Robert Maurice Bishop

Robert Maurice Bishop was the sixteenth of the eighteen children of James Simpson Bishop and his wife Ann Bailey Bowers of Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.

Robert Maurice Bishop with his wife Dorcas (née Hawes). Photo: Ralph Sparrow.
Above: Robert Maurice Bishop with his wife Dorcas (née Hawes). Photo: Ralph Sparrow.

Robert's first appearance on the census was in 1881, where he appears aged 7 months old with his parents living along the High Street of Wicken. He remained in Wicken working in agriculture for many years.

In 1901, Robert is noted as one of three Horse Keepers on the farm of farm bailiff Daniel Norman, in March, Cambridgeshire. By the time of the 1911 census he is noted as a 'labourer', which he appears as again in 1924 at the marriage of his daughter Elsie.

Robert married Dorcas Hawes, and the couple settled down to become parents of six children. Sadly, their oldest son Robert died of Spanish Flu when he was 12 years old at the end of the First World War. His infant sister Nellie also died, aged 2 years in 1915, but her cause of death is not yet known.

Dorcas pre-deceased Robert by 22 years, when she died on Christmas Day 1949 aged 67 years.

Life Events


  • 1880 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 2nd July 1882 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Dorcas Hawes (1882-1949) on 26th April 1902 at St. Laurence's Church, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Elsie Dorcas Bishop (1902-2000) married Claude Canham (1901-1980)
  • Robert Maurice Bishop (1904-1918)
  • Bernard William Bishop (1906-1992) married Rose Elizabeth Woolf (1906-?)
  • Grace Bishop (1908-2012)
  • Nellie Bishop (1912-1915)
  • Winifred Emily Bishop (1915-1998) married Alfred Wilson Sparrow (1909-2002)

Census and Residence

  • 1881: 7mths, High Street, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: 10yrs, Hall Fen, Stretham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1901: 19yrs, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 30yrs, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1901: Horse Keeper for Daniel Norman (Farm Bailiff) at March, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911, 1924: Labourer


  • 17th January 1971 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 90 years.


  • circa January 1971, with his wife Dorcas, at Wicken Cemetery, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England.

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