Many years ago I did a lot of research on the Robinson family of my Grandma’s stepfather. I haven’t looked at this line in quite some time. So when I received a message from a Robinson descendant a few weeks before Christmas I decided to take a fresh look at the records to try and answer her questions. In doing so I believe that I’ve found a mix up in the Robinson family lines. It is so easy to do when you have such similar names and ages in a close area.
The person who wrote to me was specifically asking about Elizabeth Robinson who was born about 1830 in New Brunswick, Canada. She married James S. Robinson. James was born abt. 1828 in Ireland and died 5 Feb. 1888 in Calais, Maine. Elizabeth and James married 18 October 1859 in St. James, NB.
I went to FamilySearch to see if I could find more records on Elizabeth since the last record we have of her is in the 1920 census in New York.
I filled in the search form with the surname blank and the parents as Thomas Robinson and Jane King. This is when I found my surprise!
I found a burial record for a John King Robinson who died in Utah on 22 October 1866. Wait a minute! If their son John King Robinson died in the USA in 1866 then they couldn’t be the parents of the John Robinson who my step Great Grandfather descends from.
I went to the New Brunswick Archives website and had another look at their vital records from newspapers database. There I found a newspaper notice of John’s assassination in 1866. It clearly says that he was the son of Thomas Robinson Esq. of Bailie, Charlotte County. The article also mentioned his brother T. A. Robinson of San Francisco and a William S. Robinson.
Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 24 Number 2233
Date November 2 1866
Place Saint Stephen
Newspaper Saint Croix Courier
A Salt Lake (Utah) telegram of 24th Oct. says – John King ROBINSON, formerly Assistant Surgeon at Camp Douglas, was decoyed from his home at a late hour on Monday night, under a protest that his services were professionally required, and murdered within a half a block of his own house. His funeral took place today under the direction of the Order of the Odd Fellows. – The deceased was a son of Thos. ROBINSON, Esq. of Baillie (Charlotte Co.) The brother of the deceased, T.A. ROBINSON, San Francisco (California) had gone to Salt Lake City on hearing the sad news and this telegram was sent in answer to an enquiry over the wires from here respecting the truth of the report. “Salt Lake City, Nov. 1, 1866 – To: William S. ROBINSON – Brother J.K. ROBINSON assassinated midnight Oct. 22nd (signed) T.A. ROBINSON.”
So I looked to find Thomas A. Robinson in San Francisco and he was very easy to find. His funeral home record is for 7 June 1912 in San Francisco and lists his place of birth as New Brunswick.
This also is a red flag because this Thomas Robinson can not be the same Thomas who is the brother of John our Thomas was married and still living in New Brunswick when Thomas A. Robinson was in San Francisco.
I can see how this error was made because both Robinson families were living in Charlotte County, NB at the same time. The 1851 census shows the family of Thomas Robinson and Jane King living there with their children. Thomas and John’s ages fit pretty close to my Robinson line except the census list their birth place as New Brunswick. My John and Thomas always list their birthplace as Ireland.
From what I’ve researched Thomas Robinson was born about 1809 in Ireland and he died 22 Jun 1871 in Baillie, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. His wife Jane King was born about 1810 in Ireland and died 27 February 1892. Both are buried in the Baillie Baptist cemetery in Charlotte County, New Brunswick.
Their children are:
- Elizabeth K. Robinson born abt. 1830 married James S. Robinson.
- James Robinson born abt. 1832
- Margaret Robinson born abt. 1834
- John King Robinson born 12 July 1836, died 22 October 1866 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Thomas A. Robinson born abt. 1838, died 7 June 1912 San Francisco.
- Eleaner Robinson born abt. 1840
- George Robinson born abt. 1842
- William S. Robinson born abt. 1844
- Jane A. Robinson born abt. 1847
- Joseph Millen Robinson born abt. 1850, died 14 November 1939 in Manhattan, NY. Married Jessie Thorburn.
All were born in New Brunswick according to census records and/or death records and are living with them in the 1851 census.
I don’t know if this group of Robinson’s is somehow connected to the other group or not.
Thomas Robinson and Jane King are not the parents of:
Christopher Robinson b. Abt. 1821 Ireland, died 23 September 1895 married to Caroline Hitchings. Thomas Robinson born abt. 1822 Ireland, died 15 November 1900 married Dorothy S. Gibson Mary Ann Robinson born abt. 1826 Ireland, died 26 November 1898 married Alexander Gibson John Robinson born abt. 1831 County Fermanagh, Ireland, died 19 October 1910 married Pheobe Annie Campbell
So who are the parents of my Robinson group? That I think I have figured out, but it will be for my next post!
Sources (I have more but this is for the major facts listed in this post):
Ancestry.com, 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data – Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada.Census of Nova Scotia, 1851. Halifax, Nova Scotia,), Thomas Robinson, household, Image 44, St James, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Schedule: I, roll C_995, Page 44, Line: 1.
“Daniel F Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics,” database, New Brunswick Archives, The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (http://archives.gnb.ca: accessed 2 November 2011), Thomas Robinson, obit, 26 Jan 1871; citing Daniel F Johnson.
“Index to Marriage Bonds 1810-1932,” database, New Brunswick Archives, The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (http://archives.gnb.ca: accessed 17 December 2015), Elizabeth Robinson and James Robinson, 1859, Charlotte County, New Brunswick.
FamilySearch, “New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950,” database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1824707: downloaded 19 December 2015), James Robinson & Elizabeth Robinson, married 18 Oct 1859; citing Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 845,795.
“Daniel F Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics,” database, New Brunswick Archives, The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (http://archives.gnb.ca: accessed 19 December 2015), John King Robinson, death notice 2 Nov. 1866, Saint Croix Courier; citing Daniel F Johnson.
FamilySearch, “United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations,1768-1921,” database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2250027: downloaded 19 December 2015), J King Robinson, died 22 Oct. 1866; citing Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1768-1921, NARA microfilm publication M2014 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1; FHL microfilm 2,155,570.
FamilySearch, “Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966,” database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1542862: downloaded 19 December 2015), J. King Robinson, died 22 Oct. 1866; citing Post Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, military unit 3rd Cal Inf, Army, Civil War, State Archives, Capitol Building, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 485,491
FamilySearch (San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States), FamilySearch, digital image (familysearch.org : downloaded 20 December 2015), Thomas A. Robinson, died 7June 1912; funeral home Halsted & Co., San Francisco, San Francisco, California, record book Vol. 2,, 1898-1913, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center.
FamilySearch, “California Death Index, 1905-1939,” database, FamilySearch, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org: accessed 20 December 2015), Thomas A. Robinson, died 1912; citing Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
FamilySearch, “Canada Marriages, 1661-1949,” database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1520608: accessed 30 December 2015), Joseph M. Robinson and Jessie Thorburn, 1 Nov 1880, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
FamilySearch, “New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2240477: accessed 30 December 2015), Joseph Miller Robinson, died 14 Nov 1939, Manhattan, New York; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,110,604.