Robert Brockbank was one of a long line of joiners born at Hannakin just outside Hawkshead. Parish Registers show he married Agnes Taylor in 1814.
The couple had 9 children, 7 surviving to adulthood. The family appears in the 1841 Census at Foldyeat, with the 3 youngest children. John, aged 8, was to become my great great grandfather!
In 1851 the family is still at Foldyeat, the same children at home … but with the arrival of a grand-daughter (more later; I’ll finish the census trail first).
By 1861, the family had moved to Hannakin, with Robert’s son John established next-door with his own household. Robert still has his grand-daughter with him, plus a servant from Edinburgh, Isabella Denpam.
Robert’s wife Agnes died in 1856, aged just 62, on the death certificate “Rupture of vessel in brain” – a stroke. It was lovely to find a newspaper article describing how Agnes would visit the sick and dying in Hawkshead.
Children of Robert and Agnes
The couple’s first daughter, Sarah, died age 15 in 1830. Of their second daughter, Margaret born 1817, I have searched for a marriage or death but found nothing.
Robert and Agnes’s third daughter married a gentleman widower in 1857.
Like her mother, it looks like Ann was a popular village character, running a newspaper shop, according to this article in Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer reporting her death in 1903.
The daughter referred to in the article was John Rowlandson’s daughter by a previous marriage.
The next daughter, Jane born 1822 married John Atkinson in 1848. They had three children, but Jane died aged just 35, possibly in childbirth, but there’s no record of a surviving baby. Their son Robert Atkinson Brockbank also died young, aged 24.
Robert and Agnes had two boys who died within a week of each other in 1829.
Robert and Agnes’s seventh child was a daughter born in 1830, also named Agnes. She married Edward Gregson of Lancaster in 1853. I wonder how they met!
For many years, this family lived at 31 Lovat Street, West Derby, Liverpool, but by 1911 they had moved to 6 Old Mill Lane, Formby, with 3 of their 7 surviving children. Edward and Agnes died within months of each other in winter 1912/13, both aged 82.
Robert and Agnes’s son John Brockbank was my great-great grandfather. There are two posts covering John’s long and interesting life:
And finally a tree showing Robert and Agnes’s children and grandchildren. It’s likely that some of their descendants have stayed in the Hawkshead area!