Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Durkees of Tunbridge, Vermont
Here's 2 generations of her family:
Descendants of Heman Durkee, Jr.
1 Heman Durkee, Jr. b: October 21, 1789 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont d: January 09, 1865 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont, age 76
.. +Rebecca Hatch b: June 12, 1791 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont d: June 07, 1872 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont, age 81
. 2  Lydia Durkee b: June 13, 1813 in Vermont/ Canada d: June 30, 1874 in Royalton, Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
..... +Oliver Farman Bates b: Abt. 1810 in Dunham, Missisquoi County, Quebec, Canada d: 1841 in Shefford, Quebec, Canada
. *2nd Husband of  Lydia Durkee:
..... +Reuben George b: Abt. 1821 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: March 16, 1885 in Royalton, Orange, Vermont
. 2 Emily Durkee b: October 26, 1814 in Royalton , Vermont d: December 12, 1891 in Royalton, Vermont
..... +William Leonard b: Abt. 1816 in Vermont d: September 22, 1879 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont
. 2 Asenith Asinith Durkee b: 1814 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont d: 1868 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont/Rockwell, Illinois
..... +Alonzo Charles Tuller b: October 22, 1809 in St. Albans, Vermont (Franklin County) d: January 29, 1870 in Rockwell, LaSalle, Illinois
. 2 Heman Herman Durkee III b: Bet. 1814 - 1818 in Vermont, Quebec, Canada d: February 10, 1877 in poss Vermont ?
..... +Fanny Mosher Mosier b: June 02, 1818 in Quebec, Canada d: July 22, 1893 in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont
These are the Durkees who had lived next door to Royalton, Vermont in Tunbridge. Descendants of Roswell Durkee
1 Roswell Durkee b: October 20, 1808 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: October 18, 1890 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
.. +Nancy Whitney b: March 24, 1810 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: May 17, 1895 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
. 2 John B. Durkee, M.D. b: January 02, 1834 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: July 17, 1917 in North Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
..... +Mary Jane Belknap b: April 1838 in Vermont d: 1926 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
..... 3 Elmer Durkee b: 1859 in Tunbridge Town, Vermont d: Bef. 1870 in Tunbridge, Vermont
..... 3 Willie C. Durkee b: April 1861 in prob Tunbridge, Vermont d: Aft. 1930 in prob. Drywood, Bourbon, Kansas
......... +Margaret "Maggie" b: 1870 in Illinois d: Aft. 1930 in prob. Drywood, Bourbon, Kansas
......... 4 Mary E. Durkee b: 1903 in prob. Drywood, Bourbon, Kansas
......... 4 John L. Durkee b: 1905 in Drywood, Bourbon, Kansas
......... 4 Morris Durkee b: March 1910 in Drywood, Bourbon, Kansas
..... 3 Lucy Durkee b: November 17, 1862 d: February 12, 1866 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont
..... 3 Nora A. Durkee b: January 1869 in prob Tunbridge, Vermont
......... +Arthur S. Allen b: 1883
......... 4 John Rix Allen, Sr. b: 1905 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
............. +Evelyn b: Abt. 1905
......... 4 Fred E. Allen b: May 31, 1907 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: August 29, 1987 in Bennington, Hartford, Vermont
......... 4 Clara M. Allen b: June 19, 1910 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
......... 4 Elizabeth "Lizzie" Allen b: 1915 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2  Horace Durkee b: January 17, 1837 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: May 20, 1910 in Tunbridge, Vermont
..... +Luthera P. Smith b: Abt. 1839 in Tunbridge Town, Vermont d: July 16, 1864 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
. *2nd Wife of  Horace Durkee:
..... +Julia M. Sanders b: August 04, 1837 in Vermont d: October 20, 1919 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
..... 3 Florence Durkee b: 1869 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
..... 3 Ellen C. Durkee b: 1871 in Vermont
..... 3 Baxter Bradford Durkee b: December 25, 1872 in Tunbridge, Vermont d: February 17, 1956 in Tunbridge, Vermont/Roxbury, Washington, Vermont
......... +Mabel Carter Dickerman b: September 1875 in Tunbridge, Vermont d: in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... 4  Loren Bradford Durkee b: September 19, 1896 in Roxbury, Vermont d: November 13, 1982 in Tunbridge, Vermont
............. +Hilda Brown b: Abt. 1897
......... *2nd Wife of  Loren Bradford Durkee:
............. +Jenny N. McKinley b: February 02, 1899 in Georgia d: April 1968 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont 05077
......... 4 Florence Mabel Durkee b: Abt. 1897 in Tunbridge, Vermont d: Abt. 1897 in Tunbridge, Vermont
......... 4 Clara Ellen Durkee b: Abt. 1898 in Tunbridge, Vermont d: Abt. 1898 in Tunbridge, Vermont
......... 4 Earl D. Durkee b: December 1898 in Vermont
............. +Cornelia A. Unknown b: 1897 in Vermont
......... 4 Marion Louise Durkee b: Abt. 1899 in Tunbridge, Vermont d: Abt. 1899 in Tunbridge, Vermont
..... 3 Marion S. Durkee b: October 1875 in Vermont
......... +Burnham b: Abt. 1876 in Poss. Vermont
..... 3 Mary E. Durkee b: 1876 in Vermont
. 2 Abigail Corwin Durkee b: August 27, 1840 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: December 01, 1916 in Waitsfield, Vermont
..... +Ezekiel Jr. Drew d: May 28, 1914 in Waitsfield, Vermont
. 2 George Whitney Durkee b: October 05, 1843 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: August 13, 1931 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
..... +Alice Elizabeth Noyes b: March 17, 1849 in prob Chelsea, Orange, Vermont d: March 06, 1936 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
..... 3 Elmer Foster Durkee b: February 11, 1870 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: 1941 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... +Etta Lynn Larkin b: July 1871 in Montpelier, Washington, Vermont d: 1943 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... 4 Halsey Durkee b: June 1892 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... 4 Alice Louise S. Durkee b: October 13, 1893 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: January 11, 1980 in Randolph, Orange, Vermont
............. +James William Farnham b: January 10, 1890 in Kansas d: February 08, 1969 in Randolph, Orange, Vermont
..... 3 Charles Roswell Durkee b: May 29, 1873 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: January 19, 1953 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... +Mary Gladys Larkin b: September 19, 1881 in Worcester, Vermont d: March 02, 1950 in Windsor, Orange, Vermont
......... 4 Nita L. Durkee b: 1904 in Vermont
......... 4 Ned Louis Durkee b: December 27, 1904 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: December 06, 1985 in Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
............. +Adeline Irene Taylor b: September 14, 1919 in Plainfield, Washington, Vermont d: November 25, 2002 in Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire
......... 4 George Dexter Durkee b: 1907 in Vermont d: in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... 4 Lyle K. Durkee b: 1909 in Vermont d: 1985 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
............. +Gladys F. b: 1907 d: 1990 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
......... 4 Elizabeth M. Durkee b: 1911 in Vermont
......... 4 Marshall C. Durkee b: 1913 in Vermont
..... 3 John S.W. Durkee b: Abt. 1875 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
..... 3 Lucia E. Durkee b: October 1876 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: February 28, 1902 in Tunbridge, Vermont
......... +Frederick C. Sleeper b: September 1869 d: 1941 in Tunbridge, Vermont
......... 4 Royal Charles Sleeper b: April 08, 1900 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: 1920
..... 3 James G. Durkee b: July 1881 in Vermont d: 1964
......... +Elizabeth S. b: 1879
. 2 Charles Durkee b: October 07, 1845 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont d: March 04, 1931 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont
Julia Ann Tuller with all her Durkee relatives and Abiathar Smith Robinson married in Tunbridge on February 29, 1852. What a wedding that could have been. The reception would have been great with a lot of relatives. Julia Ann would have been just 17 years 2 months 11 days old. Julia's mother, Asenith, had a brother, Heman Durkee and wife Fanny that lived in Quebec, Canada. They would go up there during the Civil War.
A Second Look at Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont Genealogy of Our Family
|Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont|
In 1850, Julia Ann Tuller lived in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont.
The population then was 1,850. Although Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was born in the adjacent town of Sharon near the Royalton boundary, the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial lies in the town.
She had relatives in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont next door.
Tunbridge had 1,786 people then.
Durkees in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont 1850
There were 25 Durkees in Tunbridge, Vermont on the 1850 census. 14 were adults, the rest children. They probably were at the wedding of Julia Ann Tuller and Abiathar in 1852 when they married in Tunbridge if they were still there. Julia's mother was Asenath Durkee. Durkees were in all parts of Vermont at the time, and there were many.
Who I found is a James Robinson, one that was not in my name bank. He was born in 1800; just the right age to be Abiathar's father since Abiathar was born in 1829 somewhere in either NY or Vermont. Tunbridge is very important because he was living there in 1852 when he married Julia an on February 29th 1852. Tunbridge, next door to Royalton, Windsor, Vermont where Julia Ann and her Tuller parents lived in 1850, was full of Robinsons and Durkees. Julia Ann's mother, Asenath, was a Durkee.
The only child not on the list below that I inserted was Abiathar. He fit right in the group. It seems more logical that his father should be somewhere nearby to give him a reason for being here.
|Orange, Vermont's courthouse is in Chelsea, Vermont|
It's 5.6 miles to Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont.
|Strafford, Orange, Vermont|
It's 7.8 miles to Tunbridge from here.
1 James Robinson b: 1800 in prob. Strafford, Orange, Vermont
.. +Mary Bicknell b: December 06, 1802
. 2 Mary Ann Robinson b: August 24, 1825 d: February 09, 1894 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2 Martha Robinson b: September 23, 1827 d: April 05, 1874 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2  Abiathar Smith Robinson b: December 1829 in New York/ Tunbridge, Orange/ Jamaica, Windham, Vermont d: October 07, 1904 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
..... +Julia Ann Tuller b: December 18, 1834 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont d: December 02, 1887 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
. *2nd Wife of  Abiathar Smith Robinson:
..... +Mary Jane Unknown Walters b: November 1832 in Ohio d: July 1918 in Streator, Illinois, age 85
. 2 James T. Robinson b: April 06, 1831 in Strafford, Orange, Vermont d: July 03, 1897 in prob. Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
. 2 Alma Robinson b: November 04, 1833 d: April 06, 1902
..... +Seth Noyes b: 1822 d: 1899
Since I started hunting, I found another who was said to be part of this tree. You can see the complication He is hogging the 1829 spot. Descendants of Charles Kent Robinson
1 Charles Kent Robinson b: April 19, 1829 in Strafford, Orange, Vermont
There were Durkees in Tunbridge. There were so many that I'll have a separate article about them.
Lots of Tullers were also living in Tunbridge and Royalton. Here's a few. Asenith Durkee was married to Alonzo Tuller. Descendants of Alonzo Charles Tuller
1  Alonzo Charles Tuller b: October 22, 1809 in St. Albans, Vermont (Franklin County) d: January 29, 1870 in Rockwell, LaSalle, Illinois
.. +Asenith Asinith Durkee b: 1814 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont d: 1868 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont/Rockwell, Illinois
*2nd Wife of  Alonzo Charles Tuller:
.. +Betty Ann Unknown b: Abt. 1816 in United States
1 Martin Tuller b: March 04, 1878 in Washington, Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: February 22, 1937 in Barre, Washington, Vermont
.. +Sarah "Sadie" Ann Whitney b: April 05, 1878 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts d: December 31, 1963 in Chelsea, Orange, Vermont
. 2  Raymond MartinTuller b: April 07, 1904 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: October 22, 1975 in Tunbridge, Orange/ Poss. Montpelier, Washington, VT
..... +Nina R. Fraser b: Bet. 1895 - 1896 in Vermont d: 1962
. *2nd Wife of  Raymond MartinTuller:
..... +Blanche Katherine Baker b: September 20, 1905 in Waterbury, Washington, Vermont d: December 23, 1990 in Randolph, Orange, Vermont
. 2 Gwendolyn Mary Tuller b: April 03, 1905 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2 Sibyl A. Tuller b: 1908 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2 Hinkley N. Tuller b: 1910 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT
. 2 Stanley Whitney Tuller b: Bet. October 17, 1912 - 1913 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: October 17, 1978 in South Royalton, Windsor Vermont
..... +Mabel Alice Ballou b: March 11, 1917 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont d: July 28, 1986 in South Royalton, Windsor Vermont
. 2 Alvin Gates Tuller b: August 19, 1915 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT d: January 15, 1986 in Tunbridge, Orange, VT 05077
..... +Gladys Welch b: February 16, 1921 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont d: July 28, 2014 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont
Another town in Orange County is West Fairlee. I just found another James L. Robinson b: 1831 there, 2 years after Abiathar. He was on their 1850 census of September 24th. He was of David Robinson's family and was 19 years old. So in 1850, Abiathar was 21 or would be in December. When 23, he married.
Upon looking again, I found James Robinson born in 1801 in Fairlee, Orange, Vermont on the 1850 census of September 19th at age 49. Mary Robinson b: 1803 was his wife, age 47. Mary Anne b: 1826 was 24, Martha T b: 1828 was 22, Charles K b: 1829 was 21 and Alma b: 1834 was 16. THIS IS MY TUNBRIDGE FAMILY! This was from family search.org. This is the one that doesn't work out, even though he was so close by.
A few days later on September 24, 1850 in West Fairlee, the census taker came to David Robinson's home. He was 53 years old (b: 1797) and was born in Massachusetts. (He'd make a good father for Abaithar.) His wife, Luna, was 51 and born in Vermont. Their children, all born in Vermont, were Preston K 24, Harriett K 21, James L. 19, Abbey 16, Eleanor 14 and Adeline L 10. I found a David to attach this information to. A Vermont David, too.
http://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S31-1T-DYQ7-M5B (all the census of Vermont)
Friday, April 21, 2017
Robinson, Our Perfect R1b...R-L21 DNA Title
Not all Robinsons are R1b, and not all are R-L21. In fact, out of a Robinson study, we were one of two people listed with this exact title. On a large Robinson study, we are the only other person with a DSY #393=12 and not 13 or another higher number. We also have the 390 as a 21 and not a 24 or another number. so our Y haplogroup starts off as 12-21-14-11-11-14-12-12-12- 13-13-29.
This seems to go along with the fact that I cannot find out exactly who our great grandfather's father was. Abiathar Smith Robinson, born in December of 1829 in New York or Vermont, is without a father. I've found so many who would be ideal.
Our great grandfather, Abiathar, passed his genes onto our generation and our cousin, Kenneth tested. David Reynolds shows that R1b1a2a1a1b....P312/S116 evolved with increasing detail to the next state which is our state: R1b1a2a1a1b4...or R-L21/ There is more said of others...M529/S145, L459.
The male line is more interesting to study, I believe, than the female mt haplogroup The Y-DNA, is passed unchanged from father to son. All descendants of a man, in a straight male line of descent, will share the same Y-DNA. That's true also for the female, but our names keep changing. Also, the dna for the female comes from a different part of the cell.
The Y haplogroup will have some mutations happening. That's what makes it possible to trace.
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This old news is most interesting to me about matching to Kings and Queens of Great Britain. I HAVE traced our line to the Royals through not a Robinson but through an Ann Hyde. If I chose the correct father to Abiathar, we might be able to claim that route also, but through Abiathar's wife, we have the Hydes, and Ann Hyde is the connection. Ann had married Descendants of King James, II, Duke of York and VII, Ann is half 3rd cousin 10 times removed to my Robinson cousin.
1 King James, II, Duke of York and VII b: October 14, 1633 in St. James Palace, London, England d: September 16, 1701 in St. Germain-en-Laye, France
.. +ANNE HYDE b: March 22, 1637/38 in Cranbourne Lodge, Windsor in Berkshire,Windsor, England d: April 10, 1671 in London, England
. 2 Mary II of England, Queen England, Scotland, Ire b: April 30, 1662 in St. James's Palace in London, England d: December 28, 1694 in Kensington Palace, London, England
..... +William III andII, King England, Scotland, Irel b: November 04, 1650 in The Hague in the Dutch Republic , House of Orange-Nassau d: March 08, 1701/02
. 2 Anne of Great Britain, Queen b: February 06, 1664/65 in St. James' Palace, London, England d: 1714 in Kensington Palace, London, England
..... +Prince George " Jørgen (Oldenburg) Fredericksen b: April 02, 1653 in Copenhagen, Denmark, House of Oldenburg d: October 28, 1708 in Kensington Palace, London, England
. 2 Girl England b: February 09, 1670/71
. 2 Duke of Cambridge Charles
. 2 Duke of Cambridge James
. 2 Duke of Kendal Charles
. 2 Duke of Cambridge Edgar
Here's 2 generations of our family of Robinson. There's always room for errors, but I think it's pretty accurate.
Descendants of Abiathar Smith Robinson
1  Abiathar Smith Robinson b: December 1829 in New York/ Tunbridge, Orange/ Jamaica, Windham, Vermont d: October 07, 1904 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
. +Julia Ann Tuller b: December 18, 1834 in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont d: December 02, 1887 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
.... 2  Edward Rix Robinson b: November 1852 in Vermont d: in 1922
........ +Charlotte Nettie Anette Jenette Jenson b: 1835 in Pennsylvania d: in Illinois
.... *2nd Wife of  Edward Rix Robinson:
........ +Nora E. Gunning Stull b: 1856
.... *3rd Wife of  Edward Rix Robinson:
........ +Nora E Gunning Stull b: 1836 in Indiana
.... 2 Edgar Clyde Clayton Robinson b: 1853 in Vermont/Illinois d: 1903 in Wenona, Illinois
........ +Mary Elizabeth Acuff b: 1859 in Illinois
.... 2  Nellie Elizabeth Robinson b: October 1857 in Upper Canada (Eng.) d: December 28, 1905 in Omaha, Nebraska, Douglas County
........ +Daniel C.G. McCullom McCollem b: August 15, 1857 in prob. Magnolia, Putnam, Illinois d: March 07, 1891 in Omaha, Nebraska, age 36
.... *2nd Husband of  Nellie Elizabeth Robinson:
........ +Alexander Charles Sillik b: July 17, 1855 in Ohio/Livingston, Madison, Illinois d: July 07, 1923 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
.... 2 Emma "Hattie" Robinson b: August 1861 in Canada d: December 29, 1930 in Streater, La Salle, Illinois
........ +George D. Miller b: September 23, 1855 in Wenona, Marshall County, Illinois d: July 02, 1924 in prob. Wenona, Illinois
.... 2 John C. Robinson b: April 21, 1864 in Montreal, Canada (Eng). d: June 05, 1923 in La Salle, Illinois
........ +Hermia Howell b: August 09, 1863 in Dana, LaSalle, Illinois d: October 27, 1936 in La Salle, Illinois
.... 2 Julia Robinson b: 1865 in Vermont d: 1903
.... 2 William S. Robinson b: June 1867 in prob. Wenona, Marshall County, Illinois d: April 19, 1935 in Peoria/ LaSalle, Illinois
........ +Carrie A. Monninger b: February 05, 1867 in Dana, Illinois d: December 14, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa
.... 2  Frank Hugh Robinson b: June 21, 1870 in Wenona,Marshall County, Illinois d: May 27, 1952 in Hillsboro,Washington County, Oregon, age 81
........ +Alice Mitchell b: January 1877 in Iowa d: 1902 in Iowa/Nebraska
.... *2nd Wife of  Frank Hugh Robinson:
........ +Gustafva"Augusta" Johansson Gustafson b: January 31, 1870 in (Village) Lumsheden, Svardsjo parish, Kopparbergs lan (county)Dalarna Province, Sweden d: April 19, 1955 in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, age 85
.... 2 Minnie J. Robinson b: November 1875 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois d: 1923 in Illinois
........ +Louis Sherman Cusac b: January 20, 1866 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois, d: October 05, 1944 in Limestone Twp., Peoria County, Illinois
.... 2 Arthur Roy Robinson b: May 18, 1879 in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois d: April 17, 1927 in Peoria, Illinois, Peoria County Hospital
........ +Minnie Mae "Ross"Smith b: June 22, 1885 in Varna, Marshall, Illinois d: February 07, 1974 in Chillicothe, Peoria, Illinois
*2nd Wife of  Abiathar Smith Robinson:
. +Mary Jane Unknown Walters b: November 1832 in Ohio d: July 1918 in Streator, Illinois, age 85
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Robinson: Scotch Irish Family
Scottish, Scotch-Irish, and English Immigration, 1715-1775
Civil War Era and Where Was Abiathar Smith Robinson? Found in Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
|GGrandfather Abiathar Smith Robinson with son Frank Hugh Robinson.|
Frank is sitting on a haystack.
To be a man of 23 in 1852 was to be an American under our 13th president, Millard Fillmore of New York, a Whig.
We know that Abiathar lived in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont in 1852 when he married Julia Ann Tuller February 29th there. She was from Royalton Windsor, Vermont next door about 5 miles away. She was on the 1850 census at age 15 in Royalton living with her Tuller family. Not Abiathar. I couldn't find him listed.
|A grand home in little Wenona, Marshall, Illinois.|
In 1853, after the railroad was completed to LaSalle, the passenger station and freight house were built on the site. The home of G.W. Goodell, the station agent and first postmaster was also built in 1853. The post office was also established the same year. In June of 1854, the first church in the future Wenona, the Presbyterian church was organized. The winter of 1854, William Brown opend the first store.
Wenona was laid off on the 15th of May 1855, by the Illinois Central Railroad company, on one of the altenate sections granted by congress for the construction of the road. The site was on low, wet ground. When the town was laid out in May 1855 it had nine houses and a population of 50. The land was drained and trees were planted and the town began to grow.
By 1856, there were twelve hundred people, three hundred homes, two churches, three schools, a hotel and a sawmill.
The town was incorporated in 1859 by a vote of 28 to 3. The first trustees were Solomon Wise, George Brockway, John B. Newburn, F.H. Bond and Emanuel Weltz.
Coal was discovered in 1865 and for many years a valuable community product. The mine employed an average of 200 men and a nearby zinc smelter employed 50 more.
In 1870, the Chicago and Alton Railroad was completed from Wenona to Lacon. Wenona now had four grain elevators, a stockyard, a brickyard, flour mill, wagon manufacturing store, drygoods store, drug store, grocery store, hardware store, furniture store and implement store. One of Wenona’s early showpieces was the Union Township Fair, organized in 1871, which for a decade rivaled the State Fair.
In Vermont, Westward migration continued in the 1850s. The economy soared during the Civil War with people working in factories and farm girls working in the mills. Women's suffrage grew during the Civil War. Dairies were replacing sheep farming. The first butter creamery was established in 1871. The railroad had been expanding Vermont. Woolens, munitions, machine tools and mining industry expanded with growing knowledge in the industrial revolution.
When my brother and I met our 2nd cousin in Wenona about 8 years ago in 2009, we found one restaurant open on a Sunday and it had the best food I had had, more like home-made. We had hamburgers and soup.
|Abiathar's great grandsons, one from son Frank Hugh on the left, and one|
from Arthur Roy on the right. Tom showed us around as we drove from Wisconsin.
had a lovely view up there.
|Frank Hugh Robinson, our grandfather, born in Wenona|
on June 21, 1870 as the 8th child with unknown, possibly his younger brother, Arthur Roy,
number 10 and the last. they were 9 years apart. With that mustache, he looks like he's in his 20s at least.