Saturday, January 02, 2010

Abiather Smith Robinson met Julia Ann Tuller in Vermont and married in Tunbridge in 1852. During the Civil War Abiathar Smith Robinson and wife Julia Ann nee Tuller lived in Canada where several children were born. (Durkee Family Newsletter) "There was much going back and forth between the northern counties of Vermont and New Hampshire and the border counties of Quebec. If land was available most of the settlers did not care which country it was in. There was a fairly large English speaking population in these border counties.

His family could have been in Vermont for the past 78 or 79 years.[ The first settlement of English was in 1724. It was Fort Dummer or "Brattleboro." In 1760 more people moved in. They were from Conn. and Mass. They purchased land.] He stated on 1900 census b: NY.
The family oral tradition was that his family didn't come over from Wales (could also have been Scotland-but Grandpa Frank remembered Wales) on the Mayflower. They came on the next ship. Our ancestors were probably Pilgrims that came over after the Mayflower. They were then separatists from the Church of England. The 30 years after the Mayflower saw about 20,000 English immigrants arrive in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and because of the strictness there, our ancestors moved into what was to become New Hampshire and Connecticut.

The journey on the terribly overcrowed ship took over 6 to 12 weeks and often ran out of food even though they were promised food. It cost about 30 pounts ($1,000) for a family of 8 with a ton of freight to come over. That was a lot of money even in 1630. So far I haven't found any Robinsons on any of the ships. We know that Pastor John Robinson, the minister who sent the Pilgrims over in 1620, didn't ever come over but his son Isaac Robinson did. Other Robinsons must have come around that time, too, being it is such a common name.
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