Edward Roberts was Chief Cashier for Salford Council and also a prominent member of the Welsh Methodist Church in Pendleton.
He was born in 1840 in Salford. In 1867, he married Sarah Elizabeth Davies at St. John the Evangelist Church, Miles Platting, Manchester. (She was born in Salford in 1847). In 1881 he and Sarah were living at 4, Crescent View, Salford. They had 7 children, all born in Salford: John Richard (aged 13), George Henry (aged 11), Sarah (aged 7), Osborne (aged 6), Edward Davies (aged 4), Frank Hooson (aged 1) and Mary Lilian (aged 3 weeks).
The Salford Reporter of 23rd March 1889 records "The funeral took place on Wednesday (20th March) at Salford Cemetery of the late Mr Edward Roberts of Broughton, who was at the time of his death in his 49th year. The deceased had been confined to his room for some time past and he died on Friday (15th March). He was for 23 years one of the officials of the Salford Corporation at Salford Town hall and during his last 13 years had held the position of Chief Cashier. The deceased leaves a widow and six children.
Besides the carriage containing the relatives and private friends, there were 8 carriages occupied by Corporation officials among whom were Mr J.A. Foyster (magistrate's clerk), Mr A. Jacob (borough engineer), Mr G.W. Hall (borough treasurer), Mr W.L. Marshall (Chief Constable), Mr S.Y. Shoubridge (gas manager), Mr John Bridge (gas receiving office) and Mr Isaac Rowland (committee clerk). A large number of choice and beautiful wreaths, emblems of the high respect and esteem in which the deceased was held by his friends, were placed on the coffin. The service in the Dissenters chapel was conducted in English by Rev W. James of the Moss Side Welsh Chapel and the obsequies at the graveside in plot 33 were in the Welsh tongue and delivered by the Rev T. Gray of the Haywood Street Welsh Chapel, Cheetham and the Rev E. Humphries of Rochdale. The deceased gentleman was an active member of the Pendleton Welsh Chapel and was a favourite with those attending that place of worship. He was kind and genial in his manner, a good and faithful servant and a real Christian."