An Inventory of the Roberts Family Genealogical Papers, ca. 1864-1918

(2 boxes and 2 bound volumes; 2 linear ft.)

RG 5/131

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Table of contents
This collection consists of unpublished books and papers compiled by Charles and Lucy Roberts on the descendants of Robert Cadwalader of Wales and his children who came to America, settled in Gwynedd Township, and took the surname Roberts. After the death of Charles Roberts in 1902, his widow, Lucy Roberts, hired Gilbert Cope to continue the compilation and put it in useful order with the intention of publication. Cope had family group sheets bound into two large volumes, which he called “Book A” and “Book B”, and these form the bulk of this collection. The remainder of the collection consists of related books, notes, papers, and correspondence.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Roberts family represented in this collection were descendants of Robert Cadwalader of Wales and his children who came to America, settled in Gwynedd Township, and took the surname Roberts.

Charles Roberts (1846-1902) was a Philadelphia Orthodox Quaker who collected genealogical material relating to his family. After his death, his widow, Lucy Longstreth Roberts, hired Gilbert Cope, the noted Quaker genealogist, to put it into useful order with the intention of publication. Individual genealogical forms were compiled, but the work was never published.

Lucy (Branson) Longstreth Roberts was born in 1856 and was a life-long member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District (Orthodox), also known as Twelfth Street MM. She taught in the First Day School and was a founder of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, which later became the Mission Board of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She was a president of the Friends Historical Association and was active in the Friends' Library, formerly on 16th Street in Philadelphia.

In 1880 she married Thomas Kimber Longstreth, a graduate of Haverford College and also a member of Twelfth Street Meeting. They had one child, William Collins Longstreth, born in 1882. Thomas K. Longstreth died in 1883. Lucy's second marriage, to Charles Roberts, took place at Twelfth Street MM in November 1892. Charles died in 1902, and Lucy Roberts died in 1936.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection contains genealogical material on the Roberts family, descended from Robert Cadwalader of Wales and his children who came to America and settled in Gwynedd Township, using the surname Roberts. Family group sheets were collected into two bound volumes by Gilbert Cope. The remainder of the collection consists of two boxes containing duplicate group sheets, related correspondence, family memorabilia, and loose genealogical notes.

Arrangement The collection has been divided into four series:

Added entries

  • Branson family
  • Genealogies
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Quakers genealogies
  • Roberts family
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928
  • Roberts, Charles, 1846-1902
  • Roberts, Lucy Branson Longstreth, 1856-1936
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1983
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Genealogy, 1864-1909, n.d.

“Book A” and “Book B,” large bound volumes, not boxed. Box 1

Collection administrative correspondence, original checklist Box 1

Duplicate copies of family group sheets as bound in Books A and B Box 1

Notes on Roberts family
By Charles Roberts, born 1784, grandfather of the compiler. Copied by Charles Roberts.
ca. 1864 Box 1

Genealogy of Robert Cadwalader in Wales, by Thomas Allen Glenn
Includes related correspondence
1909 Box 1

Coat of Arms of Roberts family,
Includes brief biography of Charles Roberts.
(small copy) Box 1

Loose genealogical notes on a variety of families allied with the Roberts line (folder) Box 2

Printed genealogy of the Roberts family
Taken from Howard M. Jenkin' Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd, 1884 edition.
(paper bound copy) Box 2

Latin exercise book of Charles Roberts with the genealogy of the Woodnutt family of New Jersey in the middle pages. Box 2

Manuscript notes on the Roberts family and Gwynedd MM. (bound ledger)

Loose sheets with lists of parents and children (in folder) Box 2

Loose family group sheets. (in folder) Box 2

Clippings, obituaries Box 2

2. Correspondence, 1856-1918, n.d.

Letters to Charles Roberts 1881-1900, and n.d. Box 2

Letters to Lucy B. Roberts
re: Branson and Antrim families.
1918 and n.d. Box 2

Fragment of letter to “Dear Sister”, written from Pittsburgh during the presidency of James Buchanan 1856-1860 Box 2

References to letters between Gilbert Cope and Lucy B. Roberts concerning this collection
Actual letters are part of the Cope Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Box 2

3. Memorabilia, 1714-1918, n.d.

Radnor Monthly Meeting Minutes relating to the marriage of Cadwalader Roberts and Ellin Humphrey 1714 (ms. copy) Box 2

“A dream drempt the 10th of the 8th month 1800 by Edward Roberts in the twenty ninth year of his age.” (manuscript) Box 2

Card announcing the marriage of Charles H. Roberts and Mary Armstrong 1897 Box 2

Blueprint plan of Roberts Hall, Haverford College
This building was constructed in 1902 in memory of Charles Roberts.
Box 2

Certificate of marriage, for William C. Longstreth and Nella Thatcher Cameron, Washington, D.C. 4/21/1917 Box 2

Memorial Minutes of First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, on death of William Morris Longstreth, a Ruling Elder. 12/13/1918 Box 2

Advertisement for a debenture bond in Philadelphia Box 2

Lists of addresses Box 2

4. Pictures, n.d.

Gwynedd Meeting House Box 2

Job. Roberts (1757-1851) Box 2

Charles Roberts (1784-1845) Box 2

Joseph Foulke (1786-1863) Box 2

Solomon W. Roberts (1811-1882) Box 2