ROBERTS, Samuel Johnson (1794-1881), solicitor. 1/6th plate ambrotype of a distinguished looking gentleman, the plate in fine condition, mounted in a plain full leather case (repair to spine). Under the photo is a handwritten note reading "Samuel Johnson Roberts. Born 1794 Died 1881 at Chester, Solr. Son of George Roberts (Solr) of Waterford & Chester. Father of Fanny Stuart".
Samuel Johnson Roberts was born in Chester in 1794, and followed the career of his father George Roberts, becoming a leading Chester solicitor. On 17th January 1832 at Edge Hill, Lancashire, he married Martha Clemenia Penny of Colyton, Devon, by whom he had at least five sons and three daughters (1851 & 1861 censuses and IGI). His son Charles was also a solicitor and his son Edmund Russell became a leading Chancery barrister. His daughter Fanny alluded to in the note, married James Charles Stuart, a merchant, in 1868.