JOSEPH ROBBINS, Sr.
JOSEPH ROBBINS, Sr. The
family to which Joseph Robbins, Sr., belongs, is of English lineage and
was founded in America by John Robbins, his grandfather, who emigrated
from England during the colonial epoch in the history of this country,
settling in Freehold township, Monmouth county, New Jersey, where he
secured a tract of land and followed farming until his death.
He married a Miss Ivins, who was a native of
. Isaac I. Robbins, their only
child, was born in
and removed to Bucks county,
, about 1800, being then a young man.
He settled at Penns Manor, near the
, upon a farm which he cultivated and improved, making a valuable
property. His attention was
diverted exclusively to agricultural interests, and he continued in the
work of the farm up to the time of his demise.
He married Miss Jane Thompson, and they became the parents of six
children: John, deceased, born
June 20, 1809, died October 9, 1899, aged ninety-one years; Hector C.,
born August 11, 1812, died aged eighty-two years; Isaac I., born May 5,
1815, died aged eighty-one years; James T, born March 5, 1817, died aged
seventy-eight years; Ann, born September 13, 1818, died at the age of
eleven years; and Joseph.
Joseph Robbins, the youngest child of Isaac and Jane
(Thompson) Robbins, was born at Penns Manor,
May 2, 1821
, and at the usual age began his education as a student in the common
schools. He afterward spent
two terms in the Wilmington Friends school, and thus was well fitted by
good mental training to meet the practical and responsible duties of life.
On attaining his majority he began farming for himself in Penns
Manor, near the old homestead. All
five brothers of the family settled in that locality and had adjoining
farms, save that there was one little intervening tract of land.
Mr. Robbins continued to reside upon his farm and gave it his
entire attention until 1902, when he retired from active business life and
is now living in Morrisville in the enjoyment of a rest which he has truly
earned and richly deserves. Straightforward
in his business dealings and practical in his methods, he secured a
desirable competence. Politically
a Republican, Mr. Robbins held the office of school director of Falls
township for nine years, but has never been an aspirant for political
honors, although he has ever kept well informed on the questions and
issues of the day and has firm faith in the principles of his party.
Mr. Robbins married
May 28, 1851
, Miss Sarah A. Parsons, born
January 5, 1826
, a daughter of Isaac and
) Parsons, of Falls township. They
have five children: Jane, wife
of William Y. Warner; Mary, wife of Edward S. Kirkbride; Isaac P., a
resident farmer of Penns Manro; Elwood P., of
; and Joseph, at home.
Text taken from pages 570/1 of:
William W.H., A.M. History of
[New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company,
1905] Volume III
November 2004 by William Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org,
as part of the Bucks Co.,
, Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html