Robert (Robertus) Jackson was born in 1686 in Gisburn, Yorkshire to parents John (Johis) Jackson (1665-1692) and an unknown wife.
Robert was baptised on 9 May 1686 in Gisburn, Yorkshire.
He was one of three known children born to the couple – Robert b 1686, Thomas b 1687 and John d 1703.
It is believed that Robert was a farmer at Knotts, near Gisburn.
Robert’s father John Jackson died on 17 October 1692 and was buried at Bolton by Bowland on 19 October 1692.
At the age of 28 years, Robert married Elizabeth Brearley of Rimington on 21 October 1714 at St Mary the Virgin in Gisburn. Rimmington is two miles away from Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn.
Elizabeth was born in 1691 in Gisburn to parents William Brearley (1652-1725) and Elizabeth Hornby (1657-1759). Her parents William and Elizabeth
Robert and Elizabeth had five children together –
- Ralph b 1707 Knotts, d 1782 Knotts. Marr Hannah Clough 1734.
- Samuel b 1716 Knotts , d 1774 Knotts. Marr Margaret Wolfenden 1736.
- Robert b Knotts b 1718 , d 1725 Gisburn
- Elizabeth b 1724 Knotts, d Gisburn
- John b 1726 Knotts, d 1726 Gisburn
The children were all baptised at the parish church of Bolton by Bowland.
Robert and Elizabeth farmed at Knotts in the Monastery of Sawley, Yorkshire.
Elizabeth died in February 1728 at Knotts, and was buried on 15 February 1728 at Gisburn.
Later that same year on 7 October 1728 Robert (of Gisburn) made a will which is held at York.
Robert died on 4 Jan 1729 at his farm in Knotts, near Sawley and Gisburn. He was buried at Bolton by Bowland on 6 January 1729.
Transcribed parish registers for Bolton by Bowland are online here.