Children of Samuel Francis Hands Robinson


Edwin 1822/3-

Married Eliza Faulkner in Sep 1844, Oxford. Living with her, but no children, in 1851C

Walter 1826-1880

Thanks to Colin Robinson for all the following information.

One of the sons of Francis and Ann, Walter Robinson, 1826, married Rachel Robinson 1827 ( the illegitimate daughter of Caroline Robinson 1798 , in turn one of the twin daughters of William Mathews Robinson & Mary Hands) in Oxford in 1851. They were 2nd cousins. This marriage means that we are descended from John and Margit Robinson by three different lines ! [Colin Robinson talking: only 2 different lines for me: I am not descended from this Walter.]

Before we leave Chilson, there are a few more stories of our relatives worth telling :

1) In the 1776 Will of William Robinson, a brother of Joshua1722 and Mary, he leaves "all my Bees" to his brother Benjamin. In country lore, bees will swarm when their master dies and need to be told the name of their new owner, hence the mention in the will.

2) In the 1762 Will of John Robinson, another brother of Joshua1722 and Mary, he leaves to four of his brothers and three of his sisters "One shilling Apiece of Lawfull Money of Great Britain" and he leaves the rest of his Estate to his "Dear Brother Joseph Robbinson". Presumably, he didn't get on with the others ! He left them a shilling each, because if they hadn't been mentioned at all in the Will, they could have disputed it.

3) George Robinson, born 1794, a descendant of John and Margit,[ probably a grandson, not in my direct line] fought in the Yeomanry in the Napoleonic Wars and took part in the Retreat to Corunna, where he suffered a broken leg.
As this took place in 1809, he can't have been very old, about 15 !

This George married Ann (Nancy) Milton in Ascott-under-Wychwood in 1817. Nancy was very active in promoting Primitive Methodism in Chilson, and their house was used as a meeting house, until the chapel was built in the 1860's. The chapel was built by Richard Norton (who is buried in Shorthampton churchyard). Richard was a stonemason and builder who was married to Nancy's niece Lucy. Richard extended the house at Chilson Hill, where George and Nancy lived. Nancy is commemorated on a plaque in the chapel. The Primitive Methodists broke away from the Wesleyans in 1810, to try and get back to the roots of Methodism. George was known as Georgie Whacker after his habit, even in his old age, of hitting his wife with a broomstick !

4) Joshua Robinson,1763-1835, a son of Joshua and Mary, married Mary Kearred in 1801. They lived at Finstock. Mary was buried in 1812 by Coroner's Warrant, which said "hanged herself from a beam in her house in low depression and desponding for some time before. Verdict - lunacy."
This was a common verdict for suicides, as if they were of sound mind, they couldn't be buried in consecrated ground.

Back to Walter and Rachel Robinson. In 1851C, Rachel was living with her uncle, a William Robinson,[ son of William 1759-1830??] a land proprietor, and Walter's younger sister, Isabella Charlotte, was also a visitor there, in the village of Ramsden, a couple of miles south-east of Chilson. Ramsden is a small village centred round the church and the Royal Oak pub. It lies at the heart of the ancient Forest on the line of Akeman Street, the Roman road constructed to link St Albans and Cirencester.

Walter and Rachel married at St.Mary Magdalen's in Oxford, on 17 Oct 1851 in St. Mary Magdalene, Oxford, and their first child, William Robinson, was born 18/12/1851,a couple of months later, in Ramsden. Does Colin have this m.c.? - I would be interested in description of fathers and in the witnesses.

Walter was a cattle dealer. The family then moved to Summertown, a northern suburb of Oxford, where they had four more children, all daughters, two of whom (both called Fanny) died in infancy.
By 1854, Walter was described [where?] as a beer retailer of The Swan, Woodstock Road in Summertown. The Swan was in a group of tenements known as Seal's Buildings (also known as Swan's Yard). The Swan was probably a small beer house rather than a pub, and the area was apparently a squalid slum. They were still there in 1861, with their three surviving children, Walter's parents (Francis and Ann), Walter's younger sister Isabella (a bar maid) and Walter's 2nd cousin Eliza Hands (a servant).Also there when Kellys was published in 1864.

By 1869[ from Kelly's 1869 directory], the family was living at the White Hart pub in Wolvercote, just west of Summertown. They are there in 1871C with Walter's parents, Francis and Ann Robinson. Walter was now described as a licensed victualler and farmer of 53 acres, employing 2 men. His son William and his father Francis were both described as dealers.

The White Hart is probably the oldest pub in Wolvercote, with a documented history from 1695, but in use for 50 years before that. It was bought by the Hall family in 1815, and remained a Hall's pub for the rest of the 19th Century at least. It is still a pub today. Walter is only listed there in Kellys 1869 directory [found on] and I feel that no Kellys published 1872-1880 has survived or been transcribed.

Walter's wife Rachel died of epilepsy and paralysis in 1874 - she was only 48.

In 1875, Walter's mother Ann died from gangrene. She had had an ulcerated leg for many years. His father Francis Robinson died in 1879, of bronchitis, old age and exhaustion.

Walter himself died in 1880. He was only 54, and left less than £800 in his will. He died of phthisis (consumption). Pulmonary tuberculosis was a common cause of death for people in the cattle and milk industry. There is a will given in Ancestry National Probate Registry - this states under £800.

robinson waler 1880will

In 1877, Walter's son William married Fanny Saxton [see the Saxton story], who lived at the Red Lion pub across the green, which was run by her parents[ Stephen Saxton listed there in 1869 Kellys].

William and Fanny lived at a farm on Village Street, Wolvercote, now known as Myrtle Cottage. By 1881, William was a cattle and horse dealer and a farmer of 56 acres, employing 2 men.

In about 1888, the family moved to Wytham (pronounced White-um) in Berkshire, a couple of miles south of Wolvercote. Wytham is now in Oxfordshire. They lived at Linch Farm, now owned by the University and used as Halls of Residence. Wytham consists of three farms, the church, the White Hart Inn[ the same one??], some cottages and "Wytham Abbey" (actually a country house).

At some time in the 1890s, William suffered head injuries when he was thrown out of his cart when returning home - he had hit his head on the carriage lamp. The horse and cart returned home without him, and he was found in a ditch. The injury affected his memory and he could no longer run his business (William is described in the 1901 Census as "feeble minded"). William's sister Bessie and her husband James Hedges took over the business, but soon lost the lot. By 1901, James and Bessie were corn merchants in Oxford.

William's other surviving sister, Annie, married Henry Wren, also a relation of ours, but died at the age of 37 of tuberculosis. The burial service was taken by the Chaplain of Oxford Gaol.

In 1901, William and Fanny and 6 of their children were living at Manor Farm, North Hincksey, Berkshire, about 4 miles south of Wytham. He was still working as a farmer at this time.

William and Fanny moved to 143 Marlborough Road, St.Aldate in Oxford, where William died in 1908 of phthisis (consumption) and exhaustion - he was 56. The story goes that he had galloping tuberculosis and died within two days. Fanny moved to her daughter Agnes' house at 44 Norreys Avenue, St.Aldate, where she died in December 1918 of fatty degeneration of the heart and acute congestion of the lungs - she was 65.

William and Fanny had nine children, seven being born in Wolvercote and the last two in Wytham.

The children were Therese (known as Triss), Amy Elizabeth, Walter Stephen, William Arthur (Arthur)1884 [grandfather of Colin], Agnes Eliza (Ag), Alfred Reginald (Alf), Florence Ann (Flo), Selena Alice (Lena) and Henry Francis (Harry).

Triss was a ladies' maid, living in Malta for a time. She married Harry Turpin, who was head coachmen on the Lidford estate in Northamptonshire. When cars were introduced, Harry had some crashes, so ended up working in the estate "factory". They had one daughter, Marjorie, who lived at Moreton Pinkney, Northants. Marjorie was deaf, and was a teacher of deaf children. Triss died in 1976 at the age of 98, and Marjorie died in 1999 at the age of 85.

Amy married Frank Wale, a woodwork teacher. They apparently lived in a very damp house in Lowestoft, where she caught tuberculosis. They then moved to Brighton, but Amy died about 1926, and her husband remarried. Amy and Frank had had a son, Ken, who was a Sergeant wireless operator / tail gunner in 48 Sqdn., RAFVR, and who died in a crash landing in 1942. He had married a girl from Hove, where he is buried.

Walter trained as a chef at Brasenose College, Oxford; worked as a kitchen porter in Harrogate and worked as a chef at the House of Commons. He married Alberta Langman in 1909, and they lived in Barnet. He served in the Infantry in the First World War, until he was shot in the ankle at The Somme. After that, he couldn't march very well, and joined the Tank Corps.

In 1925, they were living in Tottenham when Alberta died of pneumonia and heart failure. They had one child, Amy, in 1910. Later on in 1925, Walter married Florence Lethbridge. She died about 1938.

Walter took on two farms at Weston Turville in Buckinghamshire, and his aunt Annie Saxton was his housekeeper there until her death in 1943. Walter died of stomach cancer in 1962 - he was 82.

In 1901, Arthur seems to have been working in a grocer's shop in Oxford; but by 1902 he was working as a shop assistant in Leytonstone Road, London, and later that year joined the Metropolitan Police at Vine Street (C Division, no.166), carrying out traffic duty in Piccadilly Circus. He was commended for arresting a burglar who was breaking the window of Mappin & Webb, and received one of their fountain pens as a reward. I believe he was involved in the Siege of Sidney Street, 1911 (where a handful of anarchists in a terraced house held off a large body of police and soldiers).

He moved to Peckham, Rotherhithe and Amersham Vale Deptford (M Division, no.28) during his service, and finished as a Station Sergeant (three stripes with a crown above).
He retired after 26 years rather than 25, to improve his pension.

He is described on his Retirement Certificate as :
Age 46, Height 6ft 1in, Build medium, Complexion fair, Hair fair, Eyes blue, Shape of nose straight, Shape of face oval, Peculiarities nil.

According to family memories, the police had sent him to a gym to increase his height !

He was in the Stuart Lodge of the Freemasons (no.1632) and the St.Olive's Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons (no.2764), and was a Steward of the Royal Masonic Institute for Girls. The Stuart Lodge used to meet at the Frascati Restaurant in Oxford Street and the St.Olive's Chapter met at the Metropole in Northumberland Avenue.

Arthur married Ellen Roper [see the Roper story] in Caversham in 1913. They had three sons, William, Reg and David, born in Peckham (at different addresses) in 1914, 1916 and 1918.

After retiring from the police, Arthur was the manager of an off-license in Brixton, south London. This was at 233, Coldharbour Lane, where the Robinson family was living by 1928. Arthur died in 1947 of lung cancer at the age of 65, and his wife died of heart failure on 1st January 1963.

Agnes Robinson was a tailoress, who married James Greenwood, a postman. They lived in Botley, Oxford and had two sons, Aubry and Eric. Agnes died in 1969 of pneumonia.

Alf also went to Brasenose College to train as a chef, but didn't like it and left. He then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1902, where he was a dispenser, radiologist and masseur, serving in West Africa, the Middle East and India. He was in France during the Great War, and was awarded the MSM. He finally left the Army in 1924, becoming a civil accountant with the Air Ministry in Ascot and then Chester.

He married Lucy Peek, and they had one daughter, also Lucy, who married her cousin, Eric Greenwood (son of Agnes). Lucy and Eric adopted two children. Alf died in 1969 after suffering an embolism (a blood clot). Lucy and Eric have since died.

Flo was an assistant teacher and then a tailoress. She married Len Foster, a removal man. They lived in Oxford and had one son, Leslie. Flo died about 1956 after having a stroke.

Lena was a ladies' maid, and married Harry Webb, who was a tailor. Lena died of a heart attack in 1972.

Harry was a wine waiter at St.Pancras' Hotel. He married Mabel Martin, and they had two sons, Stanley and Reg. Mabel died of multiple sclerosis about 1939, and Harry married a girl called Lucy soon afterwards. They had a son, Robert, about 1943. They lived in Brixton and then Wood Green. Harry died from a heart attack.

Colin Robinson is the son of Walter Reginald Robinson 1916-1986, who was a ggrandson of Walter 1826-1880, grandson of William1852-1908, and son of William Arthur 1884-1947

Jane 1829-1901 was christened on 1 Feb 1829 in Thorn Green, Oxfordshire, England. She married Joseph Harris on 4 Jun 1855 in Shorthampton, Oxfordshire, England.

Richard James Robinson 1831- ? Married Mary Boreham Wycombe, Bucks in 1855. 1 son Frank 1866, 3 daughters 1862-1882

Isabella Robinson1838 - ? Isabella Charlotte born 31/08/1838 in Chilson. Parents Francis& Ann [neeTredwell] Robinson. Father carrier. Informant Ann Robinson X, mother on 2/09/1838. Have b.c. BR1. Baptised 28/6/1840 in Chilson. Image on father's page . 1851C .Isabella is probably a visitor, called Charlote, aged 13, staying with a William Robinson, single, and his niece, Rachel, 24, in Ramsden. This Rachel marries her elder brother,Walter, later in 1851. Probably married June 1866 Headington 3a 891 to John Beesley

Ann Robinson 1840- 1910 was christened on 28/6/1840 Chilson. She married Thomas Rowland on 29 Dec 1864 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. 1871C. Living in Wolvercote, aged 30, husband a Cattle Dealer, children George 5, Ann 4, Elizabeth 3, Thomas 1, Walter 6mths, all b. Wovercote. 1881C. ?? 1891C. She and Thomas, both 50, George 26, William, 19, Rachel 14, Edward 12, Poly 8, Frank 7, last 2 born Summertown. 1901C. She and husband, horse stable dealer, still in Wolvecote, Abbey View, both aged 61. Probably died as Annie Rowland, aged 69, Jun Woodstock 1910

Samuel Francis Hands Robinson

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