William Roberts

25 August 1639–
Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Roberts was born on 25 August 1639, in Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, England, his father, Thomas Roberts, was 23 and his mother, Hester Bell, was 16. He married Mary Napper on 17 October 1661. They were the parents of at least 2 sons.

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William Roberts
1639–
Mary Napper
1640–
Marriage: 17 October 1661
Mark Roberts
1661–
Peter Roberts
1665–1706

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
17 October 1661
children

(2)

Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (5)

1642 · The English Civil War

Age 3

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 49

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 81

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Robert . This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • William Roberts, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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