1675 - 1730
|Children||Mary, Sarah, John, (William), Lydia, Robert|
Robert was born in Flagg in 1675, the only son of William and Grace (1). His father died when Robert was just two years old (2), and his mother remarried shortly afterwards, to Thurston Dale (3).
Robert married Rebecca Bradbury, originally of Youlgreave, in 1696 (4). Rebecca's parents were dead, and her elder sister had married Cornelius Dale (5), a relation of Robert's stepfather, so it seems that Rebecca had probably been living in Flagg with her sister. They remained in Flagg after their marriage.
Their first child, Mary was born the following year (6), followed by Sarah at the begining of 1699 (11), then a son John in 1700 (7). I can't be certain about the next dozen or so years, because the Chelmorton parish registers are missing for this period, but they may have had a son William in 1704 (12). They had a daughter Lydia in early 1712 (13), and then their youngest son, Robert, was born in 1715 (8).
Robert obviously did something to upset his brother in law Cornelius, as the latter's will of 1719 states, "I request that my said Executors will take care that my Wifes Brother in Law Robert Heathcote never have or enjoy any thing that is mine or receive any part of the said Annuity left to my Wife".(9) However, we'll probably never know the cause. Robert died in 1730, and was buried in Chelmorton on 16th June (10).
Brief details of his children:
His marriage to Rebecca is unreadable on PR film and is not in the BT. Need to confirm in the original PR.