Willmer Rogers was born in 1874 and baptised in February in St Giles, he was the son of Henry Rogers and Victoria Evans. His parents were living at 8 Yorke Street where Henry was a shoemaker; they were both also from Wrexham.
By the age of 17 Henry was a clerk and still at home and on 30 August 1899 he married Mary Jane Williams in St Giles, his siblings Edith and Walter were witnesses. Mary Jane was 23 and living at 9 Regis Place, father Henry Williams a joiner.
Willmer was still living in 8 Yorke Street but his father Henry had died there in 1893. His mother Victoria stayed there running the business and died there in 1922 aged 82.
Mary Jane Williams was born 27 July 1876 in Wrexham, she was the daughter of Henry Williams who was a joiner. Her mother was Sarah Jane who was from Oswestry. Her father died in 1900 and her mother in 1904.
Willmer was a member of the St Giles Bell ringers, and he is mentioned in the newspapers when there were special events. In September 1900 they visited Dublin and rang a “touch of grand sire caters” at St Patrick’s Cathedral. On a previous occasion they had been to Edinburgh.
Willmer and Mary Jane moved to 1 St Albions Road, Brymbo by 1901, he was a colliery clerk, also there was Sarah A. Williams 57 a widow who was Mary Jane`s mother.
By 1911 they were back in Wrexham at 9 Regis Place; Willmer was now a colliery appraisal cashier. They have a daughter Florence aged 17 months.
Willmer died at Brookhurst, Maesgwyn Road on 17 August 1920, he was only 46. From the inscription on his gravestone, he worked at Brynmally, Glascoed and Cefnybedd collieries.
Mary Jane and Florence stayed in Maesgwyn Road and in 1939 Florence was an ambulance driver for the A R P services.
Mary Jane died 30 September 1957 at Maesgwyn Road aged 81.
Florence Sarah died 7 January 1996 aged 86.
Researched by Annette Edwards, with help from Judy Roberts of Chirk. Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery O-05095