|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1848|
|Death: ||May 29, 1933|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
William Moran Robbins, son of Patrick James and Rosanna Auclair Robbins, was born July 14, 1848 at Montreal, Canada. He was the oldest of a family of eight children.
The family emigrated to New York when he was a small child, about the year of 1852. They settled in the Saranac Valley, He did not have the education of most children and never went to school a day.
When the Civil War came his father enlisted with the New York Volunteers. Billy, as he was called, wanted to go too, but his mother would not consent. He left home and enlisted in the army on November 15, 1863 and told them he was 18 years old. He went as a drummer boy at first. At one time he saw the man carrying the flag in front of him fall. He took the flag and carried it until an officer came and took it away from him. Later he went to the Calvary. He fought in the south in the marshes and slept in wet trenches where he contacted rheumatism. His horse was killed from under him at one time and his back was injured when the horse fell on him. He lay there until someone came along and took him from underneath the horse. When he regained consciousness he was sitting up by a tree. His father did not know he had enlisted until he was told by a soldier that his son was in another company. They did not meet while in the service. William served under Captain Thomas P. Smith and Captain Scott on General Sherman's staff. He was discharged November 16, 1865. After he was discharged he returned home to New York to see his family and said farewell to them before he came West.
He worked on the railroad when it was being built and came into Utah about 1860 when the East and West railroad met in Ogden. He then obtained work at a stage station in Curlew Valley and worked with cattle and horses.
In 1870 he met William Harris and they became very friendly. William Harris passed away in April 1870, leaving his wife Jane and five small children. On July 18, 1872 William Robbins and Jane Harris were married at Hansel Springs, Utah. He had never learned to read and write until his wife taught him after they were married. He became a good student and wrote letters to his folks to let them know where he was living. He joined the Church and was baptized on August 14, 1876.
They lived at Curlew Stage Station for a few years and then moved east about three and one-half miles up Deep Creek. In December, 1881 they moved to Snowville, Box Elder, Utah. He was always interested in farming and gardening. He loved flowers and trees. He took up a farm in Idaho, two miles north of the Utah line. He was the first farmer there and he raised hay and grain. At that time they did not have much farm machinery. He mowed the grain and raked it up, then bound it in bundles by hand. Later he used a cradle to help in the harvest.
He filled a two-year mission to the Eastern States in 1907 and 1908. He was the father of seven children. Three died in infancy. He helped raise five step-children. He fell from a chair when he was 85 years old and broke his hip. He passed away four days later on May 29, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Patrick James Robbins (1812 - 1892)
Genevieve Rosanna Auclair Robbins (1821 - 1887)
Jane Carter Robbins (1840 - 1933)*
Hulbert Bross Robbins (1874 - 1969)*
Arthur William Robbins (1876 - 1966)*
Avis Robbins (1880 - 1880)*
Rebecca Robbins (1880 - 1880)*
Pearl Robbins Olsen (1881 - 1968)*
William Moran Robbins (1848 - 1933)
John Ambrose Robbins (1852 - 1933)*
Patrick Henry Robbins (1855 - 1927)*
James Agusta Robbins (1856 - 1946)*
Louis Napoleon Robbins (1858 - 1932)*
George I Robbins (1859 - 1946)*
Box Elder County
Maintained by: Connie Matteson
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Jul 16, 2009
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