Thursday, September 13, 2012


Our Robinson Tree That Works

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        

I've been working on our tree trying to get back to a John Robinson who is of the line of James A. Robinson who matches our DNA.  Here's what I've come up with.
1. Abiathar Smith Robinson b: 1829, our known great grandfather, father of Frank Hugh Robinson, my grandfather. in Royalton, VT, married in Tunbridge, VT next door, moved to Wenona, Illinois
2. LOGICAL FATHER; Amos Robinson IV b: 1797 and wife Lois Safford, born in Royalton, Vermont, died in Decatur, Illinois.  Descendant  doesn't match DNA, ignored for some time.  Lived in Wisconsin for some time.
2.  Hiram Robinson b: 1799, Amos IV's brother, married to Almira Morgan who started the Morgan horses.  in Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York.
3. Amos Robinson III b: 1767 and wife Levina Bullock, born in Lebanon, New London, CT but moved to Decatur, Illinois. connected to Kay Robinson and Susan Dudra.
4. Amos Robinson II, b: 1734 Lunenburg, Mass, and wife Deborah Hyde, moved to Lebanon, New Hampshire.
5. Amos Robinson, Sr, b: 1711, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts and wife Priscilla Lake,
6. Jacob Robinson, b: 1680,  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts and wife Elizabeth Cummings
7. John Robinson b: 1641, Haverhill, Topsfield, Massachusetts and wife Dorothy Perkins,
8. JOHN ROBINSON b: 1611, Meppershall, Bedfordshire, England and wife Elizabeth Pemberton, moved to Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.
   9. John Robinson b: 1580 Meppershall, Bedfordshire, England , wife Katherine Eden
 10. Henry Robinson b. 1557 London, England and wife Elizabeth Orvice
 11. William Robinson, b: 1523  Redriff, Surrey, England and wife Anne Withers
 12 Robert Robinson b: 1492 Redriff, Surrey, England and wife Anne Savage
13. Robert Robinson b: 1465, Redriff, Surrey, England; wife unknown

It's at #8 John Robinson that I meet our dna match, James Robinson.  I have to think that there is some confusion on the dna testing results, as this is rationally a good parent for Abiathar.  He was first found in Royalton, Vermont courting Julia Ann Tuller who at age 15 was on the 1850 Royalton census.  They married in 1852 in Tunbridge, right next door.  There were 11 Smith families in Tunbridge on the 1830 census.  I'm thinking Abiathar's mother came from Tunbridge while father was in Royalton.  Amos's first wife's mother was Nancy Smith, while her daughter was Betsey Davis.  Nancy was married to Asahel Davis Jr.b: 1750 Both died in Royalton, VT.  I haven't a record of their birth places.
   Susan's brother took the DNA test and we did not have a match, though it was a haplogroup R1b1. Luckily my genealogy program allows me to attach a child on many possible parents, so I have been using this ability.   Without documentation, I have to guess.  At the rate Robinsons marry into other Robinson families, we must be related to everyone.  update: I've come back to this connection since it leads to John Robinson of Meppershall.  As to the DNA, we shall see.  No, we do not match with James Alden Robinson with our dna segments, but we do with the haplogroup.  Perhaps this far away, more than 5th cousins, our matching will not show.  

Notes: 9/13/12 Amos Robinson on the 1830 census is the only Robinson in Royalton in this year.  He had 1 boy under 5 that could have been Abiathar.  he had 1 boy from 5-9.  He had 1 male from 20-29 and he was 30-39, born from 1791 to 1800. He had 2 girls under 5, 2 girls from 5-9 and 2 girls from 20-29.   Abiathar was born December 1829.  There were no Smiths in Royalton in 1830 but there were 11 Smiths in Tunbridge:  Betsey, James, Joseph, 2 Josiahs, Moses,   Abiathar and Julia Ann married in Tunbridge.  Obadiah Sr, 2 Stephens, Timothy and William H. Smith.  Usually a child carries the surname of his mother as a middle name.  Next door on 1850 census of Royalton was Aaron Smith family age 50, Rebecca 53, Martha 14.  Amos's first wife's mother was a Smith.  Nancy Smith.
11/9/14  I switched to the brother of Amos, Hiram who married the Oswego girl, Almira Morgan.  Abiathar insisted he was born in New York and later said Vermont.  He raised horses. They could have been the Morgan horses.   His son Frank, my grandfather, was so mad at Abiathar for not allowing him to rescue his horse out of the pasture that the bull was in and it was the Sabbath.  Evidently the horse was injured or killed, causing Frank to leave home and never to return.  As a married man, Frank handled a team of 4 horses in the transport business in Portland, Oregon.  Maybe his learning about horses came naturally to him through grandmother Almira Morgan and her Morgan horses that her father, Justin Morgan, started.  .

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Excellent work, Nadine. Thanks!

Your DNA match,

Jim Robinson
Excellent work, Nadine. Thanks!

Your DNA match,

Jim Robinson
Hi Nadine, have you found any Bennetts in your mix? I have a brick wall of Benjamin Bennett and Elsie/Alcey Robinson both b. c 1799. There is a very interesting Bennett family that I've been researching from Royalston, MA but can't connect.
Hi Nadine, Very nice blog, I ran across it yesterday and have been reading your archives. Since you are interested in other Robinson lines, I will mention our New Jersey Robinson line, starting with John Robinson who arrived aboard the Bristol Merchant in 1685. It is a pretty well researched line. I'm not sure how our DNA matches with your other lines, but my kit in familytreeDNA is #N31615. If you'd like more information on our line, my e-mail is Regards, Vic Robinson
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