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Robert Stephenson

Also Known As: "Old Bob"
Birthplace: Wylam, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Stephenson and Agnes Stephenson
Husband of Mabel Stephenson
Father of George Stephenson; John Stephenson; Eleanor Liddell; James STEPHENSON; Robert Stephenson, Sr. and 2 others
Brother of William Stephenson; James Stephenson; Elizabeth Brady and Nancy Stephenson

Occupation: foreman at the Wylam colliery pumping engine
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About Robert Stephenson

Robert Stephenson worked as fireman on a steam engine driving a water-pump at a colliery at Wylam, a small village on the north bank of the Tyne near Newcastle. This was an unskilled job for which he was paid labourer’s rate.

Robert Stephenson was known as “Old Bob”. They were a respectable couple, careful and hard-working. For some time after their marriage, Robert resided with his wife at Walbottle, a village between Wylam and Newcastle, where he was employed as a labourer at the colliery; after which the family removed to Wylam, where he found employment as a fireman of the old pumping-engine at that colliery.

Mabel and Robert lived in a common, two-storied, red-tiled, rubble house, portioned off into four labourers’ apartments. It was known by the name of High-street House, and was originally so called because it stands by the side of what used to be the old riding post-road or street between Newcastle and Hexham, along which the post was carried on horseback.

The house was an ordinary labourer’s dwelling; its walls are unplastered, its floor is of clay, and the bare rafters are exposed overhead.

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Robert Stephenson's Timeline

Wylam, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
March 4, 1779
Age 26
Wylam, Northumberland, England
June 9, 1781
Age 28
Wylam, Northumberland
April 1784
Age 31
Wylam, Ovingham, Northumberland
March 10, 1788
Age 35
Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
November 4, 1789
Age 36
Wylam Northumberland, England
July 19, 1792
Age 39
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland