HISTORY OF THE ROBOTTOM NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)
This well-known northern English surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is either a topographical name from residence in an overgrown valley, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "ruh", rough, overgrown, with "botham", valley, or a locational name from some minor, unrecorded, or now "lost" place believed to have been situated in the Staffordshire/Lancashire area because of the high incidence of early surname recordings from that region.
Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognizable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. The prime cause of medieval village "disappearance" was the enforced clearing of rural settlements to make way for sheep pastures at the height of the wool trade from the 14th Century on, along with natural causes such as the Black Death of 1348, in which an eighth of the population perished.
surname is variously spelt Robottham, Rowbotham, Ro(w)bottom,
Roebottom and Rewbottom, in English Church Registers. On October 25th 1620,
Richard Rowbottom and Allice Barlow were married at Bury,
first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John
Robottham, which was dated July 26th 1540, a christening witness at Betley,
Staffordshire, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Bluff King
Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced
personal taxation. In
Our Robottom family including Whitaker & Silk
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg JOHN 2 ROBOTTOM ~ see 2
GENERATION ONE :
~ ~ WILLIAM ROBOTTOM was
born about 1747. William married MARY BOSWORTH on 29 April 1767 in Nuneaton,
William and Mary had twelve sons born from 1768 to 1779 (Joseph, William, John, Thomas, Samuel, George, James, Benjamin, Robert, Michael, Henry and Charles) Their only daughter Mary was born around 1780 and was their youngest child.
Children of WILLIAM ROBOTTOM and MARY BOSWORTH included:
JOHN 2 ROBOTTOM, born around 1770.
William died in 1799 and Probate was granted at
2. ~ ~ ~ JOHN ROBOTTOM (WILLIAM) was born around 1770 and was the third son of WILLIAM ROBOTTOM and MARY BOSWORTH. John married SUSANNAH MORETON.
Children of JOHN ROBOTTOM and SUSANNAH MORETON included:
WILLIAM 3 ROBOTTOM, born 28 March 1792.
3. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM
> JOHN) was born on 28 March 1792 and was
baptized on 24 March 1793 at Nuneaton,
On the 1841 Census William and Ann are recorded as the Resident Master and Resident Matron of Wandsworth & Clapham Union Workhouse. From 1855 until his death in 1861 William was Keeper of the Newington Sessions House.
Children of WILLIAM ROBOTTOM and ANN (ROBOTTOM) included:
WILLIAM 4 ROBOTTOM, born around 1815.
JOHN 5 ROBOTTOM, born 6 July 1821 in Weedon, Northamptonshire.
William died on 31 May 1861 in
DEATH NOTICE: William Robottom
Daily Southern Cross, 6 July 1870:
On March 26, at her residence, Grove Road, Acton, Middlesex, Ann, relict of the late William Robottom, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Aged 72.
4. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM ROBOTTOM (WILLIAM > JOHN > WILLIAM) was born around 1815 and was the son of WILLIAM ROBOTTOM and ANN (ROBOTTOM). He married SARAH (surname unknown) who was born around 1820.
Children of WILLIAM ROBOTTOM and SARAH (ROBOTTOM) included:
JULIA ELIZABETH ROBOTTOM, who died on 14 May 1858 aged 16 years.
ANN ELIZA ROBOTTOM, who died on 9 March 1894.
William died on 18 March 1879 and Sarah died on 24
July 1889. William and Sarah and the two girls were all buried at
5. ~ ~ ~
JOHN ROBOTTOM (WILLIAM > JOHN > WILLIAM) was born on 6 July 1821 in Weedon,
John was a Private in the 58th Light Infantry
Regiment. He and Catherine travelled from
After leaving the army John worked at Boot & Shoe
ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE
Advert for Grand vocal and Instrumental Concert
Programme: 3 Solo flute, "Fantasia" J. Robottom, Nicholson.
29 August 1854:
Concert Programme: Solo Flute, aria con variazione, Mr. Robottom, Nicholson.
11 March 1856:
Important Notice for the Boot and Shoe Warehouse.
The undersigned begs respectfully to inform the public, that he is Selling Off the whole of his Stock in Trade, at cost Prices.
15 July 1856::
J. Robottom begs to inform his numerous friends and customers that by particular request he will continue keeping on his business in
Children of JOHN ROBOTTOM and CATHERINE BRITTAIN were:
ELIZABETH HANNAH 6 ROBOTTOM, born 2
August 1845 in
JULIA ROBOTTOM, born 29 December 1847 and baptized 23
January 1848 at St Barnabas Anglican Church,
JOHN ROBOTTOM, born 6 August 1849 in
WILLIAM ROBOTTOM, born 6 February 1851 in
CATHERINE ROBOTTOM, born 17 March 1855 and baptized on
6 May 1855 at St Barnabas Anglican Church,
EMILY DORCAS ROBOTTOM, born Abt. 1861 in Napier. Emily was a School Teacher in 1893 and was resident at Shakespeare Terrace in Napier. She married in 1896 (spouse unknown)
6. ~ ~ ~
ELIZABETH HANNAH ROBOTTOM (WILLIAM > JOHN > WILLIAM > JOHN) was born
on 2 August 1845 and was baptized on 21 September 1845 in
> Refer to the WHITAKER family for more information about the family of George and the children of Elizabeth and George.
> Refer to the SILK family for more information about the family of Maria.
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