Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry
I've tried to include as much information as I can on this page, but if you would like more, why not visit Dianne Davies's excellent website. Dianne is one of Alfred George's great grand-daughters and her site is packed with loads of fascinating information and photographs.
Alfred George Rowberry was born in Hereford and baptised in 1868 at All Saints church. He was the fourth of seven children born to James Rowberry and Jane Probert. In 1871 he was living, with the rest of the family, at Ox Cottage, White Cross Street, Hereford. By 1881, his mother had died and the family had moved to Lawns Terrace, Whitecross, but without Alfred. He was living at the Working Boys Home in Hereford, aged 12 and still at school. Presumably his father couldn't manage to look after all the children without his wife, so Alfred was sent to live elsewhere. His sister Alice also seems to have had the same fate and was living as a boarder with someone else in Westbury on Trym. At least Alfred got to stay in his home town.
At some point during the 1880s Alfred must have moved to Wales, perhaps to find work. He married Elizabeth Rees in 1889 somewhere in the Pontypridd area. In 1890 they were living in Tylors Town, Glamorgan when they had their first child Wyndham. In 1891 Alfred seems to have managed to get himself recorded twice in the census. In one he is recorded as visiting his sister Ellen White (nee Rowberry) and her husband George in Rogerstone. But he is also recorded at home with his wife and baby Wyndham in Tylorstown. Between 1890 and 1894 Alfred worked as a coalminer, but by the 1901 census, he is described as a shoemaker - the same occupation as his younger brother Charles. The table below shows the details transcribed from the 1901 census:
|The undermentioned Houses are situated within the Boundaries of the||Page 34|
|Civil Parish||Ecclesiastical Parish||County Borough etc.||Ward of Municipal Borough||Rural District||Parliamentary Borough or Division||Town or Village or Hamlet|
|Aberystruth||Nantyglo Holy Trinity||Nantyglo Blaina|| || ||West Monmouth||Nantyglo|
|No. of Schedule||Road, Street and Name of House||Name and Surname of each person||Relation to Head of Family||Condition||Age||Profession or Occupation||Where Born|
|209||4 Wesley Blds House||Alfred G Rowberry||Head||Married||32||Shoemaker||Herefordshire|
| || ||Elizabeth Rowberry||Wife||Married||28|| ||Aberdare|
| || ||Alfred G Rowberry||Son||Single||9|| ||Tylorstown|
| || ||James E Rowberry||Son||Single||6|| ||Tylorstown|
| || ||Edwin C Rowberry||Son||Single||4|| ||Tylorstown|
Alfred died in August 1909 aged only 40. In 1911 the widowed Elizabeth was still living at Wesley Buildings with 6 of her children. Her eldest son Wyndham was still living in Tylorstown with his grandparents Edwin & Ann Rees. Elizabeth seems to have had two further children after this and lived to the ripe old age of 85.
Alfred & Elizabeth were lucky for those days in that all of their children apart from little Oswel Rowberry lived until adulthood. Of the remaining 7 children all but Edwin married and produced children, so there must be a lot of descendants out there - I'd love to hear from some of you?
At least 3 of the boys fought in World War 1. Alfred George Rowberry junior fought for the Welsh Regiment and was discharged in 1916. James Emlyn Rowberry also fought for the Welsh Regiment. I don't know when he was discharged but at least he survived the war. Edwin Charles Rowberry joined up in 1914 and fought for the Monmouthshire Regiment. Sadly poor Edwin did not make it back home, but died in France on 17th August 1918 and is buried in the Borre British Cemetery. For more information on Edwin Charles Rowberry and his time during the war please click
My father remembers his father visiting relatives in Wales, so the family must have remained in touch with their relatives back in Herefordshire. One connection I do like is that both Alfred George & his brother Albert Edward called one of their sons Wyndham - the only 2 Wyndham Rowberrys there are!
The family tree below summarises what I know about the above generations of the Rowberry family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me
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If any of the above is of further interest, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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