1750 - 1806
|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:
|The Marriage was solemnized between Us||Robert His+mark Heathcote|
|Sarah Her+mark Hawley|
|In the Presence of||Solomon Mycock|