Married: Margaret A. Daly on 3 November
1892, in Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States.
Frederick was recorded as aged 27, the son of Jasper and Mary C.
Robbins. Margaret was recorded as aged 24, the daughter of James
and Mary Daly.
Mary was born in August 1868, in Ireland, the daughter of James and
Mary Daly. She emigrated to the United States in 1884.
Notes: Frederick emigrated to the
United States in 1891. His naturalization petition was admitted on 14
December 1914. His immigration
petition in the district of Massachusetts shows his residence at
100 Spring Street, East Cambridge, his date of birth as July 16th 1864,
in Liverpool, England, his occupation as a waiter, his wife named
Margaret A. and the date of admission as December 14th 1914.
Birth: England Birth Index
(3Q1865 W.Derby vol 8b p488); exact place from 1881 census; exact date
petition which shows the date of birth as 16 July 1854, but the BMD
index is preferred to give the correct year.
72 Hughes Street, Everton, Lancashire
1901: Poulton Cum Seacombe, Cheshire: Herbert Robbins is aged 30, born
in Liverpool, Lancashire
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Herbert Fyzack Robbins is aged 40
Birth: England Birth Index
(2Q1870 W. Derby vol 8b p506); exact place from 1881 census
Occupation: Master Mariner
Jasper, then still in his early twenties, was master of the Wilhelmina,
an immigrant ship that sailed from Liverpool for Port Natal (now
Durban) on 10 October 1850. William Lister was one of the immigants on
board, and in his Recollections of a Natal
Colonist (written about 1905), he recalls the voyage with some
anecdotes of the captain (extracted by Jennifer Southorn at Rosemary's
Ships and Passengers to Natal)
On the 10th of October 1850, I sailed from Liverpool in the brig
Wilhelmina, Jasper Robbins, master, for Port Natal, in South Africa. It
was known then as Port Naytal. The registered tonnage of our little
ship was 168, her burden or carrying power about 200 tons. We managed,
by hauling sometimes close to the wind to clear the Irish Channel, the
Bay of Buscay was negotiated, with the North East Trade wind we sailed
merrily on till caught in the doldrums near the equator. Our passengers
numbered about ten, five or six young men, and Commander Maxwell, Mrs
Maxwell, three boys and one little girl, besides two or three servants.
We could scarcely have wished for a pleasanter captain than Robbins,
and he was only some seven or eight years senior to the young fellows
in the cabin. Of course we were provided with guns and rifles and other
murderous weapons useful or otherwise, as well as saddlery and the
usual impediments emigrants supplied themselves with in those days. In
fine weather we often amused ourselves with shooting with a pea rifle
at a bottle towed astern of the brig. Owing to the bobbing about of the
bottle on the waves it was a very difficult mark to hit. Little Tom
Maxwell broke the bottle at his first shot, whereupon Captain Robbins
declared he must shoot no more, for he said he would spoil that shot.
The Wilhelmina was a good sea boat, but by no means a good
sailer and unless the wind was free, she made a god deal of leeway.
However she quite outsailed a little Dutch brig we fell in with
somewhere about the Line. The Dutchman chalked up his longitude on a
board. This longitude was evidently computed by 'dead reckoning' and
very Dutch at that, for it required considerable correcting. However we
parted the best of friends after the usual enquiries and sea going
courtesies. The brig seemed lightly laden but I think the old skipper
made us understand he was 52 days out from Amsterdam bound for Callao,
and I presume turned in for a big smoke and possibly a drain of
Near the latitude of the Cape we had for two or three days a
north west gale of wind. Robbins decided to scud before it under close
topsails and jib. The little brig rode well over the mountainous waves
and she was carefully steered, for had a wave come over the poop it
would have swept the decks clean.
But the finest specimen of the captain's seamanship was off the
South African coast. A white squall from a cloudless sky,
providentially off the land, came suddenly down upon us with studding
sails set. Of course all hands were on deck immediately. Robbins
himself took the wheel, and gave his orders sharp and clear, had
studding sails and booms hauled on board and in due rotation royal top
gallant topsail, foresail, ditto on the main mast spanker, jib and
flying jib were all stored and handled without the loss of a spar or a
bit of canvas.
We made a fairly good run from Liverpool and saw no land until I
think between Mossel Bay and Algoa Bay. Then that awful current which
flows down the coast from the Mozambique channel caught us, and without
a good westerly wind, progress was out of the question. New Year's day
dawned upon us, 1851. It was Captain Robbin's 80th birthday and was
duly celebrated. January 7th the Bluff was sighted. The pilot came over
the Bar in a whale boat, the anchor was dropped, the sails were furled,
and the good ship Wilhelmina, after waiting a tide or two crossed the
Bar under full sail, drawing about 12 feet of water. We soon bade adieu
to the little brig, her gallant captain, her mate and second mate,
cook, steward, and the crew of six sailors before the mast, thankful
that our voyage of 88 days had been so much more pleasant and
prosperous than the voyages of many immigrant ships which had been
landing passengers in Port Natal, during the previous 12 to 18 months.
Although this extract mentions Captain Robbin's 80th birthday, this is
clearly an error for his 30th birthday, both from internal evidence -
earlier Lister mentions that "he was only some seven or eight years
senior to the young fellows in the cabin" and what else we know of
Jasper (eg. died aged 59 in 1881).
Jasper was also in command of the barque Rydal, another emigrant ship from
Liverpool which made at least two voyages to Durban, arriving on 6
August 1852: Natal Witness 1852
August 6 Arrival
Rydal from Liverpool, Captain J Robbins
Passengers Cabin - Mr Galloway, Mr Gossiott, Mr & Mrs Stephenson
& child, Capt Isham, Rev Mr Bevan, Mr Swift, Miss Hashlington, Mr
Colley and Dr. Carmichael
Steerage - Mrs Brunton and child, Mrs Anderson and 3 children
and again on 4 October 1854. Natal Mercury 11 October 1854 SHIPPING
October 4th,-Rydal, bq.,-Capt. J. Robbins,-from Liverpool.
Passengers,-cabin-Mrs. Allen and 4 children, Miss Allen and servant,
Mr. and Mrs. Methley, Mr. Nettleship, Mr. G.W. Newmarch, Mr Atkinson.
Steerage,-Mr. and Mrs. Solomon, and child, Mrs. Mack, son and daughter,
Messrs. Hardman and Gibson. E.P. Lamport, agt.
Burial: 24 December 1862, in Toxteth
Park cemetery, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England, aged 24 hours. The
grave is located in Section M grave number 707. Joseph was
recorded as residing at 55 Nosley View Boundary Lane West Derby Road.
Married: Alice Eveline Hope in 1901, in
district, Lancashire, England.
Alice was born in 1873/4, and was of Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Alice Eveline Robbins is aged 37