Hibbert family

Yolande wrote (Jun 11th 2016) …

I have a Bostock/Hibbert in my Family.
I have been trying to find a Robert Hibbert born abt 1853 in Ilkeston .. seems he was an illegitimate child of Mary Hibbert.
Robert Hibbert had a daughter Elizabeth Hibbert born 1889 who married a Thomas Bostock
Elizabeth was my grandfather Alfred Hibbert’s sister. Alfred emigrated to SA in 1921 with Rev Robert Gaskill as Alfred married to Ethel Gaskill … all seem to come from Ilkeston.
I have just immigrated to the UK from SA. Have been doing the family research for a couple of years but getting nowhere.
On the Marriage cert I see Robert’s dad was William. (which I have just found on your site!)  Not sure if he was a William Gray .. as my father told us that our surname was Hibbert Gray, then changed back to Hibbert, and that Robert was an illegitimate child of one of the royal fam. ( I have some real look a likes in Photos).
Would you be able to give me any more information on these families? I want to take a trip to Ilkeston and see where my family come from. I have been to Bolton as I thought they were all born there, as my grandfather Alfred was.

Dave replied (Jun 12th 2016) …

It seems that the information in your comment contains most of the answers to your questions.
It would appear to me that Robert Hibbert was the illegitimate son of Mary Hibbert of West Hallam (a village geographically adjacent to Ilkeston). His birth was registered at Derby in 1852 and he was baptised at St Werburgh’s Church in that city in the same year.
In July 1856, his mother then married William Gray (born in Radford, Nottingham but at that time lodging in Ilkeston and working at the ironworks at Stanton, again close to Ilkeston) The family then lived at what is now called the Hallam Fields area of Ilkeston …. this is close to the ironworks.
Robert appears on the 1861 Ilkeston census as Robert Gray and as miner Robert Gray on the 1871 census.
In Dec 1874 he married Mary Jane Dalley at St Mary’s Church, the record showing his name as Robert Hibbert (he made his mark). From that time on he seems to appear as Robert Hibbert until he died at Bolton in 1904 (?)