The family of Robert Roebuck the emigrant,
moved to Darton from Felkirk about 1500. The name Robuck first
appears in the Darton Parish Registers, in 1544 with the burial
of Thomas Robucke on 1 May. Thomas was born in Felkirk, about
4 miles to the East, towards Pontefract, in about 1490.
Interestingly the name of the River Dearne appears to have been derived from 'deer'. The derivation of the name Darton from Saxon times, seems to be a town on the river of the deer, or a deer enclosure.
The Robert's English Family Tree chart shows all
the Darton Robucke's. In fact, this single family were the only Robucke inhabitants of the Parish
at that time from 1500 to 1676. This is confirmed by the tax assessment
of 1653, see below.
The Haigh's button links to the details
of Robert's maternal ancestors back to 1500 and to the Haige Family Tree.
Shortly after Robert Robucke had departed the village to find fame and fortune in America, his Elder brother Thomas did the same, but only as far as the village of Heath. This was circa 1680. The Thomas of Heath button links to further details of this branch of the family.
The Darton area map dates from 1854. The
Parish Church of All Saints is still there but the Parsonage
no longer exists as it was unfatunately on the path of the M1
The photographs of the Darton area include
those of the Parish Church, the Station, the Old School, the
Sunday School, the Vicarage and a view of the River Dearne from
the Darton Bridge.
The river Dearne, which would have played
a vital part in the life of the parish actually has its source
in the Graveship of Holme.
The stone Parish Church which still exists
has changed little externally since the Robucke's arrived circa
1500, but little else has survived or remained unchanged. Darton
has changed a lot over the years following the start of the industrial
revolution in the 18th century, with the mining of coal; the
arrival of the railways and more recently the M1 motorway, linking
Darton with Leeds, Sheffield and London.
In the course of the research in England
assessment made in January 1653 was found which lists most
of the families there. This was the year that Robert the Imigrant
was born. The families include those of Robert Robucke and several
of Haighe, Robert the Emigrant's maternal ancestors. This can
be compared with the list of Darton names for the period 1580
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