My name is Martin Robb and I’m an amateur historian, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.
This blog is a record of my research into the many and various branches of my family tree. My aim, to adapt the words of E. P. Thompson, is to rescue from obscurity the servants, shoemakers, laundresses and law clerks whose interwoven lives created the conditions for my own.
My father is Peter Ernest Robb (b. 1933), son of Arthur Ernest Robb (1897 – 1979) and Mary Emily Elizabeth Webb (1898 – 1965). My mother is Joyce Alma Londors (b. 1933), daughter of George John Londors (1896 – 1961) and Minnie Louisa Roe (1902 – 1987). My father’s family tree also includes the surnames French, Bowman, Larke, Seager and Monteith, while my mother’s includes Blanch, Holdsworth, Gibson, Greene, Byne, Forrest, Manser and Fowle, among many others.
My father’s family came to London from Aberdeenshire via Yorkshire in the early nineteenth century, and then moved slowly eastwards until they reached East Ham. My mother’s family also ended up in East Ham, but they have roots in Stepney and the City of London going back at least to the early seventeenth century, as well as in Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Sussex.
Family history is essentially a collaborative endeavour, and comments are always welcome, especially from relatives, however distant, and those researching the same families, periods and places. Contributions will always be acknowledged.
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The header image is part of a 1615 map of Stepney (via spitalfieldslife.com)