Davies' Family History
John, Margaret & Janet Robinson c. 1828- 1889
my great- great grandparents
Click here for a 2 generation Family Tree for John Robinson & his 2 families
Click here for a 4 generation Family Tree for Thomas ROBINSON- my 6 x great grandfather who died 1757.
And his 2nd wife:
and their children;
|John Robinson was born in 1828 , the son of Richard and Jane
Robinson. I can trace John's family back to Thomas Robinson
who died at Crossmoor Farm on 6 Aug 1757 and was buried in St. Michael's-on-Wyre
graveyard . vii He had 3 sons that I know of , all born at Crossmoor Farm,
and christened at St. Michael's-on- Wyre Parish Church (Richard christened
27 Feb 1714, , Thomas christened 21 Jul 1717 and James) vii. I'm descended
Richard Robinson had 5 sons all born at Crossmoor Farm and christened at St. Michaels-on-Wyre;i Thomas christened 12 APR 1743, twins John & William born Oct 1748, this John must have died early as another son was named John, born Feb 1751 and Richard born Nov 1754. I am descended from this Richard.
Richard Robinson married Elizabeth Marshall i (born Upper Rawcliffe, daughter of Edward 1718-1773) and had 7 children that I know of born at Great Eccleston (twins Nanny & Richard, christened 21 Sep 1783 ,xi & iv , Jane born Jun 1785 & died 9 Aug 1787,twins Margaret & Elizabeth christened 13 Mar 1796, Alice christened 15 Mar 1801 & Jane christened 8 Jan 1804). I am descended from Richard. He died 15 Nov 1835 at Ashton-under -Lyne and was buried in St. Michael's-on- Wyre graveyard. His wife Elizabeth died 1 Nov 1827 at Crossmoor and was buried at St. Michaels. vii
This Richard was John's father. He was born 1783 in Great Eccleston and was an agricultural labourer. XI He married Jane born 1787 from Bailton in Lancashire XI & xv. I can't find Bailton anywhere on the map nor am I certain of her maiden name. They had 7 children;
Elizabeth Robinson born Jun 1818 who married Ralph Ainsworth i
Thomas Robinson born Jun 1820 and died 26 Sep 1903 at Great Eccleston vii
Ellen Robinson born Mar 1823
William Robinson born Sep 1825
John Robinson born Oct 1828- my ancestor
Margaret Robinson born 6 May 1832
Alice Robertson born 3 Aug 1834In the 1841 Census Richard & Jane Robinson were living in Great Eccleston with their children Elizabeth, Thomas and Margaret and grandchildren Alice aged 6 and Dolly aged 7 months. XI By the 1851 Census, Jane was a widow, working as a washerwomen, still living in Great Eccleston with her son Thomas, who was listed as insane and youngest son John who was working as an agricultural labourer. xv Her daughter, Margaret was working as a house servant at the farm of Richard Melling, nearby. In 1871 and 1881 , John stated that he was born in Great Eccleston which is a small village between Lancaster and Preston. xii & xiii In 1891, he stated that he had been born at St Michaels on Wyre which is a small village , one mile east of Great Eccleston. The discrepancy is probably because Great Eccleston only has a Catholic Church so that he was born at Great Eccleston but christened and attended the parish church at St Michaels.
At the time of his marriage to Margaret Parkinson in 1852 at St Johns Church, Preston the witnesses were Thomas Salthouse and Alice Parkinson (the bride's sister). Both were unable to write and just left their mark. Margaret also signed with her mark X. John & Margaret had both lived in North Road, Preston and John worked as a labourer. vi By 1853 they had moved to 30 Aqueduct Street where their daughter Sarah Anne was born . By then he was working as a brick maker. viii By 1891 the census lists this address as uninhabited. The whole area around it was too.
Map showing Lancaster in the north, Preston in the south, Thurnham SWW of Lancaster, Great Eccleston & St. Michaels-on-Wyre NW of Preston.
|An old drawing of St. John's Church of England, Preston|
There has been a church or religious building on the site of the Parish Church of St. John the Divine, Preston for many centuries. The old church was rebuilt many times but most recently in 1850. The drawing on the left shows St. John's at that time.
The town of Preston was in existence in Roman times with the name being a corruption of "Priests' Town'. In the 13th century the town gained Guild status and by 1343 was the richest town in Lancashire. Many battles were fought here over time but the town was transformed with Richard Arkwright's invention of the first practicable powered spinning machine in 1768, putting Preston at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. With this came social unrest and poor conditions- a cotton depression in 1842 and The Great Lockout when one third of the town were unemployed. xviii
When his wife Margaret died in 1859, they were living
in Ashton near Preston and John was working as a drain tile maker. iv
A little while later John remarried. His second wife was Janet, who
was the same age as he was and had been born in Great Eccleston. Several
children were born to them when they lived in Preston. Xv
( During my visit to Glasson in 1997, I found an area called Brickcroft on the road between Glasson and Thurnham, just along from the Conder Bridge on a sharp bend. It was beside the canal, and now contained a timber yard and fairly modern two storey cottage.
This is the last will and testament of John ROBINSON.
The value of the estate was £ 1752.2.8
John's 1st wife
Margaret Parkinson is my earliest matrilineal ancestor
that I can find at the moment. As I was interested in the
latest DNA findings and their implication for family history, I asked
my father's sister, Margery Brown, if she would consent to a cheek swap
for Mitochondrial DNA testing. I sent this away to Oxford Ancestors
in England long with my own cheek swab. The results were very interesting.
There were mutations in Marge's mtDNA sequence at 16136C, 16278T and
16356C. This did not place Margaret/Margery on the European chart of
seven matrilineal lines.
John's 2nd wife
i. International Genealogy Index
ii. 1891 census of Thurnham and Glasson
iii. I saw the gravestone or heard this on my UK trip, July 1997.
iv. death certificate- email me for a copy of Sarah or William's death certificate
v. Stated on birth certificate of daughter
vi. marriage certificate
vii. Parish Register of St Michaels-on-Wyre.
viii. birth certificate- email me for a copy of Sarah or William's birth certificates
ix. Lancaster Wills after 1858.
x. 1881 census of Lancashire
xi. 1841 Census of Great Eccleston and St Michaels.
xii. 1881 census of Scotforth, Lancashire
xiii. 1871 census of Preston, Lancashire
xiv. Boyds Marriage Index
xv. 1851 census of Great Eccleston & St. Michaels
xvi. Letters from Lena Huntington, Maggie's daughter
xvii. Lancaster Wills after 1858
xix. Chris Fisher christopher.fisher ' at ' homecall.co.uk
by Ros Davies