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Welcome to the Internet home of the 5robbins.   Our site includes family history of the Robbins family, plus added history and reflections of the much smaller world of the Robbins of Tupelo, Mississippi.

If you’re seeking the Robbins Family history, be sure to check our forum which covers our ancestors of hundreds of years ago and how they’ve spread to where they are today.

Many of the images are, of course, of my closest family and close ancestors, but would love any relatives, near or far, that have additional photos to please add them to the collection.
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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.

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Howell Rose Robbins


The following was related by Nellie Robbins and James Castleberry to me (Jesse Wendall Castleberry) in December 1948:

Howell Rose Robbins lived in the community of Bradford on a route out from Kellyton, Coosa County, Alabama. He is buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Soccapatoy, 8 miles from Goodwater. His father came from South Carolina. Howell Rose had kinfolks in Louisiana, near Monroe. they were his brothers or sisters and he used to go see them, riding his white horse there. Both Annie and Howell taught school for a while in Alabama. Howell was sheriff of Coosa County for one term. He was a successful farmer with a farm of 300 acres and several tenants, located at Bradford until his death. He was state representative from Coosa County for one term. Howell ran for Probate Judge against Charlie Thornel but lost. He is supposed to actually have won by 26 votes, but was “counted out”. He has a brother who was Willie Robbins’ father.