Friday, December 31, 2010


Discovery of Hiram Robinson's Missing Son

I had figured out that a Hiram Robinson born 1799 in Royalton, Vermont could have been the father of my ggrandfather, Abiathar Smith Robinson. I hoped Abiathar had also been from Royalton being he married Julia Ann Tuller who was born in Royalton. They went over the county line to Tunbridge to marry in 1852, which was just a few miles away.

Hiram's 1840 census showed that he had a son that wasn't on the known list of his children. It would have fit the year Abiathar was born. What I did was check out Robinsons from Royalton, and Hiram was most interesting. He was married to Almira Morgan, whose father was the famous Justin Morgan, who started the Morgan horses. He's so famous that his tombstone is in the museum in Randolph, Orange, Vermont.

I contacted the Historical Society of Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York where many of this family had been living. They answered immediately with three pieces of printed information from January 19, 1928 in which Hiram's grandson, Charles H. Robinson had sent in information about his grandparents and their children.

The missing child's name was Albert, not Abiathar. So close and yet not the brass ring. I wondered if this grandson was going by his memory or if he had a bible with the name written in it. The child could have had the birthday of Abiathar being which was December 1829.

The surprising thing is that another son of Hiram's is also Justin Morgan, Jr. who married Sarah "Sally" Durkee who is really my 3rd cousin 5X removed. This Justin died in Stockbridge, Windsor, VT which is cattycorner from Royalton, VT south and west of it.

I printed out information from Tunbridge, VT about their cemeteries and found they have a Durkee Cemetery used from 1812 to 1981. Now I know for sure that I must visit this place where so many of my ancestors were. Alva Button married my Abiathar and Julia and they have a Button Cemetery used from 1780 to today. They also have a Hutchinson used from 1788 to 1923 and we have Hutchinsons on the tree.

Abiathar was born in 1829, so looking at the population in Tunbridge in 1830, I see they had 1,920 people. Royalton had 1,893. One of these men could have been the father I'm looking for.

Resource: Sketches from Charles H. Robinson January 19, 1928 from Sandy Creek Historian

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Saturday, December 25, 2010


Hiram Robinson in Vermont, Possible Father of Abiathar

This is a picture of a Robinson family reunion at the Pacific Ocean.  MIldred Goldfoot nee Robinson is sitting in the wheel chair.  Her brother's family is making up most of the people in the picture. 
Morgan horse is the symbol for Vermont
There is a Hiram Robinson born on August 12, 1799 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont, a key city to our genealogy. He was married to Almira Morgan of the famous Morgan horses. I looked at the 1840 census and also on the 1850 and 1860 census in Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York where I found him and he had listed a son age 10-14..My ggrandfather, Abiathar Smith Robinson, fits in this category and would have been 11 years old. There were 11 in the family; 8 children and Hiram and wife Almira and one of their mothers. Of the children, 7 were boys and 1 was a girl.

My grandfather, Frank Hugh Robinson, was very very partial to his horse that was kept in the field. On the Sabbath Frank found that the bull was in the field with his horse and he was petrified. He had to get them separated. Abiathar was extremely strict about the sabbath and wouldn't let Frank rescue his horse. I'm wondering if they also were raising Morgan thoroughbreds. At any rate, the horse was killed by the bull and Grandpa ran away from home. He was then about 16 years old, and never returned.

Frank always was good with horses. In Portland, Oregon, where he eventually lived after being born in Wenona, Illinois, he had a team of 4 horses and went to the docks, transporting boxes in his wagon. He was even the secretary of his Teamsters Union, and Mom said that he had the most beautiful handwriting. He even knew my other grandfather, Russian-born Nathan Goldfoot with one horse hitched to his wagon. Frank saw that Nathan was having a difficult time with that one horse, which eventually threw Nathan out of his wagon, and he hit his head, landed in the St. Vincent's Hospital where he never regained consiousness. Evidently being a teamster was not an easy job, requiring years of experience dealing with horses.

I'm hoping that Hiram is our ancestor. He was the son of Amos Robinson, Jr of Connecticut who died in Decatur, Macon, Illinois and his 2nd wife, Elizabeth "Betsey" Hughes. Now this maiden name of Hughes is a giveaway. Frank's full name is Frank Hugh Robinson! It could be in rememberance of the grandmother that they used the name Hugh. I hope so! Also, when Abiathar was asked where he was born, he sometimes said New York, and then finally, Vermont. He did marry Julia Ann Tuller of Royalton, Vermont in 1852 in Tunbridge, a stone's throw away. He must have had relatives in the two towns, or at least one of them by then. Otherwise, why was he courting in Royalton?

Also, this would definitely connect my line with that of Susan Dudra and Kay Robinson, two other genealogist of the Robinson family tree. That would be fantastic.
I have found out that Sandy Creek is still a little village.It was incorporated on September 4, 1878. I sent an email to the today asking about the Robinsons. In the Barnard cemetery are L. Meigs, Muzz, Chapin and Clark; names on my tree.

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Monday, December 20, 2010


R1b1b2 Testing of DNA Report

If you have had your dna tested and are in R1b1b2, here is the latest report. Vincent tells more in depth research for deep clade testing, etc in his full report on ISOGG.

The basic story of R1b1b2 hasn't changed since our last update: I still estimate this haplogroup to be about 5-6,000 years old, to have an origin somewhere in SW Asia, and to have spread into Europe from there. from Vincent Vizachero, leader in dna group R1b1b2.

The best way to see if you are related to another Robinson is to have both parties tested for their dna. I did that and found that someone I was sure to be related to just wasn't so. We have to keep away from assumptions as Robinson is such a well-used surname, 16th most popular in the USA. That dna test forced me to disconnect from a whole long line of Robinson, but facts are facts. I didn't delete them, just disconnected. You never know. Somewhere along that line, someone may have married into them. I even have a Robinson marrying a Robinson. Sometimes I think that all of New England was just made up of Robinsons.


Sunday, December 19, 2010


American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)

I found the Bennington, Bennington, Vermont Birth lists and on it was an unusual name.
Adonijah Mervin Robinson was born there on May 16, 1789. His father's name was unreadable, but the mother was listed as Mary Town. I did a little math and see that this man would be 40 years old at the time of my ggrandfather, Abiathar Smith Robinson.

He was listed in the AGBI. which said, "
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about Adonijah Robinson
Adonijah Robinson b: 1790 in New York, Volume 148, page number 45
Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 12 Dec 1935, 2806

Very often I see such a reference and never bother to go to the libary and find it. This time I hope I will. I'm interested in that Bennington lists him born in VT while this lists him in NY. That is exactly like the confusion Abiather has shown on the census information; NY and Vermont for births. At one time certain areas were a part of NY. I guess it was hard for them to say Vermont afterwards.

I do not have Adonijah on my list of Robinson Tree. I wish I knew his father's name.

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