Bennie Roberts

Benjamin Edward Roberts (1877 - 1962)

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Benjamin Edward (Bennie) "Barrett" Roberts
Born in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamasmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahama Islandsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamasmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jul 2013 | Last significant change: 15 May 2019
17:50: Peter Roberts edited the Biography for Benjamin Edward Roberts (1877-1962). [Thank Peter for this]
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Bennie Roberts is part of a Bahamian family.

Benjamin was born 30 June 1877 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas to Bob Roberts[1] and Mary Sawyer.[2] In about the 1880's his family and paternal grandparents moved to Key West, Florida and joined other Roberts relatives already there. His parents and siblings later moved back to Marsh Harbour. He was a boat carpenter and built at least one three masted schooner. His family also had a grocery store in Marsh Harbour. He and his brother Willias received a Crown Grant for the northern end of Great Guana Cay, Abaco where they developed a sisal farm.[3] The mill is now a landmark at the Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club. In 1928, as a result of the devastating 21st October 1926 Havana hurricane, he moved his family via the former mailboat Albertine Adoue to a newly built home in Sears Addition in Nassau. He worked at Symonette's shipyard and later at John S. George hardware. His carpentry tools are on display at the Bahamas Historical Society Museum. He passed away on 18th July 1962 and was buried in Nassau, Bahamas.[4]

Earlier in his life he had the nickname of "Barrett" to distinguish him from an older Benjamin Edward Roberts who also lived in Marsh Harbour.[5] Barrett was also the nickname of Bennie's paternal grandfather Thomas W. Roberts.

His 1945 U.S. Coast Guard port identification card listed his occupation as sailor, his height as five foot ten inches, weight as 128 pounds, brown eyes, and brown hair.[6]

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  1. Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 37 out of 37 Y-DNA marker match between this Family Tree DNA yDNA test for Peter Roberts and this Family Tree DNA yDNA test of his paternal line cousin Roberts-7266.
  2. Maternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group consisting of Peter Roberts GEDmatch T412069, Kris Sjostrom GEDmatch A936004 and Elizabeth Collins GEDmatch T688604 sharing a 10.8 cM segment on chromosome 1 from 163621974 to 173712569.
  3. "Another settlement, called Marsh Harbor, is noteworthy only as being the home of an American, Mr. Benjamin E. Roberts, who owns the largest sisal plantation in the Bahamas, 140 acres, set with 107,000 plants." "The Bahama Group; Sailing about among the Picturesque 'Out Islands'" (News) Fannie B. Ward. The Daily Inter Ocean Sunday, July 14, 1895; p. 38; Issue 112; col A. Benjamin would have been only 18 years old.
  4. Entered by Peter Roberts, Thursday, July 11, 2013.
  5. Peter J. Roberts' Interview with Una Roberts, daughter of the younger Benjamin.
  6. United States Coast Guard Identification Card for Port Everglades, Florida, Serial Number 07294786, Feb 16, 1945.


Thank you to Peter Roberts for creating Roberts-7102 on 11 Jul 13. Click the Changes tab for the details on contributions by Peter and others.

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On 30 Jul 2017 at 16:37 GMT Linda (Ortland) Larson wrote:

Bennie Roberts is 7 Degrees from Linda Larson

Roberts-7102.jpgBennie Roberts →Roberts-7103-3.jpgBob Roberts (his father) →Roberts-7263.jpgNed Roberts (his brother) →Leonora Herttell (his wife) →Clara Herttell (her sister) →Marian Higgs (her daughter) →Killian-627.jpgJean Killian (her daughter) →Ortland-3.jpgLinda Ortland (her daughter)

On 7 Aug 2015 at 03:28 GMT Anne B wrote:

Profile style Review: Hi. This mostly looks fine. I'm making some minor edits. Removing "No sources. The events of Benjamin's life were either witnessed by Peter Roberts or Peter plans to add sources here later." Sentences like that get added automatically and can be removed when real sources are added.

Also "style" wise. We don't usually use the footnotes heading anymore, so I've removed it.

Do you have source/s for his birth and death dates and places? If so they should be added. Because this person has not been dead that long, it may be personal knowledge, or something your mother etc. told you, or perhaps you have access to his death certificate.

Thank you.

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