Robert Lister was the fifth child of Thomas Lister & Hannah Herring christened April 30th, 1860 at Ormesby, Yorks.
In 1861 Robert & his parents & family were living at Ormesby, Yorks.
In 1871 Robert Lister (12) was listed as a pupil at Turners Hospital, Kirkleatham, Yorks. This ‘hospital’ was actually an almshouse set up to care for ‘10 old men & 10 old women & as a charity school for 10 poor boys & 10 poor girls who were orphans or neglected children’.
Robert married Sarah Eliza Fall in April-June 1887 in Northallerton. Sarah was christened on the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity 1866 at Osmotherley, the daughter of Isabel & William Fall, a publican.
In 1891 Robert & Sarah were living at Brick Kiln Cottage, Sharrow, Ripon & they had 4 children – Herbert (4), Robert (3), Edith M (2) & Sarah E (6 months). He was working as a timber merchant waggoner. Sarah was born c1867 at Osmotherley, Yorks.
Robert’s wife Sarah Eliza died in 1897, aged 30, & was buried on April 14th at St Peter & St Paul, Osmotherley.
In 1901 Robert was found lodging at Bowmans Yard, Northallerton & still working as a timber waggoner. He was obviously not able to keep the family together after his wife’s death as the 4 youngest children, Sarah (11), James (10), Bella (8) & Annie (6) were all boarding with the Santon family at Naylors Yard, Northallerton, the head of the household George being a chimney sweep. The older children were all working – Herbert (15) was an agricultural labourer living at Church House, Whorlton, Stokesley, Edith (14) was a domestic servant for the Sumbler family living in Westerdale, Guisborough, the head of the household James Sumbler was a blacksmith. Son Robert was boarding with Dorothy & John Blenkhorn in Osmotherley.
In 1911 daughters Bella & Annie were living at 65 Corporation Rd, Middlesbrough & the head of the household was widower John Nelson, a boiler minder.
The children of Robert Lister & Sara Eliza Fall were:
li.7.5.1 Herbert (Fall) Lister born Jan-March 1887 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.2 Robert Lister born Oct-December 1887 & christened April 8th, 1888 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.3 Edith Milley Lister christened January 13th, 1889 at Mickley, near Ripon
li.7.5.4 Sarah Elizabeth Lister born Oct-December 1890 at Mickley & christened March 23rd, 1891 at Sharrow, Ripon
li.7.5.5 James Edward Lister born Oct-December 1891 at Osmotherley
li.7.5.6 Isabel Lister born christened September 5th, 1893 at Osmotherley
li.7.5.7 Annie Elizabeth Lister born June 24th, 1895 & christened January 6th, 1896 at Osmotherley