Person:Robert Torbett (4)

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Robert Torbett
d.1795
m. ABT 1720
  1. John Torbett1721 - ABT 1763
  2. Robert Torbett1724 - 1795
  3. Hugh Torbett, of Chester County, PA and Pine Run, Augusta County, VA1730 - 1802
  4. Jane Torbett1734 -
  5. Elsie Torbett1736 - 1763
  6. Catherine Torbett1739 - 1763
  7. Margaret Torbett1740 -
  8. Allen Torbett1741 -
  9. David Torbett1742 -
  10. Elizabeth Torbett1743 - 1763
  11. Jannet TarbetABT 1748 - AFT 1763
  12. Nathaniel Torbett1779 -
m. BEF 1765
  1. Catherine Torbett1765 - 1830
  2. Robert TorbettBEF 1767 - 1822
  3. John TorbettABT 1770 - AFT 1850
Facts and Events
Name Robert Torbett
Alt Name Robert A. Tarbet, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth? 1724 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Marriage BEF 1765 prob. Chester County, Pennsylvaniato Elizabeth 'Betsy' Unknown
Death? 1795

Robert Torbett was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Records of Robert Torbett in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:


  • Vol. 2 - 1786--September 27, John Milliken and Isabella Doak; surety, Robert Torbet.
  • Vol. 2 - 1798--November 6, Anthony Black and John Torbet, surety. Anthony Black and Catherine Torbet, of age, daughter of Robert Torbet. "This is to certify that we are agreed to this match. Given under my hand. Hugh Torbet."
  • Vol. 2 - Torbett vs. Torbett--O. S. 29; N. S. 10--Augusta. Hugh and Robert Torbett were brothers. Samuel Torbett was son of Hugh. Anthony Black married Hugh Torbett's daughter. (Note: in the marriage record of Catherine Torbett and Anthony Black, shown above, Robert Torbett is clearly identified as Catherine's father. It appears that since Robert had died prior to this date that Hugh Torbett's listing as Catherine's father may have been because Hugh may have raised her after Robert's death, so he may have been her father "by proxy").
  • Vol 2, pp 300-309 by Lyman Chalkley, Marriage Bond in Augusta County, 1787--March 26, Robert Talbert and Hugh Talbert (Tarbet), surety. Robert Talbert and Martha Thompson, daughter of Wm. Thompson. (Note: this is marriage information for Robert Torbet, Jr.).

Information on Robert Torbett

ID: I33 Name: Robert TARBET Sr. Sex: M Birth: ABT 1737 in prob. Chester Co., Pennsylvania Death: ABT 1795 in Greenville, Augusta Co., Virginia Burial: Bethel Presb. Church Cemetery, Augusta Co., Virginia

Note: Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825, ancestry.com Date: 13 Jan 1763; Prove Date:

13 Aug 1766 Remarks: Hugh Tarbet of Oxford. January 13, 1763. August 13,1766. Provides for wife 

Katherine. To son John Tarbet £10 and large Bible. To daughter Jane, wife of James Read £5. To daughter Ealse, wife of John Faron £5. To daughter Katherine £5 and a cow. To son Hugh tract of land in Oxford containing 150 acres adjoining John Love, William Robb and David Brooks and £3. Remainder divided among children, viz., David, Margaret, Elizabeth, Allen, Jannet, and Robert Tarbet. Executors:Dorrinton Boyle, David Simpson and Hugh Tarbet. Witnesses: JohnPoston, Matthew Young, James Dunn.

This Robert arrived in Augusta Co., Virginia after his brother Hugh about 1780. Robert's tombstone is still readable @@ BethelPresb. Church Cemetery near Greenville, Augusta Co., Virginia. Two infants are buried next to Robert & Elizabeth (BT & PT).

?Listed in 1790 U.S. Federal Census, York County, Pennsylvania, Fawn, page 332. Robt Tarbit. 1 white male of age 16 years and upwards; 1 white male under 16 years; 2 white females.

Father: Hugh TARBET b: FEB 1691 in Kilbirnie, Scotland c: FEB 1692 in Kilbirnie Parish, Ayr Co., Scotland Mother: Catherine KATHERINE --??-- b: ABT 1700 in Northern Ireland

Marriage 1 Elizabeth "Betsy" --??-- Married: BEF 1765 in PA Children:

John TORBETT b: BEF 1770 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Robert TARBET Jr. b: BEF 1765 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania


According to Don Tarbet in "The T Trail" the marker in the Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery states that he died in 1795 at the age of 71 years. If this is correct, he was born in 1724, and maybe before the family left Scotland. Also the monument spells his name TOLBERT, which brings up the question of why a family member would insert an L in the name. There were Tolberts living in Virginia at this time which may mean that this stone is NOT Robert Torbett's marker.

If however this is Robert Torbett's marker, it is noteworthy that there are 2 small stones with the letters BT and PT on them. Possibly marking the graves of two children who died in infancy.

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