Robert Richardson Earnshaw was the third child of Robert Earnshaw and Ann Richardson born Oct-December 1873 at Seaham, Co. Durham.
Robert lived at home at Seaham Park, Seaham in 1881 but by 1891 the family had moved to Grange Terrace, Ryhope and Robert was working at the paper mill.
In 1901 Robert was still living at home, now Stockton Terrace, Ryhope, and he was a beater in the paper mill.
He married Janet Colling (born May 23rd, 1874, South Shields) in 1902 in Sunderland and they had 3 children. At the time of the birth of their second child, Frederick, they were living at 3 Ocean Rd, Grangetown. Their first child, Charlotte, died aged 4, but their 2 sons, Frederick and Stanley survived. Fred worked at the paper mill and Stanley qualified as an electrician.
Robert, Janet & son Frederick came to live at 9 Oxford St, Grangetown by 1911, which was adjacent to Leechmere Rd, Grangetown where several of his brothers lived. Robert was a papermaker's labourer at this time.
Robert lived at 9 Oxford St until his death, & according to Ward’s directory of Sunderland he was a papermaker throughout this time.
Robert died June 8th, 1934, aged 60, at 9 Oxford St and is buried at St Aidans cemetery, Grangetown. Administration of his estate was eventually granted to son Frederick, a paper maker, on March 15th, 1957 & his effects were £240.
The 1939 register shows Janet & son Frederick living at 9 Oxford St. Frederick was described as a paper maker.
Janet continued to live at 9 Oxford St, until at least 1945 with her son Frederick.
Janet died February 10th, 1957, aged 82, at 9 Oxford St, Grangetown, & was buried alongside husband Robert & daughter Charlotte. Administration of her estate was granted on February 26th, 1957 to son Frederick, a paper maker, & her effects were £789.7s.1d.
The children of Robert Richardson Earnshaw and Janet Colling were:
e.22.214.171.124 Charlotte Earnshaw born July-September 1903; died June 6th, 1907, buried St Aidans
e.126.96.36.199 Frederick Earnshaw born April 18th, 1908 & christened May 19th, 1908 at St Aidan’s, Grangetown; died April-June 1986 at Sunderland
e.188.8.131.52 Stanley Earnshaw born February 15th at 9 Oxford St, Grangetown & christened March 15th, 1921 at St Aidan’s, Grangetown; died November 1991 at Nottingham