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The Robinson Family
Genealogical and Historical


The Robinsons and Their Kin Folk

Second Series, August, 1904

OfficerSt Constitution and By-Laivs

Address to Our Primal Ancestor

Secretary's Report

Gloucester f Mass., Illustrated

Historical Sketches, Illustrated

c/ldditional Members of c4ssociation





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Liberty Street





OFI-lrERS, - - -_.

CoNSnTlTIOX, - -.-.

Hy-Laws, - -.-..

C)l K Primal Ancestor, - - . . .

SeCRKTARY's ReI'OKI', - - -.

Views in Gloucester, . . . _ _

Letters from Henry S. Ru(;<;, Esq.,

Coat Armor in the American Colonies,

Descendants oe Georce and Mary (Bushnell) Roiunson

To THE Robinson Association, - . - .

John Rokinson, ......

John W. Roiunson, . . . . .

Samuel Roblnson, -..-..
Members' Names, - - -









Hon. David I. Robinson,

Our Primal Ancestor,

City of Gloucester, 1892,

HioH School Buildinc, Gloucester,

City Hall,

Old Ellery House,

Willow Road,

Handllnc. Halibut,

Old "Mother Ann,"

Rafe's Chasm,

" Whale's Jaw,"

Old Style Pinkey

New Model of "Schooner,"

Robinson Home, Jamaica, Vt.

Old Robinson Appletree, Jamaica, Vt.

Ex-Lieut. Governor O. W. Robinson,

Capt. O. D. Robinson,


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Sami'ei, Rom.vsoN,

Df.el> ok John Roisinson, - - -

Cai'T. Ebenezer Robinson's House,

Cai't. Samiei, Robinson, . . _

Jmhn Rohinson's Watch, . _ .

Jdhn W. Roi'.inson, - . . .

Mrs. John W. (Ann Butler) Rokinson, -

Stone House of John W. Robinson, -

Residence of William H. Conyncham,

Homestead of Hon. Henry Bradley Wricht,

View of River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,


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orncERS OF the association.

HON. DAVID I. ROBINSON, Gloucester, Mass.

Vice Presidents,

Judge Gifford S. Robinson, Sioux Cit}-, la.

Increase Robinson, Waterville, Me.

*James H. Dean, Esq., Taunton,

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 Raynham, 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.


I. 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
maj' 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 Ph-mouth,

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

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 A.ssociation 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-oificio 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.


By DoANE RuiJiNSON, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Illustrations by " Bart," the leading Western 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 Leyden 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 tlie 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
" Surf side 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
quality 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 vacanc^^

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 tlie Cape.

The report of the last meeting as published 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, Ma?;s., and Miss x\manda 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 highly 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
dcatli 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
shotfv'n and support given by them in our work, and our sym-


pathy 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 Association 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 vxe-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 is;ue of the
Netv 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.

Tins 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, CHfton-Dale, Mass.; Miss Anna B. Robin-
son, Dorchester, Mass.; Mr. Charles F. Robinson, Somerville,
Mass.; Mr. Herbert J. Robinson, 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 pul)lication 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 Raynhau, Mass., 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
has 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.

W.Tkcfield, Mass., July gth, igo2. E. RoiiiNSON, Esq., Yonkers, N. Y.

Dear Mr. Robinson: — I was kindly asked by you to write and read a
paper at the meeting of the Robinson Association, to be held on the 26th of
August, at Gloucester, Mass. I cannot attend that meeting, but having reati
in the July iVezt) England Nistorica/ G en ea logical /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 by the official organ of
that society of the right of the Robinsons 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 official
the power to register and confirm arms, there will never be anyone in this
world with authority to give any binding opinions regarding an_\- American
Arms — and this Republic is never likely to take that step.

I think the memljers of our family at large woulil 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 disappro\al 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 tliat is discovered to be erroneous, and can be so ]iro\en by


evidence. Consistency does not appear as one of tlieir distinctive qualities.
I say these tilings as to tlieir methods, on the observation of people who
frequent their library.

It occurs to nie that it would be proper not to supply that society with
any of the printed matter hereafter issued relating; to the family. They lack
many family histories, found in all the other libraries, for like reasons. 1
note in the current number of their niajfazine, a long list of the genealogies
they lack, many of which may be found 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. Rlx;

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By Henry Stoddard Ruggles, Esq.

WITH 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 hght 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 quahfied to
speak authoritatively on the question and are
sought by the inc|uirer only to have cpoted 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 manv 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 by 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 1760 as the latest period when the
"use of arms unsupported by other evidence can be 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 marrving 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

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