Categories: The Bahamas.
Benjamin was born 30th June 1877 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas to Bob Roberts and Mary Sawyer. 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. 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 Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery in Nassau, Bahamas.
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. Barrett was also the nickname of Bennie's paternal grandfather Thomas W. Roberts.
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On 7 Aug 2015 at 03:28 GMT Anne B wrote:
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.
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