Robins Family


Aaron Williams' wife Charity Nation descended from the Robins family. Her earliest known Robins ancestor was Daniel Robinson from Straun, Blair Athol, Perth, Scotland, who settled first in New Haven, CT, and then moved south to Monmouth Co., NJ.

In Monmouth Co. were two "unrecorded" ROBINS wills. These give us additional children for Joseph Robins, our ancestor, and six additional children for his supposed father Daniel Robins from Blair Athol, Scotland, New Haven, CT, and Croswekes, NJ. Daniel did not name his son Joseph, born 3 Dec 1670 in NJ, who married Anna Pack in Woodbridge, NJ, 8 Jun 1692. Joseph and wife Anna Pack were the great- grandparents of both parents of Aaron Williams' wife Charity Nation (Joseph Nation and Jerretta Vickery).

The will of Joseph ROBINS who died 1709 in Monmouth Co., NJ, named children, apparently young, and his wife was pregnant with another child. Daniel and Joseph's land bordered each other.

Unrecorded Wills and Inventories Monmouth County, New Jersey: Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, Vol. VI, by John E. Stillwell, M.D. Reprinted for The Shrewsbury Historical Society, Polyanthos Press, New Orleans, LA, 1975.

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WILL OF JOSEPH ROBINS, of Frehold, Co. of Monmouth, yoeman, "Being verry Sick and weake in body." Dated 10 May 1709, proved 6 June 1709. Gives: "to ANA my well beloved wife all my moveables paying my Debts . . . together with the Use of all my land untill my children come of age"; "to my well beloved SON JOSEPH ROBBIN all ye tract of land att Crostwekes which I had of my father by deed of Sale Bearing DAte ye 18th of Sept. 1706 together witha piece of ye tract of land I bought of ZEBULEN CLATON beginning at Zebulons S.E. corner thence upon a Strate line to ye cossaway of ye neck field thence Along ye Dich to DANIL ROBBINS's line Thence along sd DANIL ROBBINS his line to JOHN LAWRENCE his Lan_ Thence to ye tract before mentioned thence to wher it began . . . my Sd Son JOSEPH to pay his Sisters ANNE and FRANCIS ye sum of tenn pd each two year after he sha__ poises the Sd land but .. if ye child my wife now goes with be a boy then JOSEPH is to allow him 25 pound, If a Guirl nothing, to have and to hold sd tract of land to him and his heirs . . ."; "to my Son NATHANIL . . . ye piece of land hereafter to be menconed (viz) Beginning at ZEBULEN CLATON's SE Corner thence Runing Northwesterly 60 Degrees 46 chaines to edg of hors medow to a Stake thence Runing SW 60 Degres ten chaines to a state . . . to DANIL ROBINS line . . . to ye Dich to ye Cossaway at hors brook . . . "

"my son NATHANIL pay ten pound to his two Sisters (viz) to BATHIAH and RACHEL yet is tenn pound to Each of them within two year after he shall ___ with ye place. And if ye Child my wife is now ___ be a boy NATHANIL is to pay him 25 pound if a Guirl Nothing . . ."
"my son JACOB all ye Remaining part of my land I bought of ZEBULEN CLAYTON . . . Lying upon hors neck . . . my Son JACOB pay to my Daughter CHARRITY within two years after he shall take posestion of ye place, ye Sum __ __en pounds. But if ye child my wife now goes with be a boy he is to allow him 25 pound, If a Guirl 10 pound.
"For my Executors I appoint my dear and loving wife ANNE together with ZEBULON CLAYTON and THOMAS TAYLOR."


Wit: Benjn. Lawrence
John Vaughn Juner
William Storie (his mark)
Richard Orsborn (his mark)
Oath of Executors, ANNE ROBINS, ZEBULON CLAYTON, and THOMAS TAYLOR before J. Bass, Esq., Perth Amboy, NJ,
6 Jun 1709.

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WILL OF DANIEL ROBINES, "of Crossweks," Mon. Co. Dated 22 June 1714, proved 6 Aug 1714, "yeoman, being seek of boody." Directs that "my foundrall charges & the charge of this seekeness & tendances" be paid. Gives "all . . . my land & housen Laying . . . at Crossweeks w'in the county of Monmouth . . . unto SARAH ROBINES & unto MARABE ROBINS my two grande daughters daughters of my deceased son NATHANILL ROBINS to be equally shared . . . in quantity & quality betuen them to them & to the hairs of their bodys . . . & if it so pleas god tnat any of . . . my two grand daughters shall be removed by death & have no hairs . . . then the furever & longit Liver shall have the whol Land . . . & if . . . both shall die & Leave no hairs . . . the sd land & housen to be Equally divided amongst all my own children to my SONS DANNIL, MOSES RICHARD ROBINS, AARON & BENJAMIN & MY DAUGHTERS MARY LYDIA & HOOPE to them there hairs." "Likewise unto my sd grand daughters SARAH and MARABE ROBINGS ten shepe & the half Encras which ar now in the keeping of my son ARON ROBINES"; "unto my son BENJAMIN ROBINS two horses & thrie cowes"; "that intrest of Land & goods that falls to me in New Heavens in Cannickate Colliny . . . in whole and in pairt . . . unto my son DANILL ROBINS & to my daughter LYDIA THORP wife of WILLIAM THORP of Woodbridge in sd Jersey to them there hairs . . . " "Remmaining part of my estat both in goods & chattles . . . Equally divided amongst my . . . children DANILE RICHARD MOSES ARON & BENJAMIN MARY LYDIA & HOOPE after all chargres is payd . . ."
Appoints "my son DANILE ROBINS to be the only . . . Executor . . . & to have the care & charge of my Sd grand daughters SARAH & MARABLE ROBINS & that my Sd son DANILL have the full poure of there Estate & charge . . . untill thy be of age according to law."
Danill ROBINS (his mark)
Wits: Sam'l Dennes
Daniel Aruent Jr.
Adam Hude
Oath of Executor, DANIEL ROBINS, before Thomas Gordon, Surrogate, 6 Aug 1714

Daniel Robins(on) married Hope Potter in New Haven, CT, daughter of William Potter, who was tried and executed by hanging on 6 June 1662. This was a Puritan colony, Potter was accused by his wife and son of bestiality.

The town of New Haven began in 1638 as Quinnipiac, home of a small tribe of Native Americans, the Quinnipiack, who built their villages around the harbor, harvested seafood, hunted with bow and arrow for food and furs and grew maize, the staple of their diet. A company of 500 Puritan colonists led by Rev. John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, a wealthy London merchant recently arrived from England to Boston, who explored the New Haven area in Aug 1637, sailed into the harbor. They soon discovered that the Quinnipiacks and other local tribes were much distressed by raiding bands of Pequots and Mohawks from surrounding areas. It was for this reason that Momauguin, the sachem of the Quinnipiacks, and other tribe members agreed to sell the tribe's land to the Puritans. In return, the settlers pledged to protect the natives and to allow them the use of the lands on the east side of the harbor.

New Haven's founders not only hoped to create a Christian utopia, they also saw in New Haven's spacious harbor an opportunity to establish a commercial empire that would control Long Island Sound and possibly the coastline as far south as Delaware Bay.

A Puritan minister named John Davenport led his flock from exile in Holland back to England and finally to America in the spring of 1637. The group arrived in Boston on the ship Ann on June 26, but decided to strike out on their own, based on their impression that the Massachusetts Bay Colony was lax in its religious observances.

That fall Theophilus Eaton led an exploration party south to Long Island Sound in search of a suitable site. He purchased land from the Indians at the mouth of the Qinnipiac River. In the spring of 1638 the group set out, and on April 14 they arrived at their 'New Haven' on the Connecticut shore. The site seemed ideal for trade with a good port midway between Boston and New Amsterdam and access to the furs of the Connecticut River valley. However, while the colony succeeded as a settlement and religious experiment, its future as a trade center was some years away.

Land was purchased from Indian tribes in Nov 1638. By 1640 a complete government had been established and the settlement, originally called Quinnipiac, Indian for "long water" or "river place," was renamed Newhaven. The town plan was based on a grid of nine squares. In accordance with old English custom, the central square, now the Green, was designated a public common. By 1641 New Haven had grown into a community of approximately 800.

In 1639 they adopted a set of Fundamental Articles for self-government, partly as a result of a similar action in the river towns. A governing council of seven was established, with Eaton as chief magistrate and Cunningham as pastor. The articles required that "...the word of God shall be the only rule..." and this was maintained even over English common law tradition. Since the bible contained no reference to trial by jury, they eliminated it and the council sat in judgement. Only members of their church congregation were eligible to vote.

The colony published a complete legal code in 1656, but the law remained very much church centered. Eaton stayed as governor until his death in 1658, when leadership of the Colony was given to Francis Newman, followed by William Leete in 1660. When a new royal charter was issued to Connecticut in 1692, New Haven's period as a separate colony ended and its towns were merged into the government of Connecticut in 1695.

From 1701-1873 New Haven was co-capital of Connecticut, along with Hartford.


Robins-Lackey Family of Greene Co., IL

Charity Nation, wife of Aaron Williams, Sr., had Robins among her ancestors. We have not determined her relationship to the William Robins who died in Greene Co., IL in 1821, nor the identity of William Robins' parents -- but we hope to.

Some of Aaron Williams' and William Robins' children intermarried in Greene Co., IL, where William Robins' son Daniel was appointed administrator of his father's estate.

In the final settlement in September 1826, Daniel Robins' bond as administrator was co-signed by Jacob Borer, who married Daniel's sister Elizabeth. The inventory and sale of the estate included household and farming implements, several cattle, horses, and a Lott of Hogs. William's widow and heirs were listed as Catherine Robins, widow of said deceased, and John Robins, James Robins' heirs, Elizabeth Borer, Daniel Robins, and Anna Lackey. Daniel was administrator of the estate.

Upon the application of Daniel Robins, administrator on the Estate of William Robins, late of this County deceased, made application this FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER 1826 for a FINAL SETTLEMENT of said estate . . . ordered that Daniel Robins, administrator, pay to

Catherine Robbins, the widow $44.95:
John Robins 17.98 1/2
James Robins heirs 17.98 1/2
Elizabeth Borrer 17.98 1/2
Daniel Robins 17.98 1/2
Anna Lackey, children and heirs 17.98 1/2
at law of said deceased.

It appears that William and Catherine Robins' son James, who predeceased his father, was the second-oldest child, and left heir(s). I surmise that Rachel Robins, who married Aaron Williams' son Curtis in 1825, was James's daughter. Jacob Borer, who signed consent as her guardian, and wife Elizabeth Robins would therefore have been her uncle and aunt. Rachel was therefore under 21.

In St. Clair Co., IL, William Robins' daughter Elizabeth married Jacob Borer on 6 Oct 1810. Son John married Elizabeth Quigley on 15 Nov 1811. No IL marriage record for James has been found. Daniel Robbins married Milly Williams, Aaron's daughter. At that time, St. Clair Co. comprised much of Illinois Territory. By 1818, St. Clair Co. was small and Madison Co. took up much of the area where our family lived.

 1809 IL Terr.

1818 IL Terr.

This estate settlement proves that Anne or Anna Lackey's father was William Robins and Robins was her maiden name. She married Owen Lackey 1 Nov 1825 in Greene Co.

Anna and Owen Lackey immigrated to Arkansas with Aaron Williams and allied families in late 1830s, probably to join other Lackeys preceding them -- for Joel Lackery, Oliver P. Lackey, and William Lackey were on Conway County, AR's 1828 taxlist.

In Nov 1837, Owen Lackey and his nephew, Abraham Borer, son of Jacob, wrote the following letters to Ebenezer Clawson at Washington P.O., Hempstead Co., AR from Fourche la Fave Twp., Conway Co., AR. Owen's letter was folded to form an envelope, and Abraham's was enclosed:

 Eben Closin at Washington P.O., Hempstead Co., AR, "Dear brotherinlaw I take this opportunity of writing to you to inform you that we are all well at present and hoping these few lines will find you injoyingthe same health. I have not had a ------- in three years. I want you [several illegible words] possible for i want to here from you all again. i want to know whether mother is alive or not. I expected to come their this fall but and not heir whether you had moved away or not. Elija Borer has got as well as he ever was. Elija is building with in one quarter of a mile of me and doing very well. I have got about 85 acres in cultivation and i am well satisfied to stay heir as long as i live for i think it is as good a cuntry as i can get to.
We have got five children two boys and three girls and Elija and Sela got four two boys and two girls we have aplenty of stock of all kinds anuf to do us and sum to spare and money aplenty. I want you to write to me as quick as posibile no more at prisant ---- remaining your Dear brothernlaw Owen Laquey
To Eben Closin This is the fourth letter I have sent and got no answer.

 Mr. Eben Clausin Hemsted Co Washington P O Ark, "A few lines from Abraham Borer to let you now that i am well at present And hoping That thes few lines will find you injoing the same blessing i am at this time in uncle owen house on Forshlafa Creek in Conway county
i left father and mother the 21 day of September and -------- the 17th of November i ----- and i left ----- all well if you will write to me as soon as posible and how to come to you i will come next spring no more at present but remember your dear nephew
Abraham Borer to Eben Closin 1837"

The letters reveal, first, that Owen Lackey's mother might still be living, and suggests that Ebenezer Clawson married one of Owen's sisters, since Mother was living with them. Eben had a son John Clawson by his (1st?) wife Mary Alice Shepherd.

It also tells us that Abraham Borer's parents were living when he left home on 21 Sep, probably that same fall. Jacob Borer's died intestate in 1839 at Greene Co., IL, leaving heirs his widow Elizabeth and son Abraham.

In 1840 Conway Co. was divided to form Perry Co. to the south, and Owen was on Perry Co's 1841-43 taxlists. He died there ca 1844 in the same epidemic that took so many, and his widow Anne went on to Texas her Williams relations. Three male Lackey children in the 1840 Conway County census were probably Jackson, James, and William Lackey, Perry County taxpayers 1844-49.

After Owen died, Anne and her children went on to Texas with the Green and Williams families, settling in Caldwell Co., TX. In 1855, her son Elijah Lackey bought his deceased brother William Lackey's half of land they had purchased from their uncle Curtis Williams. When Elijah Lackey and his wife Susan Ann Neely bought land in Gonzales Co., they sold the Caldwell Co. land to Curtis's brother, Aaron Williams, II (who called himself Jr. in Arkansas but Sr. in Texas after death of his father), so it stayed in the family.

There were two different Rob(b)ins families in Rowan Co., NC, the Northern part of what is today Randolph Co. The two families had no blood relationship; as our primary group descended from Daniel (Robinson) Robins from Scotland, while the other group descended from Isaac Robbins of Wales. The two families lived a few miles apart, attended the same church, became personal friends, and in a few instances intermarried.

On the will of Daniel's son Joseph Robins, Jr., for example, who migrated from NJ to NC via Frederick Co., VA, married Eleanor Nation, had as a witness to his Rowan Co. will in 1754, Richard Robbins, grandson of Isaac Robbins of Wales. John Robbins of the Welch line was assistant minister at the Baptist Church at Back Creek and Caraway Creek, according to the Sandy Creek Association, which began in the home of Joseph Robins, Sr., in the Level Cross area in the northern corner of Rowan Co.

In one instance, Bethia Vickery Robins married 1st William Robins, descendant of Daniel Robinson, and after he was killed, married 2nd William Robbins, the son of Mary and Mary Wells Robbins. In another instance, Bethia Nation who was a cousin of the Robins family, married Matthew Robbins of the Isaac Robbins family from Wales.

In 1792 a Richard Robins owned land on Camp Creek, Greene Co., TN, where Aaron Williams lived, and was perhaps the son of Isaac Robins from Wales. Both Robins families (Daniel's from Scotland and Isaac's from Wales) immigrated through Randolph County, North Carolina, and I suspect there they intermarried.

Anne Lackey's son Elijah moved to Bastrop County, Texas, by the 1880s when his family had burials in Jeddo Cemetery. Anne died 19 July 1865 and was buried in Jeddo Cemetery, at the four-county corner of meaning Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, and Fayette Counties. She is buried beside Elijah, sharing a four-sided tombstone. Anne's younger son, Green Lackey is buried in the Nickles Cemetery at Ingram, TX, in Kerr County. Green and his wife moved to Kerr Co., and after his death there about 1926, he went to live in Carlsbad, NM, with a daughter. Two daughters who lived there had married brothers. At Green's death about 1929, his body was brought back to be buried beside his wife in Nickels Cemetery.


Descendants of William Robins of Greene Co., IL

please contact us if you know others, OR HIS PARENTS!


Generation One

1. William1 Robins was born circa 1770 at TN. He married Catherine _____ circa 1789. He died in 1821 at Greene Co., IL. He and John Robins appeared on the census of 1818 at Monroe Co., IL; were enumerated as John Robins 0-3-0-0, Wm. Robins 0-7-0-0; 1818 State Census of Monroe Co., Illinois, pp. 141, 142. He appeared on the census of 1820 at Madison Co., IL, p. 157.

Children of William1 Robins and Catherine _____ Robins were as follows:

2 i. John2 Robins; born circa 1790 at Greene Co.?, TN; married Elizabeth Quigley 15 Nov 1811 at St. Clair Co., IL; St. Clair Co., Illinois, Marriages, Book B, p. 6. He and William Robins appeared on the census of 1818 at Monroe Co., IL; were enumerated as John Robins 0-3-0-0, Wm. Robins 0-7-0-0; 1818 State Census, pp. 141, 142.
3 ii. Elizabeth Robins; born circa 1792; married Jacob Borer, son of Jacob Borer Sr.?, 6 Oct 1810 at St. Clair Co., IL; 2nd wife, before her father William's estate settled; unknown author, Illinois Marriages Database at
4 iii. Daniel Robins; born circa 1798 at TN; died after 1828; married Milly Williams, daughter of Aaron Williams Sr. and Charity Nation, 10 Jul 1828 at Greene Co., IL; marriage bond, consent of Aaron Williams (his mark).
5 iv. James Robins; born circa 1795? at Greene Co.?, TN; died before 1825 at Greene Co., IL.
+ 6 v. Anne Robins, born 1806 at TN; married Owen Lackey.


Generation Two

5. James2 Robins, born circa 1795?, died bef 1825 prob. at Greene Co., IL, married unknown, and had heirs as listed on his father's estate in 1828.

Probable child of James and unknown wife:

+ 7 i. Rachael3 Robins (James2, William1) was born circa 1812?

6. Anne2 Robins (William1) was born in 1806 at TN. She married Owen Lackey, son of James Lackey, in Nov 1825 at Greene Co., IL. She died on 19 Jul 1865.

Children of Anne2 Robins and Owen Lackey were as follows:
11 i. William3 Lackey; born circa 1827?
12 ii. Elijah Lackey; born 1829 at IL.
13 iii. Celia Lackey; born 1833 at AR.
14 iv. Milley Lackey; born 1836 at AR.
+ 15 v. Green Lackey, born 1840 at AR; married L. Zumwalt.


Generation Three

+ 7 i. Rachael3 Robins (James2, William1) was born circa 1804. She married Curtis Williams, son of Aaron Williams Sr. and Charity Nation, on 10 Jul 1828 at Greene Co., IL; 1st wife.

Children of Rachael2 Robins and Curtis Williams were as follows:
8 i. Nancy3 Williams; born 1829 at IL.
9 ii. Aaron Williams; born 1840 at AR.
+ 10 iii. Martha Ann "Mary" Williams, married John Bunyon Barclay; born 10 Oct 1850 at Milam Co., TX.

15. Green3 Lackey (Anne2Robins, William1) was born in 1840 at AR. He married L. Zumwalt in 1865 at Gonzales Co., TX.

Children of Green3 Lackey and L. Zumwalt were as follows:
23 i. Elsa4 Lackey; born 1867.
24 ii. Sarah Lackey; born 1869.


Generation Five

10. Martha Ann "Mary"4 Williams (Rachael3 Robins, James2, William1) married John Bunyon Barclay. She was born on 10 Oct 1850 at Milam Co., TX. She died on 8 Aug 1929 at Granger, Williamson Co., TX, at age 78.

Children of Martha Ann "Mary"4 Williams and John Bunyon Barclay were as follows:
16 i. Nellie Jane4 Barclay; married George W. Kirby; born 27 Dec 1863.
17 ii. Sarah Lizzie Barclay; born 8 Feb 1867.
18 iii. Bessie Lorena Barclay; born 31 Dec 1876 at Milam Co., TX; married Chas C. Clark 7 Apr 1897; died Jan 1963 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 86.
19 iv. William Henry Barclay; born 19 Aug 1878.
20 v. Albert Barclay; married Lillie (Burford) Cook; born 5 Aug 1880; died 21 Mar 1960 at Granger, Williamson Co., TX, at age 79.
21 vi. Hattie Jane Barclay; born 18 Apr 1883; married Henry Reasoner 3 Sep 1905; died 28 Apr 1931 at age 48.
22 vii. Lula Barclay; born 16 Feb 1888.