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Title Robinson Family Papers
Creator Robinson Family
Dates of Creation 1751-1900
Scope & Content Consists of personal letters, business, legal and political papers of the Robinson family from 1766 through 1868. The bulk of the material, ca. 1800-1840, consists primarily of personal family correspondence, chiefly letters to Col. David Robinson and to his son David Robinson Jr. These are typical family letters containing social news and expressing concerns about health and illness. A notable series of letters from Dr. Benjamin Robinson to Col. David Robinson concerns Benjamin's love for his first cousin Ruthy, the colonel's daughter, the need he felt to break off the relationship, their eventual marriage and her death in 1806 in North Carolina. In another letter of note, David Robinson is expressing his displeasure with the way his new step mother is running the household. Letter from Lucy Merwin to Colonel Robinson regarding his daughter.

Among the scattered business, legal, and political papers notable items include: a 1766 deed from Leonard Robinson regarding the sale of an iron ore bed; a list of deeds in the so-called Robinson District of Woodford; an agreement to construct seven miles of the Windham Turnpike; what appears to be an original list of workers and expenses to construct or add on to the first mill in Bennington ca. 1775-1785; and an undated two page document on slavery by David Robinson written after the 1850 compromise.
Administrative/Biographical History The Robinson family was one of the founding families of Bennington, settling in the town in 1761 from Hardwick, Massachusetts. The earliest two generations, Moses (1741-1813) and his Brother Samuel (1738-1813) and Samuel's son David (1754-1843) served in the Revolutionary War, and David Robinson Jr. (1777-1858) later served in the War of 1812. They played a major role in local, state and national politics for several generations and included members of county, probate and state Supreme Courts, state constitutional conventions, the early committee of safety, the state and federal legislatures, county sheriff and U.S. Marshall for Vermont. Many became lawyers and several were actively involved in attempts to resolve the early land dispute with the colony of New York.
Related People Hall, Fanny
Merwin, Lucy
Montague, Lucy Robinson
Robinson, Aaron
Robinson, Aaron Dewey
Robinson, Ann
Robinson, Benjamin
Robinson, Daniel
Robinson, David (1754-1843)
Robinson, David (1814-1889)
Robinson, David Jr. (1777-1858)
Robinson, Esther Safford
Robinson, Fay
Robinson, George
Robinson, George Wadsworth
Robinson, Heman
Robinson, Hiram
Robinson, John F.
Robinson, John S.
Robinson, Jonathan Edwards (1777-1831)
Robinson, Leonard (1736-1827)
Robinson, Leonard (1782-1835)
Robinson, Nathan
Robinson, Rowland
Robinson, Ruth
Robinson, Safford
Robinson, Samuel (1705-1767)
Robinson, Samuel (1738-1813)
Robinson, Samuel (1774-1854)
Robinson, Silas
Robinson, Susan G. Conant
Robinson, Uel M.
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2009.163.147
Containers John S. Robinson
Ruth Robinson
Silas Robinson Jr.
David Robinson (1754-1843): Personal, 1797-1811
George Robinson
Susan Robinson
David Robinson Jr. (1777-1858), no. 1
Benjamin Robinson, M.D.
Esther Robinson
Fay Robinson
David Robinson Jr. (1777-1858), no. 2
David Robinson (1754-1843) 3: Legal and Political
Aaron Robinson (1768-1849)
Aaron Dewey Robinson
Heman Robinson
Daniel Robinson
Ann Robinson
Safford Robinson
Leonard Robinson (1736-1827)
Leonard Robinson Jr. (1782-1835)
John F. Robinson
George W. Robinson
Uel Merrill Robinson
Lucy Robinson Montegue (1781-1868)
D. J. Robinson
Jonathan Robinson
W. Robinson
David Robinson (1754-1843): Personal, 1812-1834
David Robinson (1754-1843) 4: Business
Moses Robinson
Samuel Robinson (1738-1813)
Nathan Robinson
Samuel Robinson (1774-1854)
Samuel Robinson (1705-1767)
Rowland Robinson