Person:Thomas Robinson (113)

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  • HThomas RobinsonAbt 1786 - 1856
  • WAnn Bedford1793 - 1859
m. 17 Oct 1817
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Robinson
Gender Male
Birth[2] abt 1786 Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, England
Marriage 17 Oct 1817 Bow Brickhill, Buckinghamshire, Englandto Ann Bedford
Census[4] 30 Mar 1851 Bedford, Bedfordshire, EnglandCounty Prison, St Loyes Street
Death[5] 1856 Bedfordshire, England

Thomas Robinson said he was born around 1786 at Husborne Crawley in Bedfordshire, although no baptism record has been found for him. He also went by the alias of Thomas Haley, so it is perhaps significant that in 1787 there was a marriage of a Thomas Robinson and Ann Hailey in the nearby town of Newport Pagnell - perhaps he was born shortly ahead of his parents' marriage.

Thomas's first confirmed sighting is on 17th October 1817, when he married Ann Bedford at Bow Brickhill in Buckinghamshire. They were both living in Bow Brickhill at the time of their marriage, but shortly afterwards moved to Aspley Guise in Bedfordshire. They had three children baptised at Aspley Guise between 1819 and 1823, then another two children baptised at nearby Salford in 1830 and 1832. There are also a couple of burials of children born in the late 1820s at Aspley Guise and Salford, who may also have been their children.

In 1823 Thomas was convicted for a breach of the game laws. He was described as a labourer of Hogsty End, being a hamlet which straddled the parishes of Aspley Guise in Bedfordshire and Wavendon in Buckinghamshire. Hogsty End would later become known as Woburn Sands. He was said to be five feet ten inches tall, with light brown hair and sandy whiskers. He was sentenced to three months in Bedford Gaol.

In the 1841 census, Ann and their two youngest children were living at Husborne Crawley with Ann's brother. Thomas was not with them on census night.

In 1850, Thomas was again sent to Bedford Gaol. He had been an inmate of the Woburn Union Workhouse, but had refused to do the work he was given of breaking stones. He was sentenced to 21 days hard labour. Three months after his release he was again back in the Woburn Union Workhouse. On 6th March 1851 he assaulted the master of the workhouse and was sent to Bedford Gaol again for two months hard labour. He appears in prison in Bedford for the census taken later that month. Ann and their daughter Ruth appear in the 1851 census living at Bow Brickhill.

Thomas appears to have died in 1856 in the Woburn area. He was probably in his late 60s or early 70s. Ann survived him by three years.

References
  1.   Bedfordshire Record Office. Bedfordshire Gaol Register. (Bedford).

    Name: Thomas Robinson
    Record ID: 13819
    Reference Doc: BLARS QGV11/1
    ID in Reference Doc: 684
    Date committed: 16 Jun 1823
    Age: 26 [1792/3]
    Height: 5'10"
    Hair: Light brown
    Eyes: Hazel
    Complexion: Fair
    Identifying features: Sandy whiskers
    Occupation: Labourer
    Born: Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire
    Residence: Hogsty End, Bedfordshire
    Offence: Breach of the Game Laws
    Gaol: Bedford, New House of Correction
    Sentence: 3 months
    Prison Work: Wardsman
    General remarks: Very good
    Discharged: 7 Sep 1823

  2. Bedfordshire Record Office. Bedfordshire Gaol Register. (Bedford).

    Name: Thomas Robinson
    Committed: 15 Nov 1850
    Record ID: 9652
    Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/3
    ID in Reference Doc: 780
    Alias: Thomas Haley
    Age: 64 [1785/6]
    Height: 5'10"
    Eyes: Blue
    Complexion: Fresh
    Visage: Round
    Identifying features: Lost several of his teeth in front of his mouth
    Occupation: Labourer
    Education: Neither
    Marital Status: Married
    Children: 3
    Birthplace: Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire
    Residence: Woburn Union, Bedfordshire
    Offence: On 15th Nov 1850 at Woburn being a person relieved in the workhouse of the Woburn Union while in such workhouse refusing to perform certain work to wit breaking stones
    Gaol: Bedford, New House of Correction
    Sentence: 21 Days Hard Labour
    No. of previous convictions: 4
    Discharged: 5 Dec 1850

  3.   Bedfordshire Record Office. Bedfordshire Gaol Register. (Bedford).

    Name: Thomas Robinson
    Committed: 7 Mar 1851
    Record ID: 9898
    Reference Doc: BLARS QGV10/3
    ID in Reference Doc: 1026
    Alias: Thomas Haley
    Age: 65 [1785/6]
    Height: 5'10"
    Hairs: Inclined to sandy
    Eyes: Blue
    Complexion: Fresh
    Visage: Round
    Identifying features: Lost several of his front teeth
    Occupation: Labourer
    Education: Neither
    Marital Status: Married
    Children: 3
    Birthplace: Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire
    Residence: Woburn Union, Bedfordshire
    Offence: On 6th March 1851 at Woburn assaulting Joseph Smith Cook the Master of Woburn Union Workhouse and an officer of the said Union when then in the execution of his duty.
    Gaol: Bedford, New House of Correction
    Sentence: 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or pay 6 pound fine 1 pound and sixpence costs
    Previous convictions: 4
    Discharged: 6 May 1851

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1851 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class HO107; Piece 1751; Folio 633; Page 15, 30 Mar 1851.

    Address: County Prison, St Loyes Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire
    [Many prisoners, including:]
    Thomas Robinson, prisoner, married, male, 65 [1785/6], Labourer, b. Husband Crawley, Bedfordshire

  5. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    d. Thomas ROBINSON, March Quarter 1856, Woburn Registration District, Volume 3b, page 230, aged 68 [1787/8]