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Rev John Robinson
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Birth: 1672
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1745
New London County
Connecticut, USA

Rev. John Robinson, s. of Samuel Robinson and Mary Baker, b. in Mar 1671/2 prob. at Dorchester, Mass. He d. at Lebanon, Conn. Nov. 14, 1745, Æ 74. According to his gravestone, on the day he died he was 73 years old, and Ætatis (i.e., Æ, , "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 74. The traditional date of his birth is written as "March 1671", but if March was the month of his birth his gravestone says it was in March 1671/2.

The memorialist is not a descendant of the subject of this memorial, but some modern writers continue to consider Rev. Robinson as a descendant of Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower pilgrims at Leiden, Holland. The original tradition was that William Robinson of Dorchester, Mass., the grandfather of the subject of this memorial, was the son of Rev. John Robinson of Leiden, Holland. While Rev. Robinson of Leiden had a younger brother William, he had no son William. Failing this connection modern writers now claim descent through Rev. Robinson of Leiden's immigrant New England son Isaac Robinson of Barnstable, Mass. (the present writer's ancestor). Specifically, that he is one and the same as Isaac Robinson's eldest son John, who is called "Mr." in a few records (due to being the first elected deputy from Falmouth, Mass. to the Plymouth Colony Court).

Adding to the confusion, as late as the early-1800s segments of the Trumbull family of Lebanon, Conn., descendants of the subject of this memorial, also believed their ancestor Rev. John Robinson was a descendant of the immigrant Isaac Robinson of Barnstable. One of the Trumball descendants went to Falmouth, Mass. to find records that would prove such descent, but failed in their effort. It was not until the mid 1800s when James Savage of Boston, author of the well-known "Dictionary of the First Settlers..." uncovered Rev. John Robinson's correct ancestry.

A substantially full and accurate genealogy and life of Rev. John Robinson of Duxbury, Mass. and Lebanon, Conn. was presented in 1859 by his gr.grandson Edward Robinson in "Memoir of the Rev. William Robinson: formerly pastor of the Congregational Church in Southington, Conn...," Edward Robinson's father. That work is incorporated in this memorial along with additional facts of published record. Given the advent of modern search engines the writer wishes to set the record properly for those who otherwise want to perpetuate "bogus" genealogy.

The Rev. John Robinson of this memorial was a graduate of Harvard, Class of 1695. There is disagreement as to where he was between his graduation in 1695 and 1700, some claiming he was at New Castle, Penn. Otherwise, on May 28, 1700 the town of Tisbury, Mass. on Martha's Vineyard was looking for a minister, but "for our poverty & other necessary Charges is such that we Can not promise above £20 per year" [Tisbury TRs.] This paltry sum is likely why Rev. Salmon Treat did not stay at Tisbury for any length of time between when he left Greenwich, Conn. and settled as the founding pastor of the church at Preston, Conn. In his ordination in November 1698 at Preston, Rev. Treat is stated as having come from "Tisbury, Martins Vinyard" [Preston Chh. Rec.]

Tisbury subsequently appealed to Mr. Russell of the Barnstable, Mass. church to send "sum orthodox Lerned and pious person as soon as may be given." On July 23, 1700, Robert Cathcart, Tisbury's town clerk, was instructed to go to Barnstable to accompany "mr John Robinson over in order for settlement in the work of the ministry in Tisbury" and that "mr John Robinson shall at his Coming Take up his place of Residence at Simon Athearn's home." Athearn was the next door neighbor to the immigrant Isaac Robinson, who was then residing at Tisbury. Rev. Robinson did not reside at Tisbury very long as Tisbury was again looking for a minister in June 1701 [Tisbury TRs.]

Rev. Ichabod Wiswall, pastor of the Duxbury, Mass. church since 1676, d. at Duxbury July 23, 1700. On Sept. 2, 1700, Duxbury voted to call Rev. John Robinson to the pastoral care of their church offering £60 as his annual salary, triple the sum that had been offered by Tisbury. The subject of this memorial became the settled pastor of the Duxbury church, but was not formally ordained until Nov. 12, 1702. He continued as Duxbury's pastor until his formal request for dismissal was honored Nov. 10, 1738, for reasons of age and infirmaties. By that time several of his children had been residing at Lebanon, Conn. since 1732, and in May 1737 he purchased from his son-in-law, Jonathan Trumbull of Lebanon, a parcel of land at what was then called Goshen Parish in the Town of Lebanon, Conn. He sold his own property at Duxbury, Mass. in May 1739.

On Jan. 31, 1705/6 at Duxbury, Rev. John Robinson m. Hannah Wiswall, dau. of the deceased Rev. Ichabod Wiswall and his wife Priscilla Pabodie, b. at Duxbury Feb. 22, 1681/2. Hannah's mother Priscilla was the granddau. of John Alden of the Mayflower and his wife Priscilla Mullins. Unfortunately Hannah (Wiswall) Robinson, along with her eldest dau. Mary, drowned Sept. 22, 1722 during a sea passage from Duxbury to Boston. The story of that tragedy, as told by Rev. Robinson himself, is repeated in numerous works. Rev. Robinson never remarried.

Rev. John Robinson died of diabetes at Lebanon, Conn., his will having been written Nov. 8, 1745 six days beforehand. At the ancient burial ground at Lebanon is the following gravestone [as contained in Edward Robinson's 1859 memoir of his father]:

Here lies the body of the
Revd Mr. John Robinson,
late Pastor of the Church of
Christ in Duxbury; which charge
having faithfully and laudably
sustained for the space of
39 years he removed to
Lebanon & changed this
Life for a better Nov. 14th,
AD. 1745..............Æt. 74

Sic Pater, sic O, numerare fluxae
Nos dos vitae spatium, caducis
Mens ut a curis revocata veri
...................Lumen honesti
Cernat..............Buch'n Psal.

For sake of space, the children of Rev. John Robinson and Hannah Wiswall, all b. at Duxbury, Mass., are outlined in their mother's memorial.

Edited 7/16/2015
Family links: 
  Samuel Robinson (1640 - 1718)
  Mary Baker Robinson (1641 - 1715)
  Hannah Wiswall Robinson (1682 - 1722)*
  Alithea Robinson Stiles (1710 - 1786)*
  Elizabeth Robinson Eliot (1712 - 1758)*
  Faith Robinson Trumbull (1718 - 1780)*
  Mary Robinson Gulliver (1668 - 1703)*
  John Robinson (1672 - 1745)
*Calculated relationship
Old Cemetery
New London County
Connecticut, USA
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: John Beckstein
Record added: Dec 31, 2009
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you obeyed the great commission, go into all the earth and preach the gospel to all creation and I will be with you to the end of the world, matthew 28, god bless you pastor robinson
- steven norton
 Added: Dec. 13, 2015
you obeyed the great commission, go into all the earth and preach the gospel to all creation and I will be with to the end of the world, matthew 28 god bless you pastor robinson
- steven norton
 Added: Dec. 13, 2015
But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that now wherever we go He uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume. —2 Corinthians 2:14 Living Bible
 Added: Feb. 28, 2014
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