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Although born in England I have lived more than half my life in Australia and one of my biggest problems is tracing my ancestory online to before the 19th Century. It seems that the majority of earlier records have to be found at Registry Offices, Parish Churches and numerous and diverse sources that have not so far been able to have their records put on to the Internet. Never mind there is still much exciting stuff that can be found, for example:-
My maternal Grandmother was a Robinson, daughter of the founders of the ES&A paper business that brought considerable wealth to them. That was combined with a love for the English sport of cricket and the Robinson's are noted for establishing a family cricket team with some very notable player that existed from 1878 to 1964. Started by 3 sons of Edward Robinson and Maria Smith, one of whom was the 'E' in the ES&A business - so you can mix business with pleasure - the team involved 7 generations of Robinsons. But the connection with the sport didn't stop there because one of the sisters of that Grandmother married an E M Grace who was the brother of perhaps the most famous cricketer of them all W G Grace!
The business acumen of the Robinson's seems to go back to the 17th Century when they were successful nail makers in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. I am indebted to the connection with those mambers of the family to my brother who was able to make the connection by going to Dean and searching the local records, which corroborates my first paragraph.

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on 2014-04-01 21:35:20

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by ngairedith on 2014-04-01 21:58:15

thank you for sharing that
more about W. G. Grace (right-handed batsman & right arm medium bowler) and his brothers for your readers:

William Gilbert. 'W. G.' Grace, MRCS, LRCP (18 July 1848 23 October 1915) aka W.G., The Doctor, The Champion, The Big 'Un, The Old Man, was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is considered by many historians to have been the greatest cricketer of all time. Universally known as "W. G.", he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the United South of England Eleven (USEE) and several other teams. He came from a cricketing family: the appearance in 1880 of W. G. with E. M. Grace, Edward Mills Grace (1841-1911), one of his elder brothers, and Fred Grace, George Frederick Grace (1850-1880), his younger brother, was the first time three brothers played together in Test cricket.

by ChrisL on 2014-04-02 18:49:03

Thanks ngairedith that certainly shows the significance of W.G. in particular and families to cricket in England. The Robinson Family did play against the Grace Family and my brother informs me that at least 6 of the Robinson's played first-class cricket with Sir Foster Gotch Robinson captaining Gloucestershire County from 1919 to 1921. I do not have the complete list but there are almost 50 names on the Robinson Cricket Family Tree.

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