Robert Simpson

16 March 1770–
Norwich, Norfolk, England

The Life of Robert

When Robert Simpson was born on 16 March 1770, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, his father, Robert Simpson, was 30 and his mother, Barbara Wells, was 26. He married Mary Shakespear on 18 April 1796, in Great Wakering, Essex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters.

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Robert Simpson
Mary Shakespear
Marriage: 18 April 1796
Robert Simpson
John Simpson
Christopher Simpson
Mary Ann Simpson
Charlotte Simpson

Spouse and Children

18 April 1796
Great Wakering, Essex, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Robert Simpson


    Barbara Wells




    Elizabeth Simpson


    Diana Simpson



    Susanna Simpson


World Events (2)

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 5

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 17

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: patronymic from Sim .2 English: habitational name from any of three places in Devon, so named from Old English personal name Sigewine + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Robert Simpson in entry for John Simpson, "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997"
  • Robert Simpson in entry for Mary Ann Simpson, "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997"
  • Robert Simpson in entry for Christopher Simpson, "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997"

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