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The Robinson Family 
-Genealogical and Historical 


Officers, Constitution and 'B^-Laius, Historical Sketches 

of Early Robinson Emigrants to America^ 

Illustrations^ Armorial BearingSt 

Members of Association 




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Illustrations by Frank P. Curley, New York. 
Printed by Frank C. Afferton, New York. 

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Officers, . . . - 

Constitution, . . - . 

By-Laws, . . - . 

Introduction, . . - - 

Order of the Day, . . - 

Increase Robinson. Senior, - 
Rev. John Robinson, Leyden, 
Thomas Robinson, Guilford, 
Penniman Family, ... 

Heraldry, . . . . 

Robinson — Early Emk;rants to America, 
Members Names, . . - 



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Daniel W. Robinson, Esq., . . _ 

Deed ok Increase Robinson, - - - 

Josiah Robinson House, - . - 

Rev. Iohn Robinson House, Leyden, Hol., 

Tower Sr. Peter's Church, Leyden, Hol., 

Samuel Robinson House, Guilford, Conn., 

.Across the Seas, - - - 

Carved Oaken Chest, 1682, 

Oaken Chair, . . . . . 

Penniman-Rokinson. . - - - 

Ormsby Church, . _ . . . 

Penniman-Adams Cottages, - - - 

Robinson Cuat of Arms in Colors, 

Armorial Hearinos, ... - 

House of George Robinson, Senior, 1660, 

Mrs. Sarah Robinson Atherton, 

Moving the " Back Log," 

Deed of George Robinson, 1718, 

Robinson Crest, 1725, . - . . 

Rowland E. Robinfon, ... 

House of Rowland E. Robinson, 

Mrs. Sakah Robinson, - - - - 

JOHN on the Hill, - - - - 

FIxcAVA'noNs A 1' Nippuk. - . . 



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DANIEL W. ROBINSON. Hsa, Burlington, Vt 


Hon. Gifford S. Robinson, 
Mr. Increase Robinson, 
James H. Dean, Hsq.., • 
Hon. David I. Robinson, 
Prof. William H. Brewer, 
Mr. Roswell R. Robinson, 
Capt. Charles T. Robinson. 
Rev. William A. Robinson, D. D 
Mr. John H. Robinson, 
Mr. Charles F. Robinson, . 
Mr. George W. Robinson. . 
Franklin Robinson, Esq., 

Sioux Citv, la. 

Waterville, Me. 

Taunton, Mass. 

. Gloucester, Mass. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Middletown, N. Y. 

Boston, Mass. 

North Ravnham, Mass. 

Elburn. III. 

r^ortland. Me. 

Miss Adelaide A. Robinson, . . Nortii Ra\nham, Mass. 


Mr. N. Bradford Dean. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson, 

Yonkers, N. Y. 

Mr. Increase Robinson, 
Mr. Orlando G. Robinson, . 
Dr. a. Sumner Dean, . 
Mr. Fred W. Robinson, 
Mr. Bethuel Penniman, 

. Plymouth, Mass. 

Raynham. Mass. 

Taunton. Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

New Bedford, Mass. 


1. The name of this association shall be The Robinson 
Family Genealogical and Historical Association. 

2. The purpose for which it is constituted is the collection, 
compilation and publication of such data and information as may 
be obtained concerning the Robinson Families. 

3. Any person connected with the descendants of 
William' Robinson of Dorchester, Mass., 
George' of Rehoboth, Mass., 

William' of Watertown, Mass., 

Isaac"^ of Barnstable, Mass., son of Rev. John', of Ley- 
den, Hoi., 
Abraham' of Gloucester, Mass., 
George' of Boston, Mass., 
John' of Exeter, N. H., 
vStephen' of Dover, N. H., 
Thomas' of Scituate,, 
James' of Dorchester, Mass., 
William of Salem, Mass., 
Christopher of Virginia, 
Samuel of New England, 
Gain of Plymouth, Mass., 
John Robinson of Cape Elizabeth, Me., 
Patrick Robinson of Norton, Mass., 
Daniel Robinson of Foxborough, Mass., 

or any other Robinson ancestor, by descent or marriage, may 
become a member of this association. 

There shall be a membership fee of one dollar, and an 
annual due of twenty-five cents, or ten dollars for life member- 
ship, subject to no annual dues. 

4. The officers of the association shall be a President, 
twelve Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Historio- 
grapher, and an Executive Committee of five. 


1 . The President shall preside at all business meetings of 
the Association, and in his absence a Vice-President shall per- 
form the duties of President. 

2. The Secretar\- shall keep the records and minutes of the 

3. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the As.sociation. 
He shall have the custody of all the funds belonging to the Asso- 
ciation. He shall di.sburse the same under the direction of the 
Executive Committee. 

4. The Executive Conmiittee shall have the control of the 
affairs of the Association and its property, and shall receive for 
safe custody all documents entrusted to them. It shall be their 
duty to make arrangements to ol)tain all data and information 
concerning the descendants of the aforesaid Robin.son ancestors 
for the purpose of compilation and publication of the same. The 
officers of the Association .shall be ex-officio members of the 
Executive Committee. 

5. The members of the Executive Connnittee present at any 
regularly notified meeting shall form a quorum. They may fill 
any vacancies that may occur in the board of officers until others 
are regularly appointed. 


The formation of a society for the collection and preservation 
of family records and historical information relating to the Rob- 
insons, who were early emigrants to America, and their descend- 
ants, was a favorite theme for years with, at least, one of the 
enthusiasts of this Association. Through his efforts the late 
Hon. George D. Robinson, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, and 
his brother Charles, president of the Law School at Cambridge, 
Mass., and Charles Robinson, Esq., of Medford, Mass., an Ex- 
Consul to Canada, with others became interested. Had the 
gentlemen named lived, doubtless an association would have been 
inaugurated several j^ears earlier, but the sudden and untimely 
death of Mr. Robinson of Medford, followed shortly after by 
that of Ex-Governer Robinson, and a little later on by that of 
his brother, so dampened the ardor of their associates as to lead 
to an abandonment of active measures for the promotion of the 

Somewhat less than two years ago it devolved upon Miss 
Adelaide A. Robinson, of North Raynham, Mass., to revive the 
subject. In conversation with a few of her friends, members of 
the Old Colony Historical Society, she was encouraged to take 
active measures for a family meeting of the descendants of her 
ancestor, Increase Robinson of Taunton, one of the first settlers 
of that town. She interested Mr. James E. Seaver, the genial 
secretary of that society, in her project and then set herself at 
work to enthuse the descendants of Increase in her plan. 

A little later on, upon learning that other descendants, in 
other lines of the Robinsons would join, if the call was made 
broad enough to include them, it was decided to enlarge the scope 
of the proposed association and embrace all Robinsons, as now 
set forth in the third article of the Constitution of this Society. 

Several meetings were held which resulted in the selection 
of a committee consisting of James H. Dean, Esq., as chairman, 
Mr. N. B. Dean, and Dr. A. Sumner Dean, all of Taunton, and 
Mr. Orlando G. Robinson, of Raynham, to co-operate with Miss 
Robinson and Mr. Seaver in the advancement of the scheme 
which culminated on the i8th of July, 1890, in one of the largest 
family gatherings ever ccmvened in the old colony. It was the 


attendance of representatives from thirteen States ; an outstretch- 
ing of the arm of the West to grasp the extended hand of the East; 
a cordial uniting of the North and South in fraternal kinship. 

As was remarked by one of the delegates " Robinson stock 
is good .stock, there is no skeleton hanging from our genealogical 
tree. ' ' 

History has no dangerous side for us. We are not in the 
temper of the piqued divine who saw in his ancestry — Alas! 
what did he see? which led him to say "History has its 
dangerous side. When men become so absorbed in the histor>^ 
of their ancestry as to forget their present duties, or to be blind 
to their ancestral weaknesses, it is harmful. If men are so 
anxious to get on record that they forget to do things worthy of 
record then the historic sense is not good .sense." 

Verily, verily, none of these things trouble us. We can 
contribute the records of our ancestors in all its fulness to the 
present and future generations, righteously believing that we are 
doing that which is worthy of record and that our — historic sense 
is ^ood sense. 

It is hoped that every member of this Association will 
communicate immediately with the secretary expressing their 
views regarding the time and place for our next meeting. We 
desire to see a large attendance and increasing interest in these 
matters which we have so much at heart. 

The historiographer earnestl}' appeals to every member of 
this Association who has not already communicated to him their 
line of ancestr}^ to do so without delay that it may be included 
in the genealogical work which he hopes to soon publish. This 
request is made to all those of Robinson blood who have 
descended from an ancestor who came to America previous to the 
year 1700. Record blanks will be furnished free on application. 

Those who are in doubt as to their line of de.scent may 
obtain valuable information from this source. 

Meml^ers will please report to the Secretary any errors in 
names or addresses that the\' may be corrected. It is also import- 
ant that the full name ]>e given, and in the of married 
females, the surname as well as the maiden name should be 

The post office address of the Secretary is North Raynham, 
Mass. , that of the Historiographer, Yonkers, N. Y. , or New 
York City, X. Y. 


In arranging for the Robinson Family Meeting the Old 
Colony Historical Society of Taunton, Mass., cordially extended 
the freedom of their hall on Cedar Street, accompanied with the 
suggestion that it would give them pleasure if the meeting could 
be held in conjunction with their quarterly meeting on the iSth 
of July. This generous offer was thankfully accepted. 

The hour of the meeting of the Historical Society was at 
half past nine in the morning. A large assembly convened. After 
a half hour .spent in the transaction of the regular business of 
the Society an address of welcome to the Robinson Association 
was delivered by the president of the Society, Rev. S. Hopkins 
Emer}^ D. D., of Taunton, in these words : — 

' ' Members of Old Colony Historical Society and Visiting 
Friends : 

" Taunton, through this society, has been the honored host of 
.several family meetings, the first, which led the list, being very 
properly that of the descendants of Richard Williams, who more 
than any other is entitled to the honorable distinction of Father 
of the town. This large gathering of to-day is unique and un- 
precedented, inasmuch as it includes the descendants not only of 
William Robinson of Dorchester and his .son Increase of Taunton, 
but those of George of Rehoboth; William of Watertown; Isaac 
of Duxbury, .son of the distinguished John, pastor of the Pilgrim 
church of L,eyden; Abraham of Gloucester; George of Water- 
town; John of Exeter, New Hamp.shire; Stephen of Dover, of 
the same State ; Thomas of Scituate ; James of Dorchester ; 
William of Salem; Christopher of Virginia; Samuel of New Eng- 
land, and Gain Robinson of Bridgewater, Mass. 

" With such a multitudinous ancestry, the wonder is, this hall 
can hold the progeny. In behalf of this society, and I hope it is 
not presuming too much to say, in behalf of this city, I extend 
to you all a most cordial welcome. We would have you feel 
entirely at home in this Historical hall. You are among friends 
— yes, kindred spirits. Your meeting is born of the desire, in 


which we all share, to trace relationship and hallow the memory 
of an honored ancestr3\ Ma}- you be prospered in your good 
endeavors and go hence with only a pleasant remembrance of 
Taunton, one of the many towns of New England." 

After a short recess the organization of the Robinson famih^ 
was effected by the choice of the following named as temporarj- 
officers: — James H. Dean, Esq., of Taunton, as president and 
Miss Adelaide A. Robinson as secretar}-. 

Mr. Dean addressed the members briefly, touching upon the 
history of the Robinson family and outlining the purposes of the 
meeting and of the organization to be formed. 

It was announced that, after the formal and permanent 
organization, the association would take cars for Dighton Rock 
Park where dinner would be ser\-ed, to be followed by exercises 
of an historical nature. 

On motion dul}' seconded, the following were appointed a 
committee to draw up a set of by-laws and report the same to the 
assembled members : Charles E. Robinson of Yonkers, N. Y. ; 
N. Bradford Dean of Taunton, and William L. Robinson of Glou- 
cester, Mass. Also a committee on permanent organization was 
appointed consisting of L. D. Cole of Newburj^port, Mass., Elmer 
D. Robinson of Judson, Mass., George W. Penniman of Fall 
River, Mass. 

During the absence of the committees letters were read from 
Mrs. Sarah Robinson Atherton a lad}' of more than one-hundred 
years of age, a resident of Peru, Huron County, Ohio. The 
letter bore her own signature and was in these words: — 

Peru, Huron County, Ohio. 

" To the Robinsons gathered at Taunton, Mass., July iSth, 

"Greeting: Although I am getting on somewhat in years, 
being past my one hundredth birthday since June first, I am in 
full sympathy with your meeting and am glad that I have lived 
to see this da}' of your gathering. If it so pleases your body, I 
would like my name to be enrolled in the book of members of 
your association. I am 6th in line of descent from George Rob- 
inson, Sen., of Rehoboth, Mass., viz. — George (i); John (2); 
Jonathan (3); Jonathan (4); Noah (5). 

(Signed) Sarah Robinson Atherton." 


Also the following from Charles H. Robinson, Esq., of 
Great Falls, Mont. :— 

"Great Falls, Mont. 222-4 Ave. N., Jul}' 8, 1900. 

' ' To all of Robin.son name and l)lood in Family meeting 
assembled : 

" Greeting : From the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, by 
the Great Falls of the Missouri; a descendant of Rev. John Rob- 
inson, the IvCyden pastor sends to you sympathy and congratu- 
lations. ' One touch of nature makes the whole world kin ' and 
a common interest in honorable ancestry should bring us into 
sympath}^ however distant the tie of common blood. 

Again I greet you 

In cordial sympath}', 

(Signed) Charles H. Robinson." 

Other letters were read from Hon. Gilford S. Robinson, 
Judge cf the Supreme Court of Iowa ; from Abner S. Merrill, 
Esq., of Boston, Mass.; from Miss Kate D. Robinson, of Mem- 
phis Tenn., and J. Newton Peirce of Boston. 

Prof. William H. Brewer, of New Haven, Conn., addre.s.sed 
the members in his well known happy vein. He thought the 
person unfortunate who had no interest in his heredit}- ; that 
everyone needed all the data that they could obtain in relation to 
their ancestrj- in order that thej' might make the most of their 
own life. 

Interesting addresses were also made by the Rev. S. L,. 
Rowland, of lyCe, Mass., and others. 

The committee on the Constitution and By-Eaws made their 
report which was adopted. 

It was voted that Mrs. Sarah Robin.son Atherton of Peru, 
Ohio, be elected an Honorary Meml)er of the Association. 

The committee on permanent organization reported the fol- 
lowing nominations : 

12 ordek ok the day. 

Daniel. W. Robinson, Esq., Burlington Vt. 

Vice Presidents, 

Judge Gifford vS. Robinson, Sioux City, la. 

Mr. Increase Robinson, Waterville, Me. 

James H. Dean, Esq., Taunton, Mass. 

Hon. David I. Robinson, Gloucester, Mass. 

Prof. William H. Brewer, New Haven, Conn. 

Mr. Ro.swell R. Robin.son, Maiden, Mass. 

Capt. Charles T. Robinson, Taunton, Mass. 

Rev. William A. Robinson, Middletown, N. Y. 

Mr. John H. Robinson, Boston, Mass. 
Mr. Charles F. Robinson, North Raynhani, Mass. 

Mr. George W. Robinson, Elburn, 111. 

Franklin Robinson, Esq., Portland, Me. 

Miss Adelaide A. Robinson. North Rajmham, Mass. 

X. Bradford Dean, Esq., Taunton, Mass. 


Charles E. Robinson, Vonkers, N. V. 

ExPXUTivK Committee, 
Mr. Increase Robin.son, Plymouth, 

Mr. Orlando G. Robinson, Raynham, Mass. 

Dr. A. Sumner Dean, Taunton, Mass. 

Mr. Fred'k W. Robinson, Boston, Mass. 

Mr. Bethucl Penniman, New Bedford, Mass. 

The report was accepted and the secretarj- was authorized to 
cast a vote for the list reported 1)\- the committee, and they were 
declared the duly elected officers of the Robinson Family Ge- 
nealogical and Historical A.ssociation. 

The president was escorted to the Chair and in a few well 
chosen words addressed the members expressing his appreciation 


of the honor of serving as the first officer of such an association 
of men and women. 

A committee made up of Miss Bertha L. Dean of Taunton, 
Miss Hannah Ma}' Dean of Taunton, Miss Helen W. Robinson 
of North Raynham, Miss Marie Robinson of Taunton, Miss 
Grace F. Dean of Taunton, and Mrs. Sarah Waterman of Taun- 
ton, busied itself with the registration of names of those desiring 
to become members of the association. 

The reception committee was one of the most active of the 
day, and it accomplished much in making the members acquainted 
with each other, and preventing too great a degree of formality 
in the proceedings, the intention being to have a distinctively 
family gathering at which all should feel at home with the other 
members of the family. This committee was made up of Mrs. 
Julia A. Robinson of Taunton, Mrs. Frank Robinson of East 
Taunton, Mrs. Herbert E. Hall of Taunton, Miss Sarah G. Rob- 
inson of Middleborough, Miss Phoebe Robinson of Taunton, Mr. 
John D. Robinson of Taunton, Dr. A. Sumner Dean of Taunton, 
Mr. Orlando G. Robinson of Judson, Mass., and Mr. John C. 
Robinson of Middleborough, Mass. 

A vote of thanks was extended to the Old Colony Historical 
Society for their kind offer of the freedom of their hall for this 
first meeting of this association ; also to Mr. James E. Seaver, 
their cordial SecretarN^ and Miss Adelaide A. Robinson of North 
Raynham, by whose joint efforts the organization of the associa- 
tion has been expedited in a marked degree. 

The formal exercises in Historical Hall were then brought 
to a close and adjournment taken for the trip of eight miles, in 
special electric cars, down the banks of the Taunton River to 
Dighton Rock Park where an excellent ' ' shore dinner, " ' for 
which " Little Rhody " is so famous, was .served and enjoyed by 
the members, after which came the literary entertainment of the 
day which consisted of historical papers by Charles Edson Rob- 
inson of Yonkers, N. Y. , an Historical Sketch of the Robinsons, 
early emigrants to America ; by James H. Dean, Esq., of Taun- 
ton,, on Increase Robinson ; by Rev. William A. Robinson, 
D. D. of Middletown, N. Y., on Rev. John Robin.son of Leyden ; 
by Mary Gay Robinson of Guilford, Conn., on Thomas Rob- 
ih.son ; and b>- the Rev. George W. Penniman, of Southbridge, 
Mass. , on the Penniman-Robinson familv. 


Owing to a want of time the paper prepared by James H. 
Dean, Esq., was omitted, l)Ut is here inserted on page i.s. 

At the close of the reading of llie historical papers, Mr. 
George W. Penniman of Fall River, Mass., was invited by the 
president to address the assembly. In his remarks Mr. Penni- 
man held the attention of all present in an able and entertaining 

This closed the of the day with an invitation from 
Miss Adelaide A. Robinson for all the members to meet at eight 
o'clock at her residence in North Raynham, a suburb of Taunton, 
for a lawn part}'. Arrangements for special cars were made 
for all who desired to attend. 

The meeting was then adjourned sine die. 

The evening at the residence of Miss Robinson was a most 
enjoyable affair. The extensive lawn was brilliantly lighted with 
locomotive headlights and Japanese lanterns. Xye's Taunton 
Orchestra discoursed sweet music. Visiting meml)ers as they 
arrived were received under an artistic arch of vines and flowers. 
Tables of refreshments bountifully loaded were .spread under the 

At the close of the entertainment two special cars came up 
from Taunton co bear away the branches of the Robin.son genea- 
logical tree. 

Thus ended the first gathering of the Robinson Famih' 
Genealogical and Historical As.sociation, with an ex])ressi()n of 
gratitude on ever>- lip to those who had contributed so much 
for their enjoyment. 



By James H. Dean, Esq. 

SO far as known Increase Robinson was the first 
person bearing the name of Robinson who settled in 
Taunton. He was the second son of WilHam and 
Margaret Robinson who came, it is thought, from 
Canterbury, England, in 1637 and settled in Dor- 
chester. Nothing whatever is. known of the parent- 
age or birthplace of this William Robinson. Nor is 
it known in what ship he came or the exact date of 
his arrival. His name first appears as a member of 
the church in Dorchester in a list of those belonging to that 
church November 4, 1639. He was made a Freeman of the town 
May 18,1642, and the following year was made a member of the 
" Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company " of Boston. 

His first recorded purchase of real estate was February 25, 
1651, when he bought of John Phillips of Boston for ^150 an 
estate in Dorchester ' ' near unto Naponsett River ' ' with the 
dwelling house, outhouses, barns, gardens and orchards, together 
with several adjacent and outlying parcels of upland and meadow, 
in all 73 acres. He owned and operated a corn water-mill on 
" Tidemill Creeke, standing on the tide in the creeke commonly 
called Salt Creeke or Brooke, near Captaines Neck." In this 
mill he met his death, as recorded in the Diary of the Rev. John 
Eliot in Roxbury Church Records : " Died 6, 5, 1668, Robinson, 
a brother of ye church at Dorchester, was drawn through by ye 
cog wheel of his mill and was torn in pieces and slain." 

He had by his wife Margaret, four children, two sons and 
two daughters. 

1. Samuel, baptised June 14, 1640. 

2. Increase, baptised March 14, 1642. Against his name on 
the record appears in parenthesis (went to Taunton). 


3. Prudence, baptised Dec. 1643. 

4. Waiting, baptised April 26, 1646. 

He married a second wife, Ursula, widow of Samuel Hosier. 
Of this marriage there was no issue. His wife Ursula survived 

He left a will which was allowed July i, 1668. The larger 
part of his real estate he gave to his oldest son Samuel. To his 
son Increase, he gave four acres of salt marsh, several parcels of 
upland, "and halfe of all my common rights I have in Dor- 
chester and that with what I have already given him to bee his 
portion." He also gave "my .sonn eldest sonn that 
bears mj^ name," twenty shillings. Administration was granted 
to his son Increase, his son-in-law John Bridge husband of Pru- 
dence, and his son-in-law Joseph Penniman husband of Waiting. Robinson, of whom I am to speak particularly, 
married, February 19, 1663, vSarah Penniman who was born May 
6, 1641. She was the daughter of James and Lydia (Eliot) 
Penniman of Braintree. Lj^dia Eliot was a sister of John Eliot 
the Apostle to the Indians. How long the young couple re- 
mained in Dorchester before coming to Taunton to live we have 
no means of telling with exactness. It was but a very few years 
however, for as early as 1668 we find him intere.sted as a pur- 
chaser of real estate in Taunton and vicinity. In June of that 
year a very important was made of lands that had been 
previously bought of the Indians on behalf of the colony. This was called The Taunton North The con- 
veyance was made by a committee of the Ph-mouth Government 
to a large number of persons, "Proprietors of the Town of 
Taunton," among whom we find Increase Robinson. This 
large territory in after j-ears was divided into the towns of 
Norton, Easton and Mansfield. 

Another large purchase was made by Taunton men the latter 
part of 1672, of territory lying south of Taunton and on the west 
side of "Taunton Great River," extending four miles down the 
river and four miles west from the river. This was called the 
Taunton South Purchase. Robin.son was one of the "associates" purchasers of this tract. The terri- 
tory included in this purchase together with tlic lands called 
Assonet Neck on the east side of the river, were in the year 17 13 
erected into a town.ship by the name of Dighton. 

In 1673 he bought the rights of Thomas Cook, vSr.. in the 


township of Taunton. Cook was one of the original purchasers 
of Taunton. The deed was dated March 6, 1672-3, and was in 
part as follows: "Thomas Cook sen'r of Portsmouth in the 
Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and Mary 
his wife, in consideration of 200 weight of good barr iron in hand 
paid, hath given sold and made over to Increase Robinson in ye 
Colony of New Plymouth, house carpenter, all that right & inter- 
est in ye lands in ye Township of Taunton, that is to say all that 
there purchase right in ye sd township as he being one of ye 
ancient purchasers of ye town of Taunton, to be to ye said 
Increase Robinson and his heirs and assigns forever." 

Grants of land were made to Increase on this purchase right, 
and to his heirs and assigns from time to time for many years. 
They appear to have been mostly made in the easterly part of 
the town. The deed was not recorded until 1758. 

A conveyance of the so called " Shawomet Lands-" was made 
November 12, 1677 by Constant vSouthworth, Treasurer of Ply- 
mouth Colony, on behalf of the Colony, to some thirty persons 
in different parts of the Colony, six of whom, Increase Robinson 
among them, being of Taunton, "for the sum of 800 pounds 
that is to say for every share or 30th part £26 13 s. & 4d." The 
lands are described as " containing the lands called the outlet as 
well as the neck itself called vShawomet. Bounded on the east 
by Taunton River, on the north by Taunton lands, on the west 
partly by vSwanzey lands which were purchased of the Indians 
by Capt. Willet & Mr. Stephen Paine, and partly by the lands 
of Rehoboth if the sd Colonies' land extend so far westward, 
and on the south by ye sd neck." Increase Robinson was de- 
clared to be the owner of one share. 

These lands were included in Swanzey upon its incorpora- 
tion in 1677, and constituted the present town of Somerset when 
it was set off from Swanzey in 1790. The original record book 
of the Shawomet Lands is still extant and upon its first page 
bears the following inscription : 

" This Book was begun in ye year 16S0, by Increase Robin- 
son Clark for the said purchasers." 

Mr. Robinson appears to have been an owner in the Mount 
Hope lands which were conveyed by a committee of Plymouth 
Colony to John Walley, Nathaniel Oliver, Nathaniel By field and 
Stephen Burton all of Boston, vSeptember 14, 1680 ; but to what 
extent or how he obtained his title a diligent search in the Bristol 


County Registry lias failed to disclose. He must have owned 
lands there, however, for on May 6, 1692, he with vSarah his 
wife conveyed to John Cary of Bristol, in consideration of thirty 
pounds, twenty acres of land in Bristol. On May 5, 1692, he 
conveyed to John Smith, carpenter, of Bristol, one 150th part of 
600 acres of land in Bristol that had been laid out in common. 

Mount Hope became the town of Bristol l)y the act of the 
Plymouth Court in vSeptember, 1681. Robinson was a 
deputy to the Plymouth Court from Bristol in 1682. He was also 
the constable for Bristol the same year, an office at that time of 
much importance. In 16S5 he was drawn on the Grand Jury 
from Bristol. From these facts we must conclude that he w^as a 
resident of Bristol for two or three years at least and probably for 
a longer time, as he does not appear to have sold his lands there 
until 1692. 

Probably because he w-as an owner in the Shawomet Lands 
which became a part of Swanzey, he was appointed by the Ply- 
mouth Court on a committee with Nathaniel Pecke and John 
Richmond, " to run the line between the countryes land att Mt. 
Hope and the town of Swanzey." This duty they performed to 
the satisfaction of the Court, November 25, 1679. 

While constable of Bristol he was sued by John Saffin of 
Bristol, merchant, "for making a distress wrongfully upon the 
person of him, under the pretence of a warrant directed to the 
con.stable of New Bristoll." The jury found for the defendant 
the cost of the suit. 

In 16S0 Richard Thayer of Braintree brought a suit against 
Increase Robinson of Tauntf)n as administrator of the estate of 
Mr. John Paine decea.sed. The jury found for the plaintiff in 
the sum of /"102 <Ss. 8d. and costs. 

His name appears on a list of who had been admitted 
as "freemen," made by order of the Plymouth Court May 29, 
1670, at the foot of the Taunton list. He served on the jury at 
Plymouth Court in 1677 ^"^ 1681. He was one of the surveyors 
of highways in Taunton in 1671, his as.sociate being John 
Macomber. In a list of heads of families in Taunton made in 
1675 when Philip's war began, he is named. On May 25, 16S0 
the town accepted the report of a conunittee giving " A list of 
the names of the present purcha.sers or proprietors of the Town 
of Taunton unto whom the town hath already granted or divided 
lands by virtue of their enjo>ing either purchase lots or purchase 


rights to divisions of land as followeth." In this Hst appears, 
"Increase Robinson on the rights that was Thomas Cook's." 
This was the right he bought of Cook in 1673 by the deed 
already alluded to. 

In the roster of the Military Compain- of Taunton 1682, 
which was divided into four squadrons, his name is found in the 
first squadron. 

In 1678 the Plymouth Court passed this order: "James 
Walker, James Wilbore and Kncrease Robinson are appointed 
and established by the Court to take notice of such liquors as are 
brought in disorderly into the town of Taunton, and to make 
seizure thereof according to law." Verily there is nothing new 
under the sun. The .seizure of liquors brought in disorderly or 
kept unlawfully has a wonderfull}' familiar sound. 

We would very much like to know where Increase Robin.son 
lived when with his young wife leaving his Dorchester home he 
first came to Taunton, and to be able to point out the .spot where 
his first dwelling stood. In the case of many of the "First 
Purchasers" the Old Proprietors Records of Taunton give the 
location and description of their "home lots" so called. In his, as he was not an original purchaser, we get no light from 
this source. But he gave a deed to his son Increase Robinson, Jr. 
from which we can settle this point satisfactorily. As the deed 
is interesting in it.self, aside from this particular, I give the prin- 
cipal parts of it, as follows : 

" To all People to whom these presents shall come, Greet- 
ing. Know ye that I Robinson sen'r of Taunton in the 
County of Bristol in the Province of Massachu.setts Bay in New 
England, — out of that fatherly affection and good will that I 
bear unto my eldest .son Increase Robinson, jun'r of Taunton 
aforesaid, have given granted aliened enfeoffed & confirmed, 
and by presents do give, &c. to him said Increase Robins(jn 
jun'r. One dwelling which I formerly lived in, which house 
standeth on the lot I bought of Capt. Pool, together with that 
spot of ground which sd house standeth upon, that is to say the 
length and breadth of the house together with the libert\- of the before the door, reserving always the chamber in .sd house 
to my own and ni}' wife's during our lives if we see occasion 
to make use thereof. Furthermore I give to my sd .son these 
divers tracts of land in Taunton as followeth — one four acre lot 
lying on the north side of the highway, which I bought of Mr. 


John Pool and lies adjoining to Ihc lot 1 bought of Capt. Pool — 
also that strip of land I bought of Ezra Dean which lies between 
sd four acre lot and the lane called Hoar's lane, which four acres 
is to begin on I Ik.' nortli side of the road and to run fourscore 
rods norward to Ezra Dean's thicket ( always reserving to myself, 
heirs and assigns liberty of free egress and regress across sd lot 
unto my lot which lies on the east side of this four acre lot) — 
furthermore I give my sd son 4 acres of land lying on the other 
side of the Great River against sd house lying between Benjamin 
Dean's land and Nicholas White's land — also I give him my 
twelve acres of land in the little woods 1> ing on the south side of 
James Leonard's land and on the north side of Nicholas White's 
land and Joseph Hall's land — also rights to arrears of land," 

&c " Memorandum — what I have here given to 

my said son Increase Robinson Jiui'r is to be all his portion from 
me his father unless I shall hereafter see cause to give him more 
by will or deed." Dated Dec. 21, 1698. Recorded No\^ 10, 1707. 

The three lots of land first described in the foregoing deed 
lie adjoining each other on the north side of the highway now 
Dean Street, and between the east corner of Hoar's lane now 
Winter Street and the Ijrook which crosses Dean Street some five 
or .six hundred feet east from Winter Street. Capt. Wm. Pool 
was one of the original proprietors of Taunton, and we know 
that his home lot was on the westerly side of the brook above 
nientioned and on the northerly side of the highway. The other 
lots between that and Hoar's lane are easily identified. Mr. 
Robin.son does not give the dates when he bought lots 
of the Pools and Ezra Dean, and the deeds are not recorded so 
far as I can di.scover, .so that we are unable to tell how long he 
had owned them. 

A controversy in 1681 between Robinson re- 
ferred to as owning the land formerh' Ca])t. Pool's and Nicholas 
White owning the land originally Anthony Slocum's, concerning 
the dividing line between tliem. It was referred to William 
Harvey, (Veorgc Macey and Thomas Leonard the .selectmen for 
deci.sion, who fixed the line making the brook the boundary for a 
large part of the way. This carries his ownership back to 1681 
at least. 

In Dorchester Church Records under date of March 31, 1672 
it is stated — " were admitted Mr. William Pole and his wife 
members of the church at Taiuiton, and being dismissed were 


received without relation, only entering into covenant." It is 
most likely that Capt. Pool conveyed his home lot to Robinson 
before he removed to Dorchester, and probably several years 
before. From all the facts I have been able to gather I conclude 
that Increase Robinson's first dwelling house in Taunton stood 
on the lot he bought of Capt. Pool. 

From the description of the dwelling house in his deed to his 
son as "one dwelling house I formerly lived in," it maybe 
inferred that at the date of the deed, 1698, he was living in some 
other part of the town ; and of this we have abundant other 
proof. We know that he owned large tracts of land in the east- 
erly part of the town, now Raynham, and in the neighboihood of 
Nippenicket Pond. Mr. James Edward Seaver, of Taunton, 
librarian of the Old Colony Historical Society, to whom all rare 
and ancient documents seem to come of their own accord, has in 
his possession a considerable number of old papers that were 
found hidden in the woodwork of the chimney piece of the old 
Leonard house in Raynham, where they had lain for more than 
a hundred and fifty years. They belonged to Capt. Thomas 
Leonard and were orders, accounts, &c., relating to the iron 
works of which he was an owner and principal manager. Among 
them are several original papers signed by Increase Robinson. 
One of these is as follows. I give an exact photographic copy. 

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Another reads : — 
" Captain Leonard, 

Sir praye Bee pleased to pay my son Increase eight pound 
of my credit for this twenty lode of cole, which will Bee for his 
own pit of wood and for coling my part, and I shall come and 


recoil willi you for ye Rest for I dout I shall not Bee f)Ut of Det 
but must Bring more cole ye first of November not all. 
But yours to serve at all times, 

Increase Robbinson Sen 
Xeponecket in Taunton 3-e 16 October 1696." 

From this it would seem tliat at that date he was living in 
the locality which had already accjuired the name of ' ' Xeponecket' ' 
which occurs often in the old records with various forms of spell- 
ing, and which still clings to the beautiful lake lying partly in 
Taunton and partly in Bridgewater. 

This fact is further shown l)y the language occurring in 
various divisions and grants of land made to him, some of which 
I will give. 

Oct. 23, 1682. "Granted to Robin.son 30 acres of 
land at Nepinickit pond on ye southwest branch of j-e pond next 
his own land that he hath there alread)' on the right that was 
Thos. Cooks." 

Feb. 9, 1696-7 a divi.sion of Titicut swamp was made among 
the seven owners. Increase Robinson ' ' to have 32 acres at that 
end of said swamp next to his own dwelling at Neepanicket." 
Jan. 3, 1694 " to Increase Robinson 20 acres joining to that land 
that was formerl}' granted him on the southeast near Neepanickit 
PcMid." Jan. 29, 1696 " to Increase Robinson sen'r 27 acres near 

Nov. 15, 1700 there was ala5^out of 72 acres at "Nipenicket" 
for Ebenezer and Josiah Robinson, .several parcels, " all which was 
granted to Increase Robinson now deceased," bounded in part 
by Bridgewater lands and mentioning Titicut swamp, Dead 
swamp and a highway leading from Bridgewater by said Robin- 
son's house. Nov. 14, 1700 there was a layout by Ebenezer 
Robinson of a wa}- through lands formerly belonging to 
Robinson decea.sed, to lead near the dwelling house now standing 
on said land. And he covenanted and agreed with the .selectmen 
of Taunton to leave and cause to be left at all times a sufficient 
drift cartway with gates or bars for Bridgewater men to come by 
the .southerly end of the great pond into the said way. 

From descriptions it is made certain that during the 
period covered b}- their .several dates Increase Robinson owned 
land bordering on Nippenicket Pond, bounded in part by Bridge- 
water line, on which he had a dwelling wherein he lived, 



and that there was a road or wa}- leading by his house through 
his lands which Bridgewater men had a right to use in coming to 
their lands on that side of the pond. Roads are among the most 
permanent landmarks, and I have no doubt that the present road 
from Rajnham center to Bridgewater, in that part of it approach- 
ing and skirting Nippenicket Pond, is identical with the road or 
way laid out by Robinson and leading by his house. 

On which side of the road did his house stand, and what was 
its exact location ? The house itself has long since disappeared, 
but b}' the aid of an ancient deed and an ancient map we can fix 
its position satisfactorily. Ebenezer Robinson, one of the sons 
of Increase who came into possession of the land on which the 
dwelling house stood, conveyed to John vStaples of Taunton 
by a deed dated April 2, 1725, " that plantation of land whereon 
I formerly dwelt in Taunton at a place called and known by the 
name of Neepaneket by Nunketest Pond, with my dwelling 
house and barn thereon standing, and is bounded easteily by 
Bridgewater line," &c. "Memorandum, it is to be understood 
that sd Staples, heirs & assigns are from time to time to fulfill ye 
bonds given by sd Robinson to leave gates or bars where sd Rob- 
inson hath been wont to uphold them for Bridgewater men to 
pass thru them to their land on ye west side of ye pond." 

In 1728 Morgan Cobb, surveyor, of Taunton, made a map 
of Taunton for the use of the General Court on which he says he 
has noted the situation of ever}' particular house with the owner's 
surname. On this map the road leading by Nippenicket Pond is 
traced, and on the northeast side almost against the pond a dwell- 
ing house is indicated with the name of "J. Staples " against it. 
This then was the dwelling house of Increase Robinson, senior, 
and it would not be very difficult I imagine to mark the site now 
upon the ground. Here he passed the last years of his life and 
here he died, between November 5 and December 18, 1699. This 
is shown b}' the following entries taken from the ledgers of Capt. 
Thomas I^eonard found in the old Leonard house as before 

" Nov. 5, 1699, Increase Robbinson senior debtor to a potion 
of pills, mint water, cordiall potions &c. &c." 

" December 18, 1699, Increase Robinson senior, his widow, 
credit by the works account a hundred of iron ^00 i8s 00." 

The place of his burial is unknown. 



The cut here given is from a photo of a house built in 1736-7 
by Josiah Robinson, Jr.. which is still standing and is occupied 
by a descendant. It is situated in North Raynham about half a 
mile west of Nippenicket Pond, upon land owned by Increase 
Robinson, Sr. , when he first removed from Taunton to that 

An examination of the indexes in the Bri.stol County Probate 
Office no administration taken upon his estate. I was 
led, however, to believe that he left a will and that there must 
have been admini.stration of his estate l)y the recitals which I 
discovered in a deed given by Ebenezer Robinson to his brother 
Increase Robinson Jr., dated April 4, 1706, in which he conveys 
"all that E. Robinson's share in that land on the other side of 



the highway before Roliiuxm, l)eing yd of that parcel of 
land and orchard that was given to him by the will of his father Robinson decea.sed, bounded eastward 1)\ Nicholas 
White, south b\- the Cireat Riwr, west li\- Ezra Dean, north })v 
the highway." 

Administration of the estate of Increase Robinson, Jr., was 
taken V)y his oldest son William Robin.son March 20, 1738-9. 
Some impulse led me to examine the papers in that estate, and to 
my surprise and delight I found among them the original bond 


given by Sarah Robinson as executrix of her husband's will, the 
important parts of which I give : 

" Known all men by these presents, that we Sarah Robinson 
widow and relict of Increase Robinson late of Taunton in the 
County of Bristol in New England dec'd Sl John Gary of Bristol 
carpenter & James Adams of said Bristol cordwayner, do stand 
firmly bound and obliged unto John Saffin Esq. Judge of Probate 
in the full and just sum of Eight hundred pounds" .... 
"The condition of this present obligation is such that whereas 
the above bounden Sarah Robinson is made executrix of the last 
will Sc testament of Increase Robinson late of said Taunton dec'd 
bearing date the secoud day of Nov. 1699, & hath now legally 
proved the same. If therefore ' ' &c. 

Dated April 10, 1700 Signed Sarah Robinson 

John Gary 
James Adams. 

The will itself I have not found. In the removal of the 
Gounty records from Bristol to Taunton in 1747 which was at- 
tended with some unpleasantness, some papers may have been 
lost. But there was a will and it w^as duly proved as recited in 
the bond of his widow, and mentioned in the deed given by his 
son Ebenezer already cited. The date of the will as given in the 
bond was November 2, 1699, three days before the charge 
against him in Gapt. Leonard's ledger of " a potion of pills, mint 
water, cordiall potions, &c. , &c." Doubtless at that time he 
realized the approach of death and was prompted to arrange his 
worldly affairs. 

Increase Robinson and his wife Sarah Penniman had seven 
children, — three sons and four daughters. Increase Jr. who 
married Mehitabel Williams of Taunton, and died in Taunton in 
1738; Ebenezer born in Taunton in 1680, married Mary Williams 
and died in South Raynham October 9, 1753; Josiali who died 
single in 1703 or 4; Sarah, who married Samuel Dean of Taun- 
ton; Bethiah, who married Peter Pitts of Taunton; Hannah, who 
married John Williams of Taunton, and Abigail, who married 
John Forbes of Bridgewater. 

From the language used in the will of William Robinson 
whereby he gives ' ' my son Increase eldest sonn that bears my 
name ' ' twenty shillings, it has been naturally supposed that 


Increase had a son William, but no other evidence that he had 
such a son has been found. 

Josiah died while in ser\-ice against the Indians. The tradi- 
tion is that he became overheated in running after a wounded 
deer, and in drinking from a cold spring of water died suddenly. 

I have said that Ebenezer died in South Raynham. In the 
deed he gave John Staples in 1725 which I have cited, he de- 
scribed the premises conveyed as " that plantation of land 
whereon I formerly dwelt," showing that he had removed from 
there. Land was laid out to his father in 16S0 in the easterly 
part of the town but c^n the westerh- side of Taunton Great River 
in the vicinity of Titicut and Tareall Plain, and at the time he 
gave the deed to Staples he was undoubtedly living on this land. 
Referring again to the Morgan Cobb map we find in the south- 
easterly part of the town near the Middleboro line a bridge across 
the Great River called Great Bridge, and on the westerh^ side of 
the river near the bridge a dwelling house marked Lieut. Robin- 
son. When Raj'nham was set off from Taunton in 1731, a part 
of the boundary was as follows : "on the south by Taunton 
Great River including all the land cf Lieut. Ebenezer Robinson, 
on the southeasterly or south side of said river except that i)iece of 
land by his saw mill near the furnace, which is in Middleborough 
j^recinct. ' ' This land has been owned and occupied by some of 
the descendants of Ebenezer Robinson to the pre.sent day. and 
the bridge is called Robinson's Bridge. 

Here must close this notice of Increase Robinson senior. 
After all how little have we been able to discover concerning 
him. We would gladh' know more of the man himself than can 
be learned from his business transactions, and the offices of trust 
and responsibilit}' to which he was occa.sionally called. From 
these few facts we are satisfied that he was a substantial citizen, 
respected by his fellow townsmen, leaving children who honored 
his memory and were an honor to him, and filling an honorable 
place among the early settlers of Taunton. With this we nuist 
be content. 

As God ' ' renews the face of the earth ' ' so he renews the 
generations of men. The fathers and mothers die — they live 
again in their children and children's children. 



By Rev. William A. Robinson, D. D. 

IT is characteristic of the true hero to be modestl}^ 
unconscious of his heroism. He simply goes for- 
ward doing his duty, and is too busy with his work 
to pose for effect or think of fame. Emphatically 
was this true of John Robinson, the Pilgrim Pastor 
and Leader. 

But if it was difficult for him to think of himself 
as a hero, it is hardly less so for us fully to appre- 
ciate what it meant for him in his day to take the 
noble course his conscience prompted, and face the inner conflict 
and outward persecutions which he quietly braved in obeying 
his convictions. It requires a careful study of his life and times 
fully to understand the faith and courage he exemplified in 
pursuing the course which he took in God's name. But among 
the names of the heroes in God's service in that age, that of John 
Robinson holds honored place. 

John Robinson was born near Gainsborough, Eng. , in the 
year 1575. Of his childhood and youth nothing is recorded save 
that he fitted for college and matriculated in Cambridge Univer- 
sity. Two Cambridge colleges claim him as a student, but 
Corpus Christi appears to have the best warrant for its claim. 
The Register of that college show^s this entry: " John Robinson. 
P., Pincolnshire. Admitted 1592; Fellow, 159S." 

He took orders after his graduation in the Church of Eng- 
land, but because of his modification of certain ceremonies, and 
his broad and progressive views, he was suspended by the Bishop 
of Norwich. Upon this, in 1604, he resigned his fellowship, and 
parted finally with the Established Church. For a time he 
assi.sted Rev. Mr. Clyfton, pastor of a Separatist Church which 



met at the dwelling of William Brewster near Scrooby in Not- 
tinghamshire. Later he became pastor of that little church, and 
in 1609, after many difficulties and persecutions, he with his 
church escaped to Holland. vSettling finally at Leyden, he 
ministered to his little flock with the utmost fidelity and devo- 
tion. At the same time by his counsels and his writings he 
labored valiantly and efficientl}' to promote the cause of civil and 
religious liberty. September 5, 1615, he became a member of 


the University of Leyden and was held in high esteem for his 
scholarship and the breadth and catholicit}' of his views. In 
1620, the younger and more vigorous portion of his flock joined 
in that famous "pilgrimage" to America, which has meant so 
much for this country and the world. Pastor Robinson gave 
them his historical " Parting Counsel," and intended himself soon 
to follow them to America, but was unable so to do. The father of 
the writer of this sketch used to say that John Robinson had one 
reason for deferring his journey to America, which has been a 
limitation upon many of his descendants — he was in debt! Be 



this as it may, his hopes for reunion with his flock in America 
was terminated b}^ his death at lycyden, March i, 1625, in the 
50th year of his age. He was buried in the churchyard of St. 
Peter's Cathedral, in the presence of the gentry and dignitaries 
of the City and University. 

In 1891, a Committee of the National Council of Congrega- 
tional Churches of this country, on which the writer of this 


sketch had the honor to serve, caused a handsome bronze tablet 
to be placed in his memory upon the wall of St. Peter's Cathe- 
dral at Leyden, bearing, besides the record of his name and 
offices, the apt inscription " /;/ Memoria Aeterna Erit Justus."' 

Of the six children of John Robinson, two sons, John and 
Isaac are known to have come to Plymouth, Mass. in 1630. 
Isaac is the ancestor of a numerous progeny. To him I trace 
my family line, and the facts recorded in my genealogy are as 
follows : — 


1. Isaac, born 1610, came to Plymouth 1630. Married first 
1636, Margaret Hanford, by ^vhom he had five children. After 
her decease he married in 1649 a second wife, by whom he had 
four children, the third of whom was, 

2. Peter, born 1665, married Experience, daughter of John 
Manton of Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard. He finally settled in 
Scotland Parish, Windham, Conn. He was the father of fifteen 
children, of whom the fourth was, 

3. Peter, born 1697. married June 20, 1725. Ruth Fuller, 
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Thatcher ) Fuller, of Mans- 
field, Conn. He had twelve children, of whom the ninth was, 

4. Eliab, born August 22, 1742, married Lucy Williams: 
resided man}' years in Dorset, \'t., and died in Pittsford, \'t. , 
April 1836, aged 93 years. He had five children, of whom the 
youngest was, 

5. Septimius, born Jul}' 27, 1790. married ist, Lucy King.s- 
ley, who died in 1833: 2nd, Jan. 6, 1835, vSemantha \\"ashburn of 
Montpelier, \'t. He died at Morri.sville, A't., vSept. 27, i860. 
He had eight children, of whom the seventh was, 

6. William Albert, born Feb. 24, 1840, married Sept. i, 
1862, Lucy Camp vSwift, of ]\Iorrisville, \\. They have had two 
children, of whom one, Mrs. Emily ^L Coleman, of Fort Dodge, 
Iowa, survives. 

1640, AND GUILFORD, 1664, 


By Mary Gay Robinson. 

THERK stands in the town of Guilford, Conn., a half 
mile northwest from the center of the village, an 
old house in good condition, the .second house on 
the spot, where a family by name of Robinson have 
been born, lived and died for the last 236 years. 

In 1664 came one, Mr. Thomas Robinson, from 
the then young town of Hartford to settle in Guil- 
ford. He came with ^Iar\-, his wife, and seven 
children, and bought this corner lot and homestead, 
which for twenty -five years pre\-ious, since the settlement of 
(juilford in 1639, had l)een owned by four men, Mr. John Caffinge 
or Chaffinch, first owner; Thomas French, tenant in 1644; 
Thomas Standish, son of the famous Captain Miles vStandish, of 
Plymouth, Mass., 1647; Thomas Smith, 1660; William Stone, 
1663, by whom it was sold to Mr. Thomas Robin.son in 1O64. 

Thus the place pa.ssed from hand to hand till purchased by 
Thomas Robinson; it has been handed down in the family name 
from that day to this and is now occupied and owned by the 
Robinson name of the seventh generation. 

The present house was built in 1752 by vSanuiel Robinson, 
fourth generation, Thomas, i; Thomas, 2; Samuel, 3; Samuel, 4; 
Samuel, 5; Rev. Henry Robinson, 6, who left it to his widow, 
Mrs. Mary (Cushing Gay) Robinson, and four children, Mrs. 
M. E. Gallaudett, Fannie W. Robinson, Mary Gay Robinson, 
Henry Pynchon Robinson, Yale College i8(:»3, in the seventh 

The houses in Guilford are built in a compact village, while 
the farms lie all around, salt marsh and upland, hill and meadow. 
The Robinson house is on land that descends slightlv and the 



two and a half acres of the home lot look off and up towards the 
east on Fair Street with its various shaped roofs, north upon a 
rocky ledge that has been converted into the handsome stone 
mansion of Mr. Chester Kingman, which was built by Rev. E. 
Edwan Hall, whose wife, daughter of Rev. Dr. Malan of Geneva, 
Switzerland, washed to reproduce a Swiss chateau in her new 
American home; also a stone building, the Guilford Institute, 
a gift of Mrs. Mary Griffing to the youth of Guilford; south we 
look out upon the higher swell of land that forms Broad Street, 
and to the west the country road winds on over two bridges that 


cross t\\o small ri\'ers that form West river, and in the rise of 
ground beyond that river is the village cemeter}'. 

Thomas Robinson, Sr. , is the remotest ancestor of whom his 
descendants luu-e any knowdedge. His name appears on tlie 
Guilford Records for the first time in 1664, though he might have 
been there earlier. He was in Hartford in 1640. There were a 
number of this name in the countr)^ previous to his settlement in 
Guilford ; a Thomas Robinson of Scituate in 1643 ; two of the 
name, father and son, in New^ Haven in 1644 ; Thomas Robinson 
in New lyondon, who married Mary, daughter of Hugh Wells of 
Wethersfield ; Thomas Robinson in Hartford in 1640, and this 
was the one who settled at Guilford. 

This Thomas Robinson purchased of William Stone a spot 
containing two and one-half acres, a half mile north west of Guil- 



ford Green, on the New Haven road. We have in our possession 
a deed executed by him, bearing date October 20, 1679, convey- 
ing this homestead to his son Thomas. 

The Guilford History by Mr. R. D. Smith, and Steiner's 
Guilford History, .state: Mr. Thomas Robinson bought out the 
land which was originalh' owned by John Caffinge in 1664 and 
afterwards became one of the wealthiest of the settlers. He was 
noted for a xory long and very expensive lawsuit with the town, 
originating from his taking up land on the front of his lot which 
was claimed by the town. The suits which grew out of this act 

were appealed eventually to the Legislature, and finally were 
adjusted and settled hy the interposition of a committee there- 

There was a tradition that the first Thomas Robinson went 
back to England. "He went to a far land," and that meant 
across the seas ; that he found most of his kindred in England 
were dead. 

Thomas Robinson, Sr. , appears to have been a man of re- 
spectable character and standing, as the titles " Gentleman " and 
" Mr." are given him in the ancient records. He was, however, 
of a warm temperament and determined purpose and became 
involved in some unhappy controversies which rendered his situ- 
ation at Guilford unpleasant and probably induced him near the 


close of his life to remove to Hartford, where he was living in 
1 684-5 s'ld where he appears to have died in 1 OSg at an advanced 

His wife, Mary, died at Guilford, Jul\- 27, 1668. Two of 
his daughters married in Wethersfield. Mary Robin.son married 
John Latimer in ihSo. Saint Robinson married Ziba Tryon. 
Thomas Robinson, Sr., had difficultx- with Rev. Joseph Eliot, 
minister in Guilford for thirty years and son of Rev. John Eliot, 
Apostle to the Indians. He also had trouble with Governor 
Eeete. All these things show he was rather a testy man. 

The earliest mention we have is that he appeared in a law- 
suit with one of the Lords in Hartford in 1640. From that time 
there are twent\ -four >ears in which we know almost nothing of 
Thomas Robinson. He probabl\- married in or near 1650, judg- 
ing from the ages of the oldest children. His youngest son, 
David Robiu.son's age and death are on a gravestone in Durham, 
Conn., wdiere the>- were more careful and accurate in the matter of 
gravestones than in Guilford, there was a quarry near b\-. 

Re\-. Henry Robinson of Guilford, Conn., supposes his an- 
cestor, Thomas Robinson, St.. was about twenty-five years old 
in 1640. He is not among the first settlers of Hartford, though 
he is among the earliest. When he came to (juilford he was 
abotit fifty or fifty-five and .seventN'-five or eighty when he died 
in 1689. Mr. Ralph D. vSmith saw the notice of his death in 

When he came to Guilford he had his wife Mary, and at the 
time of Mar^-'s death, July 27, 1668, there were seven children, 
three sons and four dattghters. His daughter, Ann Robin.son, 
married Jo.seph Dudley, and from them are descended the 
Dudleys of Guilford and elsewhere, the Fields, David Dudley 
Field, Cyrus Field, Hon. Simeon Baldwin Chittenden, member 
of Congress from New York. 

A handsome carved oaken chest, "T" on one end, "R" 
on the other and date " 1682" is owned by Simeon Baldwin 
Chittenden of Brooklyn, and was at the Chicago Exposition in 
the Connecticut Building. 

Robert Dale Owen married Mary Jane Robinson, 7th gene- 
ration ; the artist Wedworth Wadsworth's mother, Rose Robin- 
son, w^as 6th generation ; Colonel Francis Par.sons of Hartford, 
on Governor Lounsbury's staff, is of the gth generation from 
Thomas Robin.son. 



The second Thomas Robinson was the oldest of seven chil- 
dren. He married twice and had eight children. The two 
daughters of his first wife, Sarah Cruttenden, died unmarried; 
his second wife was vSarah Graves, their oldest son Samuel Rob- 
inson, married Rachel Strong of Northampton, Mass. She died 
in one year and left one child, Samuel. Says the Rev. Henry 
Robinson: "Despairing of finding her like again this Samuel 
Robinson remained unmarried to the day of his death, fifty-one 
years. He was shrewd, sensible and pious, and an exceedingly 
companionable and interesting man. He had no taste for public 
office, but was fond of books and self-culture. He was a great 
admirer of President Edwards and read his works much. His 


only child, Samuel Robinson, 2nd, was brought up by his maiden 
sister, Sarah, who lived to be sixty-two. My father, the Rev. 
Henry Robinson, remembered this Samuel, 2nd, who died in 
1802, when he was a boy of fourteen. My grandfather, Samuel 
Robinson, 3rd, was a lad of fourteen when his grandfather, 
Samuel the ist, died in 1776, and vSamuel Robinson ist, was 
seventeen years old when his father the second Thomas Robinson 
died in 171 2, and the second Thomas Robinson was thirty-nine 
when Thomas Robinson, Sr., died in 1689. 

Samuel Robin.son, ist, had but one child, a .son; Samuel 
Robinson, 2nd, had but one child, a .son; Samuel Robin.son, 3rd, 
had four children, two .sons and two daughters. These heads of 
small families lived to be old men, eighty-one, seventy-seven, 
seventy-seven, and my father, eighty-nine years and nine months. 
They married early in life, twenty-nine, thirty-five, twenty-four; 
the sons carried on the calling of the fathers and were farmers, 



and ill the beginning of the nineteenth centur}' were coinited the 
rich farmers of this farming town. They were from generation 
to generation members of the Connecticut legislature. Then 
came four children to divide the patrimony that for two genera- 
tions had been transmitted to one heir alone. Two daughters 
marry and carry off their dowries ; Sarah married Isaac Benton, 
and their daughter Sarah, marrying Richard Starr of Guilford, 
removed to Mendon, 111., leaving descendants. Eliza married 
Col. John B. Chittenden of Guilford, and removed about 1832 to 
Mendon, 111., leaving numerous descendants. The two .sons go 
to Yale College, one becomes a Congregational clergyman, the 


Rev. Henry Robinson, Yale College, 181 1, Andover Seminary, 
1816, tutor at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me., 1817 ; the other, 
Samuel Robinson, Yale College, 181 7, a teacher. The farm lands 
are sold, but the homestead, the second house built on the spot 
purchased in 1664, was inherited by the Rev. Henry Robinson and 
his four children. The brother, vSamuel Robinson, a distinguished 
teacher, conducted a family school for boys in it. His .son was 
Dr. Samuel C. Robinson, ot Brooklyn, N. Y., Yale College, 1852; 
his daughter is Mrs. Anna C. Hyde of New Haven. 

A curious oaken chair with tape loom in back is one of the 
relics in the old Robinson house in Guilford, and there are old 
deeds reaching back to 1675. 

The Rev. Henrv Robinson returned to the old homestead 


after four pastorates in Connecticut, ic. Litchfield, South Farms 
(now Morris), Suffield, North KiUingly (now Putnam Heights) 
and Plainfield, spending the last twenty-two years of his life and 
dying there at the age of eighty-nine years and nine months, 
September 14, 1878. 

The sixth child of Thomas Robinson, Sr., David Robinson, 
and another Guilford man, Caleb Seward, were the first settlers 
of Durham, Conn. The Robinson line in Durham had large 
families, ten, twelve, sixteen children, who, as the space grew 
too small for them, moved away and settled Granville, Blandford, 
Tolland, Mass., then went to w^estern New York, Ohio and 

The Hon. Henry Cornelius Robinson, a leading lawyer of 
Connecticut, who died at his home in Hartford the past winter, 
was a descendant of David Robinson, first settler of Durham. 
Isaac Chapman Bates of Northampton, Mass., Senator in Con- 
gress, was a descendant, David Robinson's son, Ebenezer 
Robinson, gave a burying ground and school fund to the town 
of Durham. 

Early in 1700 our Robinson ancestor owned land in Martha's 
Vineyard, where lived descendants of the Rev. John Robinson, 
of lycyden, and we hoped from that fact there might have been 
kinship with that line in England; the dates will not permit our 
descent from him. 

Professor William Dudley, of Leland Standford University, 
Cal., a descendant of Thomas Robinson, found that Robinson 
was among the names of families of Ockley, in Surrey, England, 
about the time of the emigration to Guilford, Conn., 1639, of the 
Rev. Henry Whitfield and his company, but we have not ascer- 
tained as yet from what part of England our first ancestor, 
Thomas Robinson, came. That important quest is one which 
we hope our friends of this Robinson organization may help us 
to pursue. 


By Rev. G. W. 


Robinson do I find among them. 

I certainly esteem it an honor 
to be invited to attend this 
happy gathering-, and to be 
invited to speak to you a few 
minutes on certain lines of 
ancestry in which some of us 
at least have a very vital in- 
terest. It is, I regret to say, 
my misfortune to be not of the 
tribe of Robin.son. Half of the 
Pennimans have that honor, 
but I have not. A diligent 
search for some years has dis- 
covered most of my American 
ancestral names, but not a 
It is clear that, notwithstand- 

ing all the achievements of that distinguished family, they have 
signally failed at one point, in not fixing things so that they 
could claim me as a descendant. So most of what I shall say to 
you to-day wnll be as an outsider. But I am happy on the other 
hand to see that by going l)ack a little farther we can claim a 
common Peiuiiman ancestry. 

All the Pennimans in America appear to be descended from 
a single pair of emigrants. It is not " three l)rothers " with us. 
It is not from several progenitors here and there that our family 
springs, making it an endless to hunt them uj) and dis- 
tinguish them ; l)ut it's from James and k\dia (Kliot) Penniman 
that we all derive. 

We have reason to be proud of our Eliot connection. Of 
Lydia's brother John, the " Apostle to the Indians," Hon. I). H. 
Chamberlain has recently said : "Of Ivliot it is truth to say, no 
saintlier figure has adorned mankind since the star of Bethlehem 



came and stood over where the young child lay." Lydia Eliot 
was baptized in Nazing, County Essex, England, 1610, daughter 
of Bennett Eliot, and that is as far back as we can go in deter- 
mining our Eliot ancestry. 

Where James Penniman came from we do not know. I 
thought once I kneju, but I find I was mistaken. There is no 
positive evidence of his origin. All we know is purely negative. 
But there are certain probabilities which are interesting. Burke 
says the family is of Saxon origin and first settled in Kent, that 
the name was originally ' ' Pen-na-man, ' ' meaning ' ' head chief 
man " ; so you see the Pennimans must have been at the head 
once, however it may be now. There is now, so far as I can 
learn (aside from one or two American Pennimans temporarily 


there), but one family of Penny mans in England. Mr. James 
Worsley Penny man of Ormesby Hall assures me that neither he, 
nor his father, nor his grandfather, ever heard the name in Eng- 
land, though they have made considerable inquiry, 

Ormesby Hall is in the North Riding of Yorkeshire, near 
the mouth of the river Tees, about four miles from the iron- 
manufacturing city of Middlesborough, and the estate has been 
in the family some four hundred years. There has been a line of 
eight baronets, beginning with 1628 and ending in 1852, when 
the name Pennyman l)ecame extinct ; but the estate fell to a 
cousin who assumed his mother's surname of Pennyman. The 
grandson of this gentleman, Mr. James Worsley Pennyman, 
the present head of the family, has written out for me a most 
interesting account of the Penniman home and family in England 


and sent pictures of the old home. In tlie strife of the 17th 
century between royaHst and puritan, vSir WilHam Pennyman, of 
Marske, near Ormesby, was a most distinguished royalist. He 
was highly esteemed by Charles I., who appointed him governor 
of Oxford and colonel of a regiment of foot. While governor of 
Oxford Sir William died Aug. 22, 1643, and in Christ Church 
Cathedral at Oxford may be seen a mural tablet commemorating 
his lo^'alty and his virtues. 

But who was James Penniman, the emigrant, or Pennyman, 
as frequently spelt in the early records ? It is noticeable that 
James is a frequent name, occurring in every generation of the 
English Pennymans, that the governor's uncle was vSir James, 
and that all the records of the old parish of Marske, near 
Ormesb}', where the Governor's branch of the family then li\-ed, 
are missing prior to 1631. Singularly enough they begin that 
3-ear, the very year that James and I^ydia Penniman came to 
Boston. Of course this proves nothing, but as long as we can 
find no trace of the name elsewhere, we may feel the force of a 
probability which Mr. J. W. Pennyman of Ormesby Hall thus 
stated in a letter to me: "If one ma}^ hazard a guess, the 
zealous cavaliers might look upon a round-head relative as a 
disgrace to the family, and might be only too glad when his 
emigration gave an opportunity to blot out all trace of his 
existence. ' ' 

James and Lydia Penniman joined the First church at Bos- 
ton, and probably lived there a few 3'ears, for James Penniman 
sold to Robert Meeres house and land between present Court 
and Sudbury vStreets, overlooking Mill Cove. Was this the first 
Penniman home in America? It must have been a beautiful 
spot in the early days of Boston. As earl}- as 1636 James 
Penniman was lixing at Mount Wollaston. now Ouincy, but 
then a part of Boston. Their minister, the Rev. John Wheel- 
wright, was soon accounted a dangerous heretic, and though he 
and his sister, Mrs. Hutchinson, were approved and followed b>- 
the governor, Henr}- Vane, and most of the prominent people 
of Boston, Winthrop being elected governor, Wheelwright was 
banished and fift}- of his followers were disarmed, James Penni- 
man among them. Savage in his "Winthrop" says: " In no 
l)art of the history of any of the United States perhaps can a 
parallel be found for this act" of disarming. And Dr. Pattee 
in his History of Old Braintree adds: "This high handed 



injustice left them without any protection to themselves or their 
families from the scalpino^ knife or the horrors of Indian massa- 
cre."" Shall we not feel proud that in those early days, when 
it cost so much, we find our ancestors daring to think for them- 
selves ? 

Soon after this, in response to the petition of James Penni- 
man and others, the town of Braintree was incorporated May 13, 
1640. James Pennuiian's is the first name on Brainlree records, 
being the first in a list of six men "deputed for town affairs." 
He is also said to have built the first house in Braintree. Just 
where that house was I do not know. But it was very likely not 
far from the location of what are now called the "Adams' cot- 


tages," the birthplaces respectively of Presidents John and John 
Quincy Adams. In 1720 James Penniman, who must have been 
grand.son of the immigrant James, sold this property to John 
Adams, father of President John Adams. A brick in the chimney 
jamb of the older house indicates that it was built in 16S6, and in 
the other house bears the date 17 16. I will speak of this later. 
James Penniman died in 1664, and his widow married Thomas 
Wight of Medfield. 

James and I^ydia Eliot Penniman had nine children as indi- 
cated on Boston and Braintree records, but undoubtedly there 
were ten. 

I. The eldest was James-, baptized in Boston, 1633, spoken 
of in his father's will as an educated man. He was a felt-maker 
and lived in Boston on the road to Roxbury, probably' on or near 
Summer Street, where his son, grandson, and great grandson 


lived after him, his son being called "surgeon," his grandson 
" cordwainer," and his great grandson a "physician." This 
family seems to have had a large estate and to have been ver}^ 
prosperous, but they have died out and entirely disappeared. 

2. The next child was a daughter, Lydia- baptized in 
Boston 1635, and married Edward- Adams of Medfield. 

3. Xext comes a son, John- baptized 1637, married Hannah, 
daughter of immigrant Roger Billings, and had seven children, 
all of whom died young or unmarried. 

4. Fourth comes Joseph- born in Braintree Aug. i, 1639, 
married for first wife, who bore all his children. Waiting- Rob- 
inson, daughter of William^ Rol)inson of Dorchester and sister 
of Increase- Robinson who married her husband's sister, Sarah- 
Penniman, and settled in Taunton. Probably aljout half the 
Pennimans now living descend from Deacon Joseph. I will come 
back to them later. 

5. The next child was Sarah- born 1641, who married In- 
crease Robinson, and I will leave others to speak of her and her 

6. The sixth child, whose birth is not on record, was prob- 
ably Bethiah, who is mentioned in her mother's will (1673) as 
Bethiah Allen. 

7. The seventh child was Hannah, born 1648, who married 
1671, John- Hall, son of the emigrant George' Hall, who was one 
of the original proprietors of Cohannet, including present Taun- 
ton, Berkeley and Raynham, purchased from the Indian Sachem 
Massasoit in 1639. I suppose there are many Halls and others 
in Taunton and vicinitj- descended from our Hannah- Penniman. 

8. The eighth child was Abigail, born 1651, who would 
seem, from her mother's will 1673, to have married a Gary. She 
calls her " Abigail Carie." But Braintree Records (p. 719) give 
" Samuel Xeale and Abigail Penniman married the 2nd mo. iSth, 
'78 by Captain Mason." I cannot account for this apparent 

9. The ninth child was Mary- born 1653, who married 
Samuel Paine of Braintree. 

10. The tenth and youngest child was Samuel- born 1655, 
married Elizabeth Parmenter, and probably had ten children, 
but only three sons who had families. These were Nathan'\ 
Joseph^ and James-^ and they all left Braintree, the two elder 
brothers, Nathan'' and Joseph -^ going to Netmocke or Mendon, 


for which plantation their grandfather, the immigrant James ^ 
Penniman, had been one of the petitioners, and their uncle 
Joseph- one of the commissioners to settle it, though neither of 
them had removed there. 

The youngest brother James'^ went to Medfield. And as 
the old Penniman place in Braintree was sold al)out the time 
that the brothers left for their new homes, I think it probable 
that it was James'^ son of Samuel-, rather than his cousin James-^ 
son of Joseph^, who sold this property. No wife signs the deed, 
and this James'^ was unmarried at the time, which helps to sus- 
tain this theory. Certainly it was good judgment and rare fore- 
sight, if he sell the place at all, to sell it to the father of a 
president and grandfather of another president of a nation, sixty 
years before that nation's birth ; for by so doing the Penniman 
place is preserved as a mecca of pilgrimage. The Daughters of 
the Revolution now have charge of the John Adams house, and 
the Quincy Historical Society, under the most efficient manage- 
ment of its Curator, Mr. William G. vSpear, has made the John 
Ouincy Adams birthplace a most delightful place to visit. 

I would like to dwell on the Mendon Pennimans, the de- 
scendants of Samuel- of Braintree, from which branch I descend 
myself. They have been rovers and have scattered widel3\ 
None are left in that vicinity now, but some of them have con- 
tributed to the good name of the family in many States. But I 
must speak only a few minutes on the male descendants of 
Joseph- and then close. 

Deacon Joseph^ and his brother Samuel- were the two 
Pennimans in the latter half of the seventeenth century, both 
occupying position in their day. Deacon Joseph- was of the 
" Suffolk troop of Horse" and fought in Philip's War. His 
eldest son Joseph'^ died in 169 1 at twenty years of age, of the 
fever contracted in Phip's unfortunate crusade against Canada, 
that sad affair of which the Boston preachers spoke ' ' as the 
awful frown of God." A second son, Moses'^ became Episcopal. 
It is remarkable that he should thus estrange himself, as he must 
in a measure have done at that early day, from his brothers and 
sisters and kinsmen. He had a son Moses * who was on the 
war ship King George, stationed off the coast for its protection 
in 1758, and he is called " mariner" in his will in 176 1. Moses* 
had a son William-^, who was a shipbuilder at Boston and later 
at New lyondon, but he passed his last years at Williamstown, 


where lie died in 1809. One of liis grandsons was the late Ed- 
mund Burke* Penninian, a prominent lawyer of North Adams, 
whose son Edmund B.^ Penniman is now treasurer of the North 
Adams Manufacturing Co. There are descendants of this Wil- 
liam-^ Pemiiman in Pennsylvania, and in the South and West. 
Another grandson was the Hon. Francis B. " Penniman of Pitts- 
burgh and Honesdale, Penn., an editor and a forceful public 
speaker, who took a great interest in public affairs, was highly 
respected and took much pleasure in looking up his Penniman 
ancestr\-. He is the onh- one I have found who has given the 
subject much attention, and he confined his search to his own 
line of ancestry. 

I find that a great grandson of this William'' Penniman was 
killed at vShiloli on the Confederate side, while another Penni- 
man, not a near relative, was killed on the Union side in the 
same battle. 

Now let us go back to Deacon Joseph-. His youngest .son 
James^ marrioa I683, Abigail Thayer. From this couple the 
present .stock of Braintree and Quiuc\- Penuimans descend. They 
had two sons, William* and James*, both of whom were promi- 
nent men and had large families. The elder, William*, a prom- 
inent citizen and an ardent patriot, married his mother's cousih, 
Ruth Tha3-er, who became the " mother of fifteen children, ten 
sons and five daughters," as her tombstone informs us. And 
eleven of these children outlived their father, who died in 1780. 
Of this interesting family one, Pelatiah-^ went to Mendon to join 
his cousins, married Hannah Taft and had a farge family. His 
descendants all went to New Hampshire and \'ermont, where 
man)' of them are now living. 

Another .son of this William* was Joseph^', who graduated 
at Harvard and became minister of the church at Bedford for 
twent\'-two years, 1771-93. He left three daughters and no sons. 

Another son of William* was Mesheck^ who had two sons, 
Elisha'' and William''. Elisha'', born 1778, died 1S31, settled in 
Brookline and became one of Boston's great merchants, amassing 
a large propert}- for those days. Elisha's" eldest daughter Caro- 
line'' married Charles Heath, and his granddaughter, Mary C. '^ 
Heath, is the wife of Edward Atkinson. Eli.sha's^ second child, 
Almira", after a sojourn at the famous Brook Farm Community, 
married Rev. David H. Barlow and became the mother of Gen. 
Francis Channing Barlow, who won a distinguished reputation 


as a brave and able officer of the Army of the Potomac, and was 
afterward Secretar}^ of State and Attorney General of New York. 
Gen. Barlow married Ellen Shaw, sister of Robert Gould Shaw, 
the gallant Colonel of the 54th Mass. Regiment, the first regi- 
ment of colored soldiers from a free State mustered into the 
United States service. He was killed at Ft. Wagner and his 
heroic life is most fittingh' and beautifully commemorated in the 
"Shaw Memorial " opposite the Boston State House. A third 
daughter of Elisha'', Marj^ Jane"^ Penniman, who died six months 
ago, was the widow of Moses Blake Williams. Her sons are 
Moses** and Charles Aniory" Williams, distinguished lawyers and 
business men of Boston, and Dr. Harold'* Williams, Dean of 
Tufts Medical School. 

Mesheck's''' other son, William'' went to Baltimore, married 
and settled there, and from him descend the several well-known 
business men of that city, Pennimans, Bonds, Carringtons and 
others, also Prof. W. B. D. Penniman of Baltimore Medical 
College. A branch of this enterprising Baltimore family settled 
in Ashville, N. C, and went into business. Mesheck's^ descend- 
ants have everywhere won credit for the name. 

Mesheck's brother Elihu''' settled in Peterborough and later 
Fitzwilliam, N. H., and their descendants went West. 

Bethueh', brother of Mesheck-' and son of William*, settled 
in Abington, and his descendants are in Abington and vicinit}', 
also in Middleborough and New Bedford. 

The remaining children of William* and Ruth (Thayer) 
Penniman remained in Braintree, where most of their progeny 
have continued to this day, though it is singular, how, not onlj- 
here but elsewhere, the family has run to girls, and the surname 
remains in but comparatively few families. 

William's* brother. Deacon James*, born in 170S, married 
Dorcas Vinton and was one of the foremost citizens of "Old 
Braintree," and chairman of selectmen for man)' years. John 
Adams says in his diary that the town meeting of March 3, 1766, 
was the first popular struggle of the Revolution in the town of 
Braintree, and the young lawyer is verv happy that Deacon Penni- 
man of the patriot party is re-elected, and that he (John Adams) 
also secures the honor of an election to the board. Deacon James 
had eleven children and eight of them grew up, but only two 
.sons had families, Stephen-'' and Enoch'', and Enoch's"' family 
has disappeared. 


Captain Thomas^ Penniman (son of Deacon Janies^ ) settled 
in Stoiighton, served in the French and Indian War, being at 
the battle of Quebec, and also in the Revolution. Late in life 
he settled in Washington, X. H., where he died. He left no 

Major vStephen-^ (son of Deacon Janies"* > served in the 
Revolutionary War with distinction. He had eight daughters and 
only one son, Stephen" Jr. Stephen" Jr. had six children who 
grew up and four were sons. Thomas O. " the eldest, a carpen- 
ter, had sons, William R.^ and Thomas'*, who became contract- 
ors and builders, the former being in his day one of the most 
prominent contractors in eastern Massachu-setts. A daughter, 
Anna M.^^ has been for thirty years master's assistant in the 
Shurtleff School for girls in South Boston. 

Stephen" Jr's. second son Stephen' had besides daughters, 
a son Stephen^ who lives in Ouincy, a son Henry'* who lives in 
Winthrop, Me., and a son William W.*^ who died recently, but 
whose son George William", of Fall River, is with us to-day. 
He and I bear the same initials, though our middle names differ. 
Unlike myself he has wide fame as a public speaker, especially 
in the important causes of temperance and vSnnday School work. 
He has also been in the Massachusetts Legislature. 

Luther", the next son of Stephen" Jr., had a son Major 
George H." Penniman, who was a noted lawyer and an eloquent 
public speaker in Detroit, and he left a son who succeeds to his 
father's profession. 

The 3' son of Stephen" Jr., was James Thayer'^ Pen- 
niman, who I think is still living in Quincy at eighty-one years 
of age, and has a son James H.'*, a leather dealer in Boston. 

Thus, my friends, have I given you the briefest outline of 
one branch of the Penniman family, those descended from Jos- 
eph- and Waiting (Robinson-) Penniman of the second genera- 
tion. Some of you I suppose are interested in this outline. It 
is very meagre, but consinnes all the time I feel warranted in 
taking. It would, no doubt, be pleasanter to read it or refer to 
it occasionally than to hear it. I shall be much gratified to learn 
that some do feel an interest in this work which is far from 
finished as I would like to see it fini.shed. I can hardly learn of 
a new Penniman anywhere in the country, but I want to search 
the land records, find more about where they lived and what 
they did. Though a .small family, and not e.specially celebrated. 


it has on the whole a very creditable record. I hope you are 
ready to help all you cau to get together as complete an account 
as we can of our family name. It is a long and tiresome work, 
and I often think it takes too much time which might be better 
employed. But I believe there is profound truth in the senti- 
ments contained in the preface which John Adams \'inton wrote 
in his book which has the only printed genealogy of the Penni- 
man family. He says: " There is not an intelligent, public- 
spirited, virtuous man anywhere to be found, who can safely 
denv that his motives to virtue and patriotism are sti'ongly rein- 
forced by the consideration — if such were the fact — that his 
ancestors were brave and upright men." We believe with 
Webster, that " there is moral and philosophical respect for our 
ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart." 
Burke truly said, "Those only deserve to be remembered by 
posterity who treasure up the memory of their ancestors." 

v,^ s^ v^ 



J. Bernard Burke in his "General Arniorx- " says: " It is 
not clear that our Heraldry can Ije traced to a more remote period 
than tile twelfth, or at furthest, the eleventh centur}-. Numerous 
tombs exist of persons of noble blood, who died Ijefore the year 
I GOO, yet there is not an instance known of one witli a heraldic 

"At first armorial bearings were prol)al)ly like surnames, 
assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure ; and as 
his object would be to distinguish himself and his followers from 
others, his cognizance would be respected by the rest, either out 
of an innate courtesy or a feeling of natural ju.stice disposing men 
to recognize the right of first occupation, or really from a posi- 
tive sense of the inconvenience of being identified or confounded 
with those to whom no common tie mn'ted them. \\'hen, how- 
ever, remoteness of stations kept soldiers aloof, and extensive 
boundaries, and different classes of enemies from without, subdi- 
vided the force of a kingdom into many distant bands and armies, 
opportunities of comparing and ascertaining what ensigns had 
been already appropriated woukl be lost, and it well might hap- 
pen, even in the same country, that numerous families might be 
found uncon.sciously using the same arms. 

" Certain it is that it was not mitil the Cru.saders that 
Heraldry came into general use. 

" Under Edward I., seals of .some sort were so general, that 
the Statute of Exon ordained the coroner's jury to certif}- with 
their respective signets, and in the following reign tliej- became 
very conunon, so that only such as bore arms u.sed to .seal, but 
others fashioned signets, taking the letters of their own names, 
flowers, knots, birds, beasts, &c. It was afterward cinictcd by 
statute, that ever)' freeholder should lia\e hi.s proj^er .seal of arms; 
and he was either to appear at tin.' Iiead court of the shire, or 
send his attorney with the said .seal, and those who omitted this 
dut\- were amerced or fined. 


"The earliest Heraldic document that has been handed 
down to us is a Roll of Arms, made in the years 1240 and 1245. 
It contains the names and arms of the Barons and Knights of 
the reign of Henry III., and affords incontrovertible evidence of 
the fact that Heraldry was at this time reduced to a science." 

We further learn from Mr. Burke that three other similar 
collections were made, " The Siege of Carlaverock," a Roll of 
Arms temporary with Edward II., and another with Edward III. 
These were published by vSir Harris Nicholas. The Roll of 
Edward II. was made 1308-14, and included the names of about 
eleven hundred and sixt}^ persons located in the counties. The 
fourth Roll, that of Edward III., Burke says, " appears to have 
been compiled between the 3'ears 1337 and 1350. Its plan was comprehensive, embracing the arms of all the Peers and 
Knights in England." 

In the reign of Henry \\, Nicholas Upton compiled his "The 
Boke of St. Albans," which is the first known work on the sub- 
ject. King Henry V. issued his proclamation prohibiting the use 
of heraldic ensigns by all who could not show an original and 
valid right. This did not, however, include those who bore 
arms at Agincourt. Notwithstanding the royal edict the abuse 
continued and to such an extent that it gave rise in the sixteenth 
century to the establishment of the " Herald's \'isitations, docu- 
ments of high authority and value." Burke says that, "All 
persons who can deduce descent from an ancestor whose armoral 
ensigns have been acknowledged in any one of the Visitations, 
are entitled to carry those arms by right of inheritance." 

Of the Crests, Burke has this to say: " The Crest yields in 
honour to none of the heraldic insignia. It was the emblem that 
served, when the banner was rent asunder, and the shield broken, 
as a rallying joint for the knight's followers, and a distinguish- 
ing mark of his own prowess Nisbet and some 

other writers contend that these heraldic ornaments might be 
changed according to the good pleasure of the bearer, but this 
has long been foroidden l)v the Kings of Arms. If crests be the 
distinguishing tokens by which families may lie known (and this 
seems most assuredly to be the intention of the device), one 
might as well alter a coat of arms as a hereditary crest." 

Of the Motto, Guillim says it is "a word, saying or sentence 
which gentlemen carry in a scroll under the arms, and sometimes 
over the crest." Burke says, " It had its origin most probably. 

50 HERAl.DRV. 

in the ' cri dc guerre,'' or the watchword of the camp, and its use 
can be traced to a remote period. Camden assigns the reign of 
Henry III. ( u 16-72) as the date of the oldest motto he ever met 
with. Other authorities, however, carry up the mottoes to nutch 
earher epoch. Be this as it may, their general usage may be 
accurately dated, if not from an earlier period, certainly from the 
institution of the Order of the Oarter, and after that celebrated 
event (1344-30) they became very general, and daily grew in 

"Mottoes may be taken, changed, or relinquished, when 
and as often as the bearer thinks fit, and may be exactly the 
.same as those of other persons. vStill, however, the pride of an- 
cestry will induce most men to retain unaltered the time-hon- 
oured sentiment which, adopted in the first instance as the 
memorial of some noble action, some memorial war cry, or a 
record of some ancient family descent, has been handed down 
from sire to .son through a long series of generations." 

It will be noticed that no mottoes grace the arms illu.strated 
in this booklet. The rea.son for it is I failed to find a motto 
attached to any of the earliest coats of arms borne by the Rob- 
in.sons. At a later date they appear in the arms of descendants, 
but as there was nothing to show that they belonged to the origi- 
nal arms I omitted them. The following are some of the mottoes 
given in the description of the armorial bearings of the descend- 
ants of the early Robinsons, viz: — 

Robin.son of Yorkshire and Robinson of Lancaster.shire lia\-e 
the same motto, Virfitfe, non verbis. (By bra\-ery not by words. ) 

Robin.son of Tottenham, Mrtiis [^retiosior aiiro. ( Viftue is 
more precious than gold. ) 

Robinson of Cornwall, Loyal an iiiort. (Loyal to the dead. ) 

Robin.son of Buckinghamshire, \'incaiii Ma/mn bono. (I will 
conquer evil by good.) Granted in 1731. 

Robin.son of Beverly House, Toronto, Can., Propere ef pro- 
vide. (Quickly and cautiously.) 

Robinson of London, Spes mea in futiiro est. (My hope is in 
the future.) 

Robinson of Scotland, Intenierata fides. (Uncorrupted faith.) 

Robinson of Dublin, Ireland, Faithful. 


The Rt. Hon. vSir Hercules George RoberL Robinson, Bart., 
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, 
P. C, Zfgi /rx/ //J//S. (Faithful to the law and to the King.) 

Robinson, Earl of Ripon, Qualis ah iiicepto. (The same as 
from the beginning. ) 

Robinson of Rokeby Hall, County of I^outh, Sola in Deo 
Sahis. ( vSalvation in God alone. ) 

Robinson, Lord Rokeby, Non nobis solum seJ foti in undo nati. 
(Not born for ourselves alone, but for the whole world. ) 

Robinson of vSilksworth Hall, County of Durham, descended 
from William Robinson of Durham, living in 1502, Post nnlnla 
PJurluis. (Sunshine after clouds. ) 

Robinson of Somerset, Spes niea in fufnro csf. (My hope is 
in the future. ) 


The colors common in the vShields and Crests are seven, viz: 
Gold designated as Or. vSilver designated as Argent. Blue desig- 
nated as Azure. Red designated as Gules. Green designated as 
V'ert. Purple designated as Purpure. Black designated as Sable. 


In the descriptions of the Arms, 

Attired means both horns of the stag. 

Baion. the arms of husl)and. 

Chevron^ lines resembling a pair of rafters to support the 

roof of a house. 
Ci/h/uefoil, five leaved grass issuing from a ball for its center. 
C re mile, a black background. 
Couped, cut off. 
Cruelly., small crosses. 
Femme, the arms of wife. 
Gaze, an animal looking full faced. 
Guardant, an animal looking full faced. 
Impaled, the division of the shield by a vertical line. 
Lozenges, a square figure on the shield. 
Milrind, the iron in the center of the mill-stone and by 

which it is turned. 
Nebulee, waved lines. 


Orle, one or two lines passing round the shield. 

Passa/if, an animal in a walking position. 

Re^^ardcnt, an animal looking backward. 

Scmec, sprinkled evenh' over the surface at regular intervals. 

Slipped, torn off from the stem. 

Trefoil, three leaved grass. 

Trippaiit, an animal with the right foot uplifted. 

Unguled, hoofs of a different color from the bod>-. 


Plate ( . Coat of Arms of the family of Green, formerh- written 
de la Greene, the name being derived from their ancient 
possessions in Northamptonshire where they were seated 
as early as the 3'ear 1250. An ancient Robinson family 
was also located here and intermarried with the Greenes. 

Plate 2. Arms of " William Robinson out of ye North." Con- 
firmed by the Herald of Arms in the visitation of Leices- 
tershire in 1619, and of London in 1633. ( Harleian 
publications, pages 182, 204.) 

The ancestor of William Robinson was probably located in 
the county of Northumberland. We find his descendants in the 
'counties of Durham, York, Lancaster, Nottingham, Lincoln, 
Leicester, Northampton, Suffolk, Hertford and Middlesex, bear- 
ing titles of nobilitw It is claimed by descendants in England 
that the Robin.son's were Saxon Thanes before the time of Wil- 
liam the Conqueror. Burke in his "Genealogical Dictionary of 
the Peerage and Baronetage," Pxlition of 1898, says: " The Rob- 
insons have been seated in Lancashire for three centuries and are 
Lords of the Manor of Chatburne in that county. 

Plate 2 is ahso the armorial bearing of " Thomas Robinson, 
ICsq., of the Inner Temple, London, chief Prothonotary of His 
Majestie's Court of Common Pleas, and created a Baronet in 
1683 ; descended from Nicholas Robinson of Boston in Lincoln- 
shire, Gent., who lived in the time of King Henr\' the Seventh." 
(1485-1509.) " He beareth \'ert on a Chevron between three 
Bucks tripping. Or, as many Cinquefoils, Gules."  ( " A Dis])lay 
of Heraldry, by John Guillim, Pursuix-ant at Arms." London, 
1724, 6th edition, page 158. ) 

In the same work page XI, in the department of " Honour 
Civill," we read that " The Company of Leather Sellers," incor- 




porated in 13S3, l^ore as there arms: "Three bucks trippant 
Argent, regardent. Gules." An ancient Robinson fainil}- in 
Kingston-upon-Hull, bore as their arms: "Vert, a chevron be- 
tween three bucks trippant." The Robinsons of Kentwell Hall 
in vSuffolk, bear the arms as displayed in Plate 2. Also Robinson 
of York and London, 1634, bore the same arms ; also borne by 
Charles B. Robinson, Esq., of Hill Ridgeware, Straffordshire, 
England, 1826. 

To distinguish one branch of the family from another, and 
the younger from the older, .something was added to or altered 
in the arms, called " Difference." This we find in the arms of 
William Robinson of Eondon, a descendant of "John Robinson 
of Crosthwayte, county of York" who married Anne Dent. 
( " The Publications of the Harleian Society, Vol. 17, page 204, 
Visitation of Eondon, 1633-4-5.) He bore the same Coat of 
Arms as in Plate 2, with the " Difference " of a star on the .shield 
just below the crest. In the same Visitation of Eondon, Thomas 
Robinson another descendant of John Robinson, bore the same 
Arms with the " Difference " of his substitution of a crescent in 
place of the .star. 

Robinson of Beverly House, Toronto, Can., bears the same 
Arm^ with the " Difference" of the chevron being nebulee and 
in its apex a unicorn's head couped which occupies the place of 
the upper cinquefoil. Arms. " Per chevron, Vert and az., on a 
chevron, neubulee, between three stags, trippant or, a unicorn's 
head coupsd between two cinquefoils, of the first. Crest, a stag 
trippant or, .semee of lozenges az., and resting the dexter forefoot 
on a milrind sa." 

The ancestor of Robinsons was John Robinson of 
Crostwick in the parish of Ronaldkirk, county of York, who was 
born about 1550, and who married Anne Dent and was the great- 
grandfather of the Right Rev. Jolm Robinson, D. D., Eord Bishop 
of Bristol in 17 10, and of Eondon in 17 14. Another great grand- 
-son was Christopher Robinson, Esq., of Cleasby, county of York, 
who emigrated to America in the time of King Charles IE and 
was appointed on the 16th of January, 1679, Secretar}- to Sir 
William Berkley, Governor of the Colony of \'irginia. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Potter. Il was their son, Col. John Robinson, 
known as " Speaker Robinson," who was president of the \'ir- 
ginia Council. He married Catherine Beverley, and was the 
father of Col. Beverlev Robinson of New York who commanded 



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a regiment in the British Arm}' in the Revohition, and who mar- 
ried Susannah, a daughter of Frederick Phihspe. Ksq., of Xew 
York, and the Phihspe Manor at Yonkers, X. Y. 

Another branch descended from John Robinson of Crost- 
wick, was Rev. Richard Robinson, I). D., Archbishop of Armagh 
and Primate of all Ireland, and who was created Lord Rokeby. 
A descendant from this branch was Alexander Robinson who 
was born in 1750, in the county of Armagh, now the city of 
Londonderry, Ireland, and died in Baltimore, Md., in 1845. A 
great grandson, William A. Robinson, Esq., is a prominent and 
influential resident of Louisville, Ky. 

Plate 2 is also with " Difference " the arms — " Vert a chev- 
ron between two cinquefoils pierced in chief and a Stag trippant 
in base or. Crest, A Stag trippant or." of Robinson of Herring- 
ton, Co. of Durham, " descended from William Robynson, living 
in 1502." 

Plate 3. Arms of Sir Medcalf Robinson of Xewby, count}^ of 
York, Baronet extinct in i6Sg ; the great-great-grand.son 
of William Robinson an ancient and eminent Hamburgh 
merchant born in 1522, Lord Mayor of York, 15S1, elected 
]M. P. for the city, 1584 and 1588, and again Lord Mayor 
1594 ; died in 16 16 aged 94 and was buried at St. Crux, 
York ; the a^iicesto^j)f_the_Marc]j.iess of Ripon, Sir Fred- 
erick John Robinson. vSir MeHcalf Robmson married 
Margaret, a daughter of Sir William D'Arcy of Whitton 
Castle in the Bishoprick of Durham. "He beareth Baron 
and Femme; the first \'ert, Cheveron between three bucks 
standing at gaze, Or, impaled with Azure, crucily three 
Cin(|uefoils, Argent !)>• the name of D'Arcy." 

Plate 4. Arms of Sirjolni Robinson of the city of London, 
Alderman, Knight and Baronet, and Lieutenant of his 
Majesty's Tower. "He beareth quarterly crenelle. Gules 
and Or. In the first quarter upon a Tower, Argent, a 
Lion passant guardant. vSecondly, \'ert, a buck passant 
within an Orle of Trefoils .slipped, Or. The third as the 
second. The fourth as the first. Crest, stag trippant." 
'(See Plate 9.) 

Plate 5. Arms of John and Richard Robinson "Descended 
from ye Robinsons in Yorkshire" -(London, Herald's 
visitation 1634.) Crest, stag trippant. Also the arms 



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of Thomas Robinson of Rokeby Park, Co. of York, and 
his son Richard Robinson, D. D., Archbishop of Armagh, 
Primate of all Ireland, created Lord Rokeby, and who 
was born on the 5th of January, 17 18. Also the arms of 
Sir John Robinson, Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of 
London, eldest son of the venerable William Robinson, 
archdeacon of Nottingham in 1635. 

Plate 6. Crest of the Arms of Robinson of Tottenham, Eng. , 
and Robinson of Ireland. 

Plate 7. Crest of Nicholas Robinson of Boston. — 

Plate 8. Crest of Robinson of Somerset Co., England. 

Plate 9. Crest of Robinson of Cornwall, Southwald and Suf- 
folk Co., England. 

Plate 10. Crest of Robinson of Tottenham, England. 

Plate i i . Crest of Robinson of Northampton and Northum- 
berland, England. 

Plate 12. Crest of Robinson of Buckinghamshire Co., Eng. 

Plate 13. Crest of Robinson of Yorkshire Co., England. 

.Plate 14. Crest of Robinson (Earl of Ripon.) 

Plate 15. Crest of Prof. Robinson, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Plate 16. Seal used on letters written b}^ Governor Edward 
Hopkins, of Connecticut, 1640-54. This is the same as 
the crests of Robinson of Northampton and Northumber- 
land counties in England. (See Plate 11.) 

Plate 17. Seal used by Governor Edward Hopkins of Con- 
necticut, 1640-54. 

Plate 18. Seal of George Robinson- of Rehoboth, Mass., found 
on a deed executed b}- him in favor of his brother John-, 
dated 13th of February, 17 18. 

Plate 19. Seal on deed of John Robinson- (Yeoman) "for and 
in consideration of Love, good will and affection which I 
have and do bare towards my Son Jonathan^ Robinson, 
(Husbandman) of the Town aforesaid." (Rehoboth) 
Dated March 10, 1725. Also the same found on a deed 
of his " to my son Jonathan Robinson of Rehoboth afore- 
said (Yeoman)." Dated the 21st day of September, 1737. 

The seals of George and John Robinson indicate the same 



line of descent as that of Sir Medcalf Robinson of Newby. (See 
Plate 3. ) 

In the August issue of the "Heraldic Journal" for 1865, 
published in Boston, there is a copy of Isaac Child's list of " The 
Gore Roll of Arms," regarded as an accurate copy of the valu- 
able work of Samuel Gore, or John Gore, heraldic painters in 

The earliest arms recorded are dated 1 701-2, and the latest 
in 1724. In the list of ninety-nine individuals for whom arms 
were made there is no one by the name of Robinson, which goes 
to substantiate the claim made by descendants of George^ Rob- 
inson of Rehoboth, that he brought over with him a parchment 
copy of the arms which appear on the deeds of his sons, George 
and John. 




By Charles Edson Robinson. 

I HAVE been invited b>' the worthy Secretary of this 

Association to read at your Convention a paper on 
George Robinson of Rehoboth and his descendants. 
I am sure, however, that you will be far better 
pleased with an outline of ni}- genealogical re- 
searches during the twenty years in which I have 
been engaged in this fascinating work. 

It has been altogether a labor of love with me. 
No one who makes the subject a study may expect 
to reap financial profit from the undertaking. The expenditure 
of time and money will far exceed all possible reimbursement 
accruing from the publication and sale of a famil}' genealog3^ 
And yet there is uinneasured satisfaction in prosecuting the work. 
I have found it a source of both pleasure and rest to delve in the 
records of Robinson ancestry at the close of the fatiguing labors 
of the day. 

On first taking up the work I met with but little encourage- 
ment. Letters written for information, to a large extent, seem- 
ingly fell on uncultivated ground for they brought no return. 
Others to wdiom I applied became enthusiastic and gave me much 
valuable data which will receive due acknowledgment in the 
genealogy I am hoping to in the near future. 

There are those present who have prepared interesting 
papers on their line of ancestry which will conmiand 3'our atten- 
tion, therefore I need but briefl)^ mention their lines in this paper. 
More than twenty years have passed since I first took up the 
task of tracing my Robinson ancestry. I presume that there is 
not one here to-day who twenty years ago knew as little of their 
ancestral line as myself. 


It was in the early Spring of i8So that my second son, then 
a lad of sixteen summers, came to me witli the query, '' Father, 
are we descended from the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden ?" 

This was one of the most natural questions in the world for 
a child to ask of his parent, who was a Robinson. Of course 
that parent ought to know when from his cradle his eyes had 
often sought with wonderment that picture on the wall which in 
after j^ears he was told was John Robinson bidding farewell to 
his little church flock as thej^ were gathered for their embark- 
ment on the Mayflower to cross the trackless waters seeking for 
a new and unknown home in a land of savages and forests. 

I could only sa\- to my boy, " Henry, I do not know, my 
father has been dead for ten 5'ears, I ne^-er heard him say ; nn- 
grandfather, the Rev. Otis Robinson, died the year before my 
birth, you know our Bible record says that he was born in Attle- 
boro, Mass., on the 7th of June, 1764, further back I cannot go." 
" But father, how can I find out, I want to know?" I suggested 
that he write to the late Rev. Ezekiel Oilman Robinson, D. D., 
then the president of Brown University in Providence, that it 
was just possible that he knew of the origin of the Robinsons of 

This Henr}- did, several letters pa.ssing between the professor 
and himself. From him he learned that the professor was de- 
scended from a George Robinson who bought land of the Indians 
and settled in Rehoboth from which Attleboro was taken ; that 
this George had a son Samuel who was his great grandfather, 
and who owned and lived upon the farm in Rehoboth, then owned 
and occupied by himself and which he inherited ; that the old 
house unfortunately was destroyed by fire some sevent}* j-ears 
previous and all the old papers and documents were then burned, 
which might, perhaps, have thrown some light on the origin of 
the family. 

All this was exceedingl}- interesting, 3'et it was no evidence, 
only a supposition, that we were from the same ancestral tree. 
Further research was delegated to his brother Ned, who was two 
years Henry's senior, and who was about to visit Boston relatives, 
to stop over for a day at Attleboro and examine the town records. 
This he did, at the same time having an interview with the late 
John Daggett, Esq. , the well-known historian at Attleboro, who 
traced his Robinson relationship through Patience Daggett who 
married Noah Robinson my great-great-grandfather. 



On the i5tli of June, 1881, our son Henry, who had become 
greatly interested in his Robinson ancestry, and who was the first 
to inspire within me the desire to dig down to the root of the tree, 
crossed over the river to join his ancestors on the other shore. 
I took up the work he was called upon so suddenly to abandon, 
with a determination to collect all the knowledge obtainable on 
the subject of our own branch of the Robinson family. With 
this end in view I visited Attleboro and Rehoboth, examined 
the town records, instructing the town clerks to furnish me a 


certified copy of every record of a marriage, birth and death of 
every person by the name of Robinson to be found on the books 
of the town. I also employed a competent person to give me an 
abstract from the land records of every transaction in land by 
any one by the name of Robinson in Attleboro and Rehoboth. 

The old homestead of George Robinson, Sr. , is now a part 
of the farm of George H. Robinson of Seekonk, Mass. The old 
house is still standing and occupied. It is supposed to have been 
built about 1660, by Mr. Robinson who is designated as a car- 
penter, and by him transferred to his son John for ' ' love and 
affection," Feb, i, 1689. 




George Robinson's marriage is found recorded on the books 

of Rehoboth to Johanna Ingrahani, June i8, 1651. They had 
eight children : 

1 Mary, born May 30. 1652, who married Thomas Wil- 
luarth, June 7, 1674. 

2 Samuel, born October 3, 1654. who married Mehitabel 
Read, October 10, 1688, and was the ancestor of the late Rev. 
Ezekiel Oilman Robinson, D. D., long the president of Brown 


3 George Jr., born February 21, 1656, who married, Nov. 
17, 1680, Elizabeth Guild and was my ancestor. 

4 EHzabeth, born April 3, 1657, married, April 18, 1685, 
William Carpenter, who was the clerk of the proprietors Land 
Records of Rehoboth and Attleboro. 

5 William, born March 29, 1662, who never married. He 
was a weaver. His will was dated July 10, 1690, and proved 
May 19, 1 69 1. 

6 Benjamin, born January 8, 1664, married, July 30, 1693, 
Rebecca Ingraham. 

7 John, born Xovember 29, r668, married, first about 1690, 

Mary (perhaps Mary Cooper), and .second, August 8, 

1698, Judith Cooper, daughter of Thos. and Mary Cooper. John 
inherited from his father the old home place previously men- 


tioned and was the ancestor of Mrs. Samuel Atherton (Sarah 
Robinson) of Peru, O., who was 100 years old on the ist of June, 
this year, and whom to-day you have elected an honorary member 
of your association. 

8 Nathaniel the last child, was born November i, 1673, 
and died an infant on the 9th of November of the same year. 

There is a legend in the family of Preserved Robinson, who 
was born in Attleboro, March 27, 17S6, a son of Ezekiel, who 
was the grandfather of the Rev. Ezekiel Gilman Robinson, D. D., 
previously mentioned, that their ancestor George Robinson, came 
ov'er from Scotland at the age of sixteen, and purclia.sed from the 
Indians in 1640 the farm of 250 acres, which the Rev. Ezekiel 
Gilman Robinson, D. D., inherited, and which his son now 

Perhaps it was from this same source that the Rev. George 
Robinson, born in Attleboro, November 23, 1754, a Baptist min- 
ister of Killingly, Conn., West Bridgewater and Harvard,, 
and Wilmington, Yt., obtained his information for his little 
pamphlet, published in 1831, entitled "Genealogy and Family 
Register of George Robin.son, late of Attleboro, Mass., with some 
account of his ancestors. Compiled in 1829." 

The first page of this register, a little book 3^2 inches by 6 
inches containing 36 pages of printed matter and as many more of 
blank pages, gives this information : " Mr. George Robin.son was 
son of Nathaniel Robinson who was the .son of George Robinson, 
who came from Scotland about 1680, and settled in Attleboro, 
Mass. ' ' 

The facts are that George Robinson in.stead of coming from 
Scotland about 1680, was born in Rehoboth, Mass., on the 21st 
of February 1656, and married in Dedham, November 17, 1680, 
Elizabeth Guild. All of his nine children were born in Rehoboth, 
Mass. The birth of Nathaniel, which Mr. Robin.son fails to state, 
was February 1, 1692; his death, August 1,1771, when the com- 
piler of the register was 27 years of age — Nathaniel being 32 
years of age when his father died. 

Some six years ago I spent a day with George H. Robinson 
at his home in vSeekonk, ncnv a part of the original farm of the 
first George of Rehoboth. He has a fine residence not far from 
the old farm house built by George, Sr., about 1660, which I vis- 
ited with much interest. I learned that originally the whole broad 
side of the house opened like a door through which, in winter, a 



3^oke of oxen attached to a sled loaded with a large log, was 
driven fnto the kitchen in front ot the open fire place which oc- 
cupied the entire end of the house, when the log was rolled upon 
the fire, making what was known in those days as the "back 
log ' ' of the fire. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Robinson I obtained some old 
wills and deeds, which came from the attic of the old house, 
which were from one hundred to two hundred years old. One 
of the documents dated March 25, 1734, bore the signature of 
John Robinson who was born on the 29th November, 1669, a son 


of the first George, and was a deed from him of the old home 
place to his son Jonathan. 

Another paper bore the signature of John's brother George, 
my great-great-great-grandfather, and was a deed 182 years old, 
of George to John, which bore the date of February' 13,' 17 18. 

The seals on both of these documents placed opposite the 
signatures were in sealing wax and bore the imprint of what is 
supposed to have been a signet ring upon which had been en- 
graved a coat of arms which is herewith reproduced from an 
enlarged photograph of the same. 

On another deed of John- Robinson to his son Jonathan', 
bearing the date of March 10, 1725, was the sealing wax imprint 
of a stag trippant, which I have also reproduced from an enlarged 
photograph, evidently the crest of the coat of arms. The imprint 



of this crest also appeared on another deed of John to his son 
Jonathan, dated Sept. 21, 1737. 

The finding of these imprints on the seals of these old deeds 
go far towards substantiating the claim made by some of the 
descendants that George^ Robinson of Rehoboth, the emigrant, 
l)rought over with him from the old countr}^ a parchment coat of 
arms which was in colors, gold, green, red and black ; that it 
was handed down from father to son in the line of Preserv-ed^ 
Robinson, (Ezekiel*, Ebenezer^, Samuel'-^, George^ ) until unfor- 
tunately lost some forty or more years ago. 

Ezekiel* Robinson was the grandfather of the Rev. Ezekiel^ 
Gilman Robinson D. D., of Brown University, in whose famil}^ 


the parchment coat of arms was well remembered by a niece of 
his, vaIio for a time was the custodian of the document, and pro- 
nounces the device on the seals of the deeds as identical with the 
parchment coat of arms. 

The Robinsons of Rehoboth and Attleboro were all patriotic 
in the Revolution. My great-grandfather, Enoch Robinson was 
captain of a company which marched to Roxbury the evening of 
April 19, 1775, after the news of the battle of lyCxington and 
Concord. My grandfather, Rev. Otis Robinson, was but ten 
years of age at the time, and wild to accompany his father, as 
also was his brother, Obed, two years his senior. Both of these 
lads on arriving at the age of fourteen enlisted in the army. My 







grandfather, who was a Httle under the regulation height, stood on 
his tip-toes when measured, so fearful was he that he might be 
rejected on that account. Thirty others who bore the name of 
Robinson, all his near relatives, were in the service. 

Knoch Robinson his father, had a contract with the govern- 
ment for gun locks which he manufactured at Robinsonville, 
Attleboro Falls, Mass., where later on was manufactured 
" pinchbeck " jewellery, which was an alloy of copper and zinc, 
resembling gold. Peddlers travelled on foot from the factor}- 
into Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, 
selling their wares. Here was also established the first metal 

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button factory in the United States, by Obed and Otis Robinson 
in 1812. 

What would these two pioneers in the business now say 
could they but visit the Attleboro jewellery establishments and 
inspect the goods now manufactured on the si^ht of their old 
factory ? 

It was from my effort to trace the ancestry of George Rob- 
inson of Rehoboth that I was led to investigate other lines of 

The first Robinson in America whom I find a record of was 
with Captain John Smith in Virginia. His Christian name is 
not given. On the loth of December, 1607, Capt. John Smith 
started up the Chickahominy River to trade with the Indians. 


He left the camp at Jamestown in charge of a ^Ir. Robinson and 
Emery. On his return, a month later, January, 8, 1608, he 
found that both Robinson and Kmery had been killed by the 

In 1620, Richard Robinson came from England at the age 
of 22, in the ship " Bonaventure" bound for Elizabeth City, Ya. 

A John Robinson, aged 21, came from England in the "Mar- 
garet and John " for A'irginia in 1622. 

James Robinson at the age of 35, came from England in the 
ship " Swan " for James Cit)* in Virginia in 1623. 

^latthew Robinson at the age of 24, came from England in 
the ship " Hopewell " for Elizabeth City, Va., in 1623. 

Isaac Robinson at the age of 2 1 , came over from England in 
the ship " Lyon " in 1631, for Massachusetts. He was the son 
of the Rev. John Robin.son of Eej-den, and the ancestor of all the 
Robinsons in America, who are descendants of the Rev. John, 
as there is no evidence that his widow and other children 
ever came over to this countr}- as has been claimed by several 

It almost passes belief that so little should be known, as is 
now known, of the Rev. John Robin.son of Ley den, the father of 
the Pilgrims. It is not known for a certainty where he was 
born, and nothing whatever of his parentage. It is supposed 
that he was a native of some parish in Lincolnshire, Eng., and 
we also find the statement that he was in the " enjo^'ment of a 
living" — a pastorate — near Great Yarmouth, in the county of 
Norfolk. The year of his birth has been established b}' that of 
the record of his death at Leyden, Hoi., at the age of 50, on the 
ist of March, 1625. His remains lie beneath the pavement of 
St. Peters Church in Lej-den. From a census of the inhabitants 
of Leyden in 1622, we learn of the members of his famih", which 
comprised Bridget White, his wife; his son John at the age of 16; 
daughter Bridget, 14 years of age; son Isaac, 12; daughter Mere}', 
10; daughter Favor, 8, and Jacob, an infant born Feb. 7, 1621. 

Very many have been led astray by a little book bearing the 
title " Items of Ancestry," published in 1894, in which the com- 
piler makes this statement : 

" Nicholas Robinson, born at Boston in Lincolnshire, in 
1480, was the first mayor appointed in 1545 b}- King Henry \'III. 
His son Nicholas- Robinson, born in 1530, was the father of 
Rev. John Robinson (of Lej^deu), bom 1575." 


There is not a scintilla of evidence that the Rev. John Rob- 
inson of L,eyden was the son of Nicholas^ Robinson. There is 
no son John in the record of the list of his children, and nothing 
whatever to warrant the statement. We trust that it will be the 
good fortune of this association to win the gratitude of America, 
by discovering the birthplace and ancestral line of this most noted 

Robert Robinson, at the age of 41 or 45 (both ages are given) 
came over from England in the ship ' ' Christian ' ' for Massachus- 
etts, March 16, 1634. This may have been the father of the 
Robert Robinson of Newbury, Mass., whom CofQn, the historian 
says, was born in 1628, and married Mary Silver, Oct. 26, 1664. 

In 1635 a Charles Robinson and an Eliza Robinson came to 
Massachusetts, but I find no further record concerning them. 

On the 17th of June, 1635, the ship " Blessing " brought to 
Massachusetts, Nicholas Robinson, aged 30, Elizabeth aged 32, 
Kate aged 12, Mary aged 7, John aged 5, and Sara aged \}^. I 
find no further record of this family. 

On the 1 6th of Sept., 1635, Isaac Robinson, at the age of 15, 
embarked for Lynn, Mass., in the ship " Hopewell." I have 
found no further record of him. 

There was a Patrick Robinson and a Releaster Robinson who 
embarked for Massachusetts in 1635. Neither their ages nor the 
name of the ship are given, and no further records of them have 
been found by me. 

In' 1635 William Robinson was booked for Massachusetts. 
It has been thought that this William may have been the William 
of Dorchester, in the memory of whose son Increase you have 
gathered to-day. 

Be that as it may, I find at the New England Historical 
Rooms in Boston, the English publication of Joseph Meadows 
Cowper, published 1892, which comprises the Canterbury mar- 
riages, births and deaths in the parish of St. Dunstans, 1568-16 18. 
Under the date of Oct. 14, 1637, I find the marriage record of 
" William Robinson of St. Dunstans, Canterbury, bachelor, about 
21, married at Patrixbourne, Margaret Beech, same place, virgin, 
of the like age, daughter of Agnes Beech, alias Streeter, now 
wife of Mr. Streeter of the same place." 

From the fact that William Robinson of Dorchester is on 

record as having for his first wife Margaret and second 

wife Ursula (Streeter) Hosier, is it not possible that this William 


Robinson of St. Dunstans, Canterbury was the William of Dor- 
chester ? 

The Streeter genealogy, by Milford B. Streeter, of Brooklyn, 
N. Y., published in 1896, says that Ursula Streeter was the 
daughter of Stephen and Ursula Streeter of Gloucester, Mass., 
in 1642. and Charlestown, Mass., 1644, and that Ursula first 
married, Oct. 13, 1656 or 1657, Samuel Hosier of Watertown, 
who died Jul}' 29, 1665; that her second marriage was about 1666 
to William Robinson of Dorchester. 

Seven by the name of Robinson embarked from England for 
Virginia in 1635, the}- were 

John, June 6, age 19, ship "Thomas and John." 

John, age 32, Matthew, age 24, June 23, ship "America." 

Thomas, July 24, age 24, ship " Assurance." 

Henri, July 26, age 26, ship " Primrose." 

Joyce, Aug. 15, age 20, ship " Globe." 

Mary, Aug. 21, age 18, ship " George." 

And for St. Christopher, Jan. 6, 1634, on the ship " Barba- 
does " was Edward Robinson at the age of 18. 

In 1635 there were eight by the name of Robinson who were 
booked for the Barbadoes, viz : 

David, at the age of 20, John, at the age of 19, both on the 
ship " Bonaventure," April 3. 

Thomas, at the age of 31, on the ship "Ann and Elizabeth," 
April 24. 

W^illiam, at the age of 26, on the ship " Matthew," April 21. 

John, at the age of 19, on the ship " Expedition," Nov. 20; 
Thomas, at the age of 15, on the same ship Nov. 15. 

Leonard, at the age of 20, on the ship " Falcon," Dec. 19, 
and James, at the age of 15, on the same ship Dec. 25. 

In the fourth series of the Massachusetts Historical Collec- 
tions, Vol. 4, page 560, we find a letter of Brampton Gurdon to 
Gov. Wentworth in which he states that " Robin.son that lived 
at little Waldenfield, England." came over in 1636 with his wife 
and six children in company with Mr. Nathaniel Rogers. 

In 1639, Jeremiah Robinson from Singleton, Southampton, 
England, was on board of the .ship "Virgin," May 30, at the 
age of 28, for the Barbadoes. 

Under the date of April 11, 1O37, liUen Robinson, age not 
given, sailed from ' ' England in the ship ' • Mary Ann ' ' for 


Under the date of Maj- 12, 1652, in the vship "John and 
Sarah ' ' from England for Massachusetts were the following 
named Robinsons, no ages given, viz: 

Alester, Charles, Daniel, James, John and Patrick. 

In 1664, Joseph Robinson aged ig, came over from England 
to Ipswich, Mass. 

There was a close relationship in trade in early times between 
the Barbadoes and New England, and we find family connections 
also, and it is quite likely that the Robinsons in both places were 
related to a greater extent than we now find recorded. 

The town records of Salem show that William Robinson and 
his wife Isabella were residents of that town as early as 1637. 
He was a tailor b}- trade, and they had children : Ann, born 
Dec. 3, 1637; Samuel, born Jan. 26, 1640, died 1678; Mary, born 
March 12, 1643; Timothy, born April 20, 1644, died 1668; Esther 
born May 28, 164b; Martha, born Feb. 2, 1647, lived four days; 
John who died in 1678, and Joseph. 

In this same year, 1637, Anna Robinson, a widow, was ad- 
mitted into the first church in Salem, also a Mrs. Robin.son, is 
recorded in 1638, with two in her family, as sharing three-fourths 
of an acre of and meadow lands. A John Robinson was 
also admitted as a member of the church in Salem this year. 

The numl)er of the families in Salem in 1638 was about 

On the 3otli of March, 1640, a grant was made in Salem of 
one-half an acre of land to Norris Robinson who had two in his 

On the 2nd of June, 1641, John and Richard Robinson were 
admitted as freemen of the Massachusetts Colony at Salem. On 
the 1 8th day of May, 1642, William Robinson was admitted as a 
freeman of Salem, as was also another of the same name on the 
27th of December of this year. 

On the 4th of February, 1647, tbere is a record of Dorothy 
Robinson's marriage in Salem to Edward Faulkner. 

In 1648 a Thomas Robinson, Sr. , and Jr., are on the tax list 
of Ipswich. 

The will of John Robinson, a wheelwright of Ipswich was 
proved on the 30th of March, 1658. He left no children. 

March i, 1657, is the date of the death of John Robinson of 
Ipswich. This may have been, and probably was the father of 
John Robinson, who, with eleven others from Ipswich and New- 


bury were the first settlers of Haverliill, Mass., in 1640. There 
was a Jo.seph Robinson living in Ipswich at the age of 19, 
in 1664. 

To Thomas Robinson, of Boston, a cordwainer b>- trade, and 
his wife Margaret, a daughter Jane was born Sept. ib, 1646. On 
the death of Margaret he married Sarah, whose surname is not 

In 1640 Thomas Robinson was a member of the Church at 
Roxbury. He had a wife, Silence, and brother Jo.seph and 
William and a sister Elizabeth who married a Wells. 

John Robinson was made a freeman of Dorchester in 1641. 
There was a Richard Robinson of Cliarlestown, Mass., who was 
made a freeman June 2, 1640. He had a wife Rebecca and 
children: John and Richard who were baptized May 31, 1640. 
By some it is said that he was a brother of John Robinson of 

July 2, 1640, Thomas Robinson was defendant in a suit in 
court at Hartford. This Thomas is claimed to be the ancestor of 
the Robinsons of Guilford, Conn. 

One Thomas Robinson is on record at Scituate, Mass., as 
being "able to bear arms" in 1642. He was a deacon of a 
church. Later he removed to Boston where he died on the 23d 
of March 1665 or 1666. His will was dated on the 17th of March 
of the same j-ear, in which he mentions his .son John as a mer- 
chant in England. He was married three times; first to Mar- 
garet by whom he had five children, viz : 

John, born about 163^, the merchant in England. 

Samuel, born about 1637, a merchant in Bo.ston who died a 
single person, Jan. 16, 166 1-2. 

Josiah, an apprentice to Joseph Rocke, a merchant who mar- 
ried a .sister of Thomas Robinson's first wife. He died in Boston 
April 17, 1660. 

Ivphraim, born about 1641, who died in Boston, Sept. 22,i(;)6i. 

Thomas Robinson's second marriage was to Mrs. Mary 
Woody, the widow of John Woody of Roxbury, and the daughter 
of John Cogan of Boston, by whom he had five children : 

Thomas, baptized in Scituate, March 5, 1653-4, died June, 

James , born in Boston, March 14, 1654-5, f^'^d Sept. 4, 1676. 

Joseph, baptized in Scituate, March 8, 1656-7, died April, 



Mary, baptized in Scituate, Feb. 28, 1657-8, died an infant. 

Mar}^ baptized m Scituate, Nov. 6, 1659, who married Jacob 
Greene of Charlestown, Mass., and died Sept. 22, 1661. 

Thomas Robinson's wife, Mary Cogan Woody, died Oct. 26, 
1 66 1. His third marriage was to Mrs. Elizabeth (Locks) Sher- 
man, widow of Richard Sherman of Boston. This Thomas Rob- 
inson was the ancestor of a family of Robinsons who settled in 
Barre, Hardwick and Rochester, Mass. 

There was a Thomas Robinson, Sr., in New Haven, Conn., 
Jan. 4, 1643, and on the ist of July, 1644, both Thomas Robin- 
son vSr. and Jr., took the oath of allegiance there. 

There was a Francis Robinson who was a resident of vSaco, 
Me., in 1643, who was called as a counsellor in the interest of 
Ferdinand Gorges and Captain John Mason in the matter of the 
large land grants called " Laconia Grants." This grant was 
made Aug. 10, 1(522. The territor}^ covered was bounded by the 
rivers Merrimac, Kennebec, the river of Canada (now the St. 
Lawrence) and the Ocean. 

Abraham Robin.son died in Gloucester, Mass., on the 23d of 
February, 1645. His son Abraham is said to have been the first 
child born on that side of Massachusetts Bay. A long line of 
Robin.sons are descended from him, of which is the Hdn. David 
I. Robinson, late Mayor of that city. 

There is the record of the marriage in Bo.ston, Feb. 21, 1653, 
of Jajjies Robinson, a mariner, to Martha Buck. They had four 
children: Sarah, born in Boston, March 24, 1659; John, born in 
Boston, Sept. 17, 1662, and who died Aug. 13, 1663; James, born 
in Boston, July 21, 1667; Elizabeth, born in Boston about 1669. 
In 1673 he gave his estate in trust to John Hall and Thomas 
Brattle for the use of himself and wife during life, then for his 
daughters Sarah and Elizabeth. From this we may safely infer 
that his son James was not then living. 

There was a Thomas Robinson on the tax list of vSalisbury,, May 18,1652. 

One Nathaniel Rol^inson, of Boston, a mariner, and his wife 

Damaris had six children, all Ijorn in Boston, viz : 

Nathaniel, born Aug. 29, 1655; Elizabeth, born Feb. 24, 1656-7; 
David, born Feb. 10, 1666; Mary, born June 22, 1668; JRobeit, 
bornjuly 28, 167 i; Damaris, born Dec. 29, 1674. The daugfiler 
TJlary died in Dorchester, Jan. 21, 1718. Damaris married in 
Boston, May 3, 1699, Ebenezer Dennis. 


A Thomas Robinson was a resident of Long Island, N. Y., 
in 1657, and was one of the patentees in a land grant under Gov- 
ernor Dongan in 1686. From him are descended probabl}' the 
most of the Robinsons now on L,ong Island. 

George Robinson of Boston, was married by Governor Endi- 
cott, to Mary Bushnell, Oct. 3, 16S7. vSlie was born in Boston, 
Dec. 12, 1638, and was the daughter of John and Martha Bush- 
nell. George Robinson was one of the first members of the first 
fire engine company in Boston. The records of Boston give only 
three children born to George and Mary Robinson, there were 
probably others. The three children were George, born March 
30, 1658; John, born Dec. 6, 1661; Martha, born March 31, 

Mention is made on the records onl}^ of the son George who 
married first, Dec. 28, 1680, Sarah Beale, who died in Needham, 
Ma}' 5, 1703. His second marriage was to Sarah Behoney, Aug. 
4, 1703. She was born in Boston Aug. 12, 1688, the daughter 
of Peter and Sarah (Ball) Behoney. George and Sarah (Beale) 
Robinson's children were all born in Needham, viz: Beriah, born 
Jan. 7, 1684; George, born July i, 1685; John, born March 4, 
1688; Ebenezer, born Sept. 22, 1692; Samuel, born Oct. 13, 1695. 

By his second wife Sarah Behoney, there is a record at 
Needham of two children born to them: David, born May 5, 
1704, and Jonathan, born Feb. 4, 1705. 

At Marlboro there is the record of the birth of Dorothy Rob- 
inson, Feb. 20, 1709, and a Hannah Rol)iuson, date not given. 
vSome descendants claim them as children of this George and 

The Robinsons of Needham, Dudley and Webster, Mass., 
and Hartwick N, Y., are from this line, with a long line of de- 
.scendants from Maine to California. 

We find a' David and Jonathan Robinson as residents of 
Exeter, N. H. , from 1657 to 1683. They, with Stephen and John 
Robinson, were probably the sons of John Rol)inson of Ipswich. 
who was one of the first settlers of Haverhill, , and who 
removed to Exeter, N: H., in 1657, and was killed by the Indians 
in 1675. He was also the ancestor of William Rol)inson who 
■founded the Robinson Female Seminary at ICxeter, and the vSum- 
merville Academy at Summerville, Ga., as of the Rol)insons 
of Exeter, Brentwood, lipping, Ra3'mond, Newmarket, Hampton 
and adjoining New Hampshire towns. 



Rowland Robinson, who was born in I^ong Blnff, Cnmber- 
land, Eng. , came to this country in 1662 and at first resided in 
Newport, R. I., afterwards at Narragansett. He married in 
1675, Mary, the daughter of John and Mary Allen of BarnstaiS:)le, 
Eng. Mr. Robinson and his wife were Quakers and were the 
ancestors of the Robinsons of Narragansett, Newport, R. I., and 


New Bedford, Mass. Mrs. Hetty (Robinson) Green, the richest 
woman in America, is a descendant. She was the daughter 
of Edward Mott Robinson of New Bedford and New York, from 
whom she inherited the foundation of her fortune. 

Vermont claims as her son an illustriou.s descendant of Row- 
land Robinson, the emigrant, in the personage of Rowland E. 
Robin.son, Vermont's celebrated blind author, artist and poet, 
born in Ferrisburg, Vt., May 14, 1833, a great-great-great-grand- 
son of the first Rowland. 



Mr. Robinson is the youngest of four children and inherited 
the homestead which his great-grandfather, Thomas, located in 
the Green Mountain State, in 1791, then just admitted into the 

It fell to the lot of youthful Rowland to follow the plough, 
for a time, on his father's farm. But with that inborn desire, 
inherited from his mother, Rachel Gilpin, the daughter of a 
New York artist, for a visible display of nature as he • .saw 
it, he was led to seek employment in New York City as a 
draughtsman and wood engraver, in which vocation his .skill 
from 1866 to 1873 enlivened the pages of Harper's, Frank 
Leslie" s and other illu.strated periodicals. 






But there was the old longing ever uppermost, for the fields 
and woods, rod and gun. Besides, the exacting night work pre- 
ceding publication days, bore most heavily on his eyes, never 
strong, constantly admoni.shing him to return to the Green Hills 
of his native State. 

His most fortunate marriage with Anna Stevens, in 
1870, a woman of high intellectual ability and indomitable energy, 
decided his future. He returned to his farm, where .since then 
his creations have emanated to gratify the true lovers of nature. 

Stimulated by his wife, he applied his genius and pen in 
contributing to the Aviericati Agriculturist, depicting the life of 
game animals and birds. Other sketches followed which ap- 
peared in Forest and Stream, on whose editorial staff he was 


appointed and still remains to-day. His first magazine article, 
" Fox Hunting in New England," appeared in Scrib/ier's in 1878. 
Later it was incorporated as a chapter in the Century Company' s 
"Sport with Rod and Gun." He became a contributor to The 
Century^ Harper' s, Scribner' s. The Atlantic and Lippincotf s Maga- 
zine and others, illustrating with pen and pencil his productions. 

Mr. Robinson began to have serious trouble with his eyes in 
1887, which within a year left him almost totally blind, and all 
too soon afterwards the light of day was shut out forever from 
his vision. This was far, however, from incapacitating him in 
his labors. Some of his most enjo^^able productions have been 
issued to the public through the means of a grooved board used 
by him in spacing and guiding the lines of his manuscript, which 
is afterwards prepared for the press by his faithful wife and 

His books, " Uncle 'lyisha's Shoj)," "Sam Lovel's Camps," 
" Danvis Folks," "Uncle 'Lisha's Outing," " A Danvis Pioneer" 
and " In New England Fields and Woods" are largely of a dialect 
nature, but a faithful reproduction of Vermont Yankeeisms and 
the French Canuck of sixty years ago. 

Mr. Robinson stands among the first in the list of dialect 
writers. His " Antoine's Version of Evangeline " is one of the 
best specimens of his skill, a few lines of which I give : 

'■ M'sieu Fores' Strim : 

" One evelin we'll set by the stof-heart, a smokin tabacca, 
As fas' as de chimney was smokin de spruce an' de balsam. 
M'sieu Mumsin he'll mos' mek me cry wid his readin' a 

story, was write, so he say, by a great long American 

Baout a Frenchmans, he'll lose of hees gal 'long go, in 

You'll hear of it, prob'ly, haow one gone on one sloop, one 

on anodder." 

But Mr. Robinson is as gifted in his choice of English, and 
is also regarded as authority on the history of his State. At the 
request of the publishers of the American Commonwealth Series 
he wrote a valuable volume of the series, ' ' Vermont a Study of 
Independence." Years before he showed ability of a high type 
in his chapter on Ferrisburg for Miss Hemenway's Gazetteer of 
Vermont. His books are widely read and are regarded as 
authoritative in the field where they have won their fame. 


Mr. RobiiLSon* is an invalid and a great snfferer from an 
internal cancer, and \et he is not despondent, bnt with the aid 
of his energetic wife, is still prosecuting his work and adding to 
his fame as Vermont's distinguished blind author in his new 
manuscript story of " Sam Lovel's Boy." 

William Robinson resided in Braintree, Mass., in 1662, Imt 
who he was or from whence he came I have been unable to learn. 

Stephen Robinson who was taxed for land on Oyster River, 
in Dover, N. H., in 1663, was probably Stephen, the .son of 
John of Exeter. 

James Robinson of Dorchester, married, Sept. 27, 1664, Mary 
Alcock, who was born in 1645, and died in Dorchester on the 13th 
of March, 1718. She was without doubt related to Thomas 
Olcott, the proprietor of a lot in Cambridge, Mass., in 1640, who 
later on removed to Hartford, Conn., and her name should 
properly be spelled Olcott in place of Alcock. 

Samuel Robinson of Hartford, Conn., had by his wife, Mary, 
five children, all born in Hartford : Sarah, born 16O5; Samuel, 
born 1668; Mary, 1(372; John, 157(3; Hannah, 1679. 

Thomas Robinson, a resident of New London in 1(365, niar- 
ried Mary Wells, daughter of Hugh Wells. They had children, 
Thomas, Samuel and several daughters. 

James Robin.son was a resident of Scarboro, Me., in 1666. 
He married Lucretia Fox well by whom he had four daughters, 
names not given. 

Nathaniel Robinson, of Boston, in his will filed March 2nd, 
1667, mentions his brother Jonathan and sister Mar}-, but no 
wife or child. 

John Robinson of TopsJ&eld, Mass., by his wife Dorothy 
Perkins, had .seven children : Samuel, born Nov. 22, 1668; 
Thomas, born March 18, 1671; John, born Jan. 16, 1673; Daniel, 
born Sept. 16, 1677; Jacob, born June 2, 1680; Dorothy, liorn 
Dec. 8, 1682; Joseph, born Dec. 16, 1684. 

William Robinson, living in Watertown, Mass., in 1670, 
upon a farm situated on a narrow neck of land, claimed b}- both 

*Mr. Robinson died in his own home at Ferrisburg, in the same room 
in which he was born, on the 15th of October, 1900, at the age of 67. The 
Vermont legislature, then in session, jointly passed resolutions of regret and 
condolence, paying high tribute to his memory. He is survived liy his 
devoted wife and loving daughters, Mary and Rachel, the latter a cherished 
member of our Association. 


Concord and Watertown, but wholly in Watertown, married, 
probably in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1667, Elizabeth Cutter 
who was born in Cambridge, July 15, 1645, a daughter of Richard 
Cutter and his wife Elizabeth Williams. She was born in Eng- 
land about 1626, and came to Massachusetts with her father, 
Robert Williams, who was born in 1608, and was by trade a 
" cordwayner " in Norfolk, county of Norwich, England. They 
sailed for America on the "John and Dorethy " on the Sth of 
April, 1637. I^he daughter was admitted to the church in Rox- 
bury, Mass., in 1644, and died in Cambridge on March 5, 1662. 
Of the ancestr}' of William' Robinson I will speak presently. 

William' Robinson and his wife, Elizabeth Cutter, had seven 
children, viz. : 

ist. Elizabeth-, born in Cambridge in 1669, who married, 
Dec. 20, 1693, Daniel Maggrigge of Watertown. 

2nd. Hannah Ann", born in Cambridge, July 13, \(^ji, died 
in Cam1)ridge Oct. 5, 1672. 

3d. William-, born in Cambridge, July 10, 1673, married 
Elizabeth Upham and died in Newton in 1754. 

4th. Marcy-, born in Cambridge, Aug. 7, 1676. 

5th. David-, born in Cambridge, May 23, 1678. 

6th. Samuel-, born in Cambridge, April 20, 1680, died in 
Westboro in 1724. 

7tli. Jonathan-, born in Cambridge, April 20, 1682. 

William'^ married Elizabeth Upham and removed to Newton 
where he had a large farm in what is now Auburndale, where he 
was one of the selectmen of the town. David ^ was lame and 
helpless and died single. Samuel- married twice, first to Sarah 
Manning, March 23, 1703, and second to Elizabeth Bingham, 
Oct. 16, 1711, daughter of Captain Samuel Bingham of Marl- 
boro', Mass. 

Samuel- Robinson was the father of Sanuieh* Jr., who was 
born April 19, 1707, and married in May, 1732, Mary Eeonard 
of Southboro', Mass., and resided for a short time in Grafton, 
Mass., moving from thence to Hardwick,, in the spring 
of 1735. He was captain of a military company in the old 
French War and in 1748 was stationed at Fort George. On his 
return to Massachusetts he took the Hoosac River route, a branch 
of which carried him to what is now Bennington, Vt. The fer- 
tility of the soil attracted his attention to such an extent, that 
later on he induced a company of his associates to joiri him 


in purchasing a former grant of this territory made by Governor 
Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. This was accomplished 
in 1 761. and in the month of October of this year, with his fam- 
ily and others, removed to Vermont and made the first settlement 
at Bennington, where he was very prominent in political matters, 
being appointed the first magistrate of the territory. 

Mr. Robinson was with the original settlers in the land 
grant controversy between New York and New Hampshire, in 
which the vState of New York, through its Governor, claimed 
jurisdiction over the territory of \'ermont, and made grants of 
land which had been previously granted by the Governor of 
New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth (and from whom Benning- 
ton received its name). Sheriffs under Governor Golden, of New 
York, were sent into the territory to evict settlers holding grants 
under Governor Wentworth. This gave rise to the famous com- 
pany of bold and fearless men styled "Green Mountain Boys," 
under the command of Col. Ethan Allen and Seth Warner. Mean- 
time a petition to the King was drawn up, signed by over one 
thousand of the settlers and grantees asking not only for relief 
against the New York patents, but to have the jurisdiction of the 
territor}' restored to New Hamp.shire. Samuel Robin.son was 
chosen to bear this petition to England and to la}- their griev- 
ances before the King. On this mission he sailed from New 
York on the 25th of December, 1766, arriving in Falmouth on 
the 30th of Januarj' following, and immediately proceeded to 
London, where he met with much opposition from the New York 
combination of wealth and influence. However, notwithstanding 
the great disadvantage under which he was placed, and u'ithout 
prestige or money, he succeeded in obtaining from His IMajesty 
an order under date of July 24, 1767, prohibiting the Governor 
of New York " Upon pain of His Majesty's highest displeasure, 
from making any further grants whatever of the lands in ques- 
tion till His Majesty's further pleasure should be known con- 
cerning the same." 

Mr. Robinson remained in London for several months look- 
ing after the interests of the petitioners. Unfortiniately he was 
taken down with the small pox in the month of October of the 
same year which culminated in his death on the 27th of the 
month. He was l)uried in London. 

While the decree of the King acted as a temporary sta}' 
upon the Governor of New York, it was not until the breaking 



out of the Revolutionary war, when the lesser trouble was lost 
in the greater struggle for independence, that New York, for a 
time, ceased to claim further jurisdiction over this territory. 

In 1776 Vermont petitioned the Provincial Congress, then in 
session in Philadelphia, for admission into the Confederacy, but 
being opposed by New York they withdrew. In 1777 Vermont 
declared her independence, and in July of the same year, again 
applied for admission into the Confederacy, but was again 
refused. Four years later, Congress offered to receive her with 
a considerable curtailment of her boundaries, but this her indig- 
nant people refused. In 1790 New York had evidently grown 


tired of the contention and offered to relinquish, for the sum of 
$30,000, all claims to territory or jurisdiction in the State. To 
this Vermont acceded, and this is the price she paid to be ad- 
mitted into the Union on March 4, 179 1, after fourteen years of 

This Sanuiel'^ Robinson branch of the Robinsons have been 
very prominent in the affairs of Vermont, two of his descendants 
having been governors of the State. 

Mrs. Sarah (Harwood) Robinson, daughter of Peter and 
Margaret Harwood, of Bennington, born Oct. 3, 1775, and wife 
of Samuel Robinson of Bennington, who was born Jan. 5, 1774, 
a great-grandson of the first Samuel, compiled a small book 
which was published in 1837, entitled a " Genealogical History 
of the Families of Robinsons, Saffords, Harwoods and Clarks." 


Her information was collected under difficulties and obtained 
in journeidng over the country on horse-back. She made an 
error at the outset, in the department devoted to the Robinsons, 
in the statement that Samuel Robinson was born in Bristol, 
England, in 1668, and emigrated to Cambridge, Mass., where he 
died in 1730. We now know that he was born in Watertown, 
Mass., April 20, 1680, and died in Westboro', Mass., in 1724, 
and that he was a son of William Robinson of Watertown, Mass., 
previously mentioned as married to Elizabeth Cutter. He may 
have come over from Bristol, England, but I find no evidence 
that it was his native town. I am inclined to think him a 
brother of George' Robinson of Boston. 

Another line of Robinsons sprang from Joseph Robinson, who 
was born in 1644-5, ^"<^^ died on the isth of June, 17 19. He 
married on the 30th of ]\Iay, 1 671, in Andover, Mass., Phebe 
Dane, a daughter of Rev. Francis Dane of Andover. They had 
five children, all born in Andover: 

Dane, born Feb. 2, 167 1, died Dec. 3, 1753, married Jan. 18, 
1693, Mary Chadwick. 

Doroth}-, born Feb. 21, 1673, died Dec. 23, 1675. 

Joseph, born 167S, died April 9, 176 1, married March 

20, 1706-7, Elizabeth Stevens. 

Phebe, born July 21, 1682, married in 1710, John Johnson. 

Hannah, born July 6, 1685, probabl}- died young. 

There seems to be some confusion as to dates respecting 
Jonathan Robinson of Exeter, N. H., who undoubtedly was a 
.son of the John Robinson wlio was the first to settle in Haver- 
hill, Mass., and removed to Exeter in 1657. One statement is 

that he was born about 1648, married Elizabeth , and 

died vSept. 10, 1675; that an inventory of his estate is on record 
at Salem; that his wife Elizabeth, and .son David, administered 
upon the estate which was submitted to the court held at Hamp- 
ton Falls, N. H., in 1676. 

Another statement is that Jonathan Robin.son, born about 
1648, \vas a resident of Exeter, N. H., 1657-1716; that his will 
was dated in 17 10, and proved in 1716; that he took the oath of 
allegiance Nov. 30, 1677, at Exeter, N. H.; that he was " tything 
master" in 1678, and one of the .selectmen in 1695, and joined 

the church in 169S; that he married Sarah about 1670, 

and had eight children all born in Exeter, viz. : 

John^, born Sept. 7, 1671, will proved July 7, 1749. 


Sarah^, born Oct. 29, 1673. 

Hester-, born Aug. 12, 1677. 

Elizabeth-, born Sept, 6, 1679. 

Jonathan-, born Jul}' 9, 1681, died about 17S8. 

David-, born July 28, 16S4, removed to Stratham; died after 

James^, born Dec. 7, 1686; removed to vStratham; (called 
Captain James). 

Joseph^, born Maj^ i, 1691; removed to Haverhill Oct. i, 
1698, living in Exeter, 17 10; died after 1767; married, had a son 

A careful examination of all the records would doubtless 
remove the obscurity surrounding this Jonathan^. 

A Samuel Robinson died in Fairfield, Conn., in 1674 leaving 
a widow and perhaps children. 

There was an Andrew Robinson of Charlestown, , who 

married Elizabeth , and had two daughters : Elizabeth, 

born in 1677, and Mary, born in 1679. 

Both daughters were baptized on the lotli of October, 1693. 
IJlizabeth was recorded as 16 years of age and her sister Mary 
as 14. The father, Andrew, was on the tax list in Charlestown, 
Aug. 21, 1688. 

January 16, 1679, Christopher* Robinson of Cleasby, count}' 
of York, England, received the appointment of secretary to Sir 
William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, and came to America. 
He was born in 1645. He was a great-grandson of John Robin- 
son of Crostwick, of Ronaldkirk, England, who was 
born about 1550 and married Ann Dent. This John was the 
great-grandfather of the Right Rev. John Robinson, D. D., who 
was born in 1650, and was Lord Bishop of London in 17 10 and 
1 7 14. He died in London in 1723. 

Christopher* Robinson died in 1690. He married Elizabeth 
Potter, a daughter of Christopher Potter, and was the father of 
Col. John^ Robinson, who was commonly called " Speaker Rob- 
inson," and who was President of the Council in 1734, and mar- 
ried Catherine Beverly, daughter of Robert Beverly, Esq., of 
Virginia, formerly of Beverley, Yorkshire, England. They had 
seven children among whom was Col. Beverly'' Robin.son, a com- 
manding officer in the British Army in the Revolutionary War. 

This branch of the Robinsons, being torics in the Revolu- 
tion, were banished from the country, and their i)roi)erty confis- 


cated. Some returned to England, others went to New Bruns- 
wick, Nova Scotia and Toronto, in Canada, where the}* were 
given grants of land Ijj' the English Government for their fidelity 
to the King. A few descendants have returned to New York 
within the past forty 3-ears. 

Col. Beverly*' Robinson was born in 1722, and died in 1792. 
He married in 1748, Susannah, the eldest daughter of Frederick 
Philipse, Sr., and his wife Joanna, the 3'oungest daughter of 
Anthony Brockholes, the fourth governor of New York after its 
cession by the Dutch to Great Britain. 

Col. Beverly*' Robinson had large estates in New York. 
From the first of the trouble with America and the mother 
country his sympathies were entirely with England. At the 
connnencement of the war he raised two battalions, principally 
from his own tenantry, and joined the British army. He held 
an important staff situation during the greater part of the hostil- 
ities, and at the end forfeited his propert}-, which, had he 
been on the winning side, might have made him the Rothschild 
of America. 

Col. Beverly" and vSusainiah Robinson had ten children, 
seven of whom, five sons and two daughters, reached maturity, 

Beverl}'"' Jr., a colonel in the army, who married Miss Ann 
Dorothea Barclay and had fifteen children. 

Morris^, a lieutenant colonel in the army, married Margaret 
a daughter of Dr. Waring. 

John'', who married Elizabeth, a daughter of Judge Ludlow, 
and became Speaker of the Assembl}^ in New Brunswick. 

Su.sannah Maria ^ born in 1761 and died unmarried in 1833. 

Joanna'', born in 1763, and who married the Rev. R. Slade, 
rector of Thornbury, England. 

vSir Frederick PhiHspe'', K. C. B., a lieutenant-general in 
the army, who married first, Grace Bowles, the daughter of an 
Irish gentleman. His .second wife was a Miss Fernyhoe, of 
Strafford, England. 

Sir William Henry'', K, C. H., a commis.sionary general in 
the arm3% who married Catherine, a daughter of Cortland 
Skinner, Esq., attorney general of New Jersey. 

In consequence of Col. Beverlj' Robin.son's adherence to the 
King, the large estates which he held at Frederickburg, High- 
lands upper patent, Philipse Manor, property at Tarrytown 


and Yonkers-on-the-Hudson, in right of his wife, were confis- 
cated by the American Congress. 

The English government, in consideration of this loss, gave 
" compensation money " to Frederick Philispe, the father-in-law 
of Col. Beverly'' Robinson, as the head of the faniil}^ ^60,000, 
and to the children ^17,000 each. The smallness of the snni 
was accounted for on the ground that by the terms of the treaty 
of peace the estates would be secured to the family, and especiallj^ 
so, as L,ieut. Col. Roger Morris, who married Mary" a sister of 
Col. Beverly Robinson's wife, had, before entering the British 
army, made over his property to his children, some of whom 
remained lawful to the American cause. 

The American government was not aware of this transaction, 
and it would have evolved a law suit to establish the claim, which 
was not then deemed advisable. Finally the matter was left 
with Capt. Henr}^ Gage Morris, a son of Lieut. Col. Roger 
Morris, who, in 1809, in behalf of himself and the heirs, sold all 
their reversionary rights to the property for the sum of /,'2o,ooo 
to John Jacob Astor. This was probably but a tithe of the value 
of the confiscated property as it must then have had a value of 
several millions of dollars. 

Thomas Robinson appears as a resident of Wallingford, Conn, 
in 1680. His daughter, Saint, was married on the (8th of August 
of this year to Bezabeel Lattimer. 

Jacob Robinson married in New Haven, Sarah Hitchcock, 
in 1690, and had six children all born there: 

John-, born Dec. 3, 1691, married Mary Barnes. 

Thomas-, born Dec. 5, 1693. 

Sarah-, born Dec. 24, 1695, married Samuel Bradley-. 

Hannah", born Feb. 24, 1698. 

Mary-, born about 1700, married Moses Sanford. 

Eliakim-, born April 2, 1706, was named for his grandfather 

It is not impossible that this Jacob Robinson was the Jacob 
who was the sou of Isaac^ Robinson of Barnstable, a son of the 
Rev. John' of L,e5^den. 

A Thomas Robinson who, by his wife Eydia, daughter of 
Nathaniel Ackley of East Hadden, Conn., had a daughter Mary, 
born in East Hadden, Conn., Aug. 23, 1695, who married Charles 
Williams. This Thomas may also have been a son of Isaac 
Robinson of Barnstable. If our supposition is correct it will 
account for the two sons of Isaac Robinson not otherwise located. 


Samuel Robinson, an old sea captain of Massachusetts, born 
about 1700, had three children: Seth"-, Jonathan", and a son 
Joseph^, born about 1734, who married Rosannah, and had ten 
children, among whom was Nathan'^, born April 22, 1764, and 
died Dec. 2, i860, who resided in Shaftsbury, Vt., and moved to 
Floyd, Oneida, Co., N. Y. He was the father of Joseph Lee*, 
Asenath* and Ebenezer* Robinson, who joined the Mormons in 
1830. The latter, with others, set the type on the first Mormon 
Bible, when but 18 years of age. All three of these Robinsons 
were with the Mormons when they were driven from Oneida, 
N. Y., to Nauvoo, 111., and from thence across the plains to 
Utah. Later, when the doctrine of polygamy was promulgated, 
Ebenezer* strenuously opposed it, removing to Davis City, Iowa, 
where he published a monthly called " The Return," in which he 
denounced the sj'Stem of polygamy and urged the return of the 
Mormons to the true and original faith as promulgated in the 
Mormon Bible. It may not be generally known that the Mormon 
Bible is very outspoken in its condemnation of polygamy, but 
such is the fact. I have received many very interesting letters 
from Ebenezer*, also from his brother Joseph Lee*, who em- 
braced the doctrine of polygamy and took unto himself five 
wives. As may be presumed there is a long line of descendants 
from this branch of the family. 

William Robinson of Swan.sey, who married Martha Bourne, 
May 26, 1720, and had five children, was in all probability the 
.son of William of Salem. Many of the descendants in this line 
were Quakers. 

Gain Robinson of Bridgewater, who was born in Ireland in 
1682, atad died in East Bridgewater in 1763, came to Massachu- 
setts about 1720, landing at Plymouth. He resided awhile at 
both Braintree and Pembroke, but finally settled in East Bridge- 
water. Three of his great-great-grand.sons, viz.:*, 
Charles* and hjioch*, were quite prominent in the iron business 
in Taunton and Bridgewater and have many descendants. 

Gain Robinson may have been a brother, and probably was, 
of Thomas Robinson, an emigrant from Ireland about the same 
date, and who settled in Donegal, Lancaster County, Pa., and is 
the ancestor of the Rev. T. H. Robinson, D. D., a professor of 
theolog}^ in the Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny City, 
Pa.; of Henr}- Robin.son, another emigrant from Ireland 
about the same date, who settled in Eastern Pennsylvania, and 


from whom the Hon. Henry Robinson, Ex-Governor of Iowa, is 
a descendant. It is also said that another brother came over 
with the others and went East. This may have been the Dr. 
Moses Robinson, who was in Gushing, Me., as early as 3727, 
and left a long line of descendants. Both Gain and Moses had 
an Archibald and other children bearing the same names. 

Traditional histor}- places the ancestors of these emigrants 
among the "Covenanters in the early part of the seventeenth 
century. In the course of events, the church of Scotland, which 
was Presbyterian, decided to purge itself from every form of 
Popery, retaining its own simple form of worship. Thereupon 
arose a most terrible and cruel persecution of the Covenanters." 

It was after enduring a long season of untold suffering that 
a company of this persecuted people decided to leave Scotland 
and colonize in the north of Ireland. In this company were 
Gain Rol^inson, his brothers and sisters, father and mother. 

A Josiah Robinson said to have come from Uxbridge, Mass., 
married Anna Buxton, in 1738, and settled in vSpencer, Mass., 
leaving a long line of descendants. 

There was a John Robinson who married at Kittery, Me., 
Dec. 10, 1722, Sarah Jordan. It also appears that there was a 
John Robinson born in Kittery, July 8, 1709, a son of Captain 
John and Martha Robinson. It was probably one of these Johns 
who worked on Fort William Henry, on Goat Island, in 1723. 
There was also a John Robinson, at Cape Elizabeth, Me., who 
married Mehitable Woodbury in 1738, from whom the Hon. 
Frank W. Robinson, the Mayor of the city of Portland, Me., is 

In closing this long of Robinson ancestors the question 
arises, whence did they come? Surel}' there must be a com- 
mon ancestor, only a generation or two further back, for some 
of the number at least ? Research of the Old Country records 
establishes the fact that the Robinsons originated in the north of 
England, in the counties bordering on Scotland, a hard)^ yeomanry, 
bearing as their armorial ensign the stag trippant. And to-day 
the stag in .some form is the principal feature in the arms of all 

Henry Boughman Guppy, M. B., in his " Homes of Family 
Names in Great Britain" published in 1890, says that "The 
name ot Robinson has its great home in the North, ' ' that the 
Robinsons, are ' * distributed all over England, except in the 


southwest where the name is either absent or extremel}- rare. 
The great home is in the Northern half of the countr>', the 
numbers rapidh* diminishing as we approach the South of Eng- 
land. Northamptonshire may be characterized as the most 
advanced stronghold of the Robinsons on their way to the 
metropolis. ' ' 

On searching the American records, for the connecting 
family links with the mother countr}-, the conviction becomes 
almost firmly established that, with few notable exceptions, our 
Robinson ancestors sought to eliminate all trace of their ancestry, 
and to sever all connection with the land of their nativity. 
Notwithstanding this we have every incentive to push forward 
our good work, for hidden in some obscure recess we will be 
sure to find the object of our search. 

If the silent graves in our cemeteries could but speak, our 
longing for knowledge would be appeased. But our legacy is — 
search thoroughly ever^^ record with the determination to win 
from obscurity every item of information, then the victory will be 

Some twelve months or more ago, we read in one of the best of 
our New York dailies a long communication from Boston, setting 
forth the investigation of Spiritualism by Prof. James H. Hyslop, 
of Columbia University, through Richard Hodgson, LL. D., of 
Cambridge University, the head of the American Branch of the 
Society for Psychical Research, and his celebrated medium, IVIrs. 
L. A. Piper. The article further stated that the late Bishop 
Phillips Brooks had become deeply interested in Mrs. Piper's 
sittings in the years of his Hfe; also Prof. James of Harvard, 
Prof. Newbold of the University of Pennsylvania, the Rev. Minot 
J. Savage, W. D. Howells, Dr. S. Weir Mitchell of Philadel- 
phia, Prof. Langley of the Smithsonian Institute, Profs. Shaler, 
Trowbridge, Norton and Nichols of Har^-ard, and William E. 

With the feeling that here was an open door for obtaining 
information from our ancestors, and that we must let no oppor- 
tunity pass, I addressed a letter to Prof. Hodgson, outlining the 
information desired, suggesting that it would be an excellent 
test of Mrs. Piper's power to communicate with departed 
spirits, and that no person in America could have the slightest 
information as to the knowledge we sought, but that time 
and money would be spent to investigate the truth of what 


she might impart. The following is the reph- received from the 
Professor : 



Society for psychical Research. 

Richard Hodgson, LL. D., 

Secretary and Treasurer. 

5 BovLSTON Place. 
Boston, Mass., July 28, 1899. 

Charles E. Robinson, Esq^, 

Dear Sir : — Your letter ot' July 1 nth reached me only this morn- 
ing, owing to its being misaddressed. 

I regret that there will not be any opportunity of putting any 
enquiries on your behalf through Mrs. Piper. She stopped sitting 
several weeks ago, and will not resume until about next November. 

Further, her trances are arranged chiefly by the trance personali- 
ties tiiemselves. Very little opportunity is given to make any en- 
quiries at ail on behalf of outsiders, and very little opportunity is 
given, indeed, for outsiders to have any sittings. I have had for a 
long time a very long waiting list of persons who have prior claims, 
and 1 cannot hold out any hope that we shall be able to make any 
enquiries on your behalf. 

Enclosed please find circulars of our Society. 

Yours sincerely, 

R. Hodgson. 

Imagine 1113' disappointment and di.smay on reading this 
epistle from the Professor. No information was to come to us 
through the mediumship of Mrs. Piper. She was not of that 
oracular school. I trust some of j-ou may be more fortunate 
than myself in seeking for knowledge in the spirit land. 

But as to the origin of the name of Robinson. Who was 
the first to bear the name and where did he live ? 

In speaking of this a few daj's ago to a most worthy Chris- 
tian lady, whose good opinion I most highly prize, I made the 
remark that it has only been about nine hundred 3-ears that the 
people had surnames. This started the good woman on her 
favorite theme, and led her to make this rejoinder : " Wh}', Mr. 
Robinson, how can you sa}- this, have you forgotten your Bible ? 
Just read the i6th verse of the 3rd chapter of St. Mark w^here it 
says : 'And Simon he surnamed Peter.' " 


As I may be again called to account, should I fall into the 
same error, it is well that I keep on the safe side and say that 
nine hundred years ago the people were in clans without sur- 
names, except as one tribe was designated from another and all 
bore the same common surname. 

From the earliest advent of articulate man names must 
have been given to tribes of humanit)-, to animals, to places and 
things. How else could they have been distingui-shed ? 

From the historical works on this subject we learn that the 
earliest of personal names are those which indicate not an in- 
dividual but a group, made up naturalh- of kinsmen and so desig- 
nated for reasons of convenience. 

Previous to the year looo, famil}" names were entire!}- un- 
known. Sixty to seventy ^-ears later, on the ascendency of 
William the Conqueror, to the throne of England, surnames began 
very .slowh^ to be adopted, but so little progress did it make that 
another hundred 3'ears passed before it had extended much be- 
\-ond the higher nobilit}-, and even as late as the year 1300 the 
old custom still clung of designating a person by his or her 
given name. 

On the advent of William the Conqueror, the Anglo-Saxon 
gentry adopted the christian names brought over by their king, 
of William, Robert, Richard and Henry, in place of their Anglo- 
Saxon names, Alfred, Edgar, Egbert and Ethelred. Eater on, 
during the reign of Henry III., 12 16 to 1272, it became impera- 
tive among the gentr>' to assume surnames, indeed it became a 
matter of disgrace not to have a double or family name. 

We read that the marriage of the natural son of Henry I., to 
the wealthy heiress of Baron Fitz-Hamon was objected to bj^ the 
lady in these words : 

" It were to me a great shame. 
To have a lord with outen his twa name." 

It was during the time of the " pet name epoch," so called, 
which dated from about the year eleven hundred, that the nick- 
name of Robin appeared from the Teutonic name of Robert. 
From Robin to Robinson was but a step. 

There is probabl}- no other surname more prolific in its 
legendary character than that of Robin and Robinson. In this 
connection we call to mind the beautiful legend of the robin 
plucking a thorn from the crown Christ wore when bearing His 


cross. "As Christ bore His cross to the place of His crucifixion, 
wearing the crown of thorns on His brow, a robin alighted upon 
His head and plucked from the crown a thorn which pierced its 
own breast, dyeing it not only with its own blood but with that of 
our Saviour, thus becoming the ancestor of our Robin-red-breast 
of to-day." 

It was the robin who covered the babes in the woods with 
a blanket of leaves when left by their cruel uncle to their fate, 
and a friend informs me that to this day children refrain from 
throwing stones at the robin. 

The celebrated Robin Hood lies buried, we are told, at 
Kirkless, once a Benedictine nunnery, in Yorkshire, England, 
with the following remarkable inscription on his tombstone : 

" Here undernead dis laitle stean 
laiz robert earl of huntingtun 
near arcir ver az hie sa geud 
and pipl kauld in robin hood 
sick utiawz az hi an iz men 
vil england niver si agen 
Obiit 24 (1214) Kal Dekembris 1247." 

" Robin Hood's Wind." This, in Lancaster, is the name given 
to a wind that blows during the thawing of the snow, and 
derives its name because it is alleged that Robin Hood 
once said that he could stand any wind except a thaw wind. 

"All round Robin Hood's barn." This simply means the corn 
fields in his district. 

"Robin O' the Wood." This is the first mention of Robin 
Hood in English literature, and is found in the B text 
(second version) of Skeat. The date is supposed to be 
about 1377. 

"To sell Robin Hood's pennyworths," says Fuller in his 
"Worthies," is " spoken of things sold under half their 
value, or, if 3'ou will, half sold half given." 

"Robin Hood Festival." This is an ancient festival held on 
the first and succeeding da^'s in May, and from which 
undoubtedly originates our celebration of the first day of 

" Robin of Redesdale." Under his leadership fifteen thousand 
farmers and peasants, in 1468, marched to Banbury and 
captured the Earl of Pembroke. 


" Robin of Doiicaster." The Histor}^ of Doncaster, England, 
by Dr. Fxlward INIiller, contains this enigmatical epitaph : 

" How, How, who is hear 
I Robin of Doncaster and Margaret my feare 
that I spent that I had 
that I gave that I have 
that I left that I lost 
A. D. 1579." 

" Bonny Sweet Robin," was the tune to a ballad in 1594, en- 
titled, "A doleful adew to the last Erie of Darby." 

" Robin Concience." This is a quaint poem written by Martin 
Parker and bears the date of August 3, 1579. It is said 
to have been the second book published by John Walley. 
It bears the title of ' ' Robin Concience with i j Songs in i i j 
parts. ' ' It purports to give the trials of ' ' Robin in his Pro- 
gress through Court, City and Country; with his bad Enter- 
tainnioif at several Places'' in search of an honest man. 
I have time and space for but a few stanzas : 

" I have been quite through England wide, 
With many a faint and weary stride, 
To see what people there abide, 

that loves me : 

" Poor Robin Concience is my name. 
Sore vexed with reproach and blame ; 
For all wherever yet T came, 

reproach me. 

" To think that Concience is despised. 
Which ought to be most highly prized : 
This trick the devil hath devised, 

to blind men ; 

" 'Cause Concience tells them of their ways, 
Which are so wicked now-a days. 
They stop their ears to what he says, 

unkind men. 


" Quoth he, " Friend Robin, what doest thou, 
Here among us merchants now ? 
Our business will not allow 

to use thee : 


" For we have traffic without thee, 
And thrice best, if thou absent be ; 
I for my part will utterly 

refuse thee." 


" Away with Concience I'll none such, 
That smell with honesty so much ; 
I shall not quickly fill my hutch 

by due toll ; 

" I must for every bushel of meal, 
A peck, if not three gallons, steal, 
Therefore with thee I will not deal, 

Thou true soul." 

" Robin Goodfellow." This i.s the title of " a curious jest book, 
ptibhshed in 1639." A copy was sold about fifty years 
ago for £2^. I OS. 

' ' Robin Cushions, ' ' is the name given in England to a green moss, 

turf tipped with crimson. 

" Round Robin." This is said to have originated in Yorkshire, 
the English home of an ancient Robinson family. " In 
the East Riding of Yorkshire the term is designated of a 
petition in which all the names are signed radiating from a 
center so as to render it impossible to discover who was 
the first to sign it. ' ' 

The name of ' ' Round Robin ' ' is also given in Eng- 
land to a small pan cake ; also to a sacramental wafer. 
In Dr. Peter Heylin's controversy, over his church His- 
tory, wnth the Rev. Thomas Fuller, he says: "The 
sacrament of the Altar is nothing else but a piece of 
bread, or a little predie round robin." 

" Robins Last vShift," was the title of a Jacobite newspaper, "or 
Weekly Remarks and Political Reflections upon the most 
material news, Foreign and Domestic, by George Flint, 
Gent., Eondon, printed by Isaac Dalton, in the year 1717." 
There were but eleven issues of this publication when it 
was suppressed for its unsparing severity of the conduct 
of James II. and his adherents. 

"Robins," as the cognomen of a political party, may have been 
a revival of the title of ' ' Robins ' ' which was given 
to the opponents of Mr. John Coventry (son of the 


Lord Keeper) who, in the interest of the Court, was a 
candidate for Somersetshire. Why they were so called I 
have not been able to learn. 

' ' Robinson Crusoe. ' ' Daniel Defoe evidently gave this name 
to the lieto of his world-wide read story after a family by 
tlie name of Robinson Cruso (without the final e) living 
at King's Lynn, Norfolk. We are told in English "Notes 
and Queries ' ' that ' ' the name has been borne by father 
and sou from time inunemorial." 

When Defoe was attending school at Stoke Newing- 
ton he associated with a student bj^ the name of Cruso 
who ma}- have been of this King's Lynn famil}-. 

Umbrellas were called "Robinsons" when first introduced into 
England. In France, for a century, they went by the 
name " Un Robinson." William Bates of Birmingham, 
England, in a paper of fifty years ago, says tlie name 
originated " from the huge umbriferous machine beneath 
which the hero of Defoe sheltered himself on his island 
from the ardor of a tropical sun." 

" Robin.son." This is the name given to a rustic garden by a 
Parisian hostess, "reviving an old fashion of the days of 
Marie Antoinette, who often gave ' Robinsons ' at the 
Trianon or St. Cloud." 

"Quicker than Jack Robinson." Francis Gross, the English 
antiquarian and historian, tells us that this expression 
came from the action of a most volatile individual by the 
name of John Robinson who, in calling upon his neigh- 
bors would disappear before his name could be announced. 
l)Ut to return to the origin of our family name of Robinson. 
It came from some man of olden times who was known by the 
name of Robert and who had a favorite son to whom he gave 
the pet nick-name of Robin, this Robin having a son who went 
by the name of Robin's son, or for short, Robin.son. We must 
not, however, fall into the error of suppo.sing that the name 
originated from any one Robert, as it was a connnon name in 
many clans. 

Many familiar surnames have been derived from Robert. 
That of Robarts, Roberts, Robert.son, Robins. Robison and 
Robson. Then we have the nick-name of Dob for Robert, from 
which has come Dobbs, Dob.son, Dobbins, Dobinson, Dobbinson 



and Dobynette, and from Hob, another nick- name for Robert, 
has come Hobbs, Hobson, Hobbins, Hopkins and Hopkinson. 
Then from the Welsh we have Ap-robert, Ap-robin, Probert and 

Many surnames were derived from the location of the resi- 
dence of the individual. Thus a family living on a hill, who 
had previously been known by the name John, would be identi- 
fied as "John on the Hill," which in the course of time would 
be shortened to John Hill. His children would first be known 
as "John's sons," and later on some bright, pushing member of 
the family would adopt the name of John Johnson. In like 
manner an individual living near a small stream of water, who 
was known by the name of Roljert, would be identified as Robert 


by the brook, or in time as Robert Brook. His first favorite son 
might bear the pet-name Robin which in another generation 
would develop into Robinson. Thus we see how impossible it is 
to tell from what Robert the name of Robinson first came. 

But who can say that the origin of the name will not some 
day be known. With all the wonderful researches now being 
pushed forward with so much vigor in Egypt, and the astonish- 
ing finds that are made, may it not be possible to trace our 
family back even to Adam ? 

Within the ancient city of Nippur, a considerable portion of 
whose walls have been laid bare, parts of which were built more 
than four thousand years before Christ, who knows but what we 



may read the story on some monument j^et to be unearthed 
whereon is recorded the story of Adam and his downfall ; of his 
expulsion from the garden of Eden ; of the mighty wind which 
carried his companion and himself in a cloud of dust far out into 
an unknown land where he lay insensible for a time ; of his 
search for Eve, and when found, of their grief over their unfor- 
tunate condition, and vows of repentance for their sin ; how in 
the midst of their deep sorrow they were visited by a bird bear- 
ing in its beak a seed from the apple which had been the cause 
of their great calamity ; of the planting of the seed in the earth 
by Adam's own right hand, with the prayer that it might grow 
into a tree whose branches thereof would cover his children's 
children ; of his naming the land after the bird who brought the 
seed, that it might henceforth be known as the land of Robin 
and the people thereof as Robinsons. 






Atherton, Mrs. Sarah Robinson Peru, Huron Co., Ohio. 


Brewer, Professor William H 418 Orange St., New Haven, Conn. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles Edson 319 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles Kendall 529 Second St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles P., Esq 31 Nassau St., New York. 

Robinson, Daniel Webster, Esq Burlington, Vt. 

Robinson, Miss Emily E 1513 Corcoran St., Washington, D. C. 

Robinson, Franklin, Esq 203 Cumberland St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. Frederick A Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Gifford Simeon Sioux City, Iowa. 

Robinson, Mr. Roswell R. Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Willard E Maiden, Mass. 

Verner,Mrs.Murry A. (Birdie Barbara Bailey), Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburgh, Pa. 


Armstrong, Mrs. Mary A. Robinson Adrian, Mich. 

Atherton, Mr. George Watson Peru, O. 

Austin, Mr. C. Downer P. O. Box 1225, New York City, N. Y. 

Barbour, Mr. Edward Russell 49 Neal St., Portland, Me. 

Beeman, Mrs. Phebe Stone P. O. Box 624, Warren, Mass. 

Boynton, Mr. Edgar A Hornellsville, N. Y. 

Brenniman, Mrs. C. D Brooklyn, Iowa. 

Brett, Mr. George Greenwood 50 Cedar St., Somerville, Mass. 

Brigg, Martha Anna Robinson 150 Pitman St., Providence, R. I. 

Bronson, Mrs. E. P. (Ida Robinson) 1704 Hayes St., Nashville, Tenn. 

Butler, Mrs. Ellen Robinson Peru, Ohio. 

Carter, Miss Martha C 143 Main St., Oneida, N. Y. 

Catlin, Mrs. Mary Robinson 304 So. First St., Rockford, 111. 

Chargs, Mrs. Julia C Box 65 Central Square, Oswego Co., N. Y. 

Cobb, Miss Jessie 65 Clinton Place, Newark, N. J. 

Cogswell, Mrs. William fLuella Childs) 117 Summer St., Medford, Mass. 

Cole, Mr. L. D Newburyport, Mass. 

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Comey, Miss Hannah Robinson Foxboro, Mass. 

Comey, Mr. John Winthrop 52 West 54th St , New York, N. Y. 

Comey, Miss Vodisa J Foxboro, Mass. 

Comings, Mr. Alfred Cario, 111. 

Comings, Mr. Uriel L P. O. Box 550, Windsor, Vt. 

Crawford, Mrs. Mark L. (Annie C.) 27 Iowa Circle, Washington, D. C. 

Crumb, Mrs. Adelaide V. (Kilburn) 147 Main St., Oneida, N. Y. 

Cushing, Mrs. Hannah Robinson Pawtucket, R. I. 

Cushman, Mr. Willard Robinson Attleboro Falls, Mass. 

Danielson, Mr. Simeon Danielsonville, Conn . 

Dean, Miss Bertha L 22 Clinton St., Taunton, Mass. 

Dean, James H., Esq 94 Dean St., Taunton, Mass. 

Dean, Mr. N. Bradford 88 Dean St., Taunton, Mass. 

Devoll, Mrs. Mary R. G Long Plain, Mass. 

Donavan, Col. John St. Joseph, Mo. 

Douglass, Mr. Willard Robinson. ...New York Life Bldg., Kansas City, Mo. 

Dow, Mr. Herbert B 136 Congress St. , Boston, Mass. 

Dow, Mrs. Judith Ellen Robinson 75 Frcjnt .St., Exeter, N. H. 

Dows, Miss Amanda Cazenovia, N. Y. 

Dyer, Mr. Benjamin F South Braintree, Mass. 

Elmes, Mr. Carleton Snow North Raynham, Mass. 

Farson, Mrs. Robert Bruce (Clara M. C.) St. Charles, 111. 

Farwell, Mrs. John V 109 Pearson St., Chicago, 111. 

Feakins, Mrs. Martha Kirk Kirkland, 111. 

Fuller, Mrs. A. C 99 Union St., Blue Island, 111. 

Fuller, Mrs. Mary R loi Austin St., Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Gilmore, Mr. Abiel P. R Long Plain, Mass. 

Gilmore, Mrs. Chloe CD Long Plain, Mass. 

Gordon, Mrs. Lillian Sophia Robinson 11 Major St., Toronto, Can. 

Goward, Mr. William E Easton, Mass. 

Graves, Mr. Charles B New London, Conn. 

Hall, Mrs. George G. (Isabela Martha) 78 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 

Hall, .Mrs. Herbert E. (Emily A) Taunton, Mass. 

Hammond, Mrs. .'\shley King (Jessie Robinson). 

5727 Delmar Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 

Hammond, Miss Cora E Boonton, N. J. 

Harnden, Mrs. M. J Rowland, Iowa. 

Harris, Mr. Charles 68 .Mason Bldg., Boston, Mass. 

Haskins, Mrs. H. M. R McLean, N. Y. 

Hayman, Mrs. IMattie Knox 301 East 7th St., Little Rock, Ark. 

Heath, Mrs. Bertha R 13 Garden St., Nashua, N. H. 

Hemingway, Mrs. Celia E. R McLean, N. Y. 

Hitch, Mrs. Louisa A. R 119 Mill St., New Bedford, Mass. 

Holman, D. Emory, M. D 330 West 57th St., New York, N. Y. 

Holmes, Miss Mary E Sharon, Mass. 

Hubbard, Mrs. Charles D. (Gertrude Robbins) Erie, Pa. 


Jenkins, Mr. E. H., (Director Conn. Agricultural, Experimental Sta.) 

New Haven, Conn. 

Jenkins, Mr. James Jr 80 Washington St., Oshkosh, Wis. 

Jenkins, Mrs. Robert E. (Marcia Raymond).. 89 E. Madison St., Chicago, 111. 

Jones, Mrs. Calista Robinson Bradford, Vt. 

Kauffman, Mrs. J. S • -York St., Blue Island, 111. 

Kennedy, Mr. Elijah Robinson 33 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Keyes, Mr. Arthur H Rutland, Vt. 

Kimble, Mrs. E. M 322 High St., Rowland, Iowa. 

Kirk, Mrs. J. Frank (Abbie F. Robinson) 264 Pleasant St. .New Bedford, Mass. 

Lacy, Mrs. Mary Robinson Dubuque, Iowa. 

Lakin, Mrs. Augusta A Bennington, N. H. 

Earned, Mr. Charles 1025 Tremont Bldg., Boston, Mass. 

Leach, Mrs. Agnes Amelia (Robinscm) Franklin, N. H. 

Lee, Mrs. Frederick H 20 William St., Auburn, N. Y. 

Leech, Mrs. Angeline Box 297, Frankfort, N. Y. 

Lewis, Mrs. J. F. Sumner Foxboro, Mass. 

Linnell, Mr. John W., Jr Maiden, Mass. 

Litchfield, Mr. Wilford J Southbridge, Mass. 

Little, Mrs. G. EUiotte (Mary Robinson) 640 West End Ave., New York. 

Lothrop, Mrs. Elizabeth H North Raynham, Mass. 

McClelan, Hon. Arthur R Riverside, New Brunswick, Can. 

MacLachlan, Mrs. Harriet R 550 Chenango St., Binghamton, N. Y. 

Miller, Miss Carrie E 36 Cottage St., Lewiston, Me. 

Miller, Frank, Esq., Pres. D. O. Mills Hank Sacramento, Cal. 

Mower, Mr. Calvin Robinson Box 474, Rockford, 111. 

Norton, Mrs. Mary J Wood's Hole, Mass. 

Osgood, Mrs. Mary Satterfield Estherville, Iowa. 

Packard, Mrs. Fred. L. (Josephine A.) North Easton, Mass. 

Paine, Mrs. Walter J 120 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 

Payson, Mrs. Julia A Box 344, Medfield, Mass. 

Penniman, Mr. Bethuel New Bedford, Mass. 

Penniman, Mrs. Eliza A 3 Elm St., Quincy, Mass. 

Penniman, Mr. George W Clinton, Mass. 

Pelton, Mrs. F. Alaric (Mabell Shippie Clarke) Arden, N. C. 

Pettee, Mrs. Maria W Foxboro, Mass. 

Pierce, Mrs. H. F Tekamah, Neb. 

Pinney, Mrs. Wm. H. (A, Augusta Robinson) 

350 Central St., Springfield, Mass. 

Pitcher, Col. David Austin 821 A Union St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Poor, Mrs. Janette H South Exeter, Me. 

Potter, Miss Emma 322 Irving Ave., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Price, Mrs. E. R North Attleboro, Mass. 

Richmond, Mrs. Howard 32 George St., Providence, R. I. 

Richmond, Mrs. L. M Elburn, 111. 


Ricker, Mrs. Lizzie P 217 West Boylsion St., Worcester, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. A. Warren Napa, Cal. 

Robinson Miss Adelaide A North Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Adrian G 504 Central Ave., Hanford Cal. 

r. u- AT Alu . A\--ii- ~ \ P. O. Box 2033, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Albert UiUiam ., , , r., <x^' , . ' ., 

/ I Monadnock bt.,Uorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Alfred J 4 State St., Bangor, Me. 

Robinson, Mrs. Annette North Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Annie E 20 Webster Ave., Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Arthur Clear Lake, Minn. 

Robinson, Mr. Benjamin F 603 North Pine St., Colorado Springs, Col. 

Robinson, Prof. Benjamin Lincoln 42 Shepard St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Bernard Noyes 134 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Caroline D Castine, Me. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles A., 304 West Chelton Ave., 

Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, .Mr. Charles D Newburg, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles E 140 Oxford St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles F North Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles H 264 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles H 322 Fourth Ave. No., Great Falls, Mont. 

Robinson, Mr. Charles L Western National Bank, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles T Broadwaj-, Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Clement F Brunswick, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. Cyrus R East Concord, N. H. 

Robinson, Hon. David I Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Denison Howlett Hill, N. Y. 

Robinson, Dr. Edwin Putnam 12 High St., Newport, R. I . 

Robinson, Miss Emily A Exeter, N. H. 

Robinson, E. M Phillips, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Flora B P. (). Box 344, Medtield, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Frank C East Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Francis Walter 15 Thetford .^ve.. New Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Frank Hurd Hornellsvilie, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mrs. Franklin (Martha A. S.)..203 Cumberland St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. Fred. W 45S Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. George A West Mansfield, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. George F 20 Webster Ave., Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. George H Pawtucket, R. 1. 

Robinson. Mr. George O Moffat Bldg., Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson, George O. , Esq South Paris, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. George Rensselaer. .Chestnut, Cor. 12th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, Mr. George W Elburn, 111. 

Robinson, Dr. Hamlin Elijah Maryville, Mo. 

Robinson, Mr. Harold L Uniontown, Pa. 

Robinson, Mrs. Harriet H 35 Lincoln St., Maiden Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Hannah B Somerset, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Helen M McLean, N. Y. 

Robinson, Miss Helen R. . . . Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Henry Box 5, Concord, N. H. 


Robinson, Mr. Henry M Danbury, Conn. 

Robinson, Mr. Herbert L 322 Fourth Ave. No., Great Falls, Mont. 

Robinson, Mr. Herbert S Paxton, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Herbert Woodbury Box 1839, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Brig. Gen. H. F Phoenix, Ariz. 

Robinson, Mr. Horatio Alvin 13 Garden St., Nashua, N. H. 

Robinson, Mr. Horace Ravenna, Neb. 

Robinson, H. S Andover, Mass., and 60 State St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Increase Waterville, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Jane A Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. J. Blake 217 Cumberland St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. James Bartlett 307 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, Conn. 

Robinson, Mr. John C Middleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. John H 55 Kilby St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. John H. . y. Homer, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Joseph HtV: Farmington, Utah. 

Robinson, Rev. Joseph H Pelham Manor, N. Y. 

Robinson, Rev. Julian B West Boylston, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Leonard Leland Hotel, Emporia, Kas. 

Robinson, Miss Lillian L St. Cloud, Minn. 

Robinson, Miss Maria L 178 Main St., Orange, N. J. 

Robinson, Miss Marie D 40 Somerset Ave., Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Martha G 19 Walden St. , Lynn, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Mary B Chester, Place, Wellsborough, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Mary C 93 Chandler St., Worcester, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Mary C 44 Thatcher St., Bangor, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Mary Elizabeth 140 Oxford St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Mary Gay Guilford, Conn. 

Robinson, Miss Myra S gi Cottage St., Pawtucket, R. L 

Robinson, Mrs. O. P. (Mary Louise) 56 East Third St., Corning, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Orin Pomeroy 56 East Third St. , Corning, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Orlando G Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Prof. Oscar D 501 State St., Albany, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. Philip Eaton 284 High St., Medford, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Rachael Ferrisburg, Vt. 

Robinson, Dr. Reinzi Danielson, Conn. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah D Box 368, Bloomington, 111. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah G Middleborough, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Sam S Linden Lake, Mich. 

Robinson, Mr. Samuel R Antrim, N. H. 

Robinson, Mr. Samuel S Box 126, Pontiac, Mich. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah J 17S Pleasant St., Attleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Silas Luce, Neb. 

Robinson, Mr. Solomon D Falmouth, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. Sylvanus Smith Metamora, 111. 

Robinson, Mr. Thomas Box 35, Dedham, Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. Wm. A., D.D 115 East Main St., Middletown, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. William A 49 Drummond St., Auburn, Me. 

Robinson, Mr. William A Gloucester, Mass. 


Robinson, Mr. William H West Chazy, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. William H 375 Main St., Worcester, Mass. 

Robinson, W. G Oswego, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mr. William L East Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, Mr. William M 29 Madison Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Robinson, Mr. W^illiam Philip Auburn, N. Y, 

Robinson, Mr. William Whipple 117 .So. Olive St , Los Angeles, Cal. 

Rowland, Rev. L. S Lee, Mass. 

Ruggles, Mr. Henry Stoddard Wakefield, Mass. 

Sherman, Hon. Buren Robinson Vinton, Iowa. 

Sherman, Miss Evelyn M Waterloo, Iowa, 

Sherman, Miss Florence Belle Waterloo, Iowa. 

Sherman, Mr. James P Waterloo, Iowa. 

Sherman, Mr. Ward B 315 41st St., Chicago, 111. 

Sinclair, Mr. John E Station A, Worcester, Mass. 

Southworth, Mrs. A. C Lakeville, Mass. 

Spaids, Mrs. Susan E 3245 Indiana Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Spaulding, Mr. Edward Russell 40 Purchase St., Boston, Mass. 

Speare, Mrs. Alden (Caroline M.) 1023 Centre St., Newton Centre, Mass. 

Stebler, Mrs. Jordan (Ellen Walker).. Madison & Eutaw Sts., Baltimore, Md. 

Stanford, Mrs. Lydia F. R Chatsworth, III. 

Steenburg, Mrs. Laura H Burdick, Kas. 

Storms, Mrs. Lucretia R Boston, Mass. 

Stotesbury, Mrs. Sarah Louise 6362 Sherwood Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Tracy, Mrs. Sarah D. R Raynham, Mass. 

Verner, Miss Alyce Chip Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Verner, Miss Catharine Bailey Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Verner, Master James Parke Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Waterman, Mrs. Zeno (Sarah Wood Robinson).9 Everett St., Taunton, Mass. 

Weeks, Mrs. Edmund Cottle Tallahassee, Florida. 

W^ellington, Mrs. B. W. (Anna Robinson).. 7 West Second St., Corning, N. Y. 

Wetherell, Mrs. Erminie C Holyoke, Mass. 

Whitten, Mrs. Marcia F 132 Magazine St., Cambridgeport, Mass. 

W'hittemore, Miss Lucella Washburn 358 Pleasant St., Worcester, Mass. 

Williamson, Mrs. Mary Robinson 704 North State St., Jackson, Miss. 

Wilson, Mr. George L 591 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 

Wright, George R., Esq Wilkes Barre, Pa. 

The Robinson Family 
Genealogical and Historical 


The Robinsons and Their Kin Folk 

Second Series^ August^ J 904 

Compliments of 

Thi: Poi5i\ls()m Tamilv 

Genealogical and Historical Society 

I '> '»■ /, .-^ J U ^-^^' ^' ^°^^'i^<>n» Historiographer 

Historical Sketches, Illustrated 
(Additional Members of cAssociation 





113 Liberty Street 

New York 


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Officers, ._-..... 5 

constitltion, ------ --6 

By-Laws, -......- 7 

OiK Primal Ancestor, ---..--8 

Secretary's Report, ------- 9-13 

Views in Gloucester, ...-_.- 14-20 

Letters from Henry S. Rl(;<;les, Esq., - - . - 21-22 

Coat Armor in the American Colonies, - . . - 23-31 

Descendants of George and Mary (Bushnell) Rokinson- - 32-41 

To the Robinson Association, ---.-- 42-49 

John Robinson, .-.-.._ 50-5S 

John W. Robinson, ---...- 59-6S 

Samuel Robinson, ---.-.. 69-76 

Members' Names, -------- 77-80 


Hon. David I. Robinson, - - - - . frontispiece 

Our Primal Ancestor, - - - - - - -8 

City of Gloucester, 1892, - - - - . - 15 

High School Buii.dinc, Gloucester, - - - - - 16 

City Hall, " - - . - . 16 

Old Ellery House, " - - - - - 17 

Willow Road, ■' ----- 17 

Handlini; Halibut, " ----- 18 

Old " Mother Ann," " ----- ig 

Rafe's Chasm, " ----- ig 

"Whale's Jaw," " ----- ig 

Old Style Pinkey ' ----- 20 

New Model of "Schooner," " ----- 20 

Robinson Home, Jamaica, Vt., - - - - - - 36 

Old Robinson Appletree, Jamaica, Vt., - . - - 38 

Ex-LiEL'T. Governor O. W. Robinson, - - - - - 45 

Capt- O. D. Robinson, ------- 46 


DkKD Ol- JfillN ROHINSON, - - - 

C\rr. Ebenezek Roiunscin's Hotse, 
Cai'i. Samuel Rouinson, ... 

John Robinson's Watch, . - . 

John W. Robinson, .... 

Mrs. John W. (Ann Butler) Robinson, - 
Stone House of John W. Robinson, - 
Residence of Wiliiam H. Conyncham. 
Homestead of Hon. Henry Bradley Wkh^ili, 
View of Rivfr Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 


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HON. DAVID I. ROBINSON, Gloucester, Mass. 

Vice Presidents, 

Judge Gifford S. Robinson, Sioux City, la. 

Increase Robinson, Waterville, Me. 

*Jaiiies H. Dean, Esq., Taunton, Mass. 

George O. Robinson, Detroit, Mich. 

Prof. William H. Brewer, New Haven, Conn. 

Mr. Roswell R. Robinson, Maiden, Mass. 

^^Capt. Charles T. Robinson, Taunton, Mass. 

Rev. William A. Robinson, Middletown, N. Y. 

Mr. John H. Robinson, Boston, Mass. 
Mr. Charles F. Robinson, North Raj-nham, Mass. 

Mr. George W. Robinson, Elburn, 111. 

Henry P. Robinson, Guilford, Conn. 

Adelaide A. Robinson, North Raynham, Mass. 

N. Bradford Dean, Taunton, Mass. 

Charles E. Robinson, 123 Richmond St., Plainfield, N. J.. 

Executive Committee, 

Fred W. Robinson. - Boston, Mass. 

Charles K. Robinson, " New York. 

George R. Wright, Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

Orlando G. Robinson, Raynham, Mass. 

Bethuel Penniman, New Bedford, Mass. 


1 . The name of this Association shall be ' ' The Robinson 
Family Genealogical and Historical Association." 

2. The purpose for which it is constituted is the collection, 
compilation and publication of such data and information as 
may be obtained concerning the Robinson Families. 

3. Any person connected with the descendants of 

William' Robinson of Dorchester, 

George' of Rehoboth, 

William' of Watertown, 

Isaac- of Barnstable, son of Rev. John, 

Abraham' of Gloucester, 

William' of Watertown, 

John' of Exeter, N. H., 

Stephen' of Dover, N. H., 

Thomas' of Scituate, 

James' of Dorchester, 

William of Salem, 

Christopher of Virginia, 

Samuel of New England, 

Gain of Plymouth, 

or any other Robinson ancestor, by descent or marriage, may 
become a member of the Association. 

There shall be a membership fee of one dollar, and an annual 
due of twenty-five cents, or ten dollars for life membership, 
subject to no annual dues. 

4. The officers of the Association shall be a President, twelve 
Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Historiographer, and 
an Executive Committee of five. 


1. The President shall preside at all business meetings of 
the Association, and in his absence a Vice-President shall per- 
form the duties of President. 

2. The Secretary shall keep the records and minutes of the 

3. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the Association. 
He shall have the custody of all the funds belonging to the 
Association. He shall disburse the same under the direction of 
the Executive Committee. 

4. The Executive Committee shall have the control of the 
affairs of the Association and its property, and shall receive for 
safe custody all documents entrusted to them. It shall be their 
duty to make arrangements to obtain all data and information 
concerning the descendants of the aforesaid Robinson ancestors 
for the purpose of compilation and publication of the same. The 
officers of the Association shall be ex-officio members of the 
Executive Committee. 

5. The members of the Executive Committee present at any 
regular notified meeting shall form a quorum. They may fill 
any vacancies that may occur in the board of officers until 
others are regularly appointed. 


B\- DoANE RoiUNSON, Aberdeen, South Dakota. 
Illustratious by " Bart," the leading Wegtern cartoonist. 

No doubt it swells your dotard pride. 
To jauk about and dodge and hide. 

From all your kin ; 
But mind you, we are on your trail ; 
A tireless band and everyone 
A true and dauntless Robinson. 
Enjoy your sport ! We give you hail. 
And warn you that we shall not fail. 

To fetch you in. 

We've combed and sifted o'er and o'er, 
Columbia, from sea to shore, 

To catch the clue. 
We've climbed the heights of Bunker Hill; 
We've tunnelled under Plymouth Rock, 
To trace our lost ancestral stock, — 
Jeer from your covert if you will, 
Or cross the ocean. Dauntless still, 

We'll follow you. 

The hoary crags of Scotia scale; 

Her boistrous frifths and torrents sail; 

Ay, rant and fret ! 
Yea, crouch within a /.nu/i'n jar, — 
The pack is after you full cry. 
The trail is warm, the quarry nigh, 
And though you seek the regions far. 
Or mount the blazing morning star, 

We'll bag you yet. 


The second biennial meeting of the Robinson Family Gene- 
alogical and Historical Association, was held in Gloucester, 
Mass., on the 26th of August, 1902. 

Over one hundred members of the different families were 
present, representing Missouri, South Dakota, Illinois, Michi- 
gan, New York, and all the New England States, with the 
exception of Vermont. 

Those who came from a distance arrived at noon from 
Boston by steamer and train, and were met by a delegation of 
the family at the station and pier, and were escorted to two 
special trolley cars in waiting to convey the members of the 
Association for a ride of fifteen miles around famous Cape Ann, 
thus encircling the picturesque city of Gloucester, on one of 
the most perfect of summer days, greatly to the enjoyment and 
satisfaction of all. The ride was made the more enjoyable by 
the untiring attention of the Hon. David I. Robinson and his 
son. Will Austin Robinson, who called attention to the many 
points of interest as we passed. During the trip a substantial 
lunch of sandwiches and cake was served as an appetizer to 
a more bountiful repast to be served at the well known 
" Surfside Hotel," the headquarters of the Association, on the 
termination of the trip, which was accomplished shortly after 
two o'clock. 

At three o'clock we were summoned by mine host Sawyer, 
to a banquet served in his spacious dining hall in his well 
known style, which left no opportunity for complaint either in 
cjuality or quantity. 

Shortly after four o'clock the meeting was called to order 
in the parlor of the hotel by Mr. Charles E. Robinson of New 

A letter from Daniel W, Robinson, Esq., of Burlington, 
Vt., our worthy president, was read, expressing his great regret 


at his inability to be present at the meeting, and with the feel- 
ing that the best interest of the Association would be advanced 
by the biennial election of the presiding officer, tendered his 
resignation as president of the Association, which was accepted, 
and Hon. David I. Robinson of Gloucester, was nominated and 
unanimously elected to fill the vacancy. 

Mr. Robinson was escorted to the chair. On assuming the 
office he spoke briefly thanking the executive committee for 
the selection of his native city as the place of their meeting, 
and for the large attendance of the members. In the course of 
his remarks he alluded to Manchester-by-the-Sea as being his 
natal city, but Gloucester as the birth and burial place of all 
of his ancestors, the first of whom was Abraham Robinson, one 
of the earliest of the settlers on this side of Massachusetts 
Bay, and the ancestor of all the Robinsons on the Cape. 

The report of the last meeting as pubHshed in "The Rob- 
insons and Their Kin Folk" was accepted. 

Since our last meeting, three deaths have been reported, 
one of them being that of our lamented Vice-President Franklin 
Robinson, Esq., of Portland, Me. The others, Mrs. Mary J. 
Norton, Wood's Hole, Mass., and Miss Amanda Dows, Cazen- 
ovia, N. Y. 

The following resolutions of sympathy were passed, and 
the secretary authorized to send a copy of the same to the fam- 
ily of the deceased: — 

Resolved, that in the death of our liighly respected vice- 
president, Franklin Robinson, Esq., whose interest in the suc- 
cess of our Association was made so apparent, we have sustained 
a serious loss, and it is with feelings of sorrow and sympathy 
for the bereaved widow and children, that we, as a mark of 
respect to his memory, move that a copy of these minutes be 
transmitted to Mrs. Robinson. 

Resolved, that as it becomes our sad duty to record the 
death of our esteemed members, Mrs. Mary J. Norton and Miss 
Amanda Dows, we feel the serious loss that our Association 
sustains, and desire to express our appreciation of the interest 
shown and support given by them in our work, and our sym- 


patliy for the families in the loss they have sustained, by trans- 
mitting to them a copy of this record. 

Letters of regret over their inability to be present at the 
meeting, were read from George R. Wright, Esq., of Wilkes 
Barre, Pa., Mr. C. W. Manwaring, of Hartford, Conn., and Mr- 
George R. Penniman, of Boston, Mass. 

The subject of incorporating the Asi-:ociation under the 
laws of Massachusetts was discussed and left to the executive 
committee and Charles E. Robinson to report at the next 

Mr. George O. Robinson of Detroit, Mich., and Mr. Henry 
P. Robinson of Guilford, Conn., were elected vice-presidents to 
fill the vacanies on the board; also George R. Wright, Esq., of 
Wilkes Barre, Pa., and Charles K. Robinson, Esq., of Brooklyn, 
N. Y., were elected to fill vacancies on the executive committee. 

Mr. George O. Robinson of Detroit, made the suggestion 
that all members of the Association should write out and furn- 
ish to the Historiographer, the ancestral history of their branch 
of the Robinson family as far as they have the record, also that 
they notify him of any subsequent changes that may occur 

A vote was passed not to dispose by sale of any of the 
publications of the Society, but that copies of the same might 
be donated to such libraries and associations as may be thought 
best in the judgment of the secretary. 

A brief notice of the first publication of the Society, " The 
Robinsons and Their Kin Folk," in the July issue of the 
New England Historical and Genealogical Register for 1902, was 
read by 'Charles E. Robinson of New York, in which the Society 
was criticised for attributing to themselves a coat of arms 
without proof of right, a committee of the New England His- 
torical and Genealogical Society thus claiming the authority 
to pass upon the right of any family in America to adopt a 
coat of arms not sanctioned by them. 

This astounding criticism lead Henry S. Ruggles, Esq., of 
Wakefield, Mass., to write an able article entitled, " Coat Armor 
in the American Colonies," which was then read by Mr. Rob- 


inson, at the close of which a vote of thanks was extended to 
Mr. Ruggles for his exhaustive presentation of the subject. 

A brief history of the descendants of George Robinson 
one of the early settlers of Boston, Mass., was read by Dr. 
H. E, Robinson of Maryville, Mo., to whom a vote of thanks 
was passed for his very able paper. 

Owing to the lateness of the hour, papers that were pre- 
pared to be read at the convention by George R. Wright, Esq , 
Wilkes Barre, Pa., Mrs. Martha A. Robinson, Portland, Me., 
Mrs. Ida R. Bronson Nashville, Tenn., and the Rev. Joseph 
H. Robinson, Pelham Manor, N. Y., were omitted and ordered 
to be printed in the next edition of " The Robinsons and Their 
Kin Folk." 

It was voted to hold the next meeting of the Association 
in the summer of 1904, at Plymouth, Mass., the date to be de- 
termined by the executive committee, and notices thereof to 
be sent to each member of the Association by the secretary. 

A vote of thanks were extended to Mr. Fred W. Robinson 
and his able assistant, Mr. John H. Robinson of Boston, and 
the Hon. David I. Robinson and his son, Mr. Will Austin 
Robinson of Gloucester, for their untiring zeal in the ample 
arrangements made for the accommodation and comfort of the 
members of the Association in their present meeting. 

A vote of thanks were extended to Daniel W. Robinson, 
Esq., of Burlington, Vt., George R. Wright, Esq., of Wilkes 
Barre, Pa., and Mr. Charles E. Robinson of Yonkers, N. Y. 
(now Plainfield, N. J.) for their generous donations to the 
Society, also to R. R, Robinson, Esq., of Maiden, Mass., for his 
gift of a set of record books to the Association. 

The registration of the visitors was in charge of Miss 
Emma J. C. Robinson of Gloucester, who faithfully discharged 
her duty. 

Thanks of the Association were extended to Mr. Sawyer, 
proprietor of the Surf side Hotel, for his hospitality. 

A vote of thanks was extended to Miss Adelaide A. Robin- 
son of North Raynham, Mass., for her devotion to the Associa- 
tion for services rendered as secretary. 


The following named, guests of the convention, joined the 
Association: — Mrs. R. A. Cutts, Lynn, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. 
Edson C. Eastman, of Concord, N. H.; Mrs. C. Downer Austin, 
New York City; Mrs. A. B. Fuller, Cambridge, Mass.; Mrs. 
Mary E. R. Porter, C:ifton-Dale, Mass.; Miss Anna B. Robin- 
son, Dorchester, Mass.; Mr. Charles F. Robinson, Somerville, 
Mass.; Mr. Herbert J. Robin=ron, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mr. Henry 
P. Robinson, Guilford, Conn.; Mr. Noah O. Robinson, Somer- 
ville, Mass.; Mr. Nathan W. Robinson, Savin Hill, Mass., and 
Mrs. E. R. Shippee, Pawtucket, R. I. 

A full list of all members who have joined the Association 
since the publication of the list in the edition of " The Robin- 
sons and Their Kin Folk " in 1902, will be found in their proper 
order in this edition of the publication of the Society, includ- 
ing the change in address of all members so far as reported to 

The meeting adjoined sine die at 6 o'clock. Many of the 
party left in special car on the 6.30 P. M. train for Boston. 

Miss Adelaide A. Robinson, Secretary. 
North Raynhan, Afass. , June ist, 1904. 


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For these views in the city of Gloucester we are indebted 
to the kindness of James R. Pringle, Esq., author of the 
"'History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Mass.," who 
lias generously loaned the cuts for this edition of " The Robin- 
sons and Their Kin Folk." 

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The following letter was read by the historian at the 
meeting, as introductory to Mr. Ruggles' paper. 

Wakefield, Mass., July gth, 1902. 
Charles E. Robinson, Esq., Yonkers, N. Y. 

Dear Mr. Robinson: — I was kindl\' asked by you to write and read a 
paper at tlie meeting of the Robinson Association, to be held on the 26tli of 
August, at Gloucester, Mass. I cannot attend that meeting, but having read 
in the July New England Histoj-ical Genealogical Register, the attack upon 
your heraldry article in the first number of the " Robinsons and Their Kin 
Folk," I thought it worth while in view of the denial b}' the official organ of 
that society of the right of the R(jbinsons to bear arms, to prepare the enclosed 
paper on American Colonial Heraldry, which perhaps, you would be willing 
to read or have read by the secretary for me. It sets forth the plain facts as 
to heraldry in this country in early times and the present. Very few people 
understand the truth of this matter, and are imposed upon by self appointed 
heralds, in Somerset St., Boston. 

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society have repeatedly 
attacked the validity of arms shown in family histories presented to their 
library, while omitting all mention of arms printed in other family genealogies 
that come to them in the same way, and even commending the execution of 
armorial plates in some others, and the last named are not by any means 
the families they have included in the Appleton roll. That Society or its 
committee, are clothed with no authority to decide such questions. Their 
opinions are worth just as much as yours or mine — if they are their honest 
opinions; and until the government of our country delegates to some oflScial 
the power to register and confirm arms, there will never be anyone in this 
world with authority to give any binding opinions regarding any American 
Arms — and this Republic is never likely to take that step. 

I think the members of our family at large would like some information 
on the points I have covered. It is not written in a way to indicate any ref- 
erence to the Robinson family, or to the fling made at the family by the 
Society. It is only a general defence of American arms, and an exposure of 
the false stand taken by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society 
in regard to all American heraldry. 

You may not know the committee on heraldry (by some derisively called 
"the committee for the suppression of heraldry ") of the N. E. H. G. S. go 
so far as to place written inserts in some genealogies in their library, setting 
forth their disapproval or repudiation of arms therein, thus depreciating the 
authority of the book in the eyes of readers not well versed in these matters. 
At the same time they utterly refuse to make or permit to be made a change 
of name or date that is discovered to be erroneous, and can be so proven by 


evidence. Consistency does not appear as one of tlieir distinctive qualities. 
I say tliese tilings as to their metliods, on ilie observation of people wlio 
frequent tiieir library. 

It occurs to nie that it would be pro])er not to supply that society with 
any of the printed matter hereafter issued relatino; to the family. They lack 
many family histories, found in all the other libraries, for like reasons. I 
note in the current number of their majrazine, a long list of the genealogies 
they lack, many of which may be fouiiLJ in the Boston Public Library. Evi- 
dently people are finding them out. It is a great pity the society has taken 
this course for it once did good work, and in proper hands might do a great 
work now. 

Sincerely yours, 

H. S. RLr.Gi,KS. 

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By Henry Stoddard Ruggles, Esq. 

ITH all the works on the subject of heraldry upon 
the shelves of our local libraries, there is very little 
to be found that will throw any light upon the 
status of American colonial arms, and most persons 
are densely ignorant of the whole matter. Certain 
nearby societies of a historical or antiquarian 
nature are supposed by many to be qualified to 
speak authoritatively on the c^uestion and are 
sought by the inquirer only to have quoted to him 
by some officer certain rules governing the heralds' College 
of England, and is given the impression that all colonial arms 
must be grants from this source. 

Nothing can be farther from the facts than this theory, 
for the English college never for a single moment since its founda- 
tion had any authority or jurisdiction outside of the boundaries 
of England and Wales. The regulations it has laid down have 
nothing more to do with this country than have those of the 
heraldic offices of Scotland, Ireland, Sweden or Austria, and the 
laws governing the descent and proof of arms in the different 
countries are not alike by any means. Even in Scotland and 
Ireland the officers of arms have made many important regula- 
tions markedly unlike those of England, being wholly indepen- 
dent of the English college and of each other. 

The New England Historic Geneological Society has made 
a peculiar record in the matter of colonial heraldry. Previous 
to 1864 it apparently accepted and printed in its quarterly 
any American arms for which a claim was made l)y any writer. 
The pages of the magazine in the early years contain many 
family arms for which no evidence is offered, and probably for 
which none was ever asked. In 1864 the society took a new and 
radical departure in the following words: 


"The committee on heraldry begs leave to report after 
"several meetings the plan adopted for its future operations. 
"It has seemed best to fix a period arbitrarily to the probable 
"authenticity of coats of arms used in New England and we 
"have settled upon the year 176c as the latest period when the 
"use of arms unsupported by other evidence can he considered 

This was a very extraordinary move to have made and 
certainly no one is bound by their "arbitrary" acts. This plan 
however, seemed to govern the society until 1898 when the fol- 
lowing was substituted as the rule of action: 

"As there is no person and no institution in the United 
"States with authority to regulate the use of the coat of arms 
"your committee discourages their display in any way or form. 
" Prior to the revolution as subjects of a government recognizing 
"heraldry certain of the inhabitants were entitled to bear coats 
"of arms, but only such as were grantees of arms or who could 
"prove descent in the male line from an ancestor to whom arms 
"were granted or confirmed by the heralds. Females did not 
"regularly bear arms, but the daughter of an arms bearing 
"father could use the paternal coat in a lozenge. When she 
"married such arms did not descend to her children (except by 
"special authority) unless she was an heiress marrying an 
"armiger and then only as quarterings of her husband's arms. 
"The mere fact that an individual possessed a painting of a coat 
"of arms, used it upon plate or as a bookplate or seal or had it 
"put upon his gravestone is not proof that he had a right to it. 
"Proof of right must either be found in the heralds' records or be 
"established by authentic pedigree direct from an armiger. A 
"coat of arms did not belong with a family name but only to 
"the particular family bearing the name to whose progenitor it 
"had been granted or confirmed, and it was as purely individual a 
"piece of property as a homestead. Hence it was as ridiculous 
"to assume arms without being able to prove the right as it 
"would now be to make use of a representation of the Washington 
"mansion at Mount Vernon and claim it as having been the 
"original property of one's family, unless bearing the name 
"of Washington and being of the line of those who owned it." 

This is in direct opposition to the stand of 1864, and there- 
fore in adopting the later report the society admitted that for 
fifty years it had been in error in the matter of heraldry. One 


naturally asks what assurances there are that it is not equally 
at fault now. 

In reciting the new regulations we are given to understand 
that they were applicable and of force here in these colonies. 
Such is not the fact. No restrictions or laws of any kind relating 
to arms bearing here ever existed. These rules more nearly 
resemble the position of the English heralds of today than any 
others, but they do not truthfully state the present requirements 
of the English college, and they are very unlike the rules in force 
in England at the time of the colonization of America. The 
settlements here were made at the time of the visitations in 
England, and the later visitations there, were of a subsequent 

That we may understand how the bearing of arms was 
regarded by the heralds of the visitations, the words of one of the 
best known. Sir William Dugdale, Norry king of arms in 1668, 
are quoted: 

"Therefore, it Will be requisite that he do look over his 
"own evidences for some seals of arms, for perhaps it appears in 
"them, and if so and that they have used it from the beginning 
"of Queen Elizabeth's reign, or about that time, I shall allow 
"thereof, for our directions are limiting us so to do, and not for 
"a shorter prescription of usage." 

This makes it sufficiently clear that use in a family for 
about one hundred years gave good title to arms. This was in 
accord with the practice in the visitations in some other coun- 
tries, and such proof is admitted by the heralds in some parts of 
Europe even now. Prescription of usage covering three genera- 
tions will establish one's right to arms today with the Ulster 
king, so liberal are the regulations of the Irish office. 

Although until 1898 the New England Historic Genealogical 
Society did not adopt its present plan, there was a disposition by 
those in control to disparage all American claims some time 
before the society formally took this new stand. In 1891, W. 
S. Appleton printed in the magazine the names of twenty-nine 
families as the sum total of New England's founders entitled by 
evidence satisfactory to him, to bear arms; and this list has been 
used as a final dismissal in many instances of any inquiry there 
as to arms. 

The exact title of this extraordinary roll, as it appears in 
the pamphlet reprint is, — ''Positive Pedigrees and Authorized 


Arms of New Efiglafui," and the second family in the list is that of 
its author. Its preface contains this precious bit of information: 

" It is a fact that the early settlers of New England were not 
"all of the same social rank at home. Some belonged to the 
"gentry and were entitled by birth to use shields with the arms 
"of their families, while many more were simple yeomen with 
"no claim to such distinction." 

This idea that no one of the yeoman class can have any 
valid claim to arms is very industriously nurtured by the 
heraldry people of the New England society, and the admission 
by them of one's right to arms is to be taken also as establishing 
his standing as a gentlemen. While the modern English herald 
fosters the same theory, it is nevertheless utterly untrue. 

Theoretically, the younger son of a gentleman is always a 
gentleman. In practice the younger sons of younger sons are 
generally of the yoemanry or lower yet. The younger son of a 
peer is but a gentlemen, and in a few generations it is not unusual 
to find the descendants of noblemen among the actual peasantry. 
A coat of arms once acquired descends forever to all heirs male 
of the body of its original bearer, and however low by poverty 
one of these may have fallen, his right to the arms of his family 
still holds. It is a commendable spirit that leads the Spanish 
peasant rudely to emblazon upon the stones of the hut he in- 
habits, his armorial bearings. In England, on the contrary, 
poverty and the conditions that go with it, cause many to 
relinquish any claim to their armorial rights, and in time all 
trace may be lost. 

The use of the term "authorized arms" has this exact 
meaning: the herald will certify to a man's right only if he has 
upon record in the office of arms his grant or his lineage from a 
grantee. Arms having such certificate are "authorized." The 
right to arms exists without the record, by virtue of inheritance. 
The herald cannot deny a man's right to arms — he can only 
refuse to certify if fees have not been paid to record the requisite 
pedigree. The majority of arms borne by the recognized gentry 
of England today, have not the sanction of the herald, and the 
absence of a record in the college is evidence of nothing in the 
world but the refusal of one's ancestors to pay fees. The New 
England people would have us believe that a man is not permitted 
to display arms in England unless they are sanctioned by the 
heralds, but the truth on the contrary is, that the heralds have 


not the power to give a man this right. A yearly tax payment 
collected independently of the college and its officers, is the only 
means and the only requirement by which one may there have 
the privilege of placing arms upon his carriage door. 

The enactment of the law making arms bearing dependent 
upon this tax alone, accomplished the purpose of protecting 
claimants whose right through lapse of time was impossible of 
establishment by unbroken pedigree. It was also a rebuke to 
the avarice of the heralds, who sought to deprive such of their 
arms and to coerce people in various other ways to pay tribute. 

Remembering the significance of the term, "authorized 
arms," as employed in heraldry, let us see what Mr. Appleton's 
list of "authorized arms of New England" claims to be. He 
names twenty-nine emigrants to these shores as the authorized 
arms bearers. Unless the names of these individual men are 
entered in the records of the college of arms they were not 
authorized. ' ' Let us take his own family as a test case. He says : 

"Appleton, Samuel of Ipswich, Mass. From Little Walding- 
" field, Suffolk. In visitation of Suffolk. Arms. Argent a fess 
"sable between three apples gules leaved and stalked vert. 
"Evidence: Will of Robert Ryece of Preston, Suffolk, 1637, 
"who married Mary Appleton of Little Waldingfield : 'My 
"loving brother-in-law, Samuel Appleton, now dwelling at 
"Ipswich in New England.' See also Lichford's Note Book as 
"published by American Antiquarian Society." 

Nothing here making Samuel Appleton of New England an 
"authorized" arms bearer. His name is not in the visitation 
records nor upon any pedigree in the heralds' college. Mr. 
Appleton's family have a claim to arms no whit better than a 
thousand other New England families. In some respects not as 
good, for unfortunately for the claim here set up we find no use of 
these arms, he has described, by the emigrant, his sons or his 
grandsons, but we do find an entirely different coat claimed by 
Colonel Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, grandson of the emigrant, 
and this shield may be seen upon his tombstone in that town. 

The value of this roll of arms may be judged by this sample. 
The whole thing bears the appearance of an attempt to place his 
own family in a social plane above the majority of the founders 
of New England, and the preface emphasizes this effort as a 
piece of offensive impertinence. 

The false standards set up in this pretended roll of authorized 


arms in 1891 appear to have dominated the course of the society 
later in making the regulations adopted in 1898. How utterly 
untenable these restrictions are, can be understood when we 
realize that the assumption of a coat of arms was once a right 
enjoyed by everyone — that until king or constituted authority 
supervenes that right continues, and that no such power has 
ever attempted any regulation here. 

The bearing of arms has always been a right of every colonist 
in America and of every American citizen even to this day. It 
is very probable that every colonial family has an inherited 
right to arms, though very few can trace the intervening genera- 
tions back to the founder of his line or the ancient bearer by the 
record. That our ancestors, like their kindred in Europe, in 
some instances used such arms as they had reason to believe 
had been the ensigns of their family, when the actual proof was 
wanting, was natural and in no way reprehensible. The English 
heralds have provided a way for the enrollment of such assump- 
tions among the authorized arms. This is done by a new grant 
(though discreetly called generally a "confirmation") of the very 
arms the family had adopted. To avoid duplication a slight 
change may sometimes be made by the herald, that is unnotice- 
able except to the professional eye, yet sufficient to mark a 
distinction. These officers are so very obliging if one only pays 
their fees. 

In America there has never been a way to have an official 
"confirmation" of arms. In a few cases a grant of arms made 
to an Englishman has carried with it the name of his son in 
America, and there is one case upon record where a man of New 
England origin, but at the time of his application an admiral in 
the British navy, obtained from the college a grant on the 
representation that his family was "by tradition" a branch of 
one of the same name in England. 

So general had been the assumption of arms and the claim 
of right by descent, though no pedigree had been entered with 
the heralds, and so universal the knowledge that the official 
records held only a small part of the arms justly borne, that 
Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster king of arms, issued his " General 
Ar7nory.'"' This was an honest effort to give a register of all arms 
in use at any period in Great Britain and Ireland, and has run 
through many editions and brought upon its author unbounded 
abuse from his brother heralds during his life and after his death. 


It is a work of great value, however the supporters of the college 
in England and their imitators here may regard it, for it has 
preserved the blazonry of thousands of arms that otherwise 
would be lost. 

There are families in England who are able to trace lineage 
to remote generations, who make no attempt to satisfy the 
officers of arms, being quite content in the possession of shields 
that have long been borne by their ancestors. No new grant 
from the college would be accepted by them as a substitute under 
any circumstances. Lineage is not by an}^ means an attribute 
peculiar to the nobility, for Macaulay tells us, "Pedigrees as long 
and escutcheons as old were to be found out of the House of 
Lords as in it. There were new men who bore the highest titles 
and there were untitled men known to be descended from knights 
who broke the Saxon, ranks at Hastings and scaled the walls of 

Among the untitled men that made up the pioneers of New 
England it is possible now to trace in some cases to the like 
period, and our old line American families today have preserved 
the evidences of descent in much more complete lines than have 
the peerage of England. The proofs of arms that were sufficient 
for the visitations, should be accepted here and applied to the 
arms left by our American progenitors, and it should never be 
deemed the province of any historical society to assail the record 
of an American heraldic tombstone. 

Very industriously do the ruling spirits of the New England 
society try to instil this doctrine that arms are property in the 
sense that lands and houses are possessions protected in the law. 
They are imitating the course of the modem English herald who 
seeks in England to place arms upon this footing that he may 
draw revenue from every bearer. His efforts thus far have had 
the result to make it impossible to know now who are by inher- 
itance entitled to bear them in that country. His American 
allies in the New England society have not this motive and we 
can ascribe their position to Anglo-mania solely. Most arms, 
excepting only the late grants, were arms of assumption — the 
fancy of their first bearer transmitted to his descendants. When 
kings or legislatures took these matters under their control, 
confirmation was given to the arms thus created, and in some 
countries voluntary assumption was still permitted, while pro- 
viding means for recording such assumptions and making the 


bearings hereditary. Wherever the governmental power was not 
exercised, arms bearing rested in its original state, wholly at 
the will of the individual. The American colonies were never 
included within such restriction, and the general adoption of 
arms here previous to the revolution was entirely within the 
rights of the people. In Scotland , before the union with Eng- 
land, the legislature passed restrictive measures as to arms, 
and this old law still exists, and the resident families there 
generally comply with it. In no other part of the British Em- 
pire has there ever been any legal obstacle to prevent a man 
from bearing such arms as he chose. 

It is a matter of little real concern, in examining the relics 
of our colonial period, whether this or that coat of arms had come 
down through a series of generations to its then claimant or was 
the original device of the man who bore it. It should be sufficient 
that a man of colonial times claimed and used it, and no other 
credential should ever be asked or wanted. The heraldry of 
America should rest upon the heraldic remains of these colonial 
days, the evidence of tombstone, seal and bookplate, of heir- 
looms — plate, paintings and embroidery — and the evidences 
of every other nature that can now be brought forth to show 
the arms then used. 

To impeach, as do our critics, the claims of Benjamin 
Franklin and many more of the leading spirits of the revolution, 
the very founders of this nation, is almost sacrilegious; and the 
efforts of these same men to place the bearings of Washington 
upon a different and firmer basis are ridiculous and amusing. 
By the rules of the college of arms the coat that the father of our 
country proudly displayed upon his carriage was "without 
authority," yet no true American would for a moment ask to 
know more than that he bore it. 

Of the arms in use in the United States at the present time, 
very many are recent productions. In this land, where the peo- 
ple are the sovereign we may freely admit the right of every 
man to assume and display such devices ; but the antiquary will 
feel interest only in those arms that have the stamp of time and 
were borne by the forefathers. No systematic attempt has ever 
been made to collect or compile a record of such, and the cause 
of colonial heraldry is in sad need of some published roll of arms 
bearers. As the time passes on the possibility of an approach 


to completeness grows steadily less, and the wonder is that the 
work has not before this been done. 


Since the above paper was read at the meeting of the Association in 
ic;o2, I have learned that many English antiquaries have of late taken 
very similar ground on this question to that advocated by me. Among them, 
E. Marion Chadwick, Esq., an eminent lawyer, as well as an accomplished 
writer on archaeology and armory, has declared: " That it is only a sovereign 
power which can grant arms, I flatly deny. It has been the practice of 
persons and families, not to speak of tribes and nations in all countries, 
and in all ages, to use symbols for the purposes of identification, historical 
record, marks of ownership, and in various other ways, and this is the 
simple and universal form of heraldry. It is simply nonsense to say that the 
whole system of the use of symbols, must be changed in its nature or pur- 
pose, or in any other way by the mere fact of placing the symbol or combina- 
tion of svmbols on a shield." 

H. S. R. 

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By Hamline Elijah Robinson, of Maryville, Missouri. 

THE first notice of record which I have been able to 
find of this ancestor of a now widely spread family, 
is from Suffolk Deeds, Book i, page 283, where it 
is stated that on July 17, 1656, he witnessed a 
deed given by Joshua Hues and Henry Fowler to 
Thomas Savage. 

On Oct. 3, 1657, George Robinson was mar- 
ried to Mary Bushnell, by Governor John Endecott. 
She was born in England in 1634, and was daugh- 
ter of Francis Bushnell, a carpenter, who came to America in 
April, 1635, with his wife Martha and child Mary. He first 
settled in Boston, but soon removed to the Winthrop farm at 
Ten Hills. He was admitted freeman at Salem, and died 
March 28, 1636. The widow, Martha, returned to Boston, 
where on Feb. 3, 1638, she was admitted to the church by 
Mr. John Cotton, who on the 17th of the same month bap- 
tised Mary. 

. To George and Mary (Bushnell) Robinson were given three 
children, of record, 

George^, born j\Iarch 30, 1658. 

John, born ' '' ' '- 1661. 

Martha, born March 31, 1665. 

In SufTolk Deeds, Book 3, page 366, is recorded an execu- 
tion against John Horsam, master of the ship Samson, in favor 
of George Robinson, mate, for "thirteene pounds, fower shill- 
ings, and fower pence, for wages due." 

George Robinson is witness to an endorsement on a deed 
dated January 16, 1678, given by Sarah Jameson to William 
Gard, recorded in Suffolk Deeds, Book 11, page 217. 



His Signature. 



The great fire of November 27, 1676, in Boston, seems to 
have stirred the authorities towards measures of prevention of 
such losses, and a fire engine was ordered from England. In 
the town records under date of Jan. 28, 1678-9, we find the fol- 
lowing entry: 

" In case of Fire in y*^ towne where there is occation to 
make vse of y** Engine lately come from England, Thomas 
Akins, Carpenter is desired & doth ingage to take care of the 
Manageing of the s'^ Engine in y*' worke intended & secure it 
y*' best he can from damage & hath made choyce of y*^ severall 
psons followinge to be his Assistants which are aproved of 
and are promised to be paid for their paines about the worke. 
The persons are Obediah Gill, John Raynsford, John Barnard, 
Thomas Elbridge, Arth"" Smith, John Mills, Caleb Rawlins, 
John Wakefield, Sam" Greenwood, Edward Martin*", Thomas 
Barnard, George Robinson." 

This was the first paid fire department of Boston and 
George Robinson was one of the first members. 

On April 25, 1681, George^ Robinson was chosen one of 
the tithing men for Major Thomas Clarke's Company in Boston. 
His name is found in various tax lists, etc., of Boston, and he 
seems to have been a man of some substance. 

Mary Bushnell Robinson died before 1698, for on April 7tli 
of that year George Robinson and Sarah Maverick were mar- 
ried by Mr. Cotton Mather. He appears not to have lived 
many years after his second marriage, for we find the following 
entry in the Boston Town records : 

"Sarah Robinson, widd" , her Petition for license to Sell 
Strong drink by retayle both within doors & without dissap- 
proved by the Selectman July 17th, — and since by y'" approved 
July 12th, 1702." 

George- Robinson, born March 30, 1658, joined the second 
church in Boston in 1680. He was married about tliat time to 
Elizabeth , whose maiden name is as yet undiscov- 
ered. To them were given eight children, as follows: 

George^, born December 28, 1680. 

John, born June 19, 1684. 

Martha, born August 8, 1687, died young. 

Nathaniel, born June 22, 1689. 

Nathaniel, born February 7, 1690. 

Robert, born January 23, 1692. 


Sarah, born February 5, 1693. 

Martha, bom January 7, 1695. 

In 1694, George- Robinson joined the Ancient and Honor- 
able Artillery Company, and in 1697 he was chosen third Ser- 
geant. He was earlier a member of Major John Richard's 
Company, of which he was chosen tithing man, May 5, 1686. 
On March 11, 1694-5 he was elected one the Constables of 
Boston, and on March 14, 1714-15 he was elected one of the 
tithing men. 

1 71 5. GEORGE*. 

Ehzabeth Robinson died July 7, 1697. George Robinson 
and Deborah Burrill were married November 30, 17 10, Rev. 
Cotton Mather performing the ceremony. About this time he 
removed to Dedhani, where he had acquired land some time 
previous, for we find him listed on No. i, Country rate, in 
June, 1691. There he died in August, 1726, and among the 
articles named in his inventory is "Armour, 16 s.," evidently a 
relic of his soldiering days. 

George^ Robinson, born December 28, 1680, settled in 
Dedham. He married at Sherborn, January 17, 1707, Mary 
Learned, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Bigelow) Learned. Isaac 
Learned was one of the wounded in the Great Swamp Fight of 
December 19, 1675, and John Bigelow, father of Sarah, was a 
soldier in both the Pequot and King Phillip's Wars. He was 
also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Com- 
pany, which he joined in 1710. 

George^ and Mary (Learned) Robinson had seven children, 
the first six recorded at Needham and the last at Dudley, Mass. 
They were: 

Mary, born August 13, 1708, married Joseph Wakefield and 
had six children. 

Sarah, born September 20, 17 11, married John Thompson 
and had one son, 

Eliakim, born September 12, 1714, died in infancy. 

EUakim, bom July 2, 1716, died January 17, 1734. 

Paul, born July 2, 17 17. 


Silas, born Nov, 19, 1721, married Susannah Moore and had 
sixteen children. Their descendants are many at Oxford, Mass., 
Hartwick, N. Y., and in the West. 

Samuel, born June 19, 1726, married his cousin Hannah 
Learned of Oxford, Mass. Their descendants are found in 
Worcester County, and elsewhere. 

In 1 719 George^ Robinson bought 500 acres of land in 
Oxford, Mass., of Col. William Dudley of Roxbury, moving to 
his new home in 1723. That year he bought 225 acres more, 
which lay just across the line in Connecticut. At the first town 
meeting held in Dudley after its incorporation in 1732, George 
Robinson was elected one of the Selectmen, and again in 1740 
and 1 741. He built the first mill in Dudley. He gave his 
children farms as they came of age, and seems to have been a 
thrifty citizen. Mary (Learned) Robinson died June 30, 1750, 
and George^ Robinson died April 13, 1752. 

Taking up the line of my own immediate descent, Paul^ 
Robin on, born July 2, 17 17, grew to manhood in Dudley. He 
bought a tract of land there when he was but 18 years old, 
and after becoming of age his father gave him another farm. 
In 1740, he was elected one of the Constables of Dudley and 
afterwards served on many important town committees. In 
1758 he was Captain of the Dudley Militia. Late in life he 
moved across the line into what is now Thompson, Conn., where 
he died. 



Paul'* Robinson was married ist, in May, 1737, to Mary 
Jones, daughter of Col. Jones of Hopkinton, Mass., by whom 
he had six children, nearly all of whom died young. Mary 
(Jones) Robinson died March 8, 1748, and in 1749 Paul* Rob- 
inson married 2nd, Hannah Trumbull, daughter of Joseph and 
Abia (Gale) Trumbull of Framingham, Oxford and Leicester, 
Mass. On both sides Hannah Trumbull was descended from 
men who did valiant service in the Pequot and King Phillip's 
Wars, and in the 1690 expedition to Canada. 








The children of Capt. Paul and Hannah (Trumbull) Rob- 
inson were : 

Elijah, born July 25, 1750. 

Aaron, born January 27, 1753, served in the Revolution, 
and has descendants living in Thompson, Conn., Springfield, 
Mass., and elsewhere. 

Mary, born December 19, 1754, married a Mr. Jewell. 

Moses, born May 3, 1757. 

John, born May 15, 1759. 

Mehitable, born September 25, 1761, married a Mr. Shaw. 

Phoebe, born June 6, 1764, unmarried. 

These children were all alive August 15, 1798, when their 
mother made a will in which she names each of them. 

About 1765 Paul* Robinson and family moved to Thomp- 
son (then Killingly), Conn., to the farm left him by his father, 
and there he died, his wife Hannah surviving him and dying 
in 1798. 

Elijah 5 Robinson the oldest child of Capt, Paul and Han- 
nah (Trumbull) Robinson, born in Dudley, Mass., July 25, 
1750, grew to manhood on a farm in Killingly, Conn. In April, 
1775, he marched out at the Lexington Alarm in the Company 
of Capt. Joseph Elhott from Killingly. On May 8, 1775, he 
again enlisted in Capt. Elliott's Company (8th) of Col. Israel 
Putnam's Regiment (3rd) and served during the siege of Bos- 
ton, and was engaged at the battle of Bunker Hill, In 1780, 
Elijah^ Robinson was married to Mary Dike of Thompson, two 
of whose brothers served with him in Putnam's Regiment, one 
of them dying in the service. She was descended from Anthony 
Dike, who came over in the Ann in 1623, and who was lost dur- 
ing the great storm of December 15, 1638, while in command 
of a trading vessel. Elijah^ Robinson and family moved to 
Windham County, Vermont, in 1800, and settled on a hill farm 
in Townshend, and he and wife are buried in the old cemetery 
of that town. Two of his children remained near their par- 
ents, the other four settling in Jamaica, about 12 miles to the 
westward. Mary (Dike) Robinson died February 22, 1822, aged 
71 years, and Elijah^ Robinson died August 6, 1826, aged 76 




Their old farm is now deserted. Their children were: 

James^ married, settled in Jamaica, Vt., had six children 
whose descendants are mostly in the West. 

John, born January 24, 1782. 

Amaziah, born 1785, remained a bachelor, died Feb. 12, 
1852, aged 67 years, and is buried by the side of his parents. 

Rachel, born March, 17S7, married Benjamin Tourtellot of 
the Rhode Island family of that name. He died October 3, 
1848, aged 61 years and 5 months, and she died September 11, 
1858, aged 71 years and 6 months. Their descendants are liv- 
ing in Grafton, Vt., and the West. 

Hiram, raised a family which still lives in Jamaica, Vt. 

Reuben died in Savannah, Ga., a young man. 

John^ Robinson grew up on a farm in Thompson, Conn. 
He then went to work for William Gray, the merchant prince 
of Boston, and on Oct. loth, 1804, he was married at Dorches- 
ter, Mass., to Hannah Patch, daughter of John and Lucy 
(Safford) Patch of Ipswich, where John was member of the 
Committee of Correspondence and Safety in 1775. Hannah was 
baptised by Rev. Manasseh Cutler, the father of the Ordinance 
of 1787, which made the Northwest free territory. Soon after 
their marriage, John and Hannah (Patch) Robinson, moved to 
Vermont, and settled on West Hill in Jamaica, battling with 
the bleak and stony place of their adoption. The view of this 
home is given elsewhere, taken in 1902, from the hillside look- 
ing westward. On the left of the picture, in front of the house, 
is seen Stratton Mountain, one of the highest peaks in Ver- 
mont. The old apple tree, from a picture taken at the same 
time, was planted when the farm was first settled, and is now 
healthy and vigorous and still bearing. It measures over 9 feet 
in circumference 3 feet above the ground. Hannah was a 
most saintly woman, one of the early Methodists of New Eng- 
land. She died in Jamaica, July 12, 1855, and John^ Robinson 
died there August 15, T865. The scene of their strenuous 
labors is now a deserted farm. Their children were: 

Lucy, born June 18, 1805, married in 1829 Dexter Hay- 
ward, who was born in Jamaica, June 11, 1805. They raised a 
family of six children, all of whom are still living in Winhall, 
and Londonderry, Vermont. He died April 28, and she Novem- 
ber 22, 1874. 

Patty, born June 4, 1807, married Lewis Williams and had 


five children, whose descendants are living in California, Massa- 
chusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. She died in 1859. 

Rachel, bom January 12, died August 23, 1809. 

Hannah, born March 4, 1810, married WiUi am Conkey of 
Worcester, Mass., and died there February 21, 1873, leaving 
one son William, 

Mary Ann, born November 3, 181 1, married Ephraim 
Glazier and had six children. The family moved to Illinois 
in 1855, and there she died July 21, i860. The children live in 

John Patch, born June 27, 1814, spent his life as a farmer 
in his native town, dying there in September, 1898. In April, 
1838, he married Mary Cheney Brown, widow of Orrin Brown, 
and had a family of five children who live at Jamaica, Vermont, 
and Leicester, Mass. Their oldest son was killed during the 
war of the Rebellion, and another son served his country, 
returning home at the close of that war. 

Elijah, born August 21, 1817. 

Elijah^ Robinson, born in Jamaica, Vermont, August 21, 
1817, grew to manhood on his father's farm. He then studied 
for the ministry, entering the Methodist Episcopal Conference 
in June, 1843. O" June 10, 1844, he was married at Newfane, 
Vermont, to Ellen Brown, who was born January 26, 1826, 
in Jamaica, Vermont, the daughter of Orrin and Mary Read 
(Chenev) Brown. Her grandfather and great-grandfather 
Brown, and grandfather Cheney and great-grandfather Read, 
all served their country during the Revolution. After filling 
appointments in Vermont until 1855, in that year Rev. Elijah^ 
Robinson moved West, settUng in Wisconsin. He joined the 
Wisconsin Methodist Episcopal Conference, filling several 
appointments in that State, but in the Fall of i860 continued 
ill-health forced him to retire from active work. Both he and 
his wife were of most eminent Christian character, leaving a 
holy memory to their children. Ellen (Brown) Robinson died 
May 24, 1881, and Elijah' Robinson died March 10, 1887, both 
at Evansville, Wisconsin. Their children were: 

Hamline Elijah*, born April 22, 1845, ^^ Brattleboro, Ver- 
mont. Was prepared to enter college in the Sophomore year, 
but enlisted in Company F, i6th Regt. Wisconsin Infantry, and 
served until the close of the war. He settled in Maiyville, 
Missouri, where he married, December 25, 1871, Florence 


Annetta Donaldson, born in Sclioharie County, New York, 
whose grandfather and great-grandfather both served in the 
Revolution. They have three children. He has been editor 
of the Maryville Republican for over thirty years. 

Ellen Hannah, born at Irasburg, Vermont, July 30, 1850, 
died at E . ansville, Wisconsin, October 3, 1864. 

Theodore Pierson, born at Irasburg, Vermont, June 3, 1852, 
studied Art in France and became a noted impressionist painter. 
While at the height of reputation as such in New York City, 
where he had established his studio, he died April 2, 1896, having 
been a life long sufferer from asthma. 

Jolm Cheney, born December 2, 1859, at Whitewater, Wis- 
consin, married May Emery, December 25, 1880, and has three 
children. He is a successful farmer and stock raiser at Evans- 
ville, Wisconsin. 

Grant, born January 10, died February 27, 1864, at Evans- 
ville. Wis. 

Mary, born January 25, died February i, 1865, at Evans- 
ville. Wis. 

I have endeavored to present to your approval, within the 
limits proper for such an occasion, an epitome of the line of 
Robinsons to which I am proud to belong. I trust you will not 
deem it unseemly when I call your attention to the fact that 
every family to which I have referred, and all of the ancestry 
which time has compelled me to pass unnoticed, was in New 
England, prior to 1650. It is pardonable in this city, the 
scene of the first settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 
to refer with pride to such unmixed Yankee descent. And I 
may further state in closing, that I am directly descended, on 
my father's side, from Thomas Gardner, the first Overseer of 
the Cape Ann Plantation, which was within sight of our present 




WE are the descendants of a branch of the faniih- of 
George^ Robinson, an original proprietor and first 
settler in the part of Rehoboth, Mass., now called 
Attleboro. This town suffered severely in King 
Phillip's War, and George Robinson contributed 
/^4— I2S. toward tlie expense of carr\-ing it on, and 
also served in Major Bradford's command in his 
campaign against the sachem. As the block houses, 
built for defense, were the only ones left standing in 
the town, we have reason to think our ancestor not only gave 
time and money but lost his home in that trying period. 

His son George- had, among other children, a son, Nathan- 
iel'', who in turn had a son, George*, who was born in Attleboro, 
and was the father of a patriarchal famil}' of eighteen boys and 
girls, whom he is said to have governed well. The Christian 
principles which guided his life were accepted by him at the 
earl}- age of 20. He was active in his church relations and not 
less interested in the welfare of his country. He .'■erved as 
second lieutenant on the "Lexington Alarm" and later in the 
defence of Boston and Rhode Island. The quaint record tells us 
" he never had anything to do in the law ; had few or no ene- 
mies, and departed this life in peace, August 19, 1812, at the 
place of his nativit}'," aged eighty-six. His second wife and 
widow removed with her children to Maine, but their history 
does not come within the scope of this paper. 

George* Robinson's first wife was Abigail Everett, a descend- 
ant of Richard Everett, the emigrant, and an original proprietor 
of Dedham. This couple numbered among their ancestors, be- 
sides those given, Gov. Thos. ISIayhew and John Daggett of 
Martha's Vineyard, Dea. John Guild of Dedham, John Johnson 
and Robert Pepper of Roxburj', and John Fuller, Thomas 


Emerson and Daniel Ring of Ipswich, with wives as staunch and 
true as themselves. 

Of the seven children of George* and Abigail (Everett) 
Robinson four died in infanc}', and their youngest child, Davidf 
our ancestor, when onl}' a little over a year old was motherless. 
In 1780 he enlisted in the War of the Revolution and served 
thirteen months. In a descriptive record of his Company his 
height is given as " five feet five inches, age nineteen, and com- 
plection light." 

When about twenty-two he married Anna Whitaker, but 
whether in Massachusetts or after his removal to New Hamp- 
shire we have not ascertained. The father of the writer is sure 
his father, who was David's-''oldest son, was born in Cornish, N.H. 
David^gave his mother's maiden name to his oldest son Everett*'. 
The name has been kept up in each generation, and the youngest 
member of this branch of the family has just had the name 
bestowed upon her. 

David -^ and Anna (Whitaker) Robinson had nine children, 
five sons and four daughters, all of whom lived, reared families, 
and died in and near the town of Cornish, N. H. 

David had a daughter, Cynthia, whose name has betn 
handed down in connection with an incident worthy of record 
here. The writer would remark in passing that every Robinson 
she has .seen or heard of has a keen sense of humor. 

A church or family quarrel had shaken the town of Cornish 
from center to circumference when a good minister took the 
matter up, called all the parties to a conference and so vigorously 
exhorted them on the enormity of their sin that they repented, 
said they would be good and shook hands all around. Before 
they could separate, however, a busybody present managed to 
mar the perfect harmony, and it came to pass that as they filed 
out shaking hands with the good parson, when it came Cynthia's 
turn and he thanked her for being so forgiving, etc., .she re- 
marked : "Yes; but forgivin' aint forgettin' ; and the woman 
behind her added before the parson could catch his breath : ' 'An' 
my memory is just as good as Cynthia's !" The expression has 
become a proverb in the famil}^ 

But that was a digression. We must go back to the oldest 
son of David\ Everett'^ by name, who married, April 17, 1S05, 
Julia Williams, whose father, William Williams, served his 
country in the War of the Revolution, both on land and on sea. 


Through her mother, Susanna Pond, she was descended from 
Daniel Pond, Jonathan Fairbanks, Michael Metcalf, and other 
emigrants and first settlers of Dedham, Mass. 

This couple had eight children, all born in Cornish, N. H., 
and it is of this family the writer has unexpectedly become the 
historian. The father, Everett", followed the traditions of the 
family, and in the w^ar of 1812-14 went with the New Hampshire 
troop-s to the defence of Buffalo. 

His oldest son, Williams'' Dean, married Zilpha Clement of 
Plainfield in 1830, and died in Lowell, Mass., in 1854, leaving 
seven children and a widow who survived him nearl}' fift}- years. 
Williams' Dean's two oldest children, Zilpha'' and George^, have 
never left New England. Orrin- Williams, the third son, at 
eighteen, went with his uncle, familiarly called "S.S.", to 
Northern Michigan. The " Soo " Canal was not built and the 
only boats on Lake Superior were three small steamers which 
had been hauled overland past the " Soo " Rapids. On one of 
these the part}' embarked ; in one harbor the}' spent three da^'s 
on a rock, but at last reached the little town where thej' were to 
land. From there they went in canoes, paddled by Indians, 
several miles into the interior to the tracts of land where copper 
was said to be abiindant. They found rough log houses made 
ready for them b}' " S. S." Robinson, who had wintered there. 
The ladies of the party did not see a white woman from their 
arrival in May until the winter snows made travelling to other 
mines possible. Indians were daily visitors and we cherish a set 
of silver spoons which the quick wit of the housewife prevented 
an Indian brave from carrying off. Those were pioneer days ! 
For weeks they were shut away from the rest of the world. The 
dog train mail which came in the early winter told of the panic 
of 1853-4, and with the Spring the mines were abandoned. Mr. 
Orrin Robinson left his uncle and went overland from the Lake 
Superior country to Iowa. An account of his adventures on 
that journe}' would fill a book, and it would be good reading. 
One morning he wakened in a cabin he had reached late the 
night before, to find the family, which included young ladies, at 
breakfast almost at his bedside. In a frantic attempt to get up 
unnoticed he fell into the half cellar beneath and was rescued 
under most embarrassing circumstances. A few years in Iowa 
sufficed and he returned to Michigan where he has been active 
in business and politics, having served his adopted State in its 


Legislature and twice as Lieutenant-Governor. He has only one 
son and one daughter liv-ing. 

Williams'^ Dean'ssons, Oscar**, David and Orcemus** Blodgett, 
the da}^ they graduated from Kimball Union Acadeni}- at Meri- 
den, N. H., in 1861, enlisted for " four years or for the war," 
and went through their tertn of service almost without a scratch. 
One came out a Captain and the other a Lieutenant. Captain 
Oscar D. then went to Dartmouth, graduated, and for about 


thirty years has been the honored Principal of the High vSchool 
at Albany, N. Y. Lieut. Orcemus B. has three children and one 
or two grandchildren, and has had his home in Northern Michi- 
gan for many years. 

During the war one of the daughters of Williams'' Dean was 
a pupil-teacher in a Woman's College in Winchester, Tenn., and 
received from it an academic degree. Her new calico dress on 
graduation day was the envy of the entire class to whom the 
fortunes of war had brought only misfortune. 

Everetts" third son, Horace'' Everett, was a sailor and a 
wanderer. At the time of his death he was a gunner in the 





United vStates service, and he is buried on Whampoa Island in 
the China Sea. 

Jesse'' Larned, was Everett's^ fotirth son. He married 
Clementine Pease and had nine children, onh- three of whom 
survive. He lived and died in Lowell, proud to have served his 
country in the Civil War. One of his sons, after a life of adv^en- 
ture, was lost on his way to Alaska. A son lives in Lowell and has 
a family. One daughter is in Chicago, and one in Rhode Island. 

Everett's" two daughters died young and only one married. 
His seventh child, Leonard", grew up in Cornish, X. H.; learned 
a stone-mason's trade, and for a time lived in Lowell. A desire 
for adventure led him to make a voyage to California in '49 or 
perhaps earlier. His ^oung sons told their still younger cousins 
that their father had seen cannibals at their feasts : and with 
pride and awe showed a strange club taken from the savages as 
a proof of their warlike tendencies. In 1854 or 1855 Leonard 
went to Minnesota with his family. In 1859 he wrote " Pike's 
Peak or Bust " on a "prairie schooner" and joined the other 
gold seekers who returned disappointed. Later he spent some 
3'ears in California again, but returned to Sauk Rapids, Alinn. 
When quite advanced in life he went to Tampa, Fla., and was 
one of the yellow fever victims of 1887. Two of his sons live in 
Minnesota and one in Kansas ; his onh- daughter, now a widow, 
lives in Chicago, 111. 

The Noungest of Everett's" children, Samuel' Stillman, the 
" S. S " previously mentioned, hardly remembers his mother, who 
died when he was two and a half 3-ears old. He was brought up 
on a farm in Cornish, N. H., and at twenty-one was six feet two 
in his stockings and of proportionate weight. He learned the 
stone-cutter's trade and was a foreman of such work on the 
Vermont Central R.R. when it was being built. From the earh' 
50's until within a few years he has been the successful manager 
of large raining properties in Michigan, Nevada, Colorado, and 
New Mexico. He is a practical geologist, and though now 
seventy-eight, within two years has made a winter trip to Mon- 
tana to examine some mines. 

For some years he has made his home on a farm near 
Detroit ; and he has expressed the opinion that farming is the 
most dangerous occupation a man can engage in. He has three 
daughters, two sons and thirteen grandchildren, but only two 
grandsons to hand down the name. 




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:IKI) JUNK 13, 1904, PONTIAC, MICH. 


I have omitted nearly all of the dates, for they add to the 
dullness of an after-dinner paper ; and are they not all to be 
found in the Robinson Genealogy which our kinsman is com- 
piling ? 

We are interested in all who bear the name of Robinson, 
and wish the Robinson Association a long life and much pros- 

With great regret that I cannot look into your faces at this 
time, I am, 

Sincerely your kinswoman, 

Ida^ Robinson Bronson. 
Chicago, III. (Mrs. Edward P. Bronson.) 

^ ^ ^ 



By Mrs. Martha A. Robinson, Portland, Me. 

OHN ROBINSON was a descendant of Abraham 
Robinson, who came to America in 1630, it is 
supposed, in the ship ''Lyon."' Where he first 
located there is no known record, but there is a 
record of his death on February 23, 1645, at 

Abraham had a son who bore his father's name, 
born about 1644, and who died about 1740. He 
was married in Gloucester, Mass., on the 7th of 
July, 1668. He married Mary Harrenden, who died in Gloucester, 
September 28, 1725. They had twelve children: Mary^, who 
married John Elwell ; Sarah^, who married John Putnam ; Eliza- 
beth'', who married Timothy Somes for her first husband, and 
John Brown for her second husband; Abigail^, who married 
Joseph York ; Abraham^, who married Sarah York for his 
first wife, and Anna Harney, for his second; Andrew^ who 
married Rebecca Ingersoll ; Stephen'^ who married Sarah Smith 
for his first wife, and Edith Ingersoll for his second ; Ann^ who 
married Samuel Davis; Dorcas'' , who married Jonathan Stanwood; 
Hannah •'' , who died single, and Jane^ , who married John Williams. 
Abraham'* Robinson, the fourth child, was born in Glouces- 
ter, Mass., on the 15th of October, 1677, and died there on the 
28th of December, 1724. His first wife was Sarah York, and 
second, Anna Harney. Their eleven children were: Abraham^ 
who married Lydia Day; Isaac*, who died in infancy; Samuel*, 
who married Elizabeth Littlefield; Sarah*, who married John 
Sawder; Andrew*, who married Martha Gardiner; Mary*, who 
died single; John*, who married Mehitable Woodbury; Jona- 
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John* Robinson, the seventh child, married Mehitable Wood- 
burj^ on the 9th of F'ebruarx', 1738. She was the daughter of 
Joshua Woodbury, who was bom in Beverly, INIass. , in the jear 

It is recorded that this Joshua ' ' was the third generation of 
\A"oodbur3's in America, and settled in Falmouth (now Cape 
Elizabeth, Me.) in 1727, on land situated on the northeast side 
of Simontons" Cove (so called), which juts out from the shore to 
the Cottage Road, taking in the square from Peeble Street. He 
followed the business of tanning and currying leather, accumulat- 
ing a handsome property by his good management and industry." 

Seventeen years after his marriage, it appears from a deed, 
(a reduced photographic copy of which is here inserted) that 
John* Robinson sold his house and land in Falmouth, to Joshua 
and Peter Woodbury- on the 28th day of Februan', 1755. 

Of the children of John* and Mehitable Robinson, the writer 
has been able to find only a record of three sons, namel}^ Joshua-^ 
called Captain Joshua, SamueP and Ebenezer^, Vv^ho were sea- 

Captain Joshua^ Robinson, was born on the 9th of IMarch, 

1756, and died on the ist of December, 1821. He married Hannah 
Stone, who was born on the 2nd of May, 1765, and died on the 
22nd of July, 1 841. The}- had twelve children: Jenn}-^, John*', 
Joshua®, Hannah*', who died, Hannah", Andrew®, Mary", 
Stephenira", Betsey", Mehitable", George" and Martha". 

Of these children, Jenny", married Robert Barbour; Mar^^", 
married John Newcomb, and Betsey", married Noah Edgecomb. 

There are six grandchildren of Captain Joshua^ and Hannah 
Robinson living, viz.: George', Caroline*, and Albert" Staples; 
Mrs. IVIary Robinson Fuller; Mr. Russell Barbour, and Mrs. 
George Milliken. There are ten great-grandchildren, and thir- 
teen great-great-grandchildren. 

Captain Joshua^ Robinson, sened in the Revolutionary' War 
as a private, enlisting on the 12th of Ma\% 1774, in Captain 
Bradish's Company, Col. Phinney's Regiment. 

Captain Ebenezer^ Robinson, married Mary White on the 
i6th of January-, 1764. A daughter of Ebenezer and Mary 
(White) Robinson, Mary", who married Jesse Willard, died Sept. 
18, 1854. A daughter of this Jesse and Mar\- Robinson Willard. 
who was named Mary'', married Mr. Woodbury. 

Captain Ebenezer^ Robinson built about 1760, on the main 



Street of Cape Elizabeth, at the head of Simonton's Cove, a 
dwelling house which stood until 1851, when it was taken down 
and rebuilt on another location. On the foundations of the old 
house Captain Caleb Willard, now in his eighty-first jear, a 
grandson of Captain Ebenezer^ Robinson, has erected a spacious 
mansion which is occupied by himself and family. 

Mr. B. F. Woodbury of Willard, Me., and Mrs. James E. 
McDowell of Portland, Me., are children of Mrs. Mary' Robin.son 

CAPT. ebf.nezp:k' rokinson's house, i'.l'h.t abol'u 1760. 

(Willard) Woodbury, and I am told that there are living in Cum- 
berland, Me., eight in the fourth generation, and twenty-seven in 
the fifth generation, and at least fifty in the sixth generation of 
the descendants of Ebenezer and Mary (White) Robinson. 

Samuel^ Robinson, son of John* and Mehitable Robinson, 
was born in Cape Elizabeth, Me., in 1758. He married on the 
17th of Sept., 1 78 1, Elizabeth Emery, a daughter of John Emery, 
who settled in Cape Elizabeth on the " Point." They had eight 
children: (i) Betsey", born Nov. 2, 1782, and who died Feb. 22, 



1786; (2) SamueP, who married Harriet Ilsley, and ha\-e seven 
children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren now 
living; (3) Ebenezer®, who married for his first wife Hannah 
Noyes, and second, Betsey E. Peabody, had six children, not 
one descendant now living; (4) John P^mery®, who married 

CAI'T. SAMUEL" R( )H].\S(1N'. 

Sarah H. Hamon, had nine children, one .son living, Mr. 
Albion" K. P. Robin.son, and eleven grandchildren and nine 
greatgrandchildren; (5) Betsey", who married Thomas Capen, 
and had one daughter; (6) Harriet", who married Thomas Capen 
as his .second wife and had five children, one grand.son living; 
(7) Woodbury", who married A. Tolford, and had three 


sons, two are now living, the third son FrankHn'' Robinson, the 
Vice-President of the Robinson Association and husband of the 
writer, died on the 14th of August, 1902. There are six grand- 
children and three great-grandchildren living;* (8) William Dodge, 
who married Jannett Mclvcllen Warren ; they had six children, 
four of whom are now living, and eight grandchildren and eleven 

Samuel^ Robinson, son of John and Mehitable Robinson, was 
a sea captain. Shortly before starting on his voj^age, he 
purchased a new^ house on the corner of Congress and VVilmot 
Streets, Portland, Me., which he intended to occupy on his 
return, and retire from his sea-faring life. His family, wishing 
to give him a surprise, moved into the house and awaited his 
arrival. He came into the port of Boston, when, after a little 
delay, he set sail for Portland. Somewhere on his course, his 
ship and all on board were lost. Nothing was ever known 
regarding the catastrophe. 

Mr. Robinson served in the same company and regiment with 
his father in the Revolutionary War. He was a musician, and 
was promoted to the office of Drum-Major. His wife survived 
him for thirty-three years. As a pensioner of tlie war, she 
received a land grant in Eastern Maine, and a stipend of $108.00 
per annum. + 

* Since tlie writing of this paper one of the grandchildren of Captain 
Woodburv Robinson, Arthur H. Robinson, son of Charles Woodbury Robin- 
son has died. He enlisted in Liverpool, Eng., and served two years in the 
Boer War. He decided to remain in that country, but recently passed away 
from a stroke of apoplexy. 

f Bureau of Pensions. Washtngton, D. C, 
March 18, 1903. 
To Mrs. Franklin Robinson, No. 203 Cumberland St., Portland, Me. 

Madam: — In reply to your request for a statement of the military history 
of Samuel Robinson, a soldier of the Re\olutionary War, you will find below 
the desired information as contained in his widow's application for pension 
on file in this Bureau. January i, 1777, date of enlistment. Length of service 
three years. Rank, Drum-Major. Under Capt. Clark, Col. Tupper's Regi- 
ment, State of Massachusetts. Battles engaged in: Bennington, -Saratoga and 
Monmouth. Residence of soldier at enlistment. Cape Elizabeth, Me. Date 
cf application for pension, bv the widow, August 10, 1838. Resilience at date 
of application of widow, Portland, Me. Her age at date of application, 
seventy-four years. Remarks: He married Elizabeth Emery, September 
17, 1781, and died at sea in August, 1806, while on a voyage in the brig 
'■'Polly" from Portland to Charleston, S. C. Said Elizabeth was pensioned 
as his widow. 

Very respectfully, 


Acting Commissioner. 


John* Robinson, who married Mehitable Woodbury of Cape 
EHzabeth, Me., on the 9th of February, 1738, was lx)rn Dec. 31, 
1 7 14. At the age of twenty-one he was chosen by the town, in 
1733, and for the following six years to the office of Highway 
Surveyor. He was also one of the Selectmen for several terms 
and held other important town offices of trust for more than 
thirty years. In the Revolutionary War he served as a sergeant 
in Capt. Dunn's Company, of Cape Elizabeth, in Col. Edmund 
Phinney's Regiment of Massachusetts Militia, from April 24th to 
July nth, 1775. 

The waiter copied from a paper in the hands of Mr. May- 
berry of Cape Elizabeth, the following: "French and Indian 
War — York Falmouth, Sept. 19, 1758. The above 
named Capt. John Robin.son made oath to the truth of the fore- 
going account, by him, subscrited before me. Moses Dearborn, 
Justice of the peace." 

On the outside of the paper was written: " Capt. John Rob- 
inson, Bayonet account. P'iled Oct. 10, 1758. Committed 
Allowed 18 lbs. — 4 shills. — 52 Bayonets. Warrents advised 
Nov. II, 1758." 

From the above, it would appear as if this John Robinson 
served in the French and Indian War. It must have been the 
John Robin.son who married Mehitable Woodbur}- , as I find no 
other record of a John Robinson of this date. 

The records of the Revolutionary service of John Robin.son 
and his son Samuel, were obtained from Mr. Zebulon Harmon, 
who was pension agent for many years in Maine, and he refers 
for proof to the — " Vida Rolls of service in archives of Secretary 
of State's office, Bo.ston, Volume 14, page 80." 

On the eastern .side of the Ea.stern Cemetery in Portland, 
there .stands a grave .stone of slate, well finished and preserved, 
bearing this record: — "John Robinson departed this life, Feb. 
6th, 1775, aged 60 years, one month, three days." 

The top of the slab is in the form of a half-circle which is 
filled with masonic emblems — the square and compass, the hour 
glass and the scythe. We were told in answer to the question 
by the man in charge of the yard, that there was nothing like it 
in the cemeter}' ; that he had .seen many people taking an im- 
pression of the record and emblems. The finding of this grave 
stone, led the writer to search masonic records, where she found 
that John"* Robinson was one of the earliest masons in the state. 


The first Masonic Charter granted to Maine, bears the date of 
March 20, 1762, by Jeremy Gridley, Grand Master of Mass- 

" Owing to the avocation, (sea-faring) and infirmities of the 
Grand Master of Falmouth, Alexander Ross, Esq.," no lodge 
meetings were recorded for several years, A new deputation was 
granted March 13, 1769, William Tyng, Esq., Grand Master. 
John Robinson appears first at the third meeting of the Lodge, 
"held June 21, 1769, at his house," where it was held until 
May 1770. Another notice reads "John Robinson elected a 
mason May 17, 1769." The first stated meeting was held 
May 8. One of the eight men elected to take degrees in Fal- 
mouth Eodge, now Portland Lodge No. i, of Maine, was John 
Robinson. " At a special meeting of the Lodge held November 
22, 1769, it was voted that the Master and Wardens, be a 
committee to invite Rev. Mr. Wiswill to preach a sermon on St. 
Johns day, and that the Lodge will dine at Brother Robinson's 
house, and that the Rev. Mr. Wiswill be invited to dine with 

John Robinson's son Joshua, a master mariner of Cape 
Elizabeth, was elected a mason December 21, 1796. There is also 
this record : " Samuel Robinson master mariner, I. February 19, 
1800. p. March 3, 1801." 

Capt. Woodbury" Robinson, a son of Samuel^, was a member 
of "Ancient Land Mark Lodge." Also Franklin'' Robinson, 
youngest son of Woodbury*^, and his two sons, Frank* Woodbur}- 
and George** Randall Robinson, were all members of the same 
lodge, making five generations of Robinsons in the two lodges of 
Portland, Me. 

It will be noted that there is a discrepancy in the dates in 
the record of John* Robinson's death as shown on his grave 
stone, and that of his Revolutionary ser\nce, but as the grave 
stone was undoubtedly imported, it is more than likely that the 
mistake in the date was made in cutting the stone. 

In the family of the late Franklin Robinson, there is a watch 
which was once carried by John Robinson. On the back of its 
cover his name is engraved with the figure of three deers trippant 
in the center. Surrounding this is a collection of military and 
musical instruments. This watch was in the posse.ssion of Mr. 
Hosea'' I. Robinson, a son of Samuel^, some thirty-five years 
ago. On the death of Hosea, it passed into the hands of his 



younger brother George', who lived but a few 3'ears after 
Hosea's death. The watch then came into the possession of a 
cousin, Mrs. Henry Fox (Mary" C. Robinson) a daughter of 
Captain Ebenezer" Robinson, who, shortly before her death, 
gave the watch to Mr. Franklin' Robinson of Portland, with the 
remark that the deers trippant was the Robinson Coat of Arms. 
The first owner of the watch was, without doubt, John-* Robin- 
-son, whose name was engraved thereon; then his son, SamueP, 
who married Elizabeth Emery; and from Samuel' to his son 
Samuel'', who married Harriet Ilsley and w^ere the parents of 

JOHN Robinson's watch. 
Hosea', from whom the watch passed to his brother George, and 
from him to his cousin, Mrs. Fox, and from her to Franklin 
Robinson as above outlined. The statement regarding the coat 
of arms, led the writer to take the watch to the rooms of the 
Historical and Genealogical vSociety in Boston, to establish, if 
possible, if it was the Robinson Coat of Arms. No satisfaction 
whatever was obtained from those in charge of the Heraldry 
Department. But from "The Robinsons and their Kin Folk" 
we find confirmation of the statement. 

In gathering the data contained in this paper, the writer is 
indebted to Miss Mary E., a daughter of Albion K. P. Robinson, 
whose personal as.sistance was valuable in the researches made. 
We were always most kindly received by those interviewed. 


By George R. Wright, Esq. 

A LARGE proportion of all history is founded upon 
tradition ; a larger proportion of biographical history 
is constructed upon a similar foundation. The deeper 
we delve in our efforts to illimine antiquity, the more 
fully we realize the truth of the assertion since tra- 
dition is mainly the result of memory. Nor are we 
surprised to find the latter so vulnerable and unreli- 
able as to engender doubt in the minds of disinter- 
ested readers. Family pride, malice, forgetfulness, 
are apt, unconsciously, to tincture the recollections of conscien- 
tious tongues with the individuality of the narrator; and when 
we are unacquainted with an author's personality we are at a 
loss to discriminate between fact and tradition. Hence, realizing 
the justification for the presence of doubt as to all that may be 
asserted in a paper of this nature being true, I have earnestly 
endeavored to eliminate every expression or statement relating 
to the life and character of my subject that is not founded upon 
written evidence contemporary with the life of John W. Robinson. 
Moreover, I have excluded individual opinion as to his appear- 
ance, his capabilities, his manhood, except in those instances 
where such conclusions are corroborated by letters and documents 
penned during his life time. 

Neither do I deem myself infallible in the construction or 
conclusion put upon, or drawn from, the data in my possession. 
The inherent family pride existing in many of us may have caused 
me to err, as others have erred, b}' adding a more brilliant color 
to the portrait than the subject was really entitled to. But 
in as strict accord with the material before me, and as truthfully 
as nature permits me (a relative) to justly and faithfully sketch 
the life of an honored ancestor, so shall I endeavor to give you 
a word picture of one whose light of life was extinguished 



before the majority of this assemblage first beheld the morning 

John W. Robinson, late of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was born at 
Norwich, Conn., April 5th, 1779, being the first son and child 
of Samuel Robinson and Priscilla (Metcalf), his wife, and of the 
sixth generation from William Robinson, of Dorchester, Mass. 


Reproduced from a portrait painted on wood about 1S02-5. 

He located at Montrose, Susquehanna Count)', Pennsylvania, 
about 1798, making that his place of residence. What education 
he then possessed was principally acquired at and in his New 
England home. An innate desire to cultivate self-reliance and 
.self-support (thus dispensing with the burden of paternal main- 
tenance) induced him to migrate to Montrose, and, later, to 
move down the Susquehanna River to the Wyoming Vallc}-, 


locating at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1804 ; where on January ist, 
1805, a partnership was formed with one, John P. Arndt, in a 
general merchandise business. Each partner was to furnish all 
the capital he was able to invest and which was considered 
necessar}^ to the success of the enterprise. Robinson, being a 
fair penman, an accurate accountant and a good book-keeper. 


From an oil jjainling made about 1850. 

was to give his entire time and attention to the industry — profits 
and losses were to be equally shared and divided. 

It was then the custom, in an undertaking of this nature, 
to keep liquors ; and that wines in the cask were generally used 
in the Wyoming Valley, and seemed to be as essential and neces- 
sary commodities in a general merchandise business as was a spool 
of thread, is not at all surprising. Under the head of ' ' notions ' ' 



was implied the having in hand pretty much all that was required 
by the humble rustics of the community. Consequently the 
articles dealt in were almost as diverse as those in larger stores 
of the present time, so that (though on a very diminutive scale) 
one might compare these village stores with the compartment 
establishments of to-da}', where a purchaser is able to procure a 


Built about iSiS, and occupied by the family until about i860. 

Steinway piano, a pair of woolen socks, a roast of meat ; open 
a bank account, have a tooth extracted or buy an ape. Hence 
it is not so wonderful that this inland place of barter and 
exchange — an hundred miles from any large center of population 
— managed, in some years, to transact business to an amount 
exceeding ten thousand dollars a year. 

At the commencement of the fourth year of this partnership, 
Mr. Robin.son was married to /\nn Butler (January 12th, 1S08), 



at her step-brother's (General Lord Butler) house, on Front, now 
River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., by the "Rev. Ard Hoyt." 
Miss Butler was the second daughter and third child of Colonel 
Zebulou Butler and Phebe Haight, his third wife. If I here, 
very briefl3% note the military career of Mrs. Robinson's father, 
you will condone the digression. 

Colonel Zebulon Butler took part in the campaigns of 1758 on 


Occupying the site of the old Robinson homestead. 

the frontiers of Canada, Fort Edward, Lake George, Ticonderoga 
and elsewhere. He was at Havana in 1762 during the long siege, 
and was nearly lost in shipwreck while going thence. When the 
to. sin of war was signaled from the Heights of Lexington he did 
not hesitate a moment to offer his services, which were accepted, 
and he was appointed Colonel in the Connecticut line, and so became 
an active participant in the campaign of 1777-8-g, and, later, was 
commissioned Colonel in the Second Connecticut Regiment. He 
was with Washington in New Jersey, and evidently highly es- 



teemed by him. He was the leader of that small but memorable 
band of settlers, who went into the contest against a superior 
number of the British and Indians, in what history knows as the 
' ' Massacre of W^'oming. " ' The recollection of the barbarities 
then perpetrated by the savages on the brave and sturd}- broth - 



Built of brick in 1847. The residence of George R. Wright, Esq. 

erhood of white settlers is what causes his descendants, and the 
residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to cherish his memory 
and the memory of all his associates, with affection and enviable 

Probably the monotony and confinement of the mercantile 
business to which Mr. Robinson was subjected induced him to 
relinquish these duties and pursue more congenial, and probably 



more lucrative pursuits; for in about 1S14 the partnership was 
dissolved, and from then until 181 8 a portion of his time was 
spent at Springville (near Montrose). Susquehanna County, Pa., 
though his home at Wilkes-Barre was retained, for there his three 
sons were born. The only daughter, Mary Ann Bradley Robin- 
son (the writer's mother), was born at Springville. 

About the time the dissolution of partnership with Mr. 


Looking north from South .Street, showing the row of elms on the left, ex- 
tending from South Street to Market Street bridge, two thousand feet. 
Set out about 1858, by Hon. H. B. Wright. The wagon on the right is 
standing in front of the Wriglit residence, and nearly opposite the late 
residence of John VV. Robinson. 

Arndt, was effected, Mr. Robinson saw fit to insert the letter JF 
in his name for rea.sons which are given in the following memo- 
randum, noted in the "Book of Reckords, 1 746, ' ' in Mr. Robinson's 
hand-writing and which I quote: " In the year 18 14 John 
Robinson, who was born on the 5th day of April, 1779, introduced 
the letter W in his Name to distinguish himself from other John 
Robinsons in the North part of Pennsylvania, as Many incon- 


veniences had occurred by wa}- of letters maild, etc." That this 
//'indicated Wallace and had reference to John B. Wallace, Esq., 
of Philadelphia, Pa., seems ver}- probable from the vast business 
and warm social relations existing between them. 

That his profits from the late mercantile business; dealings in 
real estate, the investing and collecting of large amounts of money 
for others, placed him in a position of considerable affluence is 
corroborated by documentory evidence in the writer's possession. 
A founder of the Silver I^ake Bank at Montrose, and a director of 
the same; one of the seven " Managers " of the Bridgewater and 
Wilkes- Barre Turnpike Road; intrusted by the Commonwealth 
with the disposition of five thousand dollars appropriated by the 
vState for road purposes; made responsible for the transmission 
of a like amount in bills from Philadelphia to Montrose; post- 
master at Four Corners, Susquehanna County, Pa.; obtained a 
large contract for the construction of a portion of the Wilkes- Barre 
and Eastern Turnpike Road; bid for a section of the North 
Branch canal, including docks and bridges; taking an important 
contract for the excavating and grading of a large division of 
the roadbed for the Susquehanna Railroad Company, from Wliite 
Haven to Wilkes- Barre, and throughout these years was also 
a farmer of some magnitude in the raising of grain and of 
cattle, principally for the market, and which latter employment 
indicates also his fondness for agricultural pursuits. His exten- 
.sive real estate transactions involving the expenditure of large 
sums of mone>-, and these other undertakings in which he was 
entrusted, reveal the variet}- and nature of his engagements as 
well as suggest the activity of the man's life and career. 

Later he formed a quasi partnership and went into the coal 
business, he ow^ning the propert}' and preparing the coal for ship- 
ment by arks, to Baltimore, Md., where the same was dispo.sed of. 

In a land speculation, Mr. Wallace, of Philadelphia, asks 
if he does not desire to purcha,se a lot of farm land including 
fifteen tracts, and containing over four thousand acres, situated 
in two or three adjoining counties, which, if taken together " il 
is questioned if there be a finer, or more valuable body of land 
anywhere in the country." 

In 1816 we find him drawing deeds, mortgages, bonds, 
contracts, agreements, etc., for parties whom he represented; 
Mr. Wallace, one of them, gave him a general Power of Attorney 
to " buy and sell land; loan and invest monej-," and with excep- 


tional latitude delegated to him the power usually retained by 
the principal; thus intimating his possession not only of business 
qualifications, but a fair knowledge of the law as w^ell. 

In his habits he was always temperate, at one time being a 
member of the Sons of Temperance; yet he was in no sense a 
prohibitionist. In moments of great aggravation a mild profane 
word would occasionally escape his lips ; in the midst of political 
strife he would, now and then, be bantered into making a small 
wager on election of state officers ; in the evening in company 
with his more intimate friends he might be persuaded to take a 
drink of whiskey if it was made a " straw color." 

That he was interested in the political welfare of the country 
and took a small part in municipal and national affairs we learn 
from letters from prominent men of the State requesting, as one 
does, information to be sent to the representative of Mr. Henry 
Clay, of Kentucky; while comments upon presidential campaigns 
and administrations likewise clearly reveal his abhorence of some 
questionable political methods, when, with vigorous denunciation 
of such innovations, drastic measures for essential reforms are 
loyally advocated. He would have scorned (as some of his de- 
scendants do) the tender of a nomination and election to the lower 
House of Congress, — if the cause-way leading to that goal w^ound 
through the quagmire and corruption of political debauchery 
characteristic of so many contests of the present day. The aims 
and ambitions of many of those who now clamor for the imagin- 
ary honor of being a Congressional representative would be su- 
premely obnoxious to him. When some of our so called statesmen 
first assume their official positions their minds and .hearts seem to 
be swayed by four aims, viz: 

I St. What can I do to advance my political aspirations, and 
how can I enhance my exchequer ? 

2nd. How many of my constituents can I procure a pension 
for; and how can I increase the amount of those already- receiv- 
ing a pension ? 

3d. How much can I extract from the government's treasury 
for the erection of a public building in my district ? 

4th. Whenever a member votes for a personal or pet bill of 
mine, reciprocate the kindness by supporting any private meas- 
ure he may desire enacted. 

The diminutive ego — the mortal I ! Inexplicable selfishness 
predominates in so many rational lives that such seem utterh' 


io^norant of the fact that Pubhc business ma\- be essential ; 
that many pensions are granted more on account of pohtics than 
meritorious service at arms; that legahzed pilfering from a rich 
treasury- for local improvement is censurable, or that the sworn 
(lut\- of a representative is to guard, promote and maintain the 
interests and welfare of all the people, and not merely a few 
thousand ' ' constituents ' ' of an isolated Congressional District. 

And hence we gather why it was that John W. Robinson, 
many years ago, significantly used the well known phrase : 

■' When vice prevails and imperious men bear sway;" 

" The post of honor is a private .station." 

In holding such views he naturally avoided politics. 
precepts were early inculcated in the minds of his children: — 

" At all times be" 

" Exert yourself in earnest." 

" Avoid duplicity; deceitfulness is bare falsehood." 

" Youth .should gather together against time of need." 

" vSix days shalt thou labor, and on the .seventh thou shalt" 

" Those being good rules, the whole Creation will work such 
as to Him seemeth best." 

That brief code of civil conduct is an epitome exemplifying 
his life. He died at Wilkes-Barre. December i6, 1S40, leaving 
a will that is duly recorded at the proper office in that 
place. The iiiventory shows his personal estate to have been 
worth 510,248.38, exclu.sive of real estate. His wife, Ann Butler, 
died May 1 1, 1856, in her 69th year; his .sons, Charles Miner, April 
15. 1829; John Trumbull, 28, 1848; Mary Ann Bradley 
(Robin.son) Wright, vSeptember 8, 1871; and Houghton Butler, 
December 29, 1892, in his ,S4th year. The immediate family 
of John W. Robinson are now all dead, and are all buried in the 
Hollenback Cemeters', at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 

This is but an abstract of a more detailed biographical sketch 
of the life of John W. Robinson, and I regret to say has consumed 
more time than the ten minutes alloted for its delivery. As 
charity is a Robin.son characteri.stic I hope to be condoned for the 
transgression, and sincerely regret not being able to make this 
abbreviated .sketch more instructive and entertaining. 



By Rev. Joseph H. Robinson. 

OF the special line of the Robinsons from which the 
present writer descends, William Robinson "of 
Watertown " is at once the progenitor and the 
Melchizdek. For in all the records I can find, 
he is without genealogy, having neither father 
nor mother. The first notice modern history takes 
of him is that he "was living in Watertown, Mass., 
in 1670." The fact of a progenitor having once 
actually lived is of course a great deal, — or else how 
should his descendants be able to be sure that they are not 
themselves mere creatures of the imagination ? But from the point 
of view of the technical genealogist, it leaves much to be desired. 
It is added indeed that William lived ' ' upon a farm ' ' which 
makes it probable, if not to be proven, that there is a legendary 
hint in the history here that, as Aphrodite sprang directly 
from the waves, so he sprang straight from the soil of Mother 
Earth on that farm. Yet further to heighten the historian's 
sense of mysterj-, it is said that his farm was situate "on a 
narrow neck of land," — which at once reminds us of the old 
verse : 

" Lo, on a narrow neck of land, 
Twixt two unbounded seas I stand, 
Secure ! Insensible ! " 

Whether or not he felt himself thus reprehensibly " secure," 
it is evident that he was quite "insensible" to the trouble he 
was to make his descendents in their " efforts after ancestry." 

We are also told that Watertown and Concord both claimed 
that farm, and it may well have been the angr}' flood of their 
contentions which formed the ' ' narrow neck of land ' ' on which 
he stood. 



His first real dale, as if to indicate that the real beginning 
of a man's life only conies wli^n he takes unto himself a better 
half, is that of his marriage in 1667, to I^lizabelh Cutter, torn 
1645. I adduce that date as some evidence of the probability of 
his birth having occured somewhere about 1640 — if so be that he 
ever was born, like ordinar}' men. 

Those of our line who claim for him some connection with 
the Rev. John, the Pilgrim Pastor, as the present writer does, — 
basing his belief on one of those mere family traditions which are 
so wonderfully persistent, — must work back from about that 
year of 1640. 

I have begun my sketch of his descendant, Capt. Samuel, in 
this way, in the hope that some information may possibly be 
forthcoming along this line. 

We have the following record : — " To William and Elizabeth 
was born, 6th, Samuel, in Cambridge, 1680;" and to his name 
tradition attached the title of "Lieutenant." He was twice 
married ; and by his first wife, Sarah Manning, he had, among 
other children, a .son, who is the subject of this paper. 

Samuel Robinson was born in Cambridge, Mass., April 4th, or 
19th, 1707. The next date we know of him, as of his grandfather, 
is that of his marriage in 1730 or 1732, to Mar}- Lenard of 
Southboro, Mass. They lived for a year or two at Grafton, but 
in the spring of 1735, they went to Hard wick, in the same slate, 
where was their residence for more than a quarter of a century. 

Mr. Robinson became at once active in all the town doings, 
and not least in the church life, in which he was long a deacon. 
He brought up a large family of children, ten in number, seven 
sons and three daughters, in the phrase of that day, " in the fear 
of the Lord and the exercise of piety." And there is still pre- 
served his cop3' of Isaac Watts, " Way of Instruction by 
Catechism," along which " way," somewhat rough to the feet it 
seems, ever\' child of his must go, whatever tears and tiredness 
might result; for it .seems possible yet to discern on its yellow 
pages those traces of many thumbs and blotches which have 
alwaj's been the children's tribute to knowledge and grace. 

But Samuel Robinson was militant not only in the church 
and Her doctrine, but also as a member of the State militia, no 
position of mere ease and emolument in those days. In the old 
French War, " during the years 1755-6, he was a captain in Col. 
Ruggles' regiment of Provincials, and served as such on the 


frontier;" in 1748, had been " stationed at Fort George," and 
was in the battle of Lake George. 

What is now the State of Vermont had then long been known 
by the uncomplimentary title of "The Wilderness, " — possibly for 
the reason that, as an Uncle of the writer's was wont to say, ' ' the 
State of Vermont is composed of two stones to every dirt," — but 
more probably, loyal Vermonters will claim, because of New York's 
sheer ignorance of the subject. Through it " those first colonial 
armies were often compelled to march ; and it is complete disproof 
of the opprobrious title of "Wilderness," that to the wearied 
soldiers it seemed so attractive, in the beauty of its scenery, and 
the fertility of its soil, as that many of them planned when peace 
should come, to go back thither and dwell. It was on one of his 
returns from these military expeditions that Captain Robinson, 
mistaking the Walloonsac river for the Hoosac, was led to what 
is now Bennington, for a night's encampment. 

No one who has ever stood at the summit of that hill where 
stands the granite grey of Bennington's monument to her soldiers, 
and has looked out over the winding valley and the vast ranges 
of encircling hills, till the little summit seems like an island in 
the midst of giant waves of green, can wonder that at this first 
sight, the returning soldier named it, "The Promi.sed Land," 
and determined to make it some day his home. 

Parties from New Hampshire had already obtained a grant 
of the wide country around, and named it Bennington, in honor 
of Governor Benning Wenthworth of that State. 

About thirteen years after the grant in 1761, Captain Robin- 
son persuaded a company of his associates to join in purchasing the 
rights of the original grantees ; his first party of settlers arrived 
on June i8th of that year ; others came through the summer, and 
himself and family in the next October. The first party is said 
to have consisted of the families of Peter and Eleazer Harwood, 
and Samuel and Timothy Pratt, who probably came from 
Amherst, Mass., and others from neighboring towns followed 

There is reason for believing that a predominating motive 
for this move lay in what has been always a prolific cause 
of the courage for emigration and new .settlement, religious 

The early majorities of Massachu.setts, though themselves 
the children of religious oppression, had not learned tolerance 


through suffering, and no more than their opponents in England, 
could they broke Independency. 

Majorities have always known how to make life hard for the 
minority ; and therefore the latter, nicknamed in New England, 
" the Separates," began to look for some new region where they 
could be at peace. Two entire societies of these Independents, 
one from Massachusetts, and one from Connecticut, emigrated 
together to these New Hampshire "grants" which we have 
mentioned. And these families of Robinsons, Deweys, Fays, 
Saffords, Wallridges and others were "the principle agency in 
establishing the title under New Hampshire Law, and after- 
ward of achieving the independent exist ance of Vermont as a 

It is clear from the records that no family pride need be 
called on to make the claim of our captain's primacy in the 
movement and the neighborhood in which it found a home. 
He became by common consent tlie moderator of the first 
town meeting there; and it was largely due to his power of leader- 
ship and untiring zeal that the little colony began at once to 
flourish. Memories have come down of how his timely aid and firm 
wisdom were felt in ever}^ house and need of the community, a 
man on whom many men and women loved to defend and delighted 
to honor. He was the first person to be appointed to judicial 
office in the vState, being made justice of the peace in 1762. 
But it was in his management of the land-sales that his char- 
acteristic firmness grew into sheer dogmatism; he must person- 
ally be convinced, not only that the purchaser had the neces.^ary 
means and character, but was of the proper religious denomina- 

It is one of the wonders of human nature that .somehow perse- 
cution often makes persecutors. One would imagine that they 
who had themselves felt the rigors of religious tryanny, would 
be the least tj'rannical and most broad. It is seldom so; it was 
not so with the early settlers of Vermont. Capt. Samuel was a 
strict and dogmatic, and one of the first ques- 
tions he would put to any would-be purchaser of the neighbor- 
hood lands, was, " To what religious denomination do you 
belong?" If the an.swer agreed with his own sectarian feeling, 
well and good: the purchaser might own land among the finer 
portions on the Hill. But should he prove to be a Baptist, or 
Methodist, or even Episcopalian, woe be on him, his purchase 


must be of the poorer portions in the far valley, if indeed he were 
allowed to purchase at all. 

lyittle by little the " Wilderness" became a garden of beauty 
and desirability: north and south the country was opening to 
settlers. Suddenly New York began to realize how valuable 
was this region which had been so hitherto unnoticed, and laid 
claim to the right of granting all lands therein. The settlers of 
Bennington with other townships were ordered to repurchase 
their lands under New York ' 'grants, ' ' and at once banded together 
in making steady resistance to this injustice. And when under 
Governor Colden, sheriffs were sent into the territory to evict 
the recalcitrant, there quickly grew up those companies of bold 
and fearless men who later became the " Green Mountain Boys " 
under the command of Col. Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, able 
to make their resistance to force efTective with force. Mean- 
while a petition to the King was drawn up, signed by more than 
a thousand of the grantees asking for relief against the New 
York demands, and to have the jurisdiction of the territory 
firmly settled upon New Hampshire. Such a petition would 
hardly be effective at any royal court unless supported by personal 
effort. Samuel Robinson for the settlers from Massachusetts, and 
Samuel Johnson, a then eminent lawyer, for those from Connect- 
icut, were chosen to be the Commissioners and bear the petition 
to England, and there lay this and all their grievance before King 
George. It was no small matter, and required men of no small 
calibre in those days, to embark on such a mission. 

It is significant of the wide power and headship which Mr. 
Robinson held among his fellow .settlers that no other was ever 
thought of to undertake the lead in this over seas. 

On this mission they sailed from New York city on Christ- 
mas Day, 1766, arriving in Falmouth on the 30th day of January 
following. It is evident that the New Hampshire and Vermont 
men were but poorly able to provide their Commissioners with 
funds, for in his letters to his family from London, Mr. Robinson 
writes of " the great expense of living " there and of being " in 
want of money." It is evident also that he was made to feel the 
weight money might have in the hands of the wealthier and better 
known New Yorkers, for he writes again that, "it is hard to 
make men believe the truth when there is ready money on the 
other side. " But the mighty determination of character which 
had made him master of men in the wilderness now gave him a 


power which even money could not defeat; for he obtained an 
injunction order from his Majesty, under date of July 24, 1767, 
prohibiting the Governor of New York, "Upon pain of His 
Majesty's highest displeasure from making any further grants 
whatever of the lands in question, till His Majesty's further 
pleasure should be known concerning the same." 

Feeling that his business in England was thu.^ far enough 
advanced to permit of his leaving it in the hands of his associate, 
a decision doubtless based largely on the steadily depleting finan- 
cial resources, both of himself and his family's at home, he began 
the arrangements for his departure — with what joy one can well 
imagine. He had, at his departure six months before, left at the 
head of his household, a wife of determination and force of char- 
acter as great as his own. She had come from one of the cultivated 
homes of eastern Massachusetts: and it is said that .she wept as she 
thought of going so far to the and the wilderness. But cour- 
age consists, not in having no fears, but in conquering them; and 
she braved the hardships of the journey and the later struggle for 
existence in the new settlement as only a brave woman can who 
loves a brave man. For she not only helped him with manual 
labor to keep the wolf of hunger from the door at first, but many 
a time after his departure abroad, she literally drove hungry and 
howling packs of wolves from the roof of the house. From her 
Massachusetts home she carried her high tastes with her, and 
was known in all the Bennington neighborhood as one of " the 
superior sort" in intellectual power and in cultured manner. 
vShe is said to have been a great reader of history, ancient and 
modern alike, and she so instilled these tastes into the minds of 
her children that she lived to see her third son, Moses, Governor 
of \'ermont, and her youngest son, Jonathan, leading lawyer and 
jurist of all that southern tier of the State. 

In those days when the voyage from the one continent to the 
other took more than a month, and letters were few and far be- 
tween, one can imagine the anxious thoughts, each of the other, 
that had constantly flown between this far-separated husband and 
wife, and therefore his great pleasure of having settled the da}' 
of his departure, all the more saddened, therefore, at the blow- 
that fell just as he was making ready to embark, he was 
suddenly taken ill with the dread disease of small pox; and 
although, as Mr. vSamuel Johnson wrote Mr. Robinson's wife in 
a most kindly and appreciative letter, the original of which, I 


believe, is still in the Robinson collection in Bennington — " No 
attention, care or expense has been .spared for his comfort and 
healing;" he died in London on the 27th day of October, 1767, and 
was interred in the old burying ground belonging to Mr. Whit- 
field's Church, where he had attended public worship. " He 
was sensible to the last," the letter adds in its quaint style, 
" and calmly resigned to the will of Heaven." In the little old 
Catechism which the children had struggled and struggled 
through years before, we find that the youngest of his children 
wrote when just thirteen years of age, these words: " Capt. 
Samuel Robinson, His Book, Who now is dead, and gone out of 
this world, in exchange for a better we hope. Written by his 
son Jonathan, March 14, 1770." 

The news would be long in travelling those days ; and one 
can feel the shock that letter must have been to the house on the 
beautiful Hill, which brought the news of its owner's death, just 
as they were thinking of his longed for arrival — but a shock not 
alone to that household, rather to the whole little world of the 
Bennington settlement and through the near country side, a 
calamity to many a friendless life of whom he had become the 
kindly, mighty friend, as when in the forest a mighty oak 
falls, and bears with it downward a hundred lesser trees. A 
father, leader, counsellor, was dead far across the sea, and 
they might not even view the place of his burial. Only a single 
slab of white marble in the old Bennington church-yard stands 
for the work and remembrance of the man to whom Vermont 
owes so much. And indeed, until very lately, his grave across 
the sea had been utterly forgotten of men. 

A Mr. Lyons, teacher in a New England school, was travel- 
ing not long since through England upon a vacation tour. One 
day as he passed a church building newly completed, his eye was 
caught by a tablet on the wall : " Whitfield Memorial Church." 
Knowing something of the story of Capt. Robinson, he entered, 
and soon learned that upon that spot the older church had stood. 
After some search, he found the old church records well kept for 
more than two hundred years. And under date of 1767, he read 
the following inscription: "Samuel Robinson, buried or died Octo- 
ber 29, 1767, aged 60 years. Brought from the parish of St. Mary 
Le Bon." Only so much the w^orld keeps of so many " of whom 
the world was not worthy." But though its honors little crown 
his life, yet its work, its human meaning for other lives, — these 


things abide. It is good to know the life of such a man, good to 
bear his name, yet better to strive to put into one's life some- 
thing of the determination and deed which were in his. 

Two descendents of Judge Jonathan Robinson, his son, have 
placed at the close of their chapter of his doings, the lines which 
will stand for the man in his manliness and godliness together: 

"To justice, freedom, duty, God, 
And man forever true. 
Strong to the end, a man for men, 
From out the strife he passed." 






Bennett, William Robinson 803 Broadway. Chelsea, Mass. 

Larned, Charles 1025 Tremont Building, Boston, Mass. 

Richards, Mrs. Helen R Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Albert O Sanbornville, N. H. 

Robinson, Hon. David I Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Frank Hurd Hornesville, N. Y. 

Robinson, Geo. W Elburn, 111. 

Robinson, H. S 60 State St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, John Cutler Hampton, Va. 

Robinson, Miss Maria L 178 Main St., Orange, N. J. 

Robinson, Miss Phebe A 19 Shores St., Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Mrs. R. R. ([ane A. Rogers) Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, S3lvanus Smith Metamora, 111. 

Spaulding, Edward 40 Purchase St., Boston, Mass. 

Wright, George R., Esq 73 Coal Exchange, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 


Allen, Miss Eleanor West Tisbury, Mass. 

Armstrong, Mrs. Frances Morgan Hampton, Va. 

Austin, Mrs. C. Downer (Joanna) New York, N. Y. 

Bennett, Mrs. Charlotte, Payson Robinson. .. .803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

Bowie, Mrs. Mary Robinson Uniontown, Pa. 

Byram, Joseph Robinson 9-11 Essex St., Boston, Mass. 

Brainerd, Miss Harriett E 27 Messenger St., St. Albans, Vt. 

Chapman, Mrs. James Edwin Evanston, Wyo. 

Clark, Mrs. Evelina D 125 Newton St., Marlboro, Mass. 

Clarke, Mrs. Mary R 9 St. James Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Creighton, Dr. Sarah Robinson 28 West 59th St., New York, N. Y. 

Cutts, Mrs. R. A 19 Walden St., Lynn, Mass. 

Dean, Mrs. Sarah Daggett 33 Dean St., Attleboro, Mass. 

Dudley, Mrs. Hattie L 119 Antrim St. , Cambridge, Mass. 

Eastman, Edson C Concord, N. H. 

Eastman, Mrs. Edson C. (Mary L. Whittemore) " " 

Ford, Mrs. Ella (Everson) So. Hanson, Mass. 

Fuller, Mrs. A. B. (Emma L.) 13 Hilliard St., Cambridge, Mass. 

Graham, Mrs. Maranda E. (Robinson) Orange City, Fla. 

Hamilton, Mrs. Amanda Wilmarth McCreary, 

400 So. Highland Ave., Pittsburg, Pa. 
Holbrook, Levi New York City, N. Y. 




Kimball. John E Oxford. Mass. 

Lewis, Mrs. F. W. (Celia L.) 28 .Albion St., Melrose Highlands. Mass. 

McLaren, Mrs. S. R 20 Humboldt Ave., Providence, R. 1. 

Miller, Miss Florence Andyman 64 Orchard St., No. Cambridge, Mass. 

Miller, Mrs. Edwin C. (Ida Farr) 18 Lawrence St.. Wakefield, Mass. 

Monk, Mrs. Lillian Bo.\ 727, Nevada, la. 

Moore, Leonard Dunham Box 33, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Nevins, Mrs. Anna Josepha Shiverick Edgartown, Mass. 

Norris, James L., Jr 331 C. St.. N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Packard, Mrs. Lewis S. ( Abbie W.) Mansfield, Mass. 

Porter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Robinson CHftondale, Mass. 

Randolph, Mrs. Geo. F. (Annie F.) 1013 No. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 

Raymond. Daniel V 55 Liberty St., New York, N. Y. 


Rev. A. B Westfield, N.J. 

Mrs. Albert O. (Clara E.) Sanbornville, N. H. 

Mrs. Anna B 300 Adams St. , Dorchester, Mass. 

Benjamin S Greenfield Center, N. Y. 

Mrs. Calvin L. (Elizabeth S.) 420 Post St., Jacksonville, Fla. 

Carel 19 Congress St. , Boston, Mass. 

Charles .\lbert Auburn, Me. 

Charles, Floyd 105 Washington St., Somerville, Mass. 

Charles H 3310 Tulare St., Fresno. Cal. 

Charles -Snelling Denver, Colo. 

Doane Aberdeen, So. Dak. 

Dr. Ebenezer T Orange City, Fla. 

Edward Arthur 6 Rowe St., Auburndale, Mass. 

Miss Emily M 424 Washington St., Brookline, Mass. 

Erastus Corning .Alexandria, Ind. 

Eugene M 22 Fifth Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Frank 88 Cross St., Somerville, .Mass. 

Frank Everett 125 Langley .\ve., Detroit, Mich. 

Rev. Fred. Arthur Milford, Mass. 

Dr. Frederick Converse Uniontown, Pa. 

G. C 104 Merrimack St., Haverhill, Mass. 

George Champlin Wakefield, R. I. 

George Champlin, Jr 170 Hicks St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

George E Palmer Block, Oconomonoc, Wis. 

George H 301 Reed St., Moberly, Mo. 

Miss Hallie Mabel Geneseo, 111. 

Henry H Rockford, III. 

Henry P Guilford, Conn. 

Herbert Jester 374 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Increase Plymouth, Mass. 

Miss Isabella Howe 177 .Adams, St., Dorchester. Mass. 

Dr. James Arthur 8 Portland St., Morrisville, Vt. 

Dr. J. Franklin 15 Pickering Bldg., Manchester, N. H. 

James Lawrence 17 Haverhill St., Brockton, Mass. 

John Cheney Jamaica, Vt. 

Joseph M 13 Charles St., Portland, Me. 

Lewis W Martinsburg, W. Va. 


Robinson, Miss My i tie E Mt. Vernon, Me. 

Robinson. Nathaniel Emmons Parke Ave., Brightwood, S. C. 

Robinson, Nathan Winthrop 242 Savin Hill, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Neil Charleston, W. Va. 

Robinson, Mrs. Nina Beals Waterbury, Vt. 

Robinson, Noah Otis 88 Cross St., Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson, Philip Eugene 194 Clinton St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Dr. R. F Eagan, So. Dak. 

Robinson, Reuben T 54 Fairfield St,, North Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah 2904 Morgan St., St. Louis, Mo. 

Robinson, Theo. Winthrop 4840 Ellis Ave., Chicago, 111. 

Robinson, Walter Augustin 34 Jason St., Arlington, Mass. 

Robinson, Waller Billings 17 Beacon St., Natick, Mass. 

Robinson, Walter Bruce P. O. Bldg., Elmira, N. Y. 

Robinson, William 9 St. James Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, William A Nashua, N. H. 

Robinson, W. H Eastern Township Bank, Granby, P. Q., Canada 

Robinson, William Morse 300 Adams St., Dorchester, Mass. 

Rose, Miss Aline M Westbury Station, Long Island, N. Y. 

Shippee, Mrs. Elizabeth E. R 24 Spring St., Pawtucket, R. I. 

Shippee. Harold Robinson 24 Spring St., Paw tucket, R.I. 

Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth R 93 Church St., No. Adams, Mass. 

Starrett, Mrs. Ethelinda Robinson 315 Castro -St., San Francisco, Cal. 

Stearns, Mrs. Urania Robinson.. 63 Grover Ave., Winthrop Highlands, Mass. 

Studley, Mrs. Mary Z 283 Lamartine St., Jamaica Plains, Mass. 

Tingley, Raymon M Herrick Centre, Pa. 

Wales, Mrs. Abijah (Alice M.) 61 County St., Attleboro, Mass. 

Wardner, Mrs. Fannie Lewis 33 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, N. Y. 


Who have changed their addresses since the meeting of the Association at 
Gloucester, Mass., in 1902. 

Austin, C. Downer 141 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Briggs, Mrs. Martha A. Robinson Box 856, Providence, R. I. 

Bronson, Mrs. E. P Chicago, 111. 

Butler. Mrs. Ellen Robinson Attleboro, Mass.. R.F.D. 

Cogswell, Mrs. Wm 7 Pleasant St., Medford, Mass. 

Gordon. Mrs. Lillian S. R Leland Hotel, Emporia, Kas. 

Hubbard, Mrs. Chas. D Wyncote, Pa. 

Kirk, Mrs. J. F 94 State St., New Bedford, Mass. 

Little, Mrs. G. EUiotte 46 West loth St., New York, N. Y. 

MacLachlan, Mrs. Harriett R 23 Henry St.. Binghamton, N. Y. 

Penniman, George W Brockton, Mass. 

Pierce, Mrs. H. F Oronoque, Norton Co., Kas. 

Porr, Mrs. Janette H Corinna, Me., Route i. 

Potter, Miss Emma 707 Madison St., Syracuse, N. Y. 

Robinson, Prof. Bonj. L 3 Clement Circle, Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. J. Blake 75 Wilbert St., Portsmoutli, N. H. 

Robinson, Rev. Joseph H 47 Barker Terrace, White Plains, N. Y. 



Robinson, Charles Edson (Life Member). .123 Richmond St., Piainfield, N. J. 
Robinson, Charles Kendall (Life Member) 

374 Ocean Parkway, Hrooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson Miss Myra S 24 Sprinjr St., I^awtucket, R. I. 

Sanford, Mrs. Carleton F. (Marie D. Robinson) 

35 Harrison St., Taunton, Mass. 
Storms, Mrs. Lucretia R 119 Mill St., \ew Bedford, Mass. 


Atherton, Mrs. Sarah Robinson (Honorary Member). . . .Peru, Huron Co., O. 

Dean, James H., Esq. (Vice-President) Taunton, Mass. 

Dorrs, Miss Amanda Cazenovia, N, Y. 

Fuller, Mrs. Mary R Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Norton, Mrs. Mary J Woods Hole, Mass. 

Robinson, Adrian G Hanford, Cal. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles A Germantovvn, Pa. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles T. (Vice-President) Tauton, Mass. 

Robinson, Franklin, Esq. (Vice-President) Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Georoe A West >Linsfield, Mass. 

Robinson, Samuel Stillman Pontiac, Mich. 


It is earnestly desired, by the officers of this Association, that every 
member will contribute towards a special fund, set apart for the purpose of 
research in the records of England for Robinson ancestry. The fund will be 
spent judiciously with the belief that valuable information may be disclosed 
greatly to the advantage of all the members. 

With few e.xceptions the line connecting the early Robinson emigrants to 
-America with the mother countr3\ is in absolute obscurity ; even the birth 
place and parentage of that most noted man who stands in history as one of 
the founders of this great nation, the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden, is 
utterly unknown. Why not then make a record for The Robinson Family 
Genealogical and Historical Association that will be worthy of record, and 
make clear what is locked up beyond the sea, which all are so anxious to 
know ? 

Contributions may Ije sent to the Secretary, Miss A. A. Robinson, Xorth 
Raynham, Mass. 

The Secretary also has for sale a few copies, left over, of the Robinson 
Coat of .\rms in colors, suitable for framing. Price, $1.00 each. 

The Robinson Family 

Genealogical and Historical 


The Robinsons and Their Kin Folk 






CompUtncnto of — *ssoc 

'^ .: HA6, E. ROBINS 

Till: PohlN.SOM TaMILY 

Genealogical and Historical Society 

Cbas. e. Robinson, Historiographer 







j^Aster, Len»x in4 TIIAm , 



Officers of the Association 
Constitution .... 


Secretary's Report 

Executive Committee Meeting 

Rowland Robinson, the Man and His Century 

Deputy Governor William Robinson 

The Narragansett Pacer 

Genealogy of the Robinson Family of Narragansett 

Rowland Robinson and His Daughter Hannah 

Jeremiah Potter Robinson 

George Champlin Robinson 

Atmore Robinson 

Hetty (Robinson) Green 

Morton Robinson, M. D. 

Gilbert Stuart 

George Robinson, of Watertown. Mass.. and Willi 

of Dorchester, Mass. . 
The Fathers, Where Were They? 
John Robinson, of Kittery and Cape Elizabeth, Me 
Abraham Robinson .... 

John Robinson, of Exeter. N. H. 
Isaac Robinson, of Barnstable. Mass. 
History of the Fell Family 
Captain Ralph Hamer 
The Robinson Family, Virginia 
Samuel Robinson, of Rehoboth, Mass. 
Members of the Robinson Association 



AM Robinson 























Miss A. A. Robinson 

Mrs. Ai.mira Pierce Johnson 

Morton Robinson Robinson, M. D. 

The Beach at Narragansett 

Indian Rock at Narragansett 

Elizabeth Robinson 

Main Street. Kingston, R. I. 

Mrs. Hetty Robinson Green 

Gilbert Stuart's Birthpe.iice 

Sylvester Robinson 

George C. Robinson 

Cellar of John Robinson's House 

Joshua Robinson House 

Pond Cove, Capk Elizabeth 

Cliff at Pond Cove 

Shadrach Robinson House . 

Coat of Arms of the Fell Family 

Coat of Arms of Robinson of Beverly 

Coat of Arms of Robinson of Ireland 

Coat of Arms of Hutchinson Family 


F.\CING page I 
between pages 64 AND 65 



. . 131 


Officers of the Association 

HON. DAVID I. ROBINSON, Gloucester, Mass. 

Vice Presidents 
Judge Gifford S. Robinson, 
Increase Robinson, 
George R. Wright, 
George O. Robinson, 
Prof. Wm. H. Brewer, 
Roswell R. Robinson, 
N. Bradford Dean. 
Rev. Wm. A. Robinson, D. D., 
John H. Robinson, 
Charles F. Robinson, 
George W. Robinson. 
Henry P. Robinson, 

Sioux City, la. 

Waterville, Me. 

Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

Detroit, Mich. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

Boston, Mass. 

North Raynham. Mass. 

Elburn, 111. 

Guilford, Conn. 

Adelaide A. Robinson, North Raynham. Mass. 

\ Treasurer, 
Roswell R. Robinson, Maiden, Mass. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau St.. New York 

Executive Committee. 

Frederick W. Robinson, 
Charles K. Robinson. 
Charles Larned, 
Orlando G. Robinson, 
Bethuel Penniman. 

Boston, Mass. 

Brooklyn. N. Y. 

Boston. Mass. 

Raynham, Mass. 

New Bedford. Mass. 


1 . The name of this Association shall be "The Robinson Fam- 
ily Genealogical and Historical Association." 

2. The purpose for which it is constituted is the collection, 
compilation and publication of such data and information as may 
be obtained concerning the Robinson Families. 

3. Any person connected with the descendants of 

William^ Robinson of Dorchester, 

George^ of Rehoboth, 

William^ of Watertown, 

Isaac'- of Barnstable, son of Rev. John, 

Abraham^ of Gloucester, 

George^ of Watertown, 

John^ of Exeter, X. H., 

Stephen^ of Dover, X. H., 

Thomas^ of Scituate, 

James^ of Dorchester, 

William of Salem, 

Christopher of Virginia, 

Samuel of X^ew England, 

Gain of Plymouth, 

or of any other Robinson ancestor, by descent or marriage, may 
become a member of the Association. 

There shall be a membership fee of one dollar, and an annual 
due of twenty-five cents, or ten dollars for life membership, 
subject to no annual dues. 

4. The officers of the Association shall be a President, twelve 
Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Historiographer, and 
an Executive Committee of five. 



1. The President shall preside at all business meetings of 
the Association, and in his absence a Vice-President shall per- 
form the duties of President. 

2. The Secretary shall keep the records and minutes of the 

3. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the Association. 
He shall have the custody of all the funds belonging to the 
Association. He shall disburse the same under the direction of 
the Executive Committee. 

4. The Executive Committee shall have the control of the 
aflfairs of the Association and its property, and shall receive for 
safe custody all documents entrusted to them. It shall be their 
duty to make arrangements to obtain all data and information 
concerning the descendants of the aforesaid Robinson ancestors 
for the purpose of compilation and publication of the same. The 
officers of the Association shall be ex-ofKicio members of the 
Executive Committee. 

5. The members of the Executive Committee present at any 
regular notified meeting shall form a quorum. They may fill any 
vacancies that may occur in the board of officers until others are 
regularly appointed. 



Milfdid, Mass. 

P.orn, June 24, 1804 

Died, December 25, 1905 

Aged, loi years, 6 innntlis. I day 

Secretary's Report 

N the morning of the 19th day of August, 1904, 
the Robinsons and their Kin Folk gathered in the 
old historic town of Plymouth, Mass., to hold the 
third biennial meeting of The Robinson Family 
Genealogical and Historical Association, where 
landed that little band of Pilgrims with the bless- 
ing of their beloved pastor, the Rev. John Robin- 
son of Leyden, two hundred and eighty-four 
years before. 
This little band of pioneers budded better than they knew, 
laying not only the foundation of a mighty nation, but made it 
possible for this notable gathering of the Kin Folk to-day. 

The meeting was held in the lecture room of the Universalist 
Church, whose doors were hospitably thrown open for this 

The members of the Executive Committee met at ten o'clock, 
and at eleven o'clock the Association was called to order by the 
President, Hon. David I. Robinson of Gloucester, Mass., and 
led in prayer by the Rev. Lucian Moore Robinson of Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

On motion, Ebenezer T. Robinson, M. D., of Orange City, 
Fla., was chosen secretary pro tem., and Miss Myra S. Robinson 
of Pawtucket, R. I., assistant secretary pro tem. 

On motion, the secretary's report of the proceedings of the 
last biennial meeting, held at Gloucester, Mass., on the 26th of 
August, 1902, was read and adopted. 

N. Bradford Dean, treasurer of the Association, then ad- 
dressed the chair, calling the attention of the assembly to the 
lamentable and painful accident to the secretary of the Associa- 
tion, Miss Adelaide A. Robinson of North Raynham, Mass., 
which was the cause of her unavoidable absence to-day. He 
■stated that she was thrown from her carriage on the 2d of 
August, 1903, by a trolley car which came in collision with 


and overturned her carriage, injuring iier spine seriously, so that 
she has been constantly contined to her bed under the care of a 
physician since the accident; that notwithstanding her painful 
condition, with assistance she has performed her duties as secre- 
:;arv of this Association most faithfully, replying to her volumin- 
ous correspondence in relation to the object and aim of this so- 
cietv. In conclusion, he made a motion that Miss Robinson be 
made an honorary member of this Association, as a testimonial of 
the esteem which she is held by us. The motion was seconded 
and unanimously adopted. 

'Mrs. Calista Robinson Jones of Bradford, \'t., moved that 
a telegram of sympathy and condolence be transmitted to our 
absent secretary, Miss Robinson, which was adopted, and ^Irs. 
Jones, X. Bradford Dean and Charles E. Robinson of Xew Jer- 
sey, were chosen as a committee to prepare the telegram and a 
set of resolutions. 

^Members of the Association and visitors from their respec- 
tive States were invited to address the meeting, which called forth 
remarks from Dr. E. T. Robinson of Orange City, Fla. ; Mrs. 
Martha S. Robinson of Portland. Me. ; Rev. Lucian M. Robinson 
of Philadelphia, Pa. ; Hamlin E. Robinson of Maryville, Mo. ; 
Prof. O. D. Robinson of Albany, X. Y. ; A. O. Robinson of San- 
bornville, X. H. ; William Robinson of Boston, and others. 

At the request of X. Bradford Dean, treasurer, that an audit- 
ing committee be appointed to examine his accounts, Roswell R. 
Robinson of Maiden. Mass. : William Robinson of Boston, Mass., 
and Albert O. Robinson of Sanborn ville. X. H.. were appointed 
the committee. 

A telegram was read from Mrs. Ida Robinson Bronson, who 
was on her way to attend the meeting, when she was recalled to 
Detroit, Mich., by the sudden death of her brother, Frank E. 

Prof. O. D. Robinson of Albany, X. Y.. spoke of the recent 
death of Samuel S. Robinson of Michigan, Mrs. Bronson's father. 
In the course of his remarks, he spoke of Mr. Robinson's great 
work in forwarding the vast mining interests of his State, and of 
his noble characteristics as a man. 

X. Bradford Dean spoke feelingly of the death of James H. 
Dean. Esq.. of Taunton, one of the vice-presidents of this Asso- 



On motion of Charles E. Robinson, a vote of sympathy was 
passed, to be forwarded to the famihes of members who have 
died since the last biennial meeting of the Association. 

On motion, the following were appointed as members pro 
tem. to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee : Roswell R. 
Robinson of Maiden. Mass. ; Dr. E. P. Robinson of Newport, 
R. I. ; Hamlin E. Robinson of Maryville, Mo. 

Suggestions as to the place to be selected for holding the 
next biennial meeting of the Association in 1906 were called for 
from the chair. Remarks in this connection were made by Mrs. 
Martha S. Robinson of Portland, Me. ; Hon. N. W. Littlefield of 
Pawtucket, R. I., and Dr. E. T. Robinson of Florida, setting forth 
the advantages of their respective locations. 

The committee on telegram to be sent to Miss Robinson, the 
secretary, reported they had attended to their duty, and offered 
the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted : 

Resolved, That we deeply appreciate the arduous services 
performed the past year under the most trying circumstances by 
our highly esteemed and faithful secretary. Miss Adelaide A. 
Robinson ; that we fully recognize her self-sacrificing devotion in 
the interest and prosperity of this Association, though suffering 
intensely from the deplorable accident which befell her. 

Resolved, That Miss Robinson has our warmest sympathy 
in her trying affliction and our heart-felt wishes for her speedy 

Resolved, That this, our tribute of her devotion, be made a 
part of the minutes of this convention and that a copy thereof be 
transmitted to her as an expression of the high esteem in which 
she is held by us. 

On motion, the following named were appointed a committee 
to nominate a board of officers for the ensuing term : James L. 
Robinson of Brockton, Mass. ; A. P. R. Gilmore of Acushnet, 
Mass., and Dr. E. P. Robinson of Newport, R. I. 

The report of the Auditing Committee was called for. The 
committee reported the books of the treasurer correct and a bal- 
ance of $279.59 "^ the treasury. 

The treasurer, N. Bradford Dean, offered his resignation of 
that office, with the remark that his other business was of such 
a nature that it would not admit of his giving the time and atten- 


tion to the duties of treasurer which it demanded. His resigna- 
tion was accepted and a vote passed thanking him for his faithful 
discharge of the duties of the office since the organization of the 

On motion of Charles E. Robinson, Mrs. Almira Pierce 
Johnson of Milford. Mass., was elected an honorary member of 
this Association, she having reached the age of one hundred 
years on the 24th of June last. She is a descendant of William^ 
Robinson of Watertown, Mass. 

After a short discussion in relation to the incorporation of 
the Association, it was voted to postpone the subject until the 
next biennial meeting. 

The committee on the nomination of officers reported the 
following list, which was adopted: President, Hon. David I. 
Robinson of Gloucester, Mass. Vice-Presidents, Judge Gififord 
S. Robinson, Sioux City, Iowa ; Increase Robinson, Waterville. 
Me. ; George R. Wright, W'ilkesbarre, Pa. ; George O. Robinson, 
Detroit, ]Mich. ; Prof. William H. Brewer, Xew Haven, Conn. ; 
Roswell R. Robinson, ^Maiden. Mass. : X. Bradford Dean, Taun- 
ton, Mass. ; Rev. William A. Robinson, D. D.. Poughkeepsie, 
N. Y. ; John H. Robinson, Boston, ]\Iass. ; Charles F. Robinson, 
North Raynham, Mass. ; George W\ Robinson, Elburn, 111. ; 
Henry P. Robinson, Guilford, Conn. Secretary, Adelaide A. 
Robinson, North Raynham. Mass. ; Treasurer, Roswell R. Robin- 
son, Maiden. Mass. ; Historiographer, Charles E. Robinson, 
Plainfield, N. J. Executive Committee, Frederick W. Robinson. 
Boston, Mass. ; Charles K. Robinson, Brooklyn. N. Y. ; Charles 
Earned, Boston. Mass.; Orlando G. Robinson. Raynham. Mass.; 
Bethuel Penniman, New Bedford, Mass. 

On motion that a stated time for the payment of the annual 
dues of members should be adopted, it was voted that the first 
dav of January in each year, following the time of joining the 
Association, should be established as the date of payment of such 

On motion, it was voted that the secretary might, at her 
discretion, have additional copies of the brochures bound in cloth. 
It was also voted that she charge not less than 50 cents each 
for all extra copies furnished the members, this not to include 
complimentary copies for those preparing papers for the bro- 
chures published by this Association. 


On motion, the convention adjourned imtil two o'clock, to 
partake of a collation in the dining-room of the church. 

Afternoon Session. 

At two o'clock the meeting was called to order by the presi- 

A paper on Abraham Robinson, the ancestor of the Robin- 
sons of Gloucester, Mass., by William A. Robinson of Gloucester, 
was read by the president. 

Prof. O. D. Robinson of Albany, N. Y., read a paper pre- 
pared by Charles Nutt, editor of the Worcester Spy, Worcester, 

Hon. N. W. Littlefield of Pawtucket, R. I., made a most 
pleasing address, giving an interesting account of his visit to the 
home of the Pilgrims in England, on the occasion of the dedica- 
tion of the John Robinson Memorial Church. 

A paper by Mrs. Augusta A. Lakin of Bennington, N. H., 
on Douglas Robinson and his descendants in New Hampshire, 
was read. 

A song by Miss Peterson, accompanied by William A. Rob- 
inson of Gloucester, was most enthusiastically encored. 

The desirability of a distinctive badge to be adopted by the 
Association was received with great favor, and on motion was 
referred to the Executive Committee. 

On motion, a committee consisting of John E. Kimball of 
Oxford, Mass. ; Charles Earned of Boston, Mass. ; Hamlin E. 
Robinson of Maryville, Mo., were chosen to solicit funds for 
foreign research of records to establish the line of ancestry in 
England, Ireland and Scotland of the early Robinson emigrants 
to America. 

The secretary's report of the work of her office was read and 
adopted, as follows: From August 26, 1902, to August 15, 1904, 
there were enrolled fourteen life members (twelve of whom had 
previously been annual members), also sixty-eight annual mem- 

The following eight deaths have been reported : Mrs. Sarah 
Robinson Atherton, honorary member, Peru, Ohio ; James H. 
Dean, Esq., vice-president, Taunton, Mass. ; Capt. Charles T. 
Robinson, vice-president, Taunton, ]\Iass. ; Mrs. Mary R. Fuller, 
Cambridgeport, ^lass. ; Mr. Adrian G. Robinson, Hanford, Cal. ; 


Capt. Charles A. Robinson, Germantown, Pa. ; Mr. George A. 
Robinson, West Mansfield, Mass. ; Mr. Samuel S. Robinson, 
Pontiac, Mich. 

Donations of money have been received ' from : George R. 
Wright, Esq., Wilkesbarre, Pa.; Mrs. J. E. R. Dow, Exeter. 
N. H. ; Miss Martha G. Robinson, Lynn, Mass. ; Solomon D. 
Robinson, Falmouth, Mass. ; Albert O. Robinson, Sanbornville, 
N. H., and Hon. A. R. McClellan, Riverside, N. B., Can. 

I have written and dictated seventeen hundred and fifty-three 
letters, one hundred and eighty-five postal cards and have mailed 
out thirty-four hundred and eighty-nine circulars and invitations, 
including newspapers. A copy of "The Robinsons and Their Kin 
Folk" has been donated to thirteen libraries, also one copy to 
each and every member of this Association has been mailed to 

The following names were inadvertently omitted from the 
list of members printed in the second series of "The Robinsons 
and Their Kin Folk" : Frank R. Robinson, Boston, Mass. ; Rich- 
ard L. Robinson, Portland, ]\Ie. ; Ebenezer Benjamin Robinson, 
Savannah, Ga. ; Mrs. Jennie K. Talbot, Phoenixville, Pa. 

At four o'clock it was announced that barges were in readi- 
ness for the transportation of those who wished to make a tour of 
the town and surrounding countr\-. 

A vote of thanks was passed to those who kindl}- furnished 
the interesting papers read, and those the reading of which was 
omitted for want of time. It was ordered that these historical 
sketches be printed in the next issue of "The Robinsons and Theii 
Kin Folk." 

A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. Fred W. Robinson 
and Mr. John H. Robinson for the ample arrangements made 
for the accommodation and comfort of the members of the Asso- 

A full list of all members who have joined the Association 
since its foundation will be found in this edition of "The Robin- 
sons and Their Kin Folk," with their present address so far as 
reported to date. 

The convention at four o'clock adjourned sine die to meet on 
the next biennial occasion at Portland, Me. 

Miss Adelaide A. RoBiNSOisr. 

North Raynham, Mass., June 15, 1906. 

Executive Committee Meeting 

A meeting of the Executive Committee was held at the office 
of Mr. Charles Larned, loi Tremont street, Boston, Mass., at 
four o'clock on the afternoon of May 15, 1906, President Hon. 
David I. Robinson in the chair. Fred W. Robinson, chairman 
of the committee, acting as secretary. Members of the com- 
mittee present were : Mr. Charles Larned of Oxford, Mass., and 
Mr. Edward R. Barbour of Portland. Me. Also were present Mr. 
Roswell R. Robinson, treasurer ; John H. Robinson, vice-presi- 
dent, and Mr. John E. Kimball of Oxford, Mass. 

Ten subjects for discussion and action were considered, viz. : 
Place of Meeting ; Time of Meeting ; Entertainment ; Transpor- 
tation ; Programme ; Revision of By-Laws ; Incorporation of the 
Society ; Publication of Proceedings of Plymouth Meeting ; Pub- 
lication of Records of Charles E. Robinson ; Foreign Investiga- 

Place. — The secretary reported by letter that at the Ply- 
mouth meeting it was voted to hold the next reunion at Portland, 

Tiuie. — The committee recommended that the reunion be 
held on two days, or parts of two days, instead of one. Sug- 
gested and approved that those who could, go to Portland on the 
day boat, others on the afternoon train of the first day, and an 
informal reception be held that evening. Those who could not 
go the first day, go down on the night boat, and the reports, 
papers and banquet be held the second day, closing in time for 
return boat or evening train. 

Moved and carried that the chairman send circular letter 
with return postals asking members for first and second choice 
of dates, July 25-26, or August 1-2. 

Entertainment. — Mr. Barbour reported that the Congress 
Square Hotel would give a dinner for 75 cents and a rate of $3.00 
per day and allow free of charge the Auditorium of the hotel for 
the meeting. Moved and carried to accept. Also reported that 


the street car company would provide special cars for a trolley 
trip at the usual fare. 

Traiisportafioii. — Mr. Barbour reported that the railroad 
company would, if fifty persons were guaranteed, give special rate 
of one and one-third fares for round trip. 

Programme. — ]\Ioved and carried that Mr. Charles E. Rob- 
inson be asked to prepare a programme for the meeting and that 
as soon as prepared copies be mailed the members. 

Revision of By-Lazvs. — Moved and carried that a committee 
of two, of which the president be chairman, prepare revised set 
of by-laws, to be submitted to the Association for adoption at the 
Portland meeting. The president asked Mr. F. W. Robinson to 
serve with him, and that others present ofTer such suggestions 
regarding changes as they consider important. 

Incorporation. — Mr. F. \V. Robinson reported that he would 
be ready at the Portland meeting to report, and that if deemed 
advisable by the Association, the society could be incorporated 
without delay. 

Publication of Proceedings of Plymoiifli Meeting. — Moved 
and carried that Mr. Charles E. Robinson be authorized to have 
published at once the proceedings of the F'lymouth meeting and 
that the secretary's picture be published as frontispiece. 

Publication of Records of Charles E. Robinson. — Moved and 
carried that the Executive Committee recommend to the Asso- 
ciation that it accept with proper acknowledgment the generous 
offer of Mr. Charles E. Robinson, viz.: The genealogical records 
acquired by him covering a period of twenty-five years, and as 
soon as possible have typewritten copy made for printing. 

Foreign Investigation and Research. — Mr. Kimball, chair- 
man of committee appointed at Plymouth, to consider ways and 
means of such research, reported that owing to unusual circum- 
stances, not as much progress as was hoped for had been made, 
but the committee would report at the Portland meeting. 

Personal thanks of all present given Mr. Barbour for so 
early securing special rates and information regarding entertain- 
ment and transportation. 

Meeting adjourned subject to call of president. 




Mrs. (Frances Robinson) Herbert Turrell 

Regent of Orange Mountain Chapter, D. A. R. ; Chairman of Committee 
of Education for Citizenship, Woman's Press Club of New York; 
Member of the May Flower Society; Member of the 
Society of Colonial Dames; Member of the Society 
of Colonial Governors; Chairman of House 
Committee, Gospel Settlement Associa- 
tion, New York. 

"Rhode Island's small, yet wears one star, 
' Pluck wins ' not size is her device, 
But when the country calls, look out ! 
This little hand grips like a vise." 

ARLYLE, in his famous Burns essay referring to 
Scotland, said: "we hope there is a patriotism 
founded on something better than prejudice; that 
our country may be dear to us without injury to 
our philosophy; that in loving justly and prizing 
all other lands, we may prize justly and yet love 
before all others our own stern motherland and 
the venerable structure of social and moral life, 
which mind has throtigh long ages been building 
up for us there; surely the roots, that have fixed themselves in 
the very core of man's being, may be so cultivated as to grow 
up not into briars but into roses in the field of his life." 

We of Scottish origin interpret the spirit oi a Carlyle in otir 
intense love for our New England ancestry. In the twentieth 
century perspective, these men and women were heroes and 
martyrs; their shortcomings are forgotten, and we regard alone 
the spirit of those who built for the centuries. 

The question which has arisen in the minds of individuals 
without a claim to New England pedigree, or without any 




patriotism — the key to our love — for that matter, as to the heroic 
spirit of many of these early settlers, may be a pertinent one. 
This question could not consistently apply, however, to the 

There were too many hardships to face in the peril of the 
sea. savage protest, and barren soil, but the love of adventure, 
and freedom from old world restraints, no doubt inspired young 
blood a generation or two later, when forests were cleared, 
natives reconciled, or a certain tolerance and encouragement as- 
sured by England to her colonies. Many shirked duties at 
home: but very many more hoped for an opportunity for a fuller 
expression of their powers and faiths than European nation ^^ 
with their intrigues and cruel persecutioris were countenancing. 

As our knowledge and interest in psychological forces ad- 
vances, we find a stimulus in the study of types. To the Xew 
England American it is becoming of great interest, if not of vital 
importance, to know the mental and moral stufT of which our 
fathers were made, through traditions, records, but more espe- 
cially through personal influence. Temperamental forces are 
guides to a true estimate of the trend and ultimate fate of this 
great nation so gloriously and patiently established. The ques- 
tion of the day is: are these early Xew England forces still 
dominant: are we assimilating- into our national life, if not the 
same physical, the same mental and spiritual fibre of the foun- 
ders : have we the same mind in us as was in the men and women 
who struggled for a principle? 

In many respects this is a period of analysis; that was a 
period of synthesis, and the patriotic men and women of to-day 
do not fieel so much the pride in being well born: this is man's 
heritage, but are Xew England Americans living up to the 
standards necessary to preserve the harmony of the nation? 

Among the early settlers of Rhode Island was Rowland 
Robinson of Xarragansett. Who was he? What was he? We. 
his descendants, have a peculiar interest in the man. the home of 
his birth, his parentage, the men and women with whom he had 
daily intercourse. The political and religious influence of his 
day we may know, but of his youth and early manhood we have, 
in some respects, but meagre data with which to become familiar. 

"Love furthers knowledge." and by a careful analysis of his 
century we learn what the boy and man ought to have been in 



qualities of character to be transmitted to generations of men 
and women following. 

Rowland Robinson was born "at or near Long BlutT, Cum- 
berland County, England, in 1654." says the Chronicler, and 
"came to this country in 1675 at the age of twenty-one." 

In the past two centuries so many national events have 
changed the geographical face of England that many old towns 
are lost and forgotten: among the towns to suffer extinction so 
far as available records are concerned, is Long Bluflf, possibly 
now known as Long Town, on the northwest coast of England. 

We know the county Cumberland which lays to the north- 
west extremity of England, with Scotland, Xorthumberland, 
West Moreland. Lancashire and seventy miles of Irish Sea 
about it. 

This territory, fifty miles wide and thirty miles long, with 
seventy miles of sea coast, was not so extensive but that a good 
live boy might know every mile of it, and often find his way to 
the seaport towns to watch the incoming and outgoing vessels 
freighted for West Indies and America. The seaports of Cum- 
berland County, established by Oliver Cromwell, were the first 
to embark in East India trade long before the Mersey and the 
Clyde. It became a county in England in the reign of William 
Rufus, who rebuilt Carlyle. which the Danes had destroyed. 
Because of her traditional interest. Cumberland County must 
have been dear to the people, who always retained some of the 
clannish fidelity of their Scottish ancestry, and a spirit of patriot- 
ism was aroused in them by its growing importance in England's 
commerce. This is attested by the fact that Cumberland County 
is referred to in the annals of European nations in various rela- 
tions: her disputed border was the haven for the persecuted of 
every clime. 

The home of Rowland was a veritable treasure house to an 
imaginative boy, with its wealth of glowing scenery and historic 
importance. Great rugged mountains of the Pennine chain ("the 
backbone of England") with their gigantic, sterile peaks, reared 
their noble heads into melting clouds, casting dark, mournful 
shadows in deep valleys. Beautiful sylvan dales, fine clear lakes, 
dainty verdant islands, rivers and cascades were among the 
natural beauties. Over all hung the sky peculiar to the north, 
which suggested to the untutored, primitive mind. gods, demons. 


and their dwelling places in the clear deep heavens above them. 
Here were laid the foundations of a religion upon which the 
Christian religion with its dogmas of grim justice, eternal pun- 
ishment, and incessant striving could easily be grafted. 

The softer, saving religious development must wait until 
the mind of the Occident is harmonized by the culture of the 

Then there were the Druid temples, a mystery even in the 
seventeenth century, now' understood in a worship of Baal as a 
religion foreign to the north but peculiar to the Semetic race> 
without doubt transplanted by a wandering tribe. In young 
Rowland's day, this country was famous in verse and song, and 
a romantic interest w^as aroused for travel and discovery. 

There exists somewhere in old Aryan literature this proverb: 
"We grow like what we contemplate." The history of the race 
proves that the thought in the early mind is true. 

What a boy young Rowland must have been — tall, strong 
and manly, with a touch of vigor from the sea; wnth dignity 
from his own towering mountain peaks; tender, with a touch of 
poesy inspired by the sun-kissed slopes, with their deep mys- 
terious shadows, and by the melting purple and gold of a north- 
ern twilight which made the boy dreamy, and again questioning 
to know the reason why in God's beautiful universe so mttch 
hatred and cruelty entered into the hearts of men. Temper? 
Yes, and plenty of it — a torrent when provoked like the surge 
of the foam from the rugged clilT; passionate, again gentle, 
thoughtful and penitent. Amid such influences w^ere formed 
characteristics to be transmitted to a new race of men and 

The romances of the coast people are thrilling stories of 
fisher folk, whose conflicts are not with the elements alone, but 
with gods, semi-gods and dragons; of heroic contests for supre- 
macy of the sea, that put a daring into the blood and a heroism 
into the soul which no mere savage could daunt. The spirit of 
the old vikings still haunts the north, and we of a younger gen- 
eration feel the blood mount and the sinew's tighten when a slave 
is scourged or the ignorant racked. It is in some such way we 
must account for the courage of the Anglo-Celtic blood; the 
spirit of adventure and conflict is in the very air they breath. 

Homely as our reference is, it serves to prove the endurance 


of an idea in the northern mind: the first day of the week was 
set aside by law for the cleansing of linen; this was also in a way 
a religious duty with a penalty attached for its non-observance. 
A first ofifence was subject of fine, and so strict was the law that 
a death penalty was inflicted for a third ofTence. Cleanliness 
was next to godliness, and no people on the face of the earth are 
so clean in mind and body as the northern races. How much 
•climate has to do with it, is of more than passing interest. Let 
use remember that from these same hardy people came the beau- 
tiful lyrics that gave a hymnal in which the religious fervor of 
the seventeenth century expressed itself. It is obvious how old 
laws become fixed in the mind of a people. The Sagas and 
Eddas of an old heroic race, unlocked from the archives of Ice- 
land, as the scholar interprets their meaning, will give to the 
world many curious revelations. The history of the Aryan race 
receives new light from these interpretations. 

Ruskin tells us that the children descended from Goths, 
when given blocks many centuries afterwards, instinctively built 

The descendants of Rowland Robinson are sportsmen, the 
smell of the salt spray and the freedom of the forest gives to them 
the keenest enjoyment, and the blood in their veins leaps with 
the joy of living. 

Who were the parents of Rowland Robinson? We know 
Tbut little ; some devoted descendant may learn more than has been 
so far discovered. Indications point to a probability that his 
father was an estate man, if not of higher rank. The innate 
nobility and refined taste of Rowland Robinson would testify to 

At this time of which we write there were three distinct 
•classes represented — the nobles, estate men (often allied to the 
nobles), and commoner or tenant class, subservient to the nobles. 
Estate men owned large tracts of land which they often tilled 
with their own hands, very much as our New England farmers 
"do to-day. 

"They were noted for their sturdy independence, positive 
•convictions, and attached to their homes and husbandry." (Enc. 
Brittan.) They were certainly not of the tenantry, because of the 
power the Robinsons of the north of England seemed to have 
possessed to dispose of land, and because of leadership. We do 


not know whether Rowland's parents were rich or poor. Some 
members of the familv incHne to beheve they were rich. We do 
not know on what they base their theory that young Robinson 
brought property to America. The writer inclines to believe 
he came with but little; certainly if he ran away from home at the 
age of twenty-one, which records show, unless rich in liis own 
right, we must suppose that he came empty handed. The father 
of Rowland may have been able to give his children the advan- 
tages of collegiate education, for during his life the great colleges 
of Oxford and Cambridge, at their height, had added to their 
curriculum religious courses under the most advanced leader- 
ship, and the young men of England were eager to matriculate. 
We are sure that Rowland's home was a cultivated one, and that 
within the walls could be heard "Let us worship God." Refine- 
ment of taste and cultivation of manners are natural instincts of 
Rowland Robinson's descendants, and such instincts do not 
happen, but are a result of many generations in which habits ma\- 
be formed. Plumbago and rich copper mines were found in 
Cumberland County. No doubt many estate men and nobles 
were enriched thereby. 

The mother of Rowland came from Barnstable, England. 
We find that Isaac Robinson of Massachusetts, son of Rev. John 
Robinson, was also of Barnstable, thus we immediately connect 
the two families — that of Rowland and that of the immortal John 
— as being near of kin, and possibly after his marriage Rowland's 
father removed to Long Bluff. John Allen, the father of Mary 
Allen, was of the same town. 

As in sequence we can connect various inter-related families 
in the same locality, no doubt frequent visits were exchanged by 
young Mary of Barnstable and young Rowland of Long BlufT. 
An attachment was formed in their youth to be consummated 
by marriage in a new land when they shall have reached man- 
hood and womanhood. 

When Rowland was about ten years old, the great plague 
ravaged London, followed by the burning of St. Paul's Cathedral. 
This calamity was sounded in every port. How the whole pulse 
of England must have throbbed! History relating to this awful 
time tells us that many families fled to the north. What horrible 
accounts of the death pits along the highways; of old men, 
women and babes left to starve and rave in their death agonies, 


and of the immune thieves confiscating household goods. The 
riot and general havoc could only have been equaled by the 
revolution to follow a few years after. The whole of Europe 
stood aghast. All of this must have reached young Rowland's 
ears at a period when a young boy begins to look out into the 
world about him. Xews traveled to the north by the way of 
Cumberland Countv in that dav. 

When Rowland was thirteen, Milton, at the height of his 
literary genius, gave to the world "Paradise Lost." Poor blind 
Milton, fearless in protest, powerful in conviction, was he not 
the poet of the people? Persecuted, despised, hunted because 
of his convictions, England had many men in the seventeenth 
century of Milton's stamp. 

Then came the Rye House plot, another cause of trembling. 
John Bunyan, before Bedloe jail, was tinkering his pots and 
pans and fearlessly disseminating his Baptist creed. It was 
thought in the religious upheaval that nothing could happen 
much worse. In. fact, great history making events were tran- 
spiring around the globe in the early boyhood of Rowland. Ves- 
sels with traders, mendicants, and in fact with all sorts and kinds 
of travelers, who were circulating the world's news, were entering 
the ports of Cumberland. Newspapers at this period were 
almost unknown. Ireland had ventured one, and Russia pub- 
lished a news medium of some importance, but this was short 
lived. Even in this period of Russian history the people must 
not know too much. 

When Rowland was a mere lad the dying words of Oliver 
Cromwell (who w^as to the last a warm friend of New England) 
resounded throughout the world: "O Lord, though I am a 
miserable sinner I am in covenant with Thee. Thou hast made 
me though very unworthy an instrument to do Thy people good! 
and go on, O Lord, to deliver them and make Thy name famous 
throughout the world." As our sons to-day have heard the 
great martyred McKinley in his death agony say, "It is God's 
way ; Nearer My God to Thee," so the boy Rowland heard the 
words of Cromwell as they sunk into the hearts of the English 
speaking race, not to know their full significance until a fickle 
people had reinstated a vicious King and fomented the Revolu- 
tion of 1688. 

"It was an age of intense earnestness and martyrdom that 


kindled a fire of enthusiasm." There existed "a rough earnest- 
ness of character, a power of conscience and a dominating sense 
of moral accountability to God, that in England's Reformation 
began with the princes and ended with the people; in Germany 
began with the people and ended with the princes." The great 
men whom the English Reformation produced culminated in 
Oliver Cromwell. 

We are told that his glory reached Asia and the descendants 
of Abraham asked if he were the "servant of the king of kings." 

A learned rabbi journeyed from Asia to London to study 
his pedigree, thinking to discover his kinship to David. Through 
a twentieth century perspective we see clearly the policy of 
nations, and they appear like a game played by the kings with 
the people for their puppets. If Cromwell's policy had been 
followed in England, Louis XIV. would not have dared revoke 
the edict of Xantes. We dwell with renewed interest upon this 
fascinating period within the span of a young man's life. 

Here we find a galaxy of preachers, unrivaled in any age for 
eloquence; philosophers and scholars, jurists and moralists (the 
greatest since the day of Plato and Aristotle), poets and satyrists, 
who must ever be classed with the immortals who gave to the 
world of letters and jurisprudence models for centuries, if not for 
all time, founded as they were on spiritual truths and human 
understanding. \'oltaire doubts if any period saw such illus- 
trious men, and compares the age with that of Pericles in Greece. 
Augustine of Rome and Medicis of Italy. The policy of Cath- 
•erine De Medicis, Colignv and Richelieu were too firmlv fixed in 
the French mind to be easily erased. The Huguenots had be- 
come submissive since August 24, 1572. Spain, dying, laughed 
with Philip in derision, not disguising but revealing her moral 
rottenness; Germany with Maximilian II. had uttered her pro- 
test against the dictum of the Roman Catholic powers, and a cry 
•of vengeance against Mary Queen of Scots had fomented Eng- 
land. History making events followed quick and fast after 1624. 
when Richelieu was virtually King. "Everything for but noth- 
ing by the people" had been the keynote of his policy. Then 
the Holland, Swedish and English alliance against France led to 
the greatest preparation for war by Louis XI\'. since the 


Crusade. There have been some periods in tlie history of human 
development when it would seem as though Satan himself stalked 
through the earth and held absolute sway over rulers of men. 

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries certainly stand as 
unique examples in this respect. 

The year young Rowland was born began the terrible war 
in Poland. Poland had defied Ivan the Terrible; for this Alexis 
must revenge. Through the bloody days of Poland stands out 
the heroic, noble, immortal — in the annals of Poland history — 
John Sobieski. 

As we look back from the present dark days of Russia we 
see another period of terror in her history. Then as now th^ 
Cossack was an important factor. In those days of Stenke 
Razine — a Don Cossack — their depredations extended to the 
shores of Persia; indeed, the Cossacks threatened the world. 
Not until 1670 were they subdued. Moscow, surrounded by 
foes on all sides, quickly recovered, though not as vet ready to 
make trade treaties with the world. 

We think our boys of to-day in troublous times, and that 
the twentieth century is making history fast, true as this is, we 
must look to the seventeenth century for an introduction to 
many of the great movements of which the twentieth century 
will be the sequel. We gather up the threads of the great re- 
ligious movements which tore the church into factions to see 
them in this generation brought together into a bond of spiritual 
brotherhood. Creeds are svibservient and the Divine living 
Christ is dominant. The inquisition that sounded the death 
knell of Spain in that century, in the last century was crushed 
as a fiendish relic of barbarism too terrible for modern civiliza- 
tions. Maritime and trade relations then established are among 
some of the vital issues of the present century. 

Cumberland County, as we have shown, was of great mari- 
time importance; it was the great internal highway to Scotland; 
it was a country in which great religious movements were 
fomented and fostered. "Martin Luther, who hungered after 
truth," had said: "Let the scriptures be put into the hands of 
everybody; let them interpret for themselves; let spiritual liberty 
be revived as in apostolic days, and obey God rather than man." 
And the great Reformation was born in the hearts of a people, 
of transcendent importance to the human race, planting "Eng- 


land with Puritans, Scotland with heroes and North America 
with colonists," which created such men as "Knox, the aggres- 
sive reformer; Calvin, the logician and oracle of the Protestant; 
Crammer, the calm man of common sense and peaceful reform, 
founder of the English church; Latimer, who protested against 
the Scarlet Mother and her trappings ; Taylor, Baxter and Howe, 
much greater in the history of civilization than the Renaissance 
that dug for buried statues in the ruins of Greece and Italy, 'that 
soften but do not save.' " 

In the seventeenth century, no family was too poor to own 
a Bible; everybody could read it who would. Whether the 
parents of Rowland were the followers of Luther, Knox, Cram- 
mer or Latimer, we cannot say, but later evidence points to an 
affiliation with the Quakers. 

Quakerism was first preached in 1648 by John Fox, son of 
George Fox, a weaver of Drayton in Leicestershire, who was its 
founder. Itinerant preachers promulgated the doctrine in 
churches, barns and market places, we are told. Without a creed, 
liturgy, sacrament or priesthood, how it must have been wel- 
comed by God's children struggling for freedom from religious 
conflict and longing for spiritual peace. The Quakers passed 
into Scotland, making conspicuous converts along the way. 

Under the Commonwealth, the Puritans in England had a 
period of rest, and few if any immigrants sought the colonies. 
In 1662 the Act of Non-Conformity deprived the non-conforming 
ministers of their living, and this act furnished the colonies with 
some of their ablest clergymen and with many of their best men 
in civil life. 

The men independency forced to the front were remarkable 
men: "Strong of will, clear of eye, mighty through faith in their 
principles, steeped in the commanding emotion and enthusiasm 
of religion. They were principles that ennobled man, that as- 
serted rights of the individual." This was the type of man Row- 
land Robinson became and the type of men the Rol:)insons were 
before him, we believe. 

During the stringency of early times, many families to which 
the Robinsons of Narragansett were allied sought freedom of 
worship in America, although conditions in New England from 
a surface point of view were not much more attractive than at 
home, but to a student of colonial events there is to be found an 


niulercurrent, strong, vital and persistent toward uninterrupted 
progress in all things civic, religious and commercial. 

For a long period England's wars had kept her too busy to 
interfere in colonial affairs ; indeed, they were altogether neg- 
lected. Left to themselves, much of the old world spirit not yet 
outgrown appeared in the colonies. In the spirit of Jesuitism 
the Baptists were persecuted. 

In 1654 this persecution was terminated by Roger Williams. 
About the same year the Quakers, led by John Fox, appeared in 
Rhode Island. Their meetings were forbidden by the court of 
Massachusetts, but their doctrine was spread to all parts of New 
England, rooting itself deep in the hearts of the people. The 
persectited Quakers found refuge in Rhode Island as the Pil- 
o;rims found refuge in Holland. Rhode Island, independent, de- 
fended her position by saying that they had found "where the 
Quakers are suffered to defend themselves freely, there they least 
desired to come,"" and that, "they are likely to gain more fol- 
lowers by their conceit of their patient suffering than by consent 
to their pernicious sayings." Several Quakers were put to death 
in Massachusetts. 

In England persecutions were most severe. From 165 1- 
1657, two thousand were imprisoned and many died. Massa- 
chusetts imposed a penalty of one hundred pounds on any cap- 
tain who landed a Quaker. Ears were cropped, tongues bored, 
.and one William Robinson — a Quaker — suffered a death penalty. 
The writer may be pardoned this brief review, so familiar to a 
student of New England history. It may serve to refresh the 
memory and form a background to the picture of a young man 
subjected, no doubt, to much of the persecution his parents were 
called upon to endure; we have no reason to believe they were 
exempt, but every reason to believe the Robinsons of England 
were sympathizers or followers of either the Quakers or Baptists, 
and the youth Rowland was, no doubt, of the faith of his parents, 
and altogether a product of his times. 

The 24th of June, 1675, was an eventful day in the history 
of Rhode Island; this was the day of fasting and prayer prepara- 
tory to a final contest with the Indians. The strong forts of the 
Narragansetts defied all intrusion; Warwick and Providence had 
been almost destroyed, and village after village had been burned 
.throughout Massachusetts by the Indians through the instiga- 


tion of King Philip; these successes had made all tribes defiant; 
many of the Christian converts became spies and martyrs; the 
colonists feared to trust one of them. The outcome is too well 
known to recapitulate. 

Rowland Robinson landed onto the shores of New England 
into the thick of this trouble. What induced him to try his for- 
tune in a new land at such a time? — conditions were not better 
than in England — they were worse. 

We can see young Rowland at the age of twenty-one, rest- 
less and impatient to reach America; there lived the little maid 
of Barnstable who had stolen his boyish heart. 

Again the chronicler tells us that "he ran away from his 
parents and boarded a ship, embarking for the colonies." That 
very ship, no doubt, brought to the Cumberland ports news ol 
the pending Indian unprising. Whatever domestic trouble may 
have arisen, of which we will hint later, we do not believe thai 
this was the motive that prompted Rowland to leave his home. 
Stories of the Indian massacres were to the English people, 
nurses' tales, told to restrain immigration in some instances, in 
others, to arouse co-operation at home. The boyish heart of 
Rowland throbbed and ached to be by the side of the woman he 
had loved all through his boyhood and manhood's early years. 
IVonld the time never come? 

Quick to resent interference, impatient at delay, he waited 
and waited. At last his opportunity arrives, and foregoing a 
good father's and mother's blessing and reconciliation with a 
meddlesome ( ?) brother, dares all and does all a young man can 
do for a woman he loves. 

Rowland apprenticed himself at once to a carpenter. If he 
had brought money from England, he could have established 
himself in an independent business, but he took the position 
of an humble apprentice, and in a short time "was advanced 
in business for his good behavior." The year following his 
landing in America he married Mary Allen. 

Mary's father was a rich farmer, and the prestige that his 
influence as a man of affairs gave, with his own upright character 
and industrious habits, advanced him greatly. In a few years 
he became a man of wealth. 


Updike, in his history, records that the settlers of Narragan- 
sett were gentlemen of fine culture, of courtly manners, and in 
hospitality in the New England colonies were not surpassed. 

These families carefully educated, occupied a place of lead- 
ership in colonial affairs, and in the affairs of the nation which 
called for men of this character. 

Mrs. Caroline Robinson, in her rare and valuable genealogy 
of the Hazard family, gives the following anecdote of Rowland 
Robinson:* "Among the slaves owned by Rowland Robinson 
was one called Abigail, who grieved so bitterly for her son left 
behind in Africa, that her master sent her back to her native land 
to find the boy and bring him to her master's house and to a 
state of bondage. The old man provided carefully for her com- 
fortable sustenance on the voyage, giving the captain a list of 
the things that he was to provide; these included cups and 
saucers, plates, knives and forks, with a certain amount of bread 
and meat and other necessaries, one bed with furniture for the 
outward voyage, and two beds and furniture for the home voy- 
age. Of course, Rowland Robinson's friends and neighbors all 
laughed at his credulity in trusting his faithful slave, but as he 
had a crusty temper, he was saved from an outward show of their 
amusement, for it was a bold man who offended him. A man 
who had such faith in human nature must have safely been 

The story runs that Abigail returned with her son, who be- 
came a slave in her master's household. 

A short time before Rowland left England for America, he 
quarreled with one of his brothers. Some ten or fifteen years 
afterwards a son of this brother came to seek his future in New 
England, and of course went to his uncle's house. The uncle 
refused to see him, but gave him the best room in the house and 
detailed a servant to the young man's own service. He stayed 
several months, and then his Uncle Rowland bought for him an 
estate in Virginia, built a house, furnished it, and sent him with 
the slave he had given him to take possession of the new home. 

Rowland Robinson held many responsible positions under 
both the Colonial and State governments, among others that of 
Sheriff of Kings County. Many anecdotes exist of Rowland 
Robinson's career, full of humor and pathos, charmingly told by 

* By one authority this anecdote is attributed to Rowland Robinson 2d. 


Thomas Hazard in his book, "Recollections of Olden Times." 
The writer regrets they are out of j^rint and most difficult to 

Rowland Robinson bought from the Indians large tracts of 
land on which he built. The homestead in Point Judith, now 
standing, was built partly by his own hands. This land he greatly 
improved. He also purchased Pettaquamscutt and other land, 
where he built several houses. Westerly records for 1709 have 
recorded a deed for 3000 acres of Wood River land purchased 
by Rowland Robinson. The lands were sold in parts of 150 to 
300 acres each. Portions of his Pettaquamscutt and Point 
Judith estate have descended from father to children until within 
a very few years, if not to the present day. 

The records tell us that the gentlewoman, Alary Allen, whom 
our Rowland so loved, was born in 1654 in Barnstable, England, 
and died at the age of fifty (1706). Rowland died at the age of 
sixty-two (1716). Both were buried in the northwest corner of 
the Xarragansett Quaker burying lot in Kingston, now known 
as South Kingston. 

Thus closes the record. Their folded lives redolent with the 
perfume of a beautiful romance. The little boy and girl together 
in their English home; the youth and maid wandering through 
the fields on sunny, golden days, talking of the troublous times 
and recounting fabulous tales of the Druid orgies, Roman con- 
quests and northern invasion, shrinking with fear when a refugee 
w-ould pass them on the highways, or listening eagerly to a Pil- 
grim's gossip. Mary's immigration to America, young Row- 
land's broken heart; as he neared the year of emancipation, his 
discontent and impatience; his fear for the colonists, as their 
lives were from time to time imperiled; his escape to America, 
where he could face the perils with her and for her — his ]\Iary. 

The little Quakeress was the reward for a courageous young 
manhood, and together they bequeath a noble name — the finest 
heritage to manv generations of men and women vet unborn. 
\\"\i\\ no wealth but his own brave, loyal heart and willing hands, 
he landed on these New- England shores for freedom's sake — and 
for Mary — and became a self -made man. 

We, his descendants, "strike anew that deep mysterious 
chord of human nature which once responded to a dark, earnest, 
wondering age, and which lives in us, too; and will forever live, 


though silent now, or vibrating with far other notes, and to far 
different issues." 



Mrs. Caroline E. Robinson 

William Robinson was born January 26, 1693; he died 
September 19,. 175 1. He was the son of Rowland and Mary 
(Allen) Robinson, and great-grandson of Governor Henry Bull. 
His mother was a woman distinguished for her intelligence, firm- 
ness and w'ell-rounded beauty of character. With these traits, 
she richly endowed her children. Governor William Robinson 
was a man of great energy and executive ability, his personal 
appearance corresponding with his character, being a tall, strong, 
well-developed man, of a fair and ruddy complexion. The gen- 
erosity of his character is shown in the fact that as executor of 
his father's will, he went before the Town Council and declared 
that his father had expressed a wish before he died to give to two 
of his granddaughters, Mary and Sarah Robinson, orphan daugh- 
ters of his son.John, a farm of 150 acres each. By consent of the 
Town Council, William Robinson conveyed said land to his two 
nieces. This was land that had come to him as a residuary lega- 
tee, taken entirely from his own share of his father's estate. Also 
the four orphan nieces of his brother John were brought up in his 
own family. His second wife had three young children by her 
first husband — these helped to swell the number of his household, 
making twenty children who were brought up in the old mansion. 
Himself and wife, with twenty children and nineteen slaves, made 
a household of forty-one persons. The plantation was like a 
small village, with its barns, stables, store quarters and other out- 
buildings. To the considerable estate left to him by his father 
he added largely by purchase. Tn 1734, Jeremiah Wilson sold 
him for one thousand two hundred pounds, 350 acres; 1737, 
Robert Hannah for four thousand poimds, "one messuage or 
tenement," with 260 acres; 1737, George Mumford for four thou- 
sand five hundred pounds, sold him 200 acres on Point Judith; 
1739, Samuel Allen, Jr. of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, N. J., 
for one thousand pounds sold to him "all that messuage or tene- 


ment, together with houses, outhouses, buildings, barns, gardens, 
orchards," etc., containing 80 acres, bounded north by County 
road, east by Sanatucket mill, and lying near to a certain place 
called Sugar Loaf Hill. (This was the western boundary of his 
home farm.) In 1741, Joseph Mumford for six thousand pounds 
sold him 160 acres; 1742, William Brenton and wife Alice, for 
two thousand pounds, sold him 630 acres in Point Judith. In 
1746, for eight thousand pounds, 230 acres more. It must be 
remembered that the money paid for the land was in depreciated 
currency. The sales will, however, give the exact amount, which 
even then will show large sums that he expended in land. There 
being no banker, the only investments possible in those days 
seems to have been in land. The products of his dairy and large 
farms (all under cultivation) were exported. His Point Judith 
farms were used in part for raising horses — the celebrated Nar- 
ragansett pacers. His inventory shows eleven breeding mares 
with one stallion. These horses were from stock imported by 

William Robinson's home was on what is now known as 
Shadow Farm, the old mansion having been taken down in 1882. 
This home was built before 1716 by his father, as the inventory 
of his estate at that date mentions certain articles in the "old 
house," flock, beds and bedding, pewter plates and pewter plat- 
ters, galley pots, casseroles (which were called cassions) and 
other articles which seems to prove that the "old house" was the 
quarters for the slaves. This "old house" was near the head of 
Pettaquamscutt Cove, not far from the Manor House, wdiich de- 
scended from father to son for five generations, when it was sold 
in 1874 to Mr. Samuel Strang of New York. The inventory of 
Governor Robinson's estate show^s not only the amount of his 
wealth and the extent of his dairy, but even the size of his house, 
that was none too large for his numerous household. The 
rooms — guest room (it was 20 feet square), six more bedrooms, 
dining room (equally large), store bedroom, northeast bedroom, 
store closet, kitchen, milk room, cheese room, kitchen closet, 
dining room, bedroom — these were all on the first floor with cor- 
responding rooms above and several finished rooms in the attic. 
The rooms were all large; even the basement was not small. 
The storeroom bedroom had a fireplace, and it was here that was 
placed the trundle bed and cradle which tells its own storv. It 


was "Mother's room." The size of the dairy can be easily inferred 
from the fact that there were 4060 pounds of cheese on hand at 
the time of his death in September, the product of the summer; 
this was valued at five hundred and fifty-eight pounds. In 1751 
a Spanish mill was valued at two pounds six shillings. 

Governor Robinson's public life covered a period of twenty- 
four years, and during all this time he was actively engaged in 
business of the colony. He was Deputy in 1724, 1725, 1726, 
1727, 1728, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1741, 1748. Speaker of the House 
1735, 1736, 1741, 1742. Deputv Governor 1745. 1746, 1747, 

It goes without saying that the duties attending upon these 
offices were well and faithfully performed, and that he was a 
man trusted and appreciated not only by his townspeople, but bv 
the colony. 

He married about 1718, Martha, daughter of John and 
Sarah (Wilson) Potter, and widow of James Allen, a cousin of 
Governor Robinson. She had five children, and died November, 
1725. She, born December 20, 1692. He married secondly 
Abigail, daughter of William and Abigail (Remington) Gardiner, 
and widow of Caleb Hazard. She, born 17QO and died May 22, 
1772. They were married March 20, 1776. They had eight 
children, the eldest son, Christopher, born December 31, 1727; 
he married November 30, 1752, Ruhamah, daughter of Col. 
Christopher and Elizabeth (Hill) Champlin. 



Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

" One sunshiny afternoon there rode into the great gate of Manhattoes, 
two lean and hungry looking Yankees, mounted on Narragansett Pacers." 

— Knickerbocker, Washington Irving. 

In importing horses into Rhode Island, William Robinson 
displayed a keen insight into not his own needs alone, but into 
what would prove to be an absolute necessity wdth the growth 
of the State. When we realize the limitations of the colonists 
in transportation facilities and farm equipment, we marvel at the 



results accomplished. The products of William Robinson's farm 
must have been considerable, for inventories show trade relations 
with Spain to no small extent. The supervision of the farm was 
conducted by himself, and as we know this farm contained many 
acres, he must have been puzzled how to give it personal atten- 
tion. As Deputy Governor, his duties were most exacting in 
official work, and again, the seat of government was a long, 
weary journey from home, when traveled in slow stages. In 
importing horses, Governor Robinson anticipated his own need 
and accomplished what would have been subsequently done by 

The native Indian horse was no doubt in use, as were also 
a few horses driven into the colonies from Canada, either of a 
wild breed or of French import. Facilities for transporting 
horses to any great extent did not exist subsequent to the days 
of Governor William Robinson, although it is reasonable to sup- 
pose some breed of horse was brought into the country; how- 
ever, the writer can find no record relating to it. 

The pacer horse, such as Governor William Robinson im- 
ported, was of Arabian origin, dating back into the earliest Span- 
ish history. In the English records, the Spanish pacer figures 
more conspicuously than any other breed of horse. It is stated 
that William the Conqueror rode a pacer and that Queen Eliza- 
beth's favorite "pillion" was a Spanish pacer. (Enc. Britt.) 

With the introduction of heavy armor into England a 
change was made in the breed of horse used. The pacer was 
too delicate to carry a man heavily accoutred; the breed was 
mixed, developing a horse with the quick step of the pacer and 
the tough, heavy build of the horse in the north of France. 
Eventually the horse commonly known as "hack" was devel- 

For a time the pacer was lightly regarded in England, ex- 
cept for the ladies, and when carriages were introduced the pacer 
was discarded almost entirely for saddle work. The English 
used the pacer, however, to perfect the delicacy and symmetry of 
a coarser breed. If England exported horses to the New Eng- 
land colonies, the records are not easily available. 

Upon the introduction of gunpowder into England, the 
pacer comes to the front again, and we find it the favorite horse. 
The breed at this time reaches its highest stage of development. 


The pacer horse has always been an aristocrat of the finest 
type, and wherever found, "blood tells." 

The history of the pacer horse in its southern home as the 
darling of Moor and Spaniard, to the Narragansett pacer in its 
Rhode Island home is like a charming romance. We see it the 
pet of the court, the joy of the turf and the servant and messenger 
of the colonist. The saying, "ride a pacer to a jolly death," 
which has come to us from Spanish literature, expresses the use 
and the abuse to which this "best friend" has been subjected. 

It was about the year 1735 that Governor William Robinson 
imported the pacer to America. The Point Judith farms were 
used in part for raising these horses. His inventory shows 
eleven breeding mares with one stallion. The farm is now known 
as "Shadow Farm," and was the one bought by Samuel Strang 
in 1874. The original home was built in 1716. 

As we have seen, the activity of Governor William Robinson 
demanded rapid transit ; he could appreciate the value of a horse, 
swift of motion, small in bulk, and of good spirit without feeling 
great fatigue. The pacer was very swift and readily took the ford^ 
even wdiere swollen by great storms. 

It is surprising that the origin of the Narragansett pacer 
was so little known. To Fenimore Cooper, it was a "freak of 
nature." In his "Leather Stocking," his heroines ride Narra- 
gansett pacers, which he proceeds to account for in a footnote 
to this efTect: "The origin of the Narragansett pacer is unknown, 
but it is probably a cross between a native horse of Narragansett 
and an Indian pony." A freak of nature, he called it. 

It is evident from the suggestion of Cooper that the Narra- 
gansett pacer played no small part in the history of the colonies. 
The call to arms came, and the hearts of our forefathers were 
thrilled with the hope of independence, and rapid communication 
from colony to colony and State to State aroused the patriot to 
action. No electric wires, no railroads; stage coaches and run- 
ners, slow at the best, are some of the means recorded whereby 
the colonies were aroused. 

The "lean, hungry-looking Yankee," mounted on a Narra- 
gansett pacer, entered not only the gates of Manhattoes, but into 
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, into 
town after town, arousing Americans to protest against the in- 
justice of England. With his strong heart and willing feet, 


through forest and brake, by shore and mountain, our beautiful 
pacer sped to do his part in God's providence for a great nation 
that was to be. 

It is not unreasonable to suppose that Paul Revere, in his 
historic ride, rode a Xarragansett pacer, for through the close 
relation of many families of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the 
fame of the pacer must have been conveyed. A matter of such 
importance must have occasioned comment. In paying our 
tribute to men, let us pay a slight tribute of praise to the Xarra- 
gansett pacer. Through hostilities, savage tribes and many 
hardships we follow him, ever willing, ever faithful to serve his 
master. A man who owns a pacer of American pedigree, al- 
though like the '"Morgan" horse it is almost extinct, should 
decorate him with the buff and the blue, for to him no small 
honor is due. 



^Irs. Herbert Turrell 
Rowland Robixsox's* children were as follows: 

1. John, born in 1677: married Mary Hazard in 1703; died 
in 171 1, aged 34 years. His wife died in 1722, aged 46 years. 
He left four daughters, all of whom were brought up in Gov. 
^\'illiam Robinson's family. One of them married a Hazard, 
and was the mother of one of the Stephen Hazards. Another 
married a Babcock. 

2. Joseph, born in 1679; tli^^ in infancy. 

3. Elizabeth, born in 1680; married \\'illiam Brown in 1698. 
She died in 1745, aged 64 years. Mr. Brown died in 1749. aged 
y;^ years. They left children, Thomas Brown and others. 

4. Mary, born in 1683; married George Mumford in 1703. 

* In 1845 the remains of Rowland Robinson were removed from Friends Burying Ground, Tower 
Hill, South Kingston, to the Wakefield Cemetery, by Atmore Robinson, a lineal descendant of his in 
the fifth degree. 


She died in 1707, aged 2T, years. Mr. Alumford died in 1745, 
aged 66 years. They left children, James among others. 

5. Sarah, born in 1685; married Rufus Barton in 1712. She 
died in 1760, aged 76 years. Mr. Barton died in 1743, aged 70 
years. They left children, Rowland, Rufus and others. 

6. Rowland, born June 16, 1688; died in 1693, aged 5 years. 

7. Mercy, born in 1690; married Col. John Potter in 1714. 
She died in 1762, aged y2 years. Col. Potter died in 1739, aged 
50 years. They left children. 

8. William, born in 1693; married Martha Potter in 1717. 
She died in 1725, aged t,;^ years. He married his second wife, 
Mrs. Abigail G. Hazard — widow of Caleb Hazard and daughter 
of William Gardiner — in 1727 or 1728. William Robinson died 
in 1 75 1, aged 58 years. His second wife died in 1773, aged 76 

Note — The following are the children of John, son of Row- 

1. Mary, born in 1705; married Stephen C. Hazard in 1727. 
She died in 1756, aged 51 years. Mr. Hazard died in 1750, aged 
47 years. They left children. 

2. Rowland, born in 1706; died in infancy. 

3. Sarah, born in 1707; married Ichabod Potter, Jr., Jan. 16, 
1722. She died in 1744, aged T,y years. Mr. Potter died in 1755, 
aged' 55 years. They left children. 

4. Ruth, born in 1709; married Joseph Underwood in 1728. 
She died in 1758, aged 49 years. Mr. Underwood died in 1763, 
aged 58 years. They left children. 

The children of Gov. William Robinson — eighth son of 
Rowland — by his first wife, Martha Potter, were: 

I. Rowland, born in 1719; married Anstis Gardiner in 1741. 
"December 3, 1741, the bans being duly published in the church 
of St. Paul's, Narragansett, Rowland Robinson, son of William, 
was married to Anstis Gardiner, daughter of John Gardiner, by 
the Rev. Dr. McSparran." (Updike's History of the Narragan- 
sett Church, page 188.) Mr. Robinson died in 1806, aged 87 
years. Mr. Robinson died in 1785, aged 68 years. The chil- 
dren of Rowland Robinson were: i. Hannah, born in 1746; 
married Peter Simons. Mrs. Simons died in 1773. 2. Mary, 
born in 1752; died in 1777. 3. William R., born in 1759; mar- 
ried Ann Scott, 1784; died 1804, aged 45 years. Mrs. Robinson 


afterward married Dr. John \la.nn and died in 1839, aged 76 
years, without issue. 

2. John, born in 1721; died in 1739. 
Vau/'' 3. Margaret, born in 1722; married WilUam Mumford in 
1745. She died in 1768, aged 46 years. Mr. Mumford died in 
1790, aged 69 years. They left children. 

4. Elizabeth, born in 1724; married Thomas Hazard in 
1745. She died in 1804, aged 79 years. Mr. Hazard died at his 
homestead in South Kingstown in 1795, aged 76 years, and was 
buried in the Friends old burying ground in South Kingstown. 

5. Alartha, born in 1725; married Latham Clarke in 1747. 
She died in 1768. Mr. Clarke died in 1776, aged 60 years. They 
left children : Tvlartha. who was the second wife of John Hazard 
of North Kingstown, and a woman of strong intellect and ster- 
ling character; Samuel; Louis Latham; Hannah, born April 19, 
1760. Hannah married Peleg Gardiner — his second wdfe — Oct. 
26, 1 79 1. Her children were: Martha Clarke, born Sept. 10, 
1795. who married Rowland F. Gardiner and died Dec. 19. 1837; 
Hannah Robinson, born June 3, 1798. married Robert Morey 
and died June 3, 1869; Mary Ann, born Nov. 15. 1800. who mar- 
ried Timothy Clarke Collins and died in October, i860. The 
family now have Rowland Robinson's family Bible, containing 
among many other entries in his own handwriting, the following: 
"William Robinson, died 19th Sept., 1751, aged 57 years, 7 
months, 27 days;" "Martha, wife of William, died November, 
1725;" "My daughter, Hannah Robinson, departed this life the 
30th October, 1773, aged 27 years, 5 months, 9 days (Hannah 
Gardiner Morey, daughter of Robert Morey, has now in her pos- 
session four silver spoons that belonged to the 'unfortunate 
Hannah Robinson" ) y "Anstis Gardiner, wife of Rowland Robin- 
son, died November 24th, 1773;'" "Mary, my daughter, died April 
5th, 1777, aged 25 years, i month. 21 days;" "William, my son, 
died 29th October, 1804. aged 45 years;" "My beloved brother 
John Robinson, died October 5, 1739." 

6. Christopher — the first child of Gov. William Robinson by 
his second wife — born in 1728; married Rhuhama Champlin 
Nov. 30, 1752; died in 1807, aged 79 years. Mrs. Robinson died 
in 1783, aged 52 years. Their children were: i. Abigail, born 
1754; married Stephen Potter 1772; died 1803, aged 49 years. 

3. Christopher Champlin, born 1756; married Elizabeth Anthony. 


Dec. 30, 1790; died 1841, aged 87 years. Mrs. Robinson died in 
1849, aged 79 years. The children of Christopher C. and Ehza- 
beth Robinson were: (a) George C, born 1791; married Mary 
Niles Potter 1812; died at Canton, East Indies, 1827, aged 36 
years. Mrs. Robinson died in 1870, aged 75 years, 10 months 
and 18 days, (b) Thurston, born 1793; married Sarah Perry 
1823; died 1875, aged 82 years. Mrs. Robinson died 1874, aged 
^5 years. (c) Mary, born 1794; married John Brown 1815; died 
1866, aged ^2 years. Mr. Brown died 1834, aged 42 years; left 
children, (d) Harriet, born 1795; died 1796, aged 21 days, (e) 
Rhuhama C, born 1797; married John Robinson 1821 ; died 1869, 
aged 71 years. Mr. Robinson died in 1841, aged 47 years; no 
children, (f) Elizabeth, born 1799; died 1799, aged 3 months 
and 5 days, (g) Rodman G., born 1800; died 1841, unmarried, 
(h) Elizabeth A., born 1801 ; married William B. Robinson 1830; 
died 1876. (i) Sally, born 1803; died 1816. (j) Elisha A., born 
1804; married Mary Hull 1837. (k) Harriet, born 1807; mar- 
ried William B. Robinson — his second wife; died 1828. Mr. 
Robinson died 1875. (1) Frances Wanton, born 1809; died 
December, 1876; married Thomas Hazard Watson, son of Wal- 
ter. The children of Thomas H. and Frances W. Watson were: 
Walter Scott, George Robinson, Caroline, Elizabeth and Thomas 
H. (m) Christopher, born 1810. (n) Albert, born 1812; mar- 
ried Hannah Pierce 1844; died 1856, aged 44 years. The chil- 
dren of Albert and Hannah Robinson were Albert C, born 1854, 
and George P., born 1856. (o) William H. Robinson, born 
1814; married Eliza Hazard, 1841. 

7. William — seventh child of Gov. William Robinson — 
born 1729; married Hannah Brown 1752; died 1785, aged 56 
years. Mrs. Robinson died in 1791, aged 60 years. The chil- 
dren of William and Hannah Robinson were: i. Philip Robin- 
son, born 1754; married Elizabeth Boynton 1779; died 1799, 
aged 45 years. Mrs. Robinson died in 1785, aged 26 years. They 
liad one child, Samuel Boynton Robinson, born 1785; died 1794, 
aged 9 years. 2. Hannah, born 1756; married George Brown 
1774; died 1823, aged 67 years. Lieut.-Gov. George Brown died 
in 1836, aged 80 years. They left a large family of children, 
William, George, John and several daughters, one of whom mar- 
ried Rowse Babcock of Westerly. 

8. Thomas — eighth child of Gov. William Robinson — 


born 1730: married Sarah Richardson 1752; died 181 7, aged 87 
years. Mrs. Robinson died in 181 7, aged 84 years. 

9. Abigail, born in 1732; married John Wanton 1751; died 
1754, aged 22 years. Mr. Wanton died in 1793, aged 65 years. 
They had only one child, which was buried in the same grave 
with the mother. 

10. Sylvester, born in 1734: married Alice Perry -in 1756; 
died in 1809, aged 75 years. Mrs. Robinson died in 1787, aged 
50 years. 

11. ]ylary, born in 1736; married John Dockray in 1756; 
died in 1776, aged 40 years. Mr. Dockray died in 1787, aged 
56 years. Their children were: i. John Bigelow. 2. James 
Dockray. John Bigelow Dockray married a daughter of Wil- 
liam Congdon, and was the father of John, Xancy and ]\lary. 
The last named John Dockray married Mercy Peckham. Their 
children were: John, William, James and Alary — all now living. 
Nancy married William Brown, a son of Gov. George Brown. 
Their children were: ]\Iary, Xancy, John, Hannah, Edward and 

12. James, born 1738; married X'ancy Rodman. 

13. John, born 1742; married Sarah Peckham 1761; died 
1801. ]\Irs, Robinson died in 1775. 

The children of Thomas Robinson — eighth child of Gov. 
William Robinson — were: 

I. William T., born 1754; married Sarah, daughter of Sam- 
uel Franklin of Xew York City; died 1835, aged 81 years. Mrs. 
Robinson died in 181 1, aged 52 years. 

The children of William T. and Sarah Robinson were: i. 
Esther, born in 1782: married Jonas Minturn of X'^ew York. 

The children of Jonas and Esther Minturn were: (a) Eliza- 
beth, born 1801: died young, (b) William, born 1802; drowned 
in a sailboat near Xew York, Sept. 21, 1821. (c) Rowland, born 
1804; died 1839, unmarried, (d) Caroline, born 1806; married 
David Prescott Hall of Xew York. Their children were: John 
Mumford, Rowland Minturn, Caroline Minturn, Elizabeth Pres- 
cott, Frances Ann and David Prescott. David Prescott Hall 
married Florence Howe, daughter of Dr. Samuel G. Howe of 
Boston, and his children — Samuel Prescott, Caroline Minturn 
and Henry Marion, (e) Thomas, born 1808; died unmarried, 
aged about 70 years, (f) Lloyd, deceased, born 1810; married 


Julia Randolph of Newport, R. I.; second wife, Anne K. Robin- 
son, of Ferrisburgh, Vt., whose children are named elsewhere, 
(g) Frances, born 1812; married Thomas R. Hazard of Vaucluse, 
R. I. Their children were: Mary, died aged 27 months; Frances, 
Gertrude, Anna — the last three named all died in early woman- 
hood — Esther, who married Dr. E. J. Dunning of New York, 
and Barclay, born in 1852. (h) Niobe, married Duncan Fer- 
guson of New York; had one child, Lucy, who died, aged 2 
years; married, second. Ward H. Blackler of New York, whose 
children were: Mary — who married Theodore Wright of Phila- 
delphia, and has one child — Minturn, Gertrude, who died 
in early womanhood, and Edith Belliden. (i) Jonas, born 1819; 
married Abby West of Bristol, R. I. Their children were: Row- 
land, Mary — married Charles Potter of Newport, R. I., and his 
children, Charles, Mary Minturn and Aracelia — Thomas, Gert- 
rude — married Capt. George Sanford, U.S.A., and has one 
daughter, Margaret — Madeline and James, (j) Agatha, married 
Edward Mayer of Vienna, Austria, and has children John, Lloyd 
and William, (k) Gertrude, married William H. Newman of 
New York City. All the above named daughters of Jonas and 
Esther Robinson Minturn are deceased. 

2. Thomas — second child of William T. and Sarah Robin- 
son — attached himself to the fortunes of Aaron Burr and died 
in Paris in early manhood, unmarried. 

3. Samuel, unmarried; lost in a sailboat near New York 
Sept. 21, 1815. 

4. Sarah, married Joseph S. Coates of Philadelphia. Their 
children were: Joseph H. and Sarah R. Coates. Joseph H. 
married, first, Elizabeth W. Horner, who died without children; 
second, Sarah Ann Wisner. Their children were: Alma W., 
Ellen W., Arthur R. and Joseph S. Coates. Sarah R. Coates 
married Joshua Toomer of Charleston, S. C, and has one child, 
Mary Ann. 

5. ]\Iary, married William Hunter, United States Minister to 
Brazil. Their children were (a) William, married Sally Hoff- 
man, daughter of General Smith of Georgetown, D. C. The 
children of William and Sally H. Hunter were: Walter, Mary — 
married Richard H. Jones of Cumberland, Md. — Blanche, Irene, 
William and Godfrey, (b) Eliza, married James Birckhead of 
Rio Janeiro, Brazil. Their children were William and Katherine. 


William Birckhead married Sarah King of Newport, R. I. and 
has children — James, Philip and Hugh, (c) Thomas R., mar- 
ried Mrs. Frances Wetmore Taylor of New York City. Their 
children are: William, Elizabeth, Augusta, Mary and Charles, 
(d) Mary, married Captain Piers of the Royal Navy of Great 
Britain, (e) Charles, Commander U. S. Navy, married i\Iiss 
Rotch of New Bedford. Their children are: Catherine — married 
Thomas Dunn of Newport, R. I. — Caroline, Mary — married 
Walter Langdon Kane of New York — Anna Falconet, (f) 
Catherine, married William Greenway of Rio Janeiro, Brazil, 
whose son was Charles, (g) John, died in youth. 

6. Abby — daughter of William T. and Sarah Robinson — 
married Air. Pierce; both lost at sea. 

7. Franklin, married and died in Alabama, leaving Mary, 
who died while at school in Newport, R. I., and other children. 

8. Nancy, married John Toulmin of Alobile, Ala., and left 
one child, Agatha. 

9. Rowland, married and settled in Ohio, where he died 
highly respected, leaving several children. 

10. Eliza, died in early womanhood, unmarried. 

11. William, died in mature manhood, unmarried. 

12. Emma, married John Grimshaw; died 1878. They had 
a daughter, Emma, who married Benjamin Haviland and had 
children — William Robinson, Gertrude, Ellen and Frances. 

2. Thomas — second son of Thomas Robinson, the eighth 
son of Governor William — born 1756; died young. 

3. Mary, born 1757; married John Morton of Philatlelphia. 
1793; died in Philadelphia 1829. Mr. Morton died in Philadel- 
phia 1828. Their children were: Esther, born 1797; Robert, 
born 1801 ; died unmarried 1848. Esther married Daniel B. 
Smith 1824. The children of Daniel B. and Esther Smith were: 
Benjamin R., born 1825; John, born 1828, died 1836; Mary, born 
1830, died 1854. Benjamin R Smith married Esther F. Whar- 
ton, 1859. Their children are: Robert Morton, born i860, died 
1864; William Wharton, born 1861; Amia Wharton, born 1864; 
Esther Morton, born 1865; Deborah Fisher, born 1869, died 
1877; Edward Wanton, born 1875. Benjamin R. Smith in- 
herited and now occupies as a summer residence the old home- 
stead of his maternal ancestors in Newport, R. I. 

4. Abigail, born 1760; died at an advanced age, unmarrictl. 


5. Thomas Richardson, born 1761; married Jemima Fish 
1783; died 185 1, aged 90 years. Mrs. Robinson died in 1846, 
aged 85 years. They left children: i. Abigail, married Nathan 
C. Hoag. Their children were: Rachael, married, no children; 
Amy, unmarried; Thomas, married Huldah Case; Huldah, mar- 
ried Louis Estis; Jane, married Henry Miles; Joseph, Nathan, 
died young; Mary, married Daniel Clark. 2. Rowland T., mar- 
ried Rachel Gilpin of New York. Their children were: (a) 
Thomas R., married Charlotte Satterly and had children, Wil- 
liam G. and Sarah R., who married William Harman. (b) George 
G. (c) Anne K., married Lloyd Minturn. Their children were: 
Rowland R., Agatha Barclay — married William R. Haviland — 
and Frances, (d) Rowland E., married Anna Stevens. 

6. Rowland, born 1763; lost at sea in early manhood; un- 

7. Joseph Jacobs, born 1765; died at an advanced age, un- 

8. Amy, born 1768; married Robert Bowne of New York. 
Their children were: George, who died unmarried, and Rowland, 
who left a daughter. 

The children of Sylvester Robinson, son of Gov. William 
Robinson, were: 

1. James, born 1756; married Mary Attmore of Philadel- 
phia in 1781; died 1841, aged 85 years. Mrs. Robinson died 
1856, aged 86 years. 

2. Mary, born 1763; married Jonathan N. Hassard 1788; 
died 1837, aged 74 years. Mr. Hassard died 1802 in the West 
Indies, aged 42 years. He left children, Stephen, James, Alice, 
Jonathan N., Robinson and Mary, and numerous grandchildren. 

3. Abigail, born 1769; married Thomas H. Hazard 1789; 
died 1818, aged 49 years. Mr. Hazard died 1823, aged 61 years, 
and left children. 

The children of James Robinson — ninth child of Gov. Wil- 
liam Robinson — were: 

1. Abigail, born 1768; married John Robinson 1794; died 
1805, aged 37 years. Mr. Robinson died in 1831, aged 64 years; 
left children. 

2. Ruth, born 1769; was never married; died in 1839, ^ged 
70 years. 

3. Mary, born 1771 ; married John Bowers 1792; died 1826, 


^getl 55 years. Mr. Bowers died 1819, aged 53 years; left chil- 

4. Ann, born 1772; died 1790. aged 17 years. 

5. James, born 1774; died 1781. aged 7 years. 

The children of John Robinson — the tenth and youngest 
child of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Benjamin, born 1763: married Elizabeth Brown, daugh- 
ter of Gov. George Brown. 1801 : died 1830. aged 66 years. Mrs. 
Robinson died in 1855, aged 86 years. 

2. Sarah, born in 1764: married John Taber 1789; died 1837, 
aged y^) years. Mr. Taber died in 1820, aged 62 years; they 
left children. 

3. William, born 1766: married. 

4. John J., born 1767: married Abigail Robinson 1794; died 
1831. aged 64 years. ]\Irs. Robinson died in 1805, aged 39 years. 

5. Sylvester, born 1769; married: died in 1837, aged 68 

6. Thomas, born 1771; died 1786, aged 14 years. 

George C. — third child of Christopher, son of Gov. William 
Robinson — born 1758: died 1780, aged 22 years. He was taken 
prisoner in the privateer "Revenge" in 1778, carried into Xew 
York and placed on board the prison-ship "Jersey" at the Walla- 
bout, Long Island, X. Y., where he died with the prison fever, 
and was buried at that place. 

4. Elizabeth — fourth child of Christopher — born 1760: mar- 
ried Mumford Hazard, son of Simeon, 1786: died 1822, aged 62 
years. Mr. Hazard died in 181 1, aged 55 years. They left no 

5. William C, born 1763; married Frances Wanton 1794: 
died 1803, aged 40 years. ]\Irs. Robinson died in 1816, aged 43 

6. Jesse, born 1764: married Hannah T. Sands 1789: died 
1808, aged 44 years. ]\Irs. Robinson died in 1848. aged 82 years. 

7. Robert, born 1765: married Sarah Congdon 1795. She 
died in t8o2, aged 26 years. ^larried Ann Deblois 1807. Mr. 
Robinson died in 1831, a^ed 66 years. Mrs. Robinson, his sec- 
ond wife, died in 1850. aged 68 years. 

8. Hannah, born 1769: married John Perry 1788; died 1849, 
aged 80 years. ^Ir. Perry died in 1834, aged 69 years. Left 
children : Robinson Perry of \\'akefield, John G. Perry of Kings- 



ton, Oliver Hazard of Peace Dale, and several other sons and 

9. Matthew, born 1772; married Mary S. Potter 1797. She 
died in 1801, aged 24 years. Married Mary Potter in 1802. Mr. 
Robinson died in 182 1, aged 49 years. Mrs. Robinson, second 
wife, died in 1836, aged 54 years. 

The children of William C. — fifth child of Christopher and 
grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Edward Wanton, born 1797; died 1818, aged 21 years. 

2. Stephen Ayrault, born 1799; married Sarah H. Potter 
1822, at Wakefield, R. I.; died in South Kingstown, April 7, 
1877, aged 78 years. 

3. Francis W., born 1800; died 1802, aged 2 years. 

4. George C., born 1802; died 1820, aged 18 years. 

5. William C, born 1803; married Abby B. Shaw 1827; died 
1 87 1, aged 67 years. 

The children of Jesse — sixth child of Christopher and grand- 
son of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Robert, born 1790; died 1809, aged 19 years. Mr. Rob- 
inson was killed by falling from the masthead of the ship "Reso- 
lution" of Newport, R. I., while in the harbor of Charleston, 
S. C. 

2. William J., born 1792; married Rebecca Ann Gould 1822; 
died 1852, aged 60 years, without issue. His widow married in 
1859, Isaac Jacques of Elizabeth, N. J. 

3. Matthew, born 1794; married Mary D. Shields 1828; 
died 1833, aged 39 years; left issue. His widow married Dr. 
DeForrest of Baltimore, Md., 1843. 

4. Samuel Perry, born 1798; married Alzada R. Willey 
1824; died 1868, aged 70 years. 

5. Edwin, born 1801; married Mary Connor 1833; died 
1843, aged 42 years. 

6. Mary Ann, born 1803; married Elijah Johnson 1825. Mr. 
Johnson died 1875, aged 74 years; left children. 

7. Abby, born 1805; married Samuel Clarke 1828; died 
1847, aged 42 years; left children. 

8. John Ray, born 1808; died 1818, aged 10 years. He was 
drowned in the Pettaquamscutt River near the foot of Tower 

9. Sarah Ann. born 1807; married William Bailey 1832. 


Mr. Bailey died 1854. aged 45 years. Mrs. Bailey died 1865, 
aged 58 years. They left no children. 

The children of Robert — seventh child of Christopher and 
grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Alexander S., born 1797; died 1819, aged 22 years. 

2. Samuel W., born 1799; never married; died 1862, aged 
63 years. 

3. Robert, born 1802; never married; died 1869, aged 67 

4. Sarah Ann, born 1808; never married; died 1864, aged 
56 years. 

The children of Matthew — ninth and youngest child of 
Christopher and grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were : 

1. John P., born 1799; died 1801, aged 2 years. He was 
twin brother to Rowland. 

2. Rowland, born 1799; married 1834; died 1859, aged 60 
years; left children. 

3. Samuel S., born 1801; married 1825; died 1874, aged y^ 
years; left children. 

4. Maria, born 1803; died 1831, aged 27 years; was never 

5. Frances W., born 1804: married Benjamin Balch 1842; 
died 1845. aged 41 years; left no children. 

6. William C, born 1806; died 1827, aged 21 years. 

7. Sarah Ann, born 1807; died 1832, aged 25 years. 

8. Edward W., born 1809 ; married 1835 ; has no children. 

9. Hannah, born 181 1; married Edward Earned 1841. 
10. S. Ayrault, born 1814; not married. 

The children of James Robinson — son of Sylvester and 
grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. William A., born 1797; married Dorcas B. Hadwen 1828: 
died 1872, aged 75 years. The children of William A. and Dor- 
cas B. Robinson were: i. ]\Iary A., married Jacob Dunnell. 2. 
James, married Anna Balch. 3. Edward H.. married Grace M. 
Howard. 4. Caroline, died 1845. 5- Anne A. 6. William A, 
Jr.. married Marian L. Swift. 

2. Edward Mott, born 1800; married Abby S. Howland; 
died 1865. The children of Edward M. and Abby S. Robinson 
were: i. Hetty H.. married Edward H. Green. 2. Isaac H.. 
died in infancv. 


3. Anne A., born 1801 ; married Stephen A. Chase. Mr. 
Chase died in 1876. 

4. Sarah, born 1804; died in infancy. 

5. Attmore, twin of Sarah; married Laura Hazard. The 
children of Attmore and Laura Robinson were: i. James A., 
married first, Mary E. Alger, second, Mary Ring. 2. Jane H. 
3. Sylvester, died 1874. 4. George H., married Sarah Dela- 
mater. 5. Anne C. 6. William H. H. 

6. Rowland, born 1806; died 1819. 

7. Sylvester C, born 1808. 

The children of Benjamin Robinson — son of John and 
grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. George, born 1792; died 1795, aged 3 years. 

2. John, born 1794; married Rhuhama Robinson 1821; died 
1841, aged 47 years. Mrs. Robinson died 1868, aged 71 years; 
no children. 

3. George B., born 1796; married Mary R. Wells 1832. She 
died 1838, aged 27 years. Married Julianna Willes 1839. ^^^• 
Robinson died 1827, aged 76 years. 

4. Sylvester, born 1798; married Eliza Noyes 1822; died 
1867, aged 69 years. Their children were: i. Ann B., married 
Nicholas Austin. 2. B. Franklin, married Caroline Rodman. 
3. Hannah. 

5. William B., born 1800; married Harriet Robinson 1827. 
She died 1828, aged 21 years. Married Eliza A. Robinson 
183 1. She died 1874, aged yz years. Mr. Robinson died 1875, 
aged 75 years. His children were: i. Caroline H., born 1828, 
died 1829. 2. Caroline E., born 1842, married Benjamin Sher- 
man 1875. 

The children of John L Robinson — son of John and grand- 
son of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. James, born 1796; married Maria Gibbs 1832; died 1874, 
aged 78 years. Mrs. Robinson died 1875, aged 70 years. Their 
children were: i. John C, born 1835, died 1865, aged 30 years. 
2. James, born 1837, died 1838. 3. Virginia, born 1839, died 
1846. 4. Arabella, born 1845, married John A. Cross 1871. 

2. Mary Ann, born 1798; married Mr. Shotwell 1825; died 
1870, aged 71 years, leaving one child. 


The children of William C. Robinson — son of William C. — 

1. Frances W., born 1829; died 1851, aged 21 years. 

2. William A., born 1834; died 1837, aged 3 years. 

3. Ann Alaria, born 1836: married Albert J. S. Molinard 
1836. Captain Molinard died 1875, leaving two children. Mrs. 
Molinard married Air. Pendall for her second husband. 1875. 

4. Edward Ayrault, born 1838; married Alice Canby 1871; 
has children. 

5. George Francis, born 1843; married Ellen F. Lord 1869; 
has children. 

The children of George B. Robinson — son of Benjamin and 
great-grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Maria, born 1833; died 1848. 

2. Elizabeth B., born 1835. 

3. John W., born 1836; died 1837. 

4. Mary W., born 1838; died 1838. 

5. Hannah W., born 1840. 

6. George B., born 1842; married. 

7. Thomas W., born 1843. 

The children of Samuel Perry Robinson — son of Jesse and 
great-grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Anna R., born 1824; died 1853. aged 29 years. 

2. William J., born 1828; died 1829. 

3. William, born 1830. 

4. Hannah T., born 1832; died 1834. 

5. Edwin M., born 1834; died 1861, aged 26 years. 

6. Sarah Jane, born 1837; died 1841. 

7. Alzayda R. W.. born 1839. 

8. Rebecca, born 1842; married Alfred Gregory, 1870. 

9. Alvira Weeden, born 1843. 

10. Samuel P., born 1844. 

11. Kingston Goddard, born 1846. 

The children of George C. Robinson — eldest son of Chris- 
topher C. and great-grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

I. Jeremiah P., born 1819; married Elizabeth DeWitt 1843. 
Their children are: i. Mary N., born 1844; died 1845, aged i 
year, 4 months and 17 days. 2. Jeremiah P., born 1846; married 


Margaret D. Lanman 1867. 3. Elizabeth D., born 1851; mar- 
ried Lewis H. Leonard 1871. 4. Harriet W., born 1853. 5. 
Isaac R., born 1856. 

2. Sarah H., born 1821; married William Rhodes Hazard 
1851; died i860, aged 38 years. 

3. Elizabeth A., born 1823; married James Stewart 1854. 

4. George C, born 1825; married Mary L. Arnold 1852. 
Their children are: i. George C., born 1854. 2. Louisa L., born 
1856. 3. Mary N., born 1858. 4. Richard A., born i860; died 
1862, aged I year and 10 months. 5. Margaret, born 1864. 6. 
Anna D., born 1870; died 1871, aged i year, 6 months and 12 
days. 7. Edward Wanton, born 1872. 

5. Mary N., born 1827; married George G. Pearse, 1849. 
The children of Thurston Robinson — son of Christopher C. 

and great-grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Morton, born 1825; married Ann E. Collins 1854. Their 
children are: i. Anna, born 1855, married Sylvester Cross 1875. 
2. Harriet E., born 1858. 3. Frances W., born 1859; married 
Herbert Turrell. 4. Benjamin A., born 1862. 5. Morton P., 
born 1864. Harriet E. married a son of Gen. Rodman, who was 
mortally wounded at the battle of Antietam. 

2. Harriet, born 1828; married Samuel Robinson. 

3. Benjamin, born 1832; died 1834. 

The children of Elisha A. Robinson — son of Christopher C. 
and great-grandson of Gov. William Robinson — were: 

1. Sarah Hull, born 1838; married John Eldred of New- 
port, R. L. 1869. They have one son, John Robinson. 

2. George L, born 1840; married Jane Porter 1864. 

3. Christopher C, born 1842; married Alvira A. Blanchard 
1867; died Feb. 8, 1879. 

4. Elisha A., born 1845; married Abby A. Proud 1874. 

5. Mary Anna, born 1847; died 1848, aged 5 months and 16 

6. Benjamin Hull, born 1849; died 1850, aged 6 months and 
8 days. 

7. Francis Warner, born 1852; married Mary Nichols 1875. 

NOTE — If errors are fo'jnd in the foregoing records kindly send corrections to editor. 




Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

(Thomas R. Hazard — Shepherd Tom — in his quaint " RecoUertions of 
Olden Times" furnishes us with the best material for the following nar- 

Among the early descendants of Rowland Robinson — the 
founder of the Xarragansett family of Robinson — no stronger 
type developed than Rowland Robinson, the eldest son of Gov. 
William Robinson. 

Rowland Robinson, though perhaps a little too much after 
the brusk order of Fielding's Squire Western, was a fair speci- 
men, in temper and manners, and a perfect beau ideal, in cos- 
tume, presence and person, of the old-time country gentleman 
who constituted the semi-feudal aristocracy of Xarragansett. 

In person he was portly, tall and erect. His features were 
Roman, slightly tempered with the Grecian type. His clear, 
blonde complexion, inclining to red and undulating brown hair, 
worn in a queue behind, attested his Saxon descent. When in full 
dress ]\Ir. Robinson generally wore a dark silk-velvet or brown 
broadcloth coat, light yellow plush waistcoat, with deep pockets 
and wide f^aps resting partly on the hips, short violet-colored 
velvet breeches buckled at the knees, nicely polished white-top 
boots or silver buckled shoes, fine cambric shirt profusely ruffled 
and plaited at the bosom and wrists, with white silk neck-tie to 
match; the whole surmounted and set ofi by a looped-up tri- 
angular hat on his head and a stout gold-headed cane in his hand. 

I have heard it said by persons acquainted with Revolution- 
ary data that such was the admiration inspired by the fine ap- 
pearance and courtly bearing of Rowland Robinson, though 
then far beyond the prime of manhood, who occasionally came 
to his brother Thomas Robinson's house in Newport, where 
Count Rochambeau, commander of the French land forces, re- 
sided for some time as a guest, that many of the count's officers 
sought introductory letters to Mr. Robinson, that they might 
obtain access to and share in the hospitality of his home in Xar- 

Many a Quaker beauty was watched with exceeding care 


to protect them from his "most Christian Majesty's" land forces 
in Newport. 

In the year 1741 Rowland Robinson married Anstis Gar- 
diner, daughter of Col. John Gardiner, who lived in Boston Neck. 

Mr. Robinson, with others, sent a vessel from Franklin 
Ferry to the Guinea coast for slaves for the purpose of selecting 
servants for his house and farm, and to sell the remaining por- 
tion which would fall to his lot. Up to the time of the return of 
the vessel, the cruelty and injustice involved in the slave trade 
had never been brought to his attention, but now when he saw 
the forlorn, woe-begone looking men and women who had been 
huddled together like beasts, disembarking, some of them too 
feeble to stand alone, the enormity of his ofTense against human- 
ity presented itself so vividly to his susceptible mind that he 
wept like a child, nor would he consent that a single slave which 
fell to his share — twenty-eight in all — should be sold, but took 
them all to his own home where, though held in servitude, were 
kindly cared for. 

It has been suggested that much of Rowland Robinson's 
popularity as a host was due to his beautiful and accomplished 
family, viz. : two daughters, Hannah and Mary. His son was 
spoken of as having been, in his gentle disposition, the opposite 
of his father. He seems to have been singularly beloved, and 
when he died (October, 1804) the whole town of Newport 
mourned his loss ; it is said that strong men wept when recounting 
his virtues. 

The death of his daughter Mary in early womanhood and 
the tragic fate of Hannah greatly weakened Mr. Robinson's 
mind. Many anecdotes were told of his eccentricities at this 
time, all of which lend force to the idea of his having possessed 
a marked character. The following shows us Mr. Robinson's 
religious sympathies: "One day while in a ferryboat on his way 
to Newport, a fellow passenger made some remark derogatory to 
the Society of Friends, for which Mr. Robinson reproved him in 
no very gentle terms. 'Are you a Quaker, sir?' said the stranger. 
'No,' was the quick reply; 'but I know and love the Quakers so 
well that I would fight knee deep in blood in their defense,' which 
the man knew to be no idle boast." 

On another occasion he called on his sister, in a towering 
rage against one of the Robinson family in Narragansett, with 


whom he had quarreled, stating his grievance. "Sal," said he 
(as he always called her) "the Robinsons are all rogues." "Why, 
no," said she; "that cannot be so, brother Rowland, for in that 
case thou, being a Robinson, must be a rogue thyself." "I be- 
lieve I am, Sal! I believe I am!" was the old gentleman's quick 

The strong love and jealous pride of Rowland Robinson, as 
exemplified toward his daughter Hannah, are two of the dom- 
inant characteristics of the Robinson familv. 

Of Hannah Robinson, it has been said that "her personal 
charms and accomplishments must have been of a character al- 
most exceeding belief. She was described as being rather above 
the medium height, her figure just a trifie inclined to embonpoint, 
of a clear complexion, delicately tinted with the rose, dark hazel 
eyes, Greacean features of the finest mould throughout, sur- 
mounted with a faultless head of auburn hair that fell in luxuri- 
ous ringlets about her swan-like neck and shoulders, all of which 
was made the more bewitchingly attractive by a surpassingly 
lovely expression of countenance, and an incomparable grace in 
speech, manner and carriage." 

The parents of Hannah spared neither pains nor expense 
in the education of their children; when advanced in her teens 
their daughter was placed in the care of an aunt at Newport, that 
she might receive instruction in the more "polite branches" 
under the care of the celebrated Madame Osborne— a most ac- 
complished lady, whose fame as an instructor of young ladies 
was not confined to Newport. 

It was while studying with Madame Osborne that Hannah 
first saw M. Pierre Simons, a son of a Huguenot family of some 
note, who were obliged to flee from their country during the 
persecutions of the French Protestants in the reign of Louis 
XIV. Almost from the hour they met a sentiment of aflFection 
sprang up in the hearts of the young tutor employed by Mrs. 
Osborne and his lovely, unsophisticated pupil, which ripened 
into a strong, mutual attachment. 

The lovers were aware that it would not do for one in Mr. 
Simons' position in life to venture into the proud father's house 
as a suitor of his daughter. Fortune seemed to favor the young 
people: Hannah's uncle, Col. William Gardiner, educated his 
children at home, and in looking about for a private tutor, en- 


gaged Pierre Simons to go with him to his Narragansett home 
and occupy that position in his family. The lovers enjoydl 
many opportunities of seeing each other, especially as Col. Gar- 
diner, who was of a kind and easy disposition, on becoming- 
aware of the love which existed between his beautiful niece and 
her former tutor, sought rather to promote opportunities for 
interviews between the lovers than otherwise. 

The mother's suspicions were aroused, and Hannah con- 
fided to her the secret of her love. 

After trying for months, in vain, to persuade her child to 
discourage her affianced lover, and finding that nothing would 
induce her to dismiss him, Mrs. Robinson forbore further opposi- 
tion. Thus encouraged by the mother's tacit consent, if not 
approval of his suit, it was mutually arranged by the lovers that 
Pierre should occasionally walk over from Col. Gardiner's of 
an evening, and upon the appearance of a signal light in Han- 
nah's window approach the house and secrete himself in a large 
lilac bush which grew beneath it, where love messages might be 
easily passed. In fact, so emboldened did the lovers become by 
the unbroken success that attended their stratagem, that they 
finally arranged for occasional meetings in Hannah's room; her 
mother lending her presence and countenance to the dangerous 
adventure, rendered all the more critical because of its being the 
undeviating practice of Hannah's father to bid her "good night" 
before he retired, even if it required his going to her own room 
or elsewhere. It was necessary to have a convenient place in 
which Hannah's lover might retreat on tmtoward occasions. 
Such a place — a cupboard — was in the room. 

Though not grown to mature womanhood, Hannah, as 
might be readily surmised, had many admirers; among them was 
a William Bowen of Providence, who was ardently attached to 
the fair girl and earnestly sought her, with her father's full ap- 
proval, in marriage. Hannah, however, graciously declined his 
attentions, and that he might not indulge in hope imparted to 
him in confidence the fact that her affections were engaged to 
another, which confidence he kept inviolate. 

Dr. Joshua Babcock of Westerly, Narragansett, was a gen- 
tleman of refinement and wealth, at whose house Benjamin 
Franklin used to stop. 

Updike in his History relates charming anecdotes of this 


distinguished man. Following is one: \Vhile Franklin was 
stopping at Dr. Babcock's, Airs. Babcock asked him on one occa- 
sion if he would have his bed warmed — as was the custom in 
these early days. "Xo, madam, thank'u." he replied, "but if 
you will have a little cold water sprinkled on the sheets, I have 
no objection." Another story belonging to this period is one 
now familiar to many of us without our having known its origin: 
Dr. Franklin happened to arrive at a tavern near New London 
on a cold evening, where he found every place about the blazing- 
wood fire occupied; the doctor called upon the landlord to feed 
his horse a peck of raw oysters; the oysters were carried out, 
followed by the curious guests. The landlord soon returned 
and told the doctor, w^ho, by this time, was comfortably ensconced 
in an arm-chair in the warmest corner, that the horse refused to 
eat the oysters. "Poor, foolish beast," said Franklin; "he don't 
know what is good; bring them to me, and see if I will refuse 

Dr. Babcock's eldest son, Col. Harry Babcock — Crazy 
Harry — was a brilliant and extraordinary man. It is further 
suggested by the historian that his biography, written by one 
who has the requisite data, would form a curious and instructive 
record of the customs and manners of his times. 

"Crazy Harry" Babcock was perhaps never subdued by 
female charms but once. Two anecdotes told of him are of in- 
terest: Before the Revolutionary War he went to London, and 
on the night of his arrival attended a play at the Covent Garden 
Theatre. There being no seat vacant, the colonel stood in the 
passage-way; a man seeing his tall, gaimt figure, standing erect, 
with a big slouch hat or his head, touched his shoulder and told 
him to uncover. Col. Babcock thereupon took off his hat, and 
reaching up to a chandelier near by hung it over one of the 
lights. A murmur of disapproval ran through the hall, and the 
police were about to eject the rude intruder from the theatre, 
when someone present called out, "Col. Harry Babcock!" 
L^pon this announcement the performers ceased acting their parts 
to join in the uproarious applause that greeted the presence of the 
far-famed hero. A short time after this Colonel Harry received 
an invitation to the palace and was introduced to the royal family. 
When the Queen, in accordance with usage, offered him her hand 
to kiss, the gallant colonel sprang from his knees to his feet. 


briskly exclaiming, "]\Iay it please your Majesty, in my country 
it is the custom to salute, not the hands but the lips of a beauti- 
ful woman," and seizing the Queen by the shoulders, impressed 
upon her lips a loud and hearty smack! 

Rowland Robinson, chancing once to meet Col. Babcock 
on Little Rest Hill (now Kingston), asked the eccentric colonel 
to go home with him and stay the night. "Ah, ha!" said "Crazy 
Harry," "so you want me to see Hannah, that I've heard so 
much of, do you? Well, I will go, but don't expect me to fall 
in love with her, as so many fools have done." As was the 
custom in those days, they both rode on horseback, and when 
they came near McSparran Hill, one of the longest and prob- 
ably the steepest hill in Rhode Island, the ground being covered 
with ice at the time, Mr. Robinson cautioned his friend against 
the danger of descending on a smooth-shod horse, and advised 
him to dismount and lead his beast down the descent. When 
Mr. Robinson was in the act of dismounting, "Crazy Harry" 
suddenly exclaimed, "Now, Mr. Robinson, I will show you how 
the devil rides," and putting spurs to his horse, went down the 
steep declivity on a full run. 

When they arrived at the house the colonel was in high glee 
at the prospect, as he said, of seeing "the prettiest woman in 
Rhode Island," these words being spoken in a loud, jocular tone, 
just as they entered the door of the room where Miss Robinson 
was sewing. With a slight flush on her cheeks, and a look of 
surprise, she arose with her customary dignity and grace to re- 
ceive her father and welcome his boisterous guest, whose eyes no 
sooner fell upon the beautiful woman than the rough-spoken 
hero seemed to have been suddenly overcome by some charmed 
spell. As Miss Robinson, on being introduced by her father, 
extended toward him her hand, Col. Babcock reverentially took 
it gently in his, and gazing in her face with a subdued look of 
wonder and admiration, he dropped on his knee before her, and 
with tremulous voice, softly and slowly said: "Permit, dear 
madam, the lips that have kissed unrebuked those of the proud- 
est Queen of earth, to press for a moment the hand of an angel 
from heaven." Scarcely less flattering was the compliment paid 
by an old Quaker preacher: "Friend, thou are wonderfully beau- 

His daughter's rejection of many suitors aroused Mr. Rob- 


inson's suspicions. Chancing late one evening to step suddenly 
out of the front door, Mr. Robinson caught a glimpse of his 
daughter's arm reaching down from the window alcove, just as 
she was about to drop a billet into the extended hand of her 
lover. Fortunately for Pierre, he escaped from Mr. Robinson's 
buckthorn cane, but not before Mr. Robinson recognized the 
young teacher of music he remembered to have seen at the house 
of his brother-in-law — William Gardiner. 

Frantic with rage, he upbraided his daughter for throwing 
herself away upon a wretched "French dancing master." The 
poor girl answered not a word, but remained mute under all her 
father's reproaches. "If she walked," says Updike, p. 189, "her 
movements were watched; if she rode, a servant was ordered to 
be in constant attendance"; in fact, Hannah was never permitted 
to be alone. On account of Mr. Robinson's rabid and unrea- 
sonable opposition to his daughter's wishes, and because of the 
rigid measures adopted with Hannah, nearly the whole neigh- 
borhood became interested in the lovers' behalf, and almost 
every connection of the family was ready to assist in forwarding 
opportiuiities for their interviews. The life of anxiety and worry 
Hannah was subjected to, finally began to affect her health. 
With the proffered aid of friends, the poor girl planned to elope 
from her father's house, and it was not long before an occasion 
presented itself. 

It was the custom in those days for wealthy families of 
Narragansett to entertain on an extensive scale. A ball was 
given by ]\Irs. Lodowick Updike, who was a sister of ]\Irs. Row- 
land Robinson. It would have been a breach of etiquette were 
not some of ^Ir. Robinson's family to attend; on the occasion it 
was arranged, with many misgivings on his part, that his two 
daughters, Hannah and Mary, should go to the ball and stay 
the night with their aunt. When the morning of the day of 
Hannah's departure — perhaps forever — arrived, the struggle to 
separate herself from all that was dear from her earliest recollec- 
tion was sad to contemplate. Still Hannah maintained an out- 
ward appearance of composure until the moment came to take 
leave of the household. After bidding Phillis the cook, and 
Hannah her maid, an affectionate farewell, she threw her arms 
about her mother's neck and sobbed as if her heart were break- 
ing. Still the high-spirited girl — the victim of what in the end 


proved to be a misplaced affection — persevered in her resolution 
to remain faithful to her vows — mounting from the stone horse- 
block her splendid Spanish "jennet" ( Narragansett pacer), 
Hannah and her companions rode awa}-. 

It was fortunate that Hannah took leave of her father at an 
earlier hour, for her filial and tender love for her father would 
have betrayed in her emotions her design — to make this journey 
from home the one to her lover. On Ridge Hill, a thickly 
wooded spot, Hannah and her companions encountered the lover 
with a closed carriage, into which the affianced bride hastily 
stepped and was driven rapidly away, on the road to Providence, 
in spite of the frantic appeals of Prince, the attendant. Miss 
Simons — Pierre's sister — assisted Hannah with a necessary 
wardrobe, and with the aid of the pastoral services of a minister 
■of the Episcopal Church, the lovers were married. 

When Mr. Robinson learned of his daughter's elopement 
with the "French dancing master" he so despised, he was, for a 
time, completely beside himself with rage, and offered a large 
reward to anyone who would make known to him the person or 
persons who aided his daughter's escape, but wholly without 

After her marriage Mr. Simons took his bride to reside 
for a time with his father. Here Hannah remained for some 
months until her husband obtained a professional situation in 
Providence, when he removed his wife to that city, where she 
lived for several years up to the time she went home to die. 

Mr. Pierre Simons, though of pleasing person and seductive 
manners, proved to be an unthrifty and unprincipled man — as 
we might suspect — who, finding that his wife was discarded and 
likely to be disinherited by her father, began not long after her 
marriage to treat her with neglect, and through dissipated habits 
almost entirely deserted her. 

Continuing to love her worthless husband, notwithstanding 
his cruel treatment, the poor woman's heart broke and she be- 
came a hopeless invalid. 

With the exception of her wardrobe and her little dog, 
which was sent to her by her mother, Hannah received no as- 
sistance nor recognition for some time whatever from her home. 
Upon learning the pitiable condition of her suffering daughter, 
Mrs. Robinson, through her son William and others, provided 


for lier most pressing material wants. It was in vain, however, 
that she pleaded with her incensed husband to permit her to be 
brought to the tender care and comfort of her father's home. 
Notwithstanding the opposition of the father, there was still a 
soft place in his proud and wounded heart for her memory to 
nestle in. Mrs. Robinson observed that when he returned home 
after an absence, in case Hannah's cat was not in sight, he would 
wander abstractedly from room to room until he encountered 
it, when, without seemingly noticing the animal, he would sit 
quietly down. He would stealthily feed Felis from his own 
plate, and on one occasion Mrs. Robinson found the sorrowing 
father, suffused with tears, pressing the dumb favorite of his dis- 
carded child to his bosom. Hannah's favorite horse was also 
caressed when Mr. Robinson thought no one was near to ob 
serve it. 

When news arrived of Mrs. Simons' rapid decline, ]\Ir. Rob- 
inson began to manifest symptoms of serious alarm, and told the 
mother that Hannah might come home, if she would reveal to 
him the names of those who assisted in her elopement, but on 
no other condition, let the consequences be what they might. 
, On being informed of her father's proposition, Hannah wrote 
an affectionate letter, full of devoted tenderness, but finally re- 
fusing to betray a confidence reposed in her. On receiving his 
daughter's letter, ]\Ir. Robinson read it eagerly with apparent 
satisfaction until he reached the last paragraph, when, tossing 
the letter contemptuously to his wife, angrily said, "Then let the 
foolish thing die where she is." 

As the accounts of Hannah's alarming condition reached 
Mr. Robinson, it became evident that a terrible struggle for 
mastery was going on in the wretched father's breast. The con- 
flict at last became unendurable, and one day, pushing from him 
a plate of untasted food, he arose from the dinner table and 
ordered his horse to the door, and telling his wife not to expect 
him back for a day or two, rode rapidly away. The next fore- 
noon he reached his daughter's house, and riding up to the door 
without dismounting, rapped on the door with the head of his 

The door was opened by his daughter's maid, Hannah, who 


was born in his house a short time after her young- mistress and 
called after her name. Overjoyed to see her master, she hastened 
to her mistress' chamber with the glad news of his arrival. 

Hannah was too ill to leave her bed. but sent entreaties to 
her father to come to her. "Ask your mistress," said Mr. Rob- 
inson, "whether she is ready to comply with her father's wishes, 
that if she is, he will come to her; but on no other condition!" 
Not finding it possible in her noble nature to betray her friends, 
Hannah again denied her father. Without saying an intelligible 
word, he rode back, without refreshment, to his friend Lodo- 
wick Updike's, where he had passed the night before, and away 
to his sad home in the morning. 

But a day or two elapsed after his return from the first visit, 
when Mr. Robinson again started on the road to Providence, 
These visits he continued to repeat at intervals of two or three 
days only, for several weeks. In every instance he would ride 
up to the door of the house where his sick daughter lay, and 
without dismounting rap at the door with his cane and simply 
say, "How is Hannah?" and on receiving an answer turn the 
head of his horse and ride away. 

Miss Belden of Hartford, and Mrs. Simons' uncle, William 
Gardiner — the friends who assisted her elopement — on learning 
the sad dilemma, counseled Hannah the next time her father 
visited her house to reveal to him the names of the parties 
implicated. Thus absolved, Hannah sent word that if he would 
come to her bedside she would tell all. Trembling with emo- 
tion, Mr. Robinson dismounted and hurried to the comfortless, 
wretched chamber of his sick daughter. 

He had formed no conception of the extremity to which his 
poor child was reduced. As he approached the bed and took 
her hand, thin almost to transparency, in both of his and looking 
into the faded face, with naught remaining of her former ex- 
quisite beauty, the floodgates that had withstood the promptings 
of his better nature gave way, and the long pent-up affection of 
the father's heart burst into one uncontrollable tide of tenderness 
and love. No wish or thought remained to wring from his poor 
Hannah the coveted secret, but falling on his knees by the bed- 
side, bathed the pale, cold hand of the dying child with tears and 
wept aloud. 

After he had somewhat regained his composure, he handed 


several pieces of gold to the maid, standing in tearful silence by 
the bed of her beloved mistress, charging her to get everything 
necessary for her mistress' comfort until his return, and tenderly 
kissing his broken-hearted child, Mr. Robinson left for his home 
in Boston Neck, where he arrived late at night. 

In those early times, when roads were rough and four- 
wheeled carriages almost unknown, an indispensable household 
article was a litter for the sick. Immediately after !Mr. Robin- 
son arrived at his home, he sunmioned from their beds four 
strong men, and ordered them to proceed with the litter in his 
pleasure boat to Providence, and there await his arrival. The 
next morning at break of day Mr. Robinson himself started on 
horseback, attended by Prince and a led-horse for his daughter's 

The invalid was informed of the arrangements that had 
been made for conveying her to Xarragansett, by which it was 
proposed to stop at her Uncle Updike's the first night, and, if 
her strength permitted, to reach home the next day. At nine 
o'clock the next morning the whole party were slowly winding 
their way toward the homestead in Boston Xeck. They arrived 
safely at Mr. Updike's with less fatigue to the poor invalid than 
was feared. There the party rested for the night. 

It was in the lovely month of June, when the rose, the syrin- 
ga and wild honeysuckle and sweet clover were all in bloom; a 
shower the night before had made everything fresh and spark- 
ling in the sun's full beams. As the mournful party moved for- 
ward, ever and anon the small native wood animals darted across 
the path — all nature seemed to be welcoming Hannah home. 
When the spot was reached on Ridge Hill, where the faithful 
Hannah had met her lover and bid adieu to her sister Mary, who 
had died, she covered her face with both hands and seemed to 
be weeping. 

When Prince was asked what ]\Irs. Simons did on this occa- 
sion. Prince answered that, "Missus Hannah didn't do nothin'! 
She eny just put both hands over her face and cried! That wer 

Old Alexander Gardiner, Sr., was to entertain the party for 
a short period of rest. The old man, being aware of the coming 
of the guests, had dressed himself in his "go-to-meetin' " or 
"roast meat" or i. e., Sundav dinner suit of vellow nankeen 


breeches with waistcoat to match, and a semi-mihtary blue coat, 
ornamented with a long row of silver Spanish dollar but- 
tons in front. He stood in his door to welcome their approach 
by removing his imposing cocked hat and making three low 
bows; first to the poor lady in the litter, next to Mr. Robinson, and 
lastly to the attendants. After the party rested for an hour or 
so, they proceeded on their way. The old familiar scenes 
aroused Hannah at every step: the birds in the hedge with their 
half-fiedged young; soft, rustling sounds of an unusual nature 
elicited special interest, and many delays were occasioned. As 
the sun declined, Mr. Robinson tenderly suggested to his sick 
daughter the danger to be apprehended from the evening air, 
and the need of haste, and it was not until after the booming 
evening gun from Fort George in Newport harbor had met and 
mingled its roar with the dirge-like note of the fern owl, that 
always begins its motu-nful song exactly as the sun goes down, 
that the reluctant invalid was willing to leave the rock on Mc- 
Sparran Hill, where they had halted. Casting one long, wistful 
look toward the still roseate west, and murmuring to herself, "It 
is the last time," Hannah motioned her attendants to proceed. 

As the party drew near the house, which was not until late 
in the evening, they were met by the whole family. The poor 
invalid, now too weak to respond to the tender greetings, was 
lovingly carried in her father's arms and placed in her own 
chamber and bed, and everything done for her comfort which 
mortal love could suggest. A marked change had taken place 
in her condition. The long journey and the excitement which 
attended proved too much for her weakened vital powers, and 
before midnight a raging fever set in — in the delirium she re- 
verted to the days when her lover vowed everlasting love and 
beguiled her from her home — the years of sorrow were blotted 
from her memory. She called wildly on her lover's name, that 
he would come and defend her from her now, alas, wretched 
father's wrath and vengeance. 

At about the hour of midnight, a whip-poor-will, called by 
the Indians "muck-a-wiss" — ccnne to mc — perched on the eave 
of the house opposite the lilac bush, and sung its mournful song 
of "Whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will." 

The ominous cry of the bird penetrated the delirium of the 
poor brain. Pausing, and listening for a few moments she ex- 


claimed, "Hark! mother, do you hear the death angel calling? 
He is out in the lilac tree, mother! He has come to take me 
away and marry me, mother! It will be a sad wedding day, 
mother, but not so sad as that other, dear mother!" Then, turn- 
ing her attention to a withered flower on her bosom, she said, 
"He told me, when he gave it to me, that we must call it not life 
everlasting, but love everlasting! Lay it with me in my grave, 
mother, that I may take it to the land where life is everlasting, 
and where love never dies." 

As the sun rose in the morning, though weak and helpless, 
she called for the trinkets and dififerent articles of her wardrobe, 
and distributed them with her own hands. This done, with 
feeble, outstretched arms, she turned to her father and mother 
and pressed a last kiss on their lips; her agonized father, kneeling 
beside the bed, held her extended hand in his. Before she 
breathed her last, she cast her eyes upon her mother with an un- 
utterable expression of affection, and then, fixing them on her 
father, she continued to look lovingly and steadfastly in his. as 
if she would convey to him a message of her undying respect and 
love, until they closed in death. 

The old nurse. Mum Amey, raised her eyes from the face of 
her dying mistress, and with a look of devout admiration ex- 
claimed, "De angels is come." 

Dr. Robert Hazard, the family physician, expressed his be- 
lief that the death of his lovely cousin was due to a deep-seated, 
consuming sorrow. Old nurse Mum Amey, when asked a few 
days after the funeral, "what ailed her young mistress when she 
died?" she answered, "Nothin' ail' Missus Hannah. Dis world 
wer eny jes' too hard for her, an' de poor chile die ob de heart 

One pathetic incident was that of the refusal of Hannah's 
little dog, Marcus, to be enticed from his mistress' grave. It 
also refused to eat or drink; but the poor thing died from sheer 
starvation in a cavity it had scratched, and from day to day 
deepened in the ground, just beneath the doorway of her tomb. 
In this grave of the affectionate brute's own digging it was found 
one morning dead by Mr. Robinson, and was there buried by its 
master's own hands, after being carefully wrapped in the linen 
case from off the pillow on which its mistress' head last lay. 

Some days after the last sad ceremony, Mr. Pierre Simons 


returned to Providence, where he learned of his wife's death. A 
regard for decency, if not remorse of conscience, prompted him 
to call at his father-in-law's, to be present, if permitted, at the 
removal of the body of Hannah to a newly erected tomb. Mr. 
Robinson received him courteously, but after asking him to par- 
take of the hospitality of the house, while he remained his guest 
he never after spoke to him until the morning his daughter's re- 
mains were removed, and then only to notify him briefly of his 
intention in that respect. 

Mr. Updike represents Hannah's father,Rowland Robinson, 
as possessed of a relentless, unforgiving spirit. This does great 
injustice to his character. Though impetuous and overbearing 
in temper it may be, it was far from vindictive. The writer sees 
a true descendant of the first Rowland, and the characters, both 
of father and daughter, were strong, dominant and enduring. 
United to a firm will and integrity of conscience was the magnetic 
charm of a fine personality, to be found in our own day in the 
character and personality of scores of Rowland Robinson's and 
Mary Allen's descendants. 



Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

Jeremiah P. Robinson, great-great-great-grandson of 
Rowland Robinson, was born August 18, 1819, at Tower Hill, 
in the "Church House." 

Mr. Robinson began life in Newport, R. I. In 1836, at the 
age of sixteen, he went to New York, where he was employed 
by the firm of P. & A. Woodruff, and after a few years attained 
a partnership in the business. The name of the firm later was 
changed to A. Woodruff & Robinson, and then to J. P. & G. C. 
Robinson. His business desk stood for almost half a century on 
nearly the same spot that business is now transacted on what is 
practically the site of the house which he entered as a boy. 


About the year 1843, ^^r. Robinson began to look with much 
interest upon the growing city of Brooklyn, and soon purchased 
large blocks of real estate on the Brooklyn river front, improving 
them by building upon them warehouses and piers. He was 
thus among the pioneers of the great warehouse system of that 
city. A few years later, with William Beard, he became inter- 
ested in the water front in South Brooklyn, and began the work 
of planning and constructing the great Erie Basin and the adjoin- 
ing basins, building piers and warehouses, until at this time there 
is a wharfage and dockage of several miles where vessels are 
loaded and unloaded. 

It is the largest and most comprehensive dock system in the 
world. 'Mr. Robinson was ever watchful of the rights of labor- 
ing men, and in his business projects much care was taken to pay 
each laborer liberally for extra service, the result being great 
faithfulness to the interest of their employer. Mr. Robinson was 
one of the prominent supporters of the great East River Bridge 
enterprise, and as a bridge trustee gave intelligent attention to 
all the details of its progress and management. He honorably 
filled the position of president of the board of trustees through 
the most trying periods of the work. He married May 22,, 1843, 
Elizabeth DeWitt of Cranberry, X. J. (From the Hazard Family 
Caroline Robinson.) 

Desiring a little more intimate touch with the life and char- 
acter of a man so important in the development of the great 
borough of Brooklyn, the writer learned the following facts: 
Without an education other than that provided by a country 
school Mr. Robinson began his career. Early in life he devoted 
much of his leisure time to books, making a specialty of Shake- 
spearean study and dramatic art. At a time when Shakesperean 
drama was presented by its best interpreters, he was a devoted 
patron, and developed for himself a literary taste almost scholarly. 

In personal appearance Mr. Robinson was a splendid repre- 
sentative of the race, both in features and figure, and in general 
character a man conspicuous among men. 

Some members of the Xarragansett family of Robinson have 
reached a height of over six feet three, and most of them are 
noticeable, especially those of the past generation, for their height 
and magnificent proportions. 

Mr. Robinson was a man who valued life; never a moment 


was wasted, but from sunrise to sunset his splendid health per- 
mitted him to accompHsh more than the usual share of work 
allotted to man. Unusually tender and attentive to the close 
ties which bound him to his family, they looked upon him as 
more than father and as more than friend. He also possessed 
the pride of birth which belongs to the Robinson family — a pride 
that urges its members to be something and to do something in 
their day and generation. 

Mr. Robinson's sudden death, August 26, 1886, was a shock 
to a devoted family and a great loss to his immediate community, 
where he lived a marked figure, socially, morally and intellectu- 
ally, and in the larger circle of business enterprise his loss was 
sincerely lamented. 



Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

George C. Robinson of Wakefield, R. I., was born in South 
Kingston, R. I., January 26, 1825. His boyhood days were 
spent on the farm belonging to his grandfather, Jeremiah Niles 
Potter. At an early age he went into business in New York 
City, and later became a member of the well-known firm of 
Woodruff & Robinson. Upon the dissolution of this firm he 
formed a partnership with his brother, Jeremiah Potter Robin- 
son, and with him and Franklin Woodruff was identified with 
the development of the Brooklyn water front and warehouse 

For many years Mr. Robinson resided in Brooklyn and was 
a member of Plymouth Church. 

In Mr. Robinson's social relations he identified himself with 
the New England Society of New York, the Long Island His- 
torical Society and of the Art Association of Brooklyn. In the 
charities of Brooklyn he was a liberal patron. 

Mr. Robinson married when a young man Mary Lyman 


Arnold, a daughter of the late Gov. Lemuel Hastings Arnold of 
Rhode Island. 

On his retiring from active business, Mr. and ]Mrs. Robin- 
son returned to their native State and settled in Wakefield, where 
their beautiful country home was located. 

It was impossible for a man of Air. Robinson's activity to 
withdraw entirely from the business world, and after beautifying 
his own home in Wakefield, which stimulated the community to 
improve properties in the village, he gave much of his attention, 
until he died, to raising the standard of Xarragansett Pier hotel 
property. Many hotels in this place were old and unattractive 
until Mr. Robinson built the Gladstone Hotel. To-day the 
greatly improved condition of the famous pier, and general pro- 
gressive spirit of property-owners, due to the impetus inaugu- 
rated by him, has brought this section more than ever to the 
popular attention. 

It would seem that George C. Robinson inherited not only 
the progressive spirit of Rowland Robinson — his forbear — but 
very much of the gentle, Quaker spirit of ]\Iary Allen. 

The first time the writer met Air. Robinson, though quite 
young, she was particularly impressed by his courtly bearing — 
affable, without condescension; self-possessed, without con- 

In dispensing the hospitality of his home, there was a dig- 
nity and grace of manner that in later years, when the hair had 
silvered, reminded one of the old aristocrat of colonial days, 
much of whose spirit must have been transmitted to this man. 

Mr. Robinson was a very reticent man, and adverse to being 
conspicuous, which was in harmony with the genuineness and 
simplicity of his character. His death a few years since was 
keenly felt by his townspeople, to whom he had been a helpful, 
loving neighbor, but he was a loss more especially to the un- 
fortunate poor, to whom he was a friend and benefactor. 

The influence of Mr. Robinson's life will be felt many gen- 
erations to come. 




Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

Like an artery through which passes some of the best blood 
of this nation runs the main street of the Httle village of Wake- 
field, R. I. 

In its earliest history, when not much more than a saddle 
path, marked out by the Narragansett Indians as their trail to 
the sea, it was the highway over which passed Washington, 
Lafayette, Rochambeau, Benjamin Franklin and many other dis- 
tinguished men, as they partook of the hospitality extended to 
them by the old families of South Kingston. The village has 
its town pump, its mill, old bridge, quaint church, winding by- 
paths and ancient trees to inspire a Hawthorne. 

The village mentor and miser and haunted house were not 
wanting, as tales of old villagers testify. 

The family names of Watson, Hazard, Wright, Champlin, 
Robinson, Perry, Gardiner, names conspicuous in the enterprises 
and policies of the world, are to be found, with their homesteads 
on or not far from this village center. 

In the heart of this village on the main thoroughfare lived 
Atmore Robinson, son of Sylvester, and great-grandson of Gov. 
William Robinson, who chose as his field for activity his native 
village. Born in 1804, he made his start with many men who 
made the nation in its commercial and political importance what 
it is to-day. 

Like his forbears, Mr. Robinson had the spirit of progress, 
and early in life studied the banking system. How much he 
was influenced in his choice by his brother, Edward Mott Robin- 
son — father of Hetty Green — we cannot say; probably the elder 
brother shaped somewhat the choice of Atmore. For many 
years he was identified with the finance of South Kingston, and 
founded the Bank of Wakefield. 

Mr. Robinson in character was quaint and interesting. 

Bishop Clark of the Episcopal Church was a close personal 
friend of Mr. Robinson, and when visiting Wakefield in his cleri- 
cal capacity, often made his home with his friend. These occa- 
sions were opportunities for long discussions on religious themes. 


Mr. Robinson upheld the Quaker views, often writing sermons 
wliich were deHvered from the village pulpit and afterward dis- 
cussed with the townspeople, they not knowing their author. 

Notwithstanding his retirement, /\tmore Robinson was an 
exceptionally well-posted man and, like all of the Robinsons, 
showed a strong tendency to letters. Without question, he was 
an important factor in the progress of South Kingston. He died 
August 2, 1890, leaving a family. His sons, James and George 
H.. are well known in the business and social world, especially 
the name of George H. Robinson, a member of the firm of 
Gorham & Company, silversmiths. 



]\Irs. Herbert Turrell 

Because of an acute sense of personal responsibility, we of 
this day and generation are too inclined to be prejudiced, either 
for or against an individual, without the proper sort of data on 
which to base our judgments. 

To the individual who demands facts upon which to estab- 
lish their opinions, the following statement in reference to a fore- 
most woman of the century, whose private history is so little 
known, is refreshing. 

(From the New York City press of May, 1906, following 
San Francisco disaster.) "The city treasury, as is known to 
financiers, is governed by a remarkable system of law which 
forces it to borrow for ten months in the year. 

"With the aid of Mrs. Hetty Green, the richest woman in 
America, Controller Metz has been enabled to beat the financiers 
of Wall street and save the city thousands upon thousands of 

"When the city treasury was in dire need of immediate funds, 
]\Irs. Green had broken the market. Interest rates tumbled be- 
cause she refused to press the city: when the Wall street banks 


were demanding high rates, she charged the lowest possible rate 
of interest. 

" 'She is a grand little woman,' said Deputy Chamberlain 
Campbell. 'We can always rely on her. If she has the money 
when we need it, we can get it from her.' " 

A few years ago, Mrs. Green was asked to tell the world, 
especially to advise young women, how she — a woman — devel- 
oped her wonderful genius for finance. She first gives us a very 
tender picture of her invalid father, to whom she was devotedly 
attached, Edward Mott Robinson, once so active in the whaling 
industries of New Bedford, Mass., but then in the prime of 
mature manhood, stricken. 

When a young woman, it fell to her lot to fill a son's place 
to a helpless father. The ships of Edward Robinson touched at 
many ports, and it was necessary for him to know the credit of 
the world, and his daughter Hetty was called upon to advise 
him on these points. This necessitated constant research, and 
from day to day the two together would read the reports of the 
world's finance. Thus, at the period of life when the brain is 
active and receptive, and with an inherited tendency to finance, 
Hetty Robinson accumulated a knowledge far and beyond that 
of many financiers of her day. As his feebleness increased, in- 
terfering with his own activity, he leaned on his devoted daughter 
more and more to keep in touch with his investments. Summed 
up, her advices were: "Choose your vocation in life; let no op- 
portunity pass for knowing, in its minutest detail, all that con- 
cerns its interest : take infinite pains to become informed, and 
keep busy." 

On the death of Edward Mott Robinson, his daughter Hetty 
inherited his large fortune, estimated at several millions. His 
son, Isaac H., having died in infancy, Hetty was his only living 
child to whom to bequeath his accumulated fortune, in which she 
had been an important factor. 

Can we not understand, in the very nature of things, that 
inheriting a large fortune from the industries of her father as a 
nucleus, combined with her marvelous knowledge of finance, 
Hetty Robinson must have become what she is to-day, one of 
the foremost living financiers? 

Her simple tastes and habits are not due to any studied plan 
■of economy, or to be conspicuous in any way, but are attributable 


to the fact that, born of strict Puritan ancestors, she has inherited 
no luxurious tastes, and, as a girl, had no time to form extrava- 
gant habits or to follow prevailing fashion in dress or in living; 
her habits are entirely in keeping with her birth and breeding. 

When away from business cares, which is extremely rare, 
and with relatives — social life must be sacrificed, and no doubt on 
this side her character is undeveloped — Mrs. Green is compan- 
ionable and attractive. If she knows of the world's criticism 
(which is doubtful), she has more than enough common sense 
and humor to appreciate inconsistencies and jealous criticism. 
Few women could endure the ridicule to which she is subjected 
without an abiding purpose in life; she is too busy to call a halt 
to answer her critics, were she inclined to do so. 

Hetty (Robinson) Green from young girlhood has never 
drifted, but has set her sails straight for port, and we can be con- 
fident that such a man or woman will not miss the mark, nor 
have an unworthy one. 

A history is yet to be written of this phenomenal woman, 
certainly one of the greatest in virility and dominance of charac- 
ter of Rowland Robinson's descendants, if not one of the greatest 
Americans of Colonial pedigree. 



Mrs. Herbert Turrell 

Dr. Alexander Wilder, a distinguished man in the educa- 
tional world, said on the death of Dr. Robinson: "Permit me to 
pay a tribute to the memory of a man whom I knew but to 
esteem, and whose career was an honor to his family, his social 
and professional circle, the city where he spent so many years 
of his life, and the State in which he was born." 

Morton Robinson was the son of Thurston Robinson and of 
Sarah Waterman Perry, and born in South Kingston, R. I., March 
10, 1825. He received early instruction as was common at that 


time and was a student at the Wakefield Academy. He inherited 
the family trait for active professional life, and began the study 
of medicine at the earliest opportunity and took his degree in 


In the native village of Morton Robinson lived the Sweet 
family, famous for their surgical skill. When Morton was a 
young man, one of his companions was Jonathan R. Sweet, a boy 
who astonished the natives with his wonderful ability in setting 
fractured limbs. No stray animal was safe; Jonathan Sweet was 
looking for stray animals of all sorts, and if they were missing for 
a few weeks, it was because the young fellow was trying his hand 
at simple fractures, compound fractures, dislocations, etc. Not 
only did he become skilled in bone setting, but his knowledge 
and use of simple herbs was remarkable. No time for school! 
When Dr. Robinson called Jonathan from his native village to 
join him in the practice of medicine, he could scarcely write his 
own name. Under the careful tuition of Dr. Robinson, Dr. 
Sweet obtained a degree in surgery, which qualified him to prac- 
tice his profession legitimately and reap the fame, as a bone setter, 
he so richly deserved. Until Dr. Sweet's death, which occurred 
several years before that of Dr. Robinson, these two men were 
inseparable. Unlike in every taste and accomplishment, except 
that of their profession, they seemed always to be in perfect har- 
mony, due, no doubt, to the remarkable kindness in the disposi- 
tions of both men. 

Dr. Wilder says of Dr. Robinson: "He was a careful as 
well as faithful physician, eager to gain all possible knowledge to 
assist him in his profession; he possessed great original powers, 
and was as acute as independent in his views on all subjects." 

Before Newark, N. J., had a hospital, the Pennsylvania Rail- 
road Company engaged the firm of Sweet & Robinson to attend 
to all accidents in that city, and when the. Central Railroad of 
New Jersey was built, they were engaged by this road as well. 
The reputation of these men extended throughout the State, and 
the successful treatment of cancer by Dr. Robinson became so 
well known, victims of this horrible disease from distant States 
sought his help. 

Dr. Robinson in his profession displayed the skill and ver- 
satility peculiar to the Perry family. The following is an ex- 
ample: Dr. Sweet's son was thrown from his horse while riding, 


and killed. His body was dragged for some distance over a 
cobbled pavement and badly mutilated; especially, the head and 
face were beyond recognition. This boy was a great favorite of 
Dr. Robinson's, and his death was a terrible shock to him. Not- 
withstanding the emotion he must have felt, he so carefully re- 
stored the head and face with wax, even to imitating the freckles, 
so perfectly that the distracted mother never knew the actual 

Dr. Robinson would weep like a woman (or hunter) over the 
misfortunes of poor Rip Van Winkle, or over a sick dog — but 
in cases calling for the greatest emotion his nerves were like iron. 
When the Italians were first brought to this country as laborers 
to any extent, many located in the rapidly growing city of New- 
ark, N. J. As a student. Dr. Robinson became interested in them 
immediately, and in time, because of his loving service, they called 
him "padre.'" The poor Italians knew that Dr. Robinson would 
give their sick attention and counsel them in their peculiar diffi- 

Dr. Robinson's office was located in that part of the city by 
which hundreds of mechanics passed to and from their work, and 
although a man who, in personal appearance as well as intel- 
lectually and morally, was greatly their peer, he was as humble 
as any poor laborer who passed his door. The poor women, 
compelled to work at heavy machinery, as many women in New- 
ark are, in the many industries for which this city is noted, coun- 
seled with him as with a father. At one time the laboring people, 
in spite of protest, nominated him for Mayor. His ivas not a 
"zviiining party! 

When the Civil War broke out he promptly offered his serv- 
ices to the State, and for some months was employed as medical 
examiner of recruits. In June, 1863, he went to the front as 
first assistant surgeon of the 37th Regiment of New Jersey Volun- 

An old army man recently met the daughter of Dr. Robin- 
son, and like many of these old heroes, "an infinitesimal of war. 
a passer at the last hour, standmg in the twilight of the tomb, and 
half borne away at certain times by the deep pulsations of eter- 
nity," told the stories of "war times" as if he were actually listen- 
ing for Reveille. Without either knowing, altogether, of whom 
he spoke, he said: "I tell you. the worst was at Petersburg: 











mail}' a poor fellow fell into the ditches filled with mud; how^ it 
did rain! And the worst of it was they were hard to get hold 
of. But I tell you, we had a surgeon in our regiment, long legged 
from the hips and over six feet tall (his legs looked as though 
they were on hinges), with a bony jaw and a set face; he pulled 
many a poor fellow out and took him to his own tent. I saw 
him splashing, over knee-deep in mud and water to reach one of 
our boys, with shells bursting all around him. One hit his tent, 
and, as if the Almighty meant to help him, instead of bursting, 
burrowed into the ground. I tell you, if that shell had burst, we 
would have lost one of the best men in the whole army; how we 
loved him! Lots of the poor wounded fellows got well." 

Something of this was sounding familiar to the listener, and 
she said, "Who was your surgeon?" "Why, Dr. Robinson of 
Newark." The daughter took the old soldier by the hand — now 
a poor, feeble fellow, with nothing but his memories to keep 
alive an interest in the world about him, and said, "my father." 

In 1854 cholera visited New York. Dr. Robinson, hearing 
the voice of duty, left his bride of a few weeks to do what re- 
quires more nerve and integrity of purpose than many physicians 

As a student of the world's history, Morton Robinson accu- 
mulated an exceptional amount of knowledge, for his day, of the 
Jewish race, having obscure data at his tongue's end; he con- 
tributed to magazines and newspapers, from time to time, the 
result of his research; he was a contributor to several medical 
periodicals also and, still adhering to the proclivities of his youth 
— when he was called "the handsome fisherman" — that of fishing 
and gunning, wTOte valuable scientific articles for publications 
devoted to these sports. 

Dr. Robinson was a direct descendant of John Rowland 
and Elizabeth Tilley — Pilgrims — and through his mother, Sarah 
Waterman Perry, was allied to the famous Perry family. He 
was also a lineal descendant of many distinguished families of 
New England, names still conspicuous as among those of the 
best Americans. 

In 1854 Morton Robinson was married to Ann Eliza Col- 
lins, who is a descendant of the noted Collins family of New 
Jersey. He had very little interest in the social life of his city, 
but delighted to gather about him groups of admirers, eager to 


hear his brilhaiit dissertation on some favorite theme. While a 
profoundly religious man, he was exceedingly reticent in speak- 
ing on a subject so personal, except it were in connection with 
his interest in the Jewish people. Many distinguished men were 
his intimate friends, and yet he preferred a comparatively obscure 
life with his little coterie to any social advantages his friends 
could ofifer. To his family, Dr. Robinson often seemed austere 
and exacting, so strict were his ideas of a man's obligation to his 

About three weeks before his death he expressed a wish to 
see his native land once more. As physician, he knew that he 
could not live longer than a few weeks at the most; in fact, he 
told within a few hours when the disease should prove fatal. If 
he could fish and smell the salt air of Xarragansett once more, he 
would ask nothing further of life. By £. passionate love for his 
native land, he was braced to do what seemed to his family, who 
had watched his years of suffering, an heroic undertaking. 

A tent suitably equipped for an in\ali(l was pitched on the 
shore of Salt Lake (now Xarragansett Lake) near Point Judith. 
Here he could see across the bay and hear the roar of the surf as 
it pounded onto the rocky coast. Here also his kinsfolk, for 
whom he felt a devoted attachment, cotild visit him, and for the 
last time probably, hear him discourse on his favorite themes. 
One of Dr. Robinson's theories, for the hrst time verified, accord- 
ing to the writer's best knowledge, was that after a great Seis- 
mic disturbance on this continent the Gulf Stream should show 
serious affection. The reader will remember that a few weeks 
following the California earthquake, navigators in the Gulf of 
Mexico reported thai for tlie first time, so far as known, the 
waters were showing phenomenal characteristics. Instead of fol- 
lowing the course usual at that time of the year, the current was 
flowing in an entirely opposite direction. This was according to 
the theory of Dr. Robinson, and the writer believes that, were it 
not for his modesty in these matters, he could have given to the 
scientific world valuable material. 

By moving in slow, easy stages, with the aid of carriages, 
litters and rolling chairs, he succeeded in reaching his tent, 
from which liis family never expected to see him return 
alive. A few days after he was settled, a September gale raged 
along the Xarragansett coast. "Did he flinch?" X'ot he! His 


eyes snapped and his fingers tickled to get hold of the line and 
hook, for the good fishing which was bound to come after the 
storm, and yet too sick to leave his bunk. His daughter visited 
his tent one day, and there lay the sick man, like a great hulk, 
but with a fish-line in his hand, nicely adjusted according to 
direction, to catch the faintest nibble; v, hen the fish had good 
hold, he directed his valet (a man of nerve) to help him "pull the 
fellow in," he knew it was a big one. 

Who would believe that here lay a dying man, never free 
from intense pain for a moment. Every bone and muscle in his 
strong face set with the intensest purpose, and yet, a look in the 
eye told the story — he would live or die. but he would once again 
come into conmumion with the spirits of his youth; if to die. then 
with but little care to his dear ones, to be laid to rest in his native 
soil and by his fathers, whom he so nobly loved. 

The familv persuaded Dr. Robinson after a week or so to 
return to his home in Newark, not one but feeling they were 
tearing him from his real home, where be had hoped to die. with 
the smell of the salt spray in his nostrils and the mist from the 
sea dampening his white locks. After a few days, quietly, con- 
fidently, he died, with a last request that he be laid in the bury- 
ing ground at Wakefield. 

His last words bearing upon his Hfe were: "I have made 
many mistakes, which I can leave to the judgment of my Creator, 
but I never remember to have committed an immoral act." 

Dr. Morton Robinson died November 3, 1893. He was in 
direct line from Rowland Robinson and Mary Allen. 

"If it be well to be well descended, he had a fortunate begin- 
ning and liberal endowment." 


Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated portrait painter, was a 
native of Narragansett. His father came from Scotland, and here 
married an Anthony, one of the Anthony family, allied to the 
familv of Robinson. 


Gilbert was born near Pettaquamscutt (Narrow River) where 
his father lived. In 1775 he went to England and became a 
pupil of Benjamin West. He spent several years i^n Ireland, and 
then returned to his native country for the express purpose of 
painting the portrait of General Washington. 

The history of this famous man of Narragansett may be 
found in the following histories: Knapp's American Literature 
and Dunlap's History of the Art of Design. 







Charles Nutt. 

Editor of the " Worcester Spy," Worcester, Mass. 

Y mother's maternal grandmother was a Robinson. 
I married a Robinson. My ancestor was George 
Robinson of Watertown; my wife's was WilHam 
Robinson of Cambridge. My great-grandmother's 
name was Patience. I Hke that name. When 
some of the younger members of this bimch of 
Robinson famiUes have occasion to use a female 
name for christening, desiring, of course, a name 
somewhat uncommon, because there are so many 
Robinsons, I hope they will have Patience. Within about a 
fortnight such an occasion has come to the household of my 
wife's brother, and I have some hope that there will be another 
Patience Robinson. 

I have not been married long enough to make up my mind 
as to which of these Robinson families had the better blood. 
Later I should be in a position to give the descendants of either 
George or William some useful information. I have been mar- 
ried long enough, however, to have live children, in whom the 
blood of these two Robinson lines are commingled. Even the 
neighbors approve of the mixture, so I can give my testimony 
safely in praise of this new strain of Robinsons. 

Your good secretary asked me to write a paper on the 
descendants of William Robinson. That, I must remind you, is 
my wife's ancestor, and while I looked up that line a few years 
ago to see if I could find anything suitable for use as an emer- 
gency argument during a Caudle curtain discussion, I feel fully 


as able to write about the no less distinguished Robinson family 
to which I niysclt am related 1)\- consanguinity, if you please. 

I hope there is nothing against the George Robinson crowd. 
I found nothing. They were distinguished both for poverty and 
piety, and one dear old great, great aunt died in the poorhouse. 

The dread of the poorhouse is not, however, confined to the 
descendants of George Robinson. It is a characteristic of New 
England as pronounced as the Xew England conscience that we 
hear so much about. The William Robinson family. I tell my 
wife, is no less distinguished by poverty than the George Rob- 
inson family. I don't know about the piety. Perhaps it is 
against the rules here to talk religion. I find in my researches 
fewer Unitarians than I should have been pleased to find. In 
fact all the individuals in both families, except those of the 
present generation, were orthodox. But whether Unitarian or 
Orthodox, all of us to-day 1 hope are Puritans, modified, re- 
formed and refined to suit the demands of our own times. 

We should never meet together without a tribute to the 
virtues of our forefathers, to their courage in settling a new coun- 
try, to their love of God. their clean lives and their republican 
form of government. 

A paper to be read at a meeting like this should not. I sup- 
pose, be like those chapters of the Bible which one reads only 
when obliged to in order to make a complete reading of the 
entire volume, so I have sent my paper in the form of dates to 
that painstaking and persistent Robinson who is gathering our 
archives and digesting dates for his daily food. I am glad thai 
I could supply a few vacant places in his records. I spent two 
days, I think, on a big bunch of blanks he sent me. Onl\ a man 
of infinite learning and patience could handle successfully the 
vital statistics of a group of prolific and growing families that 
you represent. I haven't met him, but I know the finger marks 
of genius in his genealogical work. I know what it takes to 
write genealogy. I have just completed a little book of my own. 
You should take ofT your hats to Charles E. Robinson when- 
ever his name is mentioned. 

While I am speaking of the records. I want to urge every 
member of this association to do more than merely send to the 
historian the information he reqtiires. I believe that every 
American family should get together and hereafter keep records 


of their ancestors. As far as possible, each family should have 
in a book the record of ancestors in all the lines back, certainly 
as far as the immigrants. I found the task of getting the infor- 
mation for my family delightful and educating. The work is 
not complete, and it never can be. Some missing date may be 
found. Some missing name revealed by study and research or 
mere luck may open up a new field for investigation and discov- 
ery. So much is in print now that genealogy is not the slow, 
costly and discouraging work it was even one generation ago. 
Starting with the names and dates kept in the old Bible of your 
grandparents, it is a simple matter to trace your ancestral lines 
back to the first comers — back to the period 1620 to 1650. 

I think it worth while to know what blood flows in our 
veins and what blood does not flow there. I have nothing to say 
to the man or woman who devotes attention to some distin- 
guished line to the exclusion of others. I have nothing to say 
to those who investigate ancestors to discover claims to property 
or relation with famous men. We owe the same debt to the 
obscure and humble as to the famous and wealthy ancestors. 
After all, the family average of virtue and ability, and even of 
property, is no greater in one than another of these grand old 
New England families. 

It seems to me rather barbaric not to know one's forefather. 
We show shameful ignorance of the history of our country not 
to know where our ancestors settled and built their homes, where 
their children were born, where the family graves are located, 
where the men fought the Indians. The Sons and Daughters 
of the Revolution are doing for revolutionary ancestors what 
they and you and I ought to do for those brave men and women 
who preceded and followed the heroes of '76. 

If we take pride in our race, if we are proud to be Americans 
and glory in the deeds and men of New England, why not know 
why ? Why not know the names and birthplaces of our own fore- 
fathers? Why not be able to give documentary proof, not only 
that we had ancestors in the Revolution, but that we had fifty or a 
hundred ancestors in the Massachusetts Bay colony? Why not 
be able to point out the spot in Braintree, Watertown, Salem or 
Sudbury, Plymouth or Deerfield, where the first, the second, the 
third and other generations of our forefathers fought the good 
fight that the Revolution might be fought successfully, that the 


America of the twentieth century might lead the world? I pay 
no greater tribute to my ancestors at Plymouth, at Dedham, or 
at Londonderry, than to my father who led a colored regiment 
in the war for the Union, or to his father who did humble service 
in the second war with England. A chain is no stronger than 
the weakest link. Get the chain of your ancestry as complete 
as possible, not to gratify your pride, but to obey that command- 
ment that we Americans have never obeyed in the fullest sense: 
Honor Thy Father and Mother. 

I hope the homesteads of the first Robinsons, anyhow, will 
be suitably marked whenever they are identified. I know that 
the present owners of the old farms will be glad to consent. 
And every Robinson descendant in the future will feel more 
direct and personal interest in his race and the Robinson fore- 
fathers if he can visit their former home, see the stone walls they 
built, the very land they cleared, and, perhaps, some traces of 
the dwelling house itself.. We love New England more, I think, 
because nearly every field was wrested from the arms of the 
forests by the hands of our own ancestors. 

It was but yesterday. We are not an ancient people. The 
land is still in its early youth. What is a hundred years? We 
ought to know more of the early towns as well as of the men 
and women. Two hundred or three hundred years should not 
obscure the memory or an ancestor. 

It is right for us to leave behind us better records for the 
future than our fathers kept for us. They relied too much on 
memory. They depended on the elders to remember what their 
fathers should have recorded. 

Where are the heirlooms of the earlier generations? They 
are very rare. Things of value like silver and fine furniture, 
books and utensils, were not numerous even in the families of 
the well-to-do. These things wore out. They were not pre- 
served for the sake of their associations. Each generation has 
worn out or destroyed the mementos and chattels of the preced- 
ing. We are doing the same thing to-day, whenever an old 
relative dies and an old home is broken up. r)ur own houses 
are too full, and often the whole furnishings, all tlie liousehold 
goods, are sent to the auction rooms to furnish the homes of 
various Italian folks and others who esteem usefulness above 
antiquity and cheapness above all else. 


I have another suggestion to make, and in this case as in 
the other I have followed my own advice before I have offered 
it to others. Let one room be devoted to the memorials and 
furnished with heirlooms as far as possible. Whether it be the 
sitting room, dining room, guest room (I ought to say spare 
room), whether parlor or library, get together the scattered 
things you inherited or received from your parents or remoter 
ancestors. Put the braided rugs of your grandmother on the 
hardwood floor of your villa. They will not look out of place 
when the highboy and spinning wheel are put in place. Hang 
the oval picture frames that look so out of place with your wed- 
ding gifts of gilt and oak. Frame the Revolutionary commis- 
sions and old letters with glass on both sides of the paper. Hunt 
the garret over for the old samplers and quaint family registers. 
Polish up the old furniture you had put in the attic because it 
looked inartistic when side by side with the new piano. 

Keep apart the old and the new. Such a room should 
contain the precious family relics and mementos, the old wedding 
gowns, Bibles and books. It will prove an unfailing source of 
interest and occupation. Additions will suggest themselves, and 
changes will be made necessary as new heirlooms come. 

Label your antiques. Label everything. Let the grand- 
daughters of the future, when showing the things you have left, 
be able to tell their age and some of their history. It is especially 
wise and considerate to write on the back of every photograph 
at least the name of the person. If this custom of concentrating 
the antiques and heirlooms became general, what an added in- 
terest for visitors all New England homes would present! What 
a vast number of lost and forgotten treasures would be brought 
to light! 

I expect a reprimand from your worthy secretary for writing 
so little about the famous William and his own progeny, but I 
shall ask you to remember that I am living in the same house 
with six descendants of William, while on the other hand my 
wife is living with six descendants of George. That is six of 
one and half a dozen of the other. 

Now then, would it be discreet to choose for the subject of 
my paper the descendants of one rather than the descendants of 
the other? 




Mrs. Ann Augusta Lakin 

Bennington, N. H. 

HAVE often asked this question, but like an echo, 
it comes back to me, Where were they/ The first 
in my line of ancestry that I have any knowledge 
of was Peter Robinson, yet it is but little that is 
known of him. We know that he was twice 
married and by the first marriage had two sons, 
Simeon and Douglas. Who their mother was, or 
where they were living at this time, is unknown 
to any of the descendants. It is thought by some 
that he was then living at Douglas, Mass., but there is no men- 
tion in the history of the town of any one by the name of Robin- 
son, still records show there were Robinsons living in Douglas 
and adjoining towns. 

That Peter was once living in Douglas is shown by the 
record of the "Marriage Intention" of Peter Robinson and 
Rebekah Perkins, May i8, 1752. No record of the marriage 
has been found, neither do we know how long he remained there 
or whither he went. That he afterwards lived in what is now 
Hudson, N. H., appears on the assessors' records of the town. 

By the second marriage there were several children, but 1 
do not know the order of their birth. Their names were Amos, 
Andrew, John, Peter, Rachel, Polly and Sarah. Several of the 
descendants of Andrew, Peter and Sarah I knew personally. 

Andrew Robinson married Sarah Eastman, and lived for a 
time in Greenfield, N. H. Sarah Robinson married John 
Grimes. The history of Hancock, N. H., makes mention of this 
man as the first settler in Hancock. He also resided for a time 
in Greenfield, N. H. 



Peter Robinson, Jr., came from Hudson, N. H., and settled- 
in Antrim, N. H., about 1799. Some of his descendants are 
living there at the present time. He had three sons and one 
daughter. Of this family, I became acquainted with one of the 
sons (Reuben) who often visited at my grandfather's. 

Peter Robinson, Jr., was a soldier in the War of the Revolu- 
tion. He was in the battle at Bennington, and heard Gen. 
Stark's famous address to his soldiers: — 

^'Boys, there are the redcoats. They are ours to-day, or 
Mollic Stark this night zvill sleep a zvidozv." 

Of the two oldest sons of Peter Robinson, Sr.. Simeon re- 
mained in Hudson and died there. Of his descendants I know- 
but little. One of his sons, Rev. Isaac Robinson, was settled 
over the church in Stodard, N. H. Here he spent his life in the 
service of the Master and lived to preach his half-century ser- 
mon. His wife was insane many years. They had one son and 
three daughters. The son died at the age of sixteen years. 
Two of the daughters became insane, the youngest dying in the 
Insane Asylum at Concord, N. H., where she had been confined 
for many years. One of the daughters married a physician, I 
think, and lived in X'ew York. Fearing insanity, she seldom 
made long visits at her father's, remarking "she would be as 
insane as the other members of the family if she remained with 
them." I am under the impression that she finally became 

Rev. Isaac Robinson was a self-educated man. So great 
was his thirst for knowledge that when at work in the field plow- 
ing he would fasten his book to the plow handles so that he 
might read and study while at work. He applied for admission 
to college, but upon being examined was told that his education 
was equal to any of their teachers, and it would of no use for 
him to enter. He was a frequent visitor at my grandfather's, 
and I knew him and members of his family. Often, when a 
child. I have sat hours and heard him and my grandfather talk 
of their relatives in Hudson. Could I have known then the value 
these things would have been to future generations, I might now 
be able to give you a complete history of this branch of the 

Another one of the descendants of Simeon Robinson with 
whom I was acquainted was his grandson. David, son of David 


Robinson and a nephew of Rev. Isaac Robinson. He was a 
merchant in Nashua, in what was then called Belvidere. I spent 
a part of one winter in his family, attending school at the Nashua 
Literary Institution. He was twice married. His first wife was 
Sophia Caldwell. She died in September, 1842. He married in 
1844, foi" his second wife, Lydia Huntoon of Unity, N. H. She 
died May 27, 1862, leaving one son, who married Emily Jane 
Marshall of Nashua. They had two children, Willie F., who 
resides in Nashua, and Lena, who died August 3, 1873. 

In 1784, Douglas Robinson, brother of Simeon, and my 
great-grandfather, came with his son Samuel, then a lad of eleven 
years, from Hudson, N. H., following marked trees until they 
arrived at a place known at that time as "Society Land," but now 
Greenfield, N. H. Here they spent the winter. Later, Samuel 
Robinson bought land and removed his family from Hudson to 
Greenfield. He was married in Buxton. Me., November 12, 

1772, to Sarah Haseltine, who was born in Haverhill, Mass., 
December 31, 1749, a daughter of Timothy and Anna (Hancock) 
Haseltine. Both Mr. and Mrs. Robinson spent the remainder 
of their life on the farm in Greenfield. He died there March 8, 
1821, and she on the 6th of January, 1833. They had eight 
children. The eldest, Samuel Robinson (my grandfather), mar- 
ried December 28, 1797, Olive Austin, a daughter of Jonathan 
and Hannah (Charles) Austin, born in ]\Iethuen, Mass., Novem- 
ber 21, 1774. He was born in Nottingham West, September 6. 

1773, and settled on a farm near the paternal home, where he 
died March 12, i860. His wife died in the month of June, 1864. 
There were eight children, three sons and five daughters; all are 
now dead. The children were: 

1. Hannah, b. Dec. 19, 1798; d. an infant. 

2. Sarah, b. Sept. 8, 1800; d. at Chaua. 111.. Marcli 24. 1875; 
mar. John Ober. 

3. Isaac, b. Jan. 15, 1802; d. at the age of fifteen years. 

4. Miles, b. March 6, 1803; d. at Greenfield, N. H.. in 1871; 
mar. Almira Bailey. 

5. Hannah, b. ]\Iay 10, 1804; d. at Greenfield in 1870; mar. 
James S. Burtt. 

6. Warren, b. Nov. 11, 1806; d. at the age of ten years. 

7. Rhoda, b. March 11, 1808; d. at Greenfield, N. H., in 
1876; mar. Samuel Fisher. 


8. Anna Hancock, b. May 15, 1810; d. at Hancock (now 
iienningtonj, N. H., in 1869; mar. David Dale in 1837, and had 
one child, Ann Augusta, who mar. in 1868 Taylor D. Lakin. 
who d. at Greenfield, N. H., in 1898, leaving three children: 
Winfred Taylor, who mar, Luella G. Merrill and resides at North 
Chelmsford, Mass.; Mary Ann Augusta, who mar. George M. 
Foote, and resides at North Chelmsford, Mass., and Lilla Dale, 
who mar. Archibald L. Rogers, and resides at Greenfield, N. H. 

The second child was Moses Robinson, who settled on a 
farm adjoining his father's and died in 1841. He married Lucy 
Burnham. They had nine children, all now dead. 

Uenjamin Robinson, the third child, settled on the bank of 
the Contookook River, near his brothers. He married Esther 
Greeley, an aunt of Horace Greeley, founder of the New York 
Tribune. He was the owner of mills here, which later were car- 
ried away by a freshet. They had eleven children, all born here 
in Greenfield, N. H. Two died wyth spotted fever in 1815. The 
others lived to be quite aged and one, I think, is living now (1904) 
in Iowa. After the loss of his mills he sold the farm and lived 
for a few years in Hancock, N. H. From there he removed to 
Alstead, N. H., where he remained until age compelled him to 
lay aside all work and seek a home with his children. He died 
in Manchester, Wis., December i, 1857. 

William Robinson, the fourth child, settled on a farm just 
across the river in Hancock, N. H., where he remained during 
life. He died April 15, 1849. He married Elizabeth Fletcher. 
They had five children, all now dead except one, born October 
28, 1808, who has now reached the age of ninety-six. A grand- 
son is now living on the home farm. Two railroads cross each 
other near his buildings. 

Elizabeth Robinson, the fifth child (there is no date given 
of her birth) died in 1808, was married on her death-bed to Elijah 

Douglas Robinson, the sixth child, born in 1785, married 
Hannah Butler. They lived on the home farm with his parents. 
He died of spotted fever in 181 5. There were four children born 
to them, all now dead, the last one dying recently in California, 
at the age of ninety-three. 

Sally, the seventh child and a twin sister of Douglas, mar- 
ried Daniel Gould, resided in Greenfield. N. H., and died there 


in ]84i. They Iiad eii^iit cliildren. One is still living and one 
died the 4th of this month (August, 1904) at the age of eighty- 

John Robinson, the eighth and youngest of the faniilv, was 
bom in 1790. He married Elizabeth ^McLaughlin and settled in 
Hancock, N. H. They had twelve children, all born in Han- 
cock. He removed to Oppenheim, N. Y., where he died Julv 
21, 1868. The children, so far as 1 know, are nearly all dead. 

The descendants of Douglas Robinson are scattered from 
the Granite Hills of Xew Hampshire to the Rocky Mountains, 
and even to the Pacific Coast. Only three are left in the neigh- 
borhood where he first settled. ( )ne each in the fourth, fifth 
and sixth generations. 

Thus have I given you a brief outline of this branch of the 
Robinson families to which I belong, but in tracing back to the 
first settlers I must close as I commenced. The fathers! Where 
7fere they? 




Mrs. Caroline T. (Edward R.) Barbour 

John Robinson,' b. Kittery, Me., d. Mar. 11, 1771, at Cape 

Elizabeth, m. Dec. 10, 1722, at Kittery. 

Sarah Jordan, b. 1698, at Kittery, d. Nov. 23, 1786, at 
Cape Elizabeth. 

HE annals of the historic town of Cape Elizabeth 
contain names no more prominently identified 
with her past than those of Jordan and Robin- 
son. During the eighteenth century two families 
of the last named settled within the limits of the 
town, a third in Falmouth, and a fourth in 
the adjacent town of Windham; each of which 
had one, or more whose given name was 
John; but the first to come to this locality was 

John Robinson of Kittery. 

From the pages of church and state the few scattered 
threads that have been collected may serve some searcher in the 
future, to weave a web of interesting history, that will include 
the great nimiber of isolated Robinsons, who are not yet in their 
proper places. The union of the two pioneer families was con- 
summated December lo, 1722, by the marriage in Kittery of 
John Robinson with Sarah, daughter of Samuel and grand- 
daughter of Rev. Robert Jordan, whose romantic life is so viv- 
idly portrayed in the "Trelawney Papers." 

At Robert's death, all his landed possessions were divided 
between his widow and six sons, each of whom received one 
thousand acres, except Samuel. His share was eleven hundred, 
to compensate for the poverty of the soil as compared with the 
others. Samuel left Cape Elizabeth 1675 and settled in Kittery, 
dying there 1720, and his inheritance from his father at Pond 


Cove, Cape Elizabeth, was in turn divided between his widow 
and three children, the youngest of whom was Sarah. 

And so, when this newly wedded couple started out on life'i 
journey as man and wife, it was to take possession of her prop- 
erty at Pond Cove. 

This cove is on the easterly shore of Cape Elizabeth, about 
five miles from the city of Portland — then known as Falmouth — 
and near the southern extremity of the cape; deriving its name 
from its proximity to Great Pond, which is some distance inland 
from the sea, and its waters flowing out in a creek near by. 

Their neighbors in this unsettled country were kinfolk and 
old acquaintances, Noah Jordan, a nephew of Sarah's; Nathaniel 
Jordan of Falmouth; John Miller from Kittery; Paul Thompson, 
and not a great distance away Daniel Robinson, who in 1724 
married Abigail Jordan (a cousin) in Kittery; an obligation re- 
quiring all landholders to stand by each other in peace or 
in war. They felled, hewed, and fashioned their log houses, 
planted orchards and cleared the fields we see to-day, sloping 
to the sea in verdure clad. 

The ancestry of John Robinson has been a subject of much 
study and labor. To substantiate family tradition is, in some 
instances, an arduous undertaking, and so in this we authenticate 
nothing. Mr. Nathan Goold, Portland's historian and a de- 
scendant of John Robinson, gives permission to quote him as 

"John Robinson who married Sarah Jordan was no doubt 
son of John the tanner, or John who worked on Ft. William 
Henry at Great Island in 1723, selling articles to the Ft. as late 
as 1744. Perhaps they were one and the same. I think our 
John was a grandson of Stephen of Oyster River (Dover. N. H.). 
He was received as an inhabitant Mar. i, 1666, and was a tax- 
payer at Exeter, N. H., in 1662. He had a brother Jonathan, 
and probably lived at Exeter and removed from there to Dover. 
These Robinsons I presume to be the descendants of John Rob- 
inson of Haverhill, Mass.. who Savage thinks was father of 
David, Jonathan and Stephen. 

"John of Haverhill was the emigrant ancestor of this family 
and a blacksmith by trade, living at New^bury, Mass.. and in 
1640 with eleven others struck the first blow toward erecting a 
settlement in the woods of Pentucket (Haverhill.) They went 






there between June ii and Oct. y, 1640, naming the place soon 
after for Haverhill, Essex Co., Eng., in honor of the birthplace 
of their minister. Rev. John Ward, who came over 1641. 

"The first birth in the town was a son of John Robinson 
who lived three weeks. The second birth was a son of John 
Robinson, also, who lived but one week. In 1645 he was a 
landholder there, but in 1651 he bought a house lot in Exeter, 
N. H., and was entered as a citizen there in 1652. 

"In Oct. 1664 he was on a committee to lay out highways. 
Oct. 21, 1675. he was shot dead by the Indians, John Sampson, 
Cromwell and Lmde, in ambush, the bullet passing completely 
through the body. His son who was with him escaped, and 
alarmed the settlers." 

Presuming this to be the line of John Robinson of Kittery, 
we have: 


David", Stephen-, Jonathan*, of Oyster River. 

John"'*, the tanner. 

John* of Kittery, mar. Sarah Jordan. 

The family of John and Sarah Robinson were probably all 
born at Pond Cove — as in the old First Parish record of bap- 
tisms some are given, and the others are found on the town 

Mary, bap. 1728; marriage intention to Jeremiah, third son 
of Col. Ezekiel and Hannah (Doane) Cushing, July 27,, I749- 
Col. Cushing was a prominent man and had large interests in the 
town and in Falmouth at that time. Apollos, bap. 1728. 

Charles, b. July 4, 1731; Joshua, b. 1738. 

Jeremiah was born October 7, 1729, and was a mariner. 
He died before May 7, 1784, at Long Island, Casco Bay, leaving 
iive children: 

Sarah, m. 1769, John Miller. 

Eunice, d. unm. 

Hannah, m. 1780, Stephen Tukey. 

Phebe, m. 1782, Edmund Higgins of Scarboro'. 

Apollos Robinson m. Elizabeth Gates, whose granddaughter 
IvOis (Cushing) Dunlap, became the second wife of James Russell 


Lowell. Apollos died July, 1843. Elizabeth died March, 1827. 

Charles, d. June 3, 1797. 

Xathaniel, d. February, 1815. 

Leonard, d. August, 1833. 

Charles, d. May, 1823. 

Of Apollos, the second child of John and Sarah Robinson, 
we learn but little. He probably died unmarried. In 1757, he 
with his brothers Charles and Joshua were enrolled with the 
training soldiers under command of Capt. Dominicus Jordan. 
We have no record of his death. 

The marriage of Charles Robinson with Hannah Cushing 
is recorded in 1755, but there are no known descendants from 
them. In ^lay, 1773, an account against him was sued and an 
attachment placed on forty-three and one-fourth acres of land — 
his part in the estate of his father John, in common and undi- 
vided between him and his brother Joshua and sister Mary Cush- 
ing. Apollos is not mentioned. We now come to Joshua, the 
fourth child and the one from whom the Robinsons have de- 
scended in a direct line from John. Being the youngest, he 
naturally had the home, farm and care of the parents — and it 
was probably soon after his mother's death, in 1786, that the 
log house was abandoned and the present "Robinson house" 
erected. This is not positively known, but the present occupant, 
]\Ir. Charles H. Robinson, has preserved it in its ancient form, 
with the old heirlooms and furnishings of a century or more ago. 

Here, overlooking the cove where the storm king rules in 
winter and the fleet of our nation sails proudly past on summer 
seas, the ninth in descent from John' the emigrant cherishes with 
pride and affection the handiwork of his ancestors. The cellar 
of the log house John Robinson built can yet be seen, and easily 
reached by a farm road leading from the highway of the present 
Robinson home, back toward the forest. The illustration shows 
the large granite foundation stones, still in place — surrounded by 
thorn bushes, and overgrown with vines and wild flowers. 

Joshua was twice married. His first wife Sarali was a 
daughter probably, of John Miller, whose farm adjoined. Their 
marriage occurred November 6. 1764, and she was the mother 
of his ten children. When the Revolutionary War was declared, 
Joshua left his fields and prepared for service, which although 


brief, testified to his loyalty — and is a precious legacy to his many 
descendants. He enlisted May 12, 1774, in Capt. David Brad- 
ish's company, Col. Phinney's regiment, being thirty-six years 
of age at the time. 

After the death of his wife Sarah he remarried December 19, 
1793? to Catharine (named in deeds Ketura) daughter of James 
Maxwell of Cape Elizabeth, who survived him by several years. 
He no doubt chose wisely in this marriage, as a great-grand- 
daughter has in her possession the original deed given by James 
Maxwell to his daughter, dated July 6, 1782, in which he leaves 
her his entire property with the exception of wearing apparel — 
in consideration of twenty-five years' service and affectionate 
care on her part. 

She was living in 1816. He died March 25, 1813, and his 
son Joshua, Jr., styled Joshua 3d on legal papers (to distinguish 
him from Joshua son of John of Gloucester b. 1756) had the 
home farm, his wife being a niece of his stepmother, Catharine. 


I. SAMUEL, b. April i, 1766, mar. Catharine Clark Dec. 4, 
1788, settled in Durham, Me., 1794; died there Sept. 25, 1842. 
She d. Sept. 8, 1830. Had twelve children: 

1. Samuel, b. 1789, mar. Phebe Wagg, had four daughters. 

2. Apollos, b. October, 1790; d. 1852, unm. 

3. Joshua, b. June, 1792, d. 1877; m. Eleanor Dyer; six 
children: Joshua, Frances, Martha, William, Samuel, Augustus. 

4. Sarah, b. June, 1794, d. February, 1836; mar. Samuel 

5. Eunice, b. February, 1796, d. Sept. 22, 1876; m. William 
Thomas, Jr. 

6. James, b. January, 1798, d. July 29, 1873; m. Susan, dau. 
of Charles Barbour of Gray. She d. Dec. 26, 1876; ten children: 
William B., Betsey, Charles, Mary L., Catharine, Clarissa A., 
James, Susan E., Lewis C, Mary. 

7. Jane, b. November, 1799, d. December, 1855; mar. Ed- 
mund Dow. 

8. Catharine, b. October, 1802, d. September, 1830; married 
Joshua Mitchell. 

9. Hannah, b. February, 1804, d. September, 1881; mar. 
Rev. John Miller. 


10. Mary, b. April 17, 1806, d. May, 1868; mar. Abner 

11. William B., b. January, 1809, d. October, 1878; mar. 
Huldah Dyer. 

12. Charles, b. December, 181 1; mar. Pamelia Bowie. 

II. SARAH, b. Feb. 25, 1768, mar. July 15, 1787, Seacomb 
Jordan of Cape Elizabeth, and settled in Durham; she d. 1827; 
he d. Aug. I, 1825; eight children: 

1. Apbllos, b. Dec. 24, 1788, d. 1827; mar. Sarah Miller; 
six children. 

2. Rhoda, b. . d. 1832; mar. Henry ]\Ioore; had 


3. Eleanor, b. , d. 1856: mar. Samuel Skinner; no 


4. Xoah. "^ 

5. Rufus. 

6. Mercy. ^ d. young. 

7. Elizabeth. | 

8. Mercy. J 

III. JOHX. b. Dec. 24, 1770 (perhaps the John who in 
Durham Aug. 28. 1794, mar. ^lary Parker). 

IN. MARY, b. March 24, 1772. 

\'. EUXICE, b. IMarch 2/, 1774: mar. 1793, William 

VI. JAMES, b. July 13. 1776; mar. Sept. 11, 1800, to Sally 

VII. CHARLES, b. Aug. 27. 1778. 

VIII. JOSHUA, JR., b. June 15, 1781; mar. Aug. 3, 1805, 
Mrs. Betsey Fulton Soule, a dau. of Hannah (Maxwell) Fulton of 
Topsham: widow of Bradbury Soule of Freeport and a niece of 
Keturah Maxwell's. He died Xov. 11, 1866; she d. Oct. 29, 
185 1 ; seven children: 

1. Apollos, b. Feb. 17. 1806: d. unm. May 31, 1873. 

2. Agnes M., b. April 12, 1807; d. unm. February. 1886. 

3. Charles, b. Aug. 11, 1809: mar. Sept. 27, 1836, Emily 
Cobb. He d. Nov. i, 1888; she d. ; six children: Wil- 
liam C, Elizabeth F., Rebecca C, Emma L., Charles H. (present 
owner of the old home); Mary A., d. 1892. 

4. William, b. June 5. 181 t, mar. ]\Iary A. Wescott; d. 
Lewiston, June 10, 1881; two children: Josephine, Marietta. 


5. Lucinda, b. Sept. 5, 1813; d. unm. 

6. James Alaxwell, b. Dec. 29, 1815; mar. Nov. i, 1842, 
Elizabeth Wescott; he d. July 26, 1889; two children: Anger, d. 
inf., E. Malcom. 

7. Rhoda, b. April 22, 1819; mar. Mr. Brainerd; d. in Bos- 
ton; one child, Alma. 

IX. JANE, b. April 26, 1783. 

X. HANNAH, b. March 28, 1785; mar. Dec. i, 1803, 
Thomas Wilson. 

Reference has been made to other Robinson families living 
here during the period of which we write. Daniel, who married 
at Kitterv 1724 Abigail Jordan and came to the cape soon after, 
was perhaps a brother of John's. In 1757 Daniel Jr. and Jere- 
miah were enrolled with the training soldiers, and some of 
Daniel's descendants went to Durham with the Robinson emigra- 
tion. In 1840, a Daniel Robinson was living there at the age 
of eighty-six years. These may trace their descent from him. 


Ann Robinson mar. Samuel Jordan of Cape Elizabeth. He 
was b. 1753. 

Jedediah Robinson and Polly Nichols mar. in Durham Nov. 
6, 1794. 

Conjecture has failed, equally with investigation, in regard 
to John Robinson, b. Cape E. 1752, d. Webster, Me., March 28, 
1840; mar. Cape E. Feb. 29, 1776, Martha Jordan, b. 1756, d. 
Webster, Oct. i, 1848. They lived at the cape until 1790, when 
they removed to W.; two children born at Cape Elizabeth: 

I. Martha, b. 1778, mar. James Jordan. 

*2 John, b. 1785, mar. 1798 Lucy Standiford; John d. 1845; 
six children. He was at one time a preacher, and has descend- 
ants in this country, but frequent requests for information have 
elicited no response. 

Was he a son of John and Mehitable (Woodbury) Robinson, 
or a descendant of Daniel ? 

Capt. John Robinson of Gloucester, Mass., who settled here 
at the time of his marriage to Mehitable Woodbury — in 1738 — 
and assuming that his eldest son, Ebenezer, was b. about 1740, 

♦Jordan Memorial gives his birth and mar., but no date of latter. Town records 
give date of mar., but not of birth. Evidently a mistake in one, and perhaps both. 


there is an interim of sixteen years between his birth and that of 
the two other sons, whose births are recorded as Joshua, b. 1756, 
Samuel, b. 1758, with no other children. Among so manv un- 
accounted for, it seems probable that a number of those whose 
names follow may be found to be their children, and others, of 
Daniel and Abigail (Jordan) Robinson. 


Alar. July 17. 1748, David Robinson and Rebecca Randall. 

Mar. Xov. 22, 1754, Jedediah Robinson and Elizabeth 

Mar. int. March 31. 1753. Rebecca Robinson of Falmouth 
and Thomas Edgecomb of Biddeford. 

Mar. in 1765. Elizabeth Robinson and Joseph Jordan (he b. 

Mar. int. July 13. 1771, Elizabeth Robinson and John Gat- 
chell of Royalstown. 

Mar. Sept. 2, 1776, John Robinson and Molly Skillings. 

Mar. int. Oct. 12, 1782, Sarah Robinson and Josiah Alden 
of Gorham; descendants living there. 

Mar. March 10. 1785. Mary Robinson and James Miller. 

Mar. Feb. 18. 1787, Joshua Robinson and [Nlary. dau. of 
John and Isabella Jordan. 

Mar. ]\Iarch 5, 1797, Stephen Robinson and Catharine Saw- 
yer of Cape Elizabeth. Stephen removed to Gardiner (?) Had 
four children: 

Mary, b. Oct. 27, 1797. 

Joanna, b. ]May 6, 1799. 

Hannah, b. I\Iay 13, 1802. 

Betsey, b. Sept. 29. 1804. 

About 1780. a Stephen Robinson and wife Content came 
here from Berwick and settled in Windham, Me. Being Quak- 
ers, the Friends' church record furnished what is known regard- 
ing the children, six in number: 

Patience, b. Berwick. June 25, 1778. 

Stephen, b. Berwick. June 16, 1781. 

Timothy, b. Berwick, Aug. 30. 1784. 

John, b. Berwick. March 22, 1787. 

Miriam, h. Berwick. Sept. 24. 1794. 

Lydia, b. Berwick, June 3. 1794. 


On the same record is the family of John (styled "John the 
tanner") and wife Tabitha, who came from Dover, N. H., settled 
at Windham, four children: 

Timothy, b. Dover, April 17, 1767. 

Mary, b. Falmouth, Nov. 26, 1768. 

Nathan, 1). Falmouth, Aug. 15, 1771. 

Reuben, b. Falmouth, Aug. 30, 1774. 

Note that each have a son Timothy. It is remarked that the 
Robinsons have a preference for the name of John, and it seems 
manifest in nearly every family who came this way. Many of 
them, too, were mariners. Among the number was Capt. John 
Robinson, b. Bristol, R. I., July 7, 1758, mar. Mary Packard, b. 
Bridgewater, Mass., May 3, 1761. and came to Portland for a 
permanent home. At the present writing the exact date of this 
event is not known, nor the place of birth of all the children. 
There were eleven.: 

1. Azel, b. May 30, 1781. 

2. John (Capt.), b. Jan. i, 1783, d. Sept. 15. 1859, Portland; 
mar. Jan. 28, 1808, Portland, to Mary Titcomb, b. 1788, Portland; 
Mary Titcomb d. June 18, 1869, Portland; had eight children. 
A great-grandson is Thomas A. Robinson, collector of taxes, 
Norwich, Conn. 

3. Daniel, b. Aug. 29, 1784, d. March 17, 1854, Portland; 
mar. Oct. 19, 1808, Portland, Isabella Jordan of Portland, b. 
1785; five children. 

4. Martin, b. July 22, 1786, d. Aug. 22 1804. 

5. Mary, b. April 3, 1788, d. Feb. 13, 1873. 

6. Zebiah, b. May 23, 1790, d. May 19, 1885. 

7. Sally, b. March 9. 1792, d. Aug. 17, 1849. 

8. Abiel, b. Nov. 29, 1794, d. May 29, 1875. 

9. Nahum. b. Feb. 6, 1796, d. September, 1819. 

10. Abigail, b. July 20, 1798, d. June i, 1876. 

11. Martha, b. Dec. 19, 1801, d. March 13, 1876; mar. March 
20, 1823, Enoch Tobey of Portland, b. July 17, 1779. 

Nineteen years before, Maine was separated from Massa- 
chusetts (1801) the Commonwealth passed a resolve to apportion 
to all who honorably served in the Revolutionary War 200 
acres of land, or an equivalent of twenty dollars. Many Maine 
soldiers did not avail themselves of the ofTer, and fifteen years 
after the separation the Maine Legislature passed a resolve that 


all who had not benefited by the Act of the Commonwealth 
should receive 200 acres of land, either in No. 2 Indian Purchase, 
Penobscot County, or Letter D, in the Second Range of town- 
ships, Washington County. 

In February, 1836, and March, 1838. further resolves be- 
came acts, to benefit the officers, soldiers or their widows and 
800 made application for land. Many could not prove a three 
years' service as required, and to meet these deserving cases an 
additional resolve was passed March, 1836, whereby they were 
to receive fifty dollars. Three hundred applied. The names of 
the Robinsons found in this application are: 

John, enlisted Scarboro, d. Limington, Feb. 14, 1826; widow, 
Deborah, Limington. 

John, enlisted Watertown, Mass., d. Sebago, Feb. 20, 1827; 
widow, Phebe, Sebago. 

Samuel, late of Portland, enlisted Cape Elizabeth, d. sea, 
Aug. 21, 1806; widow, Betsey, Portland. 

William, enlisted York, d. in service 1782; widow, Sarah, 

Jeremiah, private Adam's 33d Regt., placed on roll Dec. i, 
1818, d. November, 1825. 

Andrew, enlisted Cushing. Applied for pension Aug. 8, 
1832, being seventy-three years of age. Served nine months as 
private under Capt. Benj. Plummer. Wife Mehitable received 
pension after his death. 

John, enlisted Cape Elizabeth, was sergeant in Capt. Sam'l 
Dunn's company, Col. Phinney's regiment. From the preceding 
genealogical notes, it can readily be seen that there were several 
John Robinsons on the cape, of suitable age to serve, at that time. 
He may have been a son of John of Gloucester. Among the 
long list of pensioners found on the books of the firm of Brad- 
for & Harmon, claim agents, but one Robinson appears, viz. 
Samuel, before mentioned. 

The field for investigation is a large one in regard to the 
Robinsons in Maine. The work has but just begun — to clear 
away and make ready for the laborer. What little has been 
accomplished may in the future aid our historian, and if many 
lie in unnumbered graves, unnoted on history's page, it is a sat- 
isfaction to know that a few have been found by laborious 
endeavor, to grace the volume of the Robinson family. 




Will A. Robinson 
Of Gloucester, Mass. 

S will be seen from the title, the purpose of this 
paper is twofold : to show the probability of the 
descent of Abraham Robinson from the Rev. John 
Robinson, and to cite a few of the many families 
that are unquestionably his descendants. 

Our first proposition will undoubtedly call 
forth criticism at the very outset : for we know full 
well the study which has been devoted to the sub- 
ject by those of our number, who, void of all 
prejudice, have given to us, in their most excellent papers before 
this association, all the facts they have been able to obtain 
in relation to Rev. John Robinson's family. But has not the 
information furnished been negative rather than positive? Has 
it not dealt more with what has not been proven by history, than 
with what is traditional, and possible of verification? Believing 
this to be true, we enter upon our task. 

Tradition has it that, after the death of Rev. John Robinson, 
his widow with two sons, Abraham and Isaac, came to America. 

The Ley den records of the year 1622 give the family of Rev. 
John Robinson as follows: 

Wife: Bridgett, or Brigetta White. Children: John, born 
1606; Bridget, born 1608; Isaac, born 1610; Mercy, born 1612; 
Favor, born 1614; Jacob, born 1621, Feb. 17. 

From this record, it will be seen that the sons were given 
Bible names: John, Isaac and Jacob. The first daughter was 
named Bridget, for the mother, and John was probably named 
for the father. The suggestiveness of this naming must be ap- 
parent, so that the query naturally arises, if an Isaac and a Jacob, 
why not an Abraham preceding these? If there are any cases 


in the record of the genealogy of the Robinson family where the 
son Isaac was not preceded by Abraham, they are the exceptions 
and not the rule. I have yet to find Jh- first exception. The 
fact also that the name Jacob is not so frequently used, lends 
strength to our supposition that, where Isaac was followed by 
Jacob, he was without doubt preceded by an Abraham, in token 
of patriarchal succession. But if this be true, where can we 
place him. the Leyden records being silent in the matter? 

According to the record, John was born in 1606, or when 
his father was thirty-one years old. Xow, an older son may have 
preceded John named Abraham, or a second son may have been 
born, to whom was given this name. In the Leyden records we 
have only the year of birth given, not the month and day; thus 
John may have been born in the first part of 1606 and Bridget in 
the last part of 1608, or nearly three years apart, which would 
allow the birth of a second son between. 

It is quite possible that there was an older son named Abra- 
ham, who may have been absent from home when the census 
was taken in Leyden in 1622; for the I^eyden record is a census 
record, and not a record made at birth. It would not be strange, 
therefore, if omissions occurred, or if children were not enume- 
rated in the census on account of absence from home. 

\\\l\\ this possible, or, as we believe, probable fact estab- 
lished, that Rev. John Robinson had a son Abraham, have we 
any proof that he or other members of the family came to Massa- 

IVIr. Charles E. Robinson, in his excellent paper read before 
this association in 1900, makes the following statement: 

"Isaac Robinson, at the age of twenty-one, came over from 
England in the ship 'Lyon' in 163 1 for Massachusetts. He was 
the son of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden. and the ancestor 
of all the Robinsons in America, who are descendants of the 
Rev. John, as there is no evidence that his widow and other chil- 
dren ever came over to this country, as has been claimed by 
several writers." 

A paper l)y Rev. William A. Robinson, D.D., read at the 
same gathering, contains the following: 

"Of the six children of Jolin Robinson, two sons, John and 
Isaac, are known to have come to Plymouth, Mass.. in 1630." 

Further, some of the encyclopaedias state that one son, 


others, that two sons of the Rev. John Robinson came to Amer- 
ica. Sometimes the names of the sons are mentioned, sometimes 
they are omitted. Mrs. Webber, referred to below, states that 
the name of the son of John Robinson, who settled in Agassquam, 
and who was father of the Abraham Robinson whom we call 2nd, 
is not known. 

In the disagreement of such trustworthy authorities, what 
are we to believe? 

The son Isaac can easily be traced in America, but of a son 
John we find no mention. We do know, however, that at this 
time an Abraham Robinson settled in Gloucester. In the ab- 
sence of absolute proof to the contrary, therefore, are we not 
permitted to believe that the Abraham, who settled in Gloucester 
at this time, may have been the son of the Rev. John, especially 
as tradition favors this conjecture ? 

The following are statements made by descendants of Abra- 
ham Robinson regarding their descent from the Rev. John 
Robinson : 

Mrs. Mary C. Sever, now living in Cambridge, Mass., July, 
1904, has furnished me with a copy of a paper written by Rebecca 
Webber, wife of Samuel Webber, former president of Harvard 
College from 1806 to 1810. It is entitled, "Descendants of Rev. 
John Robinson." "By one of their number." 

I will read the following extract: 

"When the 'Pilgrim Fathers' of New England left Holland 
to seek an asylum in America, where they might enjoy liberty of 
conscience, they left behind them their v^enerable pastor, the Rev. 
John Robinson, who promised to join them next year, but was 
prevented by death from fulfilling his promise." 

"About two years after the landing of the Pilgrims they were 
followed by Mr. Robinson's widow and two sons. These con- 
tinued in the colony at Plymouth till the year 1626. Early in 
the spring of that year one of the sons, with several other per- 
sons, left Plymouth to explore the bay in order to find a suitable 
place for a fishing station. They landed at Agassquam, since 
called Cape Ann, where, finding a commodious harbor and plenty 
of building material, they concluded to set up -a fishing stage 
there, make preparations for removing their families from the 


other side of the bay, and estabHsh a permanent settlement at 
that place." 

"Very soon after they settled there with their fainilics, Mr. Rob- 
inson had a son horn ichoni Jic called Abraham. He had four other 
sons, Zebnlon, Samuel, Johnathan and Stephen, and one or more 
daughters. Abraham married young and had twelve children; 
three sons, John, Stephen and Andrew, and nine daughters, two 
of whom died young; the other seven were married and left fami- 
lies — Elwell, Davis, Butman, Williams, Soames. Mr. Abraham 
Robinson lived to the age of 102 years, much beloved and re- 
spected by his friends and acquaintances for his piety and strict 

"It was engraved on his tombstone that he was the first child 
born of English parents on that side of the bay." 

The following is an extract from an obituary published in 
Gloucester, Mass., at the death of Mrs. Susan Robinson Stevens: 

"Mrs. Susan Stevens was born in this city (over the Cut) and 
is the only survivor of the seven children of Jonathan Robinson, 
who married Anna Batting Jan. 16. 1756, and died Jan. 30, 1821. 
She is therefore a lineal descendant of our early settler Abraham 
Robinson, through the line of his son Abraham, the first child 
born to English parents on this side of the bay, who is said to 
have reached the extraordinary age of 102 and is unquestionably 
descended from Rev. John, the minister of the Pilgrims at Leyden." 

Abigail Robinson, widow of Ezekiel Robinson, descendant 
of Abraham, went from Gloucester, Mass., to Gardner, Me., to 
live with her son Ezekiel. She died Nov. 20, 1820. aged 80. 
Ezekiel had a brother Daniel, born in 1776, who lived to the age 
of 90. The Rev. T. B. Robinson, nephew of Daniel, said regard- 
ing his uncle, that "his life was devoted to study and extensive 
reading, and that he felt sure of his descent from the Pilgrims."' 

Polly Riggs of Rockport, Mass., died July 13, 1865, at the 
age of 95 years and 6 months. She was in the line of Stephen 
Robinson, seventh child of Abraham 2nd. She claimed, with a 
good deal of emphasis, to Mr. Babson, Gloucester's historian, in 
1 86 1, at the age of 90 years, that she was a descendant of Rev. 
John Robinson. 

Mr. Benjamin Robinson, now living in Gloucester, another 


descendant of Stephen Robinson, says that it has been the com- 
mon behef of his ancestors that they zvere descended from the Rev. 
John Robinson. 

Further, this is the common behef and declaration of ah 
branches of the Abraham Robinson family. 

Now it would seem that such traditions and authorities ought 
not entirely to be ignored. Accordingly, we, the descendants of 
the first Abraham Robinson, cling tenaciously to the belief that 
we are connected with the Rev. John Robinson, and shall con- 
tinue our research until every vestige of doubt is removed, or the 
contrary established without question. 

We now turn to the descendants of Abraham Robinson. It 
would be impossible, on account of numbers, to mention many 
of these, but it is our purpose to cite a few of the families that arc 
unquestionably descended from him. 

According to the Gloucester records, Abraham Robinson 
settled in Annisquam (Gloucester) in 163 1. His wife was Mary, 
who outlived him many years. He died Feb. 2^^^, 1645, leaving 
a son Abraham. Mrs. Webber says 'n her paper, previously 
quoted, that he also left three other sons, but the Gloucester 
records are silent on this point. From a deposition found on 
record in Salem, Mass., Abraham 2nd declares, Feb. 25, 1721, 
that he is 77 years of age. This places his birth in 1644, one 
year prior to his father's death. 

Abraham 2nd married Mary Harrandaine, by whom he had 
twelve children. Omitting month and day they were born: 
Mary, 1669; Sarah, 1671 ; Elizabeth, 1673; Abigail, 1675; Abra- 
ham, 1677; Andrew, 1679; Stephen, 1681; Ann, 1684; Dorcas, 
1686; Deborah, 1688; Hannah, 1691 ; Jane, 1693. 

There has been no record found of his death, but it is a com- 
mon saying that he lived to the age of 102 years. The latest 
deed recorded bearing the names of Abraham and of his wife 
Mary, is dated Jan. 20, 1721. His wife, whom he is supposed to 
have outlived at least twenty years, died Sept. 28, 1725. The 
latest date which I have been able to find in connection with 
Abraham 2nd is Feb. 23, 1727, when he made a conveyance of 
property to Benj. Lane. He was at this time 83 years of age. 

Mary, widow of Abraham, married William Brown ; and out- 
living him, married Henry Walker. I make mention of this fact, 
for, at his death, which occurred Aug. 20, 1693, he left a will, 


which is an interesting document, as it clearly establishes rela- 
tionships which otherwise might be doubtful. The original of 
this will, on file in Salem, Mass., is well preserved, the ink Ix'ing 
as bright as when it was first written. The inventory of the will 
is as follows: 

Buildings, orchard and tillage land £ 120 

Sixty acres Marsh 300 

One hundred and fifty acres of Pasture more or less. . 300 

Wearing apparel, beds & Bedding, books 24.10 

Old chests, chains and wooden ware, 2 guns and 

sword. Pot & Kettle and other iron vare 4.10 

Iron tackling for husbandry 3 

English Corn 6 

Indian Corn 12 

80 Sheep 38 

Horse, bridle & saddles 5 

3 Oxen 16 

10 cows 38 

3 steers 13 

2 steers 8 

Bull 3.10 

3 young cattle 6 

4 calves 2.10 

swine 15 

Hay and a tow-comb 7 

Total £922.10 

In this will, Henry Walker gives to his granddaughter 
Sarah, 20 pounds when she shall become eighteen years of age; 
"unto Andrew Robinson that now liveth with me 20 povinds, 
when he shall attain the age of twenty years; and unto all the rest 
of my son Abraham Robinson's children, two pounds ten shil- 
lings a piece to be paid when they become of age." This will 
was written Aug. 29. 1693. The "Sarah," "Andrew" and "the 
rest of my son Abraham's children" must have been his step- 
grandchildren and the children of Abraham 2nd. 

Time will permit of only a brief reference to the twelve chil- 
dren of Abraham 2nd. 

Mary, first child of Abraham 2nd. married John Elwell. 

Sarah, second child of Abraham 2nd, married John Butman, 


-who was lost at sea, October, 1715. They had six children: 
Jeremiah, born June 30, 1690; Mary, born 1697; Hannah, born 
1700; John, born 1703; John, born 1708, and Samuel, born 171 1. 

Jeremiah married Jan. 6. 1713, Abagail Stevens. From this 
union was born a son, Jeremiah. 

Mary married John Babson 1715. He died 1720, and his 
widow Mary (Butman) Babson married a second husband, Jabez 
Marchant. They had a son, Daniel, born Nov. 18, 1721, who 
married Hannah Woodbury 1744; they had a son, William, born 
Feb. 17, 1754, who married Hannah Wheeler. They had a son, 
Epes, born in 1780, who married, 1803, Sally Rowe Thomas. 
They had a daughter Mary Ann Marchant, who married Hugh 
Parkhurst. They had a daughter, now living, who married 
Fletcher Wonson. Epes Marchant had also a son George, who 
had a son George, Jr.; and George, Jr., had a son, the Hon. 
George E. Marchant, ex-Mayor of Gloucester, Mass. The last 
two are now living. 

The descendants of Sarah Robinson are more numerous in 
Gloucester than those of any other child of Abraham 2nd. They 
include the Wonsons, the Marchants, the Burnhams, several 
Smith families, other than those hereafter mentioned as de- 
scended through Abraham 3d, the Parkhursts, the Shutes and 
many other leading families of Gloucester. 

Elizabeth, third child of Abraham 2nd, married Timothy 
Somes, Jr., December, 1695. From this marriage are descended 
members of the Somes, the Mansfield and the Low families of 

Abigail, fourth child of Abraham 2nd, married Joseph York, 
Jan. 10, 1700. They had six children: Abigail, born 1701 ; Ruth, 
born 1703; May, born 1705; Sarah, born 1707; Joseph, born 
171 1 ; Richard, born 1713. 

Abraham 3d, tifth child of Abraham 2nd, married Sarah 
York, Feb. 10, 1703. They had a son Andrew Jr. (more properly 
second), who married Martha Gardner Jan. i, 1736. They had 
Jonathan, born April 21, 1742, who married Anna Batting, July 
10, 1765. From this union are descended the family of the late 
H. R. Stevens of Boston, Mass.; the families of the late Daniel 
Smith, William T. Smith and Samuel E. Smith, with their later 
descendants, the Smiths, the Rusts, the Days, and the McLarrens 
of Gloucester, Mass.; the family of the late William Hayden, 


located at Alton, 111., at Springfield, 111., and at Buffalo, X. Y.; 
and the family of the late John Robinson, who lived to the age 
of 86 years, two sons of whom, the Hon. Uavid I. Robinson, ex- 
IMayor of Gloucester, and William L. Robinson, are now living, 
and one daughter, Mary E. 

Besides Andrew, who was the fifth child, Abraham 3d had 
seven other children: Abraham 4th. Jane, Samuel, Sarah, Alary, 
John and Jonathan. 

From x-Xbraham 4th, through his grandson Ezekiel, are de- 
scended many of the Robinsons of Maine, among whom were 
several ministers, the author of the "Maine Farmer's Almanac," 
and many other persons of note. 

From Samuel are descended the Riggs family of Gloucester. 

From the last Jonathan are descended the Bray, the Roberts, 
the Rust and the Parsons families of West Gloucester, a suburb 
of Gloucester, Mass. 

Andrew, sixth child of Abraham 2nd, became a man of con- 
siderable note. He is the one styled in all the records as Capt. 
Andrew Robinson. He married Rebecca Ingersoll, and their 
descendants are quite numerous; Rebecca Smith, who married 
Samuel Webber, former president of Harvard College, already 
quoted as the author of a paper claiming descent from Rev. John 
Robinson, comes from this line, as does also the late James Free- 
man Dana, professor in Dartmouth College. Descendants of 
Andrew are found also in the State of Maine. 

Capt. Andrew Robinson built and first gave the name 
"Schooner" to one of Gloucester's fishing craft. The following 
poem by an unknown author best describes this event, and nlso 
welds another link in the chain of circumstantial evidence of suc- 
cession from Rev. John Robinson. 


"by common t.\ter " 
Andrew Robinson builder true, 
In tbc quaint old days of yore, 
Laid many a keel that swept the sea, 
From Cape Ann to Bay Chaleur ; 
All day the tireless builder wrought; 
Rib and plank and spar and mast, 
All were placed 'neath the master's eye; 
"Work well done is sure to last," 
Quoth Andrew Robinson. 



Andrew Robinson laid a keel ; 

Soon arose a different craft 

From those Cape Ann had sent to sea, 

And the village people laughed. 
"She '11 slide off like an egg-shell 'n fill 

As quick," growled old Ezra Lane ; 
"She '11 go off like a duck, you'll find. 

And ride the stormiest main," 

Quoth Andrew Robinson. 

The day of the launch brought crowds galore, 

To see that curious sail, 
"Neither ship, brig nor shallop she, 

Robinson's folly— sure to fail." 

The builder smiled ; 'mid sturdy blows 

The new craft glided to the sea, 
"Look hozv she scoons!" cried Goody Day; 
"Then a 'schooner' let her be," 

Quoth Andrew Robinson. 

While Cape Ann "schooners" ride the sea, 
Little is known of the brave 
Builder of by-gone days, and few 
Could even point out his grave. 
Yet the better for us, perchance. 
If, from out the misty past, 
We take his motto to our hearts: — 
"Work well done is sure to last," 
Quoth Andrew Robinson. 

Mayhaps the Leyden pastor taught 
His children that legend old ; 
Mayhaps 'twas passed from sire to son 
And by humble firesides told. 
On Fancy's wall the picture stands : 
The builder by the schooner's mast; 
O'er ringing cheers we seem to hear : — 
"Work well done is sure to last," 
Quoth Andrew Robinson. 

Andrew Robinson had eleven children; one boy, Andrew, 
and ten girls. His descendants are numerous. 

Stephen, scirnth child of Abraham 2nd, married Sarah 
Smith, and as second wife, Elizabeth Ingersoll. From the first 
union are descended the families of Benjamin Robinson, Mrs. 
Emma Saunders, the late Betsey Ann Reed and the late Mary C. 


Fait of Gloucester; also the family of Folly Riggs of Rockport, 
previously referred to. 

Ann, eighth child of Abraham 2nd, married Samuel Davis. 
They had nine children: Lydia, born 1705; Samuel, born 1707; 
May, born 1709; Isaac, born 1711; Hannah, born 1713; Samuel, 
born 1715 ; James, born 1717 ; Joseph, born 1722 ; Ann, born 1724. 

Dorcas, ;//;///; child of Abraham 2nd, married Jonathan 

Deborah, tentJi child of Abraham 2nd, married John Stan- 
wood; from these two unions are descended the Stanwoods of 

Hannah, dci'oith child of Abraham 2nd, died unmarried at 
the age of twenty-six. 

Jane, twelfth child of Abraham 2nd, married John Williams, 
April 4, 1720. They had seven children: Jchn, born 1721 ; Evan, 
born 1722: May, born 1724, died 1727; John, born 1726; Mny, 
born 1728; Abraham, born 1733: Elizab-.'th, born 1735. 

The brevity of this paper has prevented the naming of but 
a few families who are descended from Abraham Robinson, who 
settled in Gloucester in 1631. At least one thousand of the 
population of Gloucester, Mass.. are descended from this early 

It has not been our endeavor in this paper to prove that 
Abraham Robinson was the son of the Rev. John Robinson ; nor 
again to give a complete list of the descendants of Abraham Rob- 
inson. The first task, with our present information, is impos- 
sible of performance; the second, though not impossible, would 
require more investigation and research than the author of thif. 
paper can devote to the subject. Our only purpose has been to 
emphasize the possibility of a connection between Abraham and 
the Rev. John, and to trace his immediate descendants in such a 
Avav that our paper may be of service to those descendants of 
Abraham who may desire to trace their descent. Our belief that 
we are descended from the Rev. John Robinson is based on 
traditional authority, and on the fact tint trustworthy writers on 
the subject disagree. Our genealogical information has been 
gathered, during the past twenty years, from many reliable 
sources, but principally from the records of the city of Gloucester, 
and from wills and deeds recorded in Salem, Tvlass. 




Mrs. Harriet H. Robinson, 

Of Maiden, Mass. 

" And these were they who gave us birth. 

The Pilgrims of the sunset wave, 
Who won for us this virgin earth, 

And freedom with the soil they gave. 

" The pastor slumbers by the Rhine, 
In alien earth the exiles lie, 
Their nameless graves our holiest shrine, 
His words our noblest battle-cry ! " 

O. W. Holmes, 
" Robinson of Leyden. 

F history may be called "tradition verified," surely 
it may be claimed that genealogy also finds its 
origin in family tradition, which, to a certain 
extent, can be found to rest upon well-remembered 
facts and family records. 

It is at least thirty-five years since I began to 
collect the material found in this paper; and now, 
since the "Robinsons and their Kin Folk" have 
begun to gather themselves together, I feel it to 
be a duty that I owe to them, to give the facts I have accumu- 
lated concerning one branch of their family line. I do this the 
more willingly because I believe in "keeping the traditions of the 
elders," and also in verifying them so far as possible. 

In entering upon my husband's branch of the family — 
(William S. Robinson, whose pen-name was "Warrington") — it 
will be necessary to give some details of the source of much ot 
my information, and to state that it is to his mother, Martha 


Cogs\vell Robinson, that I am indebted for remembering what 
had been handed down to her as to the facts relating to the Rob- 
inson family, to which, by descent, she also belonged. I am 
also indebted to her for the preser\^ation of family documents, 
indentures, deeds, and other relics, now in my possession, and 
which came to her as the widow of the last surviving son of his 
branch. The indentures are those of Cain, 1754; Jeremiah, Jr., 
1758, and Bradbury Robinson, 1767 — all "cordwainers." 

Mr. Robinson's mother was a member of our household in 
the last years of her life, and was fond of relating family history, 
and I may as well say here that it was through her often repeated 
stories "by word o' mouth," and afterwards recorded, that I was 
enabled after she died (Nov. 24, 1856) to complete her ancestry 
in the Cogswell line, through all its ramifications, from the first 
American ancestors, John Cogswell and Thomas Emerson of 
Ipswich, Mass., down to her own time; and also that of the 
Robinson line, from Dr. Jeremiah, son of John^ Robinson of 
Exeter, her husband's own grandfather, who died March i, 180 1, 
aged eighty-one years*. ^Mother Robinson was born March 12, 
1783, so that it was not so far back but that she could remember 
the important points in her family history, as they were told to 
her. Right here, I will take occasion to acknowledge my in- 
debtedness to my own mother, Harriet Browne Hansonf, and 
her oldest sister, both of whom lived to a great age, for the in- 
formation which led me to look into the history of their family 
of Browne, to trace it to the first American ancestor, Nicholas 
Browne of Lynn and Reading, and to make the connection down 
to my own time. Almost every statement made by my mother 
and her sister I afterwards proved by town records and church 
histories, and by wills and deeds at Cambridge, Mass. Even the 
story they told that their grandfather, William Browne of Cam- 
bridge, "once sold land on which some of the colleges at 
Cambridge were built," — and which I thought at the time might 
be a tradition not to be verified, I did verify later by the deed 
which I found at the Cambridge Registry of Deeds, and which 
show^ed that "William Browne of Cambridge, carpenter, sold to 
Thomas Brattle, Esquire, of Boston, treasurer of the society 
known as 'the President & Fellows of Harvard College in Cam- 

*N. E. H. Gen. Register, Oct., 1885, July, 1890. 
t" Nicholas Browne, and some of his descendants 


bridge aforesaid,' a certain parcel of land containing 60 acres 
of upland and swamp, &c." Dated Sept. 20, 1705. Thus much 
concerning the value of family tradition and "old wives' tales." 

And now to return, and (though I know that here I tread 
on dangerous ground), relate Mother Robinson's story, just as 
it was told to me, of the first Robinsons who came to iVmerica. 
She said, in substance: "The Robinsons were of English blood, 
and were descended from the Rev. John Robinson; there were 
three brothers that came over and landed at Plymouth, one of 
whom, at least, did not stay there long, but made his way to the 
cape." "What cape?" I asked, thinking she must mean Cape 
Cod. She answered: "No, the other cape," meaning Cape Ann, 
I concluded, though perhaps she did not know it by that name. 
Neither did she know the name of the Robinson who made his 
way to Cape Ann, nor any other particulars, as she did of 
her first Cogswell ancestor. She had told my husband this story 
many times, and in talking the matter over with me he said: 
"What a man is, is of much more importance than who his an- 
cestors are." He never expressed any doubt, however, as to the 
truth of his mother's story. Mother Robinson often showed me 
the relics that had "come down in the Robinson family." Among 
these relics, perhaps the most important clue is a Delft plate, 
which had been handed down from father to son, and had come 
to her at her husband's death. This she first showed to me be- 
fore I was married, in 1848. Other relics are a large chest of 
good old English oak; a well-worn oak pestle and mortar; a low- 
boy; a stufifed arm-chair (Eunice Robinson, 1740); and a King 
James Bible, always called "the Robinson Bible." This Bible 
is a Dublin edition of 1714. On a fly-leaf is written: "Emerson 
Cogswell, his book, given to him by his mother, Eunice Robin- 
son (Cogswell), to be given to his son Emerson Cogswell after 
his decease. • Concord, Dec. 1799." This son was Emerson 
Cogswell the third, and last*. 

Eunice Robinson outlived the two Emersons, her son and 
grandson, and she gave the Bible to her granddaughter, Martha 
Cogswell Robinson, who in 1855 gave it to her son, William' 
Stevens Robinson. After his death, it passed into the possession 

* The name of "Emerson ' came into the family in 1700, with the son of WiUiam Cogswell and 
Martha Emerson, his wife. She was the daughter of Thomas Emerson, of Ipswich. Ralph Waldo 
Emerson and William Stevens Robinson derived a common ancestry from John Cogswell, 1635 ("of 
Welch descent "—Mother Robinson) and Thomas Emerson, 1641, both of Ipswich. 


of his only son, Edward** Warrington Robinson, and in 1893 it 
went to Colorado in the old oak chest. 

The lowboy is of solid mahogany and has been handed 
down, from father to son, to each successive "Jeremiah" for his 
name, since early in the seventeenth century. 

The most important document is a letter written by Zabulon 
Robinson* to his brother Jeremiah^ Robinson of Concord, Mass. 
By this letter I was enabled to make the connection from Zabu- 
lon back through his father Jeremiah* to his grandfather John'', 
his great-grandfather Jonathan-, to his great-great-grandfather, 
John^ of Exeter, whose will is dated July 7, 1749. It also led me 
to look in the right direction for the information which I obtained 
from town histories, church records and the old Norfolk County 
records at Salem, Mass., which had not then been published. 

Let me now return to our Mother Robinson's story of the 
first Robinsons of her family who came to this country. 

First. "They were descendants of the Rev. John Robinson, 
and were of English blood." The Rev. John Robinson and his 
family zvere of English blood (North of England). 

Second. "There were three brothers who came over and 
landed at Plymouth ; one of them did not stay there, but made 
his way to the cape." Thus far our Mother Robinson's story. 

Now let me refer to well-known facts and dates, according 
to the best authority. 

The Rev. John Robinson and his wife, Bridget White, were 
the parents of three sons: John', born 1606; Isaac, born 1610; 
Jacob, born 1616. They landed in Plymouth 1631. 

The second son, Isaac, is accounted for. He stayed in 
Plymouth, lived there and in Duxbury, Scituate and Barnstable, 
where he is supposed to have diedf. But "nothing is known of 
the other two brothers" after they left Plymouth and, with others, 
went away to "Cape Ann, to find a better fishing station." All 
these facts, now pretty well established, will serve to corroborate 
our Mother Robinson's story. 

Supposing the dates of the births of John and Jacob to be 
correct, John's age would be about twenty-five in 1631, and 
Jacob's about fifteen, so that the latter would be not much more 

* See page 113 for Zubulon's letter. + See History of Scituate. 


than a boy when the party started on their venture round the 
unknown shores of Cape Ann, which was considered at that time 
as almost boundless*. 

We have good reason to think that John's^ first stopping 
place was Gloucester, where he rested, and that there his fellow- 
voyagers were left, as we find no record of any who went on with 
him; also that he may have confided to their care his young 
brother Jacob, who had left Plymouth with the party and, with 
John\ has never been accounted for. But there was an Abra- 
ham Robinson who came to Gloucester about that time, who 
always claimed to be the son of the Rev. John Robinson. May 
we not suppose Abraham Robinson to be the lost Jacob? If not, 
who else can he be ? I see no reason to doubt his story, as he 
was certainly old enough to know and remember who his father 
was. If his name had remained "Jacob" no one would doubt 
his word. A very likely solution of this mystery may be found 
in the supposition that when John^ was intending to leave 
Gloucester, he (with an elder brother's care over Jacob), may 
have thought it best to place him with some good friend, rather 
than to have him undertake so hazardous a journey. And then, 
too, Jacob may have inherited his father's ill-health, since he 
died at twenty-nine years of age; and this was an added reason 
why he should be left behind. The change of name from "Jacob" 
to "Abraham" can be explained by the fact that that such changes 
are often made when a child is adopted, or taken into a familyf. 
Abraham Robinson is found living in Gloucester "as one of the 
early settlers," and he died there February 23, 1645, at twenty- 
nine years of age. And since he was not John^ of Exeter (who 
will be accounted for later), it is more than "probable" that he is 
"Jacob," under his new name, "Abraham." 

In his history of Gloucester, Mr. Babson says of this Abra- 
ham Robinson: "a traditionary account of a respectable charac- 
ter affirms that this individual was a son of the Rev. John Robin- 
son," and, in speaking of Dr. Samuel Webber's paper (written 
by his mother and left in the possession of the N. E. H. S.), he 

* In the charter of Jan. 1, 1623, to " Robert and Edward Winslow and their associates," it was 
stated that " a certain tract of ground in New England * * * in a known place commonly called 
Cape Anne," they had free "liberty to fish, fowle, hawk, etc., in the lands thereabout, and in all 
other places in New England." 

t ThisTs particularly true if the family had lost a little son of that name, and wished to perpetuate 
the name, as the name "Abraham " was in fact perpetuated even to the fourth successive generation. 
See Brochure, No. 2, page 50. 


adds, with regard to Abraham Robinson: "the material part ot 
this statement has always appeared to bear the impress of truth." 
I saw this paper before it was published by Mr. Babson, and 
was much impressed by it. For, while Mrs. Webber might have 
made a few errors as to dates, she seems to have been substan- 
tially correct with regard to the descendants of Abraham Rob- 
inson, second. 

Abraham Robinson, second, married Mary Harraden. Of 
this marriage there were twelve children, the date of whose births 
are all recorded*. He died about 1740, at a great age; she in 
1725*. The numerous descendants of their children are to be 
found among the best-known families in the country. They at 
least are not "mythical," although their first ancestor, Abraham, 
is sometimes called so.f 

Two of the descendants of Abraham, second, married into 
the Giddings family, and it is in their line that the name of 
"Bridget" (no doubt in memory of Bridget White, the Rev. John 
Robinson's wife) has been perpetuated, almost to my generation, 
as was also the peculiar name of "Zabulon." Two items with 
regard to Abraham Robinson, second, may be recorded. In 
1708, he received a common right in the house his father built, 
and in which he died February 2^, 1645*. 

N. B. — The latest mention of Abraham, second, is in March, 
1730, when Deborah, widow of Joseph York, had "set of¥ to her 
one-third part of a house and land at Eastern Point, to be for 
her use after the death of Abraham, senior." Abraham "senior" 
was Abraham Robinson, second, as he had a son named Abra- 
ham. May there not be a clue here for this line to follow? 

And now we will follow the trail of that John^ Robinson, 
who is known to have "left Plymouth after a little while," to fol- 
low the shores of Cape Ann, and we will enter the domain of 
authentic records, as found in the authorities that will be men- 

* History of Gloucester 

t If Isaac Robinson, tlie second son of the Reverend John Robinson, had for some unexplained 
reason changed his name, say to " Ephraim," there would have been the same doubt as to his identity 
as there has been hitherto in the case of " Abraham." No matter what he himself might have asserted, 
Isaac could never have proved his idcnty, nor his relationship to the Reverend John Robinson. He 
said he was his son, and so did Abraham, and this ought to be as good evidence in the one case as in 
the other. It is a curious historical fact, that a similar incident happened in Isaac's own family. He 
and his second wife had a son named Israel, baptized October 6 1651 whose name was changed to 
Isaac in 1668 when he was 17 years of age 



The first trace of John^ Robinson, in authentic records, is 
found in Newbury, in 1640, to which place he had, without doubt, 
come in his "small vessel over a stormy sea, and with scant 
knowledge of that day," from Gloucester round the shores of 
Cape Ann. It is pleasant to think of him, this pioneer path- 
finder, traveling in this simple way towards an unknown destina- 
tion, stopping at places where earlier Pilgrims had landed, 
Scituate, perhaps, where it is recorded that he came in 1640 with 
Francis Crocker, "purchased land, but did not remove thither;" 
Ipswich, then an outpost on the journey; passing by Boston 
Harbor, its rugged and inhospitable entrance and its bare tri- 
mountains, little foreseeing that it would sometime be crowned 
with the gilded dome of the State House of all Massachusetts; 
and so on along Cape Ann until he came to the "sandy mouth" 
of the Merrimack River, where he found a landing for his good 
craft at "Ould Newbury" (first settlement 1635). Here we find 
him recorded in 1640*, where his name appears among the twelve 
Newbury men who settled Haverhill (Pentucket). John^ Rob- 
inson's name is on the town books of Haverhill, 1640, and in 1645 
he was one of "thirty-two landholders." In 1650, forty-three 
freemen in the town subscribed themselves as "in favor of the 
project of laying out the bounds of the plantation," and in 165 1 
twelve men were chosen, and the name of our pioneer pathfinder, 
John^ Robinson, heads the list, and the way was laid out by them 
from "Haverhill to Excetter."t 

There is no record of John's^ marriage, but the name of 
"Elizabeth his wife" appears signed to a deed of February 9, 
1 66 1, and also June 24, 1667; and in 1676, as co-administrator to 
his will with his youngest son, David. John^ died Septem- 
ber 10, 1675. Their children, recorded in Haverhill, aref: 
I. John, born 1641, lived three weeks. 2. John, born 1642, died 
young. 3. Jonathan-, born May 16, 1645$. 4- Sarah, born Jan. 
8, 1647, clied May 15, 1648. 5. David, born March 6, 1649. 6. 
Elizabeth, born March 7, 1651. 

*" Newbury charted in 1627. Charter granted to Sir Henry Rowell, John Endicot and others, and 
■extending from a hne three miles north of the Merrimack River to over three miles south of the Charles 
River, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean." 

t History of Haverhill. 

% Jonathan is called in this I'st the son of " gon," but it must be " John," as there are no other 
Robinson births recorded until after 1664. This may be an early instance of " fonetic " spelling 


John^ Robinson's name appears on the town books of Exeter 
as one of the first settlers, between 1640 and 1680*, and on Octo- 
ber 22^, 1652, he was chosen "as one of the overseers of work on 
the meeting-house"; October 16, 1664, he was on a committee 
"to lay out highways w^here they should judge convenient." 

Extracts from deeds from 1649 to 1674 will show the where- 
abouts of John^ Robinson of Exeter during that timef. In 1649, 
John^ Robinson — "it was acknowledged by him that Daniel Lad 
had bought 6 acres of accommodation of him which the town 
(Haverhill) had granted him." In 1651, "John^ Robinson of 
Haverhill, bought a dwelling house and land in Exeter. August 
5, 165 1, John^ Robinson (also spelled Robison) of Haverhill, 
conveys to Thomas Lilfurth of Haverhill 'my accommodation 
in Haverhill," viz.: 10 acres to my houselot, 6 acres of which were 
given to me by the town . . . also my house, etc." Ac- 
knowledged in court at Salisbury, February 9, 1661. Signed: 
John^ Robinson ("Robison.") Elizabeth Robison. (mark). In 
1654, he held some property "including land granted me by Exe- 
ter," of James Wall of Hampden, and sold the same to Henry 
Robie. In 1654. "John^ Robinson of Haverhill bought a dwell- 
ing house and land in Exeter, of Edward Gyllman, — 'Mr. Per- 
mit's house.' " March 4. 1655, John^ Robinson bought of Joseph 
Merrie of Hampton, in Xew England, a "dwelling house with 25 
acres of land lying unto ye fall's river, bounded by Mr. Stanian's 
ground lying in Northward side, and Robert Tuck on the South- 
ward side." In 1660, he owned "some land in Exeter, part of 
which he sold to John Ffulsham." (Folsom?) In 1667, John^ 
Robinson of Exeter, in the county of Norfolk, planter, sold to 
Sam'l Leavitt a dwelling house and barn and 7 acres of land 
in Exeter, "by the falls," Signed, John Robinson and Elizabeth 
his wife (mark) and seal, June 24, 1667. Witness: Jonathan- 
Robinson (his mark). 

The inventory of his estate shows him to have been a planter, 
or a farmer, as we should say. 

His last recorded sale of property is in 1674, when "John* 
Robinson sold to Moses Gillman of Exeter, the dwelling house I 
bought of Edward Gylman which was sometime Mr. Permit'3 

* Bell's History. 

t O. N. C. Records, at Salem, Mass., a part of which have been published in the Essex Antiquarian 
within a few years. 


with the houselot, and other lands." February 24, 1674, entered 
June 24, 1675* (a few months before his death). 

The record of John^ Robinson of Exeter as a pubhc man 
may, so far as known, be summed up as follows: He "was one of 
the grand jury held at Salisbury (the shire town) February 12, 
1653; also '64, '68 and '74; was on the trial jury at SaHsbury, 
February 11, 1654, and 1667; "was chosen to end small causes, 
1668; was allowed by the court to keep a ferry at Exeter, and to 
have a penny for a passage." (No date.) 

The following scant tribute to the character of John^ Robin- 
son is found in Bell's "History of Exeter," as copied from the 
bi-centennial address of the Hon. Jeremiah Smith: "Among the 
persons who united their fortunes with ours during the first cen- 
tury (1600), the men who bore the heat and burden of the day, 
we find the names of Gilman, Robinson and many others." 

No will can be found, but there is an "inventory of the 
estate of a Jno.^ Robinson of Exeter, county of Norfolk, will 
probated July 7, 1749," which states that he "deceased this loth 
day of ye 9th month, 1675." At the court held at Hampton 
Fallsf in 1676, "Elizabeth Robinson and David were appointed 
joint administrators of ye estate of Jno.^ Robinson, late of Exeter, 
deceased." David is also spoken of as "joint administrator with 
his mother, the estate to remain in the hands of the administra- 
tors during the life of the widow Robinson and then to be divided 
amongst the children according to law." The last recorded sale 
of his property is in December, 1678, when "David and Elizabeth 
Robinson, administrators to the estate of Jno.^ Robinson of Exe- 
ter, sold to John Sinkler of Exeter, 2 acres of upland in Exeter.'' 

With regard to his name as spelled (carelessly) in some in- 
stances "Jno.," the best authority which I have consulted is of 
the opinion that his name should mean John^ instead of Jona- 
than'-; and when the fact is considered that at the date of his 
death, and earlier, there was no other John Robinson living in 
Exeter, there is certainly nothing to conflict with this opinion^ . 

* O. N. C. R. t Unpublished O. N. C. R. at Salem. Copied by H. H. R. 

i It is said that during the French and Indian war, " a John Robinson, a blaclvsmith, who had 
removed from Haverhill to Exeter in 1657, was on his way to Hampton with his son, when some lurk- 
ing Indians fired upon them and shot the elder Robinson dead. The son escaped." There is also an 
account preserved, that a Goodman Robinson of Exeter was killed in King Philip's war. 

The French and Indian war began in 1690 and ended seven years later. King Philip's war 
began in 1675 and in 1676. " Barber's Mass. Historical Collection." 

But neither of these can be our John Robinson, since they are not accounted for either before or 
after the dates mentioned. "Goodman ' was no doubt some old man, spoken of as " Goodman " after 
the English and John Bunyan style, just as we would now say " grandpa " or " old man Robinson." 


We will now turn to Jonathan- Robinson, the son of John^ 
(jon), born May 16, 1645, "^vho would be thirty years old at the * 
time of his father's death. Bell's history of Exeter gives tire 
name of Jonathan^ Robinson as second on the town books of 
Exeter, the first being that of John^ (his father), between the 
years of 1640 and 1680. The date of John's^ name is April 20, 
1652. The date of Jonathan's- is March 3, 1673. There are 
several deeds to show that he lived in Exeter, both before and 
after his father's death. June 24, 1667 (at twenty-two years of 
age), he witnesses the Leavitt land sale, signed by "John^ and 
Elizabeth Robinson, his wifef." In 1674 he buys land of Jona- 
than Thwing. In 1672 he was chosen tithing man, among the 
first elected in the town. In 1680 his name appears in the Mason 
Land Suit, in 1698 as one of the reorganizers of the church and, 
the same year, he was "one of the twenty-six subscribers to the 
covenant and confession of faith." October 26-29, 1696, he fur- 
nished the garrison (King William's war. 1690-1713). and in 1710 
he was one of a scouting party in pursuit of Indians. And if he 
died shortly after this time, as seems to appear in the deed, it 
would make him about sixty-two or sixty-three years old at the 
time of his death. 

There is no further mention of this Jonathan- Robinson in 
any authority which I have consulted, excepting in a record -from 
the office of the Secretary of State of Xew Hampshire, where 
was found the following deed, which, as my most reliable au- 
thority informs me. "seems to take the place of a willi." ' 

March 6, 1710-'! i, Jonathan- Robinson of ETxeter deeded 
property to his wife, who is not named, and to his children 
Joseph^ John\ David^. James^ Jonathan\ Easter^ and Eliza- 
beth^, also to Lidia, daughter of his son John. (X. H. Province 
Deeds, Xo\. 9, p. 65.) - ' ^ 

John^ Robinson, the son of Jonathan-, was born in Exeter, 
September 7, 1671. His father died in 1710-'! i. This would 
make John'' about thirty-nine years of age when his father 
died. John's^ last will is dated July 7, 1749. Thus he would 
be, at the time of his death, about seventy-eight vears old.  

Certainly there is nothing in the foregoing dates to conflict 
with the statement that John^ Robinson was the son of Jonathan- 

t See page 106 

X My most reliable authority is Miss Etha L. Sargent, clerk in the office of the Secretary of State 
at Concord, N. H., who has furnished me with copies of deeds, wills, and other valuable documents. 


of Exeter, and the grandson of that John\ who "flayed 
the trail" from Newbury to Haverhill and from Haverhill to 

It may seem strange to the casual reader that no more ex- 
tracts have been given, either from town or church records, and 
that I have been unable to state where any of the above Robin- 
sons and their families were buried. In Bell's history, however, 
I found a solution of the mystery, the cause (I will not say the 
reason) for this strange hiatus in the history of the family. He 
says: The second oldest "place of burial in Exeter became dis- 
used in 1696, when the new meeting house was erected."' . . . 
"The yard surrounding the meeting house was then devoted, 
after the English fashion, to burials. For a long period most 
of the leading men . . . were interred there. ... It re- 
mained in use for probably almost a hundred years, when early 
in the present century (1800), on the sole authority of a few of 
the leading men of the town, all the tombs and headstones were 
removed from the yard, or leveled to the ground and covered 
with earth . . . and all marks of the tenants beneath were 
substantially obliterated. . . . On what ground this appar- 
ent act of vandalism was justified, we cannot imagine." And, 
the author continues, "the loss which it caused to the antiquary 
and investigator of family history is well nigh irreparable." 

I believe that a few of these graves were rescued, notably 
that of a Thwing family, who erected a fence around their lot. 
Let us hope that those "leading men of the town" who coun- 
tenanced this act of vandalism, by which "the grassy barrows of 
the sleeping dead" were thus leveled, were none of them descend- 
ants of the early English Christians. These lost epitaphs on 
"their nameless graves" might tell us so much of the clos- 
ing history in the lives of many of the founders of New 
England ! 

The history of Exeter, so valuable in other respects, has no 
record of John^ of Exeter, of Jonathan^ his son, nor yet of John'', 
son of Jonathan^, though certainly two of these, if not three, were 
men of note, and there should be records to. be found, somewhere, 
besides what I am able to give. They were all members of the 

* In the "Appendix on the Robinson Family (N. E. H. G. Register, July, 1890), I made the 
statement that it was Jonathan Robison of Exeter (instead of John) who died Sept. 10, 1675. But 
after years of research and upon reliable authority I am now well assured that the above statement irs 
the text is correct. H. H. R. 


New England Church, the church of the Puritans, at that time, 
and yet it is said that those early church records are not "avail- 
able." Were they also buried in that desecrated churchyard by 
those "leading men," who thus forever obscured the record of 
the lives of those who had preceded them* ? 

Here let me say one word about the difficulties incurred in 
finding the material for such a genealogy as this. When I first 
read Zabulon's letter (which I shall come to presently), I thought 
at once that "Pembroke" was in Massachusetts — being so near 
Plymouth. But finding nothing there, I put a query in the Bos- 
ton Transcript, asking about a town in Norfolk County, Massa- 
chusetts, called "Exeterf." The answer came at once from sev- 
eral sources (and here let me thank the writers), that Exeter was 
in Norfolk County, New Hampshire. Also, not to enter into de- 
tails, I learned, among other valuable facts, that, in 1680, the 
original county of Norfolk ceased to exist, and that the old Nor- 
folk County records were kept at Salem, Mass. These records 
had not then been published, but I gave them a thorough search, 
and in reading the story of this division of these "old Norfolk 
County towns from Massachusetts," I am tempted to side with 
those sturdy pioneers wdio were so reluctant to be severed from 
Massachusetts soil that they opposed the scheme, feeling, no 
doubt, that to make the division would, in a sense, deprive 
them of their birthright. And I would not wonder if our John^ 
Robinson were among these dissenters. But they were defeated 
by the more astute politicians, and thus were prevented from 
living and dying in the "commonwealth" to which they had chosen 
to come, and to which they still held their allegiance. Ah! if the 
Old Norfolk County had not been carried bodily into New 
Hampshire, its records might have been preserved intact, in some 
accessible locality, where searching for them would not be, as it 
is to-day, the despair of genealogists! But more prosperous 
times are coming for future researchers. Our sister State has 
moved in the right direction. In 1905, its Legislature enacted a 
law "to secure, for the purpose of safety, record and ready refer- 

*I refrain from adding more, for I remember that in my own native city of Boston "The Old 
Granary Burying Ground," where my grandfather, Seth Ingersoll Browne, who fought at Bunker 
Hill, lies buried, was long since encroached upon by Park Street Church and the Boston .-Xthenaeum, 
and that the "South Burying Ground," where my own father, William Hanson, w^as buried, is in part 
obliterated by the St. James Hotel and the Boston Conservatory of Music. Is there any good 
reason for such acts of vandalism ? 

tSee letter, page 113. 


ence, every record, or part of record, or scrap of personal history 
connected with the births, marriages and deaths that have taken 
place in this State." Let us hope that, included in this admir- 
able work, the "Old Norfolk County Records," now in Salem, 
Mass., and mostly unpublished; the "New Hampshire Province 
Deeds," and other scattered material now held by the Rocking- 
ham County Probate Court and by the State of New Hampshire 
itself, will be gathered together in some safe and substantial build- 
ing. And if a custodian is wanted, no better one can be found, 
to my liking, than my "reliable authority" and invaluable help 
in this work, whom I have already mentioned. 

The will of John'' Robinson, which now follows, will give the 
assurance that here, at least, I stand on no debatable ground; 
and in entering it, I feel somewhat as Farmer Thomas Dustin of 
Haverhill must have felt when, in 1697, he placed seven of his 
eight children behind him and so fought his way to safety. So 
I, with the numerous descendants of John^ Robinson, even be- 
yond the seventh generation to sustain me, can go on and bravely 
face my critics — if I have any — assured that here, at least, I tread 
on no disputed ground. 


There is no record to be found of the birth or death of John^ 
Robinson of Exeter, but his will shows the probable date of his 
death ; and the reader will see that there is no discrepancy in 
dates to warrant any doubt as to the statement that he was the 
son of Jonathan^ and the grandson of John\ To recapitulate: 
John^ Robinson of Exeter, died September 10, 1675. Jonathan- 
Robinson of Exeter, died, or signed "substitute for a will," March 
6, 1710-'! I. John"' Robinson of Exeter last will is dated July 7, 
1749, and is as follows: 


"In the Name of God Amen I John Robinson of Exeter in 
the Province of Newhampshire in New England Gentlemen being 
in health of body and of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be 
given to God: But knowing it is appointed unto all men to die, 
do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, That is 
to say, Principally and First of all, I Give and Recommend my 


Soul into the hands of God who gave it; and my body I recom- 
mend to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executor 
hereafter named: And as touching such worldly estate where- 
with it has pleased God to bless me for this life. I Give Devise 
and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form. 
Imprs My Will is that my Just Debts and Funeral Charges shall 
be paid and Discharged by my Executor hereafter named. 

Item. I give to my Dearly beloved Wife jMehetable Robin- 
son the Improvement of one halfe of My Dwelling House Barn 
and Orchard, and of all my land lying in Exeter upon the North- 
erly Side of the way going to Hampton Town, Known by the 
Name of my home place by estimation Fifty acres, be it more or 
less, as long as she Remains my Widow: I Likewise give her the 
Improvement of all my Household Goods During her Xatural 
life, and what Remains of them at her Decease I Give to my two 
Daughters Lidia Alorison and Sarah Palmer. I Likewise Give 
her all my Stock of Cattle horses sheep and swine to be at her 
own Dispose — and the silver Tankard — 

Item. I Give to my son John Robinson besides what I have 
already given him Five, shillings Xew Tenor — 

Item. I Give to my son Jonathan Robinson besides what I 
have already Given him Five shillings Xew Tenor — 

Item. I Give to my son Jeremiah'' Robinson besides what 
I have already given him Five Shillings X'^ew Tenor — 

Item. I Give and Devise to my son Daniel Robinson his 
Heirs and assigns forever the one halfe of my Dwelling house 
Barn and orchard and of all my land lying in Exeter upon the 
X'ortherly side of the way going to Hampton Town Known by 
the X'ame of my home place by estimation Fifty acres be it more 
or less immediately after my Decease And the other halfe of my 
Dwelling house Barn and orchard and the other halfe of my 
Fifty acres of land before mentioned after his mother's Decease 
or upon her marriage, n. b. — I likewise give him all my Unen- 
sils for Husbandry and all my money. Bills Bonds and Book 
Debts so far as shall be necessary to Defray my Just Debts 
Funeral Charges and Legacies and what Remains after they are 
Discharged, he Shall Return to his mother. T Likewise Give 
him my great Coat and my Tools. 

Item. I Give to my Daughter Lidia Morison Fifty pounds 
in Bills of the old Tenor. 


Item. I Give to my Daughter Sarah Pahner Fifty pounds in 
Bills of the old Tenor. 

Item. I Give to my Daughter Mary Follensbeys Children 

Fifty pounds in Bills of the old Tenor to be equally 

divided between them — 

Item. I Give to my Grandson Jonathan Cauley one hundred 
pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor: And my Will is that 
all my Legacies shall be paid within Twelve Months after my 

Item. I give to mv Wife Mehetable Robinson all mv estate 
not mentioned and disposed of in my Will. 

Finally. My Will is and I do hereby appoint my son Daniel 
Robinson sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament, 
Hereby Revoking, Disanulling, and making void all former Wills 
and Testaments by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal this Seventh Day of July 
Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Nine 

Signed, Sealed & Declared 1)y the Said John Robinson to 
be his Last Will and Testament in Presence of us Woodbridge 
Odlin, John Dean, Richard Smith Jur 

John Robinson. [Seal] 

The word of and the word Devise on the other side were 
Interlined before Signing. 

Province of Newhamp, August ye 22d 1755. Then the Will 
Proved by John Dean and Richard Smith Jur according to 
Common form before the Judge. 

Copied from original will, Xo. 2145. Recorded, Probate 
Records, Vol. 19, page 353. 

The letter of Zabulon Robinson, which follows, is a good 
object lesson to those who are interested in family history. It 
has been invaluable to me, not only as an interpreter of his grand- 
father's will, but also as a proof of the identity of his^qwnjamily 
and other information concerning several generations. 

Extracts from the letter of Zabulon Robinson: 

"To Mr Jeremy Robinson\ att Concord, Massachusetts 
State, Per favour of Dr Adams. 

Dear Sir: it has been a Long Time Since I saw you. Many 
a day and Date has Past. I hant seen your face since the year 
1766, if I remember Right, a long time. Indeed it seems to me 


-somewhat Unnatural. I received a Letter from you last Octo- 
ber, Dated Septr 26. You wrote that you and family was well, 
and Likewise the rest of our brethren & Sisters. I was Very 
Glad to hear from you and your family with the rest of our 
Kindred, for I seldom Ever Heard from any of you, Living at 
some Distance from our main Post road. You Likewise Give 
me Account in your Letter of the death of our sister Cogswell", 
her Dicing \'ery suddenly, Therefore i think such near & other 
Daily Instances of mortality ought to mind us of our 
change. . . . 

"I think that our near Kindred on the father's side^ are most 
all deceased, but two left. Uncle Jonathan* in the Town i live in 
& uncle Daniel" of Exeter. On the mother's side, but one alive 
(his mother's name is unknown) Aunt Williams'"' of Hampton 
falls. . . . 

"You hant mentioned anything Concerning our honored 
mother-in-law", what's become of her? I shud be very Glad to 
hear from her and her welfare if alive. . . . 

"Your sister^ has Had Seven Children, all alive, I suppose, 
all at Home but one, furthermore ile thank you if you can send 
me an account of my father's death. Day and date and Age. . . . 

"times is \'ery poor in our Parts, business Exceeding dull. 
Money very scarce. None for Tradesmen. 

"Be kind enough to Give a Little Intelligence of Master Mc 
Clearys Faimily-*? Z.\bulox Robixsox. 

"Pembroke, February the 16 Day. 1787." 

On the margin is written, in another hand, "Oct 19, 1771, 
My father decest." 

Notes of explanation to Zabulon's letter: 

1. "Mr. Jeremy' Robinson," brother of Zabulon, both sons 
of the first wife of Dr. Jeremiah* Robinson. 

2. "Our sister Cogswell" was Eunice Robinson Cogswell, 
Jeremiah and Zabulon's half sister. She was the first wife of 
Lieut. Emerson Cogswell. 

3. Dr. Jeremiah* Robinson, father of "Jeremy" and Zabulon. 

4. "Uncle Jonathan," son of John''. 

5. "Uncle Daniel," son of John^. "" 

6. "Aunt Williams" is unknown. 

7. "Our honored mother-in-law" was Eunice Amsden Rob- 


inson, second wife of Dr. Jereniiali^ Robinson and mother of 
Eunice Robinson Cogswell, Zabulon's half sister. 

8. "Your sister" — Zabulon's wife, name unknown; nor could 
anything be found about the "seven children." 

9. "Master McCleary" — unknown, unless he is the Samual 
McCleary, Jr., who signs the indenture of Cain Robinson, 1770. 
Susannah Cogswell, daughter of James Cogswell and niece of 
Jeremiah^ Robinson, married a Mr. McCleary. She died in 
Westboro in 1894, "at the advanced age of almost ninety-seven." 
She was a well-known patriot during our Civil War, taught 
school at the South, and was obliged to fly for safety in 1861, and 
spent her last dollar on the journey. Horace Maynard, Member 
of Congress from Tennessee, is of her branch of the Robinson- 
Cogswell family. 

It will be easy to read between the lines of John's-' will and 
surmise that "Mehetabel" was not the mother of the older mem- 
bers of the family, for the father "portioned them ofY"; but that 
she was the mother of Daniel, who has the lion's share of the 
inheritance. And besides, if Mehetabel had been the mother of 
the older ones, the probability is that there would have been no 
need for that antediluvian provision in the will, "as long as she 
remains my widow." 

The family name of John's" wife is unknown. The children 
mentioned in the will are: 

1. Lidia, m. Morison. 

2. Sarah, m. Palmer. 

3. Mary, m. Follensbey (children of) 

4. Jonathan Cauley (grandson). 

5. John. 

Of the above heirs nothing is to be found in any record. 

6. Jonathan, lived in Pembroke, N. H., Feb. 16, 1787. 

7. Jeremiah* (see later.) 

8. Daniel, sole executor of the will, lived in Exeter Oct. 19, 
1767, when he bought of his brother, Jeremiah* Robinson of 
Westford, Mass., physician, his right "into a certain pew in the 
old meeting house at Exeter, which pew formerly belonged to 
our honored father John' Robinson, late of Exeter." Daniel'? 
estate was settled about 1783, but there are no records in Con- 
cord, N. H., after the Province Period. March, 1771. Jeremiah*. 
There are manv deeds on record to show his identitv. and the 


different places in which he lived from 1733 to 1771. The first 
deed is from John'' Robinson of Exeter, June 12, 1748, about a 
year before his father died. This deed was to "Jeremiah* Robinson 
of Marlboro," but was not recorded until July 17, 1762, and then 
to "Jeremiah Robinson of Haverhill, IMass., physician." Other 
deeds show that he lived in Littleton 1733, Marlboro 1747. Hav- 
erhill 1762, Westford 1767. The last recorded deed is July 17, 
1762, already mentioned, which reads: 

"Jeremiah'' Robinson of Westford, Mass Bay, physician, 
for twenty shillings sold to Daniel Robinson of Exeter, yeoman, 
his right into a certain pew in the old meeting house, which 
formerly belonged to our honored father John"* Robinson of 
Exeter." Province Deeds." 

The name of Jeremiah's'' first wife is unknown, except for 
this item, found in the church records at Littleton: "Lidia, wife 
of Dr. Robinson, admitted to full communion in the church at 
Littleton before 1747." His record as a physician while in West- 
ford is brief and touching. In 1767, the town voted "not to pay 
Dr. Jeremiah* Robinson for doctoring the town poor." He died 
there October 19, 1771. 

The children of Jeremiah* and Lidia his wife were: i. John, 
b. Dec. 26, 1733. 2. Mary, b. Nov. 13. 1735. 3. Olive, b. Sept. 
10, 1737. 4. John, b. Nov. 11, 1739. 5. Jeremiah^ b. April 4, 
1742. 6. Zabulon, b. Feb. 9, 1743 — all born in Littleton. ]\Iass. 

Of the first four children of Jeremiah* nothing is known. 
For fifth, Jeremiah\ see later. Sixth, Zabulon: He was a sol- 
dier in the Revolutionary War in Capt. McConnel's company of 
Pembroke, Mass., May 4. 1777. He has no known descendants. 

Jeremiah's* second wife was Eunice Amsden of Marlboro, 
born July 27, 1720, married October 14, 1746, died in Concord. 
Mass., 1801, aged eighty-one". Their children were: 7. Thomas 
Amsden, born in Littleton, ]\Iay 2t^, ^747- 8. Thomas, born in 
Littleton, Oct. 27, 1748. 9. Eunice, born in Marlboro, Oct. 13. 
1750; married Lieut. Emerson Cogswell, 1733, died in Concord. 
Mass., Sept. 11, 1786. 10. P>radbury, born in Marlboro, Aug. 8, 

1752, married Abigail : two daughters; indentured to John 

Aish of Boston, Oct. 22, 1777; will dated Charleston. I799t- 

* Concord Church Records. 

t April 23, 1775, depositions were taken by authority of the Provincial Congress of men who were 
eye witnesses of the Concord fight on the )9th of April, 1775, nnd Bradbury Robinson and two others 


II. Cain, born Sept. 15, 1754, named for Robert Cain, a family 
friend; indentured to Jeremiah'' Robinson, Jr., his half brother, 
Sept. 13, 1770. He moved to New York State. 12. Lydia, born 
Aug. 14, 1757, married twice; no issue. 13. Winthrop, born July 
27,, 1760; d. young. 14. Winthrop, born Aug. 12, 1763. 

Jeremiah", the fifth child of Dr. Jeremiah^ and Lydia, his 
first wife, was indentured to John Aish (signed by Robert Cain) 
August 22, 1758, "a cordwainer."* He married Susannah Cogs- 
well, sister of Lieut. Emerson Cogswell (who had married her 
husband's sister), October 13, 1767. He died in Concord, Mass., 
July 16, 18 1 5. She died in Marlboro, December 18, 1836. Their 
children were: 

1. Susannah, m. John Caldwell, April 8, 1783. 

2. James, "killed at the horse-sheds" when "a boy." 

3. Mary, m. Louis Richards, a refugee (with his mother) 
from France, during the French Revolution. They were the 
parents of nine children, and their oldest was named Bridget. 
Louis Richards and his family moved to Maiden, Mass., in 1806. 

4. Eunice Cogswell, born 1775, married Daniel Stevens, Jr., 
of Marlboro, July 20, 1797, died Feb. 20, 1844. They had eleven 

5. Willian/', "a hatter," born in Concord, Mass., April 21, 
1776, in the house occupied by the poet W. E. Channing in 1854. 
Married Martha Cogswell, daughter of Lieut. Emerson Cogs- 
well, Nov. 4, 1804. He died in Concord, Dec. 12, 1837. She 
died in Concord Nov. 24, 1856. and their gravestones are in 
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. They were what is called "double 
cousins. "f 

6. John, born 1779, "drowned in the North River" July 20, 

of Concord testified that they saw " near one hundred of regular troops, being in the tovpn of Concord 
at the north bridge in said town. * * * And they were taking up said bridge when about three 
hundred of our militia were advancing toward said bridge * * * when, without saying anything 
to us, they discharged a number of guns on us, which killed two men dead on the spwt, and wounded 
several others, when we returned the lire on them, which killed two of them, and wounded several, 
which was the beginning of hostilities in the town of Concord." Bradbury Robinson was sergeant of 
a Concord company under Capt. Abishai Brown, April 20, 1775. " Shattuck's History of Concord," 
pages 349, 352. 

* I have his awl, which, held in his good right hand, had kept in comfort, if not in luxury, his 
large family of ten. Surely in his case the " awl " was mightier than the " gun " that he used on the 
19th of April, 1775. 

t " The children of one or more brothers and sisters who marry sisters or brothers having three 
quarters of the s.Tme blood, are double cousins to each other." — Shattuck Memorials. N. E. H. G. R. 


7. James, l)orn in Concord. Lived in Lynn; married and 
had two children, one ngmed Algernon Sidney. 

8. Jeremiah, born in Concord, 1782, died Sept. 21, 1797. 

9. Lydia, born in Concord, married Benjamin Burditt, July 
2, 1805. One of their children, Benjamin Augustus, was the 
founder and leader of the celebrated "Burditt's Boston Brass 
Band." Has descendants. 

10. A daughter, died young. 

Jeremiah^ lived in Boston in 1770, moved to Concord. i\Iass., 
about i774-'5 and lived near the "Hill burying ground," in which 
he is buried. He was a "minute-man" at the Concord fight April 
19, 1775. While "at the bridge," his wife, Susannah (Cogswell), 
with her brick oven heated, was busy cooking food for the sol- 
diers when they should return from the bridge, when, looking 
out of her window, she saw some of the British "regulars" com- 
ing down over the "burying hill" towards her house. The gun 
was behind her door, as was usual in that troublous time, and 
she made ready to defend herself. All they wanted, however, 
was food, which she gave them through her window as they 
waited outside, she meanwhile standing ready within to defend 
herself in case they attacked her. Later, when she heard that 
the "regulars" were coming, she went straight to the "meeting 
house opposite her own house, took the communion plate, 
brought it home and hid it in her soft-soap barrel, in the arch 
under the great chimney, where it lay hid till the 'red coats' left 

The husband of Susannah Robinson's sister Eunice (Lieut. 
Emerson Cogswell) may well be mentioned here, as the children 
of both families intermarried, and were therefore "double cous- 
ins" to each other. 

Lieut. Emerson Cogswell was a direct descendant of John 
Cogswell and Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Mass. (1635). He 
moved from Boston to Concord, Mass., about i77i-'3, and was 
a Concord "minute-man" and second lieutenant under Capt. 
George Minot in 1776; and. in 1778, as lieutenant under Capt. 
Francis Brown of Lexington, he served in the army in Ma^-sa- 
chusetts and Rhode Lsland to the close of the Revolution. He 
was a member of the " committee of public safety," one of the 
founders of the "social circle," of Concord. Mass., in 1778, and 
was one of the two last survivors of the original twelve mem- 


bers.* His final recorded appearance as a soldier is July 30, 1778, 
when he was "drafted from Capt. Minot's company for six weeks' 
service in Rhode Island under Brig.-Gen. Sullivan." He was 
generous to a fault, and one of his last acts of misplaced friend- 
ship was to become a bondsman for one Brown ("Old Joe 
Brown": Mother Robinson), who ran away to Wellsburg, Va., 
leaving Mr. Cogswell to be responsible for his debts. To meet 
this obligation, he sold what remained of his once large landed 
property to "Captain" John Safiford of Hamilton, March 18, 1799, 
and paid the debt (as his stepdaughter, who saw the transaction 
remembered), "in buckets of specie." The money received for 
this sale was $1440.00. The deed was signed by "Emerson 
Cogswell and Elizabeth Cogswell." She w^as his third wife, and 
was the widow Buttrick, nee Batemanf. Thus the last of his 
property, both inherited and acquired, passed into alien hands. 

Emerson Cogswell was a leading man in public affairs, and 
manv deeds at Cambridge, from 1771 -'92, show that he held con- 
siderable landed property. One of his best gifts to the town of 
Concord was on January 28, 1795, where, in a deed of land he 
had sold to John Brooks|. was this agreement : There shall be a 
"passage-way of 14 feet between that land near the dwelling 
house of Emerson Cogswell and said John Brooks ... so 
that their servants and families may pass and repass freely." And 
thus, for one hundred and eleven years (1795-T906) this has been 
a favorite path to and from the old meeting house. For though 
it was not the path to his meeting house, he wanted others, who 
did not agree with him in religious belief, to find an easy passage- 
way to the meeting house of their choice. This meeting house 
(now Unitarian) was then Trinitarian, under "Parson Ripley." 
Mr. Cogswell was what was called a "Restorationer," or "Univer- 
salist." He owned and lived in the "old block" in Concord 

* Emerson Cogswell died May 13, 1808; Jonalli:in Fay died Jan. 1, 1811. Shattuck's History of 

tit is through the descendants ot his third wife that Emerson Cogswell is (at this date, 1906) the 
most fully represented. Her three Cogswell daughters were: Eliza' Ann, m. John Sweetser, one son 
living; Mary'-', m. first John Corey, second Stephen'' Pierce, eight children, one of whom, John, was in 
the 6th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War; Eunice^, m. Richard Whitney of VVinchendon, Mass., 
ten children. Among them may be mentioned: Emerson, the eldest, a graduate of Yale, d. unmarried, 
1851; Edwin, d. 1870, has issue; Franklin Oscar, living in Boston 1900, unmarried; Richard Man- 
ning, the youngest son, served in the Civil War, 21st Massachusetts Regiment, and died in Zan- 
zibar, unmarried. Her two living daughters are: Sarah Jane, m. Baxter Whitney, living in 
Winchendon, Mass., three children living: Eunice Matilda m. John G. Folsom, living in Winchendon, 
four sons living. 

t Deed at Cambridge, Feb. 9, 1795. 


which stood near the old meeting house until a few years ago, 
Avhen "a certain rich man" removed it, thereby destroying, no 
doubt, the historic arch which had preserved that sacred com- 
munion plate. But the old elm tree that he planted, in the 
seventeenth century, near his house, had roots too deep to be 
disturbed, and as it had no commercial value, it stands there 
yet, as a monument to his memory. 

This "old block" had sheltered a truly patriarchal family. 
Lieut. Emerson Cogswell had three wives, and there were at 
least seven sets of children in his house at one time. Some of 
his children married and lived at home, and from time to time 
the "old block" was enlarged to accommodate their growing 
needs. His mother, Mary (Pecker) Cogswell, kept school for 
the children, and Eunice Robinson, his first mother-in-law, 
widow of Dr. Jeremiah* Robinson, who owned the Bible, helped 
"do the dishes." Two of his third wife's children married his 
children, while his daughter Martha married his sister's son 
William"; and her youngest child, William^ Stevens Robinson, 
was born there in the "old block." Is it any w^onder that in 
some of the earlier town records of Concord Emerson Cogswell 
is called "a gentleman," while in some of the later ones he is 
written down as "a tavern keeper"? He and his first wife, 
Eunice Robinson, are buried side by side in the "old burying 
hill," near the powder house, where their gravestones, with others 
of the family, can be seen to-day. They have no descendants 
"by the name of Cogswell." Their last surviving grandson, 
William Emerson, d. February, 1856, and had no living children. 

The children of William'' and Martha Cogswell Robinson 
were : 

1. Elbridge Gerry, born in Concord, Mass., June 24, 1805. 
married Martha Cogswell Frothingham, May 5, 1836, died July 
II, 1854. She died May 11, 1894. He was a brilliant jour- 
nalist. Their children (to live) are: Mary Frothingham Robin- 
son, born March 13, 1838; unmarried. Nathaniel Frothingham 
Robinson, born Oct. 29, 1843, died May 20. 1865, unmarried. 
He was a corporal in the Salem Light Infantry, 15th Massachu- 
setts Regiment, was at the siege of Port Hudson and "served 
with great credit." 

2. Susan, born July 17. 1807, died Oct. 20, 1843, unmarried. 

3. Benjamin Franklin, born JNIarch 26, 1809, married first 


Paulina Fuller, second Mary Turner; died April 9, 1884. One 
son, Charles Fuller, died unmarried. 

4. Jeremiah Albert, born May 31, 1812, married Harriet 
Amelia Brown; died March 3, 1897. Their children are: Jere- 
miah Emerson, born Dec. 20, 1832, married Josephine Carpen- 
ter Sept. 19, 1861. Two daughters and one son, William 
Herbert. Martha Harriet, born Jan. 18, 1835, married May 17, 
1855, Charles H. McArthur; five children. William Franklin, 
born Feb. 12, 1837, died at Tucson, Ariz., May 11, 1867, un- 
married. He was captain in the 4th Michigan Regiment during 
the Civil War, was at the battle of Gettysburg, and was "noted 
for his most gallant conduct." He was wounded there and taken 
prisoner. Caroline Maria, died young. Lucy Caroline, born 
January, 1842, married Julius K. Graves of Dubuque, la.. Sep- 
tember, i860; six children. Addison Brastow, married Mary 
Elizabeth Hayden; one daughter, born 1893. Susan (a twin), 
born March 12, 1848, married Benj. B. Fay, Oct. 10, 1872; three 
children. Albert (a twin), born March 12, 1848, married Jennie 
May Baker; three children. One, "Addison Baker," is one of 
the two living grandsons (the other is "William Herbert") of 
William'' and Martha Cogswell Robinson, to bear up the name 
of "Robinson." At this date (1906) there is no issue. Mary 
Brown, the last of the children of Jeremiah Albert, was born 
June 18, 1850, and is unmarried. 

To return to the children of William"^ and Martha Cogswell 
Robinson, his wife: 

5. Lucy Call, born Feb. 5. 1816, married John W. Green 
Dec. 4, 1838, died Oct. 20, 1840; no issue. 

6. William'^ Stevens, born in Concord, Mass., Dec. 7, t8i8, 
married Harriet Jane Hanson, Nov. 30, 1848, died March 11, 
1876. He was a journalist and parliamentarian, author of "War- 
rington's Manual of Parliamentary Law," and of the famous 
"Warrington" letters (1856-1876) during our Civil War, pub- 
lished in some of the leading newspapers of the country. He 
was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 
i852-'53, secretary of the Constitutional Convention of 1853, and 
clerk of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1862-1873. 

Harriet Hanson Robinson, lineal descendant of Thomas 
Hanson of Dover, N. H. (1657), and Nicholas Browne of Lynn 
and Reading. Mass. (1638), was born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 8, 


1825. She was a contributor to the "LoweU Offering," a pub- 
Hcation of the factory girls of Lowell. Mass. (i840-"50); author 
of "Warrington Pen-Portraits" — a compilation of her husband's 
writings (1848-1876) with memoir, 1877; "Massachusetts in the 
Woman Suffrage Movement," a history, 1881, 1883; "The Xew 
Pandora," a dramatic poem, 1889; and "Loom and Spindle, or 
Life Among the Early 'SiiU Girls,'' 1898. She lives at the family 
home in Maiden, Mass. 

The children of William" Stevens and Harriet Hanson Rob- 
inson are: 

1. Harriette Lucy-, born in Lowell, ]\Iass.. Dec. 4, 1850, 
married Sidney Doane Shattuck of Maiden, June 11, 1878; au- 
thor of the "Woman's Manual of Parliamentary Law," 1891; 
"Shattuck's Advanced Rules," 1898; "Story of Dante's Divine 
Comedy," and "Little Folk East and West." 

2. Elizabeth Osborne^, born in Lowell, Sept. 11. 1852, mar- 
ried George Smith Abbott of Waterbury, Conn., May 14. 1885; 
a graduate of ]\Iiss Lucy Symonds' Kindergarten Training 
School, class of 1883, and one of the pioneer kindergartners in 

3. William Elbridge^ born in Concord, ^lass., Oct. 6, 1854, 
died in Maiden, Mass., Dec. 14, 1859. 

4. Edward Warrington^, born in Maiden, Mass.. May 4, 
1859, married in Denver. Col., Xov. 11, 1893, ]\Iary Elizabeth 
Robinson of Yorkshire, England. He died in Telluride. Col., 
Jan. 8, 1904, and is buried in Denver, Col. He was police magis- 
trate of San Miguel County. Colorado, and during the great 
miners' strike in that State in 1903 he, as "Judge Robinson," 
was the first to apply the "vagrant act" of his city "to crowds 
who were collecting and were liable to provoke a breach of the 
peace," and by this action succeeded in clearing Telluride of 
"vagrant" miners. He took a great responsibility, and his orig- 
inal manner of procedure received much conmiendation. not only 
in Colorado, but in other States. 

The living grandchildren of William" Stevens and Harriet 
Hanson Robinson are: 

1. Robinson" Abbott, born in Waterburv. Conn.. Tulv 3, 

2. Martha" Harriet Abbott, born in Waterburv, Conn.. May 
28, 1893. 


3. Harriet'^ Hanson Robinson, born in Pueblo, Col., May 
26, 1895. 

4. Lucy'' Wynyard Robinson, born in Telluride, Col., Jan. 
I, 1899. 

William" Stevens Robinson was the youngest of a famliy of 
six children, four of them boys, and in his pcrsonale, as well as in 
his mental characteristics, he bore little resemblance to any of 
his brothers — except the eldest. And those of us who are ob- 
servers of family traits and hereditary tendencies will be inter- 
ested to read here a description of the character of the Rev. 
John Robinson, which I submit to "Warrington's" old-time 
friends, hoping that they may detect, as I do, a more than com- 
mon resemblance in the mental characteristics of the two men. 

Governor Bradford, in his "Dialogues," in speaking of the 
Rev. John Robinson of Leyden, said of him: "Of learned and 
solid judgment, of a quick and sharp wit, yet tender in his con- 
science and sincere in all his ways, he was a hater of dissimula- 
tion and would be very plain with his best friends. He was 
affable and courteous, yet so acute in disputation as to be much 
dreaded. He was never satisfied till he had searched a matter 
to the bottom, and was accustomed to say that he had 'answered 
others, but not himself.' Through his singular ability, he was 
also a fit manager of . . . civil affairs." 

Says the Greek dramatist: "A man is known by his chil- 
dren." And, may we not add: to the third and fourth, and even 
to the seventh and eighth generation of them that love and revere 
his memory, and try to follow in his footsteps. 




Mrs. Lucretia (Robinson) Storms. 

AA'IXG been asked by a number of the members 
of the Robinson Association about my line of 
ancestry from the Rev. John Robinson, and invited 
by the secretary to send in my genealogical paper. 
I do so hoping other members may find help in 
connecting family links in their ancestral search. 
I must before speaking of the son Isaac, who was 
one of the founders of the State of Massachusetts, 
mention the father. Rev. John Robinson of Ley- 
den, who was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1575, entered 
Corpus Christi College at Cambridge in 1592, made a fellow in 
1598, resigned in 1604 and gathered a congregation at Lincoln- 
shire and with them fled to Amsterdam, Holland, in 1608, re- 
moved from thence to Leyden, Holland, in 1609, where he died 
March i, 1625, and was buried beneath the pavement of St. 
Peter's Church. He married about 1605 Bridget White. Their 
children, as shown by the census taken in Leyden in 1622, were 
as follows: 

John, born in England, about 1606. 
Leyden, " 1608. 
" 1612. 
" 1615. 
" 1621. 
" 1623. 

Isaac Robinson, the third child of the Rev. John Robinson, 
came to America in 1631, in the ship Lyo)i. In the passenger 
list his age is given at twenty-one. Settled first in Scituate, 
where he was freeman of the colony in 1.633, joined the church in 



John, bori 
Bridget, " 

— 3- 





Mercy, " 
Favor, " 
Jacob, " 
A child " 


Scituate November 7, 1636. On the 20th of February he sold 
his estate of twelve acres of land and the house which he built to 
John Trisden, which was then described as being the fifth lot 
from Coleman's Hill. In 1639 '""^ removed to Barnstable. He 
took a letter of dismission from the church in Plymouth and 
joined the Rev. Thomas Lathrop on the 7th of July. His first 
estate in Barnstable was opposite that of Governor Hinckley. 
This he also sold and took twenty acres further to the west. In 
1639 ^"*J 1648 he was a member of the Grand Inquest of the 
Colony; in 1641 he was on the jury for trials; in 1645 he was 1 
deputy from Barnstable to the General Court at Plymouth; in 
i646,-'47-'48 he was a "receiver of excise" for the town, and in 
1650 again deputy. In 1660, Jonathan Hatch of Boston, with 
Isaac Robinson and twelve others purchased the plantation of 
Succamsset, now Falmouth. His party bought their land of the 
Indian chief Ouachatesset, by permission of the General Court. 
In 1673 he again removed to Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, where 
he was a "recorder." For several years he was its selectman. 
In 1700 he had divided his estate equally between his three sons, 
and in 1701 he deeded the homestead and its garden to Isaac, Jr. 
This was the first house built in Falmouth, standing on the south 
side of Fresh Pond. In November, 1701, he removed to Barn- 
stable and made his home with his daughter Fear, the wife of 
Rev. Samuel Baker, where he died at the age of ninety-four in 
1704. At the age of ninety-two he was represented as a hale 
and vigorous man, with locks as white as the drifted snow. "A 
venerable man," writes Prince in his Annals, "whome I have 
often seen." Prince asserts that he was chosen assistant to the 
Governor of the colony in 1646, and in 1647 ^''^ was again chosen 
as assistant to the Governor.''' 

He was for a time disfranchised on account of his sympathy 
for the Quakers, but was restored to citizenship by Governor 
Winslow in 1673. He married first at Scituate January 27, 1636. 
Margaret Hanford of Scituate. She was a sister of the Rev. 
Thomas Hanford and niece of Timothy Hatherly. She died June 
13, 1649. Their children were: i. Susannah, born at Scituate 
Jan. 21, 1637, died before 1664. 2. John, born at Barnstable 
April 5, 1640; went from Falmouth to Connecticut in 1714. 3. 

* The name of Isaac Robinson does not appear in the list of Assistants to the Gov- 
ernors as publisherl in the Old Colony Records. 


Isaac, born in Barnstable Aug. 7, 1642, married Ann ; was 

drowned at Fahiiouth Oct. 6, 1668. The decision of the inquest 
appointed to view the body is preserved as a specimen of the 
style of the time: "Wee the jury of inquest appointed to view 
the corpse of Isaac Robinson, Jr., do apprehend according to 
view and testimony that the means of his death was by going 
into the pond to fetch two geese which we conceive to be the 
instrumental cause of his death, he being entangled therein." 
4. Fear, born at Barnstable Jan. 26, 1644, married Rev. Samuel 
Baker of Barnstable. 5. Mercy, born at Barnstable July 4, 1647, 
married William Weeks, March 16, 1669. 6. A daughter, June 
6, 1649. 

In 1650 Isaac married his second wife, Mary (not the 

sister of the "famous Elder Faunce of Plymouth," as has been 
claimed.)* Children by Mary: i. Israel, born in Barnstable 
Oct. 5, 165 1 ; after the death of his brother Isaac in 1668, he took 
the name of Isaac. 2. Jacob, born in Barnstable May 10, 1653, 
married Experience; died 1733. 3. Peter, born in Barnstable^ 
1655; said to have gone to Norwich, Conn. 4. Thomas, born in 
Falmouth 1666-7. Some authorities state that he removed to 
Guilford, Conn., but we find no proof of it. 

John, the second child of Isaac, born in Barnstable April 5, 
1640, was a Representative from the town of Falmouth in 
i689-'90-'9i. He removed to Connecticut in April, 1714, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Weeks May i, 1667. 

Their children were: i. John, born in Falmouth March 20, 
1668. 2. Isaac, born in Falmouth Jan. 30, 1670. 3. Timothy, 
born in Falmouth Oct. 30. 1671. 4. Abigail, born in Falmouth 
March 20, 1674. 5. Fear, born in Falmouth June 16, 1676. 
6. Joseph, born in Falmouth March 31, 1679. 7- J^Iary. 8. A 
son, born Dec. 12, 1683, died Dec. 16, 1683. 9. A daughter, born 
May I, 1687, died Aug. 4, 1688. 

Timothy, third child of John, married May 3, 1699, Mehitable 
Weeks. Their children w^ere: i. Mehitable, born in Falmouth 
Feb. 28, 1701. 2. Thomas, born in Falmouth April 3, 1703. 

3. Rebecca, born in Falmouth June 9. 1706. 4. Timothy, born 
in Falmouth June 17, 1713. 5. John, born in Falmouth Aug. 30, 
1716. 6. William, born in Falmouth Aug. 10, 1719. 

* Sergeant Harlow married Mary Faunce July 15, 165S. She died his widow, Oct. 

4. 1664. 


Thomas Robinson, second child of Timothy, Sr., born in 
Fahiiouth April 3. 1703, married Mary Robinson Sept. 2^, 1725. 
Their children were: i. Deliverance, born at Falmouth. 2. 
Zephaniah, born at Falmouth July 26, 1729. 3. Paul, born at 
Falmouth Aug. 11, 1731. 4. Rhoda, born at Falmouth Feb. 17, 
^733- 5- Paul, born at Falmouth April 20, 1734. 6. Mary, born 
at Falmouth Feb. 12, 1738. 7. Thomas, born at Falmouth June 

13. 1741- 

Zephaniah Robinson, second child of Thomas, born in 

Falmouth July 26, 1729, died in Livermore, Me., March 27, 1805, 
married first Ann Hatch of Falmouth; second, married Jediah 
West of Rochester, Feb. 27, 1756, by whom he had: i. Shadrach, 
born in Falmouth. 2. Stephen, born in Falmouth. 3. Thomas, 
born in Falmouth. 4. Cornelius, born in Falmouth. 5. James, born 
in Falmouth. 6. Zephaniah, born in Falmouth. 7. Rhoda, 
born in Falmouth. 8. Juda, born in Falmouth April 18, 1777, 
died 1778. 9. Anna, born in Falmouth Sept. 19, 1779, died 1814. 
10. Seth, born in Falmouth. 11. Ellis, born in Falmouth July 
2. 1783, died 1832. 12. Paul, born in Falmouth June 17, 1785, 
died 1863. 13. Weston, born in Falmouth Aug-. 2, 1789, died 
1863. 14. Phebe, born in Falmouth July 13, 1790, died 1863. 

Many dates not given. As a descendant facetiously re- 
marked, "Zephaniah, Anna and Jediah must have been so busy 
looking after their fourteen children that it is not to be wondered 
at that dates were in part overlooked by them. It nuist have 
been quite a task to find appropriate names even." 

Shadrach Robinson, son of Zephaniah, born in Falmouth 
February 2, 1758, died April 6, 1842, married Deborah Robinson, 
the daughter of Jeremiah Robinson who was the son of Peter 
and Martha Robinson. Shadrach removed to Chilmark, 
Martha's Vineyard, from Naushon, 1810. His house is still 
standing, surrounded by the hills of the western part of Martha's 
Vineyard. At the age of eighteen he served in the War of the 
Revolution. Their children were: i. John, born October 3, 
1781. 2. Jediah. born June 2, 1783, died January. 1820, in 
Chilmark. 3. xA.nne. born March 15, 1785, died May i, 
1850, in Livermore, Me. 4. Abigail, born Sept. 5, 1788, 
died at West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Nov. 17. 1885, 
at the advanced age of ninetv-seven vears. She joined 
the Chilmark church in 1812. Her father's house was long 



the home of the early Methodist preachers, and meetings were 
held there before any house of worship had been built. During 
her early life she taught school in various places on the island, 
was a Sunday-school worker, and sometimes superintended the 
school. Her memory and mental faculties remained unimpaired 
until nearly the last. 5. Rebecca, born April 30, 1790, died 1877 
at West Tisbury. 6. Henry Robinson, born Xov. 18, 1792, died 
at Edgartown, Martha's Mneyard, June 25, 1872, married Lucre- 
tia Adams at West Tisbury. They had six children. Hannah, 
the seventh child of Shadrach, born Aug. 9, 1795, died at West 
Tisbury Oct. 1882. 8. James, born Sept. 21, 1797, died 1799. 
9. Delia, born June 25, 1800, died Jan. 12, 1891, at West Tisbury. 

Lucretia Adams was the daughter of James Adams, b. Sept. 
30, 1754, and Dinah Allen, b. 1753, d. November, 1844, his wife. 

James Adams was the son of Mayhew Adams, b. Dec. 22, 
1729, d. Oct. 2, 1823, and Rebecca Mayhew, d. July 11, 1819, his 

Mayhew Adams was the son of Eliashib* Adams, b. 'Sla.y 9, 
1699, and Reliance Mayhew, m. Feb. 18, 1729, his wife. 

Eliashib Adams was the son of Edward Adams and Eliza- 
beth Walley. m. ]\Iay 19, 1629, his wife. 

Edward Adams was the son of Edward Adams, d. Nov. 12, 
1716, and Lidia , his wife. 

Edward Adams was the son of Henry Adams, d. Oct. 8, 
1646, and , his wife. 

Henry Adams was born 'in Devonshire, England. Came to 
America 1632; 1635 settled at Braintree, now Quincy. He was 
the ancestor of John Adams, President of U. S. A. 

 W'hat first brought Eliasliib Adams to the shores of Martha's Vineyard is un- 
known to us, but he settled in Chilmark, and on Feb. IS, 1729, married Reliance May- 
hew, daughter of Rev. Experience Mayhew. 




Mrs. Emily A^icks Hamer (Hexry Clay) Holbrook 

Atlanta, Ga. 



HE Fells* derive their name from the district of 
Furness Fells — the general name for High Fur- 
ness in England. They were one of the most 
ancient families in Furness. The Fells of Redman 
Hall are known to have been there for nineteen 
generations. Another family of the same rank, 
and doubtless of the same antiquity, were the Fells 
of Hawkswell. Another are the Fells of Swarth- 
moor Hall. Still another the Fells of Dalton 
Gate. The Fells of Dane Ghyll Flan How near Ftirness Abbey 
are of the same family as the Fells of Swarthmoor Hall. Long- 
lands — the ancestral home of one branch of the family of Fells, 
is about seventeen miles from Keswick. The estate of Long- 
lands is known to have been owned by the Fells more than six 
hundred years. In the rear rises the mountain known as Long- 
lands Fell, and about a mile distant is the renowned Skiddaw 
mountain. There is a spring on the fell behind the hotise which 
has supplied it with water for many centuries. The Hotise of 
Longlands is a long, solidly built structure, of old red sandstone. 
A family house of many rooms, all of which have joist ceilings. 
The steps of the stairway are also of red sandstone, worn away 
on the baluster side. The window frames are small, with small 
diamond-shaped window panes. Over one of the doorways is a 
stone bearing this inscription: J. R. F. 1688. A wing rebuilt or 
added to, by the eldest son of John and Margaret Fell six years 

S^ V^ N^ N^ V^ 

v.^ S^ S^ s^ V^ 

S^ S^ N.^ V^ v.^ 

v^ N^ S^ S^ S^ 

* From Genealogy of the Fell Family. 


after his marriage, from the fact of Longlands having been owned 
by the Fells of Longland for more than six hundred years. An 
ancient branch of the family are the Fells of Dalton Gate. The 
following narrative is a copy of the original, written by Joseph 
Fell, and found among some old papers in the garret of the old 
house in Buckingham, where it had lain unnoticed for more than 
fifty years, and dated "Buckingham, the sixth day of the 12th 
month 1744." 

"A narrative or an account of my birth and transactions of 
life from a child to old age. I was born at Longlands, in the 
Parish of Uldale, in the County of Cumberland in old England. 
My father's name was John Fell, my mother's name was Mar- 
garet Fell. I was born in the vear 1668, on the nineteenth dav 
of October. My father dyed when I was about two years old, 
and my mother lived about 20 years a widow. When I was in 
the 30th year of my age, I came to this country. Took shipping 
at Wliite Haven in Cumberland. Mathias Gale Captain of the 
Shipp. He victualled the shipp at Belfast in Ireland. We 
stayed about a week there and got sail again, and after we left 
sight of Ireland, in 29 days, we came in sight of land near the 
Capes of \'irginia. And our ship was called Cumberland, and 
they cast anchor in the mouth of Potomeck River, and we went 
ashore in Virginia, and there we got a shallop to Choptand in 
Maryland, and from thence to Frenchtown, and so to Newcastle, 
and then we took boat to Bristol] in this county 1705." 

There is much more of this interesting "narrative," but this 
will suflfice to tell how the first Fell came to America. He was 
followed by Edward and William Fell early in 1700, who also 
came from Cumberland in England, and settled "Fells Point" in 

William Fell married Lucy , and had issue a daugh- 
ter, Lucy Fell, who married John Robinson, son of John Robin- 
son of Middlesex County, Mrginia. They had a family of chil- 
dren, some of whom remained in \'irginia and Baltimore. One 
son, John Robinson, came into Georgia between the years of 1776 
and 1780, and married Mary, the daughter of John and Mary 
Raymond of Augusta, Ga. They had a large family of childrett. 
One son, William Fell Robinson, married Elizabeth, daughtei 
of James Hutchinson and Cythca Clarke of Augusta, Ga., and 
removed to Claiborne County, Mississippi. Tliey had four chil- 





dren, Amazon, James Fell, Eliza, and Caroline. Amazon Rob- 
inson married William Hicks Hamer, son of Charles Hamer and 
Elizabeth Hicks. Issue: Charles Hicks Hamer, Malachi 
Bedgegood Hamer, Caroline Hicks Hamer, Mary Robinson 
Hamer, William Henry Clay Hamer, Charles Franklin Hamer. 
Emily \'ick Hamer, Amazon Medora Hamer. 

Emily Vick Hamer married Henry Clay Holbrook, son of 
Edward Holbrook and Araminta Dormer Atkinson of Louisville, 
Ky. — formerly of Baltimore, Md. — and had issue. Alary Eliza 
Holbrook, William Hamer Holbrook, Edward Atkinson Hol- 

Mary Eliza Holbrook married Clarke Palmer Cole, son of 
Moses Cole and Amelia Clarke of Atlanta. Ga.. and had issue — 
Mary Holbrook Cole, Eugenia Clarke Cole (deceased), Marshall 
Clarke Cole (deceased). 


Arms. Or. three lozenges conjointed in fesse az. on the 
middle one a Catherine wheel thereon a cross pattee fitchee of 
the first, in chief a rose between a portcullis and a leopard's face 
of the second, all within a bordure gu, charged with three loz- 
enges and as many escallops, alternately ar. 

Crest. A dexter arm embowed in armour ppr garnished or.,, 
holding in the hand ppr. a tilting spear ppr. 

Motto. Patribus et posteritati. 



Mrs. Emily Vicks Hamer Holbrook 

From The First Republic in America. — Brown. 

Capt. Ralph Hamer left London with Lord De La Warr, 
sailing from "Cowes" on the De La Warr, April the nth, 1610. 
accompanied with the "Blessing of Plymouth" and the "Hercules 
of Rye" — with supplies for the Colony, and about one hundred 


and fifty emigrants, being for the most part artificers, including 
"Frenchmen, to plant vines," and "William Henrich Faldoe, a 
Swiss, to find mines," accompanied by "Knights and Gentlemen 
of Quality." Lord De La Warr reached Jamestown with his 
ships on Sunday, June the 20th., 1610. 

June the 22nd. the Lord Governor and Captain General or- 
ganized the Government of the Colony, under the Charter to the 
Company (The Virginia Company of London) which it was 
deemed best to make as strong and absolute as possible, "in the 
beginning." On the same day the "Lord Governor elected unto 
himself a Council"" and constituted and gave places of office and 
charge, to divers Captains and Gentlemen, unto all of whom he 
administered oath of faith, assistance, and secrecy, mixed with 
the oath of allegiance and Supremacy to his Majesty (James L)." 
Ralph Hamer was made clerk of the Council. January 1612 
Ralph Hamer was Secretary of the Colony. July 1613 Ralph 
Hamer writes: "Argall furnished us by two trading voyages 
with 2300 bushels of corn, (besides supplying his own men) estab- 
lished peace by the capture of Pocahontas, repaired our weather- 
beaten boats, and furnished us with new also, both strong and use- 
ful." March ist., 1614 while they were up the Pamaunkie (now 
known as York River) "parleeing with the Indians" Capt. Ralph 
Hamor (Hamer) made known to Sir Thomas Dale, the love 
which had long existed between his friend, John Rolfe and Poca- 
hontas, by delivering to Sir Thomas, a letter from Rolfe explain- 
ing the situation. Hamer, with Thomas Savage as interpreter, 
and two Indian guides, left Bermuda City early in the morning 
of May the 25th. on a visit to Powhatan, and returning arrived 
in the night of May the 29th. He afterward published a long 
account of this visit in his "True Discourse of the Present Estate 
of Virginia" (1615). In this book he gives a description of the 
country, condition of the Colony, with an account of the Settle- 
ments at that time. This book was discovered in London by 
Mr. Conway Robinson of Richmond, Va., and presented to the 
Virginia Historical Society. 

London. Oct. 30th. 1614, "In the Treasurer, just from Vir- 
ginia, arrived Capt. Ralph Hamer, late Secretary of the Colony, 
and entered at Stationer's Hall, for publication, his "True Dis- 
course of the Present Estate of Virginia, and the successe of 
the afifaires there till the i8th. of June 1614, etc." It is dedicated 


to Sir Thomas Smith, whom he praises greatly for "upholding 
of this imployment, though it appeared in the beginning, as full 
of discouragement." 

Nov. 28th., 1616, Ralph Hamer having returned from Eng- 
land, "the Preparative Court was held, and on the 30th. the 
Michaelmis Quarter Court, at which Admiral Samuel Argall, was 
elected to be the present Deputy Governor in Virginia, Capt. 
Ralph Hamer, Vice-Admiral, Capt. John Martin — Master of the 
Ordnance, and John Rolfe, Secretary and Recorder." 

Jan. i8th. 1617 at a meeting of the Company, Capt. Ralphe 
Hamer had eight shares given him. and at another meeting, one 
week later, "Bills of Adventure were allowed to Capt. Ralph 
Hamer for every man transported at his charge, being to the 
number of 16." 

May 27th. or 28th. Argall, accompanied by \'ice- Admiral 
Ralph Hamer, and John Rolfe, Secretary and Recorder, went up 
to Jamestown, where he "found all boats out of repair" and sends 
Captain [Martin's pinnace to the North to "fetch the boats ye 
fishing Con^pany" gave him. 

In April 1621, Sir Edward Peyton on "a petition from two^ 
Captains. Planters in Mrginia: — Ralph Hamor and \\m. 
Tucker," had drafted "An Act for Restraint of the inordinate 
use of tobacco." 

At the Mrginia Court of March 23, 1621 Mr. Ralph Hamer 
passed six shares of his stock in the Virginia Company to Thomas 
Melling, and Capt. Ralph Hamer passed two shares to Henry 

Nov. 28th. 1 62 1 Sir George Yeardley's term as Governor 
expired, and Sir Francis Wyatt succeeded him. "Among the 
documents brought from England by him, were his own com- 
mission, and the commissions of the sundry recently appointed 
oflficials of the Council of State:" 

Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor. 

Captain Francis West •\ 

Sir George Yeardsley [ IMarshals of \'irginia. 

Sir William Newce ' 

Ralph Hamer 1 

Tohn Rolfe -r-. , ^ ., 

•^ r. 1 ^ I'^i^g s Council. 

Roger Smith 

and others, J 


The Court of July 20th. 1621 ordered Sir Francis Wyatt 
and the Council "to set out the land given the widow of Capt. 
Christopher Newport (he having been killed by the Indians). 
Capt. Ralph Hamer was given order to see it done according to 
Mrs. Newport's desire." 

At this time came a big uprising of the Indians. "So sud 
den in their cruel execution, that few or none discerned the 
weapon or blow that brought them to destruction." John 
Berkely and John Rolfe were killed. Towards evening after the 
slaughter "Captain Hamer went out with a "ship and pinnace to 
Flowerlieu Hundred, trying to save such people" as might have 
"lyen wounded" at the different Plantations. 

On June 27th. Hamer made an agreement with the King of 
Potomac against Opechancanough "their and our enemy." He 
also slew divers of the Necochincos, that sought to "circumvent 
him by treacherie." June 1622 "Hamer was a second time em- 
ployed to the Potomacs" but they "likewise proved our most 
treacherous enemies, cunningly circumventing" and "cruelly 
murdering such as were employed abroad, to get relief from 
them, and Hamer slew more of them." 

London: Oct. 2nd., 1622: — At the Virginia Court, a letter 
from Capt. Hamer in Virginia, was read. 

Late in March 1623 a suit comes up before the Council of 
State, which Council was composed of 

Governor Wyatt, 

Sir George Yeardley, 

Mr. George Sandys, 

Ralph Hamer, 

George Pountis (Pryntz) 

Roger Smith. 
The General Assembly met Feb. 29th. 1624. George Yeard- 
ley, Ralph Hamer, Sir Francis Wyatt and others, thirty-one in 
number, sent in Report of condition of Colony to England signed 
by members of the King's Council and House of Burgesses. 

The "Anne" arrived in Virginia soon after March 6th. 1625 
with the Royal Commission of Sept. 5th. 1624 authorizing Sir 
Francis Wyatt to be the Royal Governor and Sir George Yeard- 
ley, Ralph Hamor (and others) to be the King's Council in Vir- 
ginia, to "govern the Colony temporarially until some other con- 
stant and settled course could be decided upon and established 


by the King." There was nothing in the Commission to en- 
courage the hope for a continuance of popular rights. There 
was no provision for a House of Burgesses, nor General Assem- 
bly. The King had now resumed the Government of the Colony. 

Resumed by the Crown. 

England and Virginia James I. 

June 26th. 1624 

April 6th. 1625 

Charles ist. April 6th. 1625 to Feb. 1627. 

March 14th. 1626 "Charles I. being forced by many other 

urgent occasions (in respect of our late accessments unto the 

Crown) to continue the same means that was formerly thought 

fit for the maintenance of the said Colony and Plantation until 

we shall find some other more 'convenyent' means upon mature 

advice to give more ample Directions for the same, and reposing 

assured Trust and confidence in the understanding. Care, Fideli- 

tie, Experience and circumspection of them, appoint Sir George 

Yeardley to be his present Governor. Francis West, George 

Sandys, Ralph Hamer, William Tucker, Roger Smith (and 

others) his present Council in Virginia, with very much the same 

powers as previously granted in the Royal Commission since 


Captain Ralph Hamer went to Virginia in 1610. Returned 
to England in 1614. Returned to Virginia 8th of Jan. 1617. 
bringing with him his wife, Elizabeth (her two children) Jeremy 
and Elizabeth Clement, his Father, Ralph Hamer, Sr., his 
brother, Thomas. Capt. Hamer was a member of the King's 
Council in Virginia from 161 1 to 1628 and "possibly after." 
Was Colonial Secretary from 161 1 to 1614, was Captain in tlie 
Army and Vice-Admiral. 

From Virginia Colonial Register: 
Ralph Hamer (Hamor in duplicate). Born in England. 
Died about March 1627-8. 

"Being the muster of the inhabitants of James Cittie, taken 
the 24th. of January, 1624. Captain Ralph Hamer (Hamor in 
duplicate.). Muster of Capt. Ralph Hamer: 
Capt. Ralph Hamer, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Hamer, 

Jeremv Clement, ) , , ., , 
i... ,' r-, ]- her children. 

Elizabeth Clement j 

R € B I N S 14 




Robinson of Ireland — Rokelv Hall 


John Lightfoote, in the ''Seaflouer." 
Francis Gibbs, in the "Seaflouer." 
Ann Adams, her maid. 
The rest of the servants, provisions, armes, &c., at Hog 

Hog Island. 
The muster of Capt. Ralph Hamer's servants: 
Jeoffrey Hull, came in the "George.'' 
Mordecay Knight, in the "William St. George." 
Thomas Doleman, in the "Returne." 
Elkinton Ratclifife, in the "Seaflouer." 
Thomas Powell, in the "Seaflouer." 
John Davies, in the "Guifte." 
"By clame in Hog Hand 250 Acres planted. Blunt Pointe. 
Capt. Ralph Hamer (Hamor in duplicate) 500 acres by order of 

From "Meade's Old Churches and Families": 
"Mr. Hamer was a man of high standing in the Colony. 
His residence was at Bermuda Hundred, a few miles only, from 
Henriopolis, where Sir Thomas Dale and the Rev. Alexander 
Whitaker lived. He appears to have been intimate with them 
both and to have partaken of their pious spirit. It is one evi- 
dence of the estimation in which he was held, that the severest 
punishment ever inflicted in the Colony, was on a man who 
uttered slanderous words against Mr. Hamer. Mr. Hamer's 
work, from which we take the following extracts, was obtained 
by Mr. Conway Robinson of Richmond, Va., on a late visit to 
England, and presented to the Historical Society of Virginia. It 
is the most reliable and authentic work on the early history of 
Virginia. His religious character is seen in the following." 
Here follows extract. "It was reprinted at Albany, New York, 
in i860. Originals are preserved in the libraries of Mr. Charles 
Deane, Mr. Kalbflusch, the Lenox, and the John Carter Brown. 
An original in the Drake sale, March, 1883, fetched $345.00. 
Quaritch prices a copy at $500.00. John Rolfe, CCCLVIIL, 
mentions this tract as having been 'faithfully written by a Gent' 
of good merit, Mr. Ralph Hamer,' thus endorsing the account of 
his marriage and letter (CCCXXVIII)." 

William Hicks Hamer, descendant of Ralph Hamer, mar- 


riecl Amy Robinson, daug-hter of William Fell Robinson, son of 
John of Virginia. 



Mrs. Emily Vicks Hamer Holbrook 

*The first of the Robinson family of whom we have any 
account, was John Robinson of Cleasby, Yorkshire, (England) 
who married Elizabeth Potter of Cleasby, daughter of Christo- 
pher Potter, from whom no doubt, the name of Christopher, so 
common in the family, was derived. (Burke's Peerage gives 
account of John Robinson of Crostwick in the Parish of Ronald- 
kirk, CO. York. m. Anne Dent and was GreatQrandfather of the 
Rev. John Robinson Lord Bishop of Bristol and London.) 

The fourth son of John Robinson was Dr.- John Robinson, 
Bishop of Bristol, and while Bishop, was British Envoy for some 
years at the Court of Sweden, writing while there, a history of 
Sweden. He was also British Plenipotentiary at the Treaty ot 
Utrecht, being, it is supposed, the last Bishop or Clergyman 
employed in a public service of that kind. He afterward became 
Bishop of London, in which ol^ce he continued until his death, 
1723. He was twice married, but left no issue. He devised his 
real estate to the eldest son of his brother Christopher, who had 
migrated to what was Rappahannock, on the Rappahannock 
River. He was one of the first \'estrymen mentioned on the 
\'estry-book in Middlesex County, in 1664, and married ]\Iiss 
Bertram. His oldest son, who inherited the Bishop of London's 
■estate, was John Robinson who was born in 1683, who was also 
a Vestryman of Middlesex, and became President of the Council 
in Virginia. He married Catherine Beverly, daughter of Robert 
Beverl}-, author of the "History of Mrginia." published in 1708. 
He had seven children; one of them named John Robinson was 
Treasurer and Speaker of the Colony. Another son Henry mar- 
ried a Miss Waring. Another married in New York. Christo- 
pher Robinson who first came over to Virginia, had six children. 

Of John the eldest, we have already spoken. Christophc 

* Frtim Meade's Old Churches and Families -n Virginia, 1S57. 


married a daughter of Christopher Wormley of Essex. Ben- 
jamin, Clerk of CaroHne County, married a Miss King, and was 
the father of the Reverend Wilham Robinson, Minister of Strat- 
ton Major, in King and Queen. His daughter Clara married 
Mr. James Walker of Urbanna, in Middlesex. His daughter 
Anne married Dr. John Hay. Of his daughter Agatha, nothing 
is known. One of the descendants of the family married Mr. 
Carter Braxton, and others intermarried with the Wormleys, 
Berkeleys, Smiths, &c. The worthy family of Robinsons in 
Norfolk and Richmond, also those in Hanover, were derived 
from the same stock. A branch of this family moved to Canada; 
and some of them have held high civil and military stations under 
the English Government there and in the Mother Country. Mr. 
Speaker Robinson was held in high esteem by General Washing- 
ton, as their correspondence shows. The following epitaph has 
been furnished me;_^ 


"Beneath this place lieth all that could die of the late worthy 
John Robinson, Esq., who was a representative of the County of 
King and Queen, and Speaker to the House of Burgesses above 
twenty eight years. How emminently he supplied that dignified 
oflfice, and with what fidelity he acted as Treasurer to the Coun- 
try beside, is well known to us, and it is not unlikely future ages 
will relate. He was a tender husband, a loving father, a kind 
Master, a sincere friend, a generous benefactor, and a solid 
Christian. Go, reader, and to the utmost of your power imitate 
his virtues." 

The Reverend William Robinson, as appears by the follow- 
ing extract of a letter to the Bishop of London, and the records 
of the Vestry-book, was ordained in 1743, and became Minister 
of Stratton Major in 1744, continuing to be so until his death 
in 1767 or 1768. He became Commissary in the year 1761. 
Governor Faquier was much dissatisfied with his appointment, 
and so expressed himself in a letter to England. The opposition 
of the Governor was no sure proof of the unworthiness of Mr. 
Robinson. The Governor was an arbitrary, high tempered man, 
who could not brook opposition, and Mr. Robinson was no 
negative, submissive character to crouch before authority. They 
had had one or two serious re-encounters during the six or seven 


years of his Commissaryship. His correspondence with the 
Bishop of London on the affairs of the Churcli was lengthy and 
able. He espoused the cause of the Clergy- on the occasion of 
the Two-pennv Act or Option Law, with zeal and fearlessness, 
though without success. He had an independent fortune of his 
own, and was therefore the less liable to be charged with mer- 
cenary motives. The following extract from a letter to the 
Bishop of London in 1765, shows that he had reason to believe 
that he still had enemies whose communications to the ears of 
the Bishop were unfavorable. The continuance of his labour 
during the whole of his ministry for twenty four years in the 
same Parish, and where there was much of character and wealth 
and talent, and such zeal and liberality in regard to all church 
matters, speak well in his behalf." 

Extract of letter from ^Ir. Robinson to the Bishop of Lon- 
don, dated May 2;^, 1765: 

"]\Iy Lord — I have some reasons to apprehend that en- 
deavours have been made to prejudice your Lordship against me, 
but in what particular I know not. I must therefore beg your 
Lordship's patience while I give some account of myself. I was 
born in \'irginia. At ten years old I was sent to England for 
my education, which was in the year 1729. I continued in school 
in that country, until the year 1737. at which time, I was admit- 
ted a Member of Oriel College in Oxford. After I had taken 
my B-A degree, I was chosen by the Provost and Fellows to one 
of Dr. Robinson's Bishop of London's (who was my great uncle) 
Exhibitions, which I enjoyed for three years, the term limited b}' 
his Lordship (my uncle). In June 1743, I was ordained Priest 
by Dr. Gibson, Bishop of London. I returned to my native 
country in the year 1744 (October). The November following 
I was received into Stratton ]\Iajor Parish in King and Queen 
County, where I have continued Rector ever since. I can with 
truth assure your Lordship, I have always lived in the greatest 
harmony with my parishioners, and I believe no Minister could 
be more respected by them than I am. I have always studiously 
avoided giving any just cause of offense to anyone, especially 
those in authority. Your Lordship, I hope, will excuse my say- 
ing so much in my own behalf, but there is a time when it is 
requisite for a man to praise himself; and as to the truths of what 
I have said I can appeal to my whole Parish." 



Lineage. John Robinson of Crostwick in the parish of 
Ronaldkirk, co. York, m. Anne Dent, and was great-grandfather 
of The Rt. Rev. John Robinson, D.D. Lord Bishop of Bristol, 
and afterwards of London, in the reign of Queen Anne; and of 
Christopher Robinson, of Cleasby, co. York, who settled in Vir- 
ginia temp. Charles IL became Colonial Secretary to Sir Wil- 
liam Berkely, Governor of that Colony; and d. in 1690, aged 45. 
His 2nd son, John Robinson President of the Council of Vir- 
ginia, was b. in Virginia; and m. Catharine dau. of Robert 
Beverly of that Colony, formerly of Beverly in Yorkshire (Eng- 
land). He had issue by this marriage, six sons and two daus. 

Arms. Per chevron, vert and az. on a chevron, nebule be- 
tween three stags, trippant or, an unicorn's head, couped 
between two cinquefoils, of the first. Crest. A stag trippant or 
semee of lozenges, az,- and resting the Dexter fore-foot on a 
millrind sa. 

Motto. Propere et provide. 

John Robinson Colonel Took oath Aug. 5, 1729. William 
Robinson Gent, commissioned to be Major. Oath Sept. 7, 1743. 



This branch of the Robinson family came from County 
Armagh, Ireland, but are said to have lived in that country only 
a short time, and to have come originally from England. The 
first of the family to come to America was Alexander Robinson, 
born 1 75 1, died August 9, 1845. About 1780 he settled in Balti- 
more, Md. The Robinson arms, as represented in these pages, 
are preserved upon an old wooden shield, which has been for 
a number of years in the possession of Hon. Alexander Robin- 
son Pendleton of Winchester, Va. They are identical with 
those belonging to the family of Christopher and Anthony Rob- 
inson of Middlesex County. Virginia. This family came to 
America many years prior to the Revolution, but it is probable 
that the Baltimore and Middlesex families have a common an- 
cestor in the Mother Country. 







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Ebenezer Turner Robinson, M. D. 

Of Orange City, Fla. 

AMUEL", son of George the Scotchman, who settled 
in Rehoboth, Mass., about the year 1640, and had 
a son Ebenezer-'', who was born in Rehoboth July 
19, 1697, and he had a son, Dr. Ebenezer*, who 
was born at Attleboro, Mass., October 26, 1726. 

The children of Dr. Ebenezer* were: i. Eben- 
ezer% who died at sea; 2. Josiah''; 3. Josephs 
Josiah-'* was my great-grandfather. He first mar- 
ried Sally Grafton, and after her death married 
Mary Parkhurst, daughter of Samuel Parkhurst, about the year 
1770. The children of Josiah^ Robinson and Mary Parkhurst 
were : 

1. Samuel'", b. June 3, 1771. 

2. Mary^ b. Aug. 13, 1774. 

3. Sally ■', b. July 26, 1776. 

4. Eunice", b. Jvme 8, 1778. 

5. Martha", b. July 30, 1780. 

6. Ebenezer". b. March 30. 1782. 

7. Stephen", b. Dec. 15, 1785. 

8. Harvey", b. Aug. 13, 1787. 

9. Mehitabel", b. April 22, 1790. 
10. Isaac", b. Sept. 28, 1795. 

SamueP Robinson m. Abigail or Abby . They left two 

sons and three daughters. They were Samuel' Parkhurst. 
Charles', Tabitha", Mary^ and Abby". Samuel' Parkhurst m. 
Helen Goodwin of East Hartford, Conn. They had one son 
Edward^ and one daughter Ella^ Edward*^ m. a Clark. They 
have two children, Alice" and Helen'', and are living in New 
York. Ella* m. in California a Mr. Crowell. She died several 


years ago, leaving a son and daughter. Tabitha" Robinson m. 
an Adams for her first husband. They had two sons, John^ and 
Charles^. She afterwards m. an Amidon and Uved in Canterbury,. 
Conn., and is said to have had a daughter*. Mary" Robinson m. 
Robert Fowler and has three children living. They are Mary* 
Smith, Eliza* Clark and George* Fowler. Abby' Robinson, who 
m. a Harrington, was living in 1904. Charles^ Robinson left 
home years ago and is not supposed to be living. This is all I 
know of SamueP Robinson. 

Mary" Elizabeth Robinson m. Elijah Dyer of Plainfield,. 
Conn.; they had four children: William", Harvey" R., Mary^ 
Elizabeth, and Dr. Elijah^ Dyer of Norwich, Conn. William' m. 
Miss James of Providence, R. I., and lived in Central Village, 
Conn. Left one child who was living in 1904, named Mary*. 
Harvey" Robinson Dyer m. Sarah A. Wood, daughter of Levi . 
and Sally Wood. Harvey^ Dyer was a farmer and lived in Can- 
terbury, Conn. They left one daughter, Susan*, who m. Judge 
Daniel W. Bond and lives in Waltham, Mass. They have three 
children: Minnie**, Charles^ and Henry" H. Bond. Minnie" m. 
Wilber E. Barnard. Charles'' m. Viney L. Wood. He is a law- 
yer in Boston. Henry** H. was in Harvard Law School in 1904 
Mary" Elizabeth Dyer m. Kimball Kennedy and lived in Central 
Village, Conn. Their children were: Mary* Elizabeth, Emma* 
S., William* Henry, Willis* (dead), Lizzie* (single.) Mary' E. 
Kennedy m. Dr. Matthew S. Nichols, D.D. S., one child living 
in Providence, R. L, to wit: Walter Kimball" Nichols, who m. 
Edith Martin; no children. 

3. Sally" Robinson m. Elias Shepherd of Norwich, Conn. 
Family all dead. 

4. Eunice" Robinson m. Timothy Tingley of Attleboro, 
Mass. Both dead. 

5. Martha" Robinson m. Deacon Jacob Lyon of West 
Woodstock, Conn. The children were: Martha', Mary", Sarah^. 
Martha'^ m. Stephen" Henry Robinson, her cousin, and lived in 
Providence. R. L Their children were: Sarah* M., Stephen* H., 
Jr., Ella*, Jacob* L., Martha*. All dead except Stephen H., who 
is a Congregational minister in Gilmanton, N. H. 

6. Ebenezer" Robinson, who m. Sarah Gardiner Congdon of 
Attleboro. Mass., were my grandfather and grandmother. They 
had children as follows: Hope^ Grafton, b. in Plainfield (?), Conn.; 


Josiah" Warren, b. Canterbury, Conn., and lived in Providence, 
R. I., was a graduate of Yale Medical School, and m. Dorcas 
Greene. Their children were: Josiah® W. Greene, Jr., died single 
— was in the Civil War from 1861 to 1864. Henry^ Greene m. 
Sarah Rhodes Fisher of Providence, R. I.; no children. Emily® 
Elizabeth Greene, single. Adela"* Irene Greene m. George Nel- 
son Sanger of South Woodstock, Conn., but lived in Providence, 
R. I. Their children were: George'* Nelson, no children, and 
Arthur", deceased. Abby® Jane m. Thomas Boyd, Jr., of Provi- 
dence. R. I. Children are: Clara'' Jackson, Bertha-' (deceased), 
Ella" Greene and Louise". Ebenezer® George m. Henrietta Vars. 
Children are: Mary" (deceased), Lawrence" Warwick, Philip" 
Remington, Earle", Ebenezer". Sarah® Louise Robinson Greene 
m. Clement Rutter Stotesbury and lives in Philadelphia, Pa. No 

The children of Ebenezer^ Robinson were Hope' Grafton, b. 
in Plainfield (?), Conn.; Josiah^ W' ., Mary^ E., Ebenezer" P., 
William^ R., Harvey" G., Abby^ W., Stephen" H., all b. in Can- 
terbury, Conn. 

Hope" Grafton m. "Sebra" or Seabury Dart, and lived 
in Providence, R. L; left three children. They were Sarah® D., 
Henry® J., and Mary® Eliza; the two latter died single. Sarah* 
D. m. Thomas W. Williams of Pomfret, Conn., and survives 
him; no children. 

The next child of Ebenezer'' Robinson Avas ]\Iary" E., who m. 
Alanson Smith of Providence, R. L Their children were: Eben- 
ezer® Harvey Smith, single. Mary® S. A. Smith m. Edwin R. 
Holden; they had one child, Sarah, who died in the fourth year 
of her age. Henry® A. Smith m. Elizabeth Hartman of Hart- 
ford, Conn.; their children were Harriet", Julia", Aljby" Wood- 
ward, who m. Archibald Roulston ; Grace" Elizabeth, who m. 
Peleg W. Barber; Joseph" Henry. William® R. Smith, Charles® 
H. Smith, died young. Julia® J. Smith m. a Harris; no children. 
Ebenezer" P. Robinson, who was my father, m. Jane Burr, who 
died at the age of twenty-nine. Their children were: Ebenezer'' 
Turner Robinson, the writer of this paper; James® Henry Rob- 
inson, who died in his second year. Ebenezer'^ P. Robinson m. 
for his second wife Anna Louisa Hicks; no children. William' 
Robinson m. Elizabeth Mumford and lived in Providence, 
R. L, and Brooklyn, N. Y. Their children were: Mary® Eliza- 


beth, William'^ J., Edward** R., Henry* A., Josephine", Charles" 
M. Mary** E. ni. Thomas H. Wood, one child, Delia, who died 
young. William* J. m. Isabel Braman of Brooklyn, Conn.; 
one child, a son, who is Prof. Archibald Robinson of Boston. 
Edward^ R. m. Georgiana Stone of Putnam, Conn.; both 
dead, no children. Henry** A. m. and left a wife and children 
who live in Brooklyn, N. Y. Josephine** m. Walter Hutchins 
of Pomfret, Conn.; they had one son, whose name, I believe, was 
Walter'-'. Charles** M. m.; no children. Harvey' G. Robinson 
m. Susan J. Phillips and lived in Providence, R. I. Their chil- 
dren were: Walter** G. Ro]:)inson. still living in Gainesville, 
Fla. Harvey** P. Robinson m. Amy Knight of Providence. R. I. 
Their children were: Kittie". who m. a Bard of Brooklyn, Conn., 
and have several children^". Harvey** P. died in 1902, and left a 
widow and a number of children. The family live in East Green- 
wich, R. I. Jennie** Robinson m. Frederick Bosworth and is 
living at Warwick, R. I.; no children, survive her husband. 
Charles'* Frank Robinson m. Miss Anthony of Indiana, both 
deceased. Louis** Elmer Robinson m. and has two children and 
is living in Providence, R. I. Thomas* Congdon Robinson 
died in infancy. Annie* Robinson, a widow, m. a Van Demeter 
and has one daughter, Emily''. Abby" Woodward Robinson 
died single at the age of sixty-nine years. Stephen' H. Robin- 
son died at the age of thirty-two years, the result of an accident, 
having been thrown from the top of a stage coach while traveling. 
He left several children, but only one survives, who is Rev. 
Stephen* H. Robinson of Gilmanton, X. H. 

Of my grandfather Ebenezer Robinson, I only know that he 
taught school in Attleboro, Mass., when a young man, and it is 
there that I suppose he first met my grandmother (?). He also 
served "Uncle Sam" in the War of 1812. His regiment was 
stationed behind a hill, securely sheltered from the cannonade of 
the British war vessels, at Xew London, Conn.. My grand- 
father's early life was spent in farming in Canterbury, Conn., 
though later on he lived in Pawtucket, R. I., from which place 
he removed to Providence, where he was eno-a£red in the erocerv 
Inisincss for awhile. Afterwards he set two of his sons up in 
the dry-goods business, namely, Harvey' G. and Stephen' H. 


About the year 1846 he retired and removed to Pomfret, Conn., 
where lie passed the remainder of his life. He Hved to the good 
old age of eighty-one years. 

Stephen'^ Robinson, the seventh son of Josiah', m. a Miss 
Huntington and their ehildren were: Asabel' of Attleboro, Mass.; 
Henry' and Dana' of Southbridge, Mass.; also Anna of Provi- 
dence, R. I. Harvey'' Robinson, the eighth son of Josiah^, an 
M. D., who resided in Providence, R. I., m. Abigail \\'ood of 
Newport, R. I. They had a son Charles' and, I presume, other 
children. His widow after his death went with her son-in-law, 
George Tingley, to New York City to live. The ninth child was 
Mehitabel'' Robinson, who lived with her brother Isaac's widow. 
Isaac*^ Robinson, the tenth child of Josiah"', m. and had children 
Mary" and George", one of whom died in the Carolinas. 

To go back a little. Dr. Ebenezer'* Robinson of Plainfield, 
Conn., was born in Attleboro, Mass., October, 1726. He had a 
son Joseph^, whose children were: Ruth", who m. a Howard or 
Hay ward of Pomfret, Conn.; Esther*^ and Horace". Esther'^ 
daughter of Joseph^ m. Dr. Hiram Cleveland of Pawtucket, R. I. 
The children of Dr. Harvey® Robinson of Providence, R. I., were 
Charles', Frank". Adelaide' and Penbrook". 

Abby" Robinson daughter of Samuel" m. Louis Harrington 
of Hartford, Conn. They had a son Clarence-. He used to be 
in the foundry with Samuel' P. Robinson in Canterbury. Conn. 
Mary- Fowler m. Henry Smith, who w'as in the Foundry Com- 
pany. George^ Fowler went to Plainfield and engaged in the 
livery business. 

Dr. Ebenezer^ T. Robinson m. Enmia L. Benjamin of New 
Haven, Conn., and lived at one time in Pomfret, Conn. Their 
living children are: Emna" G.. ni. Jesse A. James of Seattle, 
Wash, (not the outlaw), no children. Ebenezer' Benjamin, still 
single and living in Savannali. Ga. 

Resume: George Robinson of Rehoboth. Mass., m. Johanna 
Ingraham June 18, 1651. 'I'lie\- had eight children, of whom 
Samuel'-' was the second. He was born October 3. 1654, and m. 
Mehitabel Read October 10. 1688. and was my ancestor. Eljen- 
ezer'' b. in Rehoboth July k;. 1697. 

Dr. Ebenezer*. b. in .Vttleboro. Mass.. October 26. 1726. m. 
Mary Bennet in Plainfield. Conn.. November 14. 1749. His son 
Josiah' m.. as 1 have before stated. Sally C.rafton first and Mary 


Parkhurst second, about 1770. Then Samuel" who m. Abagail 

— T~^-^ 

George** Kingsley Robinson, son of Harvey" G., b. in Pom- 
fret. Conn., January 5, 1858, m. Isabel Peckham Sayles of Provi- 
dence. R. I., July 2y, 1881. Their children are: 

Ethel Sayles", Ralph Kingsley**, Philip'', Hope Grafton" — all 
b. at Ocala, Fla. 

In closing this brief paper I wish to express my gratitude 
and indebtedness to Mr. Charles E. Robinson, of Plaintield, 
N. J:, for his indefatigable researches in tracing out the different 
lines of Robinsons. When I first came in correspondence with 
him I knew very little of my own line beyond my grandfather's 
family — and in corresponding with my cousins, very few of them 
have taken enough interest in the matter to give me any informa- 
tion relative to the younger generation. I think all will agree 
with me, that this Association owes "Charles E." a debt of grati- 
tude that they can never repay 

Members of The Robinson Family Gen- 
ealogical and Historical Association 



*Athertoii, Mrs. Sarah Robinson Peru, Huron Co., O. 

^Johnson, Mrs. Almira Pierce 76 Congress St., Milford. Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Adelaide A North Raynham, Mass. 


Bennett. William Robinson 803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

Brewer. Prof. William H 418 Orange St., New Haven, Conn. 

Cole, Lucien D New^buryport, Mass. 

Comey, John Winthrop 52 West 54th St.. New York, N. Y. 

Donovan. Col. John South St. Joseph. Mo. 

Harris, Charles 70 Kilby St., Boston, Mass. 

Jenkins. Dr. Newell Sill Thorwald, Loschwitz-bei, Dresden. Germany 

Kennedy, Elijah Robinson 3;^ Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Larned. Charles 1004 Paddock Building, Boston. Mass. 

Richards, Mrs. Helen Robinson Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Albert O Sanbornville, N. H. 

Robinson, Dr. B. A 265 Mulberry St., Newark, N. J. 

Robinson, Prof. Benjamin Lincoln.... 3 Clement Circle. Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Charles Edson 150 Nassau St., New York. N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles Kendall 374 Ocean Parkway. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Col. Chas. Leonard Frost Kay St., Newport, R. L 

Robinson. Charles P 31 Nassau St.. New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles Snelling Pueblo. Col. 

Robinson, Daniel Webster Burlington. Vt. 

Robinson, Hon. David Ingersoll Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, Emily E 1513 Corcoran St.. Washington, D. C. 

Robinson. Dr. Edwin Putnam 12 High St.. Newport, R. L 

Robinson. Edwin Wright Punxsutawney, Pa. 

*Robinson, Franklin 203 Cumberland Ave.. Portland. Me. 


Robinson, Hon. Frank Hurd Hornellsville, X. Y. 

Robinson. Frederick A Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, George H 36th St. and Fifth Ave., Xew York, X. Y. 

Robinson, George O South Paris, Me. (R. F. D.) 

Robinson, George W Elburn. 111. 

Robinson, Hon. GifFord Simeon Sioux City, la. 

Robinson. H. S 60 State St., Boston. Mass. 

Robinson, John Cutler Hampton, Va. 

Robinson, Capt. John Francis 1340 St. Charles St., Alameda, Cal. 

Robinson, Rev. Lucian :\Ioore 5000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Maria L 178 Main St.. Orange, X. J. 

Robinson. X'athaniel Emmons, 

Parke Ave.. Brightwood, District of Columbia. 

Robinson. Miss Phebe A 19 Shores St., Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Reuben T Concord Junction, :Mass. 

Robinson, Roswell R Maiden. Mass. 

*Robinson, :Mrs. Roswell R. (Jane A.) Maiden. ;Mass. 

Robinson, Sylvanus Smith Metamora. 111. 

Robinson, William A 11 Broadway. Xew York, X. Y. 

Robinson, Willard E Maiden, Mass. 

Spaulding. Edward 40 Purchase St., Boston, :\Iass. 

Speare, Mrs. Alden (Caroline M.)..i023 Centre St.. X'ewton Centre, Mass. 
Verner. Mrs. ^Murry A. (Birdie Barbara Bailey) 

Cathalyce Parke. Pittsburg. Pa. 

Weeks, Mrs. Edmund Cottle 554 Park Ave., Tallahassee. Fla. 

Wright, George R -jt, Coal Exchange, Wilkes-Barre. Pa. 


Abell, James E .152 La Salle St.. Chicago. 111. 

*Alden, Brig.-Gen. Chas. H., M. D. (U. S. A. retired) 

Government War Department, Washington. D. C. 

Allen, Miss Eleanor West Tisbury. Mass. 

Atherton, George Watson Peru, O. 

Armstrong. Mrs. Frances Morgan Hampton. Va. 

Armstrong, Mrs. Mary A. Robinson Adrian. Mich. 

Austin, C. Downer 141 Broadway, Xew York. X. Y. 

Austin, Mrs. C. Downer (Joanna) Xew York. X'. Y. 

Bailey, Mrs. Belle Robinson Patchogue. X. Y. 

Barbour. Edward Russell 49 X'eal St., Portland, :Me. 

Beeman. :Mrs. Phebe Stone West Brookfield. Mass 

*Bennett. Mrs. Charlotte Payson Robinson. .803 Broadway, Chelsea. Mass. 

Boynton, Edgar A Hornellsville. X'. Y. 

Bowdish, Mrs. J. L Oneonta. X. Y. 

Bowie. Mrs. Mary Robinson Uniontown. Pa. 

Brainerd, Miss Harriet E 27 Messenger St.. St. Albans. Vt. 

Briggs, Mrs. Martha .\. Robinson Providence, R. I. 


Brenniman, ^Irs. C. D Brooklyn, la. 

Brett, Chas. Greenwood 50 Cedar St., Somerville, Mass. 

Brown, Mrs. Willard M. (Dora E. R)  .-^5 Welcome PL, Springtield, Mass. 

Bronson, 2\lrs. E. P. (Ida Rubmson) Chester, 111. 

Burditt, Charles A 1848 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Butler, Mrs. Ellen Robinson Attleboro, Mass. (R. F. D., No. 4) 

Byram, Joseph Robinson 9-1 1 Essex St., Boston, Mass. 

Carter, Aliss Martha C 143 Main St., Oneida, N. Y. 

Catlin, Mrs. Mary Robinson 304 South ist. St., Rockford, 111. 

Chapman, Mrs. James Edwin Evanston, Wyo. 

Charges, ^Irs. Julia C Central Square, Oswego Co., N. Y. (Box 65) 

Clark, ^Irs. Evelina D 125 Newton St., Marlboro, Mass. 

Clarke, Miss Mary Robinson 9 St. James Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Clarke, Mrs. George E. (Carrie S.J Algona, la. 

Clark, James D Harvard, 111. 

Cobb, Miss Jessie 65 Clinton PL, Newark, N. J. 

Codding, Mrs. Alice A North Attleboro, Mass. 

*Cogswell, Mrs. William (Luella Childs)..7 Pleansant St., Medford, Mass. 

Coleman, Mrs. Emily R 1517 Perry St., Davenport, la. 

Comey, Miss Hannah Robinson Foxboro, Mass. 

Comey, John Winthrop ^2 West 54th St., New York, N. Y. 

Comey, Miss Vodisa J Fo.xboro, Mass. 

Comings, Alfred Cairo, 111. 

Comings, Uriel L Windsor, Vt. ( Box 550) 

Crawford, Mrs. ]\lark L. (Amie C.) . ..146 Ashland Boulevard^ Chicago, 111. 

Creighton, Dr. Sarah Robinson 28 West 59th St., New York. N. Y. 

Crumb, Mrs. Adelaide V 147 Main St., Oneida, N. Y. 

Cunningham, Mrs. Ella Robinson 

4152 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 

Cushman, Willard Robinson Attleboro Falls, Mass. 

Cushing, Hannah Robinson Attleboro, Mass. (R. F. D., No. 4) 

Cutting, Mrs. Oliver (Lois B.) Concord, Essex Co., Vt. 

Cutts, Mrs. R. A 19 Walden St., Lynn, Mass. 

Danielson, Simeon Danielsonville. Conn. 

Day, Mrs. Clarke (Mary R. T. ) Mansion House, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Dean, Miss Bertha L 22 Clinton St., Taunton, Mass. 

*Dean, James H., Esq 94 Dean St., Taunton, Mass. 

Dean, N. Bradford 88 Dean St., Taunton, Mass. 

Dean, Mrs. Sarah Daggett ,^^ Dean St., Attleboro. Mass. 

Devoll, Mrs. Daniel ( Mary R. G. ) .\cushnet, Mass. 

Donavan, Col. John vSouth St. Joseph, Mo. 

Douglass, William Robinson. .. New York Life Building, Kansas City, Mo. 

Dow, Herbert B 136 Congress St., Boston. Alass. 

"''Dows, Miss Amanda Cazenovia, N. Y. 

Dows, Mrs. Judith Ellen Robinson 75 Front St.. Exeter, N. H. 

Drinkwater, Mrs. Charlotte V. 

40 Berkeley St. (Y. W. C. A.). Boston, Mass. 
Dudley, ^Mrs. Hattie L 63 Highland Axe., Cambridge. i\ 


Dyer, Benjamin F Sou-.h Braintree, Mass. 

Eastman, Eclson C • Concord, 'A. H. 

Eastman. Mrs. Edson C. (Mary L. Wliittemore) Concord. \. H. 

Eldridge, Mrs. J. E. (Eleanor E)....37i9 Sydenham St.. Philadelphi... Pa. 

Elmes, Carleton Snow Barnard. Vt. 

Parson, Mrs. Robert Bruce (Clara ^l. C.) St. Charles, 111. 

Farwell Mrs. John V Lake Forest. 111. 

Feakins, Mrs. Martha Kirk Fontuna, Kas. (R. F. D., Xo. i) 

Fish. Miss Julia F "Hillside Cottage. "' Martinez, Cal. 

Foote, Mrs. Mary Anna A North Chelmsford, Mass. 

Ford, Mrs. IMary Ella 84 Harvard St.. Whitman, Mass. 

Fuller, Mrs. Ann Chapman 61 10 Kimbark Ave., Chicago. 111. 

*Fuller, Mrs. A. B. ( Emma L) 13 Hilliard St., Cambridge, Mass. 

^Fuller. Mrs. Mary R loi Austin St.. Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Gilmore. Abiel P. R .\cushnet. Mass. 

Gilmore, Mrs. Chloe CD Acushnet. Mass. 

Gordon. Mrs. Lillian Sophia Robinson Lcland Hotel, Emporia. Kas. 

Goward. William E Easton, Mass. 

Graham, Mrs. Maranda E (Robinson) Orange City, Fla. 

Graves, Dr. Charles B New London. Conn. 

Gray, Mrs. Henrietta P 250 West 44th St.. New York. 

Gregory, Miss Ella L Hotel Westminster. Boston, Mass. 

Hall, Mrs. A. L. (Laura Robinson ) Newport, N. H. 

Hall, :\Irs. Geo. G. (Isabelle M. ) 78 Beacon St.. Boston, Mass. 

Hall. Mrs. Herbert E. (Emily A.) 66 Laurel St., Fairhaven, ^lass. 

Hammond, Mrs. Ashley King (Jessie Robinson) 

5727 Delmar Ave., St. Louis. Mo. 

Hammond, Miss Cora E Boonton. N. J. 

Harnden, Mrs. ]\I. J Gilbert Station, la. (Box 104) 

Harper, Mrs. F. B Pontiac, Mich. (R. F. D.. No. 3) 

Harris. Charles 70 Kilby St.. Boston, Mass. 

Haskins, Mrs. H. M. R McLean. N. Y. 

Hayman, ]\Irs. Mattie Kno.x Van Buren. .\rk. (Box 357) 

Hamilton. Mrs. Amanda Wilmarth McCreary 

400 South Highland Ave.. Pittsburg. Pa. 

Heath. Mrs. Elbridge P. (Bertha R) 13 Garden St., Nashua, N. H. 

Hemingway. Mrs. Celia E. R ]\IcLean, N. Y. 

Hill, Mrs. Robert T. (Justina R.) 1738 Q St.. Washington, D. C. 

Hitch, Mayhew R New Bedford. Mass. 

Hitch. Mrs. Louisa A. R 119 Mill St.. New Bdford. Mass. 

Holbrook, Mrs. Henry Clay (Emily Vicks Hamer) 

124 Peeples St., .Atlanta, Ga. 

Holbrook. Levi New York. N. Y. ( Box 536) 

Holman. M. D.. D. Emory 330 West 57th St.. New York, N. Y. 

Holmes, Miss Mary E Sharon. Mass. 

Howland. Miss Cornelia Scriven Morristown. N. J. 

Hubbard. Mrs. Chas. D. (Gertrude R. ) Wyncote. Pa. 

James. Mrs. J. A. (Emma Genevieve) . .411 West Galer St.. Seattle. Wash. 


Jenkins, E. H. (Director Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station) 

New Haven, Conn. 

Jenkins, James, Jr 80 Washington St., Oshkosh, Wis. 

Jenkins, Leonard A Care of Klewe & Co., New Haven, Conn. 

Jenkins, Mrs. Robert E. ( Marcia R.) . . . .89 East Madison St., Chicago, 111. 

Jones, Mrs. Calista Robinson Bradford, Vt. 

Kauffman, Mrs. J. S York St., Blue Island, 111. 

Kent, ^liss Sarah E 30 Lyons St., Pawtucket, R. 1. 

Keyes. Arthur H Rutland. Vt. 

Kimball, John E Oxford, Mass. 

Kimball, Thomas Dudley 421 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo. 

Kimble, Mrs. E. M 322 High St., Roland, la. 

Kirk, ]Mrs. J. Frank (Abbie F. Robinson) 

94 State St.. New Bedford. Mass. 

Lac}-, Mrs. Mary Robinson Dubuque, la. 

Lakin. Mrs. Augusta A Bennington, N. H. 

Lane, Mrs. Fannie Minette 5025 Raymond Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 

Leach, Mrs. E. G. (Agnes A. Robinson) Franklin, N. H. 

Lee, Mrs. Frederick H 20 William St., Auburn, N. Y. 

Leech, Mrs. Angeline Frankfort, N. Y. (Box 297) 

Lewis, Mrs. F. W. (Celia L.)....28 Albion St.. Melrose Highlands. Mass. 

Lewis, Mrs. J. F Foxboro, Mass. (Box 19) 

Linnell. John W Maiden, Mass. 

Litchfield, Wilford J Southbridge. Mass. 

Little, Mrs. G. Elliotte (Mary Robinson) 

456 West 144th St., New York, N. Y. 

Littlelield. ]Mrs. Nathan W. (Mary Wheaton) Pawtucket, R. I. 

Lothrop, Mrs. Elizabeth H North Raynham, Mass. 

McArthur, Mrs. Martha H 403 North G St., Tacoma, Wash. 

McClellan, Hon. Abner R Riverside, New Brunswick, Can. 

McCoy, Thomas William Greenville, Miss. 

McDonald, Mrs. Josephine Bt Mansfield, Mass. 

MacLachlan. Mrs. Harriet R 51 Arnold Terrace. South Orange, N. J. 

McLaren, Mrs. Sara R 35 Arch St., Piovidence, R. I. 

Maury, Mrs. Matthew Fontaine, Jr (Rose Robinson) 

870 Glenwood Ave., Avondale, Cincinnati, O. 

jMiller, Miss Carrie E 36 Cottage St., Lewiston, Me. 

Millard, Mrs. De Roy (Mercy Robinson) 30 Trac\ St., Rochester, N. Y. 

Miller, Mrs. Edwin C. (Ida Farr) 18 Lawrence St., Wrkefield, Mass. 

Miller. Miss Florence AncUman . .64 Orchard St., North Cambridge, Mass. 

Miller, Frank Care of D. O. Mills' Bank, Sacramento, Cal. 

Monk, Mrs. Lillian 1613 South Flower St., Los Angeles, Cal. 

Moore, Leonard Dunham 181 1 Frick Building, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Mower, Calvin Robinson Rockford, 111. (Box 479) 

Murdock, Mrs. Harvey K. ( E. Alcena Robinson) Cooperstown, N. Y. 

Nevins. Mrs. Anna Josepha Shiverick Edgartown, Mass. 

Nichols, Mrs. W. F Mt. Herman. Mass. 

Norris. James L.. Jr 331 C St.. N. W., Washington, D. C. 


=■^\orton, Mrs. .Mary J Wood's Hole, Mass. 

Usgood. -Mrs. Mary Satterliekl Estherville, la. 

Packard. Mrs. Fred. L. (Josephine A.) Xorth Easioii. Mass. 

Packard, -Mrs. Lewis S. (Abbie W.) Manslield, Mass. 

Paine, Mrs. Walter J Boston, Mass. 

Pay.son, Mrs. Julia A Medheld. Mass. (Box 344) 

*Penninian. Bethuel Xew Bedford. Mass. 

Penninian, Mrs. Eliza A 13 Elm PI- Quincy. Mass. 

Penniman, George W Brockton. Mass. 

Pelton, Mrs. F. Alaric (Mabel Shippee Clarke) \rden. X. C. 

Pearse, Mrs. George Griswold (Mary Xiles Robinson )... .Wakefield. R. I. 

Perry. Henry O Fort Fairfield. Me. 

Peterson, Mrs. Geo. M. (Emma Cutting Robinson) Plymouth. Mass. 

Pettee. Mrs. Maria W Foxboro, Mass. 

Pinney, Mrs. William H. (A. Augusta Robinson) 

350 Central St.. Springfield. Mass. 

Pierce, Mrs. H. F Oronoque, Xorton Co.. Kas. 

Pitcher, Col. David Austin 821 A Union St.. Brooklyn. X. Y. 

Poor, Mrs. Janette H Corinna. Me. (R. F. D.. Xo. i) 

Potter, Miss Emma 1745 Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles. Cal. 

Porter, Mrs. Mary E. Robinson 708 Broadway, Cliftondale. Mass. 

Price, Mrs. E. R. (Ella M.) Attleboro. Mass. 

Randolph. Mrs. Geo. F. (Annie F.) . .1013 North Chales St., Baltimore. Md. 

Raymond. Daniel V 35 Liberty St.. Xew York. X. Y. 

Richmond, Mrs. Howard 32 George St.. Providnce. R. L 

Richmond, Mrs. L. M Elburn. 111. 

Ricker, Mrs. Lizzie P 217 West Bolyston St.. Worcester. Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. Albert Barnes Westfield, X. J. 

*Robin.son, Arthur B 40 Beach St.. Somerville. Mass. 

Robinson. Miss Anna B 300 Adams St., Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Addison Mt. Vision. Otsego Co.. X. Y. 

Robinson, Mrs. Annette Middletown. Conn. 

Robinson. Miss Annie E 20 Webster St., Somerville. Mass. 

*Robinson. Adrian G Hanford. Cal. 

Robinson. Alfred J 4 State St.. Bangor. Me. 

Robinson, Mrs. Albert O. (Clara E) Sanbornville. X. H. 

Robinson, Arthur Clear Lake. Minn. 

Robinson, Abigail S Plymouth. Mass. 

Robinson, Arthur S Sault Ste. Marie. Mich. 

Robinson, A. Warren Xapa. Cal. 

Robinson, Albert William Boston. Mass. (Box 2933) 

Robinson, Benjamin F Silvane Springs. Ark. 

Robinson. Benjamin S Greenfield Centre. X. Y. 

Robinson. Bernard Xoyes 134 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Blanche 15 Abbot St.. Dorchester. Mass. 

Robinson. Mrs. Calvin L. (Elizabeth S.) 420 Post St.. Jacksonville. Fla. 

Robinson. Carel Charleston. W. \'a. 

Robinson, Mrs. Caroline D Castine. Me. 


*Robinson, Capt. Charles A Germantovvn, Pa. 

Robinson, Charles Albert Auburn, Me. 

Robinson, Charles D Xewburg. N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles E 140 Oxford St., Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Charles F North Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. Charles F Clinton, Conn. 

Robinson, Charles Flo\-d 105 Washington St., Somerville. Mass. 

Robinson, Charles H 3310 Tulare St., Fresno, Cal. 

Robinson, Charles H Bartow. Fla. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles H 322 4th Ave.. North Great Falls, Mont. 

Robinson. Charles Henry Wilmington. N. C. 

Robinson, C. H 151-153 Commercial St.. Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Charles Larned 56 West 124th St., New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles L Western National Bank. New York, N. Y. 

Robinson. Charles Mulford. . . .65 South Washington St.. Rochester, N. Y. 

Robinson. Charles Snelling Pueblo. Col. 

*Robinson, Capt. Charles T Taunton. Mass. 

Robinson, Clement F 3 Clement Circle, Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Clifford W Moncton, New Brunswick. Can. 

Robinson, Cyrus R East Concord. N. H. 

Robinson, Denison Howlett Hill, N. Y. 

Robinson, Doane Aberdeen. S. D. 

Robinson. Ebenezcr Benjamin Savannah, Ga. 

Robinson, Dr. Ebenezer Turner Orange City, Fla. 

Robinson, Edward Arthur 424 Lexington St.. Auburndale, Mass. 

Robinson, Edward C 906 Broadway, Oakland. Cal. 

Robinson, Miss Emily A Exeter, N. H. 

Robinson, Miss Emily M 48 Magnolia St., Dorchester. Mass. 

*Robinson. Capt. E. M Phillips, Me. 

Robinson, E. Gilbert Mansfield. O. 

Robin.son, E. Randolph Warsaw, N. Y. 

Robinson, Edmund J Spitzer Building, Toledo, O. 

Robinson, Erastus Corning Alexandria. Ind. 

Robinson, Eugene M....215 Jackson Boulevard. Chicago, 111. (Room 905) 

Robinson, Miss Flora B Medfield, Mass. ( Bo.x 344) 

Robinson, Frank C East Taunton, Mass. 

*Robinson, Frank Everett Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson. Frank E Jewett City, Conn. 

Robinson, Franklin H "Flinistone Farm." Dalton. ^lass. 

Robinson, Frank L Harvard, IMass. 

Robinson, Frank Parsons 47 Church St.. Burlington, Vt. 

Robinson, Frank R Boston, Mass. (Box in") 

Robinson, Francis Walter 13 Thetford Ave., New Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. Fred. Arthur Milford. N. H. 

Robinson, Fred. Bowen T^e Roy, N. Y. 

Robinson, Dr. Frederick Converse Uniontown, Pa. 

Robinson. Frederick W 458 Boylston St., Boston. Mass. 

Robinson. Frank T 88 Cross St., Somerville, Mass. 


■'Robinson, George A West Mansfield, Mas.-. 

*Robinson, George Champlin Wakefield, R. I. 

Robinson, George Champlin. Jr 170 Hicks St., Brooklyn, X. Y. 

Robinson, G. C 104 Merrimac St.. Haverhill, Mass. 

Robinson. George E Palmer Block, Oconomowoc, Wis. 

Robinson. George F 20 Webster Ave., Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson. George H Attleboro, Mass. (K. F. D., Xo. 4) 

Robinson. George H 301 Reed St.. Moberly, Mo. 

Robinson, George 1220 Penobscot Building. Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson, George Rensselaer. .. .Chestnut, cor 12th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, George W Jewett City, Conn. 

Robinson. Miss Hallie Mabel Geneseo, 111. 

Robinson. Dr. Hamlin Elijah Maryville, Mo. 

Robinson, Miss Harriet A 67 Prescott St.. X'ewtonville, Mass. 

Robinson. ^liss Harriet Emily 78 Pleasant St.. Attleboro. Mass. 

Robin.son, Mrs. Harriet H 35 Lincoln St., Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson. Miss Hannah Bowers Somerset, Mass. 

Robinson. Harold L Uniontown, Pa. 

Robinson. ]\Iiss Helen ]\I McLean, X. Y. 

Robinson. Miss Helen R ]\Ialden. Mass. 

Robinson, Mrs. Henry 85 Woburn St.. Reading, Mass. 

Robinson. Hon. Henry Concord. X. H. ( Box 5 ) 

Robinson. Henry H Rockford. 111. 

Robinson. Henry M Danbury. Conn. 

Robinson, Henry P Guilford, Conn. 

Robinson. Henry W Lexington Ave.. Auburndale, Mass. 

Robinson. Brig.-Gen. H. F Phoenix, Ariz. 

Robinson. H. S 60 State St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson. Herbert Jester 374 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn. X. Y. 

Robinson. Herbert L 322 4th Ave.. Xorth Great Falls, ]\Iont. 

Robinson. Herbert S Paxton, ^lass. 

Robinson, Herbert Woodbury Portland. Me. (Box 72;^) 

*Robinson, Horatio Alvin 13 Garden St., Xashua, X. H. 

Robinson, Horace Ravenna, X'eb. 

Robinson. Increase Waterville, Me. 

Robinson. Increase Plymou:h, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Isabella Howe 177 Adams St.. Dorchester. Mass. 

Robinson. Dr. James Arthur 8 Portland St.. ]\Iorrisville, Vt. 

Robinson. James Bartlett 307 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, Conn. 

Robinson, James Lawrence 193 X'^orth Main St., Brockton. ]\Iass. 

Robinson. Dr. J. Blake Xew Castle, X^. H. 

Robinson. Dr. J. Franklin 15 Pickering Building, Manchester. X'. H. 

Robinson. John C Middleboro. Mass. 

Robinson. John Cheney Jamaica, Vt. 

Robinson. John Elihu Le Roy. X\ Y. 

Robinson, John Gerry Melrose, Mass. 

Robinson, John H 55 Kilby St., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson. Dr. John H Homer, X^. Y. 


Robinson, Jonathan W Algona. la. 

Robinson, John Wales 8 Cottage St., Ware, Mass. 

Robinson. John Woodis Leicester, Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. Joseph H 47 Barker's Terrace, White Plains, N. Y. 

Robinson, Joseph E Farmington, Utah 

Robinson. Joseph M 13 Charles St., Portland. Me. 

Robinson. Rev. Julius B Turner's Falls, Mass. 

Robinson, Leonard Leland Hotel, Emporia, Kas. 

Robinson. Leoni Warren 324 Exchange Building, New Haven, Conn. 

Robinson, Lewis W Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Robinson, Miss Lillian L St. Cloud, Min. 

Robinson. Miss Lucille 20 Boylston Road, Newton Highlands. Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Martha G 19 Waklen St., Lynn, Mass. 

Robinson, ?klrs. ^^lartha A 203 Cumberland Ave., Portland. Me. 

Robinson. Miss Mary B Chester PI., Well.sborough, Pa. 

Robinson. Miss Mary C 93 Chandler St., Worcester, Mass. 

Robin.son. Miss Mary C 44 Thatcher St., Bangor. Me. 

Robinson, Miss Mary Elizabeth 140 Oxford St.. Portland. Me. 

Robinson, Miss Mary E. D 135 Du Bois Ave., Du Bois, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Mary F 12 Federal St.. Salem, Mass. 

Robinson. Miss Mary Gay Guilford. Conn. 

Robinson. Miss AL^ra S 24 Spring St.. Pawtucket. R. L 

Robinson. Miss Myrtie Evelyn Mt. Vernon. Me. 

Robinson. Nathan Winthrop 242 Savin Hill, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Neil Charleston, W. Va. 

Robinson, Mrs. Nina Beals Waterbury. Vt. 

*Robinson, Noah Otis 88 Cross St., Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. Oliver Pearce 823 Scott St.. Little Rock, Ark. 

Robinson, Orin Pomeroy 60 East 3d St.. Corning, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mrs. Orin Pomeroy (Mary Louise) 

60 East 3d St., Corning, N. Y. 

Robinson, Orlando G Raynham, Mass. (R. F. D.) 

Robinson, Prof. Oscar D 501 State St., Albany, N. Y. 

Robinson. Prof. Otis Hall 273 Alexander St., Rochester, N. Y. 

Robinson. Philip Eaton 284 High St., Medford. Mass. 

Robinson. Philip Eugene 194 Clinton St., Brooklyn. N. Y. 

Robinson. Philip H 119 Lark St., Albany, N. Y. 

Robinson. Miss Rachael Ferrisburg, Vt. 

Robinson, Dr. Reinzi Danielson, Conn. 

Robinson, Dr. Richard F Dalton. Neb. 

Robinson, Mrs. Richard Lewis Portland. Me. 

Robinson. Robert E 30 Broad St.. New York 

*Robinson, Samuel R Antrim, N. H. 

*Robinson, Samuel S Pontiac. Mich. (Box 126) 

Robinson, Sam. S Linden Lake, Mich. 

Robinson. Miss Sarah 2904 Morgan St., St. Louis. ■Mo. 

Robinson. ]\Iiss Sarah D Bloomington. 111. (Box 368) 

Robinson, Miss Sarah G Middleboro. INLiss. 


Robinson. Miss Sarah J 178 Pleasant St.. Attleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, Silas Luce, Neb. 

Robinson, Solomon D Falmouth, ^lass. 

Robinson, Prof. Stillman Williams 1350 Highland St., Columbus, O. 

Robinson, Theodore Winthrop 4840 Ellis Ave., Chicago. 111. 

Robinson. Thomas Dedham, Mass. (Box 35) 

Robinson, Thomas B Dover, Tenn. 

Robinson, Uel Merrill Wilmington, N. C. 

Robinson, Walter Augustine 34 Jason St., Arlington, Mass. 

Robinson, Walter Billings 5 Cochituate St., Natick, Mass. 

Robinson. Walter Bruce P. O. Building, Elmira, N. Y. 

Robinson, William 9 St. James Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, William Leicester, Mass. 

Robinson, Rev. William A., D. D Mill St., Poughkeepsie, X. Y. 

Robinson, William A Nashua, N. H. 

Robinson. William A Vineyard Haven, Mass. 

Robinson, William Austin Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, W. G Oswego, N. Y. 

Robinson, W. H Eastern Township Bank, Granby, P. Q., Can. 

Robinson, William H West Chazy, N. Y. 

Robinson, William H i^y^ Main St., Worchester, Mass 

Robinson, William John 242 4th Ave.. Pittsburg, Pa.' 

Robinson. William L Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson. William M 29 Madison Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Robinson, William Morse 300 Adams St., Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, William Philip Auburn, N. Y. 

Robinson, William Whipple 117 South Olive St.. Los Angeles. Cal. 

Roe, yirs. Ella Robinson Patchogue, L. L. N. Y. 

Rodman. Mrs. L P. (Harriet E.) 43-45 Worth St., New York, N. Y. 

Rose, Miss Aline M Westbury Station, L. L, N. Y. 

♦Rowland. Rev. L. S Lee, Mass. 

Ruggles, Henry Stoddard ,. . Wakefield. Mass. 

Sanford, Mrs. Carleton F. (Marie D. Robinson) Taunton. Mass. 

*Sherman, Hon. Buren Robinson Vinton. la. 

Sherman, Miss Evelyn M Waterloo, la. 

Sherman, Miss Florence Belle Waterloo, la. 

Sherman, James P Waterloo, la. 

Sherman, Ward B 315 41st St., Chicago. 111. 

Shippee, Mrs. Elizabeth E. R 24 Spring St., Pawtucket, R. I. 

Shippce. Harold Robinson 24 Spring St.. Pawtucket, R. I. 

Sinclair, John E Station .A. Worcester, Mass. 

Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth R 93 Church St., North .Adams. Mass. 

Smith, Philip H. Waddell 619 Westinghouse Building. Pittsburg. Pa. 

Southworth, Mrs. A. C Lakcville, Mass. 

Spaids, Mrs. Susan E 3245 Indiana Ave., Chicago. 111. 

Stabler, Mrs. Jordan (Ellen Walker) 339 Dolphin St., Baltimore, 'Md. 

Stanford. Mrs. Lydia F. R Chatsworth, 111. 



Starrett, Mrs. Ethcliiida Robinson 

Nicol Ave., Fruitvale, Alameda Co., Cal. 
Stearns, Mrs. Urania Robinson 

63 Grover Ave., Winthrop Highlands, Mass. 

Steenburg, Mrs. Laura H Burdick, Kas. 

Stephens, Ezra F Crete, Neb. 

Stephens, Frank B Salt Lake City, Utah 

Stephens, George Lewis Bryant Pond, Me. 

Storms, Mrs. Lucretia R 119 Mill St., New Bedford, Mass. 

Stotesbury, Mrs. Sarah Louise. .. .6362 Sherwood Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Studley, Mrs. Mary Z 283 Lamartine St., Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Talbot, Mrs. Jennie K Phoenixville. Pa. 

Tabor, Mrs. Harriet R Castile, N. Y. (R. F. D.. No. 3) 

Thompson. Mrs. ]\Iary L Mansfield, Mass. (Box 463) 

Tingley, Raymon M Herrick Centre, Pa. 

Tracy, Mrs. Sarah D. R North Raynham, Mass. 

Turrell, ]\Irs. Herbert (Frances H.) 

The Lucerne, 201 West 79th St., New York, N. Y. 

Verner, Miss Alyce Chip Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Verner, Miss Catharine Bailey Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Verner, James Parke Cathalyce Parke, Pittsburg. Pa. 

Wales. Mrs. Abijah (Alice M.) 61 County St., Attleboro, Mass. 

Wardner, Mrs. Fannie Lewis 266 Hicks St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Waterman, Mrs. Zeno (Sarah W. Robinson) Taunton, Mass. 

Wellington, Mrs. B. W. (Anna Robinson)..; West 2d St., Corning, N. Y. 

Wetherell, Mrs. Erminie C Holyoke, Mass. 

Whitten, Mrs. Marcia F 132 Magazine St., Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Whittemore, Miss Lucella Washburn. . .358 Pleasant St.. Worcester, Mass. 

Williamson, Mrs. Mary Robinson 704 North State St., Jackson, Miss. 

Wilson. George L 591 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 


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Robinsons and their kin folk. 

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The Robinsons and Their Kin Folk 














Special Announcement The President 

Notice to Members 

Meeting at Portland, Me i 

Incorporation 8 

"Our Branch 'of the Robinsons" Mary Robinson Little ii 

Meeting at Niagara Falls, N. Y 32 

"Four Generations Between the Alleghenies and the Ohio," 

Hon. Ira E. Robinson 35 

"Our Common Ancestor" Charles E. Robinson 43 

Meetings of Committees 50, 51, 79, 80 

Meeting at Atlantic City, N. J 52 

"The Holland Home of Rev. John Robinson" 

Rienzi Robinson, M. D. 56 

"The Robinsons in Virginia" Mrs. George W. Atkinson 63 

"Elihu Robinson" Fred B. Robinson 65 

"Parentage of Rev. John Robinson" Charles E. Robinson 75 

Meeting at Boston, Mass 82 

Names of Members 88 



The Departure of the Pilgrims frontispiece 

Tomb of James and Thankful Root-Pennock 14 

Homestead of Zadock Robinson 16 

Home of Daniel Robinson 18 

Desk Made by Daniel Robinson, First 22 

Meeting House at Strafford, Vt 26 

Burial Place of Daniel Robinson 30 

Mrs. George W. (Almira Louise Hornor) Atkinson 63 

Elihu Robinson 66 

Fred Bowen Robinson 71 

Officers of the Society 


HON. DAVID I. ROBINSON, Gloucester, Mass. 

Hon. Abner R. McClellan, Riverside, New Brunswick, Canada 
Hon. Clifford W. Robinson, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 
Hon. George O. Robinson, LL.D., Detroit, Mich. 

Hon. Gifford S. Robinson, Sioux City, Iowa. 

Hon. Ira E. Robinson, Charleston, West Va. 

Hon. George Louis Richards, Maiden, Mass. 

Brig. Gen. H. F. Robinson, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Rear Admiral Theodore F. Jewell, U. S. Navy, Washington, D. C. 
Col. Charles Leonard Frost Robinson, Newport, R. I. 

Prof. John E. Kimball, 
Rev. Lucien Moore Robinson, 
Dr. Oliver P. Robinson, 
Dr. Richard F. Robinson, 
Dr. Rienzi Robinson, M.D., 
Mrs. Oliver J. Clark, 
Mrs. Marquis Regan, 
Mrs. Herbert Turrell, 
Charles Earned, Esq., 
Charles Bonnycastle Robinson, 
Charles Henry Robinson, 
Charles Mulford Robinson, 
Roswell R. Robinson, 
Charles C. Taintor, 
Edward Russell Barbour, 
John H. Robinson, 
Doane Robinson, 
E. L. Robinson, Esq., 
Fred Bowen Robinson, 
Frederick W. Robinson, 
George Hazard Robinson, 
George W. Robinson, 
Henry P. Robinson, 
Andrew M. Robinson, 
Increase Robinson, 
Herbert W. Robinson, Esq., 
Lucien D. Cole, 

Oxford, Mass. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Little Rock, Ark. 

Dalton, Nebraska. 

Danielson, Conn. 

Quinobzguin, Medfield, Mass. 

Spuyten Duyvil, N.Y. 

West Orange, N.J. 

Boston, Mass. 

Louisville, Ky. 

Wilmington, N. C. 

Rochester, N. Y. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Elizabeth. N. J. 

Portland, Maine. 

55 Kirby St., Boston, Mass. 

Pierre, South Dakota. 

New Martinsville, West Va. 

Rochester, N. Y. 

246 Huntington Ave., Boston, Mass. 

3 Broad St., New York, N. Y. 

Elburn, Illinois. 

Guilford. Conn. 

Frankfort, Ind. 

Waterville, Maine. 

Portland, Maine. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

Elijah R. Kennedy, 
George R. Wright, Esq., 

33 Prospect Park, W., New York. 
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 

Frederick W. Robinson, 246 Huntington Ave, Boston, Mass. 

Miss Elvira W. Robinson, 800 Broad St., Newark, X. J. 

Corresponding Secretary. 
Fred B. Robinson, 6 Vine St., Rochester, N. Y. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau St., New York, N. Y. 

Executive Committee. 

Hon. David I. Robinson, ex-ofificio, jy Mt. Pleasant Avenue, 

Gloucester, ]\Iass. 
Nathan Winthrop Robinson, 242 Savin Ave., Dorchester, Mass. 
Arthur Brewer, 100 Unquowa Hill, Bridgeport, Conn. 

William H. Bennett, 803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

John H. Robinson, 55 Kirby St., Boston, Alass. 

Eliot H. Robinson, Tremont Building, Boston, Mass. 

Finance Committee. 
Hon. George Louis Richards, 84 Linden Ave., Maiden, Mass 

William R. Bennett, 803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

George R. Wright, Esq., 73 Coal Exchange, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 
Edward R. Barbour, 40 Neal St., Portland, Maine. 

George H. Robinson, Cor. 36th St. and 5th Ave., New York, N.Y. 
Hon. George O. Robinson, LL.D., Detroit, Mich. 

John H. Robinson, 55 Kirby St., Boston, ]\Iass. 

Benjamin F. Robinson, 84 Milford Ave., Newark, N. J. 

Col. Charles L. F. Robinson, Newport, R. L 

C. Bonnycastle Robinson, Louisville, Ky. 

Committee on Foreign Research. 

Prof. John E. Kimball, Oxford, Mass. 

Charles Earned, Boston, Mass. 

William Robinson, 9 St. James Ave., Boston, Mass. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau St., New York, N. Y. 

Rienzi Robinson, M.D., Danielson, Conn. 


1. The name of this Association shall be "The Robinson 
Genealogical Society." 

2. The object for which it is constituted is the collection, 
compilation and publication of such data and information as may 
be available concerning the Robinson and affiliated families. 

3. Only persons connected with a Robinson ancestor, by 
descent or marriage, are eligible to membership, except as pro- 
vided in the By-Laws. 

4. The officers of this Society shall be a president, such 
number of Vice-Presidents as may be elected at the regular meet- 
ing, a Secretary, Treasurer, Historiographer, and an Executive 
Committee consisting of the President ex-officio and three mem- 
bers appointed by him. 

5. The Society may adopt By-Laws for its government. 

6. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of 
the members present at any regular meeting of the Society after 
not less than six months' public notice of the proposed change. 



1. Regular meetings of the Society shall be held annually. 

2. The time and place of the meeting shall be decided by 
vote of the Society at each regular meeting. 

Election of Officers. 

3. The President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, 
and Historiographer shall be elected at each regular meeting and 
serve until their successors are chosen. 

Duties of Officers. 

4. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all 
meetings of the Society and the Executive Committee. 

5. In the absence or disability of the President his duties 
shall be performed by a Vice-President designated by the Presi- 
dent or the Executive Committee. 

6. The Secretary shall keep the records of the meetings and 
membership, collect dues for the Treasurer, and act as the official 
correspondent of the Society. 

7. The Treasurer shall have the custody of all funds and ar- 
chives of the Society, and pay all bills, subject to the approval of 
the Executive Committee. 

8. It shall be the duty of the Historiographer under the di- 
rection of the Executive Committee to attend to the printing and 
publication of all documents. 

9. The Executive Committee, two members of which shall 
constitute a quorum, shall audit all accounts, direct the aff'airs of 
the Society, supply any vacancies in the board of officers until their 
places are regularly filled, aid in obtaining data and information 
concerning Robinson ancestry for compilation and publication, 
and, with the co-operation of the Secretary, arrange the pro- 
gram and give members due notice of the regular meeting. 

10. The membership fee shall be one dollar and the annual 
dues fifty cents. The payment of ten dollars for a Life Membership 

shall secure all the privileges of the Society without further pay- 
ment and entitle the holder to one bound copy of each subsequent 
printed report. 

11. The By-Laws may be aniended at any regular meeting of 
the Society by a vote of three-fourths of the members present. 

12. The membership of the Robinson Genealogical Society 
shall be divided into five classes and designated respectively as 
Honorary, Life, Active, Associate and Affiliated. 

13. Any person of the Robinson name or descent conspicu- 
ous by reason of advanced age or distinguished merit and any 
one having rendered special service to the organization, or for 
other adequate reasons, may become an Honorary Member by 
unanimous vote at any regular meeting and shall be exempt from 
all fees and assessments. 

All other admissions shall be by vote of the Executive Com- 
mittee upon nomination by two members outside of said Com- 
mittee, always subject to ratification at the next regular meeting, 
three adverse votes being sufficient to exclude an applicant. 

Life Members may be constituted from non-members or from 
active members by compliance with conditions specified in Section 
10 of these By-Laws and shall be distinguished as such in the 
printed lists. 

Active Members shall pay into the treasury on or before the 
first day of January following the date of admission the sum of 
one dollar, being the amount of annual dues for the two succeed- 
ing years, and a like amount on or before the expiration of each 
succeeding biennial period, in default of which for six months 
after notice given the name of such active member shall be trans- 
ferred to the list of Associate Members, to be reinstated only upon 
payment of all arrearages. 

Any person interested in the object or researches of this or- 
ganization who is qualified to promote its welfare may become an 
Affiliated Member by conforming to the conditions specified in 
these By-Laws. 

14. Any member of the Robinson Genealogical Society prov- 
ing unworthy and whose conduct is liable to bring reproach upon 
the organization may be expelled by a unanimous vote at any 
regular meeting. 

Special Announcement 

ONE great object sought by the Robinson Genealogical So- 
ciety has been attained — tracing the Robinsons of America 
to a common ancestor. Through persistent research in 
the archives of England, our historiographer, Mr. Charles E. Rob- 
inson, has secured indisputable documentary proof, as related in 
his articles in this book. For over thirty years he has been engaged 
in the work, collecting an immense amount of data pertaining to 
the Robinson and allied families. This information is invaluable 
to the society, and on some occasion might be priceless to a mem- 
ber wishing to establish priority of claim. 

To preserve these records and have them available for ready 
reference, arrangements are being made to publish them in book 
form, at $5 per copy. The printing cannot be started until funds 
are in hand or pledged. Previous appeals to our members have 
brought liberal responses (partial list on page 83 of this brochure), 
but more are needed. Your immediate subscription is urged for 
at least one copy, but you need not remit until notified that enough 
money has been raised to warrant the undertaking. Your public 
library or other institutions should order a copy. The committee 
wishes only guarantee of sufficient means for necessary expenses. 

I should be pleased to hear from any reader of this notice 
who is interested in Robinson genealogy, and I shall look for early 

Yours fraternally, 

David L Robinson, President. 
Gloucester, Mass. 


Reference to the roster at the back of this book shows many names 
marked "Address Unknown." The value of our records lies in their 
accuracy and completeness. Members should immediately notify the 
Secretary of changes in address, marriages, births, deaths, etc. Please bear 
this in mind. 

Addresses of persons who would be eligible and desirable members 
should be sent to the Secretary, who will mail explanatory letter and ap- 
plication blanks. Write plainly, please. 

Fred B. Robinson, Corresponding Secretary, 
6 Vine Street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Robinson Genealogical Society 

Congress Square Hotel, 

Portland, Maine, August i, 1906. 

THE fourth biennial convention of the Robinson Family 
Genealogical and Historical Association opened this evening 
in the parlors of this House. No formal program was pre- 
sented, the evening being spent in social converse and musical 
selections by guests present, among them Mrs. Ethel Robinson 
Hall of Natick, Mass., Miss Esther Robinson of Waterville, Me., 
and Mr. W. A. Robinson of Gloucester, Mass. 

Brief inpromptu remarks were made by the President, His- 
toriographer Charles E. Robinson, and Increase Robinson, who 
was later asked to serve as Introduction and Acquaintance Com- 

F. W. Robinson made the announcements relating to the 
change of program on the following day. 

After a very pleasant evening, in which old acquaintances 
were renewed and many new friendships formed, the company 
informally adjourned to meet the next morning at nine o'clock. 

Congress Square Hotel, 

Portland, Me., August 2, 1906. 

Meeting was called to order by the President, Hon. David I. 
Robinson, of Gloucester, Mass., at 9:15 A.M. 

Two stanzas of "America" were sung, after which prayer 
was offered by the Rev. Lucien M. Robinson of Philadelphia. 

In the enforced absence of the Secretary, Miss Adelaide A. 
Robinson of North Raynham, Mass., Mr. F. W. Robinson of Bos- 
ton was made Secretary pro tern, with Mr. F. B. Robinson of Le 
Roy, N. Y., as assistant. 

As a native of Portland, Mrs. Franklin Robinson welcomed 
the visitors in a few well chosen words, after which the President 
gave a brief address as follows : 

"Kinfolk of the Robinson Ancestry: — With a pleasure which 
I cannot express and a gratitude unbounded I welcome you to-day 
to our fourth biennial gathering. 

Six years ago the Association was organized and many are 
present to-day who have attended the four meetings which it has 


held; the first at Taunton in 1900, the second at Gloucester in 
1902, the third at Plymouth in 1904, and now our fourth in the 
city of Portland. 

May I claim just a little of your time and a good share of 
your indulgence while I call your attention to a few matters of 
interest pertaining to the past, present and future of our Associa- 
tion ? Four years ago you were pleased to elect me your President, 
an honor which I heartily appreciate. I only regret that it has 
not been within my power to contribute more time and means to 
increase the membership and efficiency of our Society. Since the 
date of our organization in 1900 we have steadily grown, until 
to-day we stand among the first of the organizations which have 
a like object in view — that of collecting data concerning family 
genealogy and history, and of strengthening the fraternal ties 
among those who thus find their kinship established. 

In the first two years, from 1900 to 1902, we enrolled 275 
members; in the second two years, from 1902 to 1904, 82 mem- 
bers; and from 1904 to 1906, the past two years, 115 members; a 
total for the six years of 472. Of this number 3 are Honorary, 
48 Life, and 421 Annual members. During this period 16 deaths 
have been reported to our Secretary. This makes our present 
membership 456. 

Many of our members are delinquent in the payment of 
annual dues. Our Secretary reports $67.75 ^^ the amount of 
unpaid dues. Now there seems to be no way to remedy this, as 
it is largely the result of thoughtlessness or indifference. 

I do not think it wise to drop these delinquent members' 
names from our roll, since they have paid the fee of $1.00 for join- 
ing and dues for one or more years ; and yet there should be 
some means of inducing payments. I would suggest the follow- 
ing: That the payment of one dollar constitute membership in 
the Association, and that the additional payment of ten dollars 
constitute life membership without additional dues; that the 
payment of fifty cents annually for dues constitute the "Active 
membership," who alone with the Life membership shall have 
voice and vote in the meetings, and shall receive the brochures 
of the Society ; that the failure to pay the annual dues for a 
period of six months beyond the first of January, the time at 
which the dues are payable, shall constitute an Associate mem- 
ber ; and that the payment of arrearage of dues shall at any 
time reinstate the Associate member as Active member. 


In this way the membership of the Association will be con- 
stantly increasing and never diminish except by death. Such 
classification will act as an incentive to members to keep their 
names in the Active membership column by prompt payment of 

I further recommend that a membership register be printed 
and sent to each member annually on the first of July, showing 
the classification of members and the revision of membership 
list. This will cost some postage but will pay in the end. 

The matter of research will be reported upon by the Com- 
mittee. Not much has been done, but I trust the same Com- 
mittee may be continued, possibly augmented and strengthened, 
for they have wise plans fomiulated and should have an oppor- 
tunity of carrying them out. 

Our organization should be incorporated and I trust the plans 
of the committee appointed for this purpose will be carried out as 
soon as it is convenient and practicable. 

I must speak of our faithful, patiently suffering and never 
tiring Secretary, Miss Adelaide A. Robinson. She has been of 
incalculable value to our Society, performing her duties and add- 
ing to these countless extras in a manner truly surprising to 
those who know her condition. She has been the pilot at the 
wheel, the power behind the throne. Through her untiring zeal 
has come our present prosperity. 

I must mention also Mr. Charles E. Robinson and Mr. Fred- 
erick W. Robinson, both of whom have done yeoman service for 
our Association, and I would further acknowledge the efficient 
helpfulness of our Executive Committee. 

I^would, lastly, extend thanks to Mr. Barbour of Portland, 
to whom we are indebted for the excellent arrangements of the 
present gathering. Our watchword for the past two years has 
been: "On to Portland in 1906." What shall it be for 1908? 
Salem, Mass. ; Providence, R. I. ; Niagara Falls, N. Y. ; Chicago, 
Saratoga Springs and Boston are suggested, and probably other 
places will be named to-day. 

Let us so work up an interest in our Association that the 
meeting of 1908 will eclipse in interest and usefulness all gather- 
ings which have preceded it. 

And now, Fellow Kinsmen, as I lay down the responsibili- 
ties as well as the honors of this office, permit me to thank you 
for your kindness, your generous forbearance, and your hearty 


co-operation ; and may I ask for my successor, who will be chosen 
to-day, the same true and loyal service which you have given 
me during the four years now passed. 

May a kind Providence guide and bless you all, is the wish 

Your President." 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson announced owing to the sudden 
death of her husband's father Mrs. Frances R. Turrell was 
unable to be present. A telegram of greeting to the Society was 
read from her. 

Mr. Increase Robinson, Waterville, Me., gave a cordial 
greeting from State of Maine. He said that what impressed 
him most was the cordial, hearty and informal spirit that pre- 
vailed at previous meetings, and he knew that remembrances of 
Portland would be the same. 

The Secretary's records of the meeting at Plymouth, Mass., 
on the 19th of August, 1904, were read by Mr. F. W. Robinson 
and unanimously accepted ; also a letter from her was read ex- 
pressing regret at her inability to be present. Mr. Charles E. 
Robinson spoke of his visit with her while en route to Port- 
land ; and on motion of Mr. Increase Robinson a telegram of 
greeting was sent to Miss Robinson. 

Letters of regret from many who could not be present were 
read. Motion was carried that acknowledgment of these letters 
be made in the minutes. 

Nominations for place of next meeting being called for, the 
following cities were suggested : Saratoga, Niagara Falls, Bos- 
ton, Providence, Chicago, Salem, Mass., Martha's Vineyard. 
Narragansett Pier, Worcester, Halifax, N. S.. St. John's, N. B., 

The report of the Executive Committee was read by its 
Chairman, Mr. F. W. Robinson, and was approved by the meet- 

The report of the Committee on Revision of the Constitu- 
tion and By-Laws being called for, the President asked Mr. F. 
W. Robinson to read the same as amended at the Executive 
Committee meeting on August ist. After reading and few 
minor changes the report of the Committee was unanimously 
accepted and the Consititution and By-Laws adopted. 

Piano solo was given by Miss Esther Robinson of Water- 
ville, Maine. 


Mr. Charles E. Robinson moved that a Committee of five 
be appointed to nominate officers for the ensuing term. It was 
also moved that the President name the Committee, and he ap- 
pointed the following: Mr. Charles E. Robinson, Rev. L. M. 
Robinson, Mrs. A. R. McClellan, Mr. John H. Robinson, Mrs. 
Franklin Robinson. 

Hon. Abner R. McClellan of Riverside, New Brunswick, in 
a few well chosen words expressed his admiration of Portland, 
and especially of the Robinson Family. He said that his 
presence was really owing to the polite persistence of the 
Society's Secretary and expressed his deep regret at not meet- 
ing her. Mr. McClellan also paid high tribute to the Rev. John 
Robinson, saying, "that while Columbus discovered a new con- 
tinent, the pastor of the Pilgrims discovered a new world." 

Mr. Withington Robinson of New York gave the interest- 
ing item that the word "independence" came into the English 
language when the Rev. John Robinson adopted it. 

Piano solo by Will A. Robinson of Gloucester, Mass., fol- 
lowed by a brief address by Hon. Clifford W. Robinson, Speaker 
of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. Mr. Robinson 
spoke of his pleasure in being present and of the general interest 
in genealogical study. He said that so far as he had opportunity 
to note the Robinsons had been an energetic, resourceful people, 
closely allied with the progressive movements of both the United 
States and Canada, and if the two countries ever united he had 
no doubt the Robinsons would have a prominent part in the 

Mr. A. M. Robison of Frankfort, Ind., being called upon, 
said that he had come iioo miles to look for information, not 
give it, but promised at some future time to respond to the call. 

Charles C. Taintor of Elizabeth, N. J., in speaking, said that 
he was a member of and interested in the Grant Family Asso- 
ciation, and spoke very interestingly of the organization and its 

Moved and carried that the Association incorporate under 
Massachusetts Laws at such time as in the opinion of the Presi- 
dent and Executive Committe would be most expedient. 

Recess of twenty minutes. 

The meeting being called to order, the recommendation of 
the Executive Committee relative to the publication of the 


records of Air. Charles E. Robinson was read. Mr. Robinson, 
being asked for an estimate of the cost, said the book would 
probably have from 1200 to 1500 pages, the expense being from 
$2,500.00 to $3,000.00, cost of typewriting being probably about 
$250.00. He would not think of publishing less than an edition 
of 1,000, and would suggest that the selling price be not less 
than five dollars each. 

Moved and carried that the offer of Mr. Robinson as re- 
ported by the Executive Committee be accepted. 

Report of Treasurer, showing balance on hand of $274.86, 
read and accepted. 

The attention of the meeting was called to the fact that the 
present biennial report costs nearly as much as the annual dues 
for two years and with the postage for sending, and also mailing 
of receipts for dues, the expense per annual member was in excess 
of the receipts. 

After a spirited discussion relative to the policy of sending 
this report to each member, suggestion was made by several that 
the annual dues be increased to one dollar ; motion to that effect 
was made, but on vote of the Society failed to pass. 

It was then moved and carried that a circular letter be sent to 
each annual member calling their attention to the increased size 
and cost of the reports and asking that each one send a contribu- 
tion towards the increased expense of not less than twenty-five 
cents. Also suggested that annual dues be paid two years in ad- 

Mr. Nathan Gould, Historian of Maine, gave a sketch of his 
own line showing his connection with the Robinson Family ; and 
also spoke regarding the formation and detail work of the 
Maine Historical Society. 

On motion of Rev. L. M. Robinson it was voted that the 
President be authorized to appoint a Finance Committee of five, 
whose duties should be to consider the conditions and recommend 
such measures as they might think advisable to improve the finan- 
cial condition of the Society, particularly regarding the publica- 
tion of the records presented by Mr. Charles E. Robinson. 

Also moved and carried, that publication of records of Mr. 
Charles E. Robinson be referred to Finance Committee with 
power to act in conjunction with Executive Committee. 

Committee on Nominations reported that the President, Sec- 
retary, Treasurer and Historiographer be re-elected with the 


present Vice-Presidents ; also that Mr. Edward Russel Barbour 
of Portland, Me. ; Mr. Charles Henry Robinson of Wilmington, 
N. C. ; Hon. Qifford W. Robinson of Moncton, N. B. ; Hon. A. 
R. McClellan of Riverside, N. B. ; and Mr. H. W. Robinson of 
Portland, Ale., be elected Vice-Presidents. 

Moved and carried that the Secretary of meeting cast one 
ballot for the officers as nominated. In accordance with previous 
vote the Secretary announced the election of officers as nominated 
by Committee. 

The President announced that a trolley ride to the Casino at 
Cape Elizabeth had been arranged ; cars leaving the hotel at 3 :30 

Mr. John E. Kimball for the Committee on Foreign Research 
reported that owing to unusual circumstances, for which no mem- 
ber of the Committee was in any way responsible or could have 
possibly prevented, the Committee had not made such progress 
as they had hoped for. He also said that while they regretted the 
delay he was inclined to think in the end it would prove of benefit 
to the Society. 

Aloved and carried that the Committee be continued and the 
Chairman be empowered to add to it as many as he might require. 

Vocal solo by Mrs. Ethel Robinson Paul. 

Moved and carried that a Committee be appointed to formu- 
late three additional By-Laws as recommended by the Executive 
Committee, viz.. Classes of Membership in accordance with 
recommendation of President, Admission of Members, and Dis- 
missal of Members ; and the same when approved by the Execu- 
tive Committee be added to the By-Laws already adopted. 

President appointed the following Committee : Mr. John E. 
Kimball, Mr. F. W. Robinson and Rev. L. M. Robinson. 

Adjourned to the dining room, 2 :30. Rev. L. M. Robinson 
invoked the Divine Blessing. 

During the dinner ballot was taken for time and place of 
next meeting, the first ballot being a tie between Boston and 
Niagara Falls. On the second ballot Niagara Falls was chosen, 
and the second Wednesday in August, 1908. chosen as the date. 

Moved and carried, that the Secretary send acknowledgment 
and thanks to those who have contributed to the success of the 


Adjournment, 4:30 P.M. Frederick W. Robinson, 

Sec'y pro tern. 

Record of Meeting for Incorporation 

A MEETING for the purpose of incorporating the "Robinson 
Genealogical Society" was held at three P. M. at the home 
of Miss Adelaide A. Robinson at North Raynham, Massa- 
chusetts, Saturday, Dec. ist, 1906. 
Members present : 

Hon. David I. Robinson of Gloucester, Mass. 
Mr. Roswell R. Robinson of Maiden, Mass. 
Mr. William Robinson of Boston, Mass. 
Mr. Frederick W. Robinson of Boston, Mass. 
Mr. John H. Robinson of Boston, Mass. 
Mr. Charles F. Robinson of North Raynham, Mass. 
Miss Adelaide A. Robinson of North Raynham, Mass. 
Mr. John E. Kimball of Oxford, Mass. 
Mr. N. Bradford Dean of Taunton, Mass. 
The meeting was called to order by Mr. F. W. Robinson, the 
object of the meeting being given by him, and it was on a motion 
made by Hon. D. I. Robinson voted that Mr. John E. Kimball 
serve as temporary Chairman of the meeting. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted that Mr. John 
H. Robinson serve as temporary clerk. 

The temporary clerk was then sworn by Justice of the Peace 
Albert Fuller, Esq., of Taunton, Mass. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was unanimously voted 
that the Constitution adopted at the biennial meeting of the 
Society in Portland, Maine, August 2nd, 1906, and as read at this 
meeting, be accepted and adopted. 

After the reading of the By-Laws, which were adoj>ted at the 
biennial meeting, a motion was made and carried ; and it was voted 
that the By-Laws as embodied in a copy submitted and approved 
by tHie Committee, and now in the hands of Mr. Charles E. Robin- 
son of New York, corresponding to that just read in your hearing, 
with the addition of Article XHT. the substance of which has 
been stated, be accepted and adopted. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted that the persons 
whose names are now in the membership record of "The Robinson 


Family Genealogical and Historical Association" as members of 
that organization, be elected members of this corporation. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted to proceed to 
elect a President; and by ballot vote Hon. David I. Robinson of 
Gloucester, Mass., was unanimously elected. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted to proceed to 
elect a Treasurer, and by a ballot vote Mr. Roswell R. Robinson 
of Maiden was unanimously elected. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted to proceed, to 
elect Vice-Presidents, and by ballot vote the following were unani- 
mously elected : 

Hon. Gifford S. Robinson, Sioux City, Iowa. 

Increase Robinson, Waterville, Me. 

George R. Wright, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 

George O. Robinson, Detroit, Mich. 

Prof. William H. Brewer, New Haven, Conn. 

Roswell R. Robinson, Maiden, Mass. 

N. Bradford Dean, Taunton, Mass. 

Rev. William A. Robinson, D. D., Syracuse, N. Y. 

John H. Robinson, Boston, Mass. 

Charles F. Robinson, North Raynham, Mass. 

George W. Robinson, Elburn, 111. 

Henry P. Robinson, Guilford, Conn. 

Edward Russell Barbour, Portland, Me. 

Charles H. Robinson, Wilmington, N. C. 

Hon. Clifford W. Robinson, Moncton, N. B. 

Hon. Abner R. McClellan, Riverside, N. B. 

Herbert W. Robinson, Portland, Me. 
On a motion, which was carried, it was voted to proceed to 
elect a Historiographer, and by a ballot vote Mr. Charles E. 
Robinson of New York was unanimously elected. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted to proceed to 
elect a permanent Clerk, and by ballot vote Miss Adelaide A. 
Robinson of North Raynham, Mass., was unanimously elected. 
Miss Robinson then took the oath, which was administered by 
Justice of the Peace Albert Fuller, of Taunton, Mass. 

After the signing o^f the necessary blanks by all of the mem- 
bers present, the signers made oath before the above named Jus- 
tice of the Peace. 

President Hon. David I. Robinson accepts office, and after 
a few preliminary remarks appoints the following Committees : 



Executive Committee. 

David I. Robinson, Chairman, ex-officio, // 'Sit. Pleasant Avenue, 

Gloucester, Mass. 
Frederick W. Robinson, Secretary, 458 Boyleston Street, Boston, 

Withington Robinson, 41 Union Square, Xew York City, X. Y. 

Fixaxce Committee. 

Hon. George Louis Richards, Chairman, 84 Linden Avenue, 

^lalden, Mass. 
William R. Bennett, 803 Broadway, Chelsea, IMass. 
George R. Wright, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 
Edward Russell Barbour, 49 Xeal Street, Portland, ^le. 
George H. Robinson, Cor. 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, Xew 
York, N. Y. 

On a motion, which was carried, it was voted that the next 
meeting be held at Xiagara Falls, X. Y., August 12th, 1908, as 
voted at the meeting of the "Robinson Family Genealogical and 
Historical Association" at Portland, Maine. August 2nd, 1906. 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, 
it was voted that the meeting be adjourned. 

John H. Robinson, 

Clerk pro tern. 




Mary Robinson Little 

Say the Nobodies of every land, 
"Each tub on its own base must stand." 
"Then what's the use of those forbears ?" 

Mrs. Newly-rich declares. 

But did you ever stop to think 

What made the tub to swim or sink? 

What kept it strong to bravely bear 

The blows, hurts, knocks of daily wear. 

'Tis not the hoops about it laid 

But the Wood of which the tub is made. 

THE family of Robinsons to which my father Hannibal Rob- 
inson belonged have been for more than two hundred 
years, entirely of sturdy New England stock, coming 
mainly from the States of Massachusetts and Vermont. Though 
many were clergymen, physicians and teachers, the majority seem 
to have been those honest tillers of the soil who fear no man. They 
owned large tracts of land in the newly-settled country, and were 
among the "Fathers" or "Selectmen" of the towns in which they 
lived. Patriotism seems to have been "bred in the bone," for from 
the time of the French and Indian Wars they have always been 
ready to bear arms in the defense of their country, and almost 
every male member of the line has participated in one or more of 
the conflicts in which our loved land has been engaged. They 
intermarried with old and well-known New England families, 
including the Pennocks, Northrops, Pierces, Tewksburys, Paines, 
Hebbards, and that to which Cotton Mather belonged, whose an- 
cestor. Increase Mather, was the first President of Harvard Col- 
lege and who was sent ito England to represent the Colonies at the 
Court of William III and Mary. Two of them were also of the 
Committee which composed the Winchester Confession of Faith 
of the Universalist Church. 

Hannibal Robinson was the son of Dr. Jedediah H. and Mary 
Northrop-Robinson, and was born at Conesus. N. Y.. January 19, 


1829. At the outbreak of the Mexican War, he responded to the 
call of the blood of his soldier forbears, and, though only a lad of 
16 years, joined the 2nd U. S. Artillery and was in the campaign 
from the landing at \'era Cruz to the taking of the City of Mex- 
ico. Hannibal served under Gen. Winfield Scott, whose personal 
endorsememt, also that of President Lincoln in autograph, is at- 
tached to his application for a Captaincy in the Civil War. When 
the Mexican W^ar was over, young Hannibal resumed his studies 
at the Albany State Normal School from w'hich he was graduated 
in 1855. Soon afterward he was sent by the Government to sur- 
vey and lay out roads through the unknown and trackless Ever- 
glades of Florida, and made the first map of that mysterious re- 
gion. In 1862 Hannibal Robinson married Mary A. Knox, 
daughter of Charles Knox of New York, and resided for the rest 
of his life in that city. Two sons and two daughters were the 
result of the union : Charles K., Mary E., Florence L. and George 
H., the last developing the inherited military trait of the family 
and being now the 6th Generation of Army Officers in direct male 
descent. Hannibal Robinson died at Liberty, N. Y., June 20, 

Jedediah Hebbard Robinson was the son of Zadock and Lois 
Hebbard-Robinson, and was born at Strafford, \'t.. May 22nd, 
1793. He married Mary Northrop at Strafford July 13th. 1815, 
and had ten children ; Lucia, born 1816; Angeline, 1818; Jedediah, 
1820; Jeannette, 1822; William, 1823; ]\Iary, 1826; Hannibal, 
1829; Lafayette, 1831 ; Oscar, 1833: and Marcus, 1835. By a sec- 
ond marriage in 1840, with Miss Betsy Armstrong, another son, 
Marquis de Lafayette, was born. Yet a third wife he took in 1846 
— Ann Wheeler — who bore him no children. Jedediah H. Robinson 
served in the War of 1812 in the nth L'. S. Infantry and fought 
along the Canadian border. After the war he took up the study 
of medicine at the Medical College at Auburn, N. Y., from which 
he was graduated in 1826. He settled in Howard, N. Y., and be- 
came well known because of his successful treatment of malaria, 
the cure for which he had received from an Indian Squaw. It was 
his intention to bequeath the receipt to his son Hannibal, but he 
died suddenly on June 21st, 1861, at Dundee, Illinois, and the 
secret died with him. At the time of his death the doctor owned 
1700 acres of land in Iowa and Illinois, but no papers regarding 
his claim could ever be found. The Medical Certificate of Dr 


Jedediah H. Robinson is in the possession of the writer and bears 
the signature of Consider King. 

Mary Northrop, wife of Dr. J. H. Robinson, is said to have 
been a most beautiful woman. She was born in Montreal, 
Canada, February 6th, 1798, and died at Howard, N.Y., February 
20th, 1838. Mary's father was Azur Northrop, whose mother, 
Keziah Pennock, belonged to the family who founded the town 
of Stafford, Vt. At this writing we do not know who Mary's 
mother was ; but as Azur Northrop) lived in Canada only a few 
years, he probably married there and after his wife's death 
returned to his home and people in Vermont with his little girl. 
Azur Northrop lies buried in the village cemetery in Staft"ord, the 
marble slab upon his grave bearing this inscription : 

Azur Northrop 
died i8th July, 1841, aged /2 years and 4 months 

"Friends nor physicians could not save 
My mortal body from the grave. 
Nor can the grave contain me here 
When Christ in Glory shall appear." 

Azur Northrop was the great-grandson of James and Thank- 
ful Root-Pennock, a remarkable family, as the following extract 
from the State History of Vermont will show : 

"James Pennock, with his wife Thankful Root and six sons, 
came into Strafford, \'t., from Goshen, Conn., in June. 1768. The 
father and sons travelled on foot ; the mother on horseback. The 
last night before they reached their destination they stayed with 
some friends in Thetford. In the morning Mrs Pennock was 
urged to remain there until a cabin could be built in Strafford, 
but she declined, being detennined to accompany her husband and 
children, sharing all their hardships. There was no road through 
the dense forests but they were guided on their way by marked 
trees. The journey through the woods was dangerous, difficult 
and lasted three weeks. From the bedding they brought with them 
a bed was made at night for Mrs. Pennock under the cart, and the 
men took turns at sentinel duty. When what is now Strafford 
was reached, a space was cleared and log-cabin built. James 
Pennock was a man of more than ordinary ability and influence; 
he had been a minister and when they came to Vermont, his wife 
brought a little old prayer-book and volumn of sermons which 
were used for years in the meetings held in the Pennock home. 


!\Jr. Pennock was afterward Justice of the Peace for eight years 
under the authority of the State of Xew York. Two of his sons, 
James Jr., and \\'ilham, served in the Revohuionary War ; they 
were returning home on furlough to Strafford one night when 
cahed to hah by a U. S. sentinel, but they either did not hear or 
heed, so the sentinel fired and both young men fell dead. James 
Jr. left one daug'hter, Keziah." 

(This is the Keziah who married Elihu Northrop and became 
the grandmother of Mary Northrop.) , 

On the tomb of James and Thankful Root-Pennock in the 
quiet and quaint burial ground of Strafford, is: 

"James Pennock, died 2nd Nov., 1808, age 96 years. 
Thankful Root, his wife, died 23rd Dec. 1798, age 81 years." 

Let it be remembered that this family was the first to break 
the soil in this town in 1768. They left 6 children, 64 grand- 
children, 189 great-grandchildren, and 16 of the fifth generation." 

This little sketch of the Pennocks reveals a courage, an en- 
durance and a resourcefulness of which this generation knows 
nothing: indeed we are living on flowery beds of ease, undreamed- 
of by our forbears ! 

Zadock Robinson was the son of Daniel and Lucretia Pierce- 
Robinson, and was born in Foxboro, Mass., July 7th, 1763. When 
a young man he went with his parents to Strafford, \'t.. where he 
married Lois ]\I. Hebbard of Lebanon, N. H., in June, 1789. 
Zadock and his brother William served in the Revolution when 
the former was about 16 years old : and again at the first call for 
troops in the War of 181 2. Zadock. with three of his sons. 
Jedediah, John and Silas, enlisted, going to \\'est Point to join 
their regiment. Zadock served as an artificer and died of fever 
while with the Army at Fort Erie, N. Y., Dec. 22nd, 1814. He 
owned a large tract of land in Strafford and was a kind, indus- 
trious man who made a good living for his family of ten children. 
He lived in a pretty house still standing, surrounded by trees, at 
one end of the village, and a beautiful maple grove directly back 
of his home contained trees and yielded him 3.000 pounds 
of sugar yearly. His good judgment and sound sense were re- 
spected by all who knew him. The children of Zadock and Lois 
Robinson were, Nancy, born 1791 ; Jedediah. 1793; Silas. 1795: 
David, 1796: John. 1797: Polly. 1799: Lois, 1801 : Harriet. 1803: 
Thomas, 1806: and Zadock who died when born. Young as he 
was when he left Foxboro. Zadock was a landowner there, for 


there are several old deeds in the Boston Hall of Records which 
prove this ; here is an extract from one : 

"I, Jesse Paine of Foxboro, Mass., for the sum of £121, 
to me paid by Daniel Robinson of Foxboro', cabinetmaker, have 
sold a certain lot of land in Foxboro' which was part of the home- 
stead iarm of Edward Paine, deceased, as follows . . . Then 
West to the land of Zadock Robinson 28 rods . . . Then 
East to the land of Joseph Paine to the center of the house, then 
South through said house. To have and to hold together with 
half the hay and all standing, growing or lying: to him the said 
Daniel Robinson and his heirs forever. In witness thereof I, 
Jesse Paine, have set my hand and seal this i8th day of Aug. 
1785. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Zadock 
Robinson and Sally Robinson." Daniel was Zadock's father; 
Sally was Zadock's sister, and Jesse Paine was Zadock's brother- 
in-law, having married Polly Robinson in May 1785. Many otlier 
old deeds bear witness to the fact that Zadock Robinson believed 
in owning land, and as he died intestate, his children applied for 
an equal dividing of his estate before Judge Elisha Thayer, Court 
of Probate for Bradford District, Vermont, Dec. 28th, 1819. 

Lois Mather Hebbard, wife of Zadock Robinson, was born 
in Lebanon, N. H., August 3rd, 1768, and lived to be 90 years 
old. She was the daughter of the Rev. Jedediah and Lois Porter- 
Hebbard. The Rev. Hebbard was one of the first Baptist minis- 
ters in New England : in 1784 before the town of Cambridge was 
organized, a revival sprang up through his efforts which was 
remembered for many years ; numbers of people were converted. 
He wrote many hymns long used in that church, the best-known 
being, "Honor to ithe Hills." He was a Minute Man in the 
Revolution and was with the American Army at the surrender of 
Gen. Burgoyne to the Americans. Lois' mother was of the family 
to which the Rev. Cotton Mather, and Increase Mather. President 
of Harvard, belonged ; and the daughter Lois, throughout her 
long and eventful life was ever of the most undaunted courage 
and honesty. She has left a magnificent record behind her, both 
in the annals of Vermont and in the letters of her descendants: as 
the following extracts will show : 

"Lois M. H. Robinson was beloved by all who knew 'her for 
her sweet, gentle ways, and when the end came it was simply a 
falling-asleep. .She was in every sense a superior woman, with 
a brilliant mind, which her clergyman-father had helped to 


develop. Her memory was wonderful and reminiscences of her 
checkered life were most interesting. She was very religious : her 
Bible was her constant study and she could recite chapter after 
chapter by heart. She sat for years in the vine-covered window 
of her son Thomas' home in Hopbottom, Pa., a placid, sweet, little 
white-haired woman. If you could have heard her sing you would 
have been proud of her, and we cannot but believe that she now 
takes part in the great choir of Eternity. Her son John lived in 
the far West, and the year before she died, came East to see his 
mother for the first time in many years. The meeting was one 
of the most affecting scenes ever witnessed! . . . After a 
time John said, "Mother, sing me some old songs as you did when 
I was a boy." Tlien the dear old lady of 90 years began, with 
the same patriotic spirit and strength that she had used in years 
far gone. Bold Robinhood; Columbia; Sweet William, and a 
host of others, occupying fully an hour. John, a gray-haired 
man, sat with bowed head drinking it all in, and when she had 
finished he kissed her, saying, "How good it sounded, mother, and 
your voice is as clear and sweet as ever." The next year Lois 
fell asleep to awaken on the Other Shore." 

This pretty incident is taken from a \ ermont history: "Dur- 
ing the War of 1812 a detachment of U. S. troops bound for the 
Northern frontier passed through Strafford and encamped for 
the night on the village green. Early the next morning a minister 
came to the camp carrying a large pail of fresh creamy milk, and 
gave it to the soldiers saying that it came from a lady — a Mrs. Lois 
Robinson — with the message that it came from one who had a 
husband and three sons in the Army." Xo member oif her family 
was ever known to commit a crime of any kind or nature. After 
the sad death of 'her soldier-husband. Lois was left with her large 
and young family which she reared to be upright. God-fearing 
men and women ; years after she married a Capt. Oliver Ladd, 
but he lived only a few months. 

In the writer's possession is the original of the following 
letter which portrays in a graphic manner the mode of trans- 
portation early in the last century. It was written by Lois Robin- 
son to her son Thomas and his wife, then residing in the old 
home in Strafford. 

\\'est Point. 8th August, 1824. 
My Dear Children : 

I will inform you how I have prospered since I left Strat- 
ford and Sharon. After I left Thomas at Solomon Downer's. T 



took breakfast with them in addition to my previous one that 
Mrs. VValbridge gave me. Mrs. Downer gave me a large card 
of gingerbread. Then I went to Udal's Tavern in Hartford and 
tarried there all night. At 7 in the morning took Hanover stage ; 
rode to Winsor to Petty's tavern, we changed stages there. The 
stage-driver by a mistake left my cloak in the other stage which 
went immediately back to Hanover. I rode to landlord Whipple's 
in Charleston where I stayed two days waiting for my cloak, but 
it left me nothing for my board and lodging : they bid me welcome. 
On Wednesday at nine of the clock in the morning, the stage ar- 
rived with my cloak. Took the stage and we arrived in Chester 
at Barret's Tavern; changed horses. Got two span of elegant 
white horses ; took again ; went to Manchester at eight in the eve- 
ning at Roberts' Tavern. At half-past-one on the morning of the 
next day having 84 miles to drive to bring us to the stage-tavern 
in Albany where I was to take the steamboat, the driver said we 
must get there by eight in the evening ; we arrived at the time 
and stayed all night. The next morning at eight of the clock, went 
on board the steamboat called the "Olive Branch," she was in 
opposition to all the steamboats on the North River. I agreed 
with Captain for one dollar and one-half to carry me to West 
Point. 100 miles from Albany. The other steamboats would have 
cost me four dollars the same distance. But I had only nine shill- 
ings to pay, and three as good meals of victuals as any gentleman 
would wish for; such as green tea, loaf sugar and cream, roasted 
meats of all kinds, sauce of all kinds and a very elegant cabin for 
the ladies, gentlemen also, separate from each other. We had 
400 passengers on board the "Olive Branch." I arrived at the 
Point the same day at six of the clock in the evening. I found 
Silas and his family all well : he has three pretty children. I was 
very much fatigued by riding so far in so short a time. I arrived 
at West Point on Friday and I looked at my money. I found that 
I had three dollars and 15 cents left after all expenses. The next 
day Mrs. Miller, she that was Keziah Northrop,* came to see me. 
She is a very respectable woman and has married into a creditable 
family at New York : he is a well-looking and well-behaved man. 
She and her husband were going to New York. Mrs. Miller in- 
vited me to go with her. Silas and Abigail thought best, so I went 
with them to New York. We went on board a very elegant sloop 

* This was Keziah Pennock-Northrop, wliose granddaughter, Mary 
Northrop, had married Lois Robinson's son, Dr. J. H. 


from Newburg bound for New York ; we went on board at eight 
in the evening and arrived at seven in the morning at New York, 
a sight well worth going 60 miles. I thought it a very beautiful 
sight at Lansingburgh and Troy and Albany, but to see the large 
ships lying in at the harbour of New York, and large vessels and 
sloops under sail, also steamboats, is more than I can give any ra- 
tional idea of! Mr. ^Miller and wife went with me to see their rela- 
tions and friends. I never was treated any handsomer by my own 
friends. We went to the Museum, to the City Hall, to the Park, 
to the Bridewell, to St. Paul's Church. I saw the engines to put out 
fire. I saw in the Museum the elephant and tiger and white bear 
of Greenland ; also the Egyptian mummies. I saw George Wash- 
ington's tomb; Old Daniel Lambert he weighed 700 lbs. — Oh, 
dear me ! every other curiosity that there is in the world. We 
saw the porpoises play in the North River a little out of New 
York. I went down on Saturday and returned the Tuesday fol- 
lowing. I have enjoyed good health ever since I have been here, 
so no more at present. 

I remain, Your loving mother, 
To Harriet and Thomas Robinson. 

Lois Robinson drew a U. S. pension for some years because 
of her husband's services in the War of 1812; she died at Hop- 
bottom, Pa., Sept. 2nd. 1858. 

Daniel Robinson, father of Zadock, was born May the 27th, 
1735. so his old Bible tells us, but where Daniel was born and 
who his parents were, the Great Book has unfortunately neglected 
to state. It is this omission which has cost the writer years of 
vain searching, for though we have almost certain clues and proofs, 
so many old New England records have been burned, lost or de- 
stroyed that it seems well-nigh impossible to establish beyond all 
doubt Daniel's parentage. However, we know enough about 
Daniel to make a review of his life interesting. He married 
Lucretia Pierce in May, 1756, and raised ten children as follows: 
Lydia, b. 1758; Cynthia: Ebenezer : Zadock, 1763: Polly: James; 
Daniel, 1769; Sara, William, Appollos. 

As the first Child Lydia w'as born in Foxboro, Mass., we con- 
clude that Daniel and Lucretia were married there. But we know 
that from 1788 until his death in 1820. Daniel and his family lived 
on a farm in Straflford, Vt., and the records say that they walked 



there from Foxboro. Daniel's old Vermont home is still in per- 
fect condition and his great-grandson, also a Daniel Robinson, 
owns and occupies it. Daniel ist was a cabinet-maker and this 
lovely old home is full of the products of his skillful fingers, a 
quaint desk, chair, table, etc., being among its treasures. Daniel 
himself lies buried in a flower-covered spot a few feet from his 
front porch and beneath a great spreading tree planted by himself. 
He was a Revolutionary patriot ; and although he did not see 
service in the war, lie enlisted five times and held himself in readi- 
ness to go to the front should he be called : his sons Zadock and 
William participated. 

Daniel and his family settled in Strafford twenty years after 
the Pennock family had felled the first tree and built its first 
cabin. As Daniel soon owned a good deal of land he became a 
village father or "Selectman." He was one of the signers of 
the Act of Incorporation of the Universalist Church in Vermont 
in 1798, and afterward, with his brother Appollos, formed a com- 
mittee to compose a plan of faith and fellowship for the accep- 
tance and unity at large of the Universalist Church. This was 
adopted by the Convention at Winchester, N. H., in 1803, and has 
become known as the "Winchester Confession of Faith." When 
the village streets were laid out. Daniel Robinson gave the land 
for the central spot — its Village Green — on which the quaint 
and graceful meeting house was built in 1790. Daniel was ap- 
pointed to superintend its building, all of the villages donating 
materials : he lived to an advanced age, respected by his associates, 
and to this day the district where he lived just outside the village, 
is known as the Robinson Neighborhood : they have always been 
well-to-do farmers, owning large tracts of land. 

We also know something of Daniel Robinson's life before 
he came to Strafford. He was one of the Selectmen of Foxboro, 
Mass., in 1779, and two of his daughters were married there. 
Cynthia, who married Abiel Paine of Foxboro in 1779, and Polly, 
who married Jesse Paine of Foxboro in 1785: these two did not 
come with their parents to Vermont. The following condensed 
copy of deeds, found in the Boston Hall of Records, sheds a 
little more light on Daniel Robinson's early history : 

'T, Daniel Robinson of Stoughtonham, Mass., cabinetmaker, 
stand justly indebted to Samuel Mann for the sum of £72). 6 sh. 
to be paid five years from date . . . For a dwelling house in 
Dorchester and 40 acres of land ... In witness whereof. 


Daiiiel Robinson and Lucretia, his wife, in testimony that she 
release all her right of dower in the premises, have hereunto 
set their hands and seals this 7th day of April, 1773." Also: 

"To all people to whom these presents shall come : I, Daniel 
Robinson of Foxboro, County of Suffolk, Commonwealth of 
Mass., cabinetmaker, send greeting: Know that I, the said 
Daniel Robinson, for the sum of £210, to me paid before delivery 
by Elijah Hodges of Norton, County of Bristol, in State afore- 
said; have bargained to the said Elijah Hodges, a certain lot of 
land in Foxboro containing 33 acres be the same more or less, 
with a dwelling house and barn which was formerly part of the 
homestead farm of Edward Paine, deceased. Bounded as fol- 
lows: beginning at the N. W. corner of said lot and running E. 
with the lands of Enoch Paine and Spencer Hodges yy rods to 
a heap of stones for a corner . . . S. by the Mansfield line 
. Then W. by said line 66 rods to a heap of stones for a 
corner . . . I, said Daniel Robinson, for myself and my heirs 
forever, do hereby covenant tJiat I ain the sole and rightful owner 
of said premises. In witness thereof, said Daniel Robinson and 
Lucretia, his wife, have hereto set our hands and seals this 9th 
day of Oct. 1786, in the nth year of our Independence." 

In May, 1773, the petition to set off Foxboro as a separate 
town was signed by Daniel Robinson, Seth Robinson and Samuel 
Pierce. Foxboro was formerly a part of Dorchester and was not 
separated and incorporated until 1778. Thus when Daniel Robin- 
son bought his house and 40 acres in Dorchester in 1773. it was 
really in what later was Foxboro. 

Lucretia Pierce, wife of Daniel Robinson, was born April 
7th. 1735, probably in Mass. She married Daniel in May. 1756, 
and died Feb. 27th, 181 2. We are told that she was an earnest, 
thoughtful woman, possessing the dominant Pierce trait : "perse- 
verance that marks their character in every department of life, 
and generally crowns their efforts with success, though often 
attained after repeated failure." It is family tradition that she 
was a relative of Lord Percy of England, who came to America 
with the British forces during the Revolution. 

The following family notes have been collected at random, 
but for the purpose of easy identification we have called Daniel 
Robinson "the first generation," as he is the earliest of our branch 
of which we now have established proof. 

Tst Gen. — Daniel Robinson's dates of enlistment as a Revo- 


lutionary soldier are on the Mass. Rev. Rolls at the Boston State 
House as follows: From Feb. 5th to Feb. 29, 1776. From March 
1st to May 31st, 1776. From July 7th to Sept. 25th, 1779. From 
Oct. 1st to Oct. 23rd, 1779. From June 12th to June i6th, 1782. 

1st Gen. — Foxboro tradition says that Daniel Robinson had 
brothers, Seth, Asa and Ebenezer ; also a sister Kate. Daniel and 
Seth did have farms half-a-mile apart, just outside of Foxboro. 
Asa and Ebenezer lived in Attleboro. Seth and Kate lie side by 
side in the Foxboro graveyard. Katie had received from her 
parents a right to a room in her brother Seth's house : she had a 
little money, also some old silver which she kept by her in a chest, 
both inherited from her father Patrick. But at this writing we 
cannot proz'e that Daniel and Seth were brothers, as in none of 
the legal papers of Patrick and his wife Judith is the name Daniel 
mentioned. It is said of Kate that one day she went several miles 
from her home to make a day's visit on a friend. When she arose 
to leave, she was pressed to stay longer, so after some coaxing 
she removed her hat and stayed — for thirteen years. Foxboro 
and Attleboro are about ten miles apart. Asa Robinson was a 
Revolutionary Minute Man in the 4th Regiment in Foxboro in 
1774. Seth Robinson's daughter Hannah married Abijah Robin- 
son of Raynham ; their daughter Experience married a Mr. Sum- 
ner, lived all her life in Foxboro and died there in 1897, age 92 
years, leaving many descendants. 

2nd Gen. — Lydia, daughter of Daniel and Lucretia P. Robin- 
son, married John Powell, Capt. in the Revolution. He after- 
ward wrote a story called "What a Yankee Boy Did for Uncle 
Sam," which gave some of his own experiences. He sent it to 
Congress and received a pension granted by Special Act. 

2nd. Gen. — Daniel Jr., son of Daniel and Lucretia P. Robin- 
son, married Betsey Buell in a field beside a haystack: she lived 
in Windsor County, he in Orange County, Vt. The Justice who 
was to marry them lived in Orange County and could not marry 
out of it, so Betsey came over the line. 

3rd. Gen. — Isaac Paine, son of Polly Robinson and Jesse 
Paine, had a son. Milton, who makes "Paine's Celery Com- 

3rd. Gen. — Percy, daughter of Daniel Jr., and Betsey Buell 
Robinson, was named for her grandmother, Lucretia Pierce. 

3rd. Gen. — This anecdote is still told of the five sons of 
Daniel Jr., and Betsev B. Robinson. Two of them. Cyrus and 


Harry, found their wives at their nearest neighbor's on the East, 
the Prestons. Two others, Hiram and Roswell, went in the op- 
posite direction and took as waves the daughters of their nearest 
Western neighbor, the Tylers. The remaining son, Jared, was 
much amused at this and boasted that when he married he would 
look further than his own doorstep : but he did not go so far, as 
he married a girl who was visiting in his own house. 

4th. Gen. — The following endorsement of Hannibal Robin- 
son, son of Dr. J. H. Robinson, speaks for itself: 

\\'ashington, D. C, Aug. 2n(l. 1861. 
Hon. Simon Cameron, 
Secretary of War, 

Sir : I recommend Mr. Hannibal Robinson of Xew 
York, who made the campaign in Mexico w'ith me, for a Captain's 
or First Lieut. 's Commission in the Army. He served as Sergeant 
with distinction, is yet young (31), and in fine health and vigor. 

A'ery respectfully, 

\\'iNFiELD Scott. 

I join in the above recommendation. 
Aug. 16, 1 86 1. 

A. Lincoln. 

The President wrote on the outside : 

"The within recommendation of Gen. Scott I think ought to 

have special attention, as the General is not profuse in making 


^ or ^^- Lincoln. 

Sept. 16, 1861. 

4th. Gen. — Oscar Robinson, son of Dr. J. H., married Har- 
riet Rightmire in July. 1854. She was the daughter of Jacob \"an 
Derbilt Rightmire and Margaret Coon. Jacob \\ D. was son 
of Dr. Louis Rightmire of Baltimore, and Eleanor Van Derbilt, 
whose older brother, Cornelius, moved to N. Y. and founded 
the Vanderbilt family there. 

5th. Gen. — Louise Robinson, daughter of Oscar, married 
Orin Pomeroy Robinson of the Barre, Mass., branch. His line 
is as follows: Orin P., son of Joseph Nye and Celestia Bullis- 
Robinson, was born July 3. 1847. Joseph Nye, son of Ezekiel and 
Catherine Rose-Robinson, was born March 1824. Ezekiel, son 
of Lemuel and Comfort Pike-Robinson, was born Nov. 1790. 



Lemuel, son of Joseph and Martha Hedges-Robinson, was born 
Jan., 1758. Joseph, son of James and Patience Ruggles-Robinson, 
was born Sept., 1727, in Barre, Mass. 

5th. Gen. — George H., son of Hannibal and Mary K. Robin- 
son, is now a Captain in the U. S. Infantry. His entire service 
has been in the foreign field, where he has successfully executed 
many delicate missions ; played an active part in all the important 
battles of the Philippines, especially those of Samar ; lived for 
nine months at a time among the head-hunting Iggorotes ; been 
Chief of Police of one of the Manila districts ; also Judge Advo- 
cate, conducting his Courts in the Spanish tongue in various Pro- 
vinces ; and in 1905, was appointed Adjutant of the American 
Embassy at Peking, China, where he served with distinction. 
The Captain is a typical American soldier, clean, resourceful and 
intelligent, devoted to his profession, and upholding The Flag with 
loyalty and honor. Thus speaks the blood of his pioneer ances- 
tors ! 


This Genealogical Tree is as far complete as the writer has 
knowledge, but should any of the family be able to supply missing 
twigs they would be aiding a good work by proclaiming it. 

1. Gen. — Daniel Robinson, b. May 27, 1735, d. 1820, mar. May 

Lucretia Pierce, b. April 7, 1735. d. Feb. 27, 1812. had. 

2. Gen. — Lydia, b. 1758, d. April, 1838, mar. John Powell. 

Zadock, b. July 7, 1763, d. Dec. 22, 1814, mar. 1789 

Lois Hebbard. 

Cynthia, b. , d. Oct. 31, 1826, mar. 1779 Abiel Paine. 

Polly, b. , d. Aug. 11, 1847. "lar. 1785 Jesse Paine. 

Daniel, b. Jan. 24. 1769, d. Mar. 23. 1852, mar. 1792 

Betsey Buell. 

William, b. , d. . 

Ebenezer, b. . d. , mar. Lucy Curtis. 

James, b. , d. , settled at Parishville, N. Y. 

Appollos, b. , d. , mar. Dec. 1797 Sybil Fletcher. 

Sara, b. , d. , mar. Mr. Cory. 

2. Gen. — Lydia Robinson, b. 1758, d. April, 1838, mar. 
John Powell, b. , d. — — , had 











Gen. — John, b.— 

" James, b.- 

Perley, b. 

Ira, b. 




Sara, b. 

-John Powell, b.— 
unknown, had 

-James Powell, b. , c 

Almira West, b. . d. 

-Harriet S., b. , d.- — 

James C., b. . d. 

Jackson A., b. . d.— 

Emily W".. b. , d. — 

Asa, b. , d. — 

. mar. Almira West. 

, mar. Sara Robie. 

-, mar. Emily Carpenter. 

— . d. . mar. 


, had 

-. mar. C. C. Wilson, 1853. 
mar. Louise Blood. 
— , mar. Miss Garland. 
-. mar. Edson Robinson. 





Gen. — 

Ebenezer \\'.. 1). 

John B., b. , d.- 

-James C. Powell, b.- 

Louise Blood, b. 

-Ellen K.. b. . d.- 

Emma A., b. . d. 

Harriet, b. , d. 

-Ada. b. , d. , mar. James Forbes 

mar. Sara Cummings. 

-. d. . mar. Sara Preston. 

. mar. Alice Allen. 

. d. . mar. 

-. d. . had 

. mar. Frank Kilburn. 

-, mar. James Salle. 

Arthur, b. , d. 

-John B. Powell, b. — 

Alice Allen, b. . d.- 

-John, b. , d. 

Elmira, b. , d. 

-Perley Powell, b. . 

Sara Robie, b. , d.- 






John, b. 1824. d. 1832. 
Sara A., b. Mar. 4, 1823, d. — 
Adaline, b. April 11, 1827, d. 
Lydia T., b. Feb. 22, 1837, d.- 

-. mar. M. F. Preston. 
Gen. — Zadock Robinson, b. July. 1763, d. 1814, mar, June. 1789. 
Lois ]\r. Hebbard. b. Aug. 3, 1768, d. Sept. 2, 1858, had 
Gen. — Zadock. b. 1790. d. 1790. 

Nancy, b. 1791, d. , mar. Elias Rich. 

Jedediah H., b. May 22, 1793. d. June 21, t86i, mar. 
Mary Northrop. 


Gen. — Silas A., b. 1795, d. 1872, mar. x\bigail Fitzgerald. 

John R., b. 1797. d. , mar. Jerusha Wisner. 

David, b. 1798, d. 1798, 

Polly, b. 1799, d. 1868, mar. Daniel Wood. 

Lois, b. 1801, d. 1881, mar. Elias Mack. 

Harriet, b. 1803, d. , mar. Amos Tewksbury. 

Thomas J., b. 1806, d. , mar. Lois Tewksbury. 

3. Gen. — Nancy Robinson, b. 1791, d. mar. 

Elias Rich, b. , d. , had 

4. Gen. — Alvin. 

3. Gen. — Jedediah H. Robinson, b. 1793, d. 1861, mar. Julv 13, 

Mary Northrop, b. Feb. 6, 1798, d. Feb. 20, 1838, had 

4. Gen. — Lucia, b. May 22, 1816 d. mar. Alexander Gilchrist. 

" " Angeline, b. April i. 1818, d. Oct. 22, 1899, mar. Ira \'an 


Jedediah, b. Mar. 11, 1820, d. June 18, 1820. 

Jeanette, b. May 3 1822, d. , mar. Hiram Abbott. 

William, b. Dec. 28, 1823, d. mar. 

Mary, b. July 9, 1826. d. , mar. George Delamater. 

Hannibal b. Jan. 19, 1829, d. June 20, 1892, mar. Mary 

Lafayette, b. Dec. 21, 1831, d. Jan. 9, 1832. 

Oscar, b. May 14, 1833, d. , mar. Harriet Rightmire. 

Marcus, b. Dec. 15, 1835, d. , mar. Melinda Camp- 

By second wife, Betsey Armstrong, Jedediah had 
" Marquis de Lafayette, b. May 29, 1841, mar. Permelia 

4. Gen. — Lucia Robinson, b. 18 16, d. , mar. Jan. 5, 1848 

Alexander Gilchrist, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen. — Emma F., b. Jan. 22, 1859, d. , mar. George Cooper. 

Caroline, W., b. , d. , mar. 

Charles H., b. . d. , mar. 

Frank A., b. , d. , mar. 

4. Gen. — Angeline Robinson, b. 1818, d. 1899, mar. Feb. 11, 1840. 

Ira Van Ness, b. 1810, d. 1879. had 

5. Gen.— Abigail, b. April 15, 1858, d. , mar. Oscar Morse. 

Helen, b. June 30, 1849, d. , mar. 1883 Henry Hitch- 
Henry, b. , d. March, 1906. 


5. Gen. — Abigail \'an Ness, b. 1858, d. , mar. Jan. 19, 1884 

Oscar Morse, b. March 19, 1845, ^- > 1"'^^ 

6. Gen. — Harriett, b. March 7, 1886. 
" " George, b. March 2^, 1888. 

4. Gen. — Jeannette Robinson, b. 1822, d. , mar. April 18, 1839 

Hiram Abbott, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen. — Mary, b. 

4. Gen. — Hannibal Robinson, b. 1829, d. 1892, mar. July 29, 1862 

Mary A. Knox, b. Feb. 10. 1840, d. , had 

5. Gen. — Charles K., b. , d. , mar. Elizabeth Lyons. 

" " Mary E.. b. , d. , mar. Elliotte Little. 

Florence L.. b, , d. , mar. Frederick Greening. 

" " George H., b. May 28, 1874, d. . mar. 

5. Gen. — Charles K. Robinson, b. , d. , mar. Aug. 2, 1897 

Elizabeth Lyons, b. , d. , had 

6. Gen. — Douglas, b. Aug. 1898, d. Aug. 1898. 

" " Charles K.. b. April 28, 1901. d. , 

" " Donald H.. b. Mar. 18. 1904. 

5. Gen. — Mary E. Robinson, b. , d. . mar. April 29. 1897 

G. Elliotte Little, b. . d. . had 

6. Gen. — Stephen K., b. Aug. 25, 1901, d. 

" " Elliotte R., b. June 8. 1904, d. 

5. Gen. — Florence L. Robinson, b. 1872. d. mar. Oct. 30. 1895 

Frederick B. Greening, b. , d. Jan. 29, 1905, had 

6. Gen. — Lois, b. Nov. 26, 1896. 

6. Gen. — George F., b. Mar. 29, 1901. 
" Charles E., b. Feb. 23. 1904. 

4. Gen. — Oscar Robinson, b. 1833, d. , mar. July 2, 1854, 

Harriet Rightmire, b. Sept. 1830. d. Jan. 4, 1857, had 

5. Gen. — Harriet, b. Dec. 25. 1856, d. June, 1857. 

Louise, b. Oct. 2y, 1855, d. , mar. Pomeroy Robinson. 

5. Gen. — Louise H. Robinson, b. 1855, mar. Feb. 22, 1877 

O. Pomeroy Robinson, b. July 3, 1847, fl- • ^^a-d 

6. Gen.— Eller>- M., b. Feb. 1878. d. Feb. 1878. 
Edna L., b. Feb. 1879. 
Maude, b. Nov. 1880. 
Leonora, b. Dec. 1883, d. Aug. 1885. 
Hazle Lois, b. May, 1886. 
Pomeroy, b. July, 1891. 

Gen. — Marcus Robinson, b. 1835. ^- • ''n^''- '858, 

Melinda Campbell, b. , d. . had 




5. Gen. 

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4. Gen.- 

-Clarence C, b. 1859, mar. Jennie Bush. 

Frank U., b. , mar. Kate Bryant. 

Walter S., b. , mar. Laura Burch. 

Allen A., b. , d. 

Harrison M., b. 

William E., b. 

George F., b. 

Alonzo A., b. 






Gen. — 



Antoinette J., b. 1879. 

M. cle Lafayette Robinson, b. 1841, d.- 
28, 1865 

Permelia Wideman, b. Nov. 22, 1840, d.- 

Royal R., b. July 18, 1869, d. 

Harry B., b. Aug. 2, 1873, d. 

-Silas Robinson, b. 1795, d. 1872, mar. 

Abigail Fitzgerald, b. , d. , had 

-William, b. 1820, d. 

Thomas, b. 1828, d. 

Mary, b. 1840, d. 

mar. Dec. 

-, had 


Melissa, b. 1845, ^- 

-John Robinson, b. 1797, d. , mar. 

Jerusha Wisner, b. , d. , had 

-Anna, b. 

Lois, b. , d. . mar. Edward Manierre. 

Nancy, b.- 
Emily b.— 
Mary, b.- 
Oscar, b.- 

, d. 

-, mar. Mr.' Buck. 

Jefferson, b. 
Samuel, b. — 

Gen. — Lois Robinson, b. , d 



Edward Manierre, b. 

-Evaline, b. 

Katherine, b. 



-Lois Robinson, b. 1801, d. 1881, mar. 

Elias Mack, b. , d. , had 

-Henrietta, b. 

Mary, b. 

Albert, b. 

Lydia, b.- 

Gen. — 

Harriett Robinson, b. 1803, d.- 
Amos Tewksbury, b. , d. — 


-, had 

4. Gen. — ^lary, b. , d. 

" '" Ellen, b. , d. , mar. William P""rost. 

" " Benjamin, b. , d. age 2/ years. 

" " Fanny, b. , d. age 18 years. 

" " Nancy, b. , d. , mar. ]\Ir. Palmer. 

4. Gen. — Benjamin Tewksbury, mar. 

unknown, had 

5. Gen. — Eva, b. , d. , mar. Mr. Brown. 

" ■' Bayard. 

3. Gen. — Thomas J. Robinson, b. 1806, d. , mar. Feb., 1835. 

Lois Tewksbury, b. 1814, d. , had 

4. Gen. — Anne E., b. 1837, d. , mar. George Bronson. 

" " Henry .AI., b. 1842, d. , mar. Mary Bush. 

" " Arthur E., b. June, 185 1, d. , mar. Ida L. Bell. 

4. Gen.-^Arthur E. Robinson, b. 1851, d. . mar. 1872. 

Ida L. Bell, b. , had 

5. Gen. — Charles S., b. 1874. 
" " Clarence L., b. 1879. 

5. Gen. — Florence L.. b. 1885. 
Raymond, b. 1892. 

2. Gen. — Daniel Robinson, b. 1769, d. 1852. mar. Aug. 9, 1792 

Betsey Buell, b. June 5, 1775, d. July 2. i860, had 

3. Gen. — Percy, b. July 16, 1793, d. 1883, mar. Ralph Ladd. 
Elizabeth, b. 1795, d. 1875, mar. 
Roswell. b. 1797. d. 1874. mar. Rhoda Tyler. 
Polly, b. 1797. d. Jan. 21, 1827, mar. Philip Judd. 
Henr}-. b. 1803. d. Oct. 25, 1859, mar. Lucinda Preston. 
Sara. b. Mar. 2;^. 1799, d. June 6, 1882. mar. Mr. 

Roxanna, b. 1801, d. Jan. 30, 1845, 'iiar. Lyman Tyler. 
Hiram, b. 1805. d. 1892, mar. Zeruah Tyler. 

Cyrus, b. Nov. 4, 1808, d. , mar. Thankful Preston. 

Betsey, b. June 29, 1812, d. Nov. 19, 1891, mar. Enos 
" " Jared, b. Feb. 14. 1815, d. 1866, mar. Lydia Hackett. 

3. Gen. — Percy Robinson, b. 1793, d. 1883, mar. Dec. 1817. 

Ralph Ladd, b. . d. Sept. 3, 1877, had 

4. Gen. — Samantha. b. .\ug. 27,, 1825, d. , mar. Pdatiaih 

" " Ephraim, b. July 4. 1822. d. young. 
" " Chester, b. May 14, 1820, d. April, 1901, mar. Charlotte 



4. Gen. — Chester Lacld, b. 1820, d. 1901, mar. 

Charlotte Brown, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen. — ParmeHa, b. 

" " Alartha, b. , d. , mar. Charles Drown. 

" " Harvey, b. , d. , mar. Susan Hutchinson. 

" " Alzada, b. , d. , mar. Albert Preston. 

3. Gen. — Roswell Robinson, b. 1797, d. 1874, mar. 

Rhoda Tyler, b. , d. April i, 1873, had 

4. Gen. — Emeline, b. May 1822, d. Jan. 16, 1838. 

" " Edson, b. Jan. 25, 1829, d.- , mar. Emily Powell. 

3. Gen. — Polly Robinson, b. 1797, d. 1827, mar. 

Philip Judd, b. , d. , had 

4. Gen. — Simon, b. Sept. 25, 1824, d. 1895, mar. Lucinda Preston. 
" " Sidney, b. Jan. 7, 1827, d. July 1883. 

4. Gen. — Simon Judd, b. 1824, d. 1895, mar. 1853 

Lucinda Preston, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen. — Helen, b. Jan. 14, 1869, d. 

" " Eda, b. July 15, 1865, d. . mar. Elmer Hart. 

" " Rose, b. Dec. 29, 1855, d. , mar. Alfred Chase. 

3. Gen. — Henry Robinson, b. 1803, d. 1850, mar. April 11, 1826 

Lucinda Preston, b. 1807, d. April 12, 1856, had 

4. Gen.^— Lucinda, b. Mar. 4, 1827, d. 1904, mar. Charles Day. 

" " Mary, b. Oct. 17, 1828, d. Nov. 9, 1863, mar. Warner 

" " William, b. Nov. 27, 1834, d. Mar. 3, i860, mar. Su'san 

" " Harriett, b. April 28, 1841, d. , mar. John Gates. 

4. Gen. — Lucinda Robinson, b. 1827, d. , mar. Mar. 7, 1848. 

Charles Day, b. Dec. 19, 1823, d. , had 

5. Gen. — Emma, b. Mar. 12, 1852 d. , mar. Frank Welsh. 

" " Clara, b. May 16, 1859. c^- . mar. Wilbur Howe. 

" " George, b. Dec. 30, 1866, d. , mar. Lettie Moxley. 

4. Gen. — Harriett Robinson, b. 1841, d. , mar. 

John Gates, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen. — Edwin b. 

^" " Elmer, b. 

" " Henry, b. 

Charles, b. 

4. Gen. — Mary Robinson, b. 1828, d. 1863, mar. 
Warner Porter, b. , d. , had 



Gen. — Ellen, b. , d. , mar. William Gould. 

Frederick, b. , d. , mar. Cora Goodwin. 

Edna, b. 

Frank, b. 

Gen. — Roxanna Robinson, b. 1801, d. 1845, i"<ir. 

Lyman Tyler, b. , d. , had 

Gen. — William, b. , d. . mar. Mary Kibling. 

Albert, b. 1827, d. Jan. 5. 1873, mar. 

" Lucian, b. Jan. 20, 1834, d. , mar. Laura Keith. 

Hiram, b. 

Gen. — Hiram Robinson, b. 1805, d. 1892. mar. 1831. 
Zeruah Tyler, b. 1808, d. 1847, had 

Gen. — Marcia. b. 1831. d. . mar. Benjamin George. 

" Merinda, b. July 7. 1840. d. . mar. Elliott Fullam. 

" Daniel, b. 1834, d. , mar. Eloesa Fullam. 

Gen. — Daniel Robinson, b. 1834, d. . mar. 1858. 

Eloesa Fullam, b. 1833, d. . had 

Gen. — Herbert, b. 1862. d. . 

Charles, b. 1864, d. 1882. 

" Willard, b. 1870. d. . mar. Caroline Bugbee. 

Philip, b. June 19, 1875, d. 1905. mar. Aminda Briggs. 

5. Gen. — Willard H. Robinson, b. Aug. 1870, mar. Sept. 1893. 

Caroline Alice Bugbee. b. Feb, 1872, had 

6. Gen. — Grace E., b. Oct. 1894. 
Walter C, b. Jan. 1895. 
Sidney P., b. Oct. 1897. 
Daniel W., b. Oct. 1900, d. June 1901. 
Dorothy A., b. Feb. 22. 1902. 
Ruth E.. b. July 1903. 

" Margaret, b. Sept. 1904. 
' " Howard B.. b. June 1906. 

Gen. — Cyrus Robinson, b. 1808. d. , mar. Jan. 18. 1831. 

Thankful Preston, b. . d. . had 

Gen. — Edna, b. .April 23, 1833, d. . mar. Henry Flanders. 

" Mary, b. Feb. 3. 1835, d. . mar. George Smith. 

Gen. — Edna Robinson, b. 1833, d. , mar. 

Henry Flanders, b. , d. , had 

Gen. — Myron, b. , d. , mar. Helen Farnham. 

Irene, b. , d. , mar. Marshall Gates. 

Frank, b. , d. , mar. Delia Colby. 

" Martha, h. . d. . mar. Charles Hunt. 

" Marv b. , d. . mar. \'an Mc.\llisiter. 



3. Gen. — Jared Robinson, b. 1815, d. 1866, niar. 

Lydia Hackett, b. , d. , had 

4. Gen. — Justine, b. Jan. 2y, 1845, d. Nov. 3, 185 1. 

" " Helen, b. Oct. 11, 1853, d. , mar. Royal West. 

" " Marcellus, b. Mar. 19, 1857, d. , mar. Helen Sar- 

4. Gen. — Marcellus Robinson, b. 1857, d. , mar. 

Helen Sargent, b. , d. , had 

5. Gen.— Mary, b. May 25, 1880, d. 

" " William, b. May 5, 1881, d. 

" " Minnie, b. Aug.2. 1882, d. 

" " Justine, b. Dec. 1883. 

2. Gen. — Cynthia Robinson, b. — — , d. Oct. 31, 1826, mar. July 

Abiel Paine, b. 1754. d. Jan. 1840, had 

3. Gen. — Cynthia, b. 1780. 
Lucinda, b. Sept. 1782. 
Catherine, b. 1784. 
Emerson, b. 1786. 

2. Gen. — Polly Robinson, b. , d. Aug. 11, 1847. ^'^^s.r. May, 

Jesse Paine, b. 1759, d. Dec. 1848 had 

3. Gen. — Earle, b. 1785. 
Sara, b. 1787. 
David, b. 1788. 
Polly, b. 1790. 
Joseph, b. 1792. 
Clarissa, b. 1794. 
Sophia, b. 1795. 
Hosea, b. 1797. 
Robert, b. 1799. 
Merinda, b. 1800, d. 1819. 
Warren, b. 1802. 
Loney, b. 1804. 
Edward, b. 1806. 

Isaac, b. 1808. had one son, Milton. 
Cynthia, b. 1810, d. 1857. 

Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Society at Niagara 

Falls, N. Y. 

AUGUST 12, 1908. 

IN accordance with the vote passed at the fourth biennial meet- 
ing of The Robinson Genealogical Society, held at Portland, 

Me., on the second day of August, 1906, there was a notable 
gathering of the Clan at Niagara Falls on Wednesday, the 12th 
of August, 1908, for their fifth biennial reunion. 

The previous evening was devoted to social and fraternal 
entertainment at the Cataract House, in the parlors of the Hotel. 

Our President. Hon. David L Robinson, Judge Ira E. Robin- 
son, from West \'irginia: F. B. Robinson, from Le Roy, X. Y., 
and B. F. Robinson of Newark. N. J., were the leading spirits 
on this occasion. 

At nine o'clock on ^^'ednesday morning, the meeting was 
called to order by the President. Prayer was offered by Rev. 
Charles A. Hayden of Buffalo. F. B. Robinson was appointed 
Secretary pro tern., on account of the imavoidable absence of the 
Secretary, Miss A. A. Robinson, who was still a languishing 
martyr as the result of the serious accident which befell her four 
years ago. 

Will A. Robinson of Gloucester was appointed Registering 
Secretary. About sixty members were present. 

Rev. Mr. Hayden made the address of welcome, which was 
responded to most happily by the President. 

The report of the last biennial meeting held at Portland. Me,, 
was read by the Secretary, with the additional statement that 
since then the membership of the Society had been increased by 
the addition of one hundred and eleven members — one Honorary, 
forty Life, and seventy Active members: that twenty-one mem- 
bers had been removed by death; that she had received in Life 
membership fees, annual dues and fees of Active members, sales 
of Coat of Arms and Brochures, and from donations, the sum of 
$262.75 ' t'''^t the expenses for printing and postage were $105.00. 
leaving a balance of $157.75, which she had turned over to the 
Treasurer. The report was accepted. 


The report of the Treasurer was read and accepted, showing 
a balance of $150.35 in the treasury. 

A committee of three was appointed by the President to 
nominate a hst of officers for the ensuing term. B. F. Robinson 
of Newark, N. J., G. W. Robinson of Elbuni, 111., and John Kim- 
ball of Oxford, Mass, were the committee. 

Judge Ira E. Robinson delivered a most interesting address 
entitled ''Four Generations Between the Alleghenies and the 
Ohio," which was listened to with close attention. 

A paper by the Historiographer entitled, "John Robinson of 
Donington. near Boston, Lincolnshire, England, in 1208, Ancestor 
of the Robinson Clan," was read by the Secretary. It was a most 
interesting historical document and received marked attention. 

Other papers were offered and ordered to be printed, together 
with the paper of Judge Robinson and that of Charles E. Robin- 
son, the Historiographer, in the next issue of "The Robinsons and 
their Kin Folk." 

On motion, the Secretary was instructed to send a telegram 
of greeting and sympathy to Miss A. A. Robinson, the absent 

The Committee on Nomination of Officers signified their 
readiness to report, which was then presented, recommending 
that the present list of officers, now installed, be re-elected for the 
ensuing temi. 

The report was accepted, and the officers duly elected. 

At 12 M. the meeting adjourned until two-thirty in the after- 

On reconvening in the afternoon session, the report of the 
Chairman of the Foreign Research Committee, Mr. John E. Kim- 
ball, was read and adopted. 

Thereupon tihe uppermost question was that of raising funds 
for the prosecution of the work. Hon. George O. Robinson, 
LL.D., of Detroit, in a brief appeal, pledged the sum of $100.00. 
This was followed in a few terse remarks by B. F. Robinson of 
Newark, N. J., with his pledge of $25.00. Several other pledges 
of $25.00 each followed. 

Then came pledges of $10.00 each from Judge Ira E. Robin- 
son, his brother Charles Robinson ; the President, Hon. David I. 
Robinson, and several others ; this was quickly followed by fur- 
ther pledges of $5.00 and less, until the sum of $240.00 was 
reached, winen Roswell R. Robinson, the highly esteemed 


Treasurer, arose and courteously expressed his desire to contri- 
bute one hundred dollars to that already pledged. 

Encouraged by this generous amount of $340.00, the Presi- 
dent was authorized to issue another circular letter appealing for 
further donations ; also that he appoint a large Finance Committee 
to co-operate with the present Committee in the solicitation of 
funds for this purpose. 

The desire was expressed by Hon. George O. Robinson, 
LL.D., that Charles E. Robinson, the Historiographer, be sent to 
England as soon as arrangements can be made, to search the re- 
cords, in order to establish, if possible, a common ancestor for the 
Robinson lines in America. This was concurred in by others. 

A vote was passed, making the salary of the Secretar)- One 
Hundred dollars per annum. 

It was also voted that Charles E. Robinson have full charge 
of all printing for the Society and, in co-operation with the Sec- 
retary, arrange for the publication of Brochure Xo. 4, incorporat- 
ing therein whatever papers they may deem of sufficient impor- 

A delightful trip was arranged for by the President, of 
eighteen miles in a special car. over the Gorge Route, down the 
Canadian and up the American side of the Niagara River, close 
to the magnificent Rapids. This was tlie closing feature of the 
meeting and a delightful ending of the fifth reunion of The Robin- 
son Genealogical Society. 

( )n motion of Judge Ira E. Robinson, it was voted that the 
6th biennial meeting of the Society be held at Atlantic City. X. J., 
on the 3rd Wednesday of August. 1910. 

On motion. Mr. F. B. Robinson, of Le Roy, X. Y., was chosen 
as a delegate to attend the Basket Picnic of the Robinson family 
in August, 1909, as per the invitation of Mrs. Willis H. Robinson, 
of Flint. X. Y. 

On motion, the meeting adjourned at 5 o'clock, to meet at 
Atlantic City on the third \\''ednesday in August. 1910. 

Fri:i) I'). RoHiNsox, 

Secretary pro tem. 



Ira Ellsworth Robinson, 
Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of IVest Virginia. 

Mr. President, and Members of the Society: 

FORTUNATE is the generation that hatli not forgotten the 
memories of its fathers. Four generations between the 
AUeghenies and the Ohio! Of these only can I speak, since 
history and tradition fail to respond further. But the record of 
humble life and effort though it be, to my mind is a proud one, 
full of fruition sounding in the all-wise reason of things. 

The region of which I speak was, in the year 1800 and prior 
thereto, practically a wilderness. The savage had only recently 
departed, and the wild beast remained. Settlements were sparse 
in that territory, and were confined mostly to the great streams 
that flowed through dense forests. The rich valleys of the Shen- 
andoah and the Ohio were sought by many home-makers, but the 
rough country between was passed over because it looked not in- 
viting. Many a pioneer crossed that territory of magnificent 
timber, hidden coal, oil and gas, to the better looking land of 
Ohio and Indiana. He reaped more readily for himself, but, we 
think, not for his posterity. The mind of man cannot tell true 
worth from a view of the surface. "Man looketh on the outward 
appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." So this wilder- 
ness invited only the strongest and bravest. One such man was 
James Robinson, of whom we have no other description than 
that he was "a large man." In New Jersey, or to use the words 
handed down to us, "across the Delaware, not far from Philadel- 
phia," he had married Elizabeth Stockton,* a Quakeress. Mem- 

* Tt is now insisted by members of the family that this name should 
be Elizabeth Davis. 


orable name, that of Stockton I lUit none the less of pride the 
rehgious sect to which it belonged! What leaven may not this 
element have been, softening by simplicity, faith and patience, 
many lives that sprang from hers, and continuing until to-day, 
exerting in us much that tends to the simple and the good. But 
just where in Xew Jersey was made this union between the "large 
man" and the mild Quakeress? What of their history prior to 
this marriage? And what of the history of their ancestry? Oh, 
the longing to know ! The desire to seek and find ! And yet the 
opportunities neglected! Twenty years ago my devoted father 
warned me to ascertain from an old great uncle, the son-in-law 
of James and Elizabeth, facts of family history that to-day would 
be satisfying. But boyi-h indifference and ambitions prevailed 
against the source of knowledge then open. Xow. not only that 
great uncle and my devoted father, but all of the helpful of the 
generations preceding mine, have gone from earth. \\'ith the 
same desire and determination that we now have to know, how 
much could have been learned even in father's time, which ended 
in 1896? Judging from the success of researches since then, with 
the help of what he knew, what interesting things could have been 
discovered I It is odd that we cannot even recall, notwithstanding 
the pride he manifested in his ancestry, that father ever stated 
that James and Elizabeth came from New Jersey, and that her 
maiden name was Stockton. We remember distinctly that he often 
said they came from Pennsylvania. And this we find quite true, 
for we have learned that they first went to "the Redstone coun- 
try," now the vicinity of Brownsville, Fayette County, Penn- 
sylvania, on the ]\Ionongahela River, as did so many from the 
East in that day. Imagine that trip from the Delaware to the 
Monongahela ! Yes, imagine, that is all we can do. Wliat a sight 
to eyes of these modern days would a view of those travelers 
make ! It is said that Job and John were born to tliem before they 
left Xew Jersey. It seems certain that Elizabeth, the next child. 
was born in ''the Redstone country." The date of Job's birth, 
July 4, 1792, leads us to date their marriage in 1791. These dates, 
and genealogy of Stockton families, in which the name Job is a 
leading one, resident in Burlington County, Xew Jersey, which is 
"across the Delaware, not far from Philadelphia." may yet help 
us to learn much of the early history of these pioneers. We now 
feel that we have found the locality in which to seek. We have 


yet to learn the location, dnration and happenings of their stay 
in "the Redstone country." Four other children were born to 
them there or after they had gone on up the Monongahela into the 
forests of Northwestern Virginia. Why did they not stay at Red- 
stone? This is only another of the many questions that come to 
us as we think of these people. We may never know the slight, 
seemingly worldly, arguments by which God moved them to the 
place where He desired them in the working out of the eternal 
fitness of things. 

We do know that, by deed dated April 18, 1803, there was 
conveyed by John Stackhouse, an earlier pioneer and once a cap- 
tive O'f the Indians, to this James Robinson 48 acres of land on a 
tributary of Pleasant Creek, then Harrison, now Barbour, County, 
for the consideration of one hundred dollars. This parcel of 
ground is a sacred spot to many of us who worship at the shrine 
of the memories of this James and Elizabeth. Here, by everlasting 
springs of water, sheltered by the hills, they builded their cabin 
in the new country — builded, as they no doubt believed, for their 
own limited good and that of their children ; yet builded wiser 
than they knew. Ah, how limited is the mind of man ! How 
little he knows of the future ! How little in his movements does 
he realize their everlasting moment and effect ! The log house, 
with its large stone chimney, the orchard planted by them to take 
the place of the forest, long ago have perished from the face of 
the earth, as have these pioneers, their children and grand- 
children. Only the everlasting stones of the chimneys remain. 
These monuments, builded by the "large man" more than a hun- 
dred years ago, are all of his work that remain visible to the eye. 
They are left to inspire us to the knowledge of his real work and 
its effects upon time and things — a work more lasting than these 
simple stones. 

As James and Elizabeth sat within this cabin in the forest, 
did they look through the vista of a hundred years in the future 
and see the wonderful changes that were to come, in which they 
and those of their blood were to be instruments? Did they see 
that region then as it is now, covered with the bluegrass, a 
pastoral picture, and yet within it the dark i)itmouth and the 
great highways of commerce? Did they realize that in the hills 
around them was the coal destined to be of such great utility and 
value? Did thev see in the future a new county, and later a 


great new State embracing their humble home? Did they know 
what they were doing toward the founding of a commonwealth, 
and through its instrumentality the establishment of law, the 
development of the land and its riches, and thereby the promotion 
of the happiness and welfare of generations to come? They 
doubtless thought none of these things. They were living only to 
their day and generation, as they believed, but in fact living to 
the great present, living to the great future which is to come. 

Not long after they builded this habitation, there came near 
them, across a divide, another family, but from a different sec- 
tion, of different births, thoughts and creeds. John Proudfoot. 
born in Edinburgh. Scotland, highly educated for the Presby- 
terian ministry, liad left his native land to avoid, it is said, such 
ministr}' ; but we think to enter another — a greater one. Leaving 
wealth and family, never to return and claim either, across the 
seas to the New Republic lie came to be a factor in the building 
of a commonwealth, which was to rear its domain and exert its 
sovereign powder for the betterment of man long after his bones 
had become the dust of its soil. In Fauquier County, Virginia, he 
married Leanor Hitt, she a descendant of Peter Hitt. one of the 
twelve heads of German families which landed in \^irginia in 
1714, brought thither by Governor Spottswood for the purpose of 
working his iron mines. Two of her brothers. John and Peter 
Hitt, were Revolutionary soldiers. Of this family came the &m- 
inent late Robert R. Hitt. of Illinois. Another of these heads of 
German families was John Kemper. Some of his blood also 
crossed the mountains and had part similar to that of my ances- 
tors anrl many others in the making of the land. Remarkable that 
by my marriage in this remote generation the acquaintance be- 
tween the families of these two heads should be unconsciously re- 
newed ! Illustrative it is of the far-reaching import of life. P>ut 
what reason, think you, had John and Leanor for leaving the well- 
cleared fields of Eastern \irginia, with their children, crossing 
the rugged Alleghenies. and meeting James and Elizabeth in the 
wilderness? We should like to know. Perchance the desire for 
more land, a place to grow corn, a home for their children. 

And within the same period, across the mountains, came many 
others to this locality, for some seemingly simple rea.son to which 
they doubtless gave expression. My mother's people, the Sayre 
family, were among them. It would be interesting to detail the 


many marriages there, the offspring of the samiC, and the effect 
upon events. But sufficient is it to deal only with that which 
is nearest for our purpose. John Robinson, the second of James 
and Elizabeth, married Mary Proud foot, the eldest of John and 
Leaner. This was about the year 181 1. Worthy of note also 
is it that two of John's sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, married 
brothers of Mary, respectively Thomas and William. Truly, 
these families were well intermarried. Close the union, great their 
part ! Other log houses were builded in the forest, and thus civili- 
zaition was working out its course as it did in so many instances 
of this kind in that new country. In the new home of John and 
Mary were bom to them nine children. Of these, William, born 
September 20, 1827, next to the youngest, was my father. With 
the coming of these children, their growth to manhood and 
womanhood, other near-by homes were built. That which fell to 
William, only a short distance from his birthplace, stands to-day 
— "the old home" to many of us. 

The work of James and Elizabeth, John and Leanor, was 
completed prior to the year 1840. They lie buried on a hilltop 
overlooking the valleys in which they left so many to continue 
what they had begun. The Jerseyman and the Quakeress rest 
side by side, and a few feet distant lie tlie Scotchman and the 
German Reformed handmaid. Their different births, thoughts, 
and creeds were blended into the lives and labors of those who 
came after them. Verily, their stamp is upon us ! 

With each generation the face of that country changed. The 
narrow bypath of James and Elizabeth, John and Leanor, gave 
way to the broad turnpike of the generation of John and Mary ; 
which, in its turn, yielded to the railroad of tlie generation of 
William, to be of service to the mine, the mill, the fertile farm of 
the generation of the present. But the changes were more than 
physical. The instruction of the educated Scotch ancestor in the 
log school house was supplanted by the enlightenment of a free 
school system. And throughout that land, where once the 
Methodist itinerant preached in the open, church spires point 

And what were the thoughts of John and Mar}^? Did they 
look into the future and see the great part thev were playing? 
Did they realize that they were giving to the Republic soldiers, 
to the State statesmen, yea, better than either, to citizenship 


citizens? Did they know that they were giving to God instru- 
ments for the advancement of His eternal work, such as they were 
themselves, to Christ and His Kingdom ministers and devotees? 
Was it not home, children, sustenance, on which their minds and 
aims were bended ? Yea, no doubt. 

it was this John, my grandfather, whose character is por- 
trayed by his advice to an excited assemblage of neighbors, when 
that land was the seat of war and it was reported that the army 
of the South was advancing to devastate it. Though his life was 
ending, his work done, yet his soul was alit. By its light he ad- 
monished them : "Just behave yourselves, stick to the Union, and 
you will be right." He it was who had answered his Country's 
call in the war of '12, and afoot had gone away to the West, to 
the forks of the Miami,* to be of service, leaving wife and first- 
-born in that lonely new home. And the mention of that gallant 
:army of the South impels us to remark, in this day of justice to 
•all, that it gave to history one typical of that locality — his birth- 
land and home — the pious, courageous, stalwart-in-principle, 
"Stonewall" Jackson. 

How interesting it would be to write more minutely the gene- 
alogy and history of these people and to dwell upon similar in- 
stances of pioneers who came and builded and generated not far 
from these, whose blood and labors mingled with theirs, and whose 
work equally tended to the same great end ! But such history 
is only similar to that enacted throughout that region by those 
of many and different noble names. Oh, the romance of it all 
if it could be written ! Such lives and their efforts have ])roduced 
there a great, enlightened community, where reign peace, plenty 
and patriotism. 

And the philosophy of it all ! A^irginia in time was to part 
with its rugged western domain because the laws and manners 
suited to the gentle slopes of the East were unsuited to the hardi- 
ness and stern qualities necessary to the development and growth 
of the territory between the Alleghenies and the Ohio. Here, no 
easy-going mannerisms found home, because of the very char- 
acter of tlie soil. The line of mountains marked off to the West 

* He went to the Rapids of the Maumee. not to "the forks of the 
Miami." (See Haymond's History of Harrison County, inihHshed iQio, 
page 306.) 


a new and different country. It was a country that of itself drew 
to it a people like unto it, rich within and yet of the plainest 
clothing. The soil was rough and hardy, and it was to impart to 
those on it the same characteristics. Here, the dealings with 
stubborn obstacles disciplined men. Here, Hke begat like, and 
lofty mountains produced lofty minds. Here, good atmosphere 
instilled good blood, regular heart-throbs, sound bodies and noble 
aspirations, while isolation fostered economy, independence and 
contentment. Thus men of character arose, and such men, says 
Emerson, "are the conscience of the society to which they belong." 
True, there was migration from them, and other regions were 
thereby benefited, but the great body remained. And here by 
these forces was founded a citizenship fitted for the problems of 
the development and use of the great natural resources there 
existing — fitted for the advancement of time. In the very nature 
of things a separate government of such people became necessary, 
and was established. How appropriate its motto : Montani 
semper lihcri! 

So the pioneers of whom we have spoken and their progeny 
have entered into and been a part of the natural growth of peo- 
ple and government. Through such as they was founded the 
character which has been and is to-day the force and stability of 
the government existing in and suited to the land over which that 
character, in the name of the State, exerts its sovereignty. As 
they, and we inheriting from them, have imparted such force to 
the State, so has that State given honor and power to the Union, 
that Union flourished to the enlightenment of the world. Proud 
thought it is ; but what an admonition ! It says to me : Act well 
your part ; you live in God ! 

Divinely has been founded and left unto us the freedom, hap- 
piness and love so beautifully penned in verse by my old school 
friend, w'hose inspirations are as noble as his ancestry of the land 
of which he sings : 


In West Virginia skies are blue, 

The hills are green and hearts are true 

A joyous welcome waiteth you 

In West Virginia. 


Jn W'e.'-t X'irginia skies are bright, 
The twinkling stars make glad the night ; 
And noble hearts uphold the right 
In West X'irginia. 

In \\'est \'irginia, happy beams 
The sun that kisses crystal streams ; 
Enduring love is what it seems 
In West \'irginia. 

In West Mrginia there is rest, 
For tempest-tossed and sore distressed ; 
Here living hearts are ever blest 
In West \'irginia. 

In West \"irginia man is free ; 
He dwells beneath his own roof-tree; 
Oh come, my love, and dwell with me 
In West A'irginia. 



The Historiographer. 

SINCE the last biennial meeting of this Society at Portland, 
Me., a gratifying discovery has been made in locating what 
I have every reason to believe to be the common ancestor 
of the Robinson Clan, in a John Robinson from the Isle of Ely, 
residing at Donington, some twelve miles or more from Boston, 
England, in the year 1208, thus antedating this gathering of his 
descendants seven hundred years. Might not this assembling of 
the Clan on this 12th day of August, 1908, be well regarded as in 
his memory? 

The Isle of Ely is about twenty-five miles due south of Bos- 
ton, and some seven miles northeast of Peterborough, in Lincoln- 
shire. It is but some over twenty miles from King's Lynn, Nor- 
folk, where we learn from English "Notes and Queries" that 
Daniel Defoe evidently obtained the name of the hero to his world- 
renowned story of "Robinson Crusoe," where "the name had been 
borne by father and son from time immemorial." 

In a Harleian publication of the English Society, Vol. 4, p. 
270-271, I find a record of the visitation of the Herald, King of 
Arms, Robert Cooke, alias Chester, Deputy and Marshal to W. 
Henry Clarencux, in 1562-4, into Lincolnshire County, who 
granted the right of the descendants of John Robinson of Doning- 
ton to the coat of arms they bore, the same as is depicted in the 
first publication of this Society, "The Robinsons and Their Kin- 
folk," facing page 61. 

I. John Robinson married a daughter of Thomas Paule. They 
had three sons of record, Anthony, Richard and John. 

In the publication of the Harleian Society there is no fur- 
ther reference to the sons Richard and John, but — 

II. Anthony, the eldest, married a daughter of Thomas Gam- 
ble or Gamlyn. Their only child mentioned was : 


III. John Robinson, who married a daughter of Roger 
Alorely. To them were born, as recorded, three sons, Anthony, 
Robert and James. Of Robert and James no further mention is 
made, but of — 

lY. Anthony, the eldest, it is stated that he married a 
daughter of Thomas Lambert, who was standard bearer to Rich- 
ard II, who was King of England 1377 to 1399. 

IV. Anthony Robinson, the eldest son mentioned, had a 
son : — 

V. j[ameSj the first and only child there on record, who mar- 
ried a daughter of George Patridge, Esq. They had five children 
born to them, Thomas, Robert, James, Isabel and Marie (]\Iary). 
No record is here given of any of the children other than that of — 

VL Thomas, the first mentioned, who married for his first 
wife a daughter of Sir Francis Hide, who was created a knight 
by order of the King. 

By his first wife, 

VL Thomas Robinson had four sons, Francis, Thomas, Rob- 
ert and James. By his second wife, a daughter of Sir Francis 
Hastings, also a knight, by whom he had a son, William, who was 
Sheriff of Hull. There is no further mention of any of the 
children except that of — 

VII. Francis Robinson the eldest, who married Mary Lud- 
ington, a daughter of Thomas Ludington, and had three sons, 
Thomas, John and James. The only mention of these children is 
that of — " 

VIII. Thomas, the first named, of Donington, who married 
Jane, a daughter of John Wasling. They had two sons, John and 
Nicholas Robinson, both of Boston, England. 

IX. John Robinson married, but the name of the wife is 
not given. Only one son is mentioned: — 

X. Anthony Robinson, of Boston, whose w'ife is not men- 
tioned, buit two children are recorded to him, Thomas and An- 
thony Robinson. There is no furtlier mention of the son, An- 
thony, but — 

XL Thomas Robinson is mentione<l as "Merchant of the 
Staple in 1520," and his wife as Florence Garforth, with two sons, 
Nicholas and Bryan Robinson. Of Bryan there is no further men- 
tion. Of the son : — 

XII. Nicholas Robinson, it is stated that he married a 
daughter of Charles Knyvett. Esq., and had a daughter, Elizabeth, 


co-heir to the estate, who married Henry, the third son of Sir 
Henry Gates, Esq. 

In a later pubHcation of the Society, tliat of 1904. in Vol. 3, 
p. 825, of Harleian MSS. 810- 1436- 1450, I find a more complete 
account of this Robinson line. It is there stated that — 

XII. Nicholas Robinson, the son of — 

XI. Thomas Robinson of Donington, who married Jane 
Wasling, was of Algarkick, Fosdyke, and Boston, a merchant of 
the Staple of Calais, and died in Boston March 26th, 1498; that 
his first wife was Agne5 or Alice Leeke, who was buried at Bos- 
ton, September 12th, 1488; that his second wife was Isabella 

; that he had four children, Richard, Nicholas, Thomas 

and William. 

XIII. Richard Robinson was \'icar of Pinchbeck in 1516. 
•XIII. Nicholas Robinson was a merchant of the Staple and 

Mayor of Boston in 1544 and died at Boston. September 
2nd, 1560. His estate was administered on November 14th, 1560. 
He married Anne, a daughter of Charles Knyvett, sister of Rich- 
ard Knyvett of Princethrop, Co. of Warwick. The marriage 
settlement was made July loth, 1555.' They were married at 
Sempringham, August 10, 1555. After her husband's death s'he 
remarried twice, first to Leonard Irby, M. P. for Boston, and 
second to Robert Carre of Sleaford. 

The only record I find of the children of this 

XIII. Nicholas Robinson is that of Elizabeth, who was 
aged three years and five months in 1560, at the time of hei 
father's death, "daughter and heir of Nicholas Robinson of Bos- 
ton." that she married Sir Henry Gates, knight, as previously 

XIV. Thomas, the third son of Nicholas Robinson, who mar- 
ried Jane Wasling, is styled of Algarkick, merchant of the Staple. 
He died May 27th, 153 1, and was then of Boston. His first 
wife was Isabella, a daughter of Richard Gooding. She died 
April 25th, 1495. His second wife was Mary Saxby, who died 
July 2nd, 1520. 

XIV. Thomas Robinson had two sons, Anthony and Thomas. 

XV. Anthony Robinson is styled of Riceaprice. in Fishtoft. 
He married first, Alice, a daughter of Geoffrey Paynell of Fish- 
toft, and second, Alice, a daughter of John Leeke and the widow 
of John ^'andernott of London, a merchant. She died August 
20th. 1564. The children of 


XV. Anthony Robinson were: Francis (who married Mar- 
garet, the daughter of John Vandernott), Robert, Thomas, An- 
thony, Nicholas, Ehzabeth, Florence and Mary. 

XVI. Thomas Robinson, the second son of Anthony and 
Alice, I find no further mention of. 

XVI. Francis Robinson, who married Margaret Vandernott, 
had a son : — 

XVII. Nicholas, who in 1604 was styled "Nicholas Robinson 
of Riceaprice." His will bears the date of January 24th, 1612-13. 
It was proved March 20th, 1613-14, in which he leaves lands in 
Screrhby and Grebby to his wife Margaret, a daughter of Edmund 
Lyle of Great Wilbraham, in the County of Cambridge. They 
had three children — 

XVIII. Francis of Riceaprice in 1624, who was made the 
executor of his father's will of 161 3-14, but refused the executor- 
ship, and the administration of the estate was given to the widow. 
The second child, Lyle Robinson, is recorded as a single person. 
Margaret Robinson, the third child, is supposed to have married 
Daniel Holyland of Boston. She died and was buried there 
August i6th, 1636. 

The foregoing records *have the approval of Sir \\' illiam 
Dugdale, Norry king of arms in 1668, also of all the other kings 
of arms from the earliest to the latest of their visitations into 
all of the counties of the English domains. There have been au- 
thorized changes made in certain features of the armorial bearings 
to conform to the requests of certain descendants of the family. 
Right Hon. Morris Robinson, Baron Rokeby of Armagh in Ire- 
land, and Baronet in England, had granted to him a "change in the 
supporters heretofore borne by his predecessors. Baron Rokeby," 
also in the arms of "Sir John Robinson of the city of London, 
Alderman, Knight and Baronet, and Lieutenant to his Majesty's 
Tower." The differences in the various coats of arms are de- 
scribed by plates in the paper on Heraldry, in the first Brochure of 
this Society, published in 1902. Attention is also called to the 
excellent paper on "Coat Armor in the American Colonies." by 
Henry Stoddard Ruggles, Esq., of Wakefield, ]\Iass., doubtless the 
best expert in America on armorial bearings. His paper, and his 
reason for offering it to the Society, will be found in the second 
Brochure, published by this Society in 1904. Pages 21 to 23. 

During the past two years I have devoted much time in in- 
vesitigating such genealogical works as are to be found in the 


libraries of the larger cities, including the London publications 
with which the Astor Library in New York is well supplied, but 
I fail to trace the Robinsons of England, Scotland and Ireland 
to any source other than that of John Robinson of Donington, 
1208. That his line might, by personal investigation, be carried 
still further back, I am confident. 

I have given in this article 18 generations in the English lines, 
and could carry the branches many generations further, even down 
to the Robinsons of England of to-day. 

There is one fact made most apparent in these records, and 
it strikes with peculiar force the Robinsons in America. In the 
Christian names of all the children, and descendants of John Rob- 
inson from the year 1208 to that of 1620, with one solitary excep- 
tion, that of Lyle Robinson, in 1613, their counterpart is found 
in the Christian names of all the Robinsons of the early emigrants 
to America, without a single exception. 

That the members of the Robinson Genealogical Society by 
a contribution to a general fund of no 'more than two dollars 
from each member could connect themselves with the English 
branches of Robinsons, carrying their lineage for at least seven 
hundred years, I have not a doubt. The honor that would accrue 
to this Society by the discovery of the family line of the Rev. 
John Robinson of Leyden would be world-renowned. 

In a recently published register of Nottingham Parish, Lon- 
don, the marriage of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden and 
Bridget White is brought to light. It occurred on the 15th of Feb- 
ruary, 1603. in Gresley, in the Wapentake of Broxtowe. This mar- 
riage is found in Vol. 8, page 99, among a long list of similar 
entries, but is distinguished from all the others by the prefixes 
"Mr." and "Mistress." thus reading, "Mr. John Robinson and 
Mistress Bridget White." This indicates that the parties were 
individuals of note. 

Gresley lies about thirty-five or forty miles south of the 
church at Scrooby. 

To this comimunication I attach a couple of letters received 
from Mr. George P. Tilton of the Towle Manufacturing Co., 
Newburyport, Mass., of which our worthy member, Lucien D. 
Cole, is the manager. 

As indicated in his first letter, Mr. Tilton was planning to 
go abroad for the summer and to visit all points associated with 
the Pilgrim Fathers, to gather information and obtain views for 


the illustration of a Historical Catalogue for the Towle Manu- 
facturing Co. On the 23rcl of June, 1 met the gentleman at the 
office of our venerable and highly respected member, Qiarles 
Larned, Esq., in Boston, and suggested to him places in England 
and Holland that he might visit and views that might be taken 
of interest, especially to the Robinson fraternity. On my return 
to New York, I furnished him an abridged statement of the dis- 
covery of the records regarding John Robinson of Donington, and 
the great desire of the Robinson Society to make connection with 
the English Robinson branches, and also to discover the parentage 
of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden. On the eve of his de- 
parture for Europe, he sent me the following letter: 


Newburyport, July i8. 1908. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson, 
150 Nassau Street, 
New York City. 
My Dear Mr. Robinson : 

I received your information concerning the Robinson family 
some days since and shall do my best to add to it. 
T thank you for your interest in my trip. 

Sincerely yours, 

G. P. TiLTOX. 

Per Lewis. 


Newburyport, ]\Iay 25. 1908. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson, 

150 Nassau Street, " • 

New York City. 
My Dear Sir : 

I have your very kind note in answer to my letter to Miss 
Adelaide Robinson, which it seems she transmitted to you. 

I am planning to go abroad this summer and one of the ob- 
jects of my trip is to visit all points associated with the Pilgrim 
Fathers and to gather all possible material bearing on their life 
in England and sojourn in Holland. Of course I hardly expect 
to add to the sum of existing knowledge on a topic that has been 
so thoroughly investigated as this, but I do hope to give a personal 
and direct attention to some of the |)oints of their experiences 
and to get original illustrations for such an article. 


This would be in the interest of the Towle ^Ifg- Company 
who, as you may possil^ly be aware, has speciahzed somewhat in 
historical backgrounds for their product. 

Mr. Cole is, of course, deeply interested in the Robinson 
family, and as the Rev. John Robinson was a leader in this move- 
ment it seemed quite possible that some hints which you could give 
me. derived from your investigations, would enable me to make 
the best use of my opportunities, also it may be that you would 
desire to have a copy or a photograph of some stone or inscrip- 
tion which I could procure for you on the spot. Therefore, I 
would like to see you before I sail, which I expect will be on the 
nth of July, and if I am in Xew York before the 8th of June, 
which I hardly think likely, I will certainly look you up. Otherwise 
I hope to arrange to see you when you are in Boston, as I can 
plan to come there at almost any time. 

Very sincerely yours. 

Geo. p. Tilton. 

Meetings of Committees 


At a meeting of the Foreign Research Committee held at 
ten o'clock, May 15, 1909, at the office of Mr. Charles Earned, 
loi Tremont Street, Boston, Mass., there were present Hon. 
David L Robinson, Roswell R. Robinson, Charles Earned, John 
E. Kimball, Charles E. Robinson, William Robinson and F. W. 

F. W. Robinson Avas chosen Secretary. 

Charles E. Robinson was appointed to represent the Com- 
mittee, in accordance with the wishes of the Society as expressed 
at their biennial gathering held at Niagara Falls, August 12, 1908, 
that he be sent to England to search the records in order to estab- 
lish, if possible, a common ancestor for the Robinson lines in 

Mr. Robinson stated that he would arrange to make the trip 
the last of next month ; also that he would make a special effort 
to discover the parentage of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden. 

R. R. Robinson, the Treasurer, stated that there was Five 
Hundred Dollars ($500.00) in the Treasury for that purpose. 

The Treasurer was authorized to furnish Mr. Robinson with 
funds as he might require it. 

The meeting adjourned at 12 M. 

F. W. Robinson, Secretary. 

November 20. 1909. 

A meeting of the Foreign Research Committee was held at 
ten o'clock this day in the office of Mr. Charles Earned, loi 
Tremont Street, Boston, Mass. There were present Hon. David 
I. Robinson, Charles E. Robinson, Charles Earned, Roswell R. 
Robinson, John E. Kimball, William Robinson and F. \\'. Rob- 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson gave a report of his trip to England 
and some of the results. He brought with him several mementoes 
of the trip and the Committee were well satisfied that his going 
over would prove to be very valuable to the Society. 

On motion of Mr. Kimball it was voted to instruct Charles 


E. Robinson to confer with the Secretary of the Society, and, if 
thought advisable, make provision for assistance for her in the 
detail work of her office, as it was felt that she was being called 
on to do more than should be expected of her. 

Unanimously carried. 

On the suggestion of Charles E. Robinson it was unani- 
mously decided to issue a circular to be sent to the Vicars of the 
English parishes in Lincolnshire, England, calling their attention 
to the research work of the Society, and offer a moderate sum as 
a prize or inducement for the one who would discover among 
the ancient records of their parish a record of the birth or 
parentage, or other important information, regarding the Rev. 
John Robinson. 

Mr. John E. Kimball was asked to prepare such a circular, 
with the privilege of asking the co-operation of others of. the 

The meeting adjourned at 12 M. 

F. W. Robinson, Secretary. 


A meeting of the Executive Committee was held at the office 
of Mr. Earned, loi Tremont Street, Boston, Mass., on May nth, 

Present : The Hon. David I. Robinson, Messrs. Charles E. 
Robinson, Kimball, Earned, Roswell R. Robinson, Bennett of 
Chelsea, Litchfield and F. W. Robinson. 

The Biennial Meeting in August was discussed and speakers 
considered. Mr. Charles E. Robinson volunteered to suggest 
names, and F. W. Robinson was instructed to write the persons 
asking them to prepare a paper or address the gathering. 

The President suggested that a meeting be held in New 
England every alternate year with the biennial meeting. 

Mr. Kimball suggested that later we might have three divis- 
ions or sections; one in the East, one in the Central States and 
one in the West. Also suggested that a memorial of Addie A. 
Robinson, in recognition of her services to the Society, be pre- 
pared. Mr. Charles E. Robinson and Mr. Kimball consented to 
prepare it. 

Adjourned to meet at call of the President. 

F. W. Robinson, Secretary. 

The Robinson Genealogical Society 

Sixth Biennial Reunion. 

Atlantic City, N. J., August i6. 1910. 

IN accordance with the vote passed at the fifth biennial meet- 
ing of the Robinson Genealogical Society, held at Niagara 
Falls, August 12. 1908. the members met at Atlantic City on 
the evening of Thursday, August 16, 1910, at Odd Fellows' Hall, 
in New York Avenue. 

The meeting was called to order by the President, Hon. 
David I. Robinson. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson gave an illustrated lecture of his 
trip to England for the Society, and the success met with in 
searching the records for a common ancestor for the Robinson 
lines in America. He left New York on the Wliite Star Line 
on Wednesday. June 30, 1909, returning on October 3rd follow- 
ing, after an absence of three months. His entire time was 
spent in researches in the Library of the British Museum among 
Robinson pedigrees : in the Department of Wills at the Somer- 
set House, and in the Public Record Office in Chancery Lane, 
in the Museum of which is a copy of the original Domesday 
Book, containing the records of all the land-holding inhabitants 
of England when William the Conqueror began his reign ; also 
in a trip through the County of Lincolnshire, visiting Boston, 
Lincoln, Ely (once known as the Isle of Ely), the original home 
of the Robinsons when, in the year 1205, Edward Robinson was 
given the Lordship of Donington. near Boston, by King John. 

Mr. Robinson succeeded in tracing the ancestry of the Rob- 
insons of Exeter, N. H., and that of William Robinson of Dor- 
chester, Mass. Mr. Robinson also made arrangements to have 
transmitted to him the result of further researches now being 
made by correspondence. 

The views presented were exceedingly interesting, including 
those shown by Rienzi Robinson, M. D.. illustrating his recent 
trip to Leyden, Holland, the home of the Rev. John Robinson, 
the pastor of the Pilgrims. At the close of the lecture a vote of 
thanks was extended to the doctor and Mr. Charles E. Robinson 
for their evening's entertainment. 

Wednesd.w, August 17TH. 
The meeting on Wednesday morning was called to order 
by Charles E. Robinson, who announced that our President and 


his son had been called home on account of serious ilhiess in 
the President's family. 

On motion, John E. Kimball was named as chairman of the 
meeting. After appropriate remarks he offered prayer. 

On motion, Mr. F. B. Robinson of Rochester, N. Y., was 
chosen Secretary pro tem. Charles E. Robinson was chosen reg- 
istering secretary. Some sixty-five members were present. 

The minutes of the last biennial meeting held at Niagara 
Falls was read and approved. 

The report and minutes of the Executive Committee was 
read and accepted. 

The Foreign Research Committee offered a circular letter 
which they had prepared to be sent to the clergy of Lincolnshire, 
Engand, offering a reward of five pounds for information relat- 
ing to the ancestry of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden. Sev- 
eral responses to the circular letter were read by Charles E. 
Robinson, which were accepted and ordered to be placed on file. 

The acting secretary. Charles E. Robinson, stated that at 
the request of the Executive Committee he had done the work 
of the office some four months previous to the death of the Sec- 
retary, Miss A. A. Robinson, who -died on the fourth day of 
February, 1910, and since her death. That during this time he 
had sent out nearly four thousand circulars, notices and letters 
to members and others in the interest of the Society, engaging 
a stenographer at an expense of one dollar per week. His report 
was accepted and ordered on file. 

The Treasurer's report was read by the acting secretary, 
and accepted. 

Motion was made that a committee be appointed to draw 
up resolutions in memory of the death of our esteemed Secre- 
tary, Miss Adelaide A. Robinson. Motion amended that this 
committee consist of three members, of which Mr. John E. 
Kimball shall be the chairman, and the other two to be appointed 
by him. Mr. Kimball named as his associates on this committee 
Charles E. Robinson and A. M. Robinson of Frankfort, Indiana. 

Motion made that a committee of three be appointed to 
nominate officers for the ensuing term of two years. Hon. Ira 
E. Robinson, Rienzi Robinson, M. D., and Charles E. Robinson 
were named as that committee. 

The chairman suggested a change in the by-laws constitut- 
ing another order of membership, to include those who were 
desirous of contributing to the permanent support of the Society. 


This provoked an interesting discussion partaken in by Hon. 
Ira E. Robinson, Rienzi Robinson, M. D., Mr. Charles E. Tain- 
tor, E. L. Robinson, Esq., of West Virginia, Hon. George W. 
Atkinson of Washington and others. It was finally decided to 
refer this subject to the Executive Committee to report at the 
next biennial meeting of the Society in 1912. 

Motion made and carried that Charles E. Robinson be reim- 
bursed from the treasury for money paid to his stenographer 
and for all other expenses incurred by him w^hile acting secretary 
of the Society. 

Mrs. George Kendall Webster of North Attleborough, 
Mass., and Professor William F. Nichols, Mount Herman, 
Mass., became life members of the Society. 

On motion, voted to adjourn until 3 o'clock this afternoon. 

Wednesday, August 17, 1910, 3 o'clock p. m. 

The meeting reconvened and listened to an interesting ad- 
dress by Rienzi Robinson, M. D., on his recent visit to Leyden. 
Holland, the resting place of the remains of the Rev. John Rob- 
inson of Leyden. 

The report of the Committee on Nomination of Officers for 
the ensuing term of two years was made and accepted, as follows : 

Hon. David I. Robinson. 

The entire present Board of Vice-Presidents and in addition 
the following: 

Rienzi Robinson, M.D., Danielson, Conn 

E. L. Robinson, Esq., New Martinsville. W. Va 

John E. Kimball. Oxford, Mass 

Charles C. Taintor, Elizabeth, N. J 

Charles Mulford Robinson, Rochester, N. Y 

Fred B. Robinson, Rochester, N. Y 

Frederick W. Robinson, Boston, Mass 

Doane Robinson, Aberdeen, South Dakota 

Miss Elvira W. Robinson, 800 Broad Street, Newark, N. J. 

Roswell R. Robinson, 84 Linden Avenue, Maiden, Mass. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau Street, New York, N. Y. 


Executive Committee. 
Hon. David I, Robinson, ex-ofificio, Gloucester, Mass. 

Frederick W. Robinson, 2 Ashburton Place, Boston, Mass. 
Hon. Ira E. Robinson, Charleston, W. Va. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau Street, New York, N. Y. 

Finance Committee. 

Hon. George Louis Richards, 84 Linden Avenue, Maiden, Mass. 
William R. Bennett, 803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

George R. Wright, Esq., y^ Coal Exchange, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 
Edward R. Barbour, 40 Neal Street, Portland, Me. 

George H. Robinson, Cor. 36th St. & Fifth Ave.. New York, N. Y 
Hon. George O. Robinson, L.L.D., Detroit, Mich. 

John H. Robinson, 55 Kilby Street, Boston, Mass. 

Benjamin F. Robinson, 84 Milford Avenue, Newark, N. J- 

Col. Charles L. F. Robinson, Newport, R, L 

C. Bonnycastle Robinson, Louisville, Ky. 

Committee on Foreign Research. 
Prof. John E. Kimball, Oxford, Mass, 

Charles Earned, Boston, Mass. 

William Robinson, 9 St. James Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

Charles E. Robinson, 150 Nassau Street, New York, N. Y. 

Rienzi Robinson, M.D., Danielson, Conn. 

The Committee on the Memorial Resolutions of our late Sec- 
retary, Miss Adelaide A. Robinson, composed of Charles E. Rob- 
inson, of New York City, and Andrew M. Robison, of Frankfort, 
Indiana, reported a suitable testimonial to her worth and charac- 
ter, which was adopted and engrossed, and a copy sent to her sur- 
viving family. 

The statement made that the late Secretary had inserted a 
clause in her will making this Society the residuary legatee was 
referred to the Executive Committee with power to act. 

On motion, the Secretary was instructed to ask for contribu- 
tions of one dollar each from every member to defray the expense 
of printing the reports of this and previous meetings. 

On motion, the meeting adjourned to meet in Boston at the 
call of the Executive Committee in the summer of 1912. 

F. B. Robinson, Secretary pro tern. 



RiExzi Robinson, M.D., 
Danielson, Conn. 

BEING in the direct line of descent from the Rev. John 
Robinson through his son, Isaac, the father of Peter, the 
first, he, the father of Peter the second, whose son, 
Abner first, was father of Abner second, my grandfather, it 
was but natural that in spending some months abroad I should 
feel an especial interest in visiting Holland, and particularly Ley- 
den and Amsterdam, where our progenitor and forbcc'r found a 
refuge from the tyranny of England with his little flock of devout 

Leyden certainl}- impresses the stranger as a quaint old town 
with its many canals formed from and fed by the old Rhine. 
These canals bring in produce from the country and carry out 
merchandise in all kinds of crafts, from small paddle to larger 
sail boats. The historic interest of Leyden is such that one might 
spend days in studying its past. The old Burg, as it is called, was 
known in history as far back as the tenth century, but its origin 
and early history go back into the shadowy past so far as to be 
beyond the ken of man. It is the highest point of ground in the 
town and from its wall on either side one can look down upon 
the city, which is built around it. and out into the country beyond. 
The wall surrounds an open space about two hundred feet in 
diameter, is about twenty feet in height, with walk around and 
occasional openings or outlooks. It must have been at some time 
built for defense against attack from without. 

But our interest in going to Leyden was to find the old St. 
Peter's Church, to walk the aisles where Robinson walked and 
meditated upon the rights of man, to stand in the pulpit where 
he poured forth his radical, puritanical doctrines to a devoted and 
equally radical congregation. We were fortunate in finding the 


sexton or caretaker a very intelligent man, speaking good Eng- 
lish, and more than willing to spend the time with us, going back 
over the history of the church and the many changes it had passed 
through since its cathedral days of Catholicism to the present. 
As a Catholic cathedral its interior was decorated with paintings 
which to the strict Puritan were sacrilegious. With iconoclastic 
fury these walls were painted or washed over with a ghastly 
white and remained so for nearly three centuries before they 
began to remove this paint and reveal the beautiful painting be- 

The old cathedral, built as so many were built in those early 
times upon a large pattern, was too immense in size to be wholly 
occupied or necessary for the small following of Robinson. Only 
a part of it was fitted up with pews, and the remainder, an empty 
space, was interesting from its being the burial place of so many 
eminent men, as shown by the marble and stone slabs marking 
the graves and bearing inscriptions of their many virtues. The 
celebrated physician, Boehave, found a final resting place here by 
the side of other Dutch savants, Dadonaeus, Spanheim, Meerman, 
etc. In the southeast corner of the church is the grave of John V 
Robinson and opposite his grave upon the wall outside of the 
church is the memorial tablet (which has been shown upon the 
screen) so placed that every passer-by may read who will. The 
pulpit, a very handsome piece of work, is reached by the winding 
stairs, and has the usual sounding canopy overhead that the 
preacher's voice might not be lost in the immense space of the 
church. We could not hear and judge of the fine tones of the 
organ which has been added since the day of Robinson. The 
church was built in 13 15 and was three hundred years old when 
the Puritans occupied it. This makes its present age about six 
hundred years. 

Across the street is the place where Robinson lived and died, 
but the present house is comparatively new, erected upon the 
foundations of the old one. It is a home for indigent women, 
and, in fact, Leyden is noted for its homes for the aged and 
needy. We visited one and found the arrangement most excellent 
for the comfort of the occupants. They seemed happy and con- 
tented. Each one has a room by herself, with a bed in the wall 
of the room, with the cleanest and whitest of linens. Each one 
also has her own plate, knife, fork, cup and saucer. 

We also visited the Universitv of Levden, at one time the 


center of learning in Holland, possibly in all Europe, noted for 
its array of brilliant teachers and students. It had its beginning 
after the long siege of 1574. William of Orange, as a reward 
for their gallantry in defending the city, offered to exempt the 
citizens from taxation or establish a university. They chose the 
latter, and its fame extended far and wide, drawing students from 
every part of Europe. It being vacation time we saw only empty 
rooms and corridors as we strolled through the dingy buildings, 
with here and there a caricature drawn upon the wall by some 
mirth-loving student. One in particular attracted our attention. 
It represented two students, one just before examination, and 
the same just after: the one with tousled hair and anxious face, 
the saine after successfully passing the exams., gleefully striding 
awa}^ with cane and stovepipe hat. The contrast was very amus- 
ing and clearly showed that human nature in Leyden was much 
the same as in our college boys in America. 

The University Library is one of the largest in Holland, con- 
taining several hundred thousand volumes. The most interesting 
room in the university was the Hall of Senatus, a very large 
room with high ceiling, and the walls hung with the portraits of 
the distinguished men who in the times gone by had been con- 
nected with the institutions as professors and scientific inves- 
tigators. The paintings were in the Dutch style of art, and were 
very striking, strong and characteristic. We could have spent 
hours, even days, in studying these faces and looking up their 
individual histories, but time would not permit, for we must take 
a stroll through the botanical gardens, where every plant that 
could be made to grow in Holland has a home and the best of 
care. It would be impossible to name the many strange and unfa- 
miliar ones pointed out to us by the attendants. Those that could 
not bear the damp and cold of Holland's northern clime were 
housed and protected in heated glass houses. 

Finally, a ride of an hour through the quaint streets along 
the sides of the busy canals brought us to the station and we were 
off for Amsterdam, the real business center of the Dutch people. 

As we registered at our hotel in Amsterdam we were asked 
by the clerk if we were there to attend the unveiling of the memo- 
rial tablet to be placed in the English Reformed Church on the 
morrow. We were more than interested in it. of course. When 
we came from the dining room, an hour after, the clerk handci 
us an envelope inclosing the following invitation : 


"1609 Scrooby Amsterdam Plymouth 1909 

Tercentenary of the Pilgrim Fathers' Refuge in 

In the English Reformed Church, Begynhof, Amster- 
dam, a bronze tablet, presented by the Chicago Congre- 
gational Club, Illinois, in commemoration of the arrival 
of the Pilgrim Fathers in Amsterdam in 1609, and in 
recognition of the hospitality of the City of Amsterdam, 
will be unveiled on Sunday, July nth, 1909. The serv- 
ices will commence at 10:30 o'clock. Addresses by Rev. 
\\'m. E. Barton. D.D., of Chicago, and Rev. Wm. Elliot 
Griffis, D.D.. L.M.D. 

Acceptance by Rev. Wm. Thompson, M.A.B.D., pastor 
of the congregation. 

The honor of your company is requested. 

Dr. Wyander Graff. 


This English Reformed Church, though near one of the bus- 
ie>t streets of Amsterdam, is not so easily found. It is a littleoff the 
main street and is reached by going through a gateway, which 
brings you into a small court. The church stands in a square and is 
surrounded by quaint Dutch houses. It was built in 1400 for a 
Catholic sisterhood founded by St. Begga, daughter of the Duke 
of Brabant. They were women of high class and banded them- 
selves together to care for the poor and sick. In some parts of 
Holland the order still flourishes, the largest one being at Ghent. 
Some years after Amsterdam embraced the Reformed religion 
this church was taken from the Catholic sisterhood and given to 
the English refugees. The sisterhood had, however, the right or 
privilege to be buried in the church, as had been their custom. 
The legend of one of them runs as follows : Shocked at the 
non-Catholic worship of the Puritans, she requested in her last 
illness that she be buried, not in the desecrated church, but under 
the. eaves outside, where the rain from the roof might water her 
grave. Her request was not heeded and she was buried in grave 
Xo. 26. Imagine the sexton's surprise on the following morning 
to find an open grave and the coffin standing by the side of it. 
He quietly returned the coffin to the grave, covered it up, but on 
the following morning the same condition confronted him. Again 
he replaced the body in the grave, kept his own counsel and waited 


for further developments. When on the third morning he found 
an open grave and the coffin beside it he consulted the church 
authorities, and the body was buried as requested under the 
dripping eaves, where it rested peacefully, as the story runs. 
Afterwards, however, when the church had to be enlarged to 
accommodate its growing congregation, the body of Sister Cor- 
nelia Arens was moved across the alley to the garden, where 
each year, on the 2nd of ^lay, the youngest nun lays a handful 
of sand and flowers upon her grave. 

The interior of the church somewhat resembles the early New 
England churches, with the high, straight-backed pews, with 
movable cushions. For those who could afford them were doors 
to the pews that could shut the owners in and the others out. 
Outside doors at each end of the church, body pews running 
lengthwise, with cross pews on either side of the pulpit, which 
was on one side of the church against the wall. The pulpit was 
hardly in keeping with the pCAVs, the elegant brass desk with lion 
and monogram, W. M. R. R., Anno 1689, and the lion's claw, 
together with two candlesticks, were presented by William of 
Orange and Mary, King and Queen of England. The brazen 
sconces were also given by the same personages. Among other 
gifts were a clock, an organ, inkstands and ivory seal. A new 
organ was installed in 1907 to commemorate the ter-centenary of 
the formation of the congregation. 

This church is the only one that remains of the several which 
were occupied by the Pilgrim Fathers. The one in which John 
Robinson is believed to have worshipped is now used as a tene- 
ment house in Brownists Alley. The interest or bond that connects 
Robinson with this church lies in the fact that when he moved to 
Leyden with a part of his congregation, the part left behind joined 
it, adding largely to its membership. A schism developed in the 
congregation of Robinson over the question of dress, Robinson 
insisting upon a reform style of dress as well as a reform religion. 
This was too much for the more fashionable of his followers and 
their refusal to comply with his radical views in the matter led to 
the breaking up of the church, a part going to Leyden with their 
leader, a part going into the English Reformed Church. 

On this ter-centenary Sunday the church was well filled, 
admission being by tickets of invitation. We were fortunate in 
being seated near by and opposite the beautiful memorial tablet, 
which was placed in the wall to the pulpit. The following is a 
copy of the inscription: 


"One in Christ." 

"1609. From Scrooby to Amsterdam 1909. 

Arrived, John Robinson, Brewster, Bradford. 
By joint consent they resolved to go into the low coun- 
tries. There they heard was freedom of religion for all 
men, and lived in Amsterdam. 

(Gov. Wm. Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation.) 
In grateful remembrance and in Christian brotherhood, 
the Chicago Congregational Club rear this memorial." 

A. D. 1909. 

The services were especially interesting. The chief address 
by Dr. Wm. E. Griffis, was a masterpiece of historical facts and 
their bearing upon the growth of Protestantism in Holland and 
the United States. I wish that some member of our society from 
Chicago would give us the origin and growth of that sentiment 
which led the Congregational Club of that city to present this 
memorial tablet. 

Whether the contemplated removal of John Robinson and his 
flock to America was due to the fear that the fashionable society 
of Leyden might distract and entice his followers away from the 
) true faith, history does not say. That he felt that America offered 
* more than Leyden for the free and unrestrained worship of God 
is evident, or he would not at his age have undertaken so great a 
task. Again was his congregation divided, a part coming to 
America and the remainder with himself expecting to follow later. 
As he died before being able to do this, we find that the only 
record we have is that his widow, Bridget, and son, Isaac, did 
come over, and that from this Isaac sprang a numerous progeny, 
so that we might almost say that the names Smith, Tones and 
Robinson form a triplet whose children's children populate New 
England and spread westward in increasing numbers to the shores 
of the Pacific. 

In closing this paper I would call your attention to some few- 
out of many things that our country owes to Holland. Our 
Declaration of Independence, is so like the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence of the Dutch Republic that one might be substituted 
for the other with no loss to either. We must also remember 
that the first free schools in our land were established at New 
Amsterdam or New York, based upon the plans that had been 
followed in the home country for years, and upon which the 


intelligence and liberty of the Dutch people rested. The Dutch 
colonies in New York and New Jersey, following in the footsteps 
of their fathers, did not persecute in the matter of religious be- 
liefs. The Puritan pilgrim coming to /Vmerica for religious free- 
dom could not wholly get away from the influences of early days, 
and, humanlike, became the persecutor instead of the persecuted. 
They banished Roger Williams in mid-winter from Salem because 
of his heretical doctrines. Compelled to seek shelter among the 
friendly Indians during the winter, we find him in the Spring 
founding a colony at Providence, with a few of his followers and 
establishing the first Baptist church, which still bears his name. 
My mother, being a descendant of Roger \\'illiams, I had occa- 
sion to look up the history of his banishment. After a time I 
find it recorded that the ban of banishment was removed and 
Williams could return to the Plymouth colony, but on the condi- 
tion that he abstain from preaching his peculiar religious views. 

Salem could condemn under law and hang her witches. Bos- 
ton could hang on Boston Common the mild mannered Quakeress, 
while William Penn, the Quaker, educated in Holland and filled 
with the spirit of Dutch toleration, was treating Indians as human 
beings and settling the great State of Pennsylvania. I might go 
on, did time permit, and enumerate many debts we owe to that bit 
of land ten to twenty feet below sea level, a land inhabited by men 
who could fight thirty years for liberty, and who had to wage 
and are still waging a longer war against that restless ocean con- 
stantly surging against her dykes, threatening her very existence. 


Danielson, Conn. 

August 17, 1910. 





Mrs. George W. (Almira Louise H'ornor) Atkinson, 

Washington, D. C. 

CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON of Cleasby, County of York- 
shire, England, being appointed by King Charles Second 
secretary to the Governor of Virginia about 1630, came to 
America with his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Christopher 
Potter of Cleasby, and several brothers, settling in New Charles 
Parish, County of York, Virginia, where he died, March ist, 1688. 
His wife died in the month of October, 1691. They left several 
children — John, William, Beverly, Elizabeth, Margaret, Moncure, 
Charles, Sarah, Thomas, Malvina, Frances, George, Samuel, 
James, Anthony and Anna. 

Moncure Robinson (son of Christopher and Elizabeth) was 
born Alay ist, 1662, in New Charles Parish, and died November 
II, 1727. He left several children — Moncure, James, Peter, Sam- 
uel, Anthony, John, William, Margaret, Anna, Beverly, Mary and 

William Robinson (son of Moncure, who was born on the 
1st of May, 1662), married, first, Mary Margaret Webb, and had 
seven children, one of whom was Benjamin, my great-grand- 
father, who married Margaret Mary Asson, the widow of J. Wil- 
kinson, and had children — Elizabeth, Felix, David, Margaret, 
Mary, Alagdalene, Benjamin, John, Susan, Malinda and William 
Marshall. David Robinson (son of Benjamin and Margaret Mar_\ 
Asson), my grandfather, married March 16, 1809, Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Capt. David Wamsley, who lived in Shinston, on the farm 
made famous in literature by the "old elm tree," and now called 
the "Elm Farm," which was sold to the Everson family in 1840. 
David and Sarah Wamsley Robinson had eight children : — 
1st, Malvina F. Robinson, who married Dudley E. Rogers 

of Lumberport, W. Va. Six children. 
2d, Mary Asson Robinson (my mother), who married as 
his second wife Capt. James Yard Hornor, a 
farmer of prominence, merchant and Postmaster. 
He was the owner of many hundreds of acres of 
land and slaves. He purchased for his home place 


the Robinson farm, on Elk Creek, near its outlet 
into the West Fork of the Alonongahela river. This 
was the farm of my grandfathers, William, Ben- 
jamin and David Robinson. It was famous in the 
time of the Indians (1770) as "Nutter's Fort," and 
later as "Robinson's Fort." In 1830 my father pur- 
chased the farm with the saw and grain mill. The 
town is now Lumberport, West Virginia. The chil- 
dren of James Yard Hornor and Mary Asson Rob- 
inson were : — 

ist, Mary ^lalvina Richards Hornor. 
2d, Amelia Sarah " 

3d, Frederick Mortimer " 

4th, Susan Margaret " 

5th, Almira Louise " who married, first, 

Dr. Edward R. Davis, and had two sons, Edward 
R., born Feb. 11, 1869, who died March 17th, 
1872, and James Hornor, born Nov. 13. 1871. 
The father died March 17, 1872. On the 3d of 
October, 1883, the mother married for her second 
husband Hon. Gideon D. Camden of Clarksburg, 
W. \'a.. who died at Hot Springs, Arkansas. 
April 2ist, 1901. On the 24th of June. 1907, 
Almira Louise (Hornor-Davis) Camden married 
for her third husband Hon. George W. Atkinson, 
Governor of \\'est Virginia, June 24, 1897. Later 
Governor Atkinson was the United States Dis- 
trict Attorney (1901-2-3) until appointed by 
President Roosevelt Judge in the Court of Claims 
at Washington, D. C, which is now their home. 
The Robinsons are of English descent, emigrating to Scot- 
land and Ireland : of noble birth. In \'irginia they ranked with 
the aristocracy, having much to do with the early settling and 
governing of the colony. They were wealthy, owning land and 
slaves ; fought in the Indian wars and the Revolution. Much of 
interest respecting them may be found in the histories of North- 
western \'irginia, now \\^est \"irginia. See Lewis' History of 
West Virginia: J. Lewis Peyton's History of Augusta County, 
Virginia; Wills DeHass' History of the Early Settlement of West 
Virginia ; Life of George Washington ; History of Harrison 
County, West Virginia, by Henry Haymond. 




rx^xi'i^j Fred Bowpn Robinson. i  v 

WITH only the suiT/by da^ and thje'sfars'by'nigKt' as' guides, 
unprotected from possible attacks by wild beasts or 
Indians, Elihu Robinson- literally made his way from 
Scipio, Cayuga County, New York, through the unbroken forest 
to the Genesee country, the first of the Robinson family to visit 
"the Eden of the State." This was long before the shriek of the 
locomotive whistle was heard in the land and even before the 
packet boat plied on the Erie Canal. The entire distance was 
traversed on foot, the pilgrim's earthly possessions tied in a red 
bandana kerchief and his axe over his shoulder. 

Slowly but surely did young Elihu^, now only twenty-six 
years of age, forge ahead, crossing the Genesee River near the 
village of Moscow, following the trail across the fertile flats along 
the river's bank and into the peaceful hills that bend their gentle 
slopes to the water's edge. The country round about was covered 
with the virgin forest, dense in its growth, with here and there, 
wide apart, small clearings that denoted the coming of some 
sturdy pioneer. 

The venturesome young traveler knew nothing of the region 
nor of the conditions with which he might have to contend; but 
he was stout of heart, hardy and active, strong in the spirit that 
overcomes all obstacles. Upon arriving at the brow of a high 
hill and after a brief rest, he climbed to the top of a tall tree, the 
better to view the surroundings. 

In a general way, Elihu* soon learned to his satisfaction the 
contour of the ground, and after careful inspection of various 
sites that might be favorable to all demands of the future he 
selected one that seemed to be most desirable and there deter- 
mined to lay the foundations of the home that gave him shelter 
for over sixty-eight years. There for over seventy-five years 


the only surviving member of the family, his only child — Mrs. 
Harriet Ann Robinson Taber'' — lived. 

It is an ideal spot, the land either way being slightly rolling, 
while the outlook to the east is on scenery that has defied the 
artist's brush or the poet's pen. To the south and to the north, 
up and down the valley, and to the east "over the river" is the 
long line of the horizon, thirty to sixty miles away, one sweep of 
the eye covering nearly one hundred miles. 

It was the spring of 1825 when Elihu* bade adieu for a time 
to the loved ones at home and turned his face westward to seek 
his fortune in the untamed wilderness. For miles he followed 
the beaten trail, but after awhile abandoned it and struck into 
the forest, blazing the trees as he went, that he might find his way 
when he should return. 

Having selected his location and secured his title, Elihu^ 
began his preparations for the future. He first constructed a 
temporary but substantial shanty, felling the trees and hewing 
the logs with his own hands. Later, he built another cabin, larger 
and more substantial, for the shelter and protection of those who 
might join him in the years to come. While this work was in 
progress the solitary laborer procured what supplies he needed 
from the nearest settlement at Perry, three miles away. 

Elihu- bought 80 acres of land, probably under land contract, 
at $7.50 an acre, but the deed was not recorded until several years 
later. His second cabin he built near the west line of his purchase, 
of proportions unusually large. On the ground floor were the 
living room and two bedrooms, in the loft were two bedrooms. 
There were no mills for the manufacture of lumber, the cabin, 
therefore, being built of logs, which were fastened by notching 
at the corners. 

In the north end of the cabin was a fireplace with a brick 
oven, the oven afterwards being moved into a lean-to on the 
south side of the cabin. The fireplace was prepared by making 
a back of stones laid in mud instead of mortar, and a hole was 
left in the bark or slab roof for the smoke to escape. A chimney of 
sticks plastered with mud was later erected through the aperture. 

A space cut in one side of the cabin was closed by a door 
made of split plank and hung on wooden hinges. This door was 
fastened by a wooden latch, which could be raised from the out- 
side by pulling on a string or leather thong that passed through a 
hole above it. When the latch-string was pulled inside the door 

Pioneer in the Genesee Country 


was effectually fastened, but when hanging outside was a sign 
of welcome to all travelers. This primitive method gave use to 
the expression, "His latch-string is always out," as applied to a 
hospitable man. 

In each of the other sides of the cabin a hole was cut for a 
window, and when glass could not be had, greased paper was 
used to keep out the storm and the cold. The "Genesee bed- 
steads," as they were called, were constructed by boring holes in 
the logs in one corner of the cabin rooms, and into them ends of 
poles were fitted. The other ends of the poles, where they crossed, 
were supported by a crotch or block- Across these poles others 
were laid, the whole being covered with a thick layer of hemlock 
boughs, over which blankets were spread. Seats and tables were 
made by boring holes and inserting legs in "puncheons," or planks 
split from logs, and hewed smooth on one side. 

In the little clearing he liad made Elihu" laid out a small 
garden, where he raised corn and vegetables sufficient for his 
needs. By autumn he had cleared a larger area and sowed grain 
for the crop the following year. Late in the fall he returned to 
Cayuga County, but the next spring he came back to his cabin, 
making the journey on foot, accompanied by his brother, Pardon 
A.- The spring and summer of 1826 they devoted mainly to 
enlarging the clearing. 

The timber was first girdled, so that when felled in what 
were termed "wind rows," much of it would burn as it lay. After 
the first burning, the larger pieces were "niggered" into smaller 
chunks that could be easily moved, and all were hauled by oxen 
to the final burning. To "nigger" a log branches were laid across 
the log at a given point and burned, the fire being replenished 
until the log was burned through. 

The ground was tilled as well as could be done with the 
crude instruments at hand. After the seed was sown it was 
"brushed in," branches of trees being dragged over the ground 
and the dirt thus brushed over the seed. The returns in the 
harvest were generally much better than to-day. Just north of 
the clearing was a "deer lick," over which many deer were seen 
to pass every day on their way to the Genesee River. 

In the autumn of 1826 Elihu^ again went to Scipio. In due 
time he arrived at the old home, where he was welcomed by 
parents, brothers, sisters and friends. With the last was one who 
gave him a warmer welcome and who listened to a recital of his 


experiences with a deeper interest. A wedding soon took place, 
and not long afterwards young Elihu'^ and his bride started with 
their yoke of oxen and their household goods for the new home 
in the "far West." On the trip they were accompanied by Elihu's 
youngest brother, John, Jr.,^ then sixteen years of age, who after 
a few weeks returned home alone, finding his way by the blazed 
trail his brother Elihu had made on his exploring trip. 

When the party arrived in sight of the cabin they were filled 
with consternation, for smoke issued from the chimney and the 
rays from burning candles shone through the papered windows. 
Apparently, the cabin was occupied ; but when they had reached 
the door the young people were greatly relieved to find that Mr. 
and Mrs. ]\Iiner, the oldest settlers in the neighborhood, had been 
living in the cabin during the winter, having availed themselves 
of the latch-string custom. 

Soon after his arrival Pardon A.^ built a log cabin aboiit 
twenty rods north of Elihu's. Five years later he also brought 
his bride. Elihu^ and Pardon A.** together paid S6oo for the 
eighty acres of land. The original deed is dated January 15, 

1832, but for some reason was not recorded until February 2, 

1833. It was given by }klicah Brooks, of Bloomfield, Ontario 
County, X. Y., conveying the land taken from the west end of 
lot Xo. 6 of the Cottinger tract. The deed was "signed, sealed 
and delivered in the presence of Isaac Miner." 

I. Elihu^, oldest child of John' and Hope fAlmy) Robinson, 
was born at Easton. X. Y., May 19, 1798, and in 181 1. with liis 
parents, went to Scipio. X'. Y. He married Ann Beardsley, 
daughter of Jared and Betsey (Bennett) Beardsley. March 15, 
1827. .She was born August 31, 1801, and died August 31. 1855. 
To tliem one daughter was born. 

Harriet Ann'', born February 29, 1832, who lived on the 
homestead, where she spent her life that covered over three- 
quarters of a century. She was married to Augustus !M. Taber, 
February 28. 1856. He died August 28, 1904, aged jy years. She 
died in Rochester, X. Y., June 2/, 1912, and was laid to rest in 
the family plot at Perry, X. Y. 

"Uncle Elihu," as he was called by young and old the country 
'round, had an exceptionally robust constitution. In his ninety- 
first year he fell and fractured his right hip. but so far recovered 
as to walk about with a crutch. He died March 17. 1892, pos- 
sessed of all his faculties and active as many younger men. 


2. Pardon A., second child of John" and Hope (Almy) Rob- 
inson, was born at Easton, X. Y., May 2^, 1800, and in 181 1 
moved with his parents to Scipio, X. Y. Soon after moving to 
Castile, N. Y., in 1827, he bought sixty-five acres of land adjoin- 
ing the original purchase. He died May 7, 1837, in his cabin 
home. He married Harriet H. Clark, December 15, 1831, and to 
them three children were born, viz : 

1. Zebulon C." 

2. John P.'* 

3. Mercy Melvina''. 

1. Zebulon C.° was born in Castile. X. Y., October 26. 1832; 
married Frank Scoville October 26. 1870; died at Perrv N. Y.. 
October 22, 1872. He enlisted in the Union army at Rochester, 
N. Y., June 13, 1861, and for three years served his country faith- 
fully as a member of Company A, Third Xew York Cavalry. 

2. John P.'-* was born in Castile, N. Y., ]\Iay 5, 1834; married 
Laura L. Bristol July 7, 1869, who lives in Warsaw, N. Y. ; died 
at Warsaw, X. Y., July 13, 1873. I" J^b'. 1862, a call was issued 
for volunteers to recruit the depleted ranks of the Union army. 
The 130th Xew York Volunteers was organized and Alfred Gibbs 
was appointed Colonel, x^mong the first to enlist was John P. 
Robinson**, August 7, 1862. He was immediately tendered the 
office of Captain, but refused it and was at once made First Lieu- 
tenant. He was promoted Captain October i, 1862, and when 
honorably discharged at the close of the war held the rank of 
Major. In July, 1863, the regiment was changed to cavalry, under 
the title of First Xew York Dragoons. 

3. Mercy Melvina" was born in Castile, X. Y., August 8, 
1835. She was married to De Roy Millard, July 3, i860, and they 
live in Rochester, X. Y. To them were born three children, viz. : 

a. Caroline Bassett Millard^", born in Trov, N. Y., May 17, 

b. Harriet Robinson Millard^", born in Troy, X. Y., Xovem- 
ber 22, 1863. 

c. Charles DeRoy Millard^", born August 19, 1871 ; died 
January 6, 1873. 

DeRoy Millard was born X^ovember 6, 1830. at Rushville, 
Yates County, X. Y. In 1881 he was elected Recorder of Occi- 
dent Lodge, Xo. 263, Ancient Order United Workmen, Rochester, 
N. Y., and held the office continuously twenty-seven years. 

5. Jane A.^ the fifth child of John" and Hope (Almy) Robin- 


son, was born February 22, 1806, and died at Scipio, N. Y., Octo- 
ber 22, 1841. She was married February 7, 1828, to Ira Akin, who 
died at Scipio in 1838, aged 37 years, and to them were born four 
children, viz. : 

1. Clementine"'. 

2. Alphonsine''. 

3. Levanjah J.* 

4. Levanjah". 

1. Clementine'^ was born August 20, 1830; married Frederick 
G. Yale, of Brooklyn, December 13, 1852; died January 27, 1890. 
Frederick G. Yale was born March 8, 1829. To them three chil- 
dren were born : 

a. Frederick Eugene^". 

b. Carrie". 

c. Ella Clementine". 

a. Frederick Eugene Yale was born October 5, 1855. He 
married Amanda Crawford February 20, 1880, and to them two 
children were born, viz. : Clementine Eugenia", born September 
21, 1880; and Beatrice Amanda", born ]\Iay 5, 1883. 

b. Carrie" was born IMarch 5, 1858, and was married to 
Thomas B. Toy, of Philadelphia, Pa., August 21, 1889. To them 
one son, Frederick Yale Toy", was born, April 28, 1894. Thomas 
B. Toy was born February 25, 1865. 

c. Ella Clementine" was born on December 13, 1859, and 
died March 4, 1862. 

2. Alphonsine'', the youngest child of Jane A.^ (Robinson) 
and Ira Akin, w^as born at Scipio, N. Y., June 2t„ 1832. She was 
married June 20, 1849, to Hiram K. Whelpley, who was born 
September 15, 1826, and died May 9, 1866. She was married 
again on January 29, 1884, to Augustus Beardsley, who was born 
May 14. 1832, and who died at Portageville, Wyoming County, 
N. Y., January 26, 1902. She died January 28, 191 1, in Perry. 
N. Y. Of the first union there were two children — viz. : 

a. Ella", born April 30. 1851 ; died April 29, 1866. 

b. Charles F.", born February 15, 1859, and died May 2. 
1896. He married Ellen Amelia Bassett, June 22, 1882. 

3. Levanjah J.", born 1834, and lived about one year. 

4. Levanjah", born 1837. and lived about three months. 

7. John, Jr.^, the youngest child of John " and Hope (Almy) 
Robinson, was born at Cambridge, N. Y., March 13, 181 1, and 



died at Castile, N. Y., January 11, 1890. He was found dead in 
bed by his daughter Frances. He married Mary Ann Beardsley, 
sister of his brother EHhu's* wife, March 7, 1836, at Scipio, N. Y. 
They moved to Castile in 1850 and bought his brother Pardon 
A.'s 65-acre farm, where he lived over forty years. His wife was 
born April 3, 1812, and died June 11, 1889. To them four children 
were born, viz. : 

1. Antoinette". 

2. Susan D.® 

3. John Elihu^. 

4. Frances C.^ 

1. Antoinette" was born May 13, 1837, and died Mav 20, 


2. Susan D.^ was born at Scipio, N. Y., December 22, 1840, 
and died at Castile, N. Y., April 13, 1894. She was married Feb- 
ruary 18, 1863, to Frank M. Taber, who died September 18, 1890, 
aged 51 years. To them were born two children, viz.: 

a. Harriet B.^" 

b. Luella M.^" 

a. Harriet B.^^ was born March 2^, 1869. She was married 
February 17, 1898, to Alexander M. Armour, and they have one 
son, Frank Taber Armour", born at Castile, N. Y., November 
13, 1900. 

b. Luella May^" was born at Castile, N. Y., May 6, 1873. 

3. John Elihu" was born at Scipio, N. Y., December 9, 1842. 
He married Almira Williams Bowen, daughter of Daniel V. and 
Caroline (Carver) Bowen, February 18, 1869. She was born at 
Perry, N. Y., June 10, 1844, and died at LeRoy, N. Y., May 26, 
1892. To them were born two children, viz. : 

a. Fred Bowen^^. 

b. Carrie^". 

a. Fred B., the writer of this sketch, was born at Bay City, 
Mich., July 13, 1871, and lives at Rochester, N. Y. 

b. Carrie was born at LeRoy, N. Y., September 26, 1876, and 
died there November 18, 1879. 

John E." married Martha J. Keeney, of LeRoy, N. Y., Octo- 
ber 5, 1894. She was born at LeRoy, N. Y., August 14, 1847, the 
only daughter of Nicholas B. and Mary M. (Ely) Keeney. 

The death of John E." was due to injuries received in an acci- 


dent at 5:20 o'clock Friday afternoon, March i, 1907. He was 
standing near his team when the horses became frightened and 
ran away. He ran after them and in reaching over the whiffle- 
trees to grasp the reins was struck in the head with force suffi- 
cient to crush the skull and lacerate the brain tissues. He never 
recovered consciousness and died at 1 1 130 o'clock Saturday morn- 
ing, March 2, 1907. His grandfather, John", dropped dead while 
they were walking together on the farm in Scipio, X. Y., October 

7> 1845. 

4. Frances C", youngest child of John, Jr.-, and Mary Ann 
Robinson, was born at Scipio, X. Y., September 26, 1844. Her 
home is at Castile, N. Y. 

The children of John" and Hope (Almy) Robinson were as 

1. Elihu**. 

2. Pardon A.** 

3. Sarah-, 

4. Susan D.® 

5. Jane /\.** 

6. Mercy M.^ 

7. John, Jr.^ 

3. Sarah^ was born April 11, 1802, and died January 14, 

4. Susan D.^ was born April 24, 1804. and died February 17, 

6. Mercv M.* was born April 10, 1808, and died October 29, 


Of the family of Hope Almy, wife of John", little is known. 

The following memorandum was copied from the original that 

is yellowed with age : 

"There daughter X^ancy was born the 2d day of June, 1751 ; 
first day morning. 

"There daughter Ruth was born the 17th day of March, 
1753, Saturday afternoon. 

"There son Anthony was born the 30th day of ]March, 1755. 
firsday evening. 

"There daughter ]\Iarcy was born the 6th day of March, on 
Sunday night, 1758. 

"There daughter Eunice was born the 29th day of October, 
between daylight and dark, the 7th day, 1763. 


"There daughter Abigail was born the 29th day of July, 

"One son, who departed this life without a name, was born 
ye twentieth day of January, 1768. 

"There daughter Hope was born December 14, in the eve- 
ning, about candlelight, 1768. 

"Pardon Almy was born July the 25th, 1771. 

"Rebekah Almy was born July i6th, 1773." 

The line of this branch of the Robinson family can be traced 
back through John' and Hope (Almy), Elihu"' and Sarah (San- 
ford), Peter^ and Martha (Green), Isaac* and Hannah (Harper), 
John^ and Elizabeth (Weeks), Isaac- and Margaret (Hanford) 
to Rev. John^ of Leyden. 

Rev. John Robinson^ was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 
1575- On J"'y 21, 1620, he witnessed the departure from Delft 
Haven of a part of his congregation, with Brewster and Carver, 
for Southampton, where the Mayflower waited to carry them to 
America. He remained with the remnant of his church, who were 
unable to bear the expense of the voyage. After an illness of only 
eight days he died, March i, 1625, and was buried in St. Peter's 
Church, March 4, 1625. 

Before leaving England Rev. John^ married Bridget White, 
probably in 1604. A census of Leyden, October 15, 1622, records 
John^ and Bridget Robinson with their six children, viz. : John^, 
Bridget^, Isaac-, Mercy-, Fear-, Jacob-. 

Isaac- "came to Plymouth in 1630 or 1631 and was made "a 
freeman" in 1636. He married Margaret Hanford June 2y, 1636. 
They removed to Barnstable in 1639. 

The children of Isaac- and Margaret (Hanford) were Su- 
sannah^, Johif', Isaac-'. Fear^ Mercy', Israel\ Jacob^, Peter^, 

John'' was baptized April 5, 1640. He married Elizabeth 
Weeks May i, 1667, and they removed from Falmouth. Mass., to 
Connecticut in 1714. Their children were John^. Isaac*, Timo- 
thy*, Abigail*, Joseph*, Mary* and two infant sons unnamed. 

Isaac* was born in 1669. He married Hannah Harper in 
1690 and Alice Dexter September 9, 1741. The children of Isaac* 
and Hannah (Harper) were Sarah^ Elizabeth^ Abigail\ Experi- 
ence^ John"'', Peter'^, Mary^ Prudence •\ Hannah"', Isaac, Jr.'' 

Peter^ was born December 15, 1701. He married Martha 


Green July i8, 1724. Their children were Jabez", Hannah", Jere- 
miah^, Susannah", Fear®, EUhu^, Martha®. 

Elihu" was born August 15, 1741. He married Sarah San- 
ford at Chilmark, Mass., November 22, 1762, and died at Easton, 
N. Y., October 2, 1800. Elihu® moved to Washington County 
about 1782, as Benjamin" was said to be two years old at the time. 
The children of Elihu*^ and Sarah (San ford) were Ruth^ Phear", 
John', Peter^, Peleg', Sanford^, Elizabeth^, Giles', Benja- 

John' was born at Dartmouth, Mass., September 3, 1767, and 
died at Scipio, N. Y., October 7, 1845. ^^ married Hope Almy 
at Easton, N. Y. Their children were Elihu^, Pardon A.®, Sarah^, 
Susan D.^, Jane A.**, Mercy M.^ and John, Jr.^ The history of 
these children and their descendants has already been given in 
this sketch. 

The following extract has been taken from old records in 
the State Library at Albany, N. Y. : 

"Nicholas Robinson, born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, 
in 1480. First mayor appointed, 1545, by Henry VHI, King of 

"Nicholas Robinson, son of above, born 1530. 

"Rev. John Robinson, son of above, born 1575 ; died in Ley- 
den, Holland, March i, 1625; graduated in Cambridge 1599." 

Further information as to the parentage of Rev. John Robin- 
son will be found elsewhere in this book. 



Charles Edson Robinson, 
New York City. 

IT is with extreme pleasure that I am able to state that the gen- 
ealogical researches in England instituted in 1909 by the 
Robinson Genealogical Society, of which I hold the honored 
office of historiographer, have been crowned with success in the 
discovery of the parentage of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden, 
through the services of the Rev. Walter H. Burgess, B.A., 
Plymouth, England, in the employ of the society. 

The society now has in its possession certified copies of four 
wills procured from the "District Probate Registry at York at- 
tached to His Majesty's High Court of Justice" (County of York, 
England), that prove beyond a shadow of doubt the parentage of 
the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden, and that of his first wife, 
Bridget White. 

First in order is the Will of John Robinson, Yeoman of Stur- 
ton, now known as Sturton-le-Steeple — "In the Name of God 
amen the fourteenth daye of March in the yeare of or Lorde God 
one thousand sixe hundred and thirteen I John Robinson of 
Sturton in the Countie of Notte Yeoman beinge weeke of bodie 
but of good and perfect memorie praise bee given to God therefore 
doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner 
and forme followinge That is to say First I bequeathe my soule 
to Almightie God my Creator and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer 
by whose precious blood sheading I have an assured hope of salva- 
tion and my body to the earth from whence it came Itm I give to 
the poore of Sturton and Fenton sixe pounde thirteen shillinge 
four pence to be payed with in one yeare after my decease Itm I 
give and bequeathe unto John Robinson my eldest sonne five 
marks and his wife xxs and to John theire sonne fourtie shilling 
and to everie of theire other children xxs apiece Itm I give and 
bequeath unto William Robinson my Younger Sonne one hundred 
and five pounds and to the wife of the said William xxs to everie 
of their said children xxs Itm I give to my sonne in lawe Roger 
Lauson xxli w the he owed me upon condicon that he performe a 
will and a guifte wch he made to William Pearle Itm I give and 
bequeath to Richard Barke and his wife xs Itm I give and be- 
queth to John Wytton my servant tenne shillinge and to Joane 


Greene ijs vjd Itm I give to my Cosen William Fenton xs and to 
his Daughter my god daughter ijs vdj Itm I ordaine and make 
my lovinge Wyfe Anne Robinson my whole and sole Exeuctrix of 
this my last Will and Testament to whome I doe give and be- 
queath all the residue of my Goods and Cattells not before by me 
given and bequeathed she to see my debts and legacies satisfied 
and my funeral expenses discharged And lastly I desyre my 
lovinge Cozen William Fenton my lovinge sonne William Pearl 
to be overseers of this my last Will and Testament in Witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand the daye and yeare above 
written. Red signed and acknowledged in the p'nce of William 
Fenton Robert Bishopp 

On the 19th day of August 1614 the Will of John Robinson 
late of Sturton in the County of Nottingham Yeoman deceased 
was proved by the oath of anne Robinson Widow the Relict and 
sole Executrix" 

Following the full text of the Will of John Robinson, given 
above, is this abstract from the Will of Ann Robinson, his widow, 
"beinge aged and weake in body but whole and sound in mind and 

of good and p'fect remembrance" under date of the i6th of 

October, 1616, and proved on the i6th of January, 1616 
(O. S.) : — "Item I give and bequeathe to the poore people of 
Sturton and Fenton Fortye Shillings of lawful money of England 

" "Itm I give unto my sonne John my sonne 

and heir apparent the some of fortye shillings of like lawful money 
of England Itm I give and bequeath unto Bridgett Robinson W' ife 
of my sonne John one paire of lynninge sheets and one silver 
spoon Itm I give and bequeath to John Robinson sonne of 
my said sonne John the sume of forty shillinge and to every 
one of my said John his children the sume of xxs Itm I 
give and bequeath unto Ellen my sonne William his Wife 
one pair of lynninge sheets and a silver spoon and to everye 
one of his children Twentie shillings Itm I give unto four 
of the children of my sonnne in lawe William Pearle that 
is to say to William Thomas Griginall and John Pearle every 
one of them the some of Twentie Shillings Itm I give and be- 
queath unto Mr. Charles Wliite of Sturton ten shillings And T 
appoint and make him as I trust he will be to be Supervr and 

Overseer of this my said last Will and Testament" 

"Itm I give and bequeathe unto my said sonne William Robinson 
my debts legacies and funerall expenses p'd and discharged all 


and singular the mctye and halfe pte of all goods cattells and chat- 
tells quicke and dead movable and immovable of what kynde 

quantitye or qualitie soevr they be and unbequeathed" 

Abstract from the Will of Alexander White, the father of 
Bridget White wife of the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden, and 
father of Charles White supervisor and overseer of Ann Robin- 
son's Will ; also the father of Roger White who wrote to Governor 
Bradford of Massachusetts from Leyden, April 28, 1625, of the 
death of his "dear and reverend brother Mr. John Robinson." 
Alexander White was a resident of Sturton. His Will is dated 
March 15, 1594, and proved on the 6th day of May, 1596. He 
gives to the poor of Sturton xx shillings. To his "brothers John 
White and William White foure pounds yearely of the comoditie 
of my lease at Wragby equally to be divided amongst them 
dureinge the continuance of the said lease" "Item I give unto my 
sonn Charles White all my feelinge stuffe timber stone throughes 
grass pale and Rale about my house Item I give to every one of 
my Daughters Katherin Bridget Jane Frances one hundred marks 
of lawful English money to be paid them when they shall accom- 
plish the age of xxltee years I give to 

every one of my yongr Sonnes Thomas Roger and Edward White 
Two yeares profitt of my lease at Musktron and Carleton " 

The "residue" of his property in "Sturton and Littlebrough 
and also of all my Goods and cattells moveable and unmovable I 
give and bequeath unto Ellenor my lovinge Wife whom I make 
sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament " 

Abstract from the Will of John White of Newton, county of 

Nottingham, who may have been the brother of Alexander White. 

Will dated March 16, 1595 and proved January 17, 1605: — 

"Item I give to my daughter Agnes one ewe and a lambe Item I 

give to my necee Bridget White one ewe and a lambe" 

Referring to the above mentioned Wills that of John Robinson 
of Sturton commands attention. Why did he cut off his eldest 
son John with the paltry sum of five marks, giving to the younger 
son William one hundred and five pounds ? May we not reason- 
ably suppose that John had received a portion of his patrimony in 
defraying the expenses of a collegiate education at Cambridge and 
in the migration of himself and family to Holland? We do know 
that the Rev. John Robinson of Leyden had a son John from a 
census of the inhabitants of Leyden in 1622, where is recorded 


himself, his wife Bridget, son John, Isaac, Jacob, daughters 
Bridget, Mercy and Favor. 

The marriage of the Rev. John and Bridget White was con- 
summated at Greasley in the County of Nottingham, on the i6th 
of February, 1603-4, in the Church of St. Mary, and the only ones 
in a long list of marriages designated as Mr. and Mistress. The 
church is a fine structure close by the Manor House, later known 
as Greasley Castle, which, by special license of King Edward III, 
was fortified by Nicholas de Cantelupe. Charles White, Bridget's 
brother, at one time was connected in a business way with the 
church and resided in Greasley. 

Roger White, Bridget's brother, went as a religious refugee 
to Holland and was a prosperous grocer in Leyden. Jane White, 
Bridget's sister, married Randall Thickens, a looking-glass maker 
of London, in the month of April, 161 1. It was he who joined 
his brother-in-law, Rev. John, in the purchase of the house in 
which they resided in Leyden. Catherine White, the sister of 
Bridget, married for her first husband George Legatt. After his 
death she became the wife of John Carver, the first governor of 
Plymouth Colony. 

Unfortunately, the parish registers of baptisms, burials and 
weddings at Sturton do not commence until 1638. The earlier 
books, if any, are missing. Further research is necessary to dis- 
close the place of the Rev. John's birth. 

In all publications relating to this eminent man he is regarded 
as a native of Lincolnshire County, England. Sturton (Sturton- 
le-Steeple) is only a short distance from the border of Lincoln- 
shire County, where young Robinson may have attended school 
of a higher grade than any in his home town. This may explain 
the record of his entry as a student in Corpus Christi College as 
from Lincolnshire. 

The Society sadly regrets the lack of funds to push forward 
the researches in England. We learn from the father's and 
mother's wills that the Rev. John had a brother William, who 
had a wife, Ellen, and children. It is supposed that he removed 
from Sturton, as we find no record of him there. It is not an 
unreasonable conjecture that some of his family may have come 
to America and are the "missing links" we are searching for. 

It is with the hope expressed by the worthy president of our 
Society, in his circular letter of June nth, 1910, that we "may 
reach some member with a big heart and as big a pocketbook. who 
will give us the amount" to furtlier our work. 

Meetings of Executive Committee 

April 30, 19 1 2. 

Meeting of the Executive Committee was held this day at 
room 58, 55 Kilby street, Boston, Mass. 

Present : Hon. David I. Robinson, Roswell R. Robinson, 
John H. Robinson, Charles E. Robinson, Frederick W. Robinson 
and W. J. Litchfield. 

President in chair. He read letters from those who could 
not be present. A letter from nephew of Mr. John E. Kimball 
said Mr. Kimball was still confined to his bed from a stroke of 
apoplexy on February ist. 

The Secretary of the meeting was directed to send a letter to 
Mr. Kimball extending the sympathy and good wishes of the 

A proposed amendment to the by-laws relating to special 
membership was read. Mr. Charles E. Robinson reported a dis- 
cussion of the same question at Atlantic City. 

Treasurer reported $451.95 in treasury for current expenses 
and $65 in special fund. 

Following the discussion of proposed amendment and report 
of Treasurer it was recommended that a special fund be estab- 
lished in which all bequests should be placed, the income only to 
be used for current expenses if necessary or for special purposes: 

Committee voted it did not consider it expedient to establish 
a new membership class at this time. 

Voted to recommend to the next biennial meeting that three 
Trustees be elected ; said Trustees to have charge of the perma- 
nent fund, any bequests that have been or may be left to the 
Society, and to be responsible for all property of the Society. 
One Trustee to serve two years, one four years and one six years. 
A new one to be elected every two years, beginning 1914. 

Time of meeting this year was left to President and F. W. 
Robinson to arrange the date as near that of the Alden Society as 

The President appointed as committee to secure a suitable 
hall for the reunion this year: Mr. John H. Robinson, Boston, 


Mass. ; Mr. N. Winthrop Robinson, Boston, Mass., and Mr. W. J. 
Litchfield, Boston, Mass. ^ 

The latter said he would ask Mr. Elliott H. Robinson to 
provide a male quartette. 

Moved and carried that Charles E. Robinson give his stereop- 
ticon lecture on Rev. John Robinson. 

President said he would ask Hon. L. H. Richards, W. R. 
Bennett and another to serve as a committee to arrange for a 
dinner at the reunion. 

Moved and carried that the President and two others be a 
committee to secure speakers and arrange a program. Suggested 
that Mrs. Martha S. Robinson, of Portland, Me., might prepare 
a paper. 

Adjourned to first meeting in July, date to be at call of 

F. W. RoBiNsox, Secretary. 


July 9, 1912. 

A meeting of the Executive Committee and Vice-Presidents 
was held to-day at 3 P. M., room 58, 55 Kilby street, Boston, 

The meeting was called to order by the President. 

There were present: Hon. David I. Robinson, John H. Rob- 
inson, N. Winthrop Robinson, W. J. Litchfield and Frederick \V. 

Mr. N. Winthrop Robinson reported prices on halls in Ford 
building and Pilgrim hall, Congregational building. 

It was suggested that prices be obtained on Channing hall, 
in the Unitarian building, and Park Street Church ; also suggested 
that vestry in Park Street Church be engaged for President's 
reception, Wednesday evening, August 7th, whether or not church 
was engaged for the other meetings. 

President asked committee to investigate as above suggested, 
decide and report not later than July 13th. 

Informal discussion of proposal to have dinner Thursday 
evening. August 8th, to be followed by stereopticon lecture of 
Charles E. Robinson. 


Committee on Halls, viz., John H. and N. Winthrop Robin- 
son, volunteered to make inquiries and report later. 

Suggestion made that most of Friday be devoted to sight- 
seeing, if enough at the meeting so desired, and that a trip to 
Nantasket be had Friday evening. 

Informal discussion of programme for meeting followed. 
General outline, as follows, agreed upon : 

Wednesday, 8 P. M. — President's reception. 

Thursday, lo A. M. — Address, ''Why a Genealogical Soci- 
ety?" followed by discussion. Paper by Rev. George A. Smith 
on "Desirability of Society of Colonial Families." 

Thursday, 2 P. M. — Business meeting. 6 P. M. — Dinner, 
followed by stereopticon lecture by Charles E. Robinson. 

Friday, 9 A. M. — Election of officers. Place of next meeting. 
10 A. M. to 4 P. M. — Visiting of historic places, trolley or sight- 
seeing auto. 5 P. M. — Steamer for Nantasket. 

Committee adjourned subject to call of the President. 

F. W. Robinson, Secretary. 

Seventh Biennial Reunion of the Robinson 

Genealogical Society, Park Street 

Church, Boston, Mass. 

August 7, 8 and 9, 191 2. 

THE Robinson Genealogical Society held its Seventh Biennial 
Reunion in Park Street Church, Boston, Mass., opening 
with a reception by the President, Hon. David I. Robinson, 
Wednesday evening. August 7, 191 2, at 8 o'clock, which was 
largely attended. 

Impromptu remarks were made by Rear Admiral Theodore 
F. Jewell, Airs. Herbert Turrell, Air. Elijah R. Kennedy and the 
President. Air. Frederick W. Robinson, for the Executive Com- 
mittee, made several announcements regarding the changes in 
program. Songs and reading by the guests made the evening a 
very pleasant one. 

On Thursday, August 8th, the Society was called to order at 
10 A. AI. by the President, and opened by prayer by the Reverend 
Lucien AI. Robinson, of Philadelphia. 

The President, in an informal address, welcomed the mem- 
bers, spoke of what had been accomplished and of what it was 
hoped might be done in the near future. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson introduced the youngest member of 
this Society, Alaster Joseph Lee Regan, 9 years old. 

Rev. George A. Smith, Secretary Society of Colonial Fami- 
lies, made an address on the importance and advantage of a con- 
solidation of genealogical societies. 

Airs. Herbert Turrell told very interestingly of her visit to 
the Mosque of Omar. 

At 12 AI. the meeting adjourned to the steps of the State 
House, where a picture of the Society in a group was taken by 
Mr. S. Arakelyan, a photographer in Boston, and then by the 
"Boston Globe." 

The afternoon session was held in the chapel of the Congre- 
gational Building at 14 Beacon street, at 2 P. M. 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson read the report of the estate of the 


late Secretary, Miss Adelaide A. Robinson, deceased, stating that 
after the life interest of four persons had expired the balance of 
the estate would become the property of the Society. 

Mrs. Edward R. Barbour, of Portland, Me., read a very in- 
teresting paper. Mrs. Oliver J. Clark, of Medfield, Mass., talked 
pleasantly of the memories of her childhood. 

Informal discussion of the proposition to solicit pledges to 
carry forward the work of publishing the genealogical records of 
the Robinson Family compiled by Mr. Charles E. Robinson; 
motion made and carried that the President, Mr. Charles E. 
Robinson and two members be a committee with authority to 
solicit subscriptions and secure pledges for the expense of pre- 
paring copy and publishing the records. Pledges were made as 
follows : 

Elijah R. Kennedy will purchase 4 copies of book and pay 

Harold L. Robinson, Esq., will pay $25.00. 

Mrs. Carrie E. Robinson, 3 copies of book and pay $25.00. 

Miss Emily ]\I. Robinson, 2 copies of book and pay $10.00. 

Mrs. Ellen I. Anderson, 2 copies of book and pay $25.00. 

Mrs. Phebe S. Beeman, 2 copies of book and pay $25.00. 

Mrs. Herbert Turrell, i copy of book and pay $25.00. 

Dr. Rienzi Robinson, 2 copies of book and pay $25.00. 

John H. Robinson, 2 copies of book and pay $25.00. 

Frederick W. Robinson, i copy of book and pay $25.00. 

Mrs. George Kendall Webster will pay $25.00. 

Franklin R. Gififord, i copy of book and pay $5.00. 

Mrs. James E. Hills will purchase i copy of book. 

Mrs. William A. Sturdy will purchase i copy of book. 

It was moved and carried that the by-laws be so amended 
that the regular meeting of the Society be held annually instead of 
biennially. Moved and carried that the time and place of the next 
meeting be left with the Executive Committee. 

A poll was taken of those present to ascertain to which line 
they belonged, resulting as follows : — 

Reverend John Robinson 12 

George of Rehobeth 10 

George R. of Boston i 

William of Dorchester 12 

Thomas of Scituate or Dorchester i 

William of Watertown, Mass 4 


Abraham of Gloucester 3 

John of Exeter 7 

Gale of Bridgewater i 

Rowland of Xarragansett, R. 1 5 

Don't know 5 

This did not include all the members attending the reunion. 

The President appointed Mr. Charles E. Robinson, the Rev. 
Lucien M. Robinson and the Secretary a committee to draft and 
send a letter to those members who had written regrets at not 
being able to be present at the meeting. The Rev. Lucien M. 
Robinson drafted the following: 

Boston, Mass., August 8, 1912. 

"The Robinson Genealogical Society in Biennial Convention 
assembled in Boston send hearty greetings to you and yours and 
regret that you could not be present on this most interesting occa- 
sion. We are here in this historical city two hundred strong and 
are glad to report a most successful and enthusiastic meeting. 

"Hoping that you will be able to be with us next year, for our 
meetings are now to be annual, we are 

"Fraternally yours, 

"Lucien Moore Robinson, 
"Charles E. Robinson, 
"Elvira W. Robinson, 


Which letter was written and sent by the Secretary. 

Informal speeches were made by Andrew M. Robison. from 
Indiana, who had attended all the reunions of the Society; ^^Ir. 
J. Watts Robinson, a veteran of the Mexican War, 85 years old ; 
Mr. Elijah R. Kennedy, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and others. 

2^Ieeting adjourned at 5 45 P. M. 

At 6:30 P. M. the Society met in Park Street Church, at 
which time the biennial dinner was enjoyed by about one hundred. 

The Treasurer's report was read, showing that the Society 
was in fair financial shape, but very much in need of funds for 
extending and properly carrying on its work. 

Mr. Roswell R. Robinson resigned his office as Treasurer on 
account of his ill health, which resignation was reluctantly ac- 
cepted by the Society. 


On motion of Mr. Frederick W. Robinson, Charles E. Rob- 
inson was unanimously elected an honorary member of this So- 

After the dinner Mr. Charles E. Robinson gave an interesting 
lecture on the "Pilgrims in England and Places of Historic Interest 
to the Robinsons," illustrating it with stereopticon views. 

During the evening a quartette composed of Mrs. Turrell, 
Mrs. E. L. Harris, Mr. Eliot H. Robinson and Mr. Marquis 
Regan, with Mr. Will A. Robinson, accompanist, sang several 
songs. Mr. Will A. Robinson gave a fine piano solo. 

On Friday, August 9th, at 9 A. M., the meeting was called 
to order by the President, who called the roll. 

The report of the Secretary was read and adopted, as follows : 

'"To the Members of the Robinson Genealogical Society: 

"The following report covers the years from August 19. 1910, 
to date, during which time I have been Secretary of this Society: 

"The death of members has been reported as follows : — 

"Miss Cornelia Scriven Howland, Morristown, N. J., died in 
May, 1908. 

"Mrs. Calvin L. Robinson, Jacksonville, Fla., died x\ugust 
20, 1909. 

"Capt. John Francis Robinson, Alameda, Cal., died April 26, 

"Letter sent to Mrs. E. B. Robinson, Portland, Me., returned 
Oct. 13, 1910, unopened, marked 'Dead.' 

"Mr. Albert William Robinson, Boston, Mass., died Oct. 17, 

"Prof. William H. Brewer, 418 Orange street, New Haven, 
Conn, (life member), died Nov. 2, 1910. 

"Mr. Uriel L. Comings, Windsor, Vt, died Jan. 2y, 1904. 

"Mr. Edson C. Eastman, 21 North State street, Concord, 
N. H., died March 11, 191 1. 

"Mrs. Annette Robinson, Middletovvn, Conn., died in Octo- 
ber, 1910. 

"Dr. Ebenezer T. Robinson, 1530 Fifth avenue. Seattle, 
Wash., died Oct. 15, 191 1. 

"Mrs. Harriet H. Robinson, 35 Lincoln street. Maiden, 
Mass., died Dec. 22, 191 1. 

"Mrs. Daniel Robinson, Sharon, Vt., died in March, 191 1. 

"Mrs. William F. Nichols, Mount Hermon, Mass.. died Jnne 
9, 1910. 


"James E. Abell, Esq., 152 La Salle street, Chicago, III, died 
Dec. II, 1910. 

"Prof. Oscar D. Robinson, 501 State street, Albany, N. Y., 
died July 11, 1911. 

"Mr. Orin Pomeroy Robinson, 60 East Third street, Corning, 
N. Y., died June 13, 191 1. 

"Rev. William A. Robinson, D.D., 844 East Fourteenth 
street, Davenport, Iowa, died Oct. 18, 1910. 

"Mr. Increase Robinson, 3 Brewster street, Plymouth, Mass., 
died in January, 1912. 

"Mrs. Alphonsine Beardsley, Perry, N. Y., died Jan. 28, 1911. 

"^Ir. John Elihu Robinson, Le Roy, N. Y., died March 
2, 1907. 

"Mrs. Harriet A. Taber, Castile, N. Y., died June 27, 1912, 
at Rochester, N. Y. 

"Prof. Otis Hall Robinson, 273 Alexander street, Rochester, 
N. Y., died Dec. 12, 1912. 

"Have enrolled 11 life members and 16 active members. 

"Received in payment of initiation fees and dues the sum of 
$428.60, and from contributions the sum of $222.65. 

"There are 88 delinquent members in arrears for dues to the 
Society in the sum of $225.00. 

"In response to the circular letter of our President dated Jan- 
uary 2, 1911, the following named persons have each promised to 
give twenty-five dollars toward the publication of Mr. Charles E. 
Robinson's work: — 

"(i) Hon. Ira E. Robinson, Presiding Judge Supreme Court 
of Appeals, Charleston, W. Va. 

"(2) Mr. Uel Merrill Robinson, American Naval Stores 
Company of New York. 21-24 State street. New York City. 

"(3) Mr. Theodore Winthrop Robinson, 1524 Commercial 
National Bank building, Chicago, 111. 

"(4) George Orville Robinson, Esq., 1220 Penobscot build- 
ing, Detroit, Mich. 

"(5) Mr. Arthur Brewer, 100 Unquowa Hill, Bridgeport, Ct. 

"(6) Mr. George W. Robinson, Robinson & Kendall Com- 
pany, Elburn, 111. 

"(7) Mr. Walter Billings Robinson, Robinson & Jones Com- 
pany, Natick, Mass. 

"(8) Mr. Andrew M. Robison, Frankfort, Ind. 

"(9) Mr. George Prescott Robinson, Robinson-BufTam Com- 
pany, 1006 Fourth street, Sacramento, Cal. 


"(lo) Frank B. Stephens, Esq., 6oi Jvidge building, Salt 
Lake City, Utah. 

"(II) Mr. Charles D. Robinson, 44 Third street, Newburgh, 
N. Y. 

"(12) Mrs. Edmund Cottle Weeks, 554 Park avenue, Talla- 
hassee, Florida. 

"(13 Mrs. E. P. Bronson, 'The Locusts,' Chester, 111. 

"(14) Mr. William M. Robinson, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

"(15) Mr. H. F. Robinson, C. E., Irrigation Engineer, Albu- 
querque, New Mexico. 

"(16) Mr. John Robinson, Salem, Mass. 

"(17) Hon. David I. Robinson, our President. 

"(18) Dr. Edwin Putnam Robinson, 12 High street, New- 
port, R. I. 

"(19) Mr. N. Winthrop Robinson, 242 Savin Hill avenue, 
Dorchester, Mass. 

"(20) Mr. Roswell R. Robinson, our Treasurer. 

"Have sent over one thousand letters and verv manv circulars 
and postal cards. 

"With this report a copy of the list of life and active members 
of this Society, also the list of the delinquent members and a list 
of those who have sent money for dues and contributions to this 
Society will be given. 

"All of which is respectfully submitted this eighth day of 
August, nineteen hundred and twelve. 

"Elvira W. Robinson, Secretary." 

Mr. Charles E. Robinson presented the matter of emblematic 
design, the Robinson coat-of-arms mounted as a belt buckle, cuff 
buttons, stick pins, etc. On motion of Mr. Wilford J. Litchfield 
the matter was referred to the Executive Committee with power. 

The committee on the nomination of officers for the ensuing 
term signified their readiness to report and submitted a list of 
names for office as indicated on page \\ 

The report was accepted and the Secretary instructed to cast 
one vote for the nominees as presented. 

Thirteen new names were enrolled as members. 

A vote of thanks was given to the President, the Secretary, 
the quartette and others who had contributed to the success of 
the meeting. 

Led by Mrs. Turrell, the company sang "Auld Lang Syne." 

Meeting adjourned to meet next year at the call of the Exec- 
utive Committee. r^ tit- t^ c- ^ 

KiAiRA W. Robinson, Secretary. 

Members of the Robinson Genealogical 


•i- -t 


Robinson, Charles Edson 150 Nassau Street, New York, N. Y. 


Robinson, Miss Adelaide A North Raynham, Mass. 

Secretary of this Society, 1900-1910. 

Honorary Member, August 19, 1904. 

Died February 6, 1910. 

Robinson, Mrs. Jane Pillsbury Highland Avenue, Neponsit, Mass. 

Born 1808. Died February 23, 1910. 

Honorary Member, 1908. 

Atherton, Mrs. Sarah Robinson Peru, Huron County, Ohio 

Born June i, 1800. Died, 1903. 

Honorary Member, 1902. 

Johnson, Mrs. Almira Pierce 75 Congress Street, Boston, Mass. 

Born, 1804. Died, December 25, 1905. 

Honorary Member, 1904. 


Robinson, Albert O Sanbornville, New Hampshire 

Robinson, Mrs. Albert O. (Clara E.) Sanliornville. New Hampshire 

Robinson, Alexander Gait Harrods Creek, Jefferson County, Kentucky 

Robinson, Alfred E Breck- Robinson Nursery Co., Lexington, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Annie E 151 Summer Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Robinson, Charles Bonnycastle 200 Columbia Building, Louisville, Ky. 

Robinson, Dr. Benjamin A.... 265 Mulberry Street, Newark, New Jersey 
Robinson, Prof. Benjamin Lincoln.... 3 Clement Circle, Cambridge, Mass. 

Robinson, Charles Edson 150 Nassau Street, New York 

Robinson, Charles H 264 Dayton Avenue. Saint Paul. Minnesota 


Robinson, Charles Larned 56 West 124th Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Col. Charles Leonard Frost Kay Street, Newport, R. I. 

Robinson, Charles Snelling 

The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio 
Robinson, Hon. David Ingersoll, 77 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Gloucester, Mass. 
County Treasurer, Salem, Mass. 

Robinson, Edward 84 Irving Place, New York, N. Y. 

Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Robinson, Edward C, 402 First National Bank Building, Oakland, Cal. 

Robinson, Edward Collins 30 Pine Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Edward Whitten. . . .1680 South Clarkson Street, Denver, Colo. 

Robinson, Edward Wright Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 

Robinson, Dr. Edwin Putnam 12 High Street, Newport, R. I. 

Robinson, Edwin Wright Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 

Robinson, Miss Emily E 1513 Corcoran Street, Washington, D. C. 

Robinson, Mrs. Emily May Tufts 60 Appleton Street. Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Franklin A Blandford, Hampden County, Mass 

Robinson, Frederick A 1220 Penobscot Building, Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson, Fred Bo wen 6 Vine Street. Rochester, N. Y. 

Robinson, Frederick Wilson 200 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, George A., Esq 34 Virginia Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson, George F Buzzards Bay, Mass. 

Robinson, George Hazard 3 Broad Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, George Orville, Esq.... 1220 Penobscot Building, Detroit, Mich. 

Robinson, George Prescott 1006 Fourth Street, Sacramento, Cal. 

Robinson, George W Elburn, Illinois 

Robinson, Hon. Gifford Simeon Sioux City. Iowa 

Robinson, Herbert Jester 

Elm Street, corner Reservoir Avenue, Northport (L. I.), N. Y. 

Robinson, H. S Andover, Mass. 

Robinson, Hon. Hiram 150 McLarn Street, Ottawa, Canada 

Robinson, Hon. Ira E Charleston, West Virginia 

Robinson, John Cutler Hampton, Virginia 

Robinson, John K 116 Broad Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, John K in Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Lewis Arms, Chicago and Northwestern Railway Co., 

215 Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, 111. 
Rcbinson, Rev. Lucien Moore. . . .5000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Lucy Alice Roslyn Avenue, Walbrook, Maryland 

Robinson, Miss Maria L 178 Main Street, Orange, New Jersey 

Robinson, Mrs. Martha A 203 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Myron Wilbur 15 Broad Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Nathaniel Emmons 

Parke Avenue, Brightwood, District of Columbia 

Robinson, N. Winthrop 242 Savin Hill Avenue, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Orlando G Raynham, Mass. 

Robinson, Paul Monroe, Esq Clarksburg, West Virginia 

Robinson, Miss Phebe A 19 Shores Street, Taunton, Mass. 

Robinson, Reuben T Concord Junction, Mass. 


Robinson, Robert R 509 East Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 

Robinson, Roswell 84 Linden Avenue, Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Roswell Raymond. 2d 60 Appleton Street, Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Seymour Norton 145 Oxford Street, Hartford, Conn. 

Robinson, Prof. Stillman Williams 1353 Highland Street, Columbus, O. 

Robinson, Theodore Winthrop 

1524 Commercial National Bank Building, Chicago, 111 
Robinson. Uel Merrill, American Naval Stores Company of New York 

21-24 State Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Ward Augustus - Winchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Willard E Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, William 9 St. James Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, William A 1 1 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Major William H Duffer in Road, Granby, Quebec, Canada 

Atkinson, Mrs. George W. (Almira H.) 

1600 Thirteenth Street, Washington. D. C 
Bailey, Mrs. Joseph (Belle Robinson) . . . .Patchogue, Suffolk County, N. Y. 

Bennett, William Robinson 803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

Bennett, Mrs. William R. ( Frances Malcolm) 

92 Clark Avenue, Chelsea. Mass. 

Brewer, Arthur 100 Unquowa Hill, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Brewer, Carl Care Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company, Ironw^ood, Mich. 

Brewer, Henry 80 Cold Spring Street, New Haven, Conn. 

Brown, Herbert J 125 State Street, Portland. Maine 

Brownson, Mrs. Willard H.( Isabella Robinson) 

190 North Broadway, Yonkers, N. Y. 

Catlin, Mrs. Mary Robinson 304 South First Street, Rockford, 111. 

Codding, Mrs. .A.rthur E 65 Church Street, North Attleboro, Mass. 

Cole, Lucien D Newburyport, Mass 

Comey, John Winthrop 52 West 54th Street, New York, N. Y 

Donavan, Col. John South St. Joseph, Missouri 

Elmes, Carleton Snow Address Unknown 

Fuller, Mrs. Ann Chapman 810 Oakwood Avenue, Wilmette, 111. 

Galpin, Henry Earned P. O. Bo.x 1077, New Haven, Conn. 

Hayden, Rev. Charles Albert 559 Potomac Avenue. Buffalo, N. Y. 

Jenkins, Dr. Leonard A Care Klewe & Co., New Haven, Conn. 

Jenkins, Dr. Newell Sill Thorwald, Loschwitz-bei, Dresden, Germany 

Jewell, Rear .Admiral Theodore F., U. S. N. 

2135 R Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Kennedy, Elijah Robinson 33 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Kennedy, Sidney Robinson 15 Clark Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Kent, Miss Sarah Elizabeth 30 Lyons Street, Pawtucket, R. I. 

Kimball, John E Oxford, Mass. 

Earned, Charles loi Tremont Street, Boston, Mass. 

Lee, Mrs. Frederick H. (Florence S.)..i Rowley Street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Linnell, John Wesley, Jr 209 Maple Street, Maiden, Mass. 

Linnell, Mrs. John W., Jr. (Mary F. Robinson) 

209 Maple Street, Maiden, Mass. 
Litchfield, Wilford J 455 Columbus Avenue, Boston, Mass. 


MacLachlan, Mrs. Harriet R 881 Orange Street, New Haven, Conn. 

McCoy, Thomas William Vicksburg, Miss. 

Muir, Mrs. Joseph (Myrtle E. Robinson) 

60 Bellevue Street, Worcester, Mass. 

Nichols, Prof. William F Mount Hermon, Mass. 

Raymond, Daniel Vere, Esq 7 Pine Street, New York, N. Y. 

Reagan, Miss Ellen Jane Hammond, Bourbon County, Kansas 

Regan, Mrs. Marquis (Sarah Bishop Anderson) 

227th Street and Arlington Avenue, Spuyten Duyvil on Hudson, 

New York, N. Y. 

Richards, Hon. George Louis 84 Linden Avenue, Maiden, Mass. 

Richards, Mrs. George Louis (Helen R. Robinson) 

84 Linden Avenue, Maiden, Mass. 
Rodman, Mrs. Isaac P. (Harriet E. Robinson) 

216 Berkeley Avenue, Orange, N. J. 

Roe, Mrs. Gelston Gillette (Ella Robinson) Patchogue (L. L), N. Y. 

Shaw, Mrs. Sarah Fairbanks Robinson 

6925 Georgia Avenue, N. W., Takoma Park. District of Columbia 

Sinclair, John Elbridge Worcester, Mass. 

Spaulding, Edward 40 Purchase Street, Boston, Mass. 

Speare, Mrs. Alden (Caroline M. Robinson) 

1023 Centre Street, Newton Center, Mass. 

Speare, Edward Ray, Esq Newton Center, Mass. 

Stevenson. Mrs. J. M. (Hattie C.) 192 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 

Taintor, Charles Chester 584 Jefiferson Avenue, Elizabeth, N. J. 

Verner. Mrs. Murry A. (Birdie Barbara Bailey) 

63 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada 

Webster. Mrs. George Kendall North Attleboro, Mass. 

Weeks, Mrs. Edmund Cottle 554 Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 

Williamson, Mrs. Chalmers Meek (Mary Robinson) 

714 North State Street, Jackson, Miss. 

Wright, Miss Annie A Dallas, Luzerne County, Penn. 

Wright, George R jt, Coal Exchange, Wilkes-Barre, Penn. 


Robinson, Charles Kendall 374 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles P 31 Nassau Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Daniel Webster Burlington, Vermont 

Robinson, Hon. Frank Hurd Hornell, New York 

Robinson, Franklin 203 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Frederick A Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, George O South Paris, Maine 

Robinson, Capt. John Francis, died April 26. 1909, 

1340 St. Charles Street, Alameda, Cal. 

Robinson, Mrs. Roswell R., died 1905 Maiden, Mass. 

Robinson, Sylvanus Smith, died June, 1910 Metamora, 111 


Brewer, Prof. William H., died November 2, 1910 

416 Orange Street, New Haven, Conn. 

Harris, Charles, died 1909 70 Kilby Street, Boston, Mass. 

Stotesbury, Mrs. Sarah Louise, died 1908 

6362 Sherwood Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 


Robinson. Miss Abigail S Plymouth. Mass. 

Robinson, Albert C Yarmouthville, Me. 

Robinson, Albert C 3030 Harriet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Robinson, Albert S 91 Billings Road, Quincy, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Alice 5 Winter Street, Salem, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Anna B 12 St. James Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson. Benjamin Franklin 84 Milford Avenue, Newark, N. J. 

Robinson, Dr. Burzillai Le Due McLean, Tompkins County, N. Y. 

Robinson, C. H 151-153 Commercial Street, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Mrs. Caroline D Lee, Mass. 

Robinson, Mrs. Carrie E. (Mrs. John M.) 

307 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack. N. J. 

Robinson, Prof. Chalfant 15 Edgehill Road, New Haven, Conn. 

Robinson, Charles Albert 170 Beech Street, West Roxbury, Mass. 

Robinson, Charles D 44 Third Street, Newburgh, N. Y. 

Robinson, Rev. Charles Edward 706 Esplanade, Pelham Manor, N. Y. 

Robinson, Rev. Charles F Milford, N. H 

Robinson, Charles Francis Bauxite, Saline County, Ark 

Robinson, Charles Henry Wilmington, N. C. 

Robinson, Charles K., Esq 334 Brisbane Building, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles Knox 565 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles Mulford.65 South Washington Street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Robinson, Charles P 60 Wall Street, New York, N. Y 

Robinson, Charles W Claymont, Del. 

Robinson, Clement F., Esq 120 Exchange Street, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Hen. Clifford W Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 

Robinson, Daniel C 241 West Newton Street, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Doane Pierre. S. D. 

Robinson, E. L., Esq New Martinsville, W. Va. 

Robinson, Rev. Edward A Hingham, Mass. 

Robinson, Edward Arthur 424 Lexington Street, Auburndale, Mass. 

Robinson, Eliot Harlow, Care of John H. Robinson 

55 Kilby Street, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Elvira Weeden 800 Broad Street, Newark, N. J. 

Robinson, Miss Emily M 23 Trull Street, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, E. Randolph Fair Haven, Cayuga County, N. Y. 

Robinson, Ernest R., Jr Warsaw, Wyoming County, N. Y. 

Robinson, Eugene M..226 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 908, Chicago, 111. 

Robinson, Fernando C, M. D Wyanet, 111. 

Robinson, Frank C East Taunton, Mass. 


Robinson, Frank E Jewett City, Conn. 

Robinson, Frank Parsons 47 Church Street, Burlington, Vt. 

Robinson, Frank R P. O. Box in, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Frank W 79 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Robinson, Franklin H "Flint Stone Farm," Dalton, Mass. 

Robinson, Frederick W 246 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, George Buchan 1655 East 55th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Robinson, George E., Esq Palmer Block, Oconomowoc, Wis. 

Robinson, George F Riggs Place, West Orange, N. J. 

Robinson. George H R. F. D. No. 4, Attleboro, Mass. 

Robinson. George H. . .' 301 Reed Street, Moberly, Mo. 

Robinson, George Henry Stonington, Conn. 

Robinson, George Rensselaer, Treas. S. S. White Dental Mfg. Co. 

Chestnut, corner Twelfth Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson, George W Jewett City, Conn. 

Robinson, H. F., Assoc. M. Am. Soc. C. E., Irrigation Engineer, 

Albuquerque, N. M. 

Robinson, Harold L., Esq Uniontown, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Harriet A 10 Omar Terrace, Newtonville, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Harriet Emily 91 Peck Street, Attleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, Harry E 80 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Mrs. Henry 39 Prospect Street. Reading, Mass. 

Robinson, Henry H Third National Bank Building, Rockford, 111. 

Robinson, Herbert S Paxton, Mass. 

Robinson, Herbert Woodbury, Esq P. O. Box 723, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Horace Andrews, Neb. 

Robinson, Increase 7 Nudd Street, Waterville, Me 

Robinson, Miss Isabelle Howe 177 Adams Street, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. James Arthur 8 Portland Street, Morrisville, Vt. 

Robinson, James Attmore 50 West 45th Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, James Bartlett 307 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, Conn. 

Robinson, John, Esq Salem, Mass. 

Robinson, John Ferguson 21 11 Maple Street. Omaha, Neb. 

Robinson, Dr. John H Homer, N. Y. 

Robinson, John H 55 Kilby Street. Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, John Wales 8 Cottage Street, Ware, Mass. 

Robinson, John Woodis Leicester, Mass. 

Robinson, Jonathan W Cedar Falls, la. 

Robinson, Joseph E P. O. Box 26, Farmington, Utah 

Robinson, Joseph M 816 Main Street, Westbrook, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Josephine V. .. .311 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Va. 

Robinson, Miss Julia 234 Grand Street, Newburgh, N. Y. 

Robinson, Rev. Julius B Turner's Falls, Mass. 

Robinson, Dr. J. Blake Antrim, N. H. 

Robinson, Dr. J. Franklin 208-210 The Beacon, Manchester, N. H. 

Robinson, J. Watts 1684 Beacon Street, Brookline. Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Katherine, Care of E. E. Woodbury 

Warehouse Point, Conn. 


Robinson, L. P P. O. Box 124. Topeka, Kan, 

Robinson. Leonard C Concord, Mass. 

Robinson. Leoni Warren 42 Church Street, New Haven, Conn. 

Robinson, Miss Lucille 20 Boylston Road, Newton Highlands, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Lulu C 11 Walloomsac Street, Bennington, Vt. 

Robinson, Miss Margaret 1217 North Fifteenth Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Robinson. Miss Martha G 19 Walden Street, West Lynn, Mass. 

Robinson, Mrs. Martha Neely Taylor 518 Linden Street, Camden, N. J. 

Robinson. Miss Mary B Chester Place, Wellsboro, Pa. 

Robinson, Miss Mary E. D 1307 Morrison Avenue, Tampa, Fla. 

Robinson. Miss Mary Edith 

Park .\venue, Brightwood, District of Columbia 

Robinson, Miss Mary Eliza 108 Main Street, Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson. Miss Mary Lyon 1513 Corcoran Street. Washington, D. C. 

Robinson. Miss Mary F 12 Federal Street, Salem, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Mary Gay Guilford, Conn. 

Robinson, Mervin Fullerton Shippensburg, Pa. 

Robinson, Mrs. Myron Wilber. . . .307 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, N. J. 

Robinson, Neil Charleston. W. Va. 

Fobinson, Dr. Oliver Pearce 823 Scott Street, Little Rock, Ark. 

Robinson, Mrs. Orin Pomeroy 60 East Third Street, Corning. N. Y. 

Robinson, Philip Eugene 194 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Robinson, Reuben T.. 2nd Sidney, O. 

Robinson, Hon. Reuel Camden, Me. 

Robinson, Dr. Richard F Dalton, Neb. 

Robinson, Rienzi, M. D Danielson, Conn. 

Robinson, Mrs. Rienza (Marinda C.) Danielson, Conn. 

Robinson, Robert E 30 Broad Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Miss Sallie Conger. .. .220 West 69th Street, New York, N. Y. 

Robinson, Samuel S Saint Croix Falls, Wis. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah 1415 North 13th Street, St. Louis, Mo. 

Robinson. Miss Sarah D 514 East Grove Street, Bloomington, 111. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah G Middleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, Silas (R. F. D. No. i), Box 39, St. Michael, Neb. 

Robinson. Solomon D 44 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, Mass. 

Robinson, Thomas A 332 Main Street, Norwich, Conn. 

Robinson, Capt. Thomas B Springfield, Mo. 

Robinson, Thomas E. C P. O. Box 37, Boston, Mass. 

Robinson, Thomas T 51 Court Street, Dedham, Mass. 

Robinson, Walter .Augustine 34 Jason Street, .Vrlington, Mass. 

Robinson, Walter Billings 5 Cochituate Street, Natick, Mass. 

Robinson, Walter Bruce Post Office Building, New Haven, Conn. 

Robinson, Walter Franklin 15 Cliff Street, Arlington Heights, Mass. 

Robinson. Wilbur Irving Portland, Mich. 

Robinson, William Leicester, Mass. 

Robinson, William A Vineyard Haven. Mass. 

Robinson, Will Austin Gloucester, Mass 

Robinson, William H 260 Pond Street, South Weymouth, Mass. 

Robinson, William J 3 Erie Trust Co. Building, Erie, Pa 


Robinson, William M 29 Madison Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Robinson, William Morse 300 Adams Street, Dorchester, Mass. 

Robinson, William Whipple. .. .117 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Robinson, Willis H Flint, N. Y. 

Anderson, Mrs. Ellen lansen, 227th Street and Arlington Avenue, 

Spuyten Duyvil on Hudson, New York, N. Y. 

Austin, C. Downer 141 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Austin, Mrs. C. Downer 141 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

Baker, Frederick A., Esq 420 Ford Building, Detroit, Mich. 

Barbour, Edward Russell 49 Neal Street, Portland, Me. 

Beeman, Mrs. Phebe Stone P. O. Box 122, Ware, Mass. 

Belknap, Mrs. Lynde (P. Virginia) Hackettstown, N. J. 

Bowdish, Mrs. J. L Oneonta, N. Y. 

Bowie, Mrs. Mary Robinson Uniontown, Pa. 

Boynton, Edgar A 114 East Main Street, Hornell, N. Y. 

Brainerd, Miss Harriet E 27 Messenger Street, St. Albans, Vt. 

Brenniman, Mrs. C. D Brooklyn, la. 

Bronson, Mrs. E. P. (Ida Robinson) The Locusts, Chester, 111. 

Brown, Mrs. Willard M. (Dora Robinson) 

P. O. Box 415, Hopkinton, Mass. 

Buckingham, Mrs. Maria L Decatur, 111. 

Butler, Mrs. Ellen Robinson R. F. D. No. 4, Attleboro, Mass. 

Byram, Joseph Robinson 10 Shore Drive, Winthrop, Mass. 

Carter, Miss Martha C 143 Main Street, Oneida, N. Y. 

Chapman, Mrs. James Edwin Evanston, Wyo. 

Chargo, Mrs. Julia C, 

P. O. Bo.x 65, Central Square, Oswego County, N. Y. 

Clark, James D Harvard, 111. 

Clarke, Miss Mary Robinson 7 Norway Street, Boston, Mass. 

Clark, Mrs. Oliver J Medfield, Mass. 

Cobb, Miss Jessie .■ 24 Vanderpool Street, Newark, N. J. 

Comey, Miss Hannah Robinson Cocasset Street, Foxboro, Mass. 

Comey, Miss Vodisa J Cocasset Street, Foxboro, Mass. 

Conroy, Mrs. Edward L. . .86 Jenkins Avenue, Whitman, Station A., Mass. 

Crumb, Mrs. Adelaide V 147 Main Street, Oneida, N. Y. 

Cushman, Willard Robinson Attleboro Falls, Mass. 

Cutting, Mrs. Oliver (Lois B.) Concord, Vt. 

Danielson, Simeon Danielson, Conn. 

Day, Mrs. Clarke (Mary R. T.) 152 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Douglass, Willard Robinson 931 Scarrett Building, Kansas City, Mo. 

Dow, Herbert B 87 Milk Street, Boston, Mass. 

Dow, Mrs. Judith Ellen Robinson 75 Front Street, Exeter, N. H. 

Dowton, Mrs. Tamar 300 Central Park, Rochester, N. Y. 

Drinkwater, Miss Charlotte V Hillside School, Greenwich, Mass. 

Dyer, Benjamin F South Braintree, Mass. 

Eastman, Mrs. Edson C. (Mary L. Whittemore) 

221 North State Street, Concord, N. H. 

Easton, Mrs. Sarah Coe 240 Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, 111. 

Ellis, Mrs. Charlotte E Middleboro. Mass. 


Erdel, Mrs. Emma E R. F. D. No. i, Frankfort, Ind. 

Farnham. Mrs. Delia C 12 University Road, Brookline, Mass. 

Farr, Marvin A 849 Marquette Building, Chicago, 111. 

Fish, Miss Julia F Hillside Cottage, Martinez, Cal. 

Fisher, Mrs. Fannie Minette 5025 Raymond Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. 

Foote, Mrs. Marianna A North Chelmsford, Mass. 

Graves, Charles B., M. D 66 Franklin Street, New London, Conn. 

Gifford, Franklin Robinson. 65 Thetford Avenue, Dorchester Center, Mass. 

Green. Mrs. M. H Spencer, N. Y. 

Gregory, Miss Ella L Hotel Westminster, Boston, Mass. 

Hamilton, Mrs. Amelia Wilmarth McCreary 

400 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Hamlin, Mrs. F. M 602 North George Street, Rome, N. Y, 

Hamlin, Mr. S. G. C 722 South Washington Street, Rome, N. Y. 

Hanscom, Charles Watts 124 Upland Road, Quincy, Mass. 

Harper, Mrs. F. B R. F. D. No. 3, Pontiac, Mich. 

Haskin, Mrs. Helen M. R McLean, N. Y. 

Hayman, Mrs. Martha Knox P. O. Box 357. Van Buren, Ark. 

Heath, Mrs. Elbridge P. (Bertha R.)...5 Kingsley Street, Nashua. N. H. 
Hemingway, Miss Helen Laura.. 571 West 139th Street, New York, N. Y. 
Hill, Mrs. Robert T. (Justina Robinson) 

Plymouth Inn, Northampton, Mass. 
Hills, Mrs. James Edwin (Lutheria Robinson) 

278 Clifton Place. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Hitch, IMayhew R., Esq New Bedford, Mass. 

Holbrook. Levi P. O. Box 536, New York, N. Y. 

Holman, D. Emory, M. D Attleboro, Mass. 

Hope. Mrs. George (Florence L.) 43 Duke Street, Hamilton, Canada. 

Hubbard, Mrs. Charles D. (Gertrude R.) Wyncote, Pa. 

Hufford, Mrs. Grizella J R. F. D. No. 23, Dayton, Ind. 

Hughes, Mrs. John W Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky 

Humes, Mrs. Samuel (Jessica) Gray Wing Hall, Jersey Shore, Pa. 

Jenkins, James, Jr 69 Schermerhorn Street, Brookl\-n, N. Y. 

Jones, Mrs. Calista Robinson Bradford, Vt. 

Kimball, Thomas Dudley 421 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo. 

Kimble, Mrs. E. M 322 High Street, Roland, la. 

Lakin, Mrs. Augusta A Bennington, N. H. 

Leach, Mrs. Edward G. (Agnes Robinson) . .P. O. Box 67, Franklin. N. H. 

Leech, Mrs. Thomas (Angeline) P. O. Box 657, Frankfort, N. Y. 

Lewis, Mrs. F. W. (Celia L. R.) . .28 Albion St., Melrose Highlands. Mass. 

Lewis, Mrs. J. F P. O. Box 19, Foxboro, Mass. 

Little. Mrs. G. EUiotte (Mary Robinson) 

456 West 144th Street. New York, N. Y. 

Littlefield. Nathan W., Esq 87 Weyboset Street, Providence, R. I. 

Littlefield, Mrs. Nathan W. (Mary Wheaton) Pawtucket, R. I. 

Lothrop, Mrs. Elizabeth H P. O. Box 43, Raynham, Mass. 

Loy, Mrs. Mary R 2431 Ellsworth Street, Berkeley, Cal. 

McArthur, Mrs. Martha H. R 403 North G Street, Tacoma. Wash. 

McClellan, Hon. Abner R Riverside, New Brunswick, Canada 


Millard, Mrs. De Roy (Mercy Robinson) . . .30 Tracy St., Rochester, N. Y. 

Millard, Miss Harriet Robinson 30 Tracey Street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Miller, Miss Carrie E 36 Cottage Street, Lewiston, Me. 

Miller, Mrs. Edwin C. (Ida Parr).. 18 Lawrence Street, Wakefield, Mass. 
Miller, Miss Florence Andyman. . . .64 Orchard Street, Cambridge, Mass. 
Murdock, Mrs. Harvey K. (E. Alcena Robinson) ... .Cooperstown, N. Y. 

Nevin, Mrs. Josepha Shiverick Edgartown, Mass. 

North, Mrs. Walter (Harriet Sherman) . .230 Bryant Street, Bufifalo, N. Y. 

Perry, Henry O Port Pairfield. Me. 

Perry, James Magoon, Esq 507 Stone Avenue, Greenville, S. C. 

Peterson, Mrs. George M. (Emma Cutting Robinson) 

19 High Street, Plymouth, Mass. 

Pomeroy, George Eltwood Toledo, Ohio 

Potter, Miss Emma 802 West Washington Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Price, Mrs. Edward Rutledge (Ella M.) 

74 High Street, North Attleboro, Mass. 

Proudf oot, A. v.. Esq Indianola, la. 

Randolph, Mrs. George F. (Annie F.) 

1013 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. 

Regan, Joseph Lee 227th Street and Arlington Avenue, 

Spuyten Duyvil, New York, N. Y. 

Richmond, Mrs. Howard 37 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 

Richmond, Mrs. L. M Elburn, 111. 

Ricker, Mrs. Lizzie P 217 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Mass. 

Riggs, Mrs. Delmar Florence, Warren County, Kansas 

Robison, Andrew M R. F. D. No. i, Frankfort, Ind. 

Robison, James Parke Sedalia, Clinton County, Indiana 

Robison, Dr. John E Delphi. Ind. 

Robison, William, Esq Frankfort, Ind. 

Rodman, Isaac Pearce 136 Essex Avenue, Orange, N. J. 

Rucker, Mrs. Booker Hall (Margaret Barron Southgate) 

Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri 

Ruggles, Henry Stoddard Wakefield, Mass. 

Sedwick, Mrs. W. A. (Maude B.) 950 Pearl Street, Denver, Col. 

Sloane, Mrs. Ella M 2525 I Street, South Omaha, Neb. 

Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth R 51 Ashland Street, North Adams, Mass. 

Smith, Philip H. Waddell Standard Underground Cable Co., 

Westinghouse Building, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Smythe, Mrs. Maggie M 1034 West 32d Street, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Spaids, Mrs. Susan E 3142 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 111. 

Speare, Lewis R Summer Street, Newton Center, Mass. 

Starratt, Mrs. Ethelinda Robinson 

2819 Nicol Avenue, Fruitvale, Alameda County, Cal. 

Stephens, Ezra F P. O. Box 37, Nampa, Ida. 

Stephens, Frank B., Esq 601 Judge Building, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Stephens, George Lewis Bryants Pond, Me. 

Storms, Mrs. Lucretia R. 

Cor. Grove and Anthony Streets, New Bedford, Mass. 
Sturdy, Mrs. William A (Rachel J.) Chartley, Mass. 


Talbot, Mrs. B. F. (Jennie K.). .150 Washington Avenue. Phoenixville, Pa. 

Tedrow, Harry B., Esq 834 Equitable Building, Denver, Col. 

Terry, Mrs. Minnie Robinson Sayville, Suffolk County, N. Y. 

Tingley, Raymond Meyers Herrick Center, Pa. 

Tracy, Mrs. Sarah D. R 39 Cedar Street, Taunton, Mass. 

Turrell, Mrs. Herbert( Frances Robinson) 

72 Chestnut Avenue, West Orange, N. J. 
Verner, Miss Alyce Chip. .63 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada 
Verner, Miss Catherine Bailey 

63 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada 

Verner, James Parke 63 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada 

Wales, Mrs. Abijah T. (Alice M.) 61 County Street, Attleboro, Mass. 

Walker, Miss Agnes Ruth 1633 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville, Fla. 

Waterman, Mrs. Zeno S. (Sarali W. Robinson) 

13 Charles Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt. 
Wellington, Mrs. B. W. (Anna Robinson) 

7 West Second Street, Corning, N. Y. 

Wetherell, Mrs. Erminie C 67 Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, Mass. 

Whitney, Mrs. Frank J. (Aura Robinson). .. .6 Cedar Park, Boston, Mass. 

Whitten, Mrs. Maria F 132 Magazine Street, Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Wright, Mrs. Jessie B R. F. D. No. i, Frankfort, Ind. 

Young, Robert R. F. D. No. i, Frankfort, Ind. 


Robinson, Adrian G Hanf ord, Cal. 

Died, 1902. 

Robinson, Albert William Boston, Mass. 

Died October 17, 1910 

Robinson, Mrs. Annette Middletown, Conn. 

Died October, 1910. 

Robinson, Arthur B 40 Beach Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Died, 1905. 

Robinson, Benjamin F Mount Morris, 111. 

Died June, 1908. 

Robinson, Benjamin S Greenfield Center, N. Y. 

Died March 24, 1905. 
Robinson, Mrs. Calvin L. (Elizabeth S.) 

420 Post Street, Jacksonville, Fla. 
Died August 20, 1909. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles A Germantown, Pa. 

Died, 1902. 

Robinson, Charles Albert Auburn, Me. 

Died, 1908. 

Robinson, Capt. Charles T Taunton, Mass. 

Died, 1903. 

Robinson, Cyrus R East Concord, N. H. 

Died December 10, 1908. 


Robinson, Mrs. Daniel Sharon, Vt. 

Died March, 191 1. 

Robinson, Capt. E. M PhiUips, Me. 

Died October, igoi. 

Robinson, Mrs. E. B Portland, Me. 

Robinson, Ebenezer Benjamin 1530 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Wash. 

Died, 1909. 

Robinson, Dr. Ebenezer Turner 1530 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Wash. 

Died October 15, 1911. 

Robinson, Frank Everett 125 Langley Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 

Died, 1904. 

Robinson, Frank 1 88 Cross Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 

Robinson, Dr. Frederick Converse Uniontown, Pa. 

Died, 1907. 

Robinson, George A West Mansfield, Mass. 

Died, 1903. 

Robinson, George Champlin Wakefield, R. L 

Died September 8, 1903. 

Robinson, Dr. Hamlin Elijah Maryville, Mo. 

Died, 1907. 

Robinson, Miss Hannah Bowers Somerset, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 

Robinson, Mrs. Harriet H 35 Lincoln Street, Maiden, Mass. 

Died December 22, 191 1. 

Robinson, Henry P Guilford, Conn. 

Died June 5, 1913. 

Robinson, Henry W Lexington Avenue, Auburndale, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 

Robinson, Horatio Alvin 13 Garden Street, Nashua, N. H. 

Died February 17, 1905. 

Robinson, Increase 3 Brewster Street, Plymouth, Mass. 

Died January, 1912. 

Robinson, John Elihu Le Roy, N. Y. 

Died March 2, 1907. 

Robinson, Noah Otis. 88 Cross Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Died March 13, 1905. 

Robinson, Orin Pomeroy 60 East Third Street, Corning, N. Y. 

Died June 13, 191 1- 

Robinson, Prof. Oscar D 501 State Street, Albany, N. Y. 

Died July 11, 1911. 

Robinson, Prof. Otis Hall 273 Alexander Street, Rochester, N. Y. 

Died December 12, 1912. 

Robinson, Samuel R Antrim, N. H. 

Died December, 1904. 

Robinson, Samuel S Pontiac, Mich. 

Died, 1904. 

Robinson, Miss Sarah J 178 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, Mass. 

Died November 20, 1909. 

Robinson, Rev. William A., D. D Davenport, la. 

Died October 18, 1910. 


Robinson, William H 375 Main Street, Worcester, Mass. 

Died, 1905. 
Robinson, Withington 183d St. and Aqueduct Ave., New York, N. Y. 

Died, 1909. 

Abell, James E., Esq 152 La Salle Street, Chicago, 111. 

Died December 11, 1910. 
Alden, Brig. Gen'l Charles H. .Government War Dept., Washington, D. C. 

Died, 1906. 
Armstrong, Mrs. Mary A. Robinson Adrian, Mich. 

Died, 1907. 

Armstrong, Mrs. Frances Morgan Hampton, Va. 

Died February 7, 1903. 

Beardsley, Mrs. Alphonsine Perry, N. Y. 

Died January 28. 191 1. 
Bennett, Mrs. CharloLte Payson Robinson. .803 Broadway, Chelsea, Mass. 

Died, 1905. 
Brett, Charles Greenwood 50 Cedar Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Died, 1906. 
Clark, Mrs. Evelina D 125 Newton Street, Marlboro, Mass. 

Died, 1910. 
Cogswell, Mrs. William (Luella Childs) .7 Pleasant Street, Medford, Mass. 

Died, 1905. 

Comings, Uriel L Windsor, Vt. 

Died January 27, 1904 
Gushing, Hannah Robinson Attleboro, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 
Dean, James H., Esq 94 Dean Street, Taunton, Mass. 

Died, 1903. 
Dean, Mrs. Sarah Daggett 33 Dean Street, Attleboro, ]\Iass. 

Died, 1907. 

Devoll, Mrs. Daniel (Mary R. G.) Acushnet, Mass. 

Died January, 1908. - 

Dows, Miss Amanda Cazenovia, N. Y. 

Died, 1902. 

Eastman, Edson C 21 North State Street, Concord, N. H. 

Died March 11, 1911. 
Fuller, Mrs. A. B. (Emma L.) 13 Hilliard Street. Cambridge, Mass. 

Died, 1904. 
Fuller, Mrs. Mary R loi Austin Street, Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Died, 1902. 
Hall, Mrs. George G. (Isabelle M.) 78 Beacon Street. Boston, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 
Hemingway, Mrs. Celia E. R McLean, N. Y. 

Died, 1905. 
Hitch, Mrs. Louisa A. R 119 Mill Street, New Bedford, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 

Howland, Miss Cornelia Scriven Morristown, N. J. 

Died May, 1908. 

Nichols, Mrs. William F Mount Hermon, Mass. 

Died June 9, 1910. 




Norton, Mrs. Mary J Woods Hole, Mass. 

Died, 1900. 
Pearse, Mrs. George Griswold (Mary Niles Robinson) . .Wakefield, R. I. 

Penniman, Bethuel New Bedford, Mass. 

Died April 15, 1905. 
Pierce, Mrs. H. F Oronoque, Norton County, Kan. 

Died, 1906. 
Rowland, Rev. L. S Lee, Mass. 

Died, 1904. 

Shaw, Mrs. Emily B 50 Whitney Place, Bufifalo, N. Y. 

Died July 27, 1909. 
Sherman, Hon. Buren Robinson Vinton, la. 

Died, 1900. 

Taber, Mrs. Harriet R Castile, N. Y. 

Died June 27, 1912. 
Wardner, Mrs. Fannie Lewis 75 Rossiter Street, Dorchester, Mass. 

Died, 1907. 



A. Warren Napa, Cal. 

Addison Mount Vision, Otsego County, N. Y. 

Rev. Albert Barnes 109 East 14th Street, New York, N. Y. 

Alfred J 4 State Street, Bangor, Me. 

Miss Ann Maria 661 Washington Street, Bath, Me. 

Miss Anna C Camden, Me. 

Arthur Clear Lake, Minn. 

Arthur S Address unknown 

Bernard Noyes Coaticook, Quebec, Canada 

Miss Blanche 15 Abbot Street, Dorchester, Mass. 

Ca el Charleston, W. Va. 

Charles E Address unknown 

Charles F North Raynham, Mass. 

Charles Floyd 105 Washington Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Capt. Charles H Address unknown 

Charles H Oxford, Me. 

Charles H. Address unknown 

Charles L Western National Bank, New York, N. Y. 

Charles Webster Address unknown 

Clarence Elliott Address unknown 

Denison Howlet Hill, Onondaga County, N. Y. 

E. Gilbert Mansfield. Ohio 

Edgar M 3 West 29th Street, New York, N. Y. 

Edmund J Address unknown 

Miss Emily A Exeter. N. H. 

Erastus Corning Alexandria, Ind. 

F. W Bakersfield, Kern County, Cal. 

Miss Flora B P. O. Box 344, Medfield, Mass. 


Robinson, Francis Walter Address unknown 

Robinson, Dr. Francis A 8i Seldon Street, Dorchester Centre, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Frances C Castile, N. Y. 

Robinson, Frank L Columbia Falls, Me. 

Robinson, Fred 411 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Robinson, Rev. Fred Arthur Woodfords Station, Portland, Me. 

Robinson, George Clement 104 Merrimac Street, Haverhill, Mass. 

Robin.son, George Champlin, Jr Address unknown 

Robinson, Miss Hallie Mabel Geneseo, 111. 

Robinson, Hon. Henry P. O. Box 5, Concord, N. H. 

Robinson, Henry M Danbury, Conn. 

Robinson, Herbert L 222 Fourth Avenue; North Great Falls, Mon. 

Robinson. J. Albert M Address unknown 

Robinson, Jacob W 2297 East 93d Street, Cleveland, Ohio 

Robinson. James Lawrence 193 North Main Street, Brockton, Mass. 

Robinson, Prof. James Harvey Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H. 

Robinson, James Nye 217 East Second Street, Corning, N. Y. 

Robinson. John C Middleboro, Mass. 

Robinson, John Cheney Jamaica, Vt. 

Robinson, John Gerry Melrose, Mass. 

Robinson, Joseph E 19 Green Street, Houlton, Me. 

Robinson, Rev. Joseph H. 47 Barkers Terrace, White Plains, N. Y. 

Robinson, Leonard Leland Hotel, Emporia. Kan. 

Robinson, Lewis W Martinsburg, West Va. 

Robinson, Miss Lillian L Address unknown 

Robinson, Miss Mary C 93 Chandler Street, Worcester, Mass. 

Robinson, Miss Mary C 44 Thatcher Street, Bangor, Me. 

Robinson, Miss Mary Elizabeth Address unknown 

Robinson, Rev. Millard L Address unknown 

Robinson, Miss Myra S 24 Spring Street, Pawtucket, R. L 

Robinson, Mrs. Nina Beals Waterbury, Vt. 

Robinson, Philip Eaton 284 High Street, Medford, Mass. 

Robinson, Philip H Address unknown 

Robinson, Miss Rachel Ferrisburg, Vt. 

Robinson, Mrs. Richard Lewis Address unknown 

Robinson, W. G Oswego, N. Y. 

Robinson. William A Address unknown 

Robinson. William H West Chazy, N. Y 

Robinson, William John 242 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Robinson. William L East Gloucester, Mass. 

Robinson, William Philip Auburn, N. Y. 

Allen, Miss Eleanor West Tisbury, Mass. 

Albro, Mrs. Ellen .Amelia .^83 Bryant Street. Buffalo. N. Y. 

Atherton, George Watson R. F. D. No. i, Monroeville, Ohio 

Briggs, Mrs. Martha A. Robinson Address unknown 

Burditt, Charles A 1848 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

Clarke, Mrs. George E (Carrie S.) Algona, la. 

Coleman, Mrs. Emily R 1517 Perry Street, Davenport, la. 

Comings, Alfred, Esq Cairo, 111. 


Crawford, Mrs. Mark L. ( Amie C. ) Address unknown 

Creighton, Dr. Sarah Rcibinson Address unknown 

Cunningham, Mrs. Ella Robinson Address unknown 

Cutts, Mrs. R. A 19 Walden Street, Lynn, Mass. 

Dean, Miss Bertha L 22 Clinton Street, Taunton, Mass. 

Dean, N. Bradford 88 Dean Street, Taunton, Mass. 

Dudley, Mrs. Hattie L 63 Highland Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. 

Eldridge, Mrs. J. E. (Eleanor E.) Address unknown 

Parson, Mrs. Robert Bruce (Clara M. C.) St. Charles, 111. 

Farwell, Mrs, John V Lake Forest, 111. 

Feakins, Mrs. Martha Kirk R. F. D. No i, Fontana. Kan. 

Ford, Mrs. Mary Ella 84 Harvard Street, Whitmans, Mass. 

Germaine, Mrs. Helen M. (Robinson) Address unknown 

Gilmore, Abiel P. R Acushnet, Mass. 

Gilmore, Mrs. Chloe CD Acushnet, Mass. 

Gordon, Mrs. Lilian Sophia Robinson Leland Hotel. Emporia, Kan. 

Goward, William E Easton, Mass. 

Graham, Mrs. Maranda E. Robinson Orange City, Fla. 

Gray, Mrs. Henrietta P Address unknown 

Hall, Mrs. A. L. (Laura Robinson) Newport, N. H. 

Hall, Mrs. Herbert E. (Emily A.) . . . .66 Laurel Street, Fairhaven, Mass. 
Hammond, Mrs. Ashley King (Jessie Robinson) 

47 Claremont Avenue, New York, N. Y. 

Hammond, Miss Cora E Boonton, N. J. 

Harnden, Mrs. M. J P. O. Box 104, Gilbert Station, la. 

Holbrook, Mrs. Henry Clay (Emily Vicks Hamer) 

124 Peeples Street, Atlanta, Ga. 

Holmes, Miss Mary E Sharon, Mass. 

James, Mrs. J. A. (Emma Genevieve Robinson) 

1600 Sunset Avenue, Seattle, Wash. 

Jenkins, E. H New Haven, Conn. 

Jenkins, Mrs. Robert E. (Marcia Robinson) Address rnknown 

Kauffman, Mrs. J. S York Street, Blue Island, 111. 

Keyes, Arthur H Rutland. Vt. 

Kirk, Mrs. J. Frank (Abbie F. Robinson) 

24 State Street, New Bedford, Mass. 

Lacy, Mrs. Mary Robinson Duluique, la. 

Maury, Mrs. Matthew Fontaine, Jr. (Rose Robinson) 

870 Glenwood Avenue, Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio 

MacDonald, Mrs. Josephine Brown Plymouth, Mass. 

McDonald, Mrs. Josephine E '. .Mansfield, Mass. 

McKee, Mrs. George W 6040 Langley Avenue, Chicago, 111. 

McLaren, Mrs. Sara R 20 Humboldt Avenue, Providence, R. I. 

Miller, Frank Care of D. O. Mills' Bank, Sacramento, Cal. 

Monk, Mrs. Lillian.. 1613 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Moore, Leonard Dunham 178 Main Street, Charleston, Mass. 

Mower, Calvin Robinson 401 North Prospect Street, Rockford, 111. 

Norris, James L., Jr 331 C Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Norton, Mrs. Charles O Kearney, Neb. 



Osgood, Mrs. Mary Satterfield Address unknown 

Packard. Mrs. Fred L. (Josephine A.) North Easton, Mass. 

Packard, Mrs. Lewis S. (Abbie W.) Mansfield, Mass. 

Paine, Mrs. Walter J 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass. 

Payson, Mrs. Julia A P. O. Box 344, Medfield, Mass. 

Pelton. Mrs. F. Alaric (Mabel Shipee Clarke) Address unknown 

Penniman, Mrs. Eliza A 13 Elm Place, Quincy, Mass. 

Penniman, George W Clinton, Mass. 

Pettee, Mrs. Maria W Foxboro, Mass. 

Pinney, Mrs. William H. (A. Augusta Robinson) 

350 Central Street, Springfield, Mass. 

Pitcher, Col. David Austin Address unknown 

Poor, Mrs. Janette H Address unknown 

Porter, Mrs. Mary E. Robinson Address unknown 

Rogers, Mrs. Lilla D Bennington. N. H. 

Rose, Miss Aline M Address unknown 

Sanford, Mrs. C. F. (Marie D. Robinson) 

40 Somerset Avenue, Taunton, Mass. 

Sherman, Miss Evelyn M Waterloo, la. 

Sherman, Miss Florence Belle Address unknown 

Sherman, Ward B Address unknown 

Sherman, James P . Waterloo. la. 

Shippee, Harold Robinson 24 Spring Street, Pawtucket, R. I. 

Shippee, Mrs. Elizabeth E. R 24 Spring Street, Pawtucket, R. I. 

Southworth, Mrs. A. C Lakeville, Mass. 

Stabler, Mrs. Jordan (Ellen Walker).. 339 Dolphin Street, Baltimore, Md. 

Stanford, Mrs. Lydia F. R Chatsworth, 111. 

Stearns, Mrs. Urania Robinson Address unknown 

Steenburg, Mrs. Laura H Burdick, Kan. 

Studley, Mrs. Mary Z Address unknown 

Thompson, Mrs. Mary L P, O. Box 463, Mansfield, Mass. 

Tracy, Dr. Dwight 46 West 51st Street, New York, N. Y. 

Vosberg, E. Frederick Du Bois, Pa. 

Watson, Mrs. A. R 132 Montgomery Street, Memphis, Tenn. 

Whittemore, Miss Lucella Washburn. 358 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Mass. 

Wilson, George L 591 Lincoln Avenue, St. Paul, Minn. 

Wilson, Mrs. R. E 4224 Westminster Place, St. Louis, Mo.