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John D. Robbins
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1813
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1910
Spokane County
Washington, USA

John D. Robbins was the husband of Jane (Bodwell) Robbins (1815-1894).

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The Cheney Free Press, Special Edition, Cheney, Washington, May 20, 1904.

John D. Robbins, our oldest citizen has rounded out four score and ten, having been born in Acton, Mass., on Sept. 6, 1813. Several of his father's relatives fought in the Revolutionary war and his maternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Robbins has met many early reformers and statesmen, including Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips. In his boyhood days the family cooking was done over the fireplace, and he remembers when his father brought home the first matches--twenty-five matches prepares with sulphur, and a phial of phosphorus in which to dip the little bars of pine. In 1850 he was among those who braved the long journey by water from New York to California to test the gold excitement, returning the next year. In 1878 he moved with his wife to Washington Territory and located near Deep Creek Falls. In November of 1880 he made his home in Cheney, living at present with his daughter, Mrs. Lucy A. Switzer. Mr. Robbins is still in remarkably good health for one of his years, is quick and active, and his mental powers are unimpaired. His present health would indicate that there are yet many years in store for him and that he will live to celebrate his 100th anniversary.

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History of Spokane, p. 355-6:

Jane Bodwell married John D. Robbins who owned a livery stable. In his mid-fourties (c. 1858) they moved to Minnesota and engaged in farming. After 10 years he moved to Missouri for 3 years, returning to Minnesota until 1878 when they moved to Washington. They went first to the Sound country, but shortly afterwards went to Spokane county and took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres at Deep Creek Falls. They resided there for two years, then sold out and went to Cheney, where they were among the first settlers of the town. Jane had been educated at Woburn Academy and in early life was a successful teacher. She was a prominent temperance woman and stanch abolitionist. After coming to Cheney she continued active in temperance and religious work, identifying herself with the Congregational Church, the W.C.T.U. and the Band of Hope.

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  Jane Bodwell Robbins (1815 - 1894)*
  Lucy A. Robbins Switzer (1844 - 1922)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memorial Terrace
Spokane County
Washington, USA
Plot: L-03
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Record added: Jan 30, 2012
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