George Roberts (brother of Hannah who married Samuel Kershaw) was the son of Joshua Roberts of Deepclough and was baptised at Glossop Parish Church on 16 April 1746. Some family histories on the Internet claim his father was Daniel and that he was baptised at Mottram on 18 June 1738. However, as Hamnett tells us, the "Trust Book" of the Whitfield Endowed School contains the entry "November 22nd, 1778: Whitfield School was first opened for teaching by George Roberts, born at Deepclough, in the Parish of Glossop.".
George had spent eleven years as master at Tintwistle School before he moved to Glossop to become the first master of (Hague's) Whitfield Endowed School, which opened on 22 November 1778. He was there for a little over 11 years as well, resigning on 27 January 1800. He subsequently became a trustee of the school until his death.
He was also a land surveyor, accountant and amateur lawyer. He often travelled to Manchester, Stockport and around the area in general. Whenever he did so he gathered information for the overseers of the poor and churchwardens, delivered messages and took orders from neighbours for items such as pen knives, ink and paper. As an amateur lawyer he advised his fellow Whitfield freeholders in their ill-fated attempt to enclose Whitfield Moor in 1794. He enjoyed more success in drafting many of the Glossop area wills, business agreements and apprenticeship indentures.
When he died in 1804 (he was buried at Tintwistle Independent Chapel on 30 September 1804, being described as "of Wolley") he left land and sums of money to many relatives including his Kershaw nephews. His will also contained an unusual bequest. He left a sum of money, the interest of which was "Upon trust that they the said John Kershaw (Hurst) and George Hadfield (Simmondley Hall), their heirs, executors, or administrators, or some of them, and the schoolmaster of Whitfield School for the time being, do and shall yearly for ever upon the 3rd Sabbath day in every month of May cause and procure a sermon to be preached against the abominable, wicked, and unchristianlike practice of nations making war, for which yearly sermon they or some of them are to pay out of the interest of the said subscription money the yearly sum of one guinea, and the remainder of the said interest(if any) is to go to defray incidental charges attending the same, the first sermon to be preached in Glossop Church upon the day appointed, the first month of May after my decease, the 2nd in Tintwistle Chapel, the 3rd in Mottram Church, and the 4th in Charlesworth Chapel, by the respective clergymen and ministers of those churches and chapels for the time being, and so on in regular rotation in each church and chapel for ever; and if at any time hereafter any of the clergymen or ministers of the said churches and chapels should delight more in war and bloodshed than in the mild peaceable doctrines of Christianity so as to refuse to preach the said sermon, in that case I hereby declare it to my will that such clergyman or minister be passed by until a man of more religion and humanity succeeds in his place, and that my will is that previous notice be given of each sermon two weeks before the day in church or chapel."
The George Roberts Sermon Charity was wound up in 1995.