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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 Larned, 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 Bo wen 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, N. 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-officio, yy Mt. Pleasant Avenue,

Gloucester, Mass.
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, Mass.

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, Mass.

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.


J. 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 affairs 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 amended 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 I. 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.

Frep 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 tem. 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 ha?


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 indifiference.

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 formulated 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 sufifering 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 efiicient
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 Mr. 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 otifer 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.

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