Bennie Roberts
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Benjamin Edward Roberts (1877 - 1962)

Benjamin Edward (Bennie) "Barrett" Roberts
Born in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamasmap
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Husband of — married 8 Nov 1900 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahama Islandsmap
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Died at age 85 in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamasmap
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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 married Sarah Louise Bethel on November 8th, 1900 in Marsh Harbour.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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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. "Bahamas Civil Registration, 1850-1959," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 October 2014), Marriages 1900-1901 > image 474 of 1032; Registrar General, Nassau.
  4. "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.
  5. Entered by Peter Roberts, Thursday, July 11, 2013.
  6. Peter J. Roberts' Interview with Una Roberts, daughter of the younger Benjamin.
  7. United States Coast Guard Identification Card for Port Everglades, Florida, Serial Number 07294786, Feb 16, 1945.

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I stayed with Grandmother Louis and Granddad Benny, when I worked in Nassau and I remember at that time on Sunday's Granddad read the book of Psalms.

As far as I know my Grand Dad never drove a car in Nassau.

The boat he was on when he fell overboard was the Spin Drift owned by a foreigner Pieter Van Vlaanderen and the Captain was Willard Sawyer, (he was brother to George Sawyer our Aunt Annis husband). Captain Sawyer took his family to the Abaco Islands in the summer and was stopping to Marsh Harbour so Benny and Aunt Betty was with Captain Sawyer.

He liked his plants, Wane, my husband) took him to the forest to get Thatch Palms to plant at his rented home, (the one on West Bay Street I think). His special flower was the bougainvillea, he planted lots at the house near Montague Beach and when the Real Estate bought/rented it they destroyed them. I felt sad when I saw that but they said the thieves were stealing them so they had to destroy them and put in others. -- [[Roberts-10442|Iris Sawyer]

posted 26 Jan 2022 by Peter Roberts   [thank Peter]
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Bennie Roberts is 7 Degrees from Linda Larson

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posted by Linda (Ortland) Larson
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.

posted by Anne B

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