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James M. Robinson

James M. Robinson has been a resident of Clayton county from boyhood and is now one of the representative farmers and prominent and honored citizens of Lodomillo township. He was born in Huron county, Ohio, on the 16th of November, 1844, and is a son of Charles and Hannah (Hare) Robinson, both of whom likewise were natives of the old Buckeye state, where the respective families were founded in the pioneer days. Charles Robinson continued his identification with farm enterprise in his native commonwealth until about the year 1866, when he came to Clayton county, Iowa, and purchased a farm in Lodomillo township, where he reclaimed his land to effective cultivation and where he achieved success of worthy and substantial order. Here he continued to reside during the remainder of his life, and his age at the time of his death, on the 30th of April, 1882, was sixty-three years, one month and six days. His widow attained to the age of sixty-nine years and was summoned to the life eternal on the 29th of September, 1890, both having been earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Of their children the firstborn, Sarah M., is deceased; Keziah F. is the wife of Osian Crandall, of Butler county, this state; James M., of this review, was the next in order of nativity; Sherwood is deceased; Cynthia is the widow of Holly Alger and resides in Delaware county; Ella is deceased; and the youngest child, a daughter, died in infancy.

James M. Robinson gained his rudimentary education in the schools of Ohio and was a lad of about twelve years at the time of the family removal to Clayton county, where he was afforded the advantages of the district schools of Lodomillo township and where he continued his association with the work of his father's farm until he was twenty-two years of age. He then took unto himself a wife and initiated an independent career by purchasing forty acres of land from his father, this tract having been the nucleus around which he had developed his present splendidly improved landed estate of three hundred acres, in Lodomillo township, where he is successfully carrying forward his operations as a progressive agriculturist and stock-grower. He is loyal in contributing to the support of those measures and enterprises that tend to advance the social and material welfare of the community, has served effectively in the office of township trustee, is a Republican in his political proclivities, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. At the age of 18, Mr. Robinson enlisted in Company F, Forty-sixth Iowa Infantry, with which he served four months. He was then mustered out with his command, in the city of Dubuque.

On December 3, 1866, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Robinson to Miss Cynthia Noble, who was born in Delaware county, this state, and who is a daughter of Daniel B. and Minerva (Peet) Noble, both natives of the state of New York. Mr. Noble came to Delaware county, Iowa, in 1844, and was one of the pioneers of that section of the state. He later went to Montana and engaged in mining operations, his death having occurred in that state and his wife having also been a resident of Montana at the time of her demise. They became the parents of seven children: Eunice is deceased; Mrs. Cynthia Robinson was the second child; Jane is a resident of Clayton county and is the widow of Sherwood Robinson; Worthington is deceased; Delocia is the widow of Thomas B. Creever and resides in the state of Montana; Herbert likewise is in Montana; and Flora is deceased; William D., firstborn of the children of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Robinson, died at the age of 40 years; Charles H. is associated in the management of the old home farm; Jennie M. is the wife of Arthur Welch, a clergyman of the Methodist church; Laura D. is deceased; Olive Myrtle is the wife of Adelbert Smith, of Fayette county; Levi Luther remains at the parental home, as does also Minerva M.; Merton S. is deceased; and Frederick and Worthy are the younger members of the ideal family circle of the parental home.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 353-354

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