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Robert EMMERSON

Male 1777 - 1856  (78 years)


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  • Name Robert EMMERSON  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 5 Oct 1777  South Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Year may be 1778 per date in 1851 census
    Christened 5 Oct 1777  South Somercotes , Louth, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: IGI Batch C058621- St. Peters Church
    Gender Male 
    Burial The "Number of Certificates - three" is unusual. For each man two certificates would have been made
    out, one going straight to the district treasurer, and the second carried by him (useful if stopped by
    constables on route) to HMS Nonsuch, which was moored on the Humber on White Booths Road. There
    he would have been paid the bounty of £10. 10. 00d and shipped off to a man of war very quickly, in case
    he decided to desert. (Recommended Reading "Nelson's Navy 1793 - 1815 by Brian Lavery.
    I have a letter handed down to me from my father as follows. The paper bears the watermark of
    Britannia. Written in Robert Emerson's handwriting.  [4
    Cause of Death Decay of nature--not certified 
    Occupation 1851--Annuitant leter Warrant Officer (Navy):  [3
    Occupation Annuitant (letter) Warrant Officer 
    Occupation Navy Warrant Officer; Cottager 
    Died Jul 1856  North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Parish Register of North Somercotes, LDS Film 1542004
    Buried 15 Jul 1856  North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St. Mary's Church, Parish records, per Leslie Deane
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from a letter from Quinton McMillan: "In 1841 Robert (Emmerson) and his wife Anne are shown as living on their own, and yet daughter Anne was 14. We must assume that she had gone to work as a servant or maid of some sort and lived in on the job, a common practice in those days where presumably she met a young shoemaker called Emerson Snowden, who upon marrying took his father-in-law's surname for his Christian name, again not uncommon in the days before bureaucracy. This Anne could not have been a grand daughter, the time scale is too short . And, as both Emerson's and Anne's birth took place before compulsory registration, there is no real way of knowing. However, Anne was born in South Somercotes, so she may have been living there in 1841. Emerson was born in Scamblesby but again is not shown in the census of 1841 as living there so he, too, must have been living as an apprentice shoe-maker. However, it 99.9% certain that Anne was the daughter of Robert and Anne."

      Quinton McMillan further states in his letter that Robert "did indeed serve on board H.M.S. Victory, not at Trafalgar but from 1808 as a bos'ns mate aged 25--he is listed as age 25, Yeoman of the Sheets ( presumably in charge of the rigging.)

      Born at S. Somercotes. She (HMS Victory) was then Admiral Saumarez' flag ship stationed at Gottenburg in Sweden to exercise naval parsev (?) in the Baltic Sea, where you must remember, Sweden was our only ally against the territorial ambitions of Napoleon. Great Britain was blockading Europe and stopping and se arching ships at sea, many from America & sometimes impressing seamen to serve in the Royal Navy, of the the causes of what the U.S. calls the War of 1812. To the British, this was a side show and of little importance as we were fighting the French in India and in Spain. So the British navy was v. busy indeed."

      Further, Quinton says: "A description of him in R___ Muster Book of H.M.S. Grua reads 5 f t 6-1/2 ins tall, brown hair, blue eyes, short hair tied back (pigtail), tattoo on left arm , 2 hearts together pierced by arrow. On right arm, name in full. (no dog tags in those days)."
      ===
      Parish Register of North Somercotes, 1558-1996
      FHL British Film #1542004
      Found a Robert Emmerson in the burial records. Buried on 15 July 1856, age 79 years. (b. 1777)

      ===
    • Source: place of birth, Louth, from 1851 census.
    • PRESS GANGED TO JOIN NAVY
      We Charles Massinberd and William Marshall Esq, two of the Justices of the Peace in and for this County and
      parts and acting in and forthe Division in which the parts here of do hereby certify that Robert EMERSON hath
      voluntarily entered himself in the Service of His Majesty's Navy, and that his description is as underwritten:-
      Number of Certificates Three
      Name Robert EMERSON
      Place of Birth or lawful settlement Born at South Somercotes and belongs to North Somercotes as aforesaid
      Age 17
      Calling Farmer's Servant
      And we do further certify that the Sum of £31. 10 hath been agreed to be paid as a bounty to the said Robert
      EMERSON on his entering into such Service; And we do hereby direct that the Sum of £10. 10 Part thereof,
      shall be paid to the said Robert EMERSOM at the time of his enrolement. Given under our Hands and Seals the
      22 Day of April in the Year of our Lord 1795. Signed C. Burrell Masingberd and W. Marshall
      The "Number of Certificates - three" is unusual. For each man two certificates would have been made out, one
      going straight to the district treasurer, and the second carried by him (useful if stopped by constables on route)
      to HMS Nonsuch, which was moored on the Humber on White Booths Road. There he would have been paid
      the bounty of £10. 10. 00d and shipped off to a man of war very quickly, in case he decided to desert.
      (Recommended Reading "Nelson's Navy 1793 - 1815 by Brian Lavery.
      I have a letter handed down to me from my father as follows. The paper bears the watermark of Britannia.
      Written in Robert Emerson's handwriting.
      Written from HMS Sloop SHELDRAKE, Chatham Dated May 28 1816
      Honerable Sir,
      I have to request that you will be pleased to inform me concerning some prizemoney which I expect is at
      Greenwich for HMS Getna, bomed in the year 1803 and HMS Breas in the year 1806 and HMS Victory in the
      year 1808 and H M Sloop Sheldrake in the year 1812. Should you Honarable Sir favour your Servant with a
      line in answer to know whether there is any prizemoney belonging to me for the above ships I shall feel ever
      truly thankful.
      I remain Honaarble Sir Your most Obedient Humble Servant. Rob Emmerson

      Addressed to Rick Smith, Clerk Cheque, Royal Hospital, Greemwich
      1851 Census - North Somercotes
      Robert Emmerson Head Mar 73 Annuitant Retired Warrent Officer bn South Somercotes, Lincs
      Ann Emmerson Wife Mar 68 Not known
      Deaths in the District of Saltfleet in the County of Lincoln - Page 65
      Entry No 322 - On 14 July 1856 at North Somercotes Robert EMMERSON aged 79 years Cottager, Decay of
      Nature - Not Certified. Death registered by Ann SNOWDEN present at Death at North Somercotes. Registered
      on 15 July 1856 Signed Jos Jepson Registrar
      NB Ann SNOWDEN wife of Emerson SNOWDEN present at death.
      Burial: 15 Jul 1856 Robert EMMERSON 79 Lincs North Somercotes, St Mary (NBI)

      NB Ann SNOWDEN wife of Emerson SNOWDEN present at death.

      ===
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      Deaths in the District of Saltfleet in the County of Lincoln - Page 65
      Entry No 322 - On 14 July 1856 at North Somercotes Robert EMMERSON aged 79 years Cottager,
      Decay of Nature - Not Certified. Death registered by Ann SNOWDEN present at Death at North
      Somercotes. Registered on 15 July 1856 Signed Jos Jepson Registrar
      NB Ann SNOWDEN wife of Emerson SNOWDEN present at death.
      Burial: 15Jul1856RobertEMMERSON79LincsNorth Somercotes, St Mary (NBI)
      === [4]
    Person ID I83  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2012 

    Father Richard EMMERSON,   b. 3 Dec 1732, South Somercotes , Louth, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1795, , Lincolnshire, England. UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth HUTTON,   b. Abt Jul 1740, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Nov 1771  South Somercotes , Louth, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • St. Peter's Church--Source: IGI Batch C058621, Call 0508040.
    _UID D472CB3A50EB431E8538F165797BCAEBA3A2 
    Family ID F6205  Group Sheet

    Family Ann FOUND,   b. Abt 1782, Eltham, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1866  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1811  Alverstoke , Southampton (Hampshire), England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Alvestone Parish--Source: Book The English Emmersons, Lincoln
    _UID 2371CCC307144BA4A0028DD861ADEED50590 
    Notes 
    • Marriage found on Hugh Wallis website,
      representing LDS index of
      Alverstoke Parish, Hampshire, England
      Marriage date of 9 Jan 1811
      Spouse: Ann Found
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      Photo of birth record, Alverstoke Parish, found on Ronsgen.com
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      Photo of marriage record, Alverstoke parish, found on Ronsgen.com
      ===
    Children 
     1. Eliza EMERSON,   b. Abt 1807, , , England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1867, , Lincolnshire, England. UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Ann (Not Verified) EMMERSON,   b. 23 Feb 1846, Louth, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Alverstoke Parish Record
Marriage of Robert Emerson and Ann Found
    Alverstoke Parish Record Marriage of Robert Emerson and Ann Found
    Solemnized on the ninth day of January of 1911.
    Both Robert and Ann signed the document with their "X"
    Alverstoke, Hampshire, England Parish Records
Marriage of Robert Emerson and Ann Found
9 January 1811
    Alverstoke, Hampshire, England Parish Records Marriage of Robert Emerson and Ann Found 9 January 1811
    Histories
    History of Robert Emerson and Ann Found
    History of Robert Emerson and Ann Found
    Married by banns, 9th day of January 1811 at Alvestone Parish, Southampton, England
    Robert Emerson went into the Navy and was superannuated as boatswain of H.M.S. Sheldrake, June 30, 1817, given at Chatham 3 July 1817. He was wrecked in HMS Boreas (Commander Scott) on the Hanny Rocks, off Guernsey, in 1807. He also served in HMS Victory. He was baptized October 5, 1777, at South Somecotes, Co. Lincoln. He left issue: (Children)

    Family ID F116  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    Some Emerson history
    Some Emerson history

  • Sources 
    1. [S44] Film.

    2. [S538]

    3. [S493] 1851 England Census--North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire, England, UK.

    4. [S351] Family History, Shirley (Johnson) Berry.

    5. [S717] Hutton_Deane Family Tree.

    6. [S709]