestors with my family and to encourage interaction with all of my extended family. I hope to find new cousins with family stories and photos to share as well as connect with my known family. I will also be posting some photos where the subjects are unknown in the hope that someone will recognize them.