Will is descended from the Williamses via his maternal grandmother Ann Ellen Williams 1892-1961. Ann’s mother was Margaret Roberts; this page also contains her family history,
The Williams name means “son of William”. Likewise Roberts means “son of Robert”. Inventive lot, the Welsh.
• Will’s gt grandfather Robert Williams was born in Conway. His father William Williams is believed to have moved to Anglesey to work on the railway in the late 1840s.
• The Roberts family lived in Rallt Gwta, a house off Church Street to the east of Newborough crossroads. In the early 1900s the property was central to a court case in which a great uncle tried to lay claim to land on behalf of his sister.
• Rallt Gwta was also central to smuggling in Newborough. In the late 1700s a William Prichard of Rallt Gwta ran “salt and other prohibited items”. The men are said to have hidden from the excise by "staying in the dunes” near the boundary of the parish of Llanddwyn. We cannot yet place William Prichard in the family.
• For years Will was fascinated by a family tale that he was connected to Sir John Prichard Jones, the Newborough boy who moved to London and became a partner in the Dickins and Jones department store in Regent Street (closed 2007).
• Will has traced his ancestry back to one of the managers of the marram-grass matmaking trade in Newborough.
• Great grandmother Margaret Roberts died in the Spanish flu epidemic in 1919. Will’s mother, though aged just two, could remember having to stay with an aunt and uncle, presumably because her mother and father were ill.
Want to know more about the Williams and Roberts families? We’ve put together these family history files.