JOHN P. B. ROBERTS
1863 - 1925
EMMA FRANCES WIFE
1865 - 1927
This gravestone was photographed at the North Beverly Cemetery, located at 685 Cabot Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. It is located beside the Second Congregational Church at 35 Conant Street (on the corner of Cabot Street). This is a municipal cemetery run by the City of Beverly.
Just as I described in last week's "Tombstone Tuesday" post, where we wandered around Central Cemetery in Beverly and couldn't find our ancestor's gravesites, this also happened to us at the North Beverly Cemetery. I underestimated the size of the cemetery, and we couldn't find our great grandparents John Peter Bowden Roberts and Emma Frances Warren. I contacted the Cemetery Department and Kerrin Cotter sent me these maps to find the gravesite. This is absolutely essential in large urban cemeteries, especially for flat stones like this one.
Ms. Cotter marked the grave with #5 and purple highlighter
When I was a child, this grave was marked with a simple, wooden cross painted white, with the names painted on in black paint. When I was about ten or twelve years old my Dad and his brother replaced the wooden marker with this gravestone. I remember going to visit the new gravestone, and my Dad removed the cross and put it in the back seat with my little sister and me for the ride home. We were a little scared to be riding with a grave marker!
John Peter Bowden Roberts, son of Samuel Roberts and Mary Anne Stott, was born in August 1865 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He married on 24 May 1890 in St. Clement's church, Sheepscar, Leeds, to Emma Frances Warren, the daughter of Obed Warren and Betsey Hannah Stinson. She was born about 1865 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. They had four children, one died young. Their daughter Hilda, my great aunt, married a first cousin, Herbert Pogson, and came to Beverly, Massachusetts to live. She encouraged the rest of the family to join her in the United States.
In 1915 John, Emma, and their two other children, Horace, aged 20, and Bertha, aged 18 (my grandmother), left Liverpool on board the Orduna for New York. They came through Ellis Island and took the train to Beverly, Massachusetts. John worked in the United Shoe Corporation factory, and they bought a house at 7 Dearborn Avenue. This is the same house where my father and his brothers grew up, and where I lived until I was about seven years old.
John Peter Bowden Roberts died on 23 August 1925, at home, of colon cancer. My grandmother was married at the house on Dearborn Avenue on Thanksgiving Day, 26 November 1926, to my grandfather, Donald Munroe Wilkinson. The following year, 1927, my great grandmother, Emma Frances (Warren) Roberts, died in Lynn, Massachusetts. John and Emma were buried in this double plot at the North Beverly Cemetery.
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