Saturday, December 25, 2010
Hiram Robinson in Vermont, Possible Father of Abiathar
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.