Edward Robinson (c.1754 - 1820)

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Birthplace: Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire, UK
Death: Died in Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Edward ROBINSON was born in Yorkshire, England about 1754. He was a servant to the local theatre owner. Edward was a compulsive petty thief, and convicted of a number of offences, and sentenced to be hanged. This was commuted to Transportation for Life. He arrived in Sydney 1791 aboard the Admiral Barrington (last ship of the 3rd Fleet).

He partnered another convict, Mary Harrison, and had the first of 7 children at the Toongabbie Convict Settlement in 1795.

Edward became a property owner at Windsor grazing sheep. He was a Hawkesbury Pioneer. As well as land, he also became a hotel owner in Sydney and Parramatta. When his "wife" Mary died, he married another convict Ann Shorter. There were no children of this marraige. Edward died after illness, at his hotel, Halfway House, Parramatta, on 6/6/1820.

Source: http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/con311.htm http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/stories.html ______________________________________________________

Edward was a servant to Tate WILKINSON who operated the Theatre Royal in York and lived in lodgings at the rear of the theatre in what was called Mint Yard.

In 1789 Edward was charged with 14 counts of stealing. He would visit various taverns in and around York, and make off with the silverware, or in one incident, books. He was apphrehended, and several of the stolen items were found hidden in a box in his lodgings. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was convicted of all except one.

On 25 July 1789 at York Assizes Edward was sentenced 'to be hanged' but he was reprieved to transportation for life.

In January 1790 he was received on the prison hulk, 'The Lion' at Portsmouth Harbour. At the age of 29 on 27 Mar 1791 he sailed aboard ship 'Admiral Barrington' which arrived in Sydney on 16 October 1791 usually considered part of the Third Fleet. Edward received a pardon on 12 December 1794.

Source: RootsWeb. WorldConnect ‎[database on-line]‎. Ancestry.com, 2009

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Mary and Edward were probably not married. They had seven children and all birth records indicate the father as 'unknown', and each child bore the surname of HARRISON, after their mother, however, all records after this indicate the surname as being ROBINSON, after their father.

In the 1806 Muster Mary was listed as Mary Robinson per 'Mary Ann', free by servitude, housekeeper to Edward Robinson. Edward Robinson, 'Admiral Barrington' was listed as free by pardon, settler. This was the only Edward Robinson listed in the 1806 Muster.

In Marsden's Femal Muster of that year, she was listed as Mary Robinson, 'Mary Ann', concubine with 2 male & 5 female natural children ‎(illegitimate children living with the mother)‎. The indent of the 'Mary Ann' lists her as Mary Harrison. The only time her name is officially listed as Mary Ann is on her Burial Certificate.

Source: RootsWeb. WorldConnect [database on-line]. Ancestry.com, 2009 http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/family.php?famid=F16806&ged=purnellmccord.ged

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Edward Robinson's Timeline

1754
1754
Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire, UK
1791
1791
Age 37
Sydney, NSW, Australia
1795
May 10, 1795
Age 41
Sydney, NSW, Australia
1797
March 5, 1797
Age 43
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
1798
June 4, 1798
Age 44
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
1800
1800
Age 46
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
1803
1803
Age 49
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
1804
1804
Age 50
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
1820
June 5, 1820
Age 66
Sydney, NSW, Australia