Howard Ernest ROBERTS, son of Elijah ROBERTS and Ann KNIBBS , was born 21 August 1885 in Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He married Frances Theresa CARGILL 04 January 1905 in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died 26 December 1961 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Frances Theresa CARGILL was born 02 November 1886 in Norfolk County, Connecticut, USA. She died 17 February 1959 in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Howard Ernest ROBERTS and Frances Theresa CARGILL are:
1. Shirley E ROBERTS, b. 01 March 1918 See Robert W LOOMIS & Shirley E ROBERTS OR William Henry DONOVAN & Shirley E ROBERTS
2. Orville Albert ROBERTS, b. 09 October 1911
3. Harold R ROBERTS, b. 14 July 1922
4. Eva ROBERTS, b. 29 April 1906
5. Howard E Jr ROBERTS, b. Private

Other Marriages/Unions for Howard Ernest ROBERTS:
See Howard Ernest ROBERTS & Olive MILLER

Notes for Howard Ernest ROBERTS:

Also known as: Ernest or Ernie

I believe from paperwork I've seen, that Howard was normally referred to by his second Christian name, Ernest or Ernie.

Lee Walter has a document giving permission for Howard Ernest Roberts to marry Frances Theresa Cargill. It is dated Dec. 28, 1904. It reads as follows:
I hereby give my consent to the marriage of my son Howard Ernest Roberts to Frances Theresa Cargill. (Signed) Mrs O.A. Root Mother Southington, Conn.

I guess this was a legal requirement as both Howard and Theresa were under age when they married.

In 1910, we see Howard (recorded as Earnest) living at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut:
Earnest E Roberts Head Mar 24 Connecticut
Francis Roberts Wife Mar 23 Connecticut
Eva Roberts Daur 4 Connecticut
Edith Rath Servant 17 Connecticut

He identified on the census that his parents were both born in England.

See Howard's Draft Registration Card from 1918.


We can see Howard in the 1920 census living at Wolcott, New Haven Connecticut with his wife and children:
Roberts Howard E Head 34 Connecticut Farmer
Roberts Francis T Wife 33 Connecticut
Roberts Eva M Daughter 13 Connecticut
Roberts Orville A Son 8 Connecticut
Roberts Shirley E Daughter 1 yr 11 months Connecticut

We see them again in 1930 living at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut:
Roberts Howard E Head 43 Connecticut
Roberts Francis T Wife 43 Connecticut
Roberts Orville A Son 18 Connecticut
Roberts Shirley E Daughter 12 Connecticut
Roberts Harold R Son 7 Connecticut
Roberts Howard R Son 3 Connecticut

In 1940, we see Howard and family living at Ward 5, Waterbury, Waterbury Town, New Haven, Connecticut:
Howard E Roberts Head Mar 54 Electrical Engineer Connecticut
Frances Roberts Wife Mar 53 Connecticut
Harold Roberts Son 19 Electrical Helper Connecticut
Howard Roberts Jr. Son 13 Connecticut

See Artie's Draft Registration Card from 1942.

Howard identified himself as a Self Employed Lightning Protection Expert.

From December, 1961:

H.E. Roberts Funeral on Friday
Funeral services for Howard Ernest Roberts, 76, 8087 Meriden Rd., president of Roberts Lightning Protection Co., will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Alderson Funeral Home, 70 Central Ave. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington.
Mr. Roberts was dead on arrival yesterday at Hartford Hospital after being stricken in that city where he had gone on business.
Mr. Roberts was found lying on the sidewalk at Trinity and Elm St. in Hartford about 11:30 a.m.
Police said Mr. Roberts was treated at the scene by firemen and then sent to the hospital by ambulance.
Dr. Donald R Hazen, assistant medical examiner of Hartford, said death was due to a heart attack.
Mr. Roberts was born Aug. 21, 1885, in Southington, son of the late Elijah and Annie (Knibbs) Roberts. He had been a resident of Waterbury since 1927, and had been president of the Roberts Lightning Protection Co. for more than 40 years.
Prior to moving to Waterbury, he had lived in Wolcott for a number of years. While a resident there, he had served as judge in Wolcott. During his residence there, he was instrumental in the construction of the old town hall.
He was a member of Continental Lodge of Masons, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Waterbury, and Lafayette Consistory of Bridgeport. He was past master of Wolcott Grange No. 3. He was a member of Columbia Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Olive (Miller) Roberts, Waterbury; three sons, Orville A., Harold R. and Howard E. Roberts, Jr., all of Waterbury; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the funeral home from today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 4 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The following page from Howard's address book gives conclusive evidence of the connection between the Connecticut Roberts family and the Knibbs from Clifton, Oxfordshire, England:

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Sources for Howard Ernest ROBERTS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,
  3. 1920 US Federal Census,
  4. 1930 US Federal Census,
  5. 1940 US Federal Census,
  6. Military Registration Card,

Notes for Frances Theresa CARGILL:

I suspect it's this Frances we see in 1900 at ED 122 Voting District 3 Bristol borough, Hartford County, Connecticut:
Gaylord M Cargill Head Mar 45 Labourer/Shearer Connecticut
Henrietta Cargill Wife Mar 33 Dressmaker Connecticut
Frances T Cargill Daur 13 At School Connecticut
Gaylord D Cargill Son 10 At School Connecticut
Charlotte A Cargill Daur 7At School Connecticut

Frances married Howard in 1905.

Frances' granddaughter, Lee Walter, tells me that there's an old mill still standing at Putnam, Ct., that was bought by an ancestor of Frances. He was Benjamin Cargill who was born in 1737. I think he was her great-great-grandfather. The mill was powered by what is still named Cargill Falls. It's all part of a heritage trail where you can visit other mills, some of which now have antique stores in them.


Frances is also buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Sources for Frances Theresa CARGILL:

  1. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,

Notes for Orville Albert ROBERTS:

Orville married a lady named Lauretta C Ryan on 23 Jun 1937 at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, and they have one daughter Jacqueline.

Lauretta was born 13 Jun 1912 at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, and died 6 Jun 1999, also at Waterbury. She and Orville are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington.

We see Orville and Lauretta in 1940, living at Ward 1, Waterbury, Waterbury Town, New Haven, Connecticut:
Orville M Roberts Head Mar 28 Service Manager Auto Angency Connecticut
Loretta Roberts Wife Mar 27 Book Keeper Auto Parts Connecticut

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Orville.

Sources for Orville Albert ROBERTS:

  1. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,
  2. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT,
  3. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Harold R ROBERTS:

Harold married a lady named Shirley Brooks and they had one child named Richard Allen Roberts.

His second wife is Carol (Unknown last name). I was told by his neice Shirley Walter in September 2005, that Harold is now in his 80's and still going strong. She thinks he is still working a couple of days a week. He lives in Southington, Ct.

Congratulation to Harold for winning the Southington Observer's birthday cake of the week two years in a row in Jul, 2010 and 2011 - his 88th and 89th birthdays.

In September, 2009, Southington town and state officials held a ceremony to honour the town's WWII veterans. Veteran Harold Roberts spoke about his time in the service as his wife Carol, and the Secretary for State, Susan Bysiewicz looked on.

Sources for Harold R ROBERTS:

  1. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,
  2. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Eva ROBERTS:

Eva married a man named Robert Likely Sr. She is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Robert was born 5 Aug 1897 and died 3 May 1965. He too is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Robert and Eva had 5 children - Audry, Robert, Leona, Beverly (24 Jun 1930 - 1 Nov 2003), and Richard.

Sources for Eva ROBERTS:

  1. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,

Notes for Howard E Jr ROBERTS: