Detective work in the St. Hilda’s Church records, done by our UK friend Heather, has produced a clue to Ann Robinson Storey’s ancestry. To date, the surnames of the females who married into this Robinson line are Pounder and Rowntree. Unfortunately, numerous individuals with the name of Pounder, Robinson and Rowntree lived in Old Hartlepool, so distinguishing between families is often difficult.
There is limited information on these lines and some is speculation.
Francis Robinson and Ann Rowntree were married on June 7, 1795 at St. Hilda’s Church, Hartlepool, England by W. Harrison, minister. Witnesses for the ceremony were William Hood and Robert Shadforth. Neither Francis Robinson nor Ann Rowntree were able to write their name, but signed with an “X”.
Known children of Francis Robinson and Ann Rowntree
George Robinson, a fisherman from Hartlepool, England married Elizabeth Pounder of Hartlepool, England on May 14, 1826 at St. Hilda’s Church, Hartlepool, England. The ceremony was performed by William Wilson, Curate of Hartlepool. Witnesses were: William Horsley, George Comer and John Fletcher. Neither George Robinson nor Elizabeth Pounder were able to write their name and signed with an “X”.
Of interest is the origin of the surname Pounder, “From very early times, an important village official was the ‘pinder’ or ‘pounder’. His job was the impounding of stray cattle in the pinfold or pound until their owner redeemed them on payment of a fine.” According to Heather, “we have a true ‘dyed in the wool’ Hartlepool ancestor with the Pounder name that is special to the Headland (Old Hartlepool).”
The only known child of George Robinson and Elizabeth Pounder
When Ann married John Storey the witnesses were Mary Robinson (perhaps her sister) and William Sharps. In 1870, when Mary Ann Storey (Ann’s daughter) married George Henry Hughes, the witnesses were Jane Sharp and George Robinson Sharp. Perhaps there is a Sharp connection to one of these families.
THANK YOU to Heather from Middlesbrough, England, my Internet friend, who has done all of the research for the Robinson/Pounder lines.
THIS PAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Work on these lines is ongoing.
Updated: March, 2003
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