Dr. Peter Bayne Robertson was born on the family farm in Howard Township (Chatham-Kent) on the 24th of February, 1864. He was the 3rd of 6 children born to John Robertson and the former Eliza McCallum. His siblings included; John Robertson, Angus Robertson, Mary Robertson, Susan Robertson and Margaret “Maggie” Robertson (who died at the age of 11). Dr. Robertson’s father was born in Scotland and his mother was born in Caledon, Ontario.
Dr. Robertson graduated from Trinity College in 1887. He set up his medical practice in Newbury (Middlesex County), Ontario.
On the 27th of June, 1894, Dr. Robertson married Margaret “Maggie” Clark in Howard Twp. She was born in Chatham-Kent on the 12th of May 1874, the eldest of 5 children and the only daughter of Alexander Clark and the former Christine McMillan. Her siblings were; John Alexander Clark, Alexander “Neil” Clark, Alexander Clark and James Gordon Clark and her parents were farmers.
Dr. and Mrs. Robertson had 4 children, Christina Robertson was born on the 12th of May 1897, Wallace Clark Robertson was born on the 17th of April 1902, Dorothy Robertson was born in Newbury on the November 5th 1907 and died in Ridgetown on the 7th of March, 1909 of complications from the measles. Their fourth child, Peter Bayne Robertson was born in Ridgetown on the 6th of October 1915 and served during World War II. Flying Officer Peter Bayne Robertson died in an airplane accident on the 14th of May, 1943 and he was buried at Sleepy Hillock Cemetery, Montrose, Scotland.
By 1908, the Robertson family was living in Ridgetown and Dr. Robertson had his medical office on Main Street. Dr. Robertson was a Mason.
Dr. Robertson appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory. His telephone number was 35.
Dr. and Mrs Robertson moved to Windsor in 1928. He no longer made house calls or practiced medicine as a physician but Dr. Robertson worked as a pharmacist alongside his son Wallace and his daughter Christine who were both “druggists”. Wallace Robertson was married and lived on Wyandotte Street. Christina was not married and lived with Dr. and Mrs. Robertson.
Mrs. Robertson died at Grace Hospital in Windsor on the 22nd of May, 1929.
Dr. Robertson’s son Wallace died on the 30th of July, 1930 at the age of 28. In 1930, Dr. Robertson lived at 340 London Street in Windsor and he carried on the business in the pharmacy until his retirement in July of 1935.
Dr. Robertson died at his residence on the 25th of December, 1935. At the time of his death he resided at 105 Elm Avenue in Windsor. Dr. and Mrs. Robertson, their son Wallace and their daughter Dorothy were all buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
*After the death of her father, Christina Robertson married the man who lived next door, Donald Shepherd on the 12th of September, 1936. She was 39 years old. They had a daughter, Helen Irene Sheppard born in Windsor on the 25th of April, 1933. Mr. Sheppard died on the 2nd of April, 1938. Christina (Robertson) Sheppard married George Raymond Decker in 1940. She died on the 9th of April, 1981.