History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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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 New Jersey .  Isaac I. Robbins, their only child, was born in New Jersey and removed to Bucks county, Pennsylvania , about 1800, being then a young man.  He settled at Penns Manor, near the Delaware river , 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 Lydia ( Anderson ) 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 Newark , New Jersey ; and Joseph, at home.

Text taken from pages 570/1 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County , Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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