Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Joseph Josiah ROBBINS (1820 - 1905)

How Related: My 4th-great-grandfather

Born: 4 December 1820 in Otsego Co., New York, probably in what is now Cherry Valley

Parents: father George ROBBINS, dates unknown; it is possible his parents were George Washington ROBBINS and Abigail HICKS, but so far, no strong evidence has surfaced

Siblings: unknown

Married: first to Emeline C. [--?--] before 11 June 1841 (her death date), place unknown (possibly Chatauqua Co., New York - her death place). Married second to my ancestor, Marinda ROBBINS (1827 - 1912), daughter of Uzza ROBBINS, on 15 January 1842 in Elkland, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. It is not known if Joseph and Marinda were cousins.

Children: seven children with Marinda, including two sons who also served in the Union Army: Charles H. (1844 - 1934) - my ancestor; Emeline C. (1846 - 1917); Joseph Uzza Benson (1847 - 1931); Benjamin Leander "Lee" (1850 - 1929); Evaline L. (c. 1852 - bet. 1877/1880); Ben Franklin "Frank" (1858 - 1916); and William Wallace ROBBINS (1867 - 1882)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Cards of Joseph J. Robbins. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital images purchased at Footnote [].

Enlisted: September 1861 with 84th Pennsylvania Infantry, which was later consolidated with the 58th (he served in Co. E). For a while, he was detached with the 7th Massachusetts Battery. He enlisted 16 August 1862 in Co. G, 135th Pennsylvania Infantry; private.

Side Served: Union

Mustered Out: 24 May 1863 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Biography or Information of Interest: Joseph was written up in the History of Manistee, Mason, and Oceana [Michigan] Counties, which can be read here. I also wrote the post, "The Legend of Joseph Josiah ROBBINS" for the 31st Carnival of Genealogy. During his service, Joseph endured a sunstroke, which caused his eventual blindness.

Died: 27 June 1905 in Newfield Twp., Oceana Co., Michigan, possibly in the Village of Hesperia

Buried: in Section B, Block 5, Lot 142, Space 1 of West Hesperia Cemetery, the Village of Hesperia, Newfield Twp., Oceana Co., Michigan

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