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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^ 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, l^G marched out at the Lexington Alarm in the Company
of Capt. Joseph Elliott from Killingly. On May S, 1775, ^"^e
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, 1787, 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
(Safiford) 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, 1865. 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 CaHfornia, Massa-
chusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. She died in 1859.

Rachel, born January 12, died August 23, 1809.

Hannah, born March 4, 1810, married William 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, i8"6o. 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 af 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, 181 7.

Elijah'' Robinson, born in Jamaica, Vermont, August 21,
1 817, grew to manhood on his father's farm. He then studied
for the ministry, entering the Methodist Episcopal Conference
in June, 1843. On June 10, 1844,116 was married at Newfane,
Vermont, to Ellen Brown, who was born January 26, 1826,
in Jamaica, Vermont, the daughter of Orrin and Mary Read
(Cheney) 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, settling 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 Maryville,
Missouri, where he married, December 25, 1871, Florence


Annetta Donaldson, born in Schoharie 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 Evansville, Wisconsin, October 3, 1864.

Theodore Pierson, bom 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.

John 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 family 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 the expense of carrying 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 family of eighteen boys and
girls, whom he is said to have governed well. The Christian
principles which guided his life were accepted l)y him at the
early age of 20. He was active in his church relations and not
less interested in the welfare of his country. He served 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 nativity," 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. May hew and John Daggett of
Martha's Vineyard, Dea. John Guild of Dedham, John Johnson
and Robert Pepper of Roxbur}^ 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 infancy, and their youngest child, Davidf
our ancestor, when only 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, wdiose name has been
handed down in connection with an incident worth}' 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 family.

But that was a digression. We must go back to the oldest
son of David", Everett'' by name, who married, April 17, 1805,
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
troops 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 surviv^ed him nearl)' fifty 3-ears.
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 w^hich
had been hauled overland past the " Soo " Rapids. On one of
these the party embarked ; in one harbor they spent three days
on a rock, but at last reached the little town where they 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 abundant. They found rough log houses made
ready for them by " S. S." Robinson, who had wintered there.
The ladies of the party did not see a white woman from their
artival 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 journey 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 famih-, 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


IvCgislature and twice as Lieutenant-Governor. He ha.s only one
son and one daughter living.

Williams' Dean's sons, Oscar^ David and Orcemus'' Blodgett,
the da}- they graduated from Kimball Union Academy at Meri-
den, N. H., in i86r, enlisted for "four years or for the war,"
and went through their term 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 School
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 States service, and he is buried on Whampoa Island in
the China Sea.

Jesse' Larned, was Everett's*^ fourth son. He married
Clementine Pease and had nine children, only 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 adven-
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, N. 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 young 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
years in California again, but returned to Sauk Rapids, Minn.
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 onl}' daughter, now a widow,
lives in Chicago, 111.

The youngest of Everett's'' children, SamueP Stillman, the
" S. S " previously mentioned, hardly remembers his mother, who
died when he was two and a half years 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 early
50's until within a few years he has been the successful manager
of large mining properties in Michigan, Nevada, Colorado, and
New Mexico. He is a practical geologist, and though now
seventy-eight, within two ^-ears 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 expres.sed 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.






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,

Sincerel)' your kinswoman,

Ida*^ Robinson Bronson.
Chicago, III. (Mrs. Edward P. Bronson.)

^ ^ ^



By Mrs. Martha A. Robinson, Portland, Me.

JOHN 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 Eittlefield; Sarah*, who married John
Saw-yer; Andrew*, who married Martha Gardiner; Mar>^*, who
died single; John*, who married Mehitable Woodbury; Jona-
than*, Hannah*, Davnd*, and Abigail*.





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John* Robinson, the seventh child, married Mehitable Wood-
bury- on the 9th of February-, 1738. She was the daughter of
Joshua Woodbury, who was born in Beverly, Mass., in the 3'ear

It is recorded that this Joshua ' ' was the third generation of
Woodbur\-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

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