It’s ANZAC day again and time to catch up on the all the extended family members who served their country that I’ve found in the past year. Previous ANZAC days posts can be found here, here and here. Some of these men and women I have quite a bit of information on and others very little. If you know more about them, have photos or anything else I’d love to hear from you.
Joseph John Baldwin and his wife Maria Roberts migrated toAustralia in 1852 with their seven week old son, Henry and Maria’s daughter from her first marriage Lottie (Charlotte). I’ve had contact with a member of Maria’s sister Martha’s family who shared some photos that Maria had sent back to London to her sister Martha. They had been handed down through Martha’s family and have now been given to me. Martha Elizabeth Roberts married James Dartnall. There was also a photo of their brother William John Roberts who was an actor and comedian. My contact remembered seeing a playbill that one of his uncles had. I haven’t been able to source any information about William John Roberts yet, beyond the normal census records etc. Perhaps someone out there knows more?
Since my post about Maria Roberts I have had shared with me another two photos of her, one of her sister Martha and found another brother of hers while researching her maternal aunt’s family in London. This photo is of Maria with her daughter-in-law Clara Leonora Kent and her three daughters Lottie Elizabeth, Clara Leonora and Alice Fern. Clara was my great-grandmother and Clara Leonora Kent my three times great grandmother. A wonderful photo to have, thank you to Roger Baldwin.
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)