James Robinson

James Robinson

York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Sep 1823 (aged 49)
Union County, Ohio, USA
Burial Union County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 57038290 · View Source
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James Robinson was one of the early settlers in what became Union County.

THE HISTORY OF UNION COUNTY OHIO, 2 Volumes (Beers, Chicago, 1883), 2:221, 223, 289

The Robinson family, now widely connected in Darby and other townships, was one of the earliest to acquire and possess a heritage in this new rich land. A temporary settlement was effected in the year 1800, though it was five years before the Robinsons became permanently identified with this locality. Samuel and James Robinson, the sons of James Robinson, were born and raised on their father's farm of several hundred acres, in York County, Penn., a few miles distant from the Susquehanna. James had acquired the cooper trade, and Samuel was equally proficient as a carpenter. They possessed the pioneer element strongly, in their natures, and when young men came West to seek their fortunes. They reached Tennessee, and there met Lucas Sullivant, a surveyor, who wished them to join his surveying party. With a view to selecting a good location for their future homes, they entered his employ--James as a chain carrier and Samuel as a marker--and came to Ohio. The party consisted of five men, the sole business of one of them being to provide the company with game. For six weeks they were busily at work, and during the time they saw no white men. The Robinson boys selected the Samuel Robinson survey of 600 acres, No. 2,977, located in the southeastern part of Darby, and early in the spring of 1800, cleared a small piece of land and planted it in corn. During their stay, they boarded with Joshua Ewing. They remained until fall, then returned to their home in York County, Penn. Both were unmarried, but James was betrothed to Jane Morrison, the daughter of a York County farmer, and soon after his return married her.

In the spring of 1805, James and his family, Samuel and another brother, Thomas, again bade adieu to Pennsylvania and started on their pioneer journey to Darby Township. Samuel and James had divided between them the survey they had purchased, James taking the northwestern half. He sold this to two brothers, Thomas and John and, and purchased from Lucas Sulivant 330 acres adjoining it on the northwest, the fractions of Surveys 3,482, 3,682 and 3,881. Upon his arrival, James built a cabin on this new land, where the residence of William H. Wolford now is [1883], and lived here till his death in September, 1883, at the age of forty-nine years. He had been a man of unusual activity and energy, and was an earnest member of the Presbyterian Church. A family of eight children survived him. They were Anna, the wife of James Reed; Sarah, wife of Stephenson Curry; William M., of Marysville; Eleanor, wife of Robert Snodgrass; James of Jerome Township; Jane, wife of Thomas Reed; Samuel, residence on the homestead; and Nancy, wife of Perry Buck.

James Robinson had one of the earliest orchards in the vicinity, and after the trees approached the age of bearing, he was greatly annoyed by the birds that had a strong liking for his choice fruit and manifested the design of the design of indulging their appetite before it was ripe enough to pluck. Some Indian lads, belonging to several families encamped near by, were very expert in shooting birds with their small bows and arrows, and Mr. Robinson agreed with them, by means of signs, that for each bird they would shoot in the orchard he would give them an apple. It happened that the following day was Sunday, and as Mr. Robinson, who was a devout and God-fearing Presbyterian, was engaged in the usual morning prayers, the Indian lads rushed in with a bird they had killed. The conscientious pioneer could not tolerate the idea of profaning the Sabbath by this unhallowed sport and by shaking his head and gesticulating, intimated to them that they must not engage in it that day. They departed highly incensed, thinking he had withdrawn from his agreement, and after the old folks had gone to church that day the Indian youths amused themselves by pointing their weapons at the children left at home, who fled to the house for protection and remained within the bolted doors till their parent's return.

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James Robinson, died Sept 20, 1823, aged 49 yrs & 3 dys, Father of Wm. M. Robinson & others


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 57038290
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