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Posted by:Jul 15th 2011, 01:24:48 pm
Fig Tree News TeamHi, Juanita: What are the Harbour Island connections that you know of so far?
Posted by:Jul 15th 2011, 03:01:10 am
JuanitaRoberts Family of Abaco Island

I am looking for all the descendents of John T. Roberts and Rebecca Curry Kemp Roberts. John T. was from Green Turtle Cay Abaco. He was my great great Grandfather.
Posted by:Mar 12th 2010, 09:07:46 pm
TRMy name is Trevor Roberts. My father is Wendell Bruce and his father was Bruce Roberts.Bruce moved to Nassau where Wendell was born. Any information about the Roberts family that has or will be collected that can be shared would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by:Jan 13th 2009, 03:12:19 pm
KimberlyYou might want to check in at the Abaco online forums at and
Posted by:Jan 8th 2009, 02:37:46 pm
KROBMy name is ken roberts my grandparents were Thomas B. roberts & Virgie Rebecca Roberts. They moved from Abaco around the early 1970's
to the U.S. I'm just trying to see if any other Roberts family members remember them or their children, Goerge, Billy,Tom,Macy,Virgie,Marva or Mary.
Posted by:May 28th 2003, 07:06:37 pm
island ladyInteresting information!

From the link -
Brief histories of the Roberts family in the Bahamas
Talbot Bethell, in his Early Settlers of the Bahama Islands (1914) noted that the Roberts family originally came from Ireland.  "It appears that they moved from New Providence and settled at Harbour Island at an early date, and from Harbour Island a branch of the family went to Abaco about [1784].  Many members of the Roberts' family switched off and went to Key West, Fla., where they have naturally become United States citizens."

From an unpublished narrative on the Richard Roberts family: "Many land records of the Roberts family being in the Bahamas during the 1750s are still very much in evidence, and during the 1780s there were at least four families in the Islands.  We find John (2), a Richard and a Ruth. Several sons of a John, namely Joseph (father of Richard) John and Richard moved from the old home around Nassau to Harbour Island.  The Governor of the Islands was giving free land to help resettle loyalist who had come to the Bahamas from the Carolinas following the British defeat in the American Revolution.  Some of the old families" (of which the Roberts family was)  "took advantage of the offer and resettled" (in the Abacos, Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, etc.).  "The Roberts family reportedly came to the Bahamas from the Emerald Isla. (Ireland) probably around 1720.  There has been some speculation that the original members may have been associated with the pirates who frequently visited the island and after 1718 were put to a stop in their raids and pillagings.

Many settlers by the name were found in Bermuda as early as the 1630s"...... "All through the West Indies, the name was found and Barbados, which in the early 1600s was like Bermuda, an outpost of Virginia"......."many of the white land owners were named Roberts.....and their slaves likewise bore the name."
From an unpublished letter (1977) from Bill Roberts to Betty Bruce of the Monroe County Public Library: "According to family tradition, the Roberts family originally came from Wales and arrived in this country in the mid-1600's.  In 1778, a John or William (Billy) Roberts left the Carolinas for the Bahamas and received a grant from the King of England for land on Abaco.

The family was engaged in farming on Abaco and lived on Green Turtle Cay.  The last farming venture involved pineapples to the northern U. S. ports in family owned schooners.  My great-grandfather (William Bramwell Roberts) and three of his brother migrated to Key West in the early 1900's.  One (Austin) brother remained in the Bahamas and operated a saw mill on Abaco until he died."
Isn't there are a Captain Roberts on the Fast Ferry with family from Harbour Island?
Posted by:May 27th 2003, 11:20:10 pm
peterebayPlease join a project to determine which Roberts family members in the Bahamas and Key West share a common ancestor. See

for additional information.

Thank you and sincerely, Peter

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