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  1. I spent last weekend researching the Robinson side of the family in preparation for our trip to PA during Spring Break next month. Wanted to document here what I have found out so far. I am searching for the father of John Robinson. For reference, this is the line: Papa – John Milton – Richard Wilson – Milton Harvey – John Robinson – Father UNKNOWN. This is what I do know: In 1846, I have a marriage record for Eliza Harvey (from Harford County, MD) and John Robinson (from Lancaster County, PA). They were married by Daniel H. Emerson on 15 October in York, York County, PA. We know from family stories that Eliza Jane Harvey was reportedly from Maryland and since John Robinson repeatedly lists himself as being born in PA, I believe I have the right couple. In the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census, John Robinson lists himself as being born in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 census, John Robinson lists his father as being born in Ireland. Note: This question is not asked in 1860 or 1870 censuses. In 1863, I have a “U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865” (Headquarters 5th Congressional District of Ohio) for a John Robinson. I also have a John Robinson listed in the “Roster Hancock County Soldiers, Company G” in the “History of Hancock County Ohio”. I cannot conclusively say that this is our John Robinson as it has the registration place as Jackson Township versus Marion Township. Marion Township is the residency for John Robinson for every single one of the censuses (1860, 1870, and 1880). However, I have kept this source as these townships are adjacent and it is very possible there was no registration done in Marion Township. We know from family stories that John Robinson either served and/or paid someone to serve for him in the Civil War. When Pam and I went to see Grandpa last spring, he said that his Grandmother (Lydia Ann Lee, daughter-in-law to John and Eliza) told him that John paid someone to fight for him but then when that person died, he had to go himself. In 1882, John Robinson dies: I have an obituary that lists him as being “one of the pioneers of Hancock County”, having lived there for 30 years. I can surmise from this that he and Eliza moved to Findlay in approximately 1852 so can claim their residency before the 1860 census. I have a headstone, at Bright Cemetery, that lists his death date as 12 January 1882; same as the obituary so I know I have the right obituary. Also this lists his exact age at time of death: 65 years, 10 months, and 17 days so I can calculate his day of birth as 26 February 1816. From all of these items, I can gather a timeline of 1816-1846 (in PA) and 1852-1882 (in OH). My next logical step was to try and find John Robinson in an 1850 census. I have searched in PA and in OH but cannot find him yet. It really should be OH as John & Eliza’s oldest child, Julia Ann, is listed as being born in OH in multiple censuses; specifically 15 Jan 1848. She marries a Wiseley and has 7 children. So, all of the above is factual or data based on calculations from factual…below is where I go into the “ether”… Everyone on ancestry.com seems to believe that John Robinson was born in Quarryville. The thing that has concerned me about accepting this is that many times on ancestry.com, one person will post something and then everyone else will accept the data without checking. There are no birth record sources I have found yet. But…thinking that this one person who has many middle names for John & Eliza’s children may know something, I contacted them to see if they have a family Bible or stories passed down from generations. No response yet. Plus, I do know from the marriage record that John Robinson was from Lancaster County and Quarryville is in that county. So, instead of continuing to try to find our John Robinson in an 1850 census, I started researching all Robinsons in Martic Township, Lancaster County, PA. Why Martic Township? Because there is a John Robinson living there who was born in about 1780 and died on 5 April 1853. This gentleman is possibly the father of our John Robinson. There is an interesting commonality of religion between our John and John Sr.: John Robinson Sr. (proposed father) (1780-1853) was buried at a Presbyterian Church Cemetery. John Robinson Jr. (ours) (26 Feb 1816 – 12 Jan 1882) was married in a Presbyterian Church. Through some of the earlier census records, it lists Slaves along with Free. I have to admit I held my breath through some of those entries. There were plenty of families in PA who owned slaves; however, not a single Robison/Robinson that I was researching did so. This is most likely tied directly to their beliefs although it could be due to monetary considerations as well. This specific church, before the Civil War, would not allow a family to become members if they had slaves. So, I’m searching through various 1850 censuses in Martic Township, Lancaster County, PA and in townships in Fairfield County, OH for John & Eliza Robinson based on my “underground railroad for farmers” theory. I did know that in 1860, 1870, and 1880, John & Eliza are living in Marion Township, Hancock County, Ohio. Guess what, they are in the exact same location in 1850. Unfortunately, the individual who took the census did not write down their last name so the indexing that was done (to allow us lazy people to search instead of read) had their last name as Wise. They are in the Marion Township census as John, Eliza, Isabella, Juliana, and Mary Pauline. I know this is them due to the four names John, Eliza, Juliana, and Mary Pauline. This is the first that I have seen Isabella although several people on ancestry.com have claimed her as John’s daughter. Response from Pam: Wow! Lots of information here! I'm really curious about the church/religious/political connections. While there is a connection with this particular Presbyterian church membership and abolitionists (or at the very least, people who couldn't afford slaves), I've always wondered about the Robinson family connection to the Democratic Party. Mama says that one of the Robinsons was a Post Master and had a falling out with Lincoln, got fired, and thus joined the Democrats. I think that there have also been mentions about great-great grandma being a Lee and therefore, of course, a Democrat. Needless to say in Civil War era Ohio, being a Democrat would have been the exact wrong position. The Republicans definitely had the high ground. I'm also fascinated to find out that I might be Irish on both sides of the family. Keep up the good work! Response from Diane: I looked on ancestry.com to see if they have postmaster records that I could search; for a Robinson who held this position of course. Most likely, it would have to be John Robinson (if the person was in our direct line) as he lived from 1816 to 1882. His son Milton Harvey Robinson lived from 1854 to 1916 and, since Lincoln died in 1865, it probably wasn’t this Robinson who was a postmaster during Lincoln’s timeframe anyway. I don’t see that postmaster information is available but haven’t done a thorough search yet either. I did run some searches through the Abraham Lincoln letters and then read through some select ones to/from Robinsons. All of these were either from NY or KS; fun reading but probably not relevant to our family. Regarding the church/religious/political connections, it is intriguing. Some more history I have read mentions that, along with ideological beliefs and monetary considerations, some men were against slavery because they saw it as a competition for their same jobs (free labor versus them asking for pay). I received a hardcopy, from the Lancaster County Archives, of John Robinson Sr.’s will; see information below. This is the gentleman that I was proposing was the John Robinson we are descended from who moved the family to Ohio. I believe that I am on the right track as he left Thomas, George, and Issac Harvey (yes, I now have a middle name for Issac) as executors and they are the three (besides Nancy) whom I have found still living in Martic Township. He left land to his son John Robinson which he had purchased in Ohio. To me it sounds as if John Sr. assisted John Jr. in establishing himself in Ohio. He left a pittance to William but that could be that he had already left him land in Ohio. I will be sending to another archive repository for a copy of John Robinson Sr.’s inventory list which might provide additional information. Name of Deceased: John Robinson Sr. Age: 73 years Father of Deceased: Thomas Robinson Mother of Deceased: this is blank Occupation: Farmer Place of Birth: Ireland Wife of Deceased: Eleanor Robinson Living issue: Nancy McNary, James, William, Thomas, John, George, Issac H. (Living issue is living children.) Date of Birth/Date of Death: 1780/Apr. 5, 1853 Place where died: Martic Twp. Place of burial: Chesnut Level, Drumore Here is the line: John Milton – Richard Wilson – Milton Harvey – John Robinson Jr. – John Robinson Sr. – Thomas Robinson. The search continues for more information on John Jr., John Sr., and Thomas!
  2. Mission Statement The Lancaster County Archives is committed to the preservation and accessibility of all public archival documents created within the various County departmental offices. The Lancaster County Archives was established in 1975 and is the repository for the permanently valuable records produced within the County Courts. Records within the archives such as wills, deeds, and commissioner minutes date back to the county’s formation in 1729 and survive as valuable documentation of local history. Due to their age and fragile condition, many records are also available to researchers on microfilm. Historians, genealogists, title searchers, and engineers utilize the records within the archives. The Lancaster County Archives has digitized and put online all their land deed indexes and records. Location is https://www.lancasterdeeds.com/. Select "Search Public Records and Online IQS Infodex. When new screen opens, click Log In as GUEST. When searching by name, you will need to include a first initial for the given name. Example: "Robinson, T". Once you find a Land Deed you want to look up from the Index, select the "Go To Document" tab and enter the Book and Page. My search for "Robinson, T" came up with an index that had "Com J P" in the Location field. A bit confusing until we looked it up and found that he had been commissioned as a Justice of Peace. Not sure why that is recorded in the Land Deeds. But definitely a fun resource to search. Thank you, Lancaster Archives! View full record
  3. The following are pieces of data I found in looking for John Robinson Jr.'s father; I didn't know he was a Jr. at the time until I found his father, last entry below: John (11 Aug 1790 - 4 May 1861) - Pequea Presbyterian Cemetery, Lancaster County - Isabella Galt Robinson is buried here as well as many Robinsons John (Birth: Aug. 11, 1872 - Death: Jun. 28, 1885) Pequea Presbyterian Cemetery. John (1790 - 5 Apr 1853) - Burial: Chesnut Level, Drumore, Chesnut Presbyterian Church
  4. I believe I have found all of John ROBINSON Sr.’s children (Nancy, William, Thomas, George, and Issac H.) in Martic Township, Lancaster County, PA; I just need to validate some dates. I had not found James or John in this area of PA. But, now that I have confirmation of both our John and James in Ohio, I will be going back to my PA research to build out the families there and then look for immigration records. I anticipate the immigration records going back prior to 1790 as I have already found Thomas in a 1790 census. I have been searching for immigration, naturalization, or ship passenger lists for Thomas ROBINSON this afternoon. Before I get anyone’s hopes up, I haven’t had any hits yet. I may have to go out and actually research at some courthouses or historical archives to solve this mystery. I have found a PA Septennial census that shows Thomas in Martic Township, Lancaster County, PA in 1786. This tells me that I’m looking for a ship prior to 1786; originally I was looking at prior to 1790 so this helps narrow down the date range I need to look. (As a side note, this also helps me to know that John ROBINSON Sr. had to be born prior to 1786 as he was recorded in several censuses as being born in Ireland.) I have performed multiple on-line searches in PA for Thomas ROBINSON and have not been able to find anything earlier. Narrowing this date-range that Thomas came over from Ireland is important as no official records were captured for passengers from Ireland prior to 1820; however, there are logs that show the ship’s name, departing port, entry port, and ship’s captain. The book where someone compiled all this data is “Ships from Ireland to Early America, 1623-1850” and it is on on my Christmas list.
  5. Lancaster County Pennsylvania Township Maps from USG Archives: http://usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/lancas/usgs/. View full record
  6. Address: 1068 Chestnut Level Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566 Phone: 717-548-2763 View full record
  7. Address: 537 Buck Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566 Phone: 717-786-1336 Hours: 10 am - 5 pm Note: Heritage Quest Online View full record
  8. Founded in 1762, the town of Manheim rightfully belongs in that select list of Pennsylvania towns which antedate the Revolutionary War. Of additional interest historically is the fact that the land on which the town was laid out has a close connection with the family of the colony's founder, William Penn. Explicitly, it was in 1734 that this tract of acres in Donegal Township (1741 in Rapho Township) was given as a gift to Penn's faithful secretary, James Logan, by Penn's widow, Hannah, and her sons. In 1762 this same tract was purchased from Logan's granddaughter, Mary Morris, by Henry William Stiegel and his two business associates, Charles and Alexander Stedman. http://www.manheimpa.com/ The Manheim Historical Society was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to preserving the past for the future. The Society has concentrated on the preservation of some of the landmarks that have characterized the borough of Manheim and surrounding areas, as well as collecting local historical artifacts. The Society is staffed by an all-volunteer group that receives no compensation. The Society relies solely on business partners, contributions and individual member dues to support its programs and maintain its properties. View full record
  9. Society: Meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata unless otherwise stated. Open free to the public. (In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.) http://www.cocalicovalleyhs.org/ Museum: http://lancastercoun...orical-society/ Come on in and pull up a chair. Whether you are a newcomer or an old timer you can get to know us and experience our rich heritage. The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley was formed in 1957 as a project of the Ephrata Recreation Center. In 1961 the Society purchased the Connell home from Alvin Wissler, who had purchased the property from the guardians and executors of Nora Connell. There is so much to see and learn about the Cocalico Valley. Visit the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum housed in the Connell Mansion in its Victorian elegance. You will find thirteen rooms of exhibits with collections from the early 1800’s to present and period room settings. Be sure to see the current feature exhibit. On our campus we also have a butcher shop and working print shop. Quite possibly you may want to do some research in the library with its wealth of local history and genealogy. Resource materials range widely from the standard body of legal and church records to the specific and unique resources focused on the Cocalico Valley. View full record
  10. LancasterHistory.org is a community-based, not-for-profit organization established to educate the public on the history of Lancaster County and its place in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States, to advance the missions of regional historical organizations, and to promote the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of resources representing the history of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within the broader context of state and national history, including the life and legacy of America's fifteenth president, James Buchanan, and to preserve and maintain Wheatland, his home. LancasterHistory.org receives support from its members, private donors, businesses, and from a variety of local, state, and national organizations http://www.lancasterhistory.org/ LancasterHistory.org exists to engage and educate the public about the people, places, and events that shaped Lancaster County within the broader context of the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America. As custodians of a complex past, we collect, preserve, exhibit, and make accessible materials chronicling Lancaster County’s heritage as we seek to engage audiences in multi-layered stories of that past. View full record
  11. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, founded in 1958, preserves and interprets the culture and context of Mennonite-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We seek to be a gathering place where people can explore stories, ideas and legacy—for themselves and with each other. http://www.lmhs.org/ PMH Now Online! The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is pleased to announce that, for the first time, members are able to read all of the back issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage online. Every page of every issue from 1978 to 2013 is now accessible (for members only) via the Online Resources page of the LMHS website. Log in and browse the wealth of information on genealogy, local history, church history, and Pennsylvania German culture. View full record
  12. I'm looking through Lancaster Co., PA. Church Records of the 18th Century, compiled by F. Edward Wright, in an attempt to expand my search for information on John Robinson Sr. My thought was that, even though he was buried at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian, he may not have attended this church. I know this could be a long-stretch but as Ron pointed out, there is a possibility that his children buried him at their church vs. his in order to be able to visit more often regularly. Anyway, I know lots of Scots-Irish attended the Pequea Presbyterian church, so I was looking on-line for some information and found a cool history on his church written by Rachel Annie Robinson no less. Check it out here. View full record
  13. WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE! The Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library has been serving the families of, and visitors to, Lancaster County and Virginia's Northern Neck since 1958. We invite you to enjoy and use this web site to learn more about our past and become part of our present and future. OUR MISSION To discover, collect, preserve, understand and interpret the history of Lancaster and surrounding counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the enjoyment and educational benefit of all residents, succeeding generations and visitors to the area. http://www.mbwm.org/ View full record
  14. Virginia's Northern Neck, early home to many of America's Founding Fathers and birthplace of three of the nation's first five presidents, has been called the cradle of American democracy. The mission of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) is to collect, preserve, and disseminate information and material of every nature relating to the history, antiquities, and literature of the Counties of Northumberland, Lancaster, Westmoreland, Stafford, Richmond, and King George. http://nnvhs.org/ View full record
  15. We created this page to display county information for each state. Our team is engaged in building out the content to populate this page, sharing genealogy and history information. In the near future, we will be adding our library records which contain Books, Newspapers, Photos, Postcards, and other unique materials. Some of these are being presented to connect descendants with their family heirlooms (postcards, journals, Bibles). These library records will also be useful to those wanting assistance in finding an entry for their ancestors; we will perform "lookups" as time permits. If you have suggestions for content or basic input on the website, send us a message. We would be happy to incorporate your ideas. As we continue to populate this page, it should become more useful in your research so please check back soon! View full record
  16. We created this page to display county information for each state. Our team is engaged in building out the content to populate this page, sharing genealogy and history information. In the near future, we will be adding our library records which contain Books, Newspapers, Photos, Postcards, and other unique materials. Some of these are being presented to connect descendants with their family heirlooms (postcards, journals, Bibles). These library records will also be useful to those wanting assistance in finding an entry for their ancestors; we will perform "lookups" as time permits. If you have suggestions for content or basic input on the website, send us a message. We would be happy to incorporate your ideas. As we continue to populate this page, it should become more useful in your research so please check back soon! View full record
  17. We created this page to display county information for each state. Our team is engaged in building out the content to populate this page, sharing genealogy and history information. In the near future, we will be adding our library records which contain Books, Newspapers, Photos, Postcards, and other unique materials. Some of these are being presented to connect descendants with their family heirlooms (postcards, journals, Bibles). These library records will also be useful to those wanting assistance in finding an entry for their ancestors; we will perform "lookups" as time permits. If you have suggestions for content or basic input on the website, send us a message. We would be happy to incorporate your ideas. As we continue to populate this page, it should become more useful in your research so please check back soon! View full record
  18. The GoAncestry Library database contains basic information on the printed materials in our library; you can browse the full Library here or use the search feature if you know the title or author. Browse below for a subset of our library focusing on this County: View full record
  19. I'm looking through Lancaster Co., PA. Church Records of the 18th Century, compiled by F. Edward Wright, in an attempt to expand my search for information on John Robinson Sr. My thought was that, even though he was buried at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian, he may not have attended this church. I know this could be a long-stretch but as Ron pointed out, there is a possibility that his children buried him at their church vs. his in order to be able to visit more often regularly. Anyway, I know lots of Scots-Irish attended the Pequea Presbyterian church, so I was looking on-line for some information and found a cool history on the Pequea Presbyterian Church of South Hermitage, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, written in 1913 by Rachel Annie Robinson no less. Check it out here. View full record
  20. We created this page to display county information for each state. Our team is engaged in building out the content to populate this page, sharing genealogy and history information. In the near future, we will be adding our library records which contain Books, Newspapers, Photos, Postcards, and other unique materials. Some of these are being presented to connect descendants with their family heirlooms (postcards, journals, Bibles). These library records will also be useful to those wanting assistance in finding an entry for their ancestors; we will perform "lookups" as time permits. If you have suggestions for content or basic input on the website, send us a message. We would be happy to incorporate your ideas. As we continue to populate this page, it should become more useful in your research so please check back soon! Like this View full record
  21. Virginia's Northern Neck, early home to many of America's Founding Fathers and birthplace of three of the nation's first five presidents, has been called the cradle of American democracy. The mission of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) is to collect, preserve, and disseminate information and material of every nature relating to the history, antiquities, and literature of the Counties of Northumberland, Lancaster, Westmoreland, Stafford, Richmond, and King George. http://nnvhs.org/ View full record
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