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
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
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.
The collection has been divided into four series:
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below: