Thomas and Ann Robarts
Died 30th and 30th September 1849
Above and below: Thomas and Anns burials, on separate days despite dying together
Thomas and Ann Robarts were both sixty years old when they both died on the 30th September, at the worst time of the cholera outbreak in Alnwick.
There are a number of ambiguities on their records . From the Rawlinson Report , Thomas was living at Clayport Street and Ann was recorded as living at Paikes Street, yet on their burial records their addresses were both Pottergate. Ann was clearly of surname Robarts on the Bishops Transcripts of her burial, but with an “e” on her first name. Thomas’s surname is written less clearly as either Robarts or Roberts on the same record.
We had assumed that they were husband and wife but no record of a marriage has turned up so far. Were they related in some other way, such as even being twins, or maybe not related at all? In any event, they were both buried in the mass graves at the rear of St. Michael’s Church, although on different day.
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