Are you a descendant of Thomas Bowman Robb, born in West Ham in January 1887, married to Eva, who emigrated to New Zealand and had daughters Edna Robb and Mabel Robb? If so, I’d very much like to hear from you, and I’m hoping that someone googling these names will find their way to this blog.

Thomas was the older brother of my grandfather, Arthur Ernest Robb (b. 1897), and the son of Charles Edward Robb (b.1851) and Louisa Bowman (b. 1856). His daughter Edna was my grandad’s cousin – unfortunately I don’t know her married name. 

It was Edna who came over to England in about 1972 and researched her English and Scottish roots. She found the extract from the family Bible, and the memorandum written by William Robb, of which I have a typed copy. I would love to know who has the original documents – and whether Edna saw copies, or was able to take the originals back with her to New Zealand.

I’m sure Edna must have passed away by now, but perhaps her children or grandchildren have inherited some of the information about the family history of the Robbs that she unearthed. If so, perhaps they’d like to get in touch.

In the meantime, I’ll try to find out more about Thomas’ emigration and what happened to his family once the reached New Zealand. My grandfather’s papers include some cuttings relating to the Seagers who emigrated to NZ – they were the family of his father Charles’ mother Fanny Seager – but nothing about his brother Thomas.