|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1828|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1877|
Benjamin Wells Robbins was born on 23 September 1828 in Autauga County, Alabama, about 20 miles west of Montgomery, Alabama. Benjamin's name came from his father's parents Benjamin Robbins and Sarah Wells. Benjamin had eleven brothers and sisters, Tobe, Sarah, Emeline, William Joseph, Sarah, Solomon, Martha Ann, Casina, Howard/Howell and Daniel Baker.
On January 3, 1850 Benjamin Wells Robbins, age 21, married Elizabeth Mize, she was 16. Benjamin purchased two 40-acre tracts through the U.S. Land Office in 1841 & 1848 respectfully. 1850 U.S. census records show that he owned land with a value of $50.00 and that he was a farmer. They had 2 children, Mary (1852) and Henry (1855). Elizabeth apparently died in childbirth in 1855, with son Henry.
On August 18, 1857 Benjamin married Missouri Ann Mitchell in Coosa County, Alabama. By 1860 Benjamin and family had moved to Winn Parish, Louisiana. Benjamin had purchased 240.33 acres through the U.S. Land Office and received confirmation by 1860. Benjamin and Missouri had eight children: Henry, Addie, Elizabeth, Patti, Tobe, Ed, Benjamin and Claudia.
The farmers of Winn Parish had more on their mind than just getting the crops in the ground. With news that the Civil War was getting close to home, community leaders and prominent businessmen began to hold rallies, meetings and get-togethers to recruit volunteers to defend their homes, their state and the South.
U.S. Civil War records show that Benjamin W. Robbins (age 34) enlisted (28th Gray's Louisiana Infantry, Confederate) on May 14, 1862 as a sergeant-private in company G and made roll in January 1863. He was also listed as a Prisoner of War. He was paroled on June 10, 1865 in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Company G records of Winn Parish also lists Benjamin W. Robbins, 2nd Lt., r. April 25, 1863. (William Joseph Robbins, Benjamin's brother, was also a 2nd Lt. In Company G)
Many of the Civil War soldiers suffered from camp diseases, such as measles, dysentery and small pox. We are almost certain that Benjamin and his brother William fought in the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill (April 8 & 9, 1864), which were two of the largest battles in the Red River Campaign. They may have also fought to take over the Yankee gunboat Diana.
Benjamin Wells Robbins and Missouri Ann attended church at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Grant Parish, Louisiana.
Benjamin Wells Robbins died at the relatively young age of 48 on 17 Feb 1877. He left his wife Missouri with five children under the age of 10, one (Claudia) that was born after he died. Missouri Ann Mitchell Robbins died in 21 Feb 1903 at the age of 66. They are both buried at Mars Hill Cemetery in Grant Parish, Louisiana.
Daniel Arter Robbins (1795 - 1851)
Sarah Mitson Wilson Robbins (1807 - 1896)
Missouri Ann Mitchell Robbins (1836 - 1903)
Tobe Lee Robbins (1870 - 1930)*
Ed Hester Robbins (1872 - 1934)*
Claudia Clara Robbins Stallings (1877 - 1920)*
Emeline Robbins Mitchell (1826 - 1909)*
Benjamin Wells Robbins (1828 - 1877)
William Joseph Robbins (1831 - 1905)*
Cassina M Howard (1842 - 1925)*
Howell Rose Robbins (1845 - 1923)*
Daniel Baker Robbins (1848 - 1892)*
Mars Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: James Dorrell
Originally Created by: Herald
Record added: Aug 24, 2004
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