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Delaware County, Iowa


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John Robinson


Adams Township


      John Robinson who passed away in 1908, at the venerable age of eighty three years, had been a resident of Delaware county for more than a half century and was well known and highly esteemed as one of its honored pioneer agriculturists. He was born in Ireland, in 1825, and emigrated to the United States in the early '50s. On the 16th of March, 1854, at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, he wedded Miss Marguerite Swindell, also a native of the Emerald isle. On the 12th of April following they arrived in Delaware county, Iowa, and settled on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 5, Adams township: Mr. Robinson devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits until his retirement many years later, his undertakings being attended with a gratifying measure of success. His demise occurred in 1908 and his remains were interred at Silver Creek, the community thus losing one of its best known and most respected citizens. He held the office of justice of the peace for about forty years and made a highly creditable and commendable record in that connection.
      To Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were born six children, only one of whom survives, Anthony. Mrs. Robinson is yet living at the advanced age of ninety five years and enjoys a very extensive and favorable acquaintance throughout the community in which she has now resided for six decades. She makes her home with a niece, Miss Sarah Robinson, who was born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1905, taking up her abode in this county. Her parents, Anthony and Eliza (Couter) Robinson, of Ireland, died when ninety four and fifty four years of age respectively. They had seven children, three of whom survive, as follows: Sarah; Mary E., residing in Prairie township, who is the wife of Thomas W. Roberts and the mother of six children; and Martha J., who gave her hand in marriage to William G. Burnside, of Ireland.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 220-221. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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