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Sketch of the Robbins Family in Alabama

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Contributed by H.R. Robbins (This is Howell Rose Robbins, my Great-Grandfather)

Prior to the seventeenth century, there was a colony of immigrants from Germany settled in the State of North Carolina, from which the Robbins family, and the name generally spring. During the seventeenth century one, Benjamin Robbins married Miss Bostick. The result of their marriage was four sons and one daughter: Solomon, Daniel, Joel, and Benjamin. Eliza was the name of the daughter.

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the family moved to Alabama and settled in what was known afterward as Autauga County, which covered a large territory of the State. The family engaged in agriculture and had a great deal of trouble with the Indians. Solomon, the oldest son, married a Miss Sellers who bore two children (Betsy and Solomon, Jr.) and died. Solomon married his second wife, Miss Mary Wilson, a daughter of Benjamin Wilson who moved from the State of Virginia to Alabama. The result of their marriage was four sons and five daughters. Those were Putman, John, Thomas, and George, all of whom were killed or died in the late War Between the States, each one leaving widows and children. The daughters by the last marriage were Jane, Martha, Eliza, Adeline, and Kate. All of whom married and died in Alabama except Solomon, the eldest son, and Adeline, next to the youngest daughter, who died in the State of Texas, leaving honored and prominent families.  J.W. Robbins (the oldest son of Solomon, Jr.) has been elected State Treasurer twice and served several terms in the Texas Legislature.  Kate Robbins Grayson is the only one of the family living.  She lives in the State of Texas. W.O. Robbins, a grandson of Solomon Robbins, Sr., and son of Thos. Robbins (deceased), is Sheriff of Elmore County, Alabama.   Solomon Robbins, Sr. served in several official positions in the early history of Alabama.  After the death of Benjamin Robbins, Sr., Solomon, Sr., and Daniel moved to Coosa County, Alabama, and their brothers, Benjamin and Joel, moved to Florida and were lost sight of by others in the family.

Daniel Robbins married Sarah Mitson (the sister of the second wife of Solomon Robbins, Sr.). The result of their marriage was five sons and four daughters, namely, B.W. Robbins, W.J. Robbins, S.E. Robbins, H.R. Robbins, and D.B. Robbins, and the daughters, Emeline, Sarah, Martha, and Casina. Daniel Robbins, with his brother, Solomon, and other early settlers of Coosa County had many troubles and daring conflicts with the Indians, often being driven back across the Coosa River, as the Indians claimed the territory of Coosa belonged to the Red Men.  In the organization of the First Circuit Court of Coosa County, Daniel Robbins was a member of the Grand Jury of said court which was held in an Indian house about two miles south of the present Court House of said County. The County of Coosa then reached from Montgomery to Talladega. Solomon Robbins, Sr., and Daniel Robbins served in the War of 1812 for which drew a pension until his death. Daniel died before the pension law passed. His widow filed her application for a pension but was rejected. His life was spent on the farm and in performing any public duty he was called to. He dies in about 1850. His eldest daughter married Isaac Mitchell, who moved to the State of Louisiana about 1855.B.W. Robbins (the first son of Daniel Robbins) married Miss Marjorie Mitchell, and moved to Louisiana in 1858. When the war broke out in 1861 he established and served four years as the second lieutenant of a company in the 30th Louisiana Regiment. He filled many responsible places of trust, and died in 1875, a high toned Christian man, though a poor farmer.W. J. Robbins (the second son of Daniel Robbins) moved to Louisiana with his sister and elder brother and engaged in merchandising on Red River and accumulated considerable property, but in 1861, he volunteered in the company with his older brother and was elected first lieutenant of the company, and served four years. When he returned from the war he found his property destroyed (except lands). After the days of Reconstruction were over, he was elected Tax Collector and Assessor of his Parish, in which position he served with credit to himself, and his constituents. Then he was selected as Parish Surveyor in which he served until he grew feeble, and eyesight failed him. He is almost helpless at this time.
S.E. Robbins, the third son of Daniel Robbins, moved to Louisiana in about 1858. In 1861 he volunteered in a company in the 12th Louisiana Regiment and served as a brave soldier in said regiment until 1863 when he obtained a transfer to the 17th Alabama Regiment where he had a younger brother in the service. He served in Company D, 17th Alabama Regiment until the 20th day of June 1864, near Peach Tree Creek, in a desperate battle was severely wounded, carried to Oakmulga Hospital, where he died from his wounds, and was buried with thousands of like unfortunates.
H.R. Robbins, the fourth son of Daniel Robbins, was only four years old when his father died and when he became responsible he took charge of the little homestead left by his father and preserved in the name of his mother until her death in 1896. He is a farmer, has spent his time as an agriculturist, except while in the army-teaching school occasionally, and when in an official position. In 1871 he was elected Justice of the peace of his precinct and at the expiration of his term as Justice of the peace, in 1880, he was nominated by the Democratic Party for Sheriff of Coosa County, Alabama, and elected by a large majority over his opponent, an independent candidate. He served the full term as Sheriff with credit to himself, and to the wishes of the whole people. In 1894 when the Democrats were divided, the people in mass meeting nominated him for a member of the State Legislature, and he was elected by a good majority. He has been an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over thirty years.

D.B. Robbins, the fifth and youngest son of Daniel Robbins, was as most of the family, a farmer, married Miss C.F. Rogers in 1882, and died in 1900, leaving a wife with three children. He was a poor hard working man, loved and respected by all who knew him. The religion of the family was mostly Presbyterian, of a liberal disposition in their views on all subjects and principles.

Resource: “History of Coosa County, Alabama”, By the Rev. George E. Brewer, The Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 4, Nos. 1 /& 2, Spring and Summer 1942

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Origins of the Robbins Name

I would be the first to state that I am by far no means a genealogist.  However, with the technology of today, I find it intriguing to look back and investigate the origins from which I/we came.  I assume we all have this curiosity and offer my novice research those of with the mutual interest or of ancestry.  Anyway, that being stated, from what I have uncovered via the internet is my lineage goes back some twenty-two generations to before the “Dark Ages” of humanity.

Should, by chance this lineage be correct, then here are some interesting details regarding the Robbins family:

  • John Robbins appears to be the family member to bring our lineage to America.  He was born in 1581 in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, UK, crossed the Atlantic with his family at some point (as his son was also born in the UK), and returned to the UK where he dies in 1622.  He would be considered my Great-(10) Grandfather.
  • His son, also a John was born in Long Buckby and died in Gloucester County, VA around 1655.  He would be considered my Great-(9) Grandfather.  He is the first observed family member to have taken the spelling of Robbins with two “b’s”.  Possibly, coming to a new world brought along with it a new name!
  • John’s son, Thomas had the title of “Dr.” and is the last ancestor using the spelling of “Robins”.  Why he reverted back to the previous spelling of our name is unknown.  However, from his children forward, the Robbins name has been unchanged.
  • Although there is conflicting information, it appears the spelling changed from Robyns in the late 1400’s, possibly after Edward, my Great-(14) Grandfather, born appx. in 1460.