Robertson Robinson, Jane 1

Birth Name Robertson Robinson, Jane 2a
Gender female
Age at Death 84 years, 11 months


No birth record has been found for Jane Robertson or Robinson. She was born in Londonderry, or Derry, Ireland around 1806. Her family might have been of English or Scottish descent. The surnames Robertson and Robinson were interchangeable in Ireland, and did not necessarily indicate if the person was of Scottish or Irish descent.

There was an entry for a Jane Robinson, age 29, in the 1831 census of Kenaught, Balteagh, Londonderry. Records for this Church of Ireland parish start in 1808.

There is a marriage record for Thomas and an Ann Robinson in 1832, in the church they attended in Charlottetown, and this could be her. With an Irish accent, Jane/Jeanne could be mistaken for Ann. The other men on the Island with a similar name were Thomas Bears, who married an Ann Ferguson, Belle Creek, in the Church of Scotland in 1840, and a Thomas Beer with wife Mary McLeod in Cherry Valley. In the PEI Baptismal Index, Jane's name was given as Robinson. Local histories, such as Histories and Stories of Clyde River, note that a Jane Robertson was married to Thomas Beer. More grandchildren were given the name Robertson, than Robinson. Her gravestone and obituary gave Robertson.

When Jane (Robertson) Beer died, a notice appeared in The Summerside Journal dated Thursday January 22 1891 which read as follows: "At Bannockburn, Queen's County, on the 20 ult., Jane Robertson, aged 84 years, wife of Thomas Beer. The deceased was born in County Derry, Ireland and with a large number of emigrants, sailed for Canada in 1836. When near her destination, the ship was wrecked, many of her crew and passengers perishing. The deceased was one of the few rescued, living to a ripe old age, respected by all who knew her."

The date of this shipwreck, which was presumably when she emigrated, does not fit with the birth of her children on the Island in 1832 and 1835. There were a number of ships carrying emigrants from Ireland that floundered in the ten years before 1836, but I have been unable to find Jane on a passenger list, or in a newspaper report on the sinking.

Jane's gravestone in Milton, PEI says "Jane Robertson, beloved wife of Thomas Beer died Dec 20 1890 at 84. A native of Londonderry, Ireland"

See also:
GALLANT, PETER. An Index of Irish Immigrants Based on Obituaries and Death Notices in Prince Edward Island Newspapers and A Listing of Some Irish Immigrants Based on Tombstone Transcriptions from Various Cemeteries in Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown, PE: The Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society, 1990. 81p.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1806 Derry, Ireland from census records, local history of Clyde River, and Summerside paper 2b
Death December 1890 Bannockburn, Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada at age 84  
Residence 1881 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   2c


Family of Beer, Thomas and Robertson Robinson, Jane

Married Husband Beer, Thomas ( * about 1806 + October 14, 1896 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1832 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada if this is them in the St. Paul's records  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Beer, Mary AnneNovember 11, 1832March 24, 1898
Beer, WilliamMarch 29, 1835October 2, 1923
Beer, ElizabethJanuary 6, 1837February 1, 1911
Beer, JamesDecember 9, 1838December 5, 1918
Beer, RebeccaNovember 15, 1841December 9, 1919
Beer, GeorgeNovember 22, 1845May 22, 1890

Source References

  1. Gallant, Peter: An index of Irish immigrants based on obituaries and death notices in Prince Edward Island newspapers, 1835-1910.
  2. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1808 Birth place: Ireland Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1808 Birth place: Ireland Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1808 Birth place: Ireland Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada