From Our Caswell Relatives–Shirley Isabelle Mayse out of print.
Henry and Harriet (Caswell) Roberts had two children:
1. Lillian Martha Roberts (Mrs. W.H. Reed)
One of the early suitors of Lillian Roberts was Glen Campbell, later a well-known Manitoba personality and a hero of World War I. He was a remittance man of a good Scottish family who married an Indian girl. My mother, probably when she was teaching at Elphinstone, visited their home and gave an admiring account of Mrs. Glen Campbell and of her care for her home,which was sparsely and simply furnished but spotlessly clean, and her children. There was a story that Glen Campbell’s mother, who had been told by letter that her son had married an Indian princess was much perturbed when she visited the family in their pioneer setting.
When Lillian Roberts did marry, her choice was William Henry Reed, who had first come to Strathclair as manager of Henry Roberts’s general store. William Reed had lodged at the Roberts hotel, where the Roberts family themselves lived too.
After Lillian Roberts and William Reed were married, and while their children were still quite young, they left Strathclair for Winnipeg. It was there that their children grew up and married.
In Winnipeg, William Reed was employed by the wholesale grocery firm of Foley, Locke, and Larson. This was about the time that Henry Roberts sold his Strathclair store to Chapman and Company.
Lillian Roberts and William Reed had four children:
a. Violet Reed (Mrs. J.Ben Dickey) (Mrs. Frank W. Mizen) -(1896-
The first child of Lillian Roberts and William Reed was born in Winnipeg in 1896. She is now a widow and lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Violet Reed and Ben Dickey had one daughter:
Lael Dickey (Mrs. F.E. Glover)
Mrs. Glover lives in North Vancouver, B.C. She has two children.
b. Nora Reed (Mrs. Cecil B. Philp) (1898-
Nora Reed was born in Winnipeg in 1898. In 1948 she died there. Her husband, a county court judge, remarried.
Nora Reed and Cecil Philp had two children:
i. Alan Philp
At forty he became the youngest county court judge in Canada. He and his wife Maureen live in Winnipeg. They have three children.
ii. Audrey Philp (Mrs. Joseph Ainsworth)
She livesin Calgary. She has three children.
c. Clifford H. Reed (1900-
Clifford H. Reed was the third child of Lillian Roberts and William H. Reed. He was born in 1900 in the house in Strathclair on the northwest corner of Minnedosa and Saskatchewan Streets referred to a little earlier in this chapter.
I learned from Clifford Reed that he and his sister Violet as children sometimes played in the storeroom of their Roberts grandparents’ home. There they found beautiful old dresses and a side saddle. I wonder whether that was the saddle brought to Canada by their County Carlow grandmother and mentioned earlier here on page 287.
Clifford Reed is the owner of the C.H Reed & Co. Ltd., Insurance Adjusters, in Vancouver, B.C. He in Vancouver for many years. Clifford and Carrie Reed have one son:
Clifford William Reed He lives in Port Moody, B.C.
d.,Hazel Reed (Mrs. Stephen L. Myers) (1902-
She was born in 1902. Her husband, now retired, was traffic manager for Seagrim’s in New York city. Before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, Hazel and Stephen Myers lived in Louisville, Kentucky.
2. John Melzo Roberts (1875-1952)
He was born in Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario, on December 15, 1875. He married Clara Abigail Devlin, of Durham, Ontario.
Clara Devlin’s father was a Protestant Irishman from near Cork. Her mother, whose maiden name was McLeod, was a Scottish Presbyterian. She had come to Canada with her parents at the age of three in a sailing vessel which took sixty days to cross the Atlantic.
John Melzo Roberts lived in Vancouver, where he died on September 16, 1952. He was survived by his wife and five sons and three daughters, several children having predeceased him.
The eleven children of John Roberts and Abigail Devlin are:
a. Charles Roberts (1899-
Charlie Roberts was born in 1899 in Strathclair, Manitoba.
He served in the Canadian army in World War I. He spent a harvest leave working on the farm of his cousin Ruby Williamson and her husband Frank at Strathclair. Writing of this experience he said, ” It was just after the fire which destroyed the house. Inez Reilly [Ruby’s niece] had come to help Ruby. We had a lot of fun.”
Charles Roberts and his wife Leslie live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
b. Homer Roberts (1902- ?)
He was born in Strathclair in 1902. He lived in Red Deer, Alberta.
c. John Roberts
He died in infancy from what in those days was called “summer complaint.”
d. Dorothy Roberts (Mrs. D. Rushton) (Mrs. Field) (1905-
She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1905. She lives in Victoria, B.C.
e. Lorne Roberts (1907- ?
He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1907. He lived in Bella Bella, B.C. He is now dead.
f. Orville Roberts (1909- ?)
He was born in 1909 in Strathclair. He lived in Strathclair and Edmonton. He, too, is now dead.
g. Clifford Roberts (1911- ?)
He was born in Strathclair, Manitoba, in 1911. He lived in Edmonton, Alberta. He is now dead.
h. Lillian Abigail (Mrs. F. Oakie)(1914)
She was born in 1914 in Camrose,Alberta. She lives in Edmonton.
i. Margaret Roberts (Mrs. H.C. Foreman) (1916-
She was born in Camrose, Alberta, in 1916. Her family operates the Fraserview Golf Course in Vancouver, B.C.
j. William Allenby Roberts (1918-
He was born in Edmonton in 1918. He is an accountant with a Vancouver shipping company.
k. Mary Roberts(1920- c. 1922)
She was born in Edmonton in 1920. She died when she was two years old.’
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