Robert William HUME

Male 1816 - 1904  (88 years)


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  • Name Robert William HUME  [1
    Born 4 Feb 1816  London, Co Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 85B63EF0765D4346936D74F78A3A05AEA7D5 
    Died 24 Oct 1904  Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 27 Oct 1904  St Michael's Cem, Astoria, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I16295  Clan Home Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2005 

    Father Robert HUME,   b. 1772, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1823  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann RIDLER,   b. 31 Dec 1775, Woodbury, Co Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1855  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1805  St Mary, St Marylebone Ro, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F6050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann CHARLICK,   b. 27 Jun 1822, Patchogue, Suffolk Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1888, Springfield, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary A. HUME,   b. Abt 1847, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 10 Jun 1907  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Thomas K. HUME,   b. Oct 1850, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1904, Astoria, Queens County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     3. Robert William HUME,   b. Abt 1851, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 12 Aug 1899, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     4. Ellen Chisholm HUME,   b. 2 Sep 1853, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1929, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Henrietta L. HUME,   b. 17 Mar 1855, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1924, St John's Hospit, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Jennett T. HUME,   b. 27 Aug 1856, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1907, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     7. Joseph Holwell HUME,   b. 6 Oct 1857, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1893, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     8. John Charlick HUME,   b. 16 Oct 1859, Mamaroneck, Westchester Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1931, Bronx, Bronx County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     9. Jessie Freemont HUME,   b. 27 Jun 1861, Mamaroneck, Westchester Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1929, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     10. Harry HUME,   b. Abt 1869, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Nancy Montrose HUME,   b. Mar 1872, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1928, Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2003 
    Family ID F5932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Feb 1816 - London, Co Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Oct 1904 - Long Island City, Queens Co, NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • BIRTH: 1851 English Census says he was born circa 1817; Obituary in the "Daily Star," Thursday, October 27, 1904; 1900 Queens County Census; Jessie Freemont Hume's Queens County Death Record; Thomas L. Hume's Queens County Death Record

      DEATH: Death Certificate

      LVG: Rye (Pound Ridge Post Office), Westchester Co, NY

      LVG: Astoria, Queens Co, NY

      OCCU: artist; designer; teacher; author, reformer, activist; professor; piano maker

      BURIAL: Death Certificate

      EMIG:
      DATE 1836
      PLAC came to the United States from England; returned and naturalized in 1855 SOUR Death Certificate; National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 1930; 1900 Queens County Census Record

      EDUC: (lived at) 4 Union Terrace, Notting Hill (parish of Kensington), London, England

      _FA2:
      DATE 1876
      PLAC lived at W 5th Street, New York, New York Co, NY SOUR Curtin's Brooklyn Business Directory, 1876-1877

      _FA3:
      DATE 1888
      PLAC lived at 533 Vernon Avenue, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY SOUR The Star Directory of Long Island City, 1888-1889

      _FA4:
      DATE 1900
      PLAC lived at 109 Main St, Astoria, Queens Co, NY; 109 Woolsey St (1904) SOUR 1900 Queens County Census Record; Death Certificate

      _MDCL: Wm. L. Mulcahy, M. D.; St. John's Hospital, Long Island City, Queens Co, NY
      SOUR Death Certificate

      1846 Post Office Directory of London: Robert & Son Hume, carvers & gilders, 65 Berners st. Oxford st.
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      According to the National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New York, James T. White & Company, 1930), Robert was of Scotch descent, and came to the United States in 1836. He was prominent as an author and reformer, being active in the women's suffrage movements in the United States. _______________________________________________

      According to "A Suppliment to Alliborne's Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors," by John Foster Kirk, 2 vol. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott & Co., 1891; Reprint - Detroit:Gale Research Co., 1965:

      A Robert William Hume is listed as the author of two books: 1. "Meroth, or The Sacrifice to the Nile," A Tragedy. London: Published by R. W. Hume, 4, Union-Terrace, Notting-Hill; and W. & T. Piper, 23, Paternoster Row. 1850 Price 2s. 6d. 43 pp. A play, scene: Memphis-Egypt 404 B.C., time: 8 days. 2. "My Lodger's Legacy; or, The History of a Recluse: written by Himself," N. York, 1886, 12 Mo.
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      On reverse of a photograph passed down to me through Mary Howell Smith: "Likeness of Robert W. Hume, at the age of fifty-five - Presented to Jennie M. Hume by her father Robert W. Hume, October 27th 1888." On obverse of photograph: "Robert William Hume Taken at Mamaroneck, in 1857" _______________________________________________

      According to Ruth Hume DeBratto, a grand-daughter of R. W. Hume: R. W. Hume was tall. He played "Richard the Lionhearted" in school. The school asked the museum to use the original armor. They approved the school's use of the armor, but when they went to see it, they realized they wouldn't be able to use it because Richard the Lionhearted was only 5 feet tall.

      Their colonial farm house in Patchogue backed up against the Patchogue Railroad.
      It had low ceilings and 5 ft doorways.

      Robert had a brother Gilbert who also came over to America. Gilbert was "an artist," and Robert was "in trade." Their parents tried to get Gilbert into the ministry in England, but he wanted to go to America. When he did, he didn't bother writing back. Robert was sent to check on him. He found Gilbert in Virginia, a minister in a Baptist Church.

      At one point, R.W. and Mary Ann Charlick Hume went to live with Mrs. Hume in England (Mary Langdon Hume) and the ladies got along well. R.W. became a "man about town" and was a good friend of Charles Dickens. The ladies didn't like that type (the "Dickens" type) and disapproved of his lifestyle. They wanted him to settle down. He was a good artist, Ruth has a "charming" painting of his. Mary Ann wanted to stay in England, but R.W. found it "too confining," so they went back to America.

      Ruth says he taught "elecution" at Columbia University, New York City.

      Their father was Robert William Hume, and mother was Mary Langdon. There was a long line of Robert William Humes. One of them lost the title of "Earl of Marchmont" during the 1745 Rebellion of the Scotch. Gilbert and R.W. Hume lived in Sussex, England with their parents. R.W. Hume, Sr. had 2 brothers. When he died, the two brothers asked Mary for 1,000 pounds to get the title of Earl of Marchmont back. She said she would help if "you guarantee the title will eventually go to my son." They couldn't, so she didn't help them out.

      [note: further research revealed that Mary "Langdon's" true maiden name was Ridler, and that her mother, Henrietta, was born a Langdon.] _______________________________________________

      From Dover's "Old Queens":

      Woolsey Street (now 14th Street) north of Franklin Street (now 27th Ave) were aristocratic streets of old Astoria, called "The Hill." Main Street is now called Main Avenue.
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      Searched the New York Passenger List index and found a possible match for Robert William Hume:

      11 Oct 1841, Ship: John G. Coster, from Liverpool to NY: Robert Hume, 22, male, laborer, Nationality: Gr. Brit., last perm. res.: Gr. Brit.
      Ann Hume, 20, female
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      Brooklyn City Directories:

      1846/47: Robert Hume, teacher, Atlantic n. Boerum
      1853/54: R. W. Hume, designer and teacher, Franklin n. Willoughby 1854/55: R. W. Hume, artist and teacher, h. Franklin av. bet. Willoughby and DeKalb avs.
      1855/56 (Western District): Robert W. Hume, designer, h. Franklin av. n. DeKalb av.
      1857: Robert W. Hume, teacher, Washington av. n. Greene av.
      1856/57: R. W. Hume, artist and teacher, h. Franklin av. bet. Willoughby and DeKalb av.
      1856/57 (another directory): Robert W. Hume, teacher, h. Washington av. n. Gates av.
      Curtin's Brooklyn Business Directory, 1876-1877: Hume Robert, teacher, h W Fifth _______________________________________________

      The Star Directory of Long Island City, 1888-1889: Hume Robert W, teacher, 533 Vernon avenue, Ravenswood
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      1851 English Census: ED 10, SRD Kensington, RD Kensington Town, part of the parish of Kensington, part of the Ecclesiastical parish of St James, p 581, #322 on schedule, 4 Union Terrace:

      Robert W. Hume, Head, married, 34, Stationer and Poet, Middlesex, London Mary A. Hume, Mother, widow, 75, House Priprietor, Devonshire, Woodbury Mary A. Hume, Wife, married, 27, Patchoug, Long Island, US Henrietta Hume, Daughter, 2, scholar at home, Jamaica, Long Island, US Mary A. Hume, Daughter, 3, scholar at home, Middlesex, London Thomas L. Hume, Son, 6 months, Middlesex, London
      Catherine Reardon, Servant, married, 27, Nurse, Ireland Ann Oakley, Servant, unmarried, 20, Houseservant, Middlesex, London _______________________________________________

      "Naturalization record for Robert W. Hume," (recorded 24 Oct 1856), Kings County, NY, Volume 5, number 161, National Archives and Records Administration, 201 Varick St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10014 _______________________________________________

      1860 Westchester County NY Census
      Rye Township, Pound Ridge Post Office
      13 Aug 1860, M653, Reel #882; page 281, Dwelling #1867, Family #2101:

      Robert W. Hume, 47, M, teacher; value of real estate: 2000; value of personal property: 3000; b England
      Mary A., 37, F, b NY
      Mary A., 13, F, b NY, school within year
      Henrietta, 11, F, b England, school within year
      Thomas, 10, M, b England, school within year
      Robert, 9, M, b NY, school within year
      Ellen, 7, F, b NY, school within year
      Jennett, 5, F, b NY, school within year
      Joseph, 3, M, b NY
      John, 1, M, b NY
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      1870 Queens Co, NY Census
      "Astoria in Newtown", P. O. Astoria, 28 Jun 1870, M593, Reel #1080; page 30-31, Dwelling #194, Family #243:

      Hume, Robert, 55, M, W, Teacher, Value of personal property: 500, b Eng, father and mother foreign born, 1 male eligible to vote
      Mary, 48, F, W, keeping house, b NY
      Mary, 23, F, W, teaching, b NY, father foreign born
      Harriet, 21, F, W, teaching, b Eng, father foreign born
      Thomas, 19, M, W, florist, b Eng
      Robert, 18, M, W, works in Post Office, b NY
      Ellen, 16, F, W, at home, b NY
      Janette, 14, F, W, at home, b NY
      Joseph, 12, M, W, at home, b NY
      John, 10, M, W, at home, b NY
      Jessie, 9, F, W, at home, b NY
      Nancy, 6, F, W, at home, b NY
      Harry, 1, M, W, at home, b NY
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      From "1894 Directory of Long Island City":

      "Woolsey Street [runs] north from 141 Main St to Hoyt Ave between Remsen and Willow Street, Astoria."
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      1900 Queens Co, NY Census
      Long Island City, e. d. 624, sheet 3, line 58; 109 Main Street:

      Hume, Robt W., head, W, M, Feb 1816, 84, widow, b England, father b Scotland, mother b England, came to US 1855, in US 45 years, naturalized, retired professor, rents home
      Thomas, son, W, M, Oct 1852, 47, single, b England, father b England, mother b NY, came to US 1855, in US 45 years, naturalized, surveyor Henrietta, daughter, W, F, Mar 1856, 44, single, b NY, father b England, mother b NY, teacher
      Jessie, daughter, W, F, Jun 1865, 34, single, b NY, father b England, mother b NY, librarian
      Sanders, Lizzie, servant, W, F, Sep 1877, 22, single, b NY, father b England, mother b England, servant
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      From the "Daily Star," Thursday, October 27, 1904:

      Obituary, Robert William Hume.

      Robert William Hume, a gentleman well known to the old residents of Ravenswood and Astoria, died at St. John's Hospital on Tuesday. The deceased had been ill for some time and was taken to the hospital for treatment, but his advanced age rendered all efforts of the attending physicians unavailing, and he sank lower and lower until death ended his earthly sufferings. The funeral will take place from Mr. Hume's late residence, 107 Woolsey street, Astoria, on Friday morning. The services will be held at 10:30 o'clock and the interment will be made the same day at St. Michael's Cemetery. The funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Mr. F. T. Hallett.

      The deceased was born in England on February 4th, 1816. He was a man of marked abilities and years ago he taught school at Ravenswood. His death, even at the ripe old age of eighty-eight years, will be regretted by all who knew him. _______________________________________________

      From "Atlas of the City of New York, Borough of Queens (Long Island City, Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica, Far Rockaway)," by George W. & Walter S. Blomley, Civil Engineers, published by G. W. Bromley & Co., 1909:

      109 Woolsey (14th Street) is on the east side of the street between Baylies Street (26th Avenue) and Hoyt Avenue (Astoria Park South). The address is now approximately 25-35 14th Street. _______________________________________________

      Checked in the Hyde "Atlas of Queens County," 1908, and #109 looks to be the fifth house north of Baylies Street (now 26th Ave) on Woolsey (now 14th St). It is wider than the first 4 houses. (#87, #93, #103, #105) _______________________________________________

      Constance S. Havens has a copy of Margaret Warrender's "The Humes of Marchmont..." with an inscription from Jessie Freemont Hume to Ellen C. Howell. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S299] Daniel Clark Smith Gedcom, Daniel Clark Smith (Reliability: 2).