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Looking for the Roberts, Lewis, Cummins and Wilson Families from North Wales to Ballarat to Newcastle, Australia

Query by ajf

I have been trying to locate any information on my mothers family tree (ROBERTS & Wilson Families) without much luck.

Family stories are; A Roberts Family member came to Australia from North Wales but I don't know which family member it was.

My Grandfather Evelyn "Lyn" Wilson Roberts and his brothers were born in Newcastle NSW.

His Brothers were:
Stephen Everard Roberts
Evelyn Wilson Roberts
Clarence Willis H Roberts
Arthur E Roberts

Two half brothers:
Edgar J Roberts
John C Roberts

My Great Grandfather was
NAME: Stephen Edward Roberts,
BORN: Buninyong, Ballarat Vic. 1865

His Parents:
FATHER: Robert Roberts
MOTHER: Rachael Lewis

MARRIED: Margaret Wilson, 1888
BORN: Ballarat Vic. 1865

Her Parents:
Father: Thomas Wilson
Mother: Eliza Cummins

Any help would be most appreciated.

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on 2006-11-17 23:44:24

ajf has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov 2006. is researching the following names: ROBERTS, REICHEL, THOMASWILSON and 1 other(s).

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by allycat on 2006-11-18 02:36:21

Dear ajf, Hi there. Welcome. Forgive me if you know this information already. Death Certificates in Australia usually contain a wealth of information. If you haven't already purchased copies of your g.grandparents death certificates, you can do so at Joy Murrin Family History Services. She is a registered Transcription Agent and offers certs a bit cheaper than the NSW bdm site, but you need the registration no to proceed.

NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages - Australia


This looks like your ancestor and his siblings:-

Stephen E. ROBERTS born 1889 Merewether NSW
Evelyn W. ROBERTS born 1891 Merewether NSW
Clarence Willis H. ROBERTS born 1893 Newcastle NSW, died 1956 Sydney NSW
Arthur Edward ROBERTS born 1895 Wickham NSW, died 1956 Marrickville NSW

Also, it can't hurt to see if any of these 4 chaps served for Australia - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Click on SEARCH OUR RECORDS, then type your surname in, and click on SUBMIT.

I can't find a marriage for your g.grandparents Stephen ROBERTS and Margaret WILSON in New South Wales. Perhaps they married in Victoria. To find their marriage details in Victoria, try joining up as a free member of rootschat, then post a new topic (like a journal here) looking for their marriage RootsChat.com - Emigrants - Emigrants to Australia. Lots of rootschatters have the VIC BDM indexes on cd-rom and can do lookups for you. You may even find Margaret WILSON's birth details, her parents and siblings.

Tip: with a common and popular surname like ROBERTS and even WILSON, you most probably will have to purchase bdm certs of the ones in Australia until you find family in England, Scotland etc. then you can trace back through the Census years 1901 back to 1841 every 10yrs. Rootschat site is good for this too.

To see enlistment, emigration, passenger details, war service, patents, even photos, etc. check out The National Archives of Australia, click on RECORD SEARCH, then SEARCH NOW AS A GUEST...type in the surname you are researching in the keywords or name section, then click on SEARCH at the bottom.

Hoping some of this information was helpful to you.

Best of luck, Alison QLD.

by allycat on 2006-11-18 02:40:07

This website is absolutely marvellous as well because not only does it have information on the State of Victoria, Australia, there are great links for the rest of the world and the site is updated regularly .. Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Inc..

by ajf on 2006-11-19 03:21:01

Hi Allycat, Thanks for the information on my grandfathers siblings. It seems his father Stephen Edward Roberts had remarried in 1896 to Elizabeth J Townsend and has two more sons, 1899 Edgar J & 1905 John. But that's all I have at the moment. I don't know what happened to his first wife Margaret Wilson perhaps she died not long after Arthur was born. I don't know.

Yes, Stephen Edward Roberts and Margaret Wilson were married in Ballarat Vic 1888. I have sent for their marriage cert and should have it in a few days.

Thanks again for all of your help.



by ajf on 2007-06-29 17:00:17

I'd like to thank all who have looked at this information.

Update: I have located the Roberts side of the family and have found some wonderful cousins along the way.

News on Edgar: Edgar was killes in action in WWl in France.

I have found the grave sites of my GG Grandfather Robert Roberts and his daughter in law Margaret Roberts nee Wilson, they are here in Newcastle NSW.


by allycat on 2007-06-29 17:56:46

Anita, Have you seen this site?

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Casualty Details
Initials: E J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Australian Engineers
Unit Text: 12th Field Coy.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 05/04/1918
Service No: 10087
Additional information: Son of Stephen Edward and Elizabeth Jane Roberts, of 8, Yule St., Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 31.

by ajf on 2007-06-29 21:54:49

Hi Allycat,

Yes, I had found it, thanks. I've also found the Red Cross records for him and it tells how he died and a little about him.

Thanks you again

by ajf on 2008-02-24 02:58:41

Hello John,

Please contact me as you are a cousin. Your father was my grandfather's brother.

I look forward to hearing from you again soon..


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