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Robert Weatherburn (1811-1880)

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c.1811 Born in Long Benton, Northumberland, son of Robert Wedderburn and Isabel Wilson[1]

The Weatherburns were associated with George Stephenson long before he made his mark as a locomotive builder.

1829 Robert took part in the Rainhill Trials

1832 He drove the first engine on the Leicester and Swannington Railway, the forerunner of the Midland Railway.[2]

c.1840 His son Robert was born in Coalville, Leicestershire

1841 Robert Wetherburn 29, lived in Whitwick, Leicestershire, with Anne Wetherburn 27, William Wetherburn 5, Margerat Wetherburn 4, Robert Wetherburn 2[3]

1848 Became a foreman at Leeds

1851 Robert Weatherburn 39, inspector of railways (born Long Benton, Northumberland), lived in Hunslet, with Ann Weatherburn 37, William Weatherburn 15, Margret Weatherburn 13, Robert Weatherburn 11, Ann Weatherburn 10, Isabel Weatherburn 5, John Weatherburn 3, Henry Weatherburn 6 Mo[4]

1861 Foreman engine smith, lived at Hunslet, with Ann Weatherburn 47, Ann Weatherburn 18, Isabella Weatherburn 14, John Weatherburn 13, Henry Weatherburn 11, Thomas Weatherburn 6, Ann Weatherburn 23, married, visitor[5]

1870 Locomotive foreman in Hunslet[6]

1871 Locomotive foreman, lived in Hunslet with Ann Weatherburn 57, John Weatherburn 23, engine fitter, Henry Weatherburn 20, ... maker, Thomas Weatherburn 16[7]

1872 Became a foreman at Derby

1880 Died on 15 May[8]

1881 Ann Weatherburn, a widow, annuitant, lived in Hunslet[9]

1890 His wife, Ann, died in Hunslet[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Christening index
  2. Obituary of Robert Weatherburn, Junior
  3. 1841 census
  4. 1851 census
  5. 1861 census
  6. Marriage of his daughter
  7. 1871 census
  8. Midland Railway employment records
  9. 1881 census
  10. BMD