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Isaac Robinson, Sr
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Birth: 1610, Netherlands
Death: 1704
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA

The immigrant New England ancestor of the descendant family. He was born circa 1610 probably at Leiden vs. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. By Dec. 1, 1630 he was at Bristol, England and sailed on the Lion, William Peirce Master, and arrived at Nantasket (i.e., Hull), Mass. on Feb. 5, 1630/1 as one of the Lion's unidentified passengers. His fellow passengers included Roger Williams [Winthrop's Journal, 1:57]. It is assumed that Isaac disembarked at Hull whereas by the 9th of February the Lion was anchored at Boston [ibid, 1:58]. He was a resident first of Plymouth, Mass. then successively at Scituate, Barnstable, Falmouth, Tisbury and again at Barnstable, Mass. He was living at Barnstable in Apr. 1702 when Judge Samuel Sewell of Boston visited him. During the same visit, Judge Sewell traveled to Martha's Vineyard where he "walked" with one of Isaac's sons, but Sewell does not mention in his diary the son's name.

Isaac purportedly died at Barnstable in 1704, but there is no proof of when he died. The renowned Rev. Thomas Prince (1687-1758), eldest child of Samuel Prince by his 2nd wife Mercy Hinckley, was b. at Sandwich, Mass. in May 1687. In 1699 Samuel Prince apprenticed young Thomas to his maternal grandfather, Thomas Hinckley of Barnstable, then governor of the Plymouth Colony. Rev. Thomas Prince would write in his Annals, better known as his Chronological History of New England, that Isaac was 'a venerable man whom I have often seen.'

An expanded bio will be added later. In the meantime, for Isaac's descendants undoubtedly the most important event occurred in 1632. In a letter dated July 1, 1633 from Rev. Ralph Smith at Plymouth, Mass. to Rev. Hugh Goodyear of the English Church at Leiden [Hugh Goodyear Letter Collection, excerpted in D. Plooij: The Pilgrim Fathers from a Dutch Point of View (NYU Press, 1932), 100]:

Isaak Robinson was at hir [Mary Masterson's] house last sommr nigh death and so continewed til his recoverie aftr or [our] friend's [Richard Masterson's] death and comes to us sometimes, soo shee hath had op[por]tunitie to requite his fathrs labor of love in some measure, and his mothrs love and loving tokens.

In 1614, Richard Masterson purchased a house at Leiden from Roger Wilson and married Mary Goodall in 1619. While the Mastersons may have intended to sail on the Mayflower, they otherwise stayed behind where Masterson, together with Isaac Robinson's uncle Roger White, was a Deacon of Rev. John Robinson's remnant church. By tradition versus confirmable fact the Mastersons and their two children, Nathaniel and Sarah, arrived at New England in 1629. Richard Masterson died at Plymouth in either 1632 or 1633 during a cholera epidemic.

Thereafter, the widow Mary Masterson married Rev. Ralph Smith at Plymouth, who in 1629 became the first minister of the Plymouth, Mass. church. Smith's letter to Goodyear was the beginning of a long and arduous attempt to affect a sale of the Masterson house at Leiden on behalf of his wife Mary and two stepchildren. Since the letter was dated in July 1633, if one takes Smith's words literally - Isaac was nigh death last summer - it is very likely that the descendants of Isaac Robinson owe their particular existence to the nursing skill of Mary (Goodall)(Masterson) Smith. Absent her care, Isaac's life may have ended unmarried in 1632.

Thank you Mary!
Family links: 
  John Robinson (____ - 1625)
  Bridget White Robinson (____ - 1643)
  Margaret Hanford Robinson (1619 - 1649)
  Sarah Robinson
  Mary Robinson
  Susanna Robinson (1638 - ____)*
  John Robinson (1640 - ____)*
  Isaac Robinson (1642 - 1668)*
  Fear Robinson Baker (1645 - ____)*
  Mercy Robinson Weeks (1647 - ____)*
  Margaret Robinson (1649 - 1649)*
  Israel Robinson (1651 - ____)*
  Jacob Robinson (1653 - ____)*
  Peter Robinson (1657 - 1740)*
  Isaac Robinson (1670 - 1728)*
  Jacob Robinson (1672 - 1728)*
  John Robinson (1606 - ____)*
  Bridget Robinson Lee (1607 - ____)*
  Isaac Robinson (1610 - 1704)
  Mercy Robinson (1612 - 1623)*
  Fear Robinson Jennings (1616 - 1670)*
  James Robinson (1621 - 1638)*
*Calculated relationship
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Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Nov 12, 2009
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