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Robinson Family 1901

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Thomas Report 21 May 2013 21:20

It was illegal to work in the mines at a certain age, so on the census' parents would list the working children as scholars so they wouldn't get into trouble when really they were in the mines, my Gr grandad left the mines on the first day of him working as one of the tunnels caved in! He ran out, so the other miners thought he was trapped under the rubble ;-)


SylviaInCanada Report 19 May 2013 21:59

Helpers ..................

please note ....................

There are more replies on the thread that Terry started on Genealogy Chat .........

...... link given above by MC

please check there to avoid too much duplication of research.


SylviaInCanada Report 19 May 2013 21:58


it is quite horrifying when you do more reading and researching on when children began working in any kind of occupation, right up until the early 1900s

My own parents left school and went to work at the age of 12, and that was during WW1. Dad went down the mines at some point, although I do not know whether that was at the age of 12, or sometime later. It was get work wherever you can during WW1.

School leaving age increased to 14 sometime in the 1920s, I believe

In many farming communities and small villages, up until the 1890s, children as young as 3 would be helping in the fields at sowing time, and at harvest.


Thomas Report 19 May 2013 21:33

I didn't know the exact age, all I knew is that my Great grandad was in the mines at 14 so that's where. I got that from


SylviaInCanada Report 19 May 2013 21:22

sorry, Thomas

children were working in the mines form as young as 4 or 5 in the bad old days ................ which would include tu as late as the 1890s.


Thomas Report 19 May 2013 20:14

The mines are no place for young children (although many children were working in the mines at about the age of 14) The children could have been elsewhere
I will have a look thought



Terence Report 19 May 2013 13:34

Thomas,from his marriage says William was living at 5,St.James St.G'Head.
His Father's name was John Robinson also a Coalminer.Isabella was living at 10,Jackson St,G'Head.Her Father was Thomas Hardy,Brickburner.I'm fairly new to genealogy but seems strange not one of a family of 4 appear to be recorded in the 1901 Census. There was a third child,George,b.1904,(the year Isabella remarried ),
with William as the father.Hope this is helpful.
Terry L.


MarieCeleste Report 18 May 2013 20:36

Also on:

There's more info on that one.


Thomas Report 18 May 2013 19:28

Do you know a house he might have lived him, if so what's the address.
There's always a possibility William wasn't home at the time of the census.



Terence Report 18 May 2013 19:20

Sorry Thomas,but I think he was a Coal Miner.

Terry L.


Thomas Report 18 May 2013 16:48

I may have found him, do you know if he worked in a shipyard?



Terence Report 18 May 2013 16:07

Hi Thomas.Not certain but appears to be Durham City.
Terry L.


GlitterBaby Report 18 May 2013 15:56

Also posted on Find Ancestors Board


KempinaPartyhat Report 18 May 2013 15:46

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
about William Robinson

William Robinson
Date of Registration:
Apr-May-Jun 1897
Registration Distric
Inferred County:
Volume Number:
Page Number:

Records on Page:
Margaret Ann Creighton
Isabella Hardy
Felix Magee
William Robinson


Thomas Report 18 May 2013 15:30

Where about was William Robinson born?



Terence Report 18 May 2013 15:02

Anybody help?Looking for William Robinson,b.c.1873 who married Isabella Hardy,
b.c.1877, at Gateshead Registry Office in 1897.Unable to find them and their 2 children,William(Willie),b.c.1900 and John,b.c.1898/9,in the 1901 Census.Why?
Isabella remarried in 1904 to Martin Prendergast and the 2 children are with them in 1911Census in Framwellgate,Durham.Appreciate any help.
Terry L.