ABT 1530 - England
BEF 29 APR 1596 - London, England
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Robert moved to London and became an apprentice "Merchant of the Staple." The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England is the oldest mercantile company in England, dating to at least 1282. The company controlled the export of wool from England and also dealt in skins, lead and tin. Robert served his apprenticeship with a wealthy widow at Cheapside Street. Robert's freedom from the Staplers was purchased by his half-brother, Thomas, and he eventually married the widow and had at least one son. Some records state that Robert married the widow of Nicholas Rose, others state that her name was Rose Brakin.
Robert set up his own mercantile business on Gracechurch Street, a historic financial center for London. Gracechurch Street is mentioned in Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Great Expectations (1861). Robert prospered in trade with Calais and Bruges on the coast of France. In a monument to his father placed in St. Peter's Church in Chester by his brother William it was said that Robert left £600 to the town of Chester for relief of the poor and two £5 scholarships.
Rose was buried October 8th, 1572. Robert was buried April 29th, 1596 at St. Benet Gracechurch, London. St. Benet was destroyed in 1666 by the Great Fire of London.
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