ROBERTS/SURMAN HISTORY BY ALF (Please use Intranet Explorer)

Hi I am Alf and will be your guide dog through this Roberts family tree.  To aid navigation similar areas of the family are grouped on a chart. All pages have a Blue Home Button and Green Buttons with a Chart Reference for navigating to associated family members. Green Boxes link to pictures and Yellow Information or additional picture boxes. A Blue Names Button is also available on each page to find a specific family alphabetically. This can also navigate to a specific chart number. Multiple named family charts are also indicated by date.   All comments will be welcome to  Use the back button to return to a page. With no more of a woof lets go back in time. Or go straight to Tanswell or Hallows/Saul.


The Roberts family of which I am a key member has probably originated from William Roberts of Hereford.  It is almost certain they descended from John Roberts of Deerhurst born in 1515.  (Map)(Detail Map) The first definitive records are of a John Roberts living at Corse, North of Gloucester.   It is known that during the 17th 18th and 19th centuries the Roberts lived in the Woolridge, Harpbury and the house in Ashleworth area North of Gloucester.

It is here that Thomas Roberts married Anne Surman who's family lived at the Great House, West of Hasfield. (Identified from grave stone). This is a Tudor fronted building now open through National Heritage.  The Surman family would seem to have been very influential in Gloucestershire.

In 1924 the Roberts and Surman's Family were again reunited. (Gertrude Surman).  Gertrude had related stores that the Roberts were the wealthy side of the family.  This was probably in part due to the previous association to the other side of the Surman family.  One part of the Surman family supposedly supporting King Richard in the crusades and the other King John.  The Surman's at Hasfield having supported King John taking the wealth while Richard was off fighting. The Surman's were extensively farmers based in the Coombe Hill area north of Cheltenham. The Surmans' give an impression of a very friendly and close family.

Tom Roberts emigrated to Australia before the first world war and staked land claims in Tamworth, New South Wales.  Fighting as a digger at Ypers in 1917, Tom was injured and returned to Blighty for convalescence.  Tom returned to Australia for discharge and then returned back to England where he met Gertrude and they were married in 1924.  Tom and Gertrude Moved to Australia in 1948 to farm on the land fenced of before the war. They were joined by son Bob and Peg.   Son John who was in the Navy and daughter Margaret who' husband lived in Finchley North London stayed in England.

John Roberts married Jessica Tanswell in 1948.  (Tanswell History Page)  On leaving the Navy in 1956 John joined the National Gas Turbine Establishment at Farnborough where the family of son Paul and daughter Carole lived on the Pyestock Estate.  First at 9 Melrose Avenue (Now demolished) and then 12 Conway Drive.  John and Jessie moved to Fleet in 1968 where they live to day.

In 1974 Paul married Lesley Hallows(Hallows History Page)  They rented accommodation at Farnborough for one year and then moved to Hale North of Farnham.  They lived for ten years at Bricksbury Cottage
(Now demolished) where they had their four children. Then moved to 7 Newmans Court until in November 1997 moving to their present house.  Paul started work for the Ministry of Defence in 1968.  In 1990 joined Thorn EMI at Feltham.  I came into the household in August 1999 and have since then been the number one top dog.

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Dated 16/04/2010.
Responsibility: Alfi Roberts.