Seeking Admiral Robertson or Robinson, lost at sea, mid-1800s

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Charles Evans's wife Anna's father was supposedly an Admiral Robertson or Robinson (unsourced family notes), who was lost at sea around the time his other daughter Lib was born.  A family letter says Lib said she never knew him because he died at sea.  Anna was born in about 1829, so his death would have occurred sometime after that but I don't have records for Lib so I'm not sure how much later.  According to census records, Anna was born in Pennsylvania, so he presumably lived there at some point in his life.  Can anyone help me find him and his family?  I've had no luck so far.

Because I'm not certain of the surname I haven't made a profile for Anna yet and I'm linking here to Charles's profile, which has info on them and their children.  Charles and Anna's oldest son is named Robertson Evans (or maybe John Robertson Evans), so that seems more likely to be Anna's surname, but sources are needed.  Thanks for any help!
WikiTree profile: Charles Evans
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (83.2k points)

2 Answers

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I saw your post and thought I could help.  Go here because there is just too much to write down. And I am hoping that this is what you are looking for.,


If you need help with anything else let me know.  Thanks, Nancy
by Nancy Turney G2G6 Mach 2 (26.8k points)
Thanks so much!  At first glance, at least, none of those people seem to match the info I have at the moment, but I'll tuck this away just in case.  And it gave me ideas about some other search terms/combinations to try out.
I have an old letter that says he was an Admiral in the British Navy. I'll look for it.
Ah, that'll help.  I was wondering whether it was US or British Navy I should be checking.
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Here there is one possibiity I found http://S/Lt J. Robinson RNR

There is a Wiki family search

US Naval and Marine Records

US Veteran Records

Naval Personnel Records

Well its a tough one... so I have attached some naval links for you to try... good luck with this


by Robyn Cox G2G6 (6.1k points)
Thanks!  Those look promising.  (That second link appears to be truncated or something- is there a more complete link?)

It's frustrating because all we have to go on is letters from people a few generations back, for whom this was already rumor/legend.  For all I know "lost at sea" was a cover story for "ran off with his secretary" or something.

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