Ann Foxton was
supposedly born at sea in December
1811, eleven months after the birth of her brother, John Greenlaw Foxton. (See
family letter). However, her birth is recorded at Bedford Square,
London and her baptism at June 25, 1812 at St. Paul, Deptford, London, England.
Little is known of her until she migrated to Australia
with her mother and her mother's new husband, Robert Jones.
Ann Foxton married James Brand Ritchie Robertson,
the brother of Sir John
Robertson, on 21 March 1835 at St Phillips, Sydney, and had 12
children, 3 of whom died in early childhood. They lived in the Hunter
Valley NSW at Phoenix Park, then Wallalong, Paterson's River, then Moor
Park at Morpeth. He was the first mayor of Morpeth, and the Chairman of
the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company for a quarter of a century. Ann
Foxton - Robertson died of heart disease at Moor Park, near Morpeth, NSW
on 30 July 1864.
Their children included:-
- James John Robertson, a District
Superintendent of Railways of the Great Northern Line
- William Foxton Robertson, a Chamber Magistrate at
- John Augustus Robertson, Manager of the Peel River
company's station "Curriwillinghi" on the Queensland border
- Walter Graham Robertson, manager of the Commercial
Banking company of Sydney at Wollongong, and Captain of the NSW
Volunteer Artillery at Wollongong
- Wilhelmina Emma Robertson, who married Mortimer William Lewis,
an architect. His father, Mortimer Lewis was the NSW Colonial Architect from 1835 to
1849. He prepared plans for the Australian Museum near Hyde Park, Sydney.
The Lewis Wing exists today.
After the death of Ann Foxton, James BR Robertson
married his housekeeper, Mary Ingram, and had 14
John Robertson - brother of James Brand Ritchie Robertson
John Robertson was the Representative for Mudgee. He was
Premier of NSW five times, including from 1860-61, 1868-70, 1875-77, and
1885-86. He was Colonial Secretary from 22 Dec 1885 to 22 February 1886.
He lived at Clovelly House, Watson's Bay. It was later renamed Robertson's
and William Hinde Foxton
Both boys died in infancy while living at Greenwich
- William Hinde Foxton died on 21 March 1817.
- George Foxton died on 16 Apr 1817.
[The family name "Hinde" comes from the
Fox family - Wilhelmina Fox' grandmother was a Hinde]
Within a few months, their father, Captain John Foxton,
was killed at St. Helena. His wife, Wilhelmina, was only 24 years old at
the time, and had two other children aged 5 or 6 years. Possibly, her
husband was already at sea when the deaths occurred.
her father's bereavement letter.