|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1889|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1949|
Mayor of Mobile, 1953-44, 1946-47.
Sewanee University, 1905-1909.
He was the son of Stanley Bell Herndon and Lucy Cadwallader (Jones) Herndon of 907 Government Street;
grandson of Edward Herndon and Virginia (Bell) Herndon;
great-grandson of Thomas Hord Herndon and Emma Sarah (Toulmin) Herndon. His great-great-grandfather was Judge Harry Toulmin, first federal judge of the Southern District of Alabama and the first Secretary of State of Kentucky.
Robin C. Herndon was nine years old when his parents purchased 907 Government Street which had been built in 1855 by master mason William Sadler.
Following Stanley Bell Herndon's death in 1908, his unmarried brother Thomas Hord Herndon (1859-1920) continued living with Stanley's widow and children until his own death. His and Stanley's uncle, U.S. Congressman Thomas Hord Herndon Jr., had rented the residence across the street at 908 Government Street, the Roberts-Pillans house, when he returned from Washington, D.C., with terminal cancer and died there in 1883. (The Roberts-Pillans house was owned at that time by his first cousins Dr. Edmund Pendleton Gaines and wife Mary Ann Toulmin Gaines. Mrs. Gaines sold it in 1892 to her sister-in-law Mary Montague Henshaw Toulmin's nephew Harry Pillans, who was also a nephew of the builder, Joel A. Roberts.) Contemporary newspapers referred to Thomas Hord Herndon dying at "the family residence on Government Street," leading some Press-Register reporters in the 1980s-90s to state incorrectly that he lived and died at 907 Government, although Stanley Bell Herndon did not acquire 907 until 1898.
In 1910, at age 21, Robin C. Herndon was employed at Sherman Stationery Company in Mobile. In 1914 he was head of the company at the time he became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Mobile. In 1922 he started the Yellow Cab company in Mobile.
Robin Herndon married Corinna Kirkbride Nov. 28, 1911.
Mobile Press-Register, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1911: "In Christ Episcopal Church, Tuesday evening at twilight, a beafutiful wedding was celebrated when Mrs. Stanley Bell Herndon gave in marriage her eldest daughter, Virginia, to Mr. Wythe Lawler Whiting, the eldest son of General and Mrs. J.W. Whiting. This union of the Whiting and Herndon families -- two of the most aristocratic and prominent in the whole South -- is of universal interest not alone in Mobile, the home city, but throughout the state and in Virginia and Tennessee also."
Herndon descent from the House of Weir:
James Weir of Blackwood, Lanark, Scotland
+ Euphemia Hamilton
+ James Hamilton (6-great-grandson of King Robert II)
+ Margaret Hamilton
+ William Mure (Muir)
+John de Pollok
sir Robert, baron de Pollok
Robert Bruce Pollock
+ Annabella Stewart
Robert Bruce Pollock (Polk)
+ Magdalen Tasker
William B. Polk
+ Nancy Knox
+ Margaret Taylor
+ Susannah Spratt
Col. William Polk
+ Sarah Hawkins
Gen. Lucius Polk*
+ Mary Ann Eastin
Sarah Rachel Polk
+ Robin ap Cadwallader Jones
Lucy Cadwallader Jones
+ Stanley Bell Herndon
Robin Cadwallader Herndon
+ Corinna Kirkbride
Both Gen. Lucius Junius Polk and his brother Gen. Leonidas Polk were second cousins of President James Knox Polk as well as Mary Taylor Bolles Roberts who lived across from the Herndons at 910 Government Street.
Stanley Bell Herndon (1862 - 1908)
Lucy Cadwallader Jones Herndon (1862 - 1941)
Corinna Edwina Kirkbride Herndon (1888 - 1942)
Corinna Herndon McCafferty (1917 - 1990)*
Ann Herndon Luce (1921 - 2005)*
Robin Cadwallader Herndon (1889 - 1949)
Virginia Herndon Whiting (1890 - 1980)*
Rebecca Herndon Bush (1893 - 1973)*
Lucy Herndon Horst (1899 - 1985)*
Pine Crest Cemetery
Plot: Section 4
Maintained by: Ray Isbell
Originally Created by: Tim Childree
Record added: Apr 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51799629