‘Past Lives’ is the family history blog of Martin Robb – lecturer, blogger, and extremely amateur historian, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. The blog is a record of my research into the many and various branches of my family tree. My main 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’s family came to London from Aberdeenshire via Yorkshire in the early 19th century, and then slowly moved 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 17th century, as well as in Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Sussex.
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, Manser and Fowle, among many others.
You can search this site by clicking on the names in the list of surnames (recent posts appear first) or by entering a name or other key word in the ‘search’ box.
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 from a 1615 map of Stepney.