1838 - 1921 (83 years)
||Martin Robbins |
||18 Apr 1838
||Sandcreek, Decatur Co., IN
||19 Jul 1921
||Oregon City, Clackamas Co., OR
||29 May 2020 |
||Jacob "Red House Jake" "Pappy" Robbins, b. 4 Jun 1809, KY , d. 15 Feb 1896, Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR; burial: Adams Cem., Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR (Age 86 years) |
||Sarah "Sary" Spilman\Spillman, b. 23 Oct 1813, KY , d. 25 Dec 1865, Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR; burial: Adams Cem., Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR (Age 52 years) |
||23 Mar 1833
||Decatur Co., IN
||Robbins, Harvey: HISTORY OF JACOB ROBBINS AND SARAH SPILLMAN by Harvey Robbins (1833-1925) **SOME INDIVIDUALS APPEAR MORE THAN ONCE IN OUR TREE AND HAVE BEEN LINKED ACCORDINGLY. |
The HISTORY OF JACOB ROBBINS AND SARAH SPILLMAN by Harvey Robbins is the story of the lives of Jacob Robbins and Sarah Spillman Robbins and their family, including their journey on the Oregon Trail. This history came from the Willard "Jack" Davis Archives. [Also, see "William Franklin Robbins Letter about the Oregon Trail Journey" at Kevin Mittge's site at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mittge/robbins/robbins.html ]
||Sharp, Kate: GOOD BYE INDIANA by Kate Sharp Jones
**SOME INDIVIDUALS APPEAR MORE THAN ONCE IN OUR TREE AND HAVE BEEN LINKED ACCORDINGLY. |
GOOD BYE INDIANA by Kate Sharp Jones is the story of the Robbins Family on the Oregon Trail. This account, which came from the Willard "Jack" Davis Archives, was given to Margaret Davis by Kate Sharp Jones in 1968. [Also, see "William Franklin Robbins Letter about the Oregon Trail Journey" at Kevin Mittge's site at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mittge/robbins/robbins.html ]
||Robbins, Jacob "Red House Jake" "Pappy" & Sarah Spillman Robbins: Jacob "Red House Jake" "Pappy" Robbins (1809-1896) & Sarah Spillman Robbins (b.1813) account, JACOB AND SARAH SPILLMAN ROBBINS AND FAMILY IN OREGON AND THE MOLALLA PRAIRIE by Zella S. Muller **SOME INDIVIDUALS APPEAR MORE THAN ONCE IN OUR TREE AND HAVE BEEN LINKED ACCORDINGLY. |
This brief account, JACOB AND SARAH SPILLMAN ROBBINS AND FAMILY IN OREGON AND THE MOLALLA PRAIRIE by Zella S. Muller, tells of the departure of the family from Greenburg, Indiana, on March 19, 1852 and their lives after they arrived in Oregon. This document came from the Willard "Jack" Davis Archives. (In both the title and text of this history, Molalla is misspelled several times.)
SEE DAWNEE PHAY MCCULLEY'S SITE FOR COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION AND REFERENCES:
My Tree with all its Crooked Branches & Extended Leaves:
Dawnee Phay McCulley:
Name: Martin Robbins
Birth: 18 APR 1838 in Sandcreek, Decatur, Indiana
Death: 19 JUL 1921 in Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon
Ancestral File #: 12MN-QFC
Reference Number: 1461
Father: Jacob Robbins b: 4 JUN 1809 in , , Kentucky
Mother: Sarah Spillman b: 23 OCT 1812 in Covington, Campbell, Kentucky
Willard "Jack" Davis Archives:
JACOB AND SARAH SPILLMAN ROBBINS AND FAMILY IN OREGON AND THE MOLALLA PRAIRIE by Zella S. Muller (See this document in the HISTORIES section of this site].
This account was written by Zella S. Muller.
It was copied by Doris Robbins, Oct. 1988.
It was recopied by Willard “Jack” Davis (Robbins descendant), Feb. 2001.
Corrections for clarity were made by Donna Forney Clark (Robbins descendant), May 2005.
Layout is by David R. Clark, M.D., May 2005.
JACOB AND SARAH SPILLMAN ROBBINS AND FAMILY IN OREGON AND THE MOLALLA PRAIRIE
by Zella S. Muller
They (the Robbins family) left their home in Greenburg, Indiana on March 19, 1852. Many of their friends and relatives were present to bid them farewell that morning. As they traveled across the plains, there were happy moments and sad ones. Their first sad moment was when they buried three of their cousins in one grave. Later on Jacob and Sarah left two of their sons behind in graves.
They arrived at Mr. Barlos home at Barlow, Oregon where Mr. Herrin met them and took them to the Salem Prairie where he had already rented a home for them. It was now November and a bad storm was on. Mr. John and Dorca Herrin were cousins of Jacob’s; they came in 1845 on the train (wagon) that had so many hardships.
In 1860 Jacob traded the home he had bought two miles east of Salem for Mr. Sweigle’s donation land claim on the Molalla Prairie. Levi (Jacob’s son) who had married Ediff Barger in 1859, came a bought 700 acres laying next to his father’s. He didn't move his wife and child till 1861 to their new home on the Molalla Prairie.
In 1855, Harvey the oldest son, went to the Rouge River Indian War. He was there for eight months, he reenlisted to go to Walla Walla and Yakima to fight the Cayuse and Yakima Indians. In 1858 Harvey married Perona Willoughby. Harvey was interested in mines and they spent most of their time in mining camps and school time in towns where there were good schools for their children.
Oliver married Mary Thompson, November 2, 1865 and at first lived on the place known as the Tom McFadden place for a year. Then went to the Umatilla Meadows for five years, then back to Molalla and bought a place at the edge of the Four Corners. There they spent the rest of their lives. Always ready to help in any way they could, they were known to every body as Uncle Ol and Aunt Mary.
Thomas Robbins married Ellen Reese in 1868, they went to the Umatilla Meadows to live. In later years he had a stroke and lived with his brother Ol and Mary. He got better and ran the first butcher shop in Molalla. It was part of the old store.
In 1857 the first school house was moved from the west of Four Corners to a mile east of the Four Corners on the Mr. Swiegle donated platt for the school. It was made a larger building. In 1860 Jacob Robbins bought this section of Mr. Swiegle’s, and he let them keep the school there.
In 1870 the first grange was held in Jacob Robbins’ large new barn. P.S. Noyer was Master and Chas. Howard was Secretary. and Treasurer.
In 1896 Levi had taken over the store at the Four Corners from Mr. Saul Hardesty; then in 1896 he moved the store across the street on the southwest corner. Wayne and Everman (Levi’s sons) took the store over in 1905; it was called the Robbins Brothers Store. [They] put a large water tank up in back of the store in case of fire. In 1898 [they] put in the first phone next year, a line to Oregon City, then a few more phones in Molalla. So they had to put in a three-jack affair switch board to handle the calls. They sold the store in 1925 to Mr. Skinn.
Wayne was first president of the Molalla Bank, when it was built. Willard done carpentry. He helped to build the first bridge across the Molalla at the Dickey crossing, which was in 1888, and built the Methodist church in Molalla in 1908. Several homes for different ones. His wife started the library, then he taught in the Molalla school.
Levi’s daughters all married farmers and stockmen, who helped with the rural life and community.
Jacob Robbins and his son Levi got along very peaceful with the Indians. The chief and his family and several Indian Braves lived by the river on Levi’s place. Levi told Beaver that they could live there as long as they wanted. They could hold their PowWow on the ground by the big spring, where they always had. That pleased them, very much. When their chief died, they left. Mrs. Beaver Trapper came back to see them when she was 104 years old.
Jacob Robbins’ children were all married. Martin married Rose, a sister of Aunt Mar. Amanda Minerva married Newton Loveridge; his folks were early settlers of Molalla Prairie. Nancy Jane married Ela Dillian, and Sarah Ellen married Thomas C. Benson, when Jacob and Sarah lived on the Umatilla Meadows. Thomas C Benson and wife moved to Portland where he had the stockyards; then his son Arthur took over after his father died, then Guy; Arthur’s son is there now.
Jacob Robbins died Feb 15, 1896, laid to rest by [beside] his wife and two sons that they lost on crossing the plains. Sarah Robbins died Dec. 25, 1865; Jacob and George Reese picked out a spot for her grave. Mr. George Reese owned the land so he donated the platt and fenced it, which is now known as the Adams Cemetery. All of Jacob Robbins sons and their wives are laid to rest by [beside] him.
Some of the prices they had to pay for supplies when they could get them crossing the plains; $50.00 for one hundred pounds of flour; $25.00 for a small side of bacon; $15.85 for one hundred twenty-six pounds of sugar; $115.60 for two oxen or $65.00 for one.
Donna Forney Clark: Recommended sources for Robbins research:
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