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James R Robb
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Birth: 1816
Death: 1890

James R. Robb, of East Portland, Quietly Passes Away.

The death of James R. Robb, pioneer, occurred in his residence in Kenworthy's addition, in East Portland, 11 o'clock Wednesday night. Mr. Robb was taken with in grippe last February and has never been well since. Wednesday night, however, he was feeling better than usual, and so remarked to Mrs. Robb when they retired. A little before 11 Mr. Robb got up, and after putting on his dressing gown went to the bathroom, where he got some water. He returned, and putting the lamp down went to bed. Immediately he began to breath laboriously. This continued and Mrs. Robb sprang up, but nothing could be done, and his spirit gently took its flight.
Mr. Robb was 74 years old. He crossed the plains in 1842 with a party of which Captain Medorum Crawford and F. X. Matthieu are now the sole survivors. He mined in California in 1848 and 1849, and was afterwards a member of the well-known firm of Priest, Len & Co., of Sacramento. Mr. Robb lived in Oregon City for a number of years, and built with his own hands the first Methodist church in the state at that place. He was a member of the firm of Governor Abernathy & Co., of Oregon City, and acquired considerable wealth, which was subsequently swept away by the firm's failure. He was noted for his liberality in those days, and it is related of him that when he saw the clothes of the Methodist minister were growing seedy, he would invite him into his store and fit him out with the best he had.
Others enjoyed his prosperity. He had a family by his first wife of six children, all of whom are living. They are as follows: Mrs. J. M. Drake, Mrs. C. W. Parrish, of Oregon City; Mrs. J. C. Rounds, of East Portland; Mrs. E. W. Cornell, of Portland; Mrs. F. D. French, of Tacoman, and Mr. J. W. Robb, of Tacoma. His first wife died twelve years ago, and he was married to Mrs. S. E. May, of Salem, eight years ago. (The Oregonian, 28 Nov 1890)
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Ellen Parrish Robb (1828 - 1878)*
  Rebeckah Shinn Parrish Steele (1834 - 1909)*
  Anna Rebecca Robb Parrish (1847 - 1898)*
  Sarah Maria Robb Cornell (1852 - 1921)*
  James William Robb (1866 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship
River View Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: Nov 20, 2001
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James R Robb
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James R Robb
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Husband of Elizabeth Ellen Parrish Robb, My 4th Cousin 4x.
- Billie {Wolfe} King
 Added: Jul. 11, 2012
In honor of Mr. Drake's maternal grandfather
- janicet
 Added: Apr. 14, 2011
Blessings and peace to you. You traveled on the Oregon Trail of 1842 with my 4th great grandparents, Thomas Jefferson and Martha Shadden.
- Ghost Town Gal
 Added: Aug. 10, 2010
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