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Name: Mary Roberts

Burial Number: 1784

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Frank Roberts

Born: 19/03/1861

Died: 13/10/1944

Buried: 17/10/1944


Mary was born in Princetown, Devon, the daughter of John and Mariah (Marion). She was baptised in Princetown on 26th May 1861. Her father was a warder at Dartmoor prison. By 1871, the family had moved to Portland where John was Principal Warder at the prison. John’s job took him north by 1881 and the family lived in Chester. Mary married Frank Roberts, a civil engineer at St Paul’s Church, Chester in 1885. The couple had a son Sydney the following year and settled in Tranmere. Frank accepted the position of Borough Engineer and Surveyor to Worthing Corporation in 1897. The family settled in Madeira Avenue and then moved to Shakespeare Road. Mary was very involved in local charities, organising sales and raising money. Frank died in 1932 on a visit to his son’s home in Cambridge. Mary continued to live in Shakespeare Road. She died on 13th October 1944 whilst visiting her son at 12 Chaucer Road, Cambridge. Probate was granted on 15th December 1944 to Sydney Castle Roberts secretary. Effects £12382 5s 10d.

Sydney Roberts was Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge and a well known author and publisher. He was knighted in 1958 and died in 1966.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Mary Roberts

Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 45

Exact Location (what3words): arena.earth.stem

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


Frank Roberts M.I.C.E. born 23 May 1859 died 23 December 1932 and his wife Mary Cowell Roberts born 19 March 1861 died 13 October 1944 "Blessed are the pure in heart"

Further Information


Name: Mary Cowell Roberts

Gender: Female

Born: 19/03/1861

Town: Princetown

County: Devon

Country: England


Maiden Name:Castle

Marriage Date: //1885

Spouse First Name: Frank

Spouse Last Name: Roberts

Town of Marriage: Chester

County of Marriage: Cheshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/10/1944

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 12

Address line 2: Chaucer Road

Town: Cambridge

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 18th October 1944

Well-known Resident’s Death

The death of Mrs. Mary Cowell Roberts on Friday will be a source of deep sorrow to many people of Worthing, because she was very well known for her widespread work for charity; and earned for herself the affectionate title of “Grandma.” Mrs. Roberts died at Cambridge while on a visit to her son Mr. S. C. Roberts, who is a Fellow of Pembroke College and Secretary of the University Press, Cambridge. Her husband, Frank Roberts, a former Borough Engineer of Worthing, died about ten years ago. Mrs. Roberts, although aged 83, took a very great interest in obtaining money for any good cause, and she had organised a number of bridge drives; no deserving cause failed to benefit from her tact and charm. Her special care was the Children’s Care Society, for which she has done voluntary work for 30 years. Her home was “The Hamlet,” 28, Shakespeare Road, Worthing, where her body was brought back. The funeral service was at St Paul’s Church yesterday, and she was buried at Heene Cemetery afterwards. Among those of the family who were present were: Mr. and Mrs. S. Roberts (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs. Hooper (grand-daughter) and Mrs. Hooper (grand-daughter), Mrs Margerison (niece) and Dr. and Mrs Courtney Cole. The congregation also included the Mayor (Councillor E. R. Willoughby and Mrs. Willoughby, and many members and officials of the Town Council with representatives of the various organisations from the town with which the deceased was associated present.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £12382 5 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £440198.00

Census Information


Barracks, Lydford, Devon

John aged 34, warder in Council service. Marian aged 31. John aged 6. William aged 3. James H aged 1. Mary aged 1 month.


Grove, Portland, Dorset.

John aged 43, principal warder. Marion aged 40. William aged 13. James aged 11. Mary aged 10. Isabella aged 8. Augustus aged 6. Marion aged 4. Flora aged 2. Emily aged 1.


4 Derby Place, Plemondstall, Chester.

Marion aged 50, wife of warder. James aged 21, railway telegraph clerk. Mary aged 20, telegraphist. Isabella aged 18, milliner. Augustus aged 16, railway clerk. Marion aged 14, pupil teacher. Flora aged 12. Emily aged 10. Frances aged 8.


48 Dingle Road, Tranmere.

Frank aged 31, civil engineer. Mary aged 30. Sydney aged 4.


“Kilmorey” Madeira Avenue, Worthing.

Frank aged 41, civil engineer. Mary aged 40. Sydney aged 13. Plus 1 servant.


The Hamlet, Shakespeare Road, Worthing.

Frank aged 51, borough engineer. Mary aged 50. Plus 1 servant.


28 Shakespeare Road Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Frank Roberts
Male 1859 62 Borough Engineer & Surveyor Corporation Of Worthing
Mary Cowell Roberts
Female 1871 50 Devon, England Home Duties

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