The Robbins Family

Frederick Leadbitter Robbins

Birth: 16 July 1865, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Baptism: 23 August 1865 at St Philip, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Father: Jasper Robbins

Mother: Mary Christiana (Tyzack) Robbins

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.

Children:
Occupation: Clerk (1881); Waiter (1900, 1914)

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.

Census & Addresses:
1881: 72 Hughes Street, Everton, Lancashire
1900: Vine Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1910: Cambridge ward 1, Middlesex county, Massachusetts
1914: 100 Spring Street, East Cambridge, Massachusetts
1920: Cambridge City, Middlesex county, Massachusetts

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Frederick J. Robbins

Birth: August 1897, in Massachusetts, United States

Father: Frederick Leadbitter Robbins

Mother: Margaret A. (Daly) Robbins

Census:
1900: Vine Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1910: Cambridge ward 1, Middlesex county, Massachusetts
1920: Cambridge City, Middlesex county, Massachusetts

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Herbert Tyzack Robbins

Birth: 1870, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Baptism: 19 May 1870 at St Philip, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Father: Jasper Robbins

Mother: Mary Christiana (Tyzack) Robbins

Married: Annie Elizabeth Lawton in 1903, in West Derby district, Lancashire, England
Census:
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Annie Elizabeth Robbins is aged 36

Children:
Occupation: Photographic Dealer, Optician (1901)

Death: 1937, in Wallasey district, Cheshire, England, aged 66

Census:
1881: 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

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Jasper Robbins

Birth: 1 January 1821, in Ireland

Married: Mary Christiana Tyzack on 27 November 1857, in Liverpool district, Lancashire, England

Children:
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 schnapps.
  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 INTELLIGENCE.
               ARRIVED
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.


Death: 1881 in West Derby district, Lancashire, England, aged 59

Census & Addresses:
1862: 55 Nosley View, Boundary Lane, West Derby Road, Everton, Lancashire (burial record of son Joseph)
1881: 72 Hughes Street, Everton, Lancashire

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Joseph Tyzack Robbins

Birth: 20/21 December 1862

Baptism: 21 December 1862 at Whitefield Road Chapel, Everton, Lancashire, England

Father: Jasper Robbins

Mother: Mary Christiana (Tyzack) Robbins

Death: 21/22 December 1862 in West Derby district, Lancashire, England

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.

Addresses:
1862: 55 Nosley View, Boundary Lane, West Derby Road, Everton, Lancashire (Index to Toxteth Park Cemetery)

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Margaret Tyzack Robbins

Birth: 1875, in West Derby district, Lancashire, England

Father: Jasper Robbins

Mother: Mary Christiana (Tyzack) Robbins

Death: 1876 in West Derby district, Lancashire, England, aged 1

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Marjorie Hope Robbins
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Painting by Marjorie Hope Robbins
Painting by Marjorie Hope Robbins

Marjorie Hope Robbins

Birth: 1902, in Birkenhead district, Cheshire, England

Baptism: 20 August 1902 in St Peters, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Father: Rossell Casson Robbins

Mother: Alice Eveline (Hope) Robbins

Census:
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Marjorie Hope Robbins is aged 8

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Nora Mary Robbins

Birth: June 1899, in Massachusetts, United States

Father: Frederick Leadbitter Robbins

Mother: Margaret A. (Daly) Robbins

Death: 25 December 1903, aged 4

Census:
1900: Vine Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Rossell Casson Robbins

also spelled Rossel Casson Robbins

Birth: 1871, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Baptism: 31 August 1871 in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Father: Jasper Robbins

Mother: Mary Christiana (Tyzack) Robbins

Married: Alice Eveline Hope in 1901, in Liverpool district, Lancashire, England.
Alice was born in 1873/4, and was of Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
Census:
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Alice Eveline Robbins is aged 37

Children:
Occupation: Photographic Dealer, Optician (1901)

Death: 1927, in Birkenhead district, Cheshire, England, aged 56

Notes: Rossel was a member of the Liverpool Camera Club, and a member of the club's council in 1892. (The International annual of Anthony's photographic bulletin p412)

Census:
1881: 72 Hughes Street, Everton, Lancashire
1901: Poulton Cum Seacombe, Cheshire: Rossell Robbins is aged 29, born in Liverpool, Lancashire
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Rossell Casson Robbins is aged 39

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Rossel Herbert Robbins

Birth: 31 July 1894, in Cambridge, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, United States

Father: Frederick Leadbitter Robbins

Mother: Margaret A. (Daly) Robbins

Death: 21 December 1896, aged 2

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Winifred Eveline Robbins

Birth: 1909, in Birkenhead district, Cheshire, England

Baptism: 17 January 1909 in St John, Egremont, Cheshire, England

Father: Herbert Tyzack Robbins

Mother: Annie Elizabeth (Lawton) Robbins

Census:
1911: Birkenhead district, Cheshire: Herbert Fyzack Robbins is aged 40

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