JAMES ROBINSON


James Robinson, son of Robert Robinson and wife Rebecca Wallace, was born in 1769, in York Co PA, and died 22 Apr 1847 in Union Co OH. He was married first to Elizabeth Wilson who was killed on the way to Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church (Washington Co PA) by a falling tree. He married second to Mary Welch, who died in 1809 in Ross Co OH. He married third to Mary Scott, of Washington Co PA, born about 1779, and died 26 Sep 1859 in Union Co OH. James Robinson and his wife were buried in Mitchell Cemetery, Union Co OH. His tombstone calls him "Rev." James Robinson, and he was apparently the minister who performed the marriage of his son, John Welch Robinson, in 1823. It is interesting to note that James Robinson signed his name "M.D." on the marriage preceding the above. Robinson was a graduate of Jefferson College, then known as Canonsburg Academy, and was ordained in the Presbytery of Ohio on 3 Jun 1807 at Crooked Creek, Tioga Co PA. He is said to have moved to Ohio in 1808, receiving a call from the Pickaway and Mt Pleasant churches of Ross County. He was one of the original members of the Lancaster Presbytery. He may be the man in Darby Twp., Union Co OH in 1820, p. 209, where he had been called to preach. In 1821, Robinson was installed as pastor of the Upper Liberty Church, in Milford Center, Union Twp., and he supplied this congregation until 1828. This later became known as the Presbyterian Church of Milford Center. He was also elected a ruling elder of the Lower Liberty Presbyterian Church (Plain City) on 1 Oct 1821, being admitted for membership on 10 Sep 1821, and he became the pastor here as well. These church records indicate a death date of Oct 1823 for an older James Robinson, and his estate is dated 4 Nov 1823 Union Co OH [Common Pleas, Vol. 1, p. 66]; administrators, Jane Robinson, widow, and Samuel Robinson; appraisors, Samuel Mitchell, among others. So, there was a second James Robinson. Lower Liberty Church minutes show that a James and Mary Robinson were admitted as members on 5 Apr 1840 by examination; however, this couple begins to have young children baptized there in the 1840's, long after the couple in our story should have been having children -- a third James Robinson! Our James Robinson also served the Marysville church. By 1830, James Robinson and family were living in Clinton Twp., Seneca Co OH (p. 152). He had visited Fort Ball in 1823 on missionary work, and eventually moved to the Tiffin area in 1828, where he preached at Republic, Melmore, and Tiffin. In 1831, he was on the move again and was installed as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Olivesburg, Richland Co OH. He also preached half time at nearby Ashland, Ashland Co OH from 1834 to 1837. He returned to Ashland and pastored at Hopewell Church 1842-1843. Rev. James Robinson, then in his 77th year, began preaching alternate Sabbaths at Little Mill Creek Church and at the Presbyterian Church of York Twp. , Union Co., in 1845, where he resided with his son, John W. Robinson. James Robinson's estate papers are filed in Union County in common pleas packet #228.
  1. Infant, killed in Washington Co PA by the falling tree which killed the mother, Elizabeth Wilson
  2. Elizabeth; m. 1823 Jesse Mitchell
  3. John Welch, b. 11 Feb 1803 Washington Co PA; m. 28 Aug 1823 Union Co OH to Elizabeth Mitchell
  4. Rebecca, b. 25 Mar 1817 Pickaway Co OH; m. 29 Nov 1842 Robert Houston of Olivesburg, Richland Co OH
  5. James - to Logan Co OH
  6. Maria; m. Dr. J.R. Snodgrass

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