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Robert Heathcote

1750 - 1806

Father John Heathcote
Mother Jane
Wife Sarah Hawley
Children Hannah, John, Elizabeth, Jane, Martha, Mary, Joseph, Sarah, Ann, Ellin


Robert was born in Flagg in 1750, the son of John and Jane (1). He had two older sisters, Anne & Mary, and two older brother, John & Joseph (2). His only younger sibling, George, was born shortly before his second birthday, (3).

When he was about 10, he went to work for a Mr Birdekin. This was in Flagg, so it's unknown whether he also lodged with his employer, or still lived at home. However he had definately left home two years later when he went to Eyam to work for John Allen. At about 15, he moved to Ashford, where he worked for William Fanshaw for a year, before moving on to work for Joshua Flint at Great Longstone. When he was about 17 he moved back to Flagg. He worked for John Redfearn for a year, earning five guineas (so, about 2 shillings a week) (8). His brother John died at about this time, leaving Robert as the eldest (unmarried) brother (2), so its possible that he then went back to working for his father. None of his employers', or indeed his father's, trade is known, but its a fairly safe bet that it was agricultural.

In 1773 he married Sarah Hawley at Bakewell (4). They initially lived in Flagg where his eldest daughter, Hannah, was born the following year (5)(10). He had a son John in about 1776 (10), then four more daughters - Elizabeth in about 1778 (10), Jane about 1780 (10), Martha in 1783 (6)(10), and Mary in 1786 (7)(10). His father had died in 1783 (11), so perhaps having nothing else to keep him in Flagg, he and his family moved to Ashford in 1787 (8)(9)(10). His second son, Joseph was born the following year (12), before three more daughters - Sarah in 1790 (13), Ann in 1793 (14) and finally Ellin in 1795 (15).

His daughter Jane died in 1804 (16), and then Robert himself died two years later. He was buried in Ashford on 30th May 1806 (17). His wife survived him by almost thirty years (18).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    [October 1750] 17th Bapd Robert Son of John Heathcote of Flagg & Jane his wife
  2. See his father's page
  3. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    [1752] 7ber 2nd Bapd George Son of John Heathcote of Flagg & Jane his wife
  4. Parish Register of All Saints, Bakewell includes the entry:
    Robert Heathcote and Sarah Hawley
    both of Flagg in this Parish were
    Married in this Church by Banns
    this fourteenth Day of June in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred
    and seventy three By me Richard Chapman vicar
    The Marriage was solemnized between Us Robert His+mark Heathcote
    Sarah Her+mark Hawley
    In the Presence of Solomon Mycock
    Saml [Moe]
  5. Baptism entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [1774, 10ber] 17th Bap. Hanh D of Robt Heathcote of Flagg & Sarah
  6. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    [1783] Nov 30 Bapd Martha Dr of Robt & Sary Heathcote       Do[Flagg]
  7. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    [1786] Jany 29th Bapd Mary Dr of Robt & Sary Heathcote         Flagg
  8. Settlement examination of Robert Heathcote, Ashford, 1st June 1787 (Derbyshire Record Office ref: D747 A/PO 2/15) reads:
    Derbyshire           The examination of Robert Heathcote of
                        Ashford in the said County Labourer touching
                        his settlement, Taken the 1st Day of June 1787.
                                                  Who saith he was born at Flagg
    in the said County Where he believes his father was legal[ly]
    settled. When he was about Ten years of age his Father hir[ed]
    him to Mr Birdekin of Flagg aforesaid for one year, where
    he staid Two years Then left and went to live with John Allen
    of Eyam Where he lived three years Then went to live with
    William Fanshaw of Ashford Where he staid one year Then
    went to live with Joshua Flint of Great Longstone Where he
    only stay'd three Quarters of year. From thence he return'd
    to Flag aforesaid and hired himself to John Redfearn of
    that place for one year for the wages of five guineas in which service he staid that
    year and Received his years wages. Since then Hath done
    no other act that may affect his settlement.        His
                                                                        Robert   X   Heathcote
    Taken & sworn the day and \                             Mark
    year above written before     >
                       me    R Wright    /
  9. Removal order of Robert Heathcote, Ashford to Flagg, 11th June 1787 (Derbyshire Record Office ref: D747 A/PO 3/7) reads:
                           \    To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Hamlet
                           |    of Ashford and Parish of Bakewell
    County of      |    in the said County of Derby and to the
    Derby            >   Churchwardes and Overseers of the Poor of the Hamlet of
    To Wit           |    Flagg and Parish of Bakewell
                           |    in the ... County of Derby aforesaid and to all and
                          /     every one of them.
    Upon the Complaint of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor
    of the Hamlet of Ashford and Parish of Bakewell
    in the said County of Derby unto us whose Names are
    hereunto set and Seals affixed, being two of his Majesty's justices of the
    Peace in and for the said County of Derby and one of us of
    the QUORUM, that
    Robert Heathcote is
    come to inhabit the said hamlet of Ashford in the
    Parish of Bakewell not having gained a legal Settlement
    there, nor produced any Certificate owning himself
    to be settled elsewhere, and that the said
    Robert Heathcote is
    likely to be chargeable to the Hamlet of Ashford in the
    Parish of bakewell We the said Justices, upon due proof made
    thereof, as well upon the Examination of the said
    Robert Heathcote upon Oath, as otherwise,
    and likewise upon due consideration had of the Premises, do adjudge the
    same to be true; and we do likewise adjudge that the lawful settlement of
    the said
    Robert Heathcote
    is the said Hamlet of Flagg and Parish of Bakewell
    in the said County of Derby. We do therefore
    require you the said Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said
    Hamlet of Ashford in the Parish of Bakewell
    or some or one of you, to convey the said
    Robert Heathcote
    from and out of the said hamlet of Ashford in the Parish of
    Bakewell to the said hamlet of Flagg in
    the Parish of Bakewell and him to deliver to the Church-
    wardens and Overseers of the poor there, or to some one of them, together
    with this our order, or a true copy thereof, at the same time shewing to
    them the original. And we do hereby require you the said Churchwardens
    and Overseers of the Poor of the said Hamlet of Flagg
    in the Parish of Bakewell to receive and provide for him
    as an Inhabitant of your Hamlet. Given under our Hands and Seals the
    11 Day of June in the 27 year of the reign of his
    Majesty King George the Third, and in the Year of our Lord 1787
  10. Settlement certificate of Robert Heathcote, Flagg, 16th June 1787 (Derbyshire Record Office ref: D747 A/PO 3/6) reads:
    Derbyshire \ To the Church-wardens and Over-
                        / seers of the Poor of the Township of Ashford
                          in the County of Derby
       We the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the
       Township of Flagg in
       the Parish of bakewell
       in the said County do hereby certify
       own and acknowledge
       Robert Heathcote and Sarah
       his wife and their six children Viz: Hannah
       aged 13 years, John 11 years, Elizabeth 9 years
       Jane 7 years, martha 4 years and Mary
       about one year old.
       to be inhabitant legally settled in the said Township
       of Flagg. In witness whereof we
       have hereunto set our hands and seals, the sixteen
       day of June in the year of our
       lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven
    Witness
       Joseph Needham         Thomas Lingard
          the   X   mark
        of Joseph Harrison         John Skidmore
    We whose names are hereunto subscribed, two of his ma-
    jesty's justices of the peace in and for the County
    of Derby aforesaid, do allow of the above-
    written certificate. And we do also certify that Joseph
    Harrison one of the witnesses who attested the execu-
    tion of the said certificate, hath this day made oath before the said
    justices that he did see the churchwardens and overseers of the
    poor whose names and Seals are thereunto subscribed and set, seve
    rally sign and seal the same; and that the names and mark of
    Joseph Needham and Joseph Harrison
    who are the witnesses attesting the said certificate, are respectively
    of their own proper hand-writing. Given under our hands the
    sixteenth day of June in the
    year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven
                                          J Denman
                                          John Barker
  11. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    [October 1783] 24 Burd John Heathcote         Flagg
  12. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [18th May 1788] Bapd Joseph Son of Robt & Sarah Heathcote
  13. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [30th May 1790] Bapd Sarah Daugr of Robt & Sarah Heathcoat
  14. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [1793] Feby 10 Bapd Sarah Daugr of Robt & Sarah Heathcoat
  15. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [September 1795] the 20 Bapd Ellin Daugr of Robert & Sarah Heath[coat]
  16. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [1804] Aprl 24 Burd Jane Daugr of Robt & Sarah Heathcote
  17. Burial entry in Parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    [1806] May 30 Burd Robt Heathcote
  18. Burial entry in Parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Sarah Heathcote Ashford [1821]
    Apl. 29
    84



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