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Robert Lister [li.7.5]

Robert Lister was the fifth child of Thomas Lister & Hannah Herring born April-June 1860 at Ormesby, Yorks.

In 1861 Robert & his parents & family were living at Ormesby, Yorks.

In 1871 Robert Lister (12) was listed as a pupil at Turners Hospital, Kirkleatham, Yorks. This ‘hospital’ was actually an almshouse set up to care for ‘10 old men & 10 old women & as a charity school for 10 poor boys & 10 poor girls who were orphans or neglected children’.

By 1891 Robert had married Sarah Elizabeth & was living at Brick Kiln Cottage, Sharrow, Ripon & they had 4 children – Herbert (4), Robert (3), Edith M (2) & Sarah E (6 months). He was working as a timber merchant waggoner. Sarah was born c1867 at Osmotherley, Yorks.

Robert’s wife Sarah Elizabeth died in April-June 1897, her death being registered at Northallerton, aged 30.

In 1901 Robert was found lodging at Bowmans Yard, Northallerton & still working as a timber waggoner. He was obviously not able to keep the family together after his wife’s death as the 4 youngest children, Sarah (11), James (10), Bella (8) & Annie (6) were all boarding with the Santon family at Naylors Yard, Northallerton, the head of the household George being a chimney sweep. The older children were all working – Herbert (15) was an agricultural labourer living at Church House, Whorlton, Stokesley, Edith (14) was a domestic servant for the Sumbler family living in Westerdale, Guisborough, the head of the household James Sumbler was a blacksmith.

The children of Robert Lister & Sara Elizabeth were:

li.7.5.1 Herbert Lister born c1887 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.2 Robert Lister born Oct-December 1887 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.3 Edith Milley Lister born Jan-March 1889 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.4 Sarah Elizabeth Lister born Oct-December 1890 at Mickley
li.7.5.5 James Edward Lister born Oct-December 1891 at Osmotherley
li.7.5.6 Isabel Lister born July-September 1893 at Osmotherley
li.7.5.7 Annie Elizabeth Lister born July-September 1895 at Osmotherley


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