Friday, March 24, 2017


Elusive John Robinson Might Be a John From Reverend John Robinson-Mayflower Ship in Holland: A Windsor, Vermont Find

Nadene Goldfoot                                          

If you're following my story of trying to find Abiathar Smith Robinson, my ggrandfather's father.  On the 1850 census of Royalton, Vermont, we find Julia Ann Tuller, age 15.  She married Abiathar later on.  Abiathar was not on this census taken on October 28th , but living with the Tuller family and listed was a JOHN ROBINSON AGE 51.  He had no wife listed.  He was alone.  Abiathar must have been courting Julia then, as they married on February 29, 1852 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont-next door to Royalton where there were lots of Robinsons, Tullers, and Durkees.  Julia's mother was a Durkee.

Now, lo and behold, today I ran across John Milton Robinson living in Windsor, Vermont!  Oh my gosh!  He, upon checking, actually was living in Weathersfield, Windsor, Vermont, about 42 miles from Royalton, Windsor, Vermont where Julia Ann Tuller lived.  He was born at the right time to be Abiathar's father.  February 15, 1800.  Remember, the census said 1799 as he was 51 in 1850.

Just like the information on elusive John Robinson of Tunbridge, neither one had a wife listed.  The wife of John Milton Robinson was not listed and evidently there was only the one son, the never listed anywhere:  Abiathar Smith Robinson b: December 1829.  It was when Abiathar married Julia and wound up in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois, that we finally got some information on him, very sketchy information.  We know from Abiathar's son and my grandfather, Frank Hugh Robinson, that Abiathar was very religious and strict about the Sabbath.  He would not allow Frank to take out his horse from the field with the bull that got in it, thus saving the life of his horse because it was Sunday.  Frank ran away from home because of this and never returned.  He lost complete contact.
So, John Milton Robinson looks like a good candidate, too.  I followed this lead and it brought me to
people I already had on my tree from previous theories, and this led to Reverend John Robinson of our Pilgrim Story who sent the Pilgrims to America on the Mayflower  like this:

John Milton Robinson,  b: 15 February, 1800; d: 19 February, 1870
Jasper Robinson, b: 13 August 1772; d: 5 September 1842
Elijah Robinson, b: 1 October 1735: d: 25 January 1809
Benjamin Robinson, b: 23 February 1702/3; d: 12 April 1772
Peter Robinson, Sr., b: June 1665; d: February 1739/40
Isaac Robinson, b: 1610-1620 Reusel-de Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands, Leiden, Holland
  d: 1704, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, son of John, Reverend. sailed on ship

AFTER MAYFLOWER to Massachusetts, America
JOHN Robinson, Reverend, b: 1575 Sturton Nottinghamshire, or Lincolnshire, England, father of Isaac Robinson who sailed to America.  John stayed in Holland. "Robinson was born at Sturton-Le-Steeple in Nottinghamshire, England between March and September 1576."
A Thanksgiving was celebrated with the Indians who taught them how to grow corn and find food.
They celebrated for 3 days!  A wonder being half of the Pilgrims died right off after landing.  Isaac Robinson could have been there.  
The John Robinson, Reverend descendants have their own webpage that I had found and nobody had an Abiathar Smith Robinson ancestor.  I checked with their leader, and he had had a DNA test.  His DNA was the same as my male cousin's, EXPECT, his DYS 393 was a 13, and ours was a 12.  So I had dropped the idea.  That was only one person out of a zillion who had bothered to take the test and report.  Should I be stopped by one person's test?  I figured I should and dropped that lead that was with another person, now lost to me but probably somewhere on the tree.  I have zillions of Robinsons now on my tree and many possible sets of  parents.

No, I don't think our Robinson is from this line, even though John Milton was so close to Royalton.  It's just that it's things like this that make tracing a man with unknown parents or wife very very difficult and that's why DNA testing is so important.  Back to the elusive plain old John Robinson of Tunbridge, Vermont.  At least he leads to a DNA match on a twig of that branch.

Update 3/27/17: I looked at the facts again connected to where Abiathar and Julia Ann are buried:  Wenona, Marshall, Illinois.  The facts are much stronger there that Abiathar Smith Robinson is the son of Sally Smith  who was married to Hiram Robinson, Jr married on April 1, 1829.  He then died in 1839.  This is where my first assumption had picked Hiram as the father.  Sally is also buried in Wenona.  We also have another son buried there of Hiram's;  Oscar L. Robinson born in Bennington but buried in Wenona, Illinois and his wife, Sarah E. Powell. Sally remarried Thomas Russell since Hiram died very young at age 30.  Son Martin Russell is buried in Wenona.   How I'll connect to my DNA match, Sherie now, I don't know.  Her ancestor must have married into the family somehow.  Our line again ends up with a George Robinson b: 1639 in Boston, Massachusetts and wife Mary Bushnell of 1638 Ten Hills Farm, Medford, Massachusetts.  Yes, if his parents came over in the 1630 convoy of ships headed for America, he would have been born in Boston, MA.  That was the story my grandfather Frank Hugh Robinson related.  


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