In this document, the names in bold type are either my direct ancestors or those of my wife Lena Campbell. In either case, they are direct ancestors of our children.
My father was James William Robinson, son of William Robinson. William was the son of two Irish immigrants, Hugh Robinson and Elizabeth Lloyd Dosey. Elizabeth’s name also appears on various official documents in different forms such as:
Eliza Loyd Dosey, on the front of her marriage license to Hugh.
Eliza Loyd Dosey, on the back of her marriage license to Hugh.
Elizabeth Lloyd, on her daughter Elizabeth’s birth certificate.
Elizabeth Lloyd, on her son William’s birth certificate.
On the back of her marriage license, she lists her mother’s maiden name as Elizabeth Loyd and her father’s name as Wm. Dosey.
The earliest Robinson in our line for whom we can find records is Hugh Robinson Sr. I call him Sr. because his son is also Hugh Robinson. Any place where I leave off the Sr. will be a reference to Hugh Robinson Jr. I will not use the appendage “Jr.” for him in this document. Hugh Senior is my great, great, grandfather. Hugh is my great-grandfather. I believe Hugh Sr. lived in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. I have run across writings which make me believe that these Robinson folks were from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Some writings indicate that Robinson was a name predominately found in County Antrim, as well as the fact that Hugh and Joseph both departed from Moville, Ireland. These things lead me to believe they were from County Antrim. But this is not proven. Moville was apparently a shipping town, and was located to the west, in County Donagal, across a bay from Counties Antrim and Londonderry. Ships from Glasgow, Scotland typically stopped off at Moville to embark and disembark passengers, when the ship was on the way to the United States.
Northern Ireland was known as Ulster, consisting of 9 counties. Following a period of guerrilla warfare between the nationalist Irish Republican Army (IRA) and British forces, a treaty was signed in 1921 creating the Irish Free State from 23 southern counties and 3 counties in Ulster. The other 6 counties of Ulster made up Northern Ireland, which remained part of the United Kingdom. In 1949 the Irish Free State became an independent republic. County Antrim is the most northeastern county of Northern Ireland, and is close to Scotland. For a map, see Attachment A018.
We do not know for sure the name of Hugh Senior’s 1st wife. Hugh Robinson’s marriage certificate at Attachments A001 and A002, lists his father’s name as Hugh Robinson, and his mother’s maiden name as Margarett Farrell. This could be her maiden name, or could have been her current married name. We do not know at this time. She apparently was present and signed as a witness. However, all handwriting on the certificate looks to be in the same handwriting. Perhaps a clerk or one of the persons named in the document did all the writing. On Hugh Robinson’s death certificate at Attachment A003, his mother’s maiden name is listed as Elizabeth Graham. Margarett Farrell or Elizabeth Graham would be my great-great-grandmother. I have not been able, using the very few Irish records that I have access to, been able to verify the existence of Hugh’s parents in Ireland. I have found several Hugh Robinson names but have no way to connect them with our Hugh and his father, Hugh Senior.
Consider that when Hugh got married, he may have listed his mother with her current name or her maiden name. Also consider that information on Hugh’s death certificate was probably given by his current wife, Josephine Foster Robinson. See the back side of Hugh’s death certificate, Attachment A003 and A004, and Josephine’s death certificate, Attachments A005 and A006. Hugh’s cremation papers at Attachments A095 and A096.
Thirdly, consider that Hugh Senior and Hugh’s mother may not have been married. And lastly, consider the coincidence that on Hugh’s death certificate, his mother is listed as Catherine Graham, and he lived at 434 Graham Avenue, in Brooklyn. Did Josephine know Hugh’s mother’s name, or did she make up a name, or was there a clerical error?
On June 29, 1871, Hugh Robinson arrived in New York City, from Moville, Ireland on board the ship SS Australia. The Australia departed Glasgow, Scotland, stopped at Moville, and then traveled on to New York. Hugh is shown at line 316 on the Australia’s manifest. See Attachment A007. His age is listed as 18. However, if he was indeed born in March, 1855, he would be 17. See 1900 census, line 91, Attachment A008. Perhaps he lied about his age for any number of reasons. I could find no one else on the manifest that looked as if they were traveling with him.
Hugh had a brother named Joseph Robinson, who also came to New York. Joseph, as far as I can tell arrived onboard the SS Anchoria. The Anchoria traveled the same route from Glasgow, Scotland, via Moville, Ireland, to New York, as did the Australia. See the manifest at Attachment A009. This Joseph apparently traveled with Sarah Robinson, age 48, Martha L. Robinson, age 26, and Isabel, age 17. This may or may not be our group, but it is the best bet among all the manifests that I could find. Joseph was born in April 1870 according to the 1900 Brooklyn, New York census. See Attachment A022.
It is possible that Hugh and Joseph may not have had the same mother, making them half brothers.
It is possible that Hugh named one of his daughters Isabella, (later known as Charlotte or Lottie). I know of no way to tell if her name was something like Charlotte Isabella Robinson. See 1880 New York, Manhattan census, Attachments A010 and A011.
This 1880 census shows Hugh, his wife Elizabeth, and two children, William and Isabella. I believe that this Isabella is later known as Charlotte or Lottie. They would have been the same age. Perhaps Isabella was her middle name. There was another daughter, Elizabeth, older than William, but she is not seen or heard of after her birth. Both Hugh and his wife Elizabeth are listed on this census as being born in Ireland. Thus, their children are 100% Irish. Hugh’s wife Elizabeth is my great grandmother.
See baby Elizabeth’s birth certificate at Attachment A012. No further record is found of baby Elizabeth. During this period and up until May 1883, Hugh and Elizabeth lived at 238 Henry Street, Manhattan, New York. Henry Street was in lower eastside Manhattan, about 4 blocks from the East River. Very near where the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn was later built. It was about 12 blocks from where the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn is located. In fact, the Brooklyn Bridge was under construction while Hugh lived there. We know that Hugh was listed on several official documents as a galvanizer. We also know that the Brooklyn Bridge contains over 14,500 miles of hot-galvanized wire in its cables. Would it be stretching the imagination to suspect that Hugh may have worked on those wires? We also know that by 1883, trains were running from Brooklyn to NYC over the bridge.
It must be remembered that during the late 1800s, in lower east Manhattan, NY, living conditions were terrible. Opportunists had constructed many multi-story tenement buildings. These buildings had no electricity, no heat, no air conditioning, no rear windows, and virtually no ventilation. In fact, in many of them, the only ventilation in the back rooms was what they got from the front door, up the stairs, down the hallway, through the door into the apartment, through the living room and into the bedrooms, which had no windows at all. If they were very lucky, they got air from the front rooms, which had windows. Interesting reading on this subject is a book which can be found on the internet by Jacob A. Riis, entitled “HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES – Studies among the tenements of New York”.
See William’s birth certificate at Attachment A013. There was no name for this child on this certificate, but the parents match and William’s birth date matches. Therefore, I digitally added William’s name to the document.
In 1890 Hugh was living at 385 Madison per the New York City Directory. He was still listed as a galvanizer. This address was one block closer to the East River than was 238 Henry Street.
By 1900, Hugh was living alone with his new wife, Josephine, at 925 Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn New York. See 1900 NY census record at Attachment A008.
The 1910 New York census for Brooklyn, New York has Hugh and Joseph Robinson living together. They lived at 184 Jackson Street, Brooklyn. Both were galvanizers. See Attachment A017. I believe there is a clerical error on this entry. It shows Hugh age 55, a galvanizer as head of household. It shows Joseph, age 54, a galvanizer. I think that the recorder skipped part of a line, starting to record Joseph, used Josephine’s age, and Joseph’s occupation. Josephine would have been 54 and Joseph would have been 40. We never see Joseph again. See 1910 Census at Attachment A102.
The 1920 New York census for Brooklyn, New York has Hugh and Josephine Robinson living on Graham Avenue. The copy is very light and hard to read, but they are listed at lines 43 and 44. See New York census for Brooklyn at Attachment A038. Note that his death address listed on Attachment A003 was 434 Graham Avenue.
Josephine lived with Hugh until his death in 1927. See Hugh’s death certificate, Attachment A003, and Josephine’s death certificate, Attachment A005. Josephine died 10 April 1927. Hugh Robinson died 8 Feb. 1927 at the Brooklyn State Hospital, of Myocarditis and General Arteriosclerosis, (Heart Attack) in NYC, Kings Co. (Brooklyn) death certificate 2911 on LDS Microfilm # 2048711. Hugh’s newspaper obituary is at Attachment A027. When Hugh died, his son William had been dead for only one year. His grandson, James Sr., (my father), was alive and 17 years old. They could have met during the 17 years, but never did. Additional Hugh Robinson attachments are:
d. Attachments A096 and A097 – Hugh Robinson Cremation Papers
I will now discuss the children of Hugh and Elizabeth. They apparently had four children, only 2 of whom survived. I knew that William and Charlotte came to Missouri on the orphan trains. There were lots of family legends saying such things as the children came from an orphanage in New York, and the orphanage burned down so there are not any records. Others were even wilder, so I will not repeat them. I will stick to facts as I know them.
I had read in various internet files about the orphan trains and the sources for the children. So I wrote to several of these sources in New York.
In April 2004, I received a letter from a Mr. Victor Remer, Archivist for the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), in New York City. He said the following:
“William, d/o/b 26 September 1878, and Charlotte, April 18, 1880 were brought to the Protestant Half Orphan Asylum, by their father Hugh Robinson, on March 28, 1884. He was a galvanizer and lived at 238 Henry Street, New York.”
These were important facts, because I have Lottie’s bible, and in it, she said that she was born on Henry Street, in New York. The fact that Hugh was a galvanizer plays favorably with many documents that I will find later.
Victor further said that Hugh’s wife was dead, and that Hugh visited the children for several months, but then all trace of him was lost.
The children were referred to the CAS by the Half Orphan Asylum in May 1886. They were placed with families in Missouri, William with W. H. Hardwick in Wakenda, MO, and Charlotte with W. V. Rogers in Carrollton, MO.
Lottie as she was called, did not get along with the Rogers children and she was replaced with the Jamerson family in Bosworth.
The CAS received several letters from the children over the years. See the CAS letter at Attachments A014 and A015.
Further research shows that Hugh’s wife Elizabeth, died at 29 Scammel Street, a street that no longer exists, in NY, of Phthisis Pulmonalis (Tuberculosis), complicated by childbirth, on 10 August 1883. She was 24 years of age. Apparently, she had been pregnant again, but died before or shortly after the childbirth. The child apparently did not make it either, but was not mentioned. See Elizabeth’s death certificate at Attachment A016.
This document tells us several important things. She had been in the United States for 22 years. She had lived in New York for 22 years. Since she was 24 when she died, we should look for her immigrating in about 1860 being about 2 years old. I have found a couple documents close, but nothing conclusive. It also tells us that she was buried at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn. I checked this out, and found that she was buried on 12 August 1883, at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY in Lot 17931, section 127. I called them and found that she has no headstone. Lottie, my great aunt grew up with the Jamersons in Bosworth, Missouri and eventually inherited property from Mr. Jamerson when he passed away. She married a Mr. Jim Cross and they lived a full life. They had one daughter, Rebecca Bell Cross, who was born December 27, 1899. According to my aunt Mary Nettie Robinson, Rebecca died during a childbirth in which the child also died.
Mary also said that she thought that Rebecca lived in Roswell, New Mexico.
The other surviving child of Hugh and Elizabeth Robinson was my grandfather, William Robinson. He grew up in Bosworth, Missouri. He first lived in Wakenda, Missouri with the Hardwick family. He was later replaced with Squire Lee in Bosworth. See the CAS letter mentioned above.
In 1900 William is found living with a friend James Hanavan and Mr. Hanavan’s family, in Bosworth, Combs Twp, Carroll County, Missouri. See census record at Attachment A019.
On April 16, 1905, William married Margaret Laura Belle Troutman , in the city of Houston, Texas County, Missouri. She was the daughter of John Allen Troutman of that county. See the license at Attachment A021.
She was born Feb 14, 1886, in Texas County, Mo. and grew up as a young girl near Licking and Houston Mo.
In 1905, she was working as a kitchen helper at a hotel in Houston, Mo. There she met Bill Robinson. He was a painter looking for work.
They had a little girl, Lottie, in about 1907. Her obituary says she died after being sick for 47 days with typhoid fever. The obit said she was two and a half years old. See Attachment A031.
In the 1910 Texas County census, William is found with his wife, Laura and their son, James William Robinson, (my father). They live in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. See census record at Attachment A020.
In 1920, the census shows William and Laura with children James, Mary, and Forrest in Greensboro, Knott County, Missouri. See the census record at Attachment A023.
In 1926, William died while the family lived in Baring, Knott County, Missouri. He died in the Santa Fe Railroad hospital at Ft. Madison, Iowa. He was a signal maintainer for the railroad. In February 1926, they experienced a terrible ice storm. The signals were frozen with ice and would not operate. William was sent out with a coworker named “Jap” Green (who was not of Japanese descent) to fix the problem. They went out on a hand car. Aunt Mary did not know if it was motorized or the old hand pump kind of car. Using blow torches, they tried to melt the ice, freeing the signals. It continued to rain and freeze. When he got home that night, his clothes were frozen to his body according to my aunt Mary. They used hot water to unfreeze the clothing. He caught pneumonia and it got so bad that they sent him to Ft. Madison, where he died anyway. By then, they had two more children, a son, Clarence, and a daughter, Geraldine. Aunt Mary watched them take her father out to the train from her vantage point behind the stove at school. She never saw him again.
William Robinson is buried at the Linville cemetery, in Edina, Knox County, Missouri.
His obituary from the Edina Sentinel, Thursday, March 4, 1926 is at Attachments A032 and A033. His headstone is at Attachment A042 and the Linville Cemetery entrance is at A043. See William’s Draft Registration at Attachment A058. Also see William’s Death Certificate at Attachment A091.
Shortly after, Aunt Lottie wanted to take Jim and raise him. Laura said no, but that she could take the younger children. Lottie refused. Both women were mad at each other.
Laura’s health was not good. Her doctor advised her to move west to get away from the moist climate of Missouri. She moved with the children to Larned, Kansas where her brother John Troutman lived. The Santa Fe Railroad Company took all their household goods etc, by rail to Larned, Kansas for free.
My aunt Mary tells me stories of her father. William liked to go fishing. He wouldn’t take my father Jim because Jim wouldn’t be still. He threw rocks into the water, etc.
William loved baseball. He played baseball while he lived in Bosworth, Missouri. See the photo at Attachment A041. He went to Kansas City one time to see a baseball game in which Babe Ruth was playing. Again, he didn’t take little Jim, because he wouldn’t sit still for a game. Laura would not let him go alone, so he took Mary with him. She remembers all the excitement over Babe Ruth being there.
One of the reasons that Laura chose Larned Kansas as a place to live is that her brother, John Sumpter Troutman lived there on a farm.
Aunt Mary told me that “Uncle John” had several bad crop years in a row and borrowed money from his sister Laura for seed money. She tried and tried to get him to pay her back, but he never did. This money apparently came from her insurance money from William’s death.
Laura used some of the money to start a restaurant or diner in Larned. She and the children cooked and served the food and lived in the upstairs apartment.
By this time, her son James, (my father) was about 17 years old. Laura bought Jim an old Durant automobile for transportation. One day, he came home without the car. She asked him where it was, and he said that he ran out of gas, left the car, and hitch hiked home. She gave him one of her checks and told him that if it ever happened again, write a check for some gas to get home. He learned shoe repair in Hutchinson, Kansas. He later opened a shoe repair shop in Kansas City, Kansas at around 5th and Minnesota Avenue.
Laura Troutman Robinson, William’s wife, lived for many years with her daughter, Mary Nettie Robinson. Later, she spent several years living with her son Forrest Robinson and his wife Frieda Juanice North Robinson. She briefly stayed with my parents, Jim Robinson and Minnie Viola Schlapia Robinson, but I understand that it didn’t work out well and Laura then went to Council Bluffs, Iowa to live with her daughter Geraldine Robinson and her husband, Chester Robb. Laura lived with them until her death on May 07, 1970. She is buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her headstone can be seen at Attachment A044. At some point in her later years, Laura moved back to Licking, in Texas County, Missouri and married her childhood sweetheart or friend named Richard Sims Courtney. It didn’t work out and she left. This brief marriage is the reason that her name on her headstone is Laura B. Courtney. Her marriage license to Richard named her as Laura Belle Robinson. This license is at Attachment A034.
On May 28, 1933, in Bosworth, Missouri, Jim married Minnie Viola Schlapia, also of Bosworth. I have their marriage certificate. See Attachments A025 and A026. Also see Viola’s Birth Certificate at Attachment A090. They had the following children:
James William Robinson, Jr. – born July 24, 1937.
Jacquelyn Margaret Robinson – born January 26, 1939.
Gloria Florence Robinson – born July 19, 1940. She died in January, 1996 from exposure to cold weather and resulting complications.
Jim and Viola lived all their lives in the general Kansas City area, except for a short stint in California in 1974. This includes Bosworth and Carrollton in Missouri.
Jim later opened a shoe repair shop at 4th or 5th and Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS.
Sometime later, at the urging of family, he sold the shoe shop and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked there as a switchman until his retirement in 1974.
Jim shared his father’s love of baseball. In the late 1940’s, Jim first managed Little League baseball for his son’s team, and then later for the older age groups. Interestingly, his son Jim Jr. (me) did the same for Jim the third while in France with the U. S. Air Force. Our team won first place in the league in France.
When Jim’s aunt Lottie (Charlotte) died in May 1970, Jim bought her house on Santa Fe Drive in Bosworth. Jim fixed the house up quite a bit and he and Viola lived there until they moved briefly to California. Soon after the new owners moved in, the house burned to the ground. This was the house where Lottie lived with her husband, Jim Cross. Jim and Viola lived in a trailer in California on property that their daughter Jacky and her husband quit claimed to them for maybe a year. They then left California, pulled the trailer to Alabama, and lived in a park near me for a few months. They then moved back to Kansas City, Kansas and bought a 12 by 70 trailer.
While living in Kansas City, Viola’s diabetes required the amputation of her left foot and lower leg. On June 20, 1978, Jim died in western Kansas while working for the Salvation Army. He had been involved with the Salvation Army for many years in the Salvation Army Communications (SAC). They provided CB radio communications for the Salvation Army during emergencies. Jim and Viola also manned food and drink vehicles when needed during floods, riots, and other emergencies.
See the Death Certificate of my Father, James W. Robinson, Sr. at Attachment A093
Services for James William Robinson, 68, 350 S. 59th Lane (KCK) will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, Westport Temple (KCMO). Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at the Wharton Cemetery, Bosworth, MO. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Amos Family Funeral Home, Shawnee. Mr. Robinson died Wednesday in Yates Center, Kan., while on business there. He was born in Houston, Mo., and lived in Kansas City, Kan., 40 years. He was a field representative for the Salvation Army three years and earlier worked for the Union Pacific Railroad 30 years before retiring in 1974. Mr. Robinson was a member of the Salvation Army Church. He was a major in the Salvation Army Communications Club. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Viola Robinson, of the home; a son, James W. Robinson Jr., Wetumpka, Ala.; two daughters Mrs. Jacky Mabry, Rosenburg, Ore, and Mrs. Gloria Thornton, 510 S. 61st Place, a brother, Forrest Robinson, Shawnee; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hawes, Belpre Kan., and Mrs. Jerry Robb, Council Bluffs, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
See Viola’s obituary at Attachment A068.
In February 1979 or 1980, I went to Kansas City and made arrangements for Viola’s trailer to be moved to Wetumpka, Alabama so that we could be near her to assist her during her old age. She lived here until May 1985 when she sold her trailer and moved back to Kansas City. She moved into a government sponsored living apartment in a hotel that had been converted for such purposes in Kansas City, Missouri. She died of a heart attack on September 25, 1985. She rests with her husband Jim in the Wharton Cemetery in Bosworth, Missouri. See their joint headstone at Attachment A035.
Finally, I present some notes on James Robinson’s siblings:
a. Lottie Robinson – born about 1907 – died about 1909 typhoid fever.
b. Mary Nettie Robinson – currently living.
c. Forrest Charles Robinson – born August 01, 1916 – died February 18, 1997
His headstone is at Attachment A036.
d. Clarence Leon Robinson – born October 22, 1922 – died April 9, 1978
His headstone is at Attachment A037.
e. Geraldine Robinson – currently living.
James William Robinson, Jr. (that’s me), married Lena Marie Campbell, daughter of William Campbell and Beatrice Noble. We had the following children:
James William Robinson, III. born December 27, 1955.
David Wayne Robinson, born 10 March 10, 1959. David married Shelia Diane Dennis, daughter of Albert Javerson Dennis and Mary Jeanette Hodnett. David and Shelia had
Jamie Lauren Robinson, born 9 July 1985, and
Jaret Scott Robinson, born 25 May, 1989.
Terry Wesley Robinson, born 21 October 1960
Jacquelyn Margaret Robinson, born 27 January 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas. Jacky had the following children by the respective husbands:
John Frischenmayer born March 5, 1957 adopted Art
Sheryl Miller born February 2, 1956 adopted by Art
Robert Julian Miller born May 15, 1959
Laura Sue Mabry born July 30, 1967
Bill Fergerson: no children produced.
Gloria Florence Robinson, born 19 July 1940, in Kansas City, Kansas. Gloria married Eldon Dean Davidson, Sr. and had the following children:
Eldon Dean Davidson, Jr. born 16 April 1956 in Kansas City, Kansas
Debbie Kay Davidson born 29 July 1958 in Kansas City, Kansas
Gary Wayne Davidson born 7 December 1959 in Kansas City, Kansas
Larry Ray Davidson born 7 December 1959 in Kansas City, Kansas (twins)
Connie Sue Davidson born 21 December 1960 in Kansas City, Kansas
Glenda Jean Davidson born 7 December 1961 in Kansas City, Kansas
Sandra Renee Davidson born 23 September 1963 in Kansas City, Kansas
THE TROUTMAN LINE
We do not know much about the earliest Troutman ancestors that we have found. We know that they came from a small area known as Gross Gumpen in Germany. Gross Gumpen loosely means Greater Gumpen, or the area around the town or place known as Gumpen. Gross Gumpen is about twenty miles southeast of Darmstadt, Germany.
The first Troutman we know of was Hans Trautmann, born about 1579. He married Rosina Reiseg. They were married November 15, 1610.
About 1610, they had a son, Peter Trautmann, who married a young lady named Catharina.