Friday, October 13, 2017
Chasing the "Smith" in Abiathar Smith Robinson to JOSEPH SMITH, Mormon
|Abiathar Smith Robinson 1829-1904|
Younger picture from 2nd cousin Tom
I'm on another tangent today of still delving into the mystery of who Abiathar Smith Robinson's parents really are because I have no hard evidence, great theories. He appeared in my maternal grandfather's bible as the father of Grandfather Frank Hugh Robinson, my mother's father. Frank ran away from home at about age 16 according to his oral history over his father not letting him remove his horse from a pasture where the bull had entered. It was on a Sunday and his father wouldn't allow it. Thus Frank removed himself forever from his family. He did try to locate them later in life, but he said the building of records had burned down. However, I had found him living next door to one of his sisters later on during his first marriage. It must have been after that that he lost communication with anyone. So we have never learned more about the family other than Abiathar, born December 1829 was very strict religiously. He hasn't appeared on any records other than 1852 marriage, and 1870, 1880, 1900 census. Being born before 1850 is hard on me as his name was not on any census and this means that his father could have been but he was just a tally mark. No name. He missed being on any 1850 census or ancestry.com would have found it. I've hunted online for over 10 years and he hasn't showed up. A Waterman cousin, professional librarian, hunted in person, going to county offices, and couldn't find hide nor hair of him.
Abiathar Smith Robinson b: December 1829 in New York or Vermont according to census information was married to Julia Ann Tuller in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont on February 29, 1852, which is very close to Royalton, Vermont where she was born and raised.
Tunbridge is full of Robinsons and Tullers and Durkees who are buried there according to my source, findagrave.com. Now I find a Smith Cemetery there as well. Only 2 people are buried there.
|Too small to be tended by anyone|
To find the graves of the 2 people here, From Tunbridge village go north on VT Route 110 about 1/4 mile and turn right onto Strafford Road just before you cross the highway bridge. Go about 3-3/4 miles on Strafford Road and turn left onto County Turnpike. Go about 6/10 mile to Bicknell Road. Turn right onto Bicknell Road and go about 1 mile and drive a short distance up the hill beyond Larkin Road. The cemetery is on the left being located at the edge of a pasture, the plot surrounded by an electric cattle fence. It is said that there are seven graves with the first burial dated 1807 and the last in 1881. That was probably Major Smith who was buried that year.
Alma Andrus Smith was born June 10, 1805 and died January 6, 1853. Her husband was Major Smith, also buried there.
Major Smith was born November 14, 1804 and died September 23, 1881. His parents were Joseph and Hannah Fifield. This information and the following is from the Tunbridge section in Hamilton Child, Gazetteer of Orange County, Vermont 1762-1888: "Major SMITH, remained in this town and cared for his parents in their old age. He always lived here, and is buried in the family burying-ground on the old farm. Of his children, two sons and one daughter, Azro A., the eldest, is pastor of the Congregational church at Johnson, and the daughter died in 1863, leaving, one child."
Hanna Fifield Smith was Major Smith's mother. Hannah married Joseph Smith at Gilmanton, Belknap, NH on 23 Feb 1794 with Rev. Isaac Smith officiating.
Joseph Smith, developer of the Mormon Religion, was from Gilmanton, Belknap, New Hampshire . Was his mom Joseph Smith's daughter in law? Information below is from "findagrave.com"
Son Major Smith
|Birth:||Nov. 14, 1804|
|Death:||Sep. 23, 1881|
Major was the son of Joseph and Hannah (Fifield) Smith. This information and the following is from the Tunbridge section in Hamilton Child, Gazetteer of Orange County, Vermont 1762-1888: "Major SMITH, remained in this town and cared for his parents in their old age. He always lived here, and is buried in the family burying-ground on the old farm. Of his children, two sons and one daughter, Azro A., the eldest, is pastor of the Congregational church at Johnson, and the daughter died in 1863, leaving, one child."
Family links: of Major Smith
Hannah Fifield Smith
Alma Andrus Smith (1805 - 1853)*
"May 16, 2014 - Family experiences may have shaped Joseph Smith's questions about God, ... The new Smith family lived at the Tunbridge farm for six years before Joseph determined to ... the family moved again to Tunbridge, then to Royalton, Vermont. ... Here, with Don Carlos's birth, the family grew—but little else did."
Joseph met his wife, Lucy Mack, through her brother, Stephen Mack. "To distract her from her grief, Stephen Mack invited Lucy to stay with him at his home in Tunbridge, Vermont. There, Lucy’s "depressed" mood began to change after she became acquainted with a tall, strong 23-year-old named Joseph Smith. Joseph and Lucy were married on January 24, 1796."
For months, Lucy and the children waited in Norwich, Vermont hoping for good news from him. At length, Joseph Smith Sr. sent word for his family to join him in a town called Palmyra, over 300 miles away in the fertile, wheat-growing Genesee country of New York.
I found a Moses Robinson in the Genesee, Allegany, New York area who was already on my tree leading to a 1600 George Robinson, not the Reverend John of the Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower. This was the line I had first thought our genealogy would lead us. A Smith girl could have married or had an affair with a Robinson boy from this area where Abiathar could have been born. But I'm counting on him being connected to the Reverend John Robinson line as his DNA is leading me to believe.
Tunbridge's Durkee Cemetery- 64 interred
Going back to Tunbridge, there are a few Smiths on record there with findagrave.com. Emily Nelson Smith born in 1820 and died on January 2, 1900 is buried in the Durkee Cemetery. Julia Ann Tuller, Abiathar's wife's mother was Asenith Durkee. The Smith middle name very likely is for her. Her husband was Pvt. George W. Smith born August 13, 1822 and died December 29,1921 in Tunbridge. George was born in Peru, Maine and was senile at death. He lived all his life in Maine, but was boarding with Joseph and Mary Fay in Strafford, Orange Vermont on June 4, 1900 when the census was taken.This took place 5 months after his wife had died. He was 77 years old then and was a widower. He was listed as a farm laborer. The question I ask is why are they buried in the Durkee Cemetery if all their life was spent in Maine?
I found an Emily Nelson on the 5th August 1870 census of Strafford, Orange, Vermont. On it was Levi Nelson, 85, wife Mary 80, and Aaron Nelson 53 and Emily Nelson 44 who could have been Aaron's wife. That means that Aaron could have later died and Emily was a 2nd wife to George W. Smith. I doesn't explain the Smith middle name of my 1829 born ggrandfather, Abiathar Smith Robinson. I saw that below their names was listed Joseph and Mary Fay! I don't have them in my name bank, but I do have many Fays. Fays have married Robinsons in Bennington, Vermont.
John Robinson b: 1803 d: May 20, 1870 was born and died in Tunbridge and buried here. I've long thought that could have been the John Robinson living with Julia Ann Tuller's family in Royalton, VT found on the 1850 census with Julia and her family. I thought perhaps he was Abiathar's father. They had given his age as 51 then, making his birth 1799 on the census.
I found 2 Joseph Fays buried in the Robinson Cemetery in Strafford, Orange, Vermont.
Joseph L. Fay with headstone was born about 1808 and died at age 62 on November 5, 1870.
Joseph Fay with headstone was born 1843 and died at age 81 in 1924.
Fays number 12 in this cemetery:
Bartletts, 5 of them are buried here. They are Abiel, Charles H, Rebekah, Ruth and Samuel. Bartletts are also on my DNA match of segments on chromosomes who is a 3rd cousin.
Durkee-3 of them are here.
Robinson-24 are here.
I might be able to connect everyone in this cemtery to either Abiathar or most likely Julia Tuller, his wife. It could even turn out that the John Robinson living with them was a relative from Tunbridge! Good grief! I never thought of that.
|Wallace and Julia Smith, a Pioneer Family in 1800|
Smith is worse than Robinson. Robinson was the 16th most popular surname, now has dropped to the 20th. Smith is number 1. " If you have a Smith in your family, you have a staggering 81 million records to pore through on Ancestry. Smith has long been the most common surname in both the United States and Great Britain. Each U.S. census lists more and more Smiths, from 274,919 in 1850 to 2,376,206 in 2000. Yet the name is far from generic and has a rich and complicated history." Robinson can also be a Jewish name, and I through my father, am Jewish. Clark, which is on the Robinson tree, is number 21 in popularity.
I've always wondered about the Smith middle name. Usually it means the parent of the mother, and that Mom was a Smith. Look at this common pattern, part of the family below:
Descendants of Harvey A. Robinson
1 Harvey A. Robinson b: August 23, 1821 d: March 13, 1866 in Hume, Allegheny, New York
.. +Elizabeth Fuller b: 1824 d: 1856
. 2 Hubbard Fuller Robinson b: 1856 d: 1891
So is my Abiathar Smith Robinon's mother the daughter of Hannah Smith married to THE Joseph Smith of the Mormon religious history? Being Abiathar married in Tunbridge, it's possible in not a huge coincidence.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Robinson Tree Discovers Missing GGGrandparents Through DNA Testing of Y Haplogroup Match
1 Samuel Sherbourne Robinson b: January 15, 1810 in Mt. Vernon, Kennebec, Maine d: October 21, 1892 in Mt. Vernon, Kennebec, Maine
1  James ROBINSON b: January 24, 1777 in Deerfield, Rockingham, New Hampshire d: March 26, 1857 in Mt Vernon, Kennebec, Maine
.. +Phebe Sherbourne b: Abt. 1777 in Wakefield, New Hampshire d: in prob. Mt Vernon, Kennebec, Maine
As I look at my evidence in the light of the next 5am morning, I am depending on Abiathar's present sibling, Samuel Sherbourne Robinson, to be an actual sibling. It's a most logical connection, unverified still. Yet we do have this matching DNA on the Y haplogroup that is a rare match and the tree. I still wonder why Abiathar didn't go into Maine or even New Hampshire, and why he went into Canada in those 10 some years in the 60's. Was he ostracized from the family? Did they have a bru-ha-ha like Abiathar had with my grandfather, Frank Hugh Robinson? Did they just lose touch with each other? Questions still remain. How do fathers get separated from their sons?
As it turns out, our Robinsons are not one of Reverend John Robinson who sent the Pilgrims from Holland onto the Mayflower. In this case, their DNA's Y haplogroup is unknown, though an R. Now, my next challenge will be to connect my three female dna matches that I have found through 23&Me, Family Tree DNA and GedMatch.com. Maybe it will now be easier. I'll be checking out the Meppershall Tree. Whatever, with Abiathar's oral history of his ancestor coming to America not on the Mayflower but the next ship, we know we originated in Massachusetts, and wandered through Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and now can add Maine to our New England Robinson family. Like grandfather Frank had said, he was A BLUE BLOODED YANKEE!
Notable people from this part of Maine are:
- Joseph W. Allen, state legislator
- Joseph Payne, musician
- John H. Rice, U.S. congressman
- Moses Sherburne, politician and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Moses G. Sherburne (January 25, 1808 – March 23, 1868) was an American politician and jurist.(Isn't this a derivative of Sherbourne?)Born in Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, Sherburne studied at the academy in China, Maine. He then studied law and was admitted to the Maine bar in 1831. He practiced law in Phillips, Maine, where he served as postmaster and in the Maine Legislature, and later lived in Franklin County, Maine. Sherburne served in the Maine House of Representatives, in 1842, and then in the Maine State Senate, in 1845, as a Democrat. Sherburne also served as justice of the peace and then as probate judge for Franklin County, Maine. He was also major general for the Maine militia. In 1850, Sherburne served as Maine Bank Commissioner. He then ran for the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1852. He finished in Minnesota.
- John L. Stevens, U.S. diplomat and Republican Party founder
It would help to have several or more claimants of belonging to Reverend John Robinson's line to have the same Y haplogroup as my male cousin. Otherwise, my connecting to people of the same haplogroup looks like the better choice. Y haplogroup has very small mutations over a period of time. It's a way of telling who is on the same branch. Genealogy is showing one thing, yet science is showing another with science's DNA evidence in both. This is one big conundrum for me!
Another look at Peter Robinson on the Reverend John Robinson tree showed an amazing fact! Peter Robinson, son of Peter Robinson, Sr. was born October 25, 1717 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts in 1717 but died in Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshire!
That's where my searching on this line stopped. I think I've found the connection to both trees, if that's possible. Oh my. Maybe it has helped to write all this out. Halleluhah! I need to find more Robinsons now.
Peter Robinson's brother, already on the tree, is Ebenezer Robinson, Major in the Revolutionary war who had moved from Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts to Roxbury, Delaware, New York. He is the father of Daniel Robinson, Reverend b: 1771 in Carmel, Putnam, New York who died in Kattellville, Broome, Schoharie, New York in 1866. He was the father of Israel Robinson b: 1800 in Roxbury and died in Kattellville in 1867 who was the father of Ebenezer Ganong and most likely, ABIATHAR SMITH ROBINSON (1829).
Peter Robinson 1695-1785 and wife Elizabeth Sabin's 2 sons fathered the 2 different branches. He was born in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts and died in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
Major Ebenezer was born in 1735 in Rehoboth and he died in Roxbury, Delaware, New York. His wife was Anna Stone.
John was born in 1742 in Rehoboth and he died in Otsego, New York. His wife was Phoebe Clapp. It was his son, Jacob H Robinson born in 1790 in Vermont and died in Bakersfield, Franklin, Vermont that leads to a chromosomal match.
Thus we have the connection between the two trees. Rockingham, New Hampshire shows up in both trees. This is it. Who Abiathar's parents are doesn't really matter. He must be on both lines. DNA has proved that through the Y haplogroup of being R-L21 and also by finding actual chromosome matches of segments from people connected to the John Robinson-Pilgrim line. Whew! Think I'll keep him on the latter line with Ebenezer Ganong as a brother and Israel Robinson as his father. My Jewish bloodline and being a defender of Israel draws me with a smile to this ggggrandfather of mine. My father, Maurice Goldfoot, was a buyer of cattle. He would smile thinking that Israel lived in Kattellville.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
DNA Leads to Roxbury, New York for Abiathar Smith Robinson's birth
|Church that Robinsons attended|
|Frank Hugh Robinson as a little boy with father, Abiathar Smith Robinson|
Abiathar met his wife, Julia Ann Tuller, in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont and married her in 1852 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont. She was 17, he 23. Was he from New York or Vermont?
|Batavia Kill was a small stream running down in the east of Vega Mountain in the area SE of the town of Roxbury. The Robinsons farmed and ran mills on the banks of the Kill. Vega Mountain, east of the town of Roxbury where Major Ebenezer Robinson, his sons and sons-in-law settled in 1793 to 1794. "The oldest school-house in this town is the one above Robinson's grist-mill, up the Hardscrabble road. It was built in 1813, of stone, and is in as good condition as when built. Since the consolidation of the districts around the village with the village district, it has been used by the "Christians" as a place of worship, but at present there is no organization of the kind in the town."|
|Promoted to Major by July, 1776. A company such as he had commanded as Captain would consist of 85 to 100 men from a specific neighborhood or town. They constituted a “beat” or company. On the first “beat” of a drum, the first company would organize, and so on through the six beats of the regiment. “Each man had to furnish his own good musket or firelock and Bayonet, sword or tomahawk, a steel ramrod, worm, priming wire and brush fitted thereto, a cartouch box to contain 23 rounds of cartridges, 12 flints and a knapsack, or to be fined under forfeiture.”|
Everyone in those days were farmers, and of course the Robinson's all over New England were farmers, too. Major Ebenezer Robinson born 1735 that then could be Abiathar's great grandfather. He died in 1802 in Roxbury, New York. Born in Massachusetts, he had been a Major in the Revolutionary War. Ebenezer's son was Issachar b: 1761 in Dutchess, NY and died in Delaware, New York. His son was Daniel G born in 1796 in Roxbury and then Daniel's 2nd son I hope was Abiathar Smith. The 1st son, Abiathar's brother, was then Ebenezer Ganong Robinson b 1823. It is from this connection that we connect our DNA and our genealogy trees.
|Leaving Royalton, Vermont for Montreal, Canada|
|Farming, breaking sod on prairie|
1857, October, Nellie Elizabeth Robinson b: in Canada, Upper English
1861, April 12 Civil War began in USA
1861, August, Emma Hattie Robinson b: in Canada
1864, April 21, John C. Robinson b: in Canada, Montreal English
|Returning after Civil War but to Wenona, Illinois|
1865, May 9 Civil War ended in USA
Monday, May 15, 2017
Events Leading to the Robinson's Move to Upper Canada From Vermont
1861 to 1865
1776 USA born after Revolutionary War-July 4th
1777 Vermont first USA state to prohibit slavery
1829 Abiathar Smith Robinson born-December
1834 Julia Ann Tuller born -December
1834 Slavery abolished in Great Britain
1834 Start of Underground Railroad from South USA to SW Ontario, Canada to escape slavery
1852 Julia Ann and Abiathar marry in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, USA, February 29
1852 Edward Rix Robinson born, Vermont USA in November not on 1870 census
1853 Edgar C Robinson born, Vermont USA on 1870 census age 17
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
1856 Possible time of move to Canada: Why? What was Lure?
Had they been Loyalists? Quakers? Land hungry? Abolitionists?
1857 Nellie Elizabeth Robinson born Upper Canada (English Speaking) in October on 1870 census age 11in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
1859 Wenona, Marshall, Illinois incorporated-on RR Line
1861 Emma Hattie Robinson born Canada in August on 1870 census in Wenona age 9
1864 John C Robinson born Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 21 on 1870 census in Wenona age 7
|Map of Upper Canada (in orange) with contemporary Canada (in pink) surrounding it|
"The Province of Upper Canada (French: province du Haut-Canada) was a part of British Canada established in 1791 by the United Kingdom, in order to govern the central third of the lands in British North America and to accommodate Loyalist refugees of the United States after the American Revolution. The new province remained, for the next fifty years of growth and settlement, the colonial government of the territory.
Events in Canada from 1852 to 1865: Robinson Tree Genealogy
Exploring time spent in Canada:
1852 - The Grand Trunk Railway receives its charter.
June 6, 1854 - Canada and the U.S. sign a Reciprocity Treaty, ensuring reduction of customs duties (June 6).
1855 - Bytown is renamed Ottawa.
1856 - The Grand Trunk Railway opens its Toronto-Montréal line.
November 17, 1856 - Grand Trunk Railway completed
1857 - Palliser Expedition sent to explore Ruperts Land.
1857 - Queen Victoria designates George-Étienne Cartier's choice of Ottawa as capital of the Province of Canada.
1857 - Desjardins Canal railway bridge collapse, Hamilton, Ontario - 60 killed
April 25, 1858 - Start of Fraser River Gold Rush
November 19, 1858 - The Birth of British Columbia
1858 - The Halifax-Truro line begins rail service.
1858 - Chinese immigrants from California arrive in British Columbia, attracted by the Fraser River Gold Rush.
February 2, 1859 - - Ottawa Chosen as the Capital of Canada
November 9, 1859 - Reformers Hold Convention
1859 - James Carnegie, the Earl of Southesk is the first tourist in Western Canada.
September 1, 1860 - Prince of Wales lays cornerstone of the Parliament buildings.
June 27, 1860 - First Queen's Plate Horse Race
1860 End of Underground Railroad Usage
1861, April 12-start of Civil War, USA
November 8, 1861 - Britain Arms Canada During the Trent Crisis
1861 - Joseph Howe becomes Premier of Nova Scotia.
1862 - Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick accepts its first woman student.
1862 - Start of Canada-wide Smallpox Epidemic - 20,000 killed
1862 - Smallpox Epidemic starts to decimate Haida people of Queen Charlotte Islands, BC - 9,400 killed in the next decade, to 1872
September 1, 1864 - Charlottetown Conference takes the first steps toward Confederation; originally designed to discuss Maritime union; (to Sept. 9).
October 19, 1864 - St. Albans Raid - 25 Confederate States of America soldiers using Montréal as a base raid St. Albans, Vermont; they rob three banks of $200,000, torch the town and kill one person. "On October 19, 1864, St. Albans was the site of the St. Albans Raid, the northernmost Confederate land action of the American Civil War, which was an enemy cavalry raid and bank robbery across the border from Quebec, Canada.. References to "St. Albans" prior to this date generally refer to the town center, which now belongs to the city. The town was incorporated in 1859, and the city in 1902.]
1865 Julia Robinson born listed on 1870 census as born in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
October 10, 1865 - Delegates Meet at the Québec Conference to Plan Confederation. They identify the Seventy Two Resolutions that set out the basis for union; to October 27, 1865.
1867, July 1; Canada divided into Provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
1869 William S Robinson born in Wenona Marshall, Illinois
1870 Frank Hugh Robinson born on June 21 in Wenona (my grandfather)
1870 USA Census: Abiathar and family are in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois.
1875 Minnie J. Robinson born in Wenona.
1879 Arthur Roy Robinson born in Wenona.
1883 Coal mine in Wenona which offers jobs. " The principal mine in this county is located at Wenona, on the Illinois Central railroad, and is operated by the Wenona Coal Company. The mine is comparatively new. It went into operation in the summer of 1883."
St. Albans, Franklin, Vermont was about 100 miles or less to Royalton, Windsor, Vermont. It is a major port for immigration to and from Canada. One would think that this Robinson family would have known about the Underground Railroad's goings on. After all, I do not know for sure what town Abiathar was born in. I do know he was living in Tunbridge, Orange County in 1852 when he was 23 years old. It's even possible that some of the St. Albans' Robinsons could have been their relatives. findagrave.com lists 152 Robinsons in Franklin County.
It may be that Julia Ann was the instigator of moving to Upper Canada, especially to Ontario. Her mother was Asenith Durkee and they must have had lots of relatives up there. There were many Durkees living throughout the area. For example, there was a Sarah Durkee who married on January 2, 1860 in Oxford, Ontario, Canada. An Ontario death happened to William Durkee at age 76 with parents Myran Durkee born in Smithville and Elizabeth Meredith. William's wife was Ellen Durkee. Gladys Durkee used the St. Albans Vermont Boarder Crossing in 1895 to go to Norwich, Canada.
I even found a Sarah Fannie Tuller, 5'7" green eyed 34 year old lady crossing from Madoc, Ontario, Canada to Vermont in 1895. Sarah was heading for Michigan for a permanent stay. She was Welsh! Ah ha! The biggest puzzle I've had is that my grandfather, Frank Hugh Robinson had said that they were from Wales. DNA shows we have mostly Irish matches. That must have come from Julia Ann Tuller and not Abiathar and the Robinsons. I've just found her buried in Madoc, Canada. I thought she would stay in Michigan. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=159526489 . I have found 14 Tullers in Upper Canada on this website and also 139 Durkees.
I have found that Rowland T. Robinson of Ferrisburgh, Vermont was active in helping with the Underground Railroad. " Rowland Thomas Robinson (1796-1879) made abolition the cause of his life
and sheltered fugitives at Rokeby,his home in Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont. Both Thomas, his father, and Rowland T. Robinson
managed the family's grist and saw mills and built up one of Addison
County's largest sheep farms during the early decades of the 19th century.
Rowland Thomas's son Rowland Evans Robinson (1833-1900) was an artist and
author; he wrote a series of folktales, published by Houghton Mifflin, that
were enormously popular in Vermont at the turn of the century as well as
several Underground Railroad stories. Of his children, Rachel (1878-1919)
became a successful commercial artist, Mary (1884-1931) worked as a
botanical artist before becoming a wife and mother, and Rowland Thomas
(1882-1951) tended the family farm, now converted from sheep to dairy.
"Rowlie," as he was known, and his wife Elizabeth did not have children, and
when she died in 1961, she left the site to be operated as a museum.
|Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont's Rokeby|
|Name||John W. Robinson|
|Event Date||04 Aug 1927|
|Event Place||Shirland, Winnebago, Illinois|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1850|
|Birth Date||30 Dec 1849|
|Birthplace||St. Albans, Vt.|
|Father's Name||Isreal Robinson|
|Father's Birthplace||Suanton, Vt.|
|Mother's Name||Caroline Spaulding|
|Mother's Birthplace||Morristown, Vt.|
|Residence Place||Shirland, Ill.|
|Spouse's Name||Henrietta Miller|
|Burial Date||07 Aug 1927|
|Burial Place||Rockton, Ill.|
Next question should be, why immigrate to Illinois, and especially to Wenona? In 2010 it had only 1,056 people and that was going down from 2000. I visited the cemetery a number of years ago and it is a very very small town. What was that attraction? The cemetery was gorgous, and the soup and hamburger were the best in the USA, I think, but what could have attracted people 150 years ago? I saw lovely fields of corn growing alongside the road to the cemetery. The fertile land must have attracted them as everyone in those days were farmers. Abiathar did have a farm in Wenona and a field with a horse and a bull, that I know. My grandfather, Frank Hugh Robinson was a teamster and could manage 4 horses together for his wagon. He had a favorite horse as a kid. His parents were very religious and very strict: possibly Methodists who did not work on Sundays of any sort.
The book/article is
ROWLAND T ROBINSON, ROKEBY, AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN VERMONT
by Jane Williamson.