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Collection of Obituaries for the ROBINSON family
submitted by Shirley Birling

Darius Robinson was born in Roxbury, Delaware County, NY in 1809. He married Eliza ? and had six children while in Delaware County. He was involved in the Anti Rent War and indicted for that involvement. He moved with his family to Polo, Ogle County, Illinois between 1846-1850.

Darius Robinson was a grandson of Wade Robinson's "Major Ebenezer Robinson" from records of Robinson Genealogical Society and elsewhere...but neither Wade nor I, nor any of the many others researching this family have found any positive proof of this. I had noticed that sending in obituaries seemed to be the latest thing to do on the site, so submitting these in the hope that someone will come forward with a connection or at least some bits of additional information on this family. Thanks for a great site! --Shirley Robinson Birling

Darius Robinson died in Polo, Ogle County., Illinois on December 2, 1849 at the age of 40. He is buried there in Eagle Point Township Red Brick Church Cemetery. His children were Clarissa; Henry; Harvey; Mary; Caroline; James; DeWitt and Sarah Jane. Darius Robinson died in Polo, Ogle County., Illinois on December 2, 1849 at the age of 40. He is buried there in Eagle Point Township Red Brick Church Cemetery.

His children were Clarissa; Henry; Harvey; Mary; Caroline; James; DeWitt and Sarah Jane.

MRS. CLARISSA MOATS 1834-1921 Clarissa Robinson was born May 14, 1834 in New York State. In her early girlhood she moved with her parents to Northern Illinois and in early womanhood she was married at Polo.Ill to Ira. B. Moats. In the fall of 1863 they moved to Modena,(Buffalo county, WI) where they made their permanent home.

Five sons and three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Moats: Henry, deceased; Leroy of Alma; Mary, Mrs Sam Walker, of New England, North Dakota; Edgar of Eau Claire; Simon of Modena; Alice, Mrs. Clarence Kezar of Kremlin, MT; Samuel of Durand; and Rose, Mrs. Edmund Anderson of Modena.

On January 29, 1903, Mr Moats, after a good and useful life passed to the great beyond. His widow continued to reside in Modean until she too, on December 30, 1921, received her summons to life eternal. Mrs. Moats kept up her own house in Modena, but from time to time has made long visits with her children. During the last six months her son Edgar has been with her and during the two weeks preceding her death he and his brothers Leroy & Sam and their sister, Mrs. Edmund Anderson gave their mother constant and unremitting care.

The funeral took place Monday, January 2 at 1:30p.m. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Graham Sibson of Mondovi. A brief service was held at the house. This was followed by services in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in the village which was crowded. All the children were present and the four sons and two grandsons Harry and Bert Moats were pallbearers. Suitable hymns were sung by a quartet consisting of Mrs. Roy Hillman and Misses Bertha Hanson, Ida Nelson and Bertha Ness. There were many floral tributes. The remains were interred in the Mount Hoope cemetery by the side of those of her husband. Those from away who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Will White; E.J. Odell and Mr and Mrs. Arnold Hillestad of Eleva; Mrs Ed Moats and daughter Merle of Eau claire; James Robinson and son Henry of Gilmanton; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kinsa of Whitehall; Mrs Sam Moats of Durand; Mr. and Mrs. Allie Con Wald and Mrs. Russell Perry of Alma and Mr and Mrs. Wilbur Lawrence and Mrs. Orva Crandall of Mondovi.

Full of years, Mrs. Moats has gone to her eternal reward. Joining the Methodist church early in life she ever remained a faithful member. For forty years she was a real helpmeet to her husband,sharing with him and helping to lighten for him the burden of pioneer hardships. She was a good mother, the best testimony to this fact being the useful lives of her children. In her relations with her neighbors she was kind and obliging. In a word, she was one of God's good women who life was worth while. Besides the children left to mourn the loss of their mother, she leaves behind a stepson, George of Henning, Minnesota; a step-daughter, Mrs. Emmeline Schruyver of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a brother, James Robinson of Gilmanton; two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Odell of Appleton, Minn. and Mrs. Melissa Odell of Iowa; 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

From the History of Jo Davies County, Illinois:

ROBINSON, HARVEY: Farmer, Sec. 14, Pleasant Valley; born in Delaware Co., NY October 16, 1836, emigrated to Ogle County(Illinois) in 1848 and to Jo Daviess County(Illinois0 in 1868; owns 80 acres of land; was married January 1, 1856 to Sarah Davis. She was born in Randolph Co., Illinois October 11, 1833. They have five childrne living-Martha J-now Mrs. McGinnis; Mary; John; Amos and Amanda; lost 2 Henry and an infant. Mr. Robinson is in his first term as school director; is a Republican. Harvey Robinson served in the Civil War enlisting in Co.K 18th Infantry Regiment; Illinois Volunteers.

The Stockton Herald, October 4, 1911

H.R. Robinson was born in Delaware N.Y. October 16, 1836 and dead at his home in Pleasant Valley September 19, 1911 at 2:30a.m. being 74 years, 11 months and 3 days old. In 1856 he was united in marriage to Sarah Davis who preceded him in death. To their union were born 6 children, 2 of whom preceded him in death. The children now living are John of Pleasant Valley, Mrs. Douglas McGinnis of Savanna(Illinois); Mrs. David Frederick and Mrs. Will Frederick of Berreman.

In 1890 he was converted and joined the Church of God at Pleasant Valley under ministry of Rev. W. R. Johnson and was a faithful member to his death. He came to this state in 1846, living in Ogle County for several years, then he moved to Kansas where he remained one year, then returned to Illinois and settled on a farm in Pleasant Valley where he remained until death.

He was a kind neighbor, a firm, conscientious, God fearing man who was cheerful inadversity; humble in prosperity and above reproach.

He was taken with cancer on the lip several years ago which finally resulted in death. He bore his sufferings like a Christian. He leaves many friends to mourn his death. The funeral services were held at Church of God Pleasant Valley, conducted by rev. B.H. Rogers, pastor. Interment being made in the Deeds Cemetery.

Caroline Robinson, daughter of Darius Robinson & Eliza ? of Roxbury, Delaware Co., N.Y.

The Proctor Journal, July 21, 1922.............Proctor, Minnesota 55810

Mrs. Caroline Odell passed away Sunday morning, July 16, at 11 o;clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edmund Herbert., 23 E. 3rd St. at the ripe old age of 83 years, 9 months and 20 day. Mrs. Odell was born at Rocksbury, New York State, October 26, 1838. She was married to Garner McKeel in 1853. Mr. McKeel was killed on the battle field during the Civil War. In 1866 she was united in marriage to William Odell by who she had two children, Charles D. of Waukegan, Ill and Mrs. Edmund Herbert of Proctor. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the home of Mrs. Herbert. Rev. J.W. Schenck of the M.E.Church officiated with a large number of relatives and friends being present. Interment was made in Oneota Cemetery.

NOTE: Carline Robinson's first husband, Garner McKeel was also a native of Delaware County, NY. He was born in Middletown, Delaware County, N.Y. according to his enlistment papers when he enlisted in Company E, 92nd Infantry Regiment; Illinois Volunteers. He was 31 years old on the date of enlistment which was August 13, 1862. His residence is given at that time as Polo, Ogle County, Illinois. He was killed on April 30, 1864 near Ringgold, Georgia.

James Robinson (Son of Darius & Eliza ? Robinson)

James Robinson 1844-1927
James Robinson was born on May 17, 1844 in New York State. When he was two years old he went with his parents to Stocton, Ill. In 1861 he came to the Beef Slough in this county (that would be Buffalo County, Wisconsin) and stayed for some time with his sister. He then returned to Stockton until his marriage in the early sixties to Emily Searles of Stockton, Ill..(Note..this would be grandaughter of Boaz & Mary Searles who are buried in Vega 'Cemetery in Delaware County, NY)

In 1863 he came with his wife to this county and settled in Modena. In November, 1879 he lost his wife by death. In 1890 he moved to Rusk in Dunn County where he resided for three years. He then moved to East Pepin in Pepin County where he lived until 1917. Since that time he has made his home with his sons and daughters near Mondovi.

The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: George L. of Stanley' Mrs. Melissa Lawrence, Henry W. Robinson and Mrs. Laura Hacker of Mondovi, who survive to mourn the loss of their father. One son, Freddie died when he was 18 months old. Mr. Robinson is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind one brother, Dewitt J. Robinson of Pequot, Minn. and one sister, Mrs. Melissa Odell of Bancroft, Iowa.

Death came to Mr. Robinson last Wednesday, Sepytember 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wilbur D. Lawrence, as the result of a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held at the Lawrence home last Saturday afternoon, Rev. Dr. H.S. Mahood conducted the services and interment was made at Modena.

D.J. Robinson died Friday, One of the Oldest Settlers This Section of State

Name of Newspaper not know, but this is in Pequot, Minnesota. The date of his death was March 9, 1928.

Coming to what is now Crow Wing County 60 years ago, and so doubtless one of the oldest settlers in this part of the state, D. J. Robinson of Pequot answered the last call Friday of last week at 6 o'clock p.m. and was laid to rest in the Pequot Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. T. Nelson from the Grace Evangelical Church and was under the auspices of the American Legion Post at the request of Mr. Robinson. At his request, too, there were no flowers, the American flag being the only decoration. Born in New York r. Robinson was born in Delaware County, New York in 1846. Enlisting in the 65th Illinois Infantry for the Civil War, April 1, 1862, at the age of 15 years, he was mustered out April 15, 1865. He suffered two wounds during the war. His marriage was a soldier romance and he lived for a time at Polo, Illinois, where he was a photographer.

But he had the Western fever. His wife refusing to go with him to the frontier he left his home, leaving behind an only child, a daughter of a few months. No trace of him was found by his family for 45 years when he was located by his brother through the government pension department. He was joined in Pequot not long after by the daughter, now Mrs.L. L. Vest and her husband, who later moved to Orange, California.

AS nearly as can be determined, Mr. Robinson first came to Brainerd. He was in the Cross Lake neighborhood for a time and later took a homstead west of Pequot. He worked for a time as a photographer in Pequot in partnership with a man named Megill. Born in a family of five boys and three girls, he outlived them all with the exception of a sister in Bancroft, Iowa. He leaves an estate, largely in cash, of $4000 to $6000.

--------------- The other son of Darius and Eliza ? Robinson was Henry Robinson. He died as a child of 6 years of age on April 7, 1848 and is buried in the same cemetery as the father, Darius Robinson, and they share the same gravestone.

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