Son of John Robson and Jane Watson.
William was born 9th November 1834 in Wincomb Lea (possibly Walker) and died 12th January 1914.
He married Jane Wilkinson on May 25th 1857.
They had eight children - the first two were born in Blythe, Northumberland: John Thomas Robson (born 1859) and Margaret Robson (born 1860); Jane Ann (born 1863 - birthplace unknown); and then the latter 5 in Sunderland - Isabella Robson (1865), Barbara(1867), Mary Anna (1869), Emily (1872) and William (1879).
John Thomas (known as Jack) married a lady called Dorothy. They had six children - all pictured below - Harry, Dorothy (Dot), Jennie, Winnie, Arthur (also pictured above) and Bertha.
Jane Ann, married Christopher Hill Hodgson (a part time photographer) and had four children, William Robson Hodgson (WRH), Norah, Ena and Mary. All are pictured in the photo above.
Isabella married a Garrow and had one child (Ella).
Mary Anna (known as Nanna) married Jack Curry and had one known child Jack Curry Junior.
Their youngest son, William married Amy and had two children, shown but names unknown.
William Robson worked in the timber business (W. Robson & Co., East Side, South Dock, Sunderland). His two sons continued the business.
In 1886 the Robson family were living at 6 Harold Street, Sunderland (from marriage certificate). The 1871 census still has them at this address. They had previously lived at 36 Henry Street (1861 census), sharing it with another family. Harold Street lay off South Salem Street and was destroyed in WW2. Harold Square now stands on the location. According to the 1911 census return, the house in Harold Street had 9 rooms (on 3 floors). Plans show it to be terraced. Similar houses exist in adjacent street (2009).
He died in 1914 a rich man leaving the very considerable sum of £24,058-6-0. His gross estate was worth (2009 £s) £1,710,000 by rpi or £8,950,000 using average earnings.