Sunday, August 30, 2015

Children of Edwin G. S. and Alice VanDuzar Robbins

1.  Lillian (1. Frank Pacey) (2. Robert Perkinson)
2.  Fred Lincoln
3.  Evangeline (Frank Lindsey)
     1. Jesse Lyle
     2. Lillian
     3. Irene
4.  Mary Alice (Charles H. Mitchell)
     1. Archer
     2. Eula
     3. Blanche
     4. John
5.  Halsey Dwight (Stella Day)
     1. Mildred
     2. Mary Alice "Alice"
     3. Edwin
     4. Wilbur
     5. Ethel
     6. Eveyln
6.  Olin Bishop (Edna Veatch)
     1. Rachel
     2. Clarence
     3. Guy
     4. Lois

Robbins Family Photo

On the back of this photo is printed:
Front row
Halsey D. Robbins, Grandma Alice Robbins,  Olin B. Robbins
Back row
Alice Mitchell,  Lillian Pacey,  Eva Lindsay

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Address of Robbins Homestead

Near Thawville Illinois.  The home still stands.
254 E 1000 North Rd.
Thawville, IL

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Little Bessie in Lisk Cemetery


This is very interesting.  We always assumed Little Bessie was related.  She would have been Grandma Mildred Arnold's grandmother's daughter by her first marriage to Will Isbester.  Later Mary Ann Burrill Isbester would marry Julius Day and have children:  Stella, Ralph, and Caroline.  

1738 Johnson Ave.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Dec. 2, 1956

Dear Mildred:

We all enjoyed your good letter, and can understand how busy you have been this year helping out your children. You and Ernie are rich in grandchildren. Among my happy memories is the little visit you and Ernie made us, and Glen's visit when he was getting out of the army.
I won't write a long letter now, as I know Dorothy always writes to you at Christmas time, but will try to answer some of your questions about some of our family histories. It is interesting to know what our relatives went through to make a house.
My father and mother grew up in Boston. He with two other young men went out to Iowa to find a farm in the prairie country. The didn't like it there and went to Illinois. He bought a farm of a man who was unhappy in pioneer life or his wife was.
Then my father went to the Civil War and after four years when that war was over and he came home, he and mother were married, Oct 24, 1864, in Boston, and came out to their Illinois farm. It was a great change for a city girl to come out where there were no neighbors. There were no roads. They could drive anywhere over the country. The two families they made friends with first were the Days and Isbesters. The latter was a Scotch family, living east of Thawville. The Days, formerly had a boarding house in Chicago. I think they came to the farm north of Buckley where they lived so many years. A short time before the Civil War ended, your great grandfather (Ebenezer Day the II ?) and his second wife were living there.
My mother's sister, Mary Burrill, came out to visit my folks. William Isbester, an ex soldier fell in love with her, and they were married, and lived on a farm adjoining my father's. The had two children Bessie and Willie. Bessie died when she was a baby, and was buried in the Lisk Cemetery (this is near Thawville, Illinois). Then there father came down with tuberculosis, and the family went to California for his health, but he died there, and Willie and his mother came back to Illinois. The lived with my folks for a while, and part of the time in Boston with her family.
Several years later she married Julius Day, and they were your grandparents, and lived in the same house you did when you were growing up.
This story sounds very matter of fact and cold blooded, but I can imagine some of the happiness and sorrow, and loneliness, also the good times those early settlers had together. They had to make their own good times they didn't have any radios or television or movies, but perhaps they were just as happy.
There has been a great change in the country since that time. Give my love to all you family, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Kiss the babies for me.
Your Cousin,
Emily Wilcox

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Edwin E. Robbins

Edwin E. vs. Edward Elliott. 


Edward Elliot Robbins, little son of Mr. Hal D. and Mrs. Stella B. Robbins died Thursday morning of last week, from an illness of about a week's duration. He was taken very bad from the start, and every effort was put forth to save him, but the grim reaper did his work.He was born in Artesia township, December 14, 1909, and died March 25th, 1915, aged five years, three months, and eleven days. The funeral services were held at the residence northwest of town at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Gleason had charge of the service. Interment in the Thawville cemetery. The parents have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

--No Reference.  Newspaper Clipping.  

Mary Alice Vanduzer

This is an obit I have never seen before.  I found it today 04/20/13 in the Paxton Record.  
Mary Alice Vanduzer is Halsey Robbins' mother.  Seems to be some descrepencies though.  Mary Alice vs. Alice A.


Mary Alice Vanduzer was born in New York, February 9th 1842. She was the second child of eight children born to W. H. and Mary Vanduzer. When a small child she moved with her parents to Wisconsin and was married to E. G. S. Robbins March 2nd, 1862. To this union were born six children: Lillian Perkinson, Onarga, Ill.; Fred L. deceased; Eva Lindsey, Churdan, Iowa; Alice Mitchell, deceased; Halsey D., Buckley, Ill.; and Olin B., Dwight, Ill.
For several years they lived in Wisconsin, then moved to a farm near Thawville, Ill., where they resided until the death of the husband 26 years ago, at which time she moved to Thawville, where she resided 18 years. Due to failing health, she made her home with her daughters, Mrs. Lillian Pacey, at Buckley, Ill., and Mrs. Eva Lindsey, at Churdan, Iowa. The illness of Mrs. Lindsey made it necessary to bring her to her son, Olin, in Dwight, where she passed away June 29th, 1931, at the age of 89 years, 4 months and 20 days.
She leaves besides her children, fourteen grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, one brother and one sister, a host of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Robbins was a woman of strong personality and during her life worked very hard. She was a sure support to her husband and a kind and loving mother to her children. She lived long enough to realize the return of the kind care from her children that she had given them.
Just before leaving Iowa for the home of her son, at Dwight, she fell and sustained a broken arm and from the shock of the fracture she did not seem to survive.
The body was taken to her former home at Thawville and the funeral services wer held at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock on Wednesday, the services being conducted by John T. Killup, of Buckley. The service was largely attended and many from Buckley were in attendance. Interment was in the beautiful Thawville cemetery.

--Paxton Record.  2 July 1931

Friday, November 23, 2012

Obituary Halsey D. Robbins

Halsey D. Robbins,
Retired Farmer,
Claimed By Death

Halsey D. Robbins, 80, a retired farmer who resided at 226 Park Avenue, Watseka, died Monday at 8:45 a.m. at Iroquois Hospital following a lingering illness.
Born February 17, 1877 on a farm near Thawville, he was a son of Mr. And Mrs. E. G. Robbins.  He attended Thawville schools and Grand Prarie Seminary at Onarga, and attended the Methodist Church at Thawville.
He was married August 23, 1904 to Stella Burrill Day at Harvey.  She died several years ago.
Surviving are a son, Wilbur D. Robbins of Watseka; and four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Arnold and Mrs. Alice Shambrook of Roberts, Mrs. Ethel Ecker of Watseka and Miss Evelyn Robbins, at home.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church at Thawville, the Rev. Carols Dunagan officiating.  Interment will be in the Thawville Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Eastburn Funeral Home in Watseka from noon Tuesday and until the hour of the services.

--Newspaper Clipping.  No Reference.