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ROBINSON, John Good and Margaret Hawthorne

County Cavan, Irish Republic. Map from Wikipedia.com.

County Cavan, Irish Republic. Map from Wikipedia.com.

Immigrant Ancestors” James Robinson (1810-1887) and  Margaret Good (1815-1887)  were married in 1833. James, the son of Thomas Robinson and Jane Wilson, was born in 1808 in Gartinardress Estate, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland. He would die a world away in 1887 in Maple Leaf, Hastings County, Ontario. Mary Margaret Good was born in 1816, also in Gartinardress Estate, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland. They are both buried in the Emmanuel Cemetery at Maynooth, Ont.

[An extensively researched genealogy of this family was produced by Fay Bennett for the late Gordon Robinson and is generously offered here by his widow Verla Collins Robinson:  Robinson Ancestor Genealogy. Verla has also generously submitted photographs and writings to this entry.]

Children from this marriage of James and Margaret Robinson were:

1. John Good Robinson (1836-1915) married Margaret Hawthorne (1837-1918) in 1858.  John Good Robinson  was born at North Gower, Carleton County, and would be the first of the family to settle in Westmeath Township. John was also known as John T. Robinson. John T. and Margaret Hawthorne, are buried at Beachburg Union Cemetery.

A “picturesque” outline of this family was written by Desmond Robinson in 1982:  Desmond Robinson’s 1982 Robinson Family History

Margaret was the daughter of Robert Hawthorne (1818-1903) and (1) Martha Ingram ( -1841) and stepmother (2) Ann Nancy Code (1813-1905) of Leinster Province, Ireland who married widower Robert in 1848 and Ann Code Hawthorne is also buried at Beachburg Union Cemetery. Ann’s parents John Code (1792-1848) and Elizabeth Powers (1790-1851) had sailed to the New World in 1816 and had  settled in Drummond Township, Lanark County. They are buried there.

Margaret’s mother illness and subsequent death on the journey across the North Atlantic is well captured by the obituary writer at Margaret’s father’s death – Robert Hawthorn Sr. –  in  1903.

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1871 Census, Westmeath Township, - Robinson Household

1871 Census, Westmeath Township, – Robinson Household. This was a Wesleyan Methodist family.

A number of John Good Robinson and Margaret Hawthorne Robinson’s children were long-lived and three went west to homestead in Manitoba.

1881 Census, Westmeath Township - Robinson Household

1881 Census, Westmeath Township – Robinson Household. The children kept coming until total of thirteen.

The children are:

i.  Robert William Robinson (1859-1943), a farmer, married Sarah Ann Richardson (1858- ), daughter of William John Richardson and Mary Couche, in 1884 in Beachburg, Ontario.  The marriage ended in separation.

“Robert William lived on a farm by the millstream in Forster’s Falls. He quarreled with his wife when they were fairly young and he never forgave her. He refused to live with her or speak to her during the last half of their lives. When he was 84, he heard that his wife was dying in Beachburg and thought he should go and see her. He drove to Beachburg in a horse and cutter through a blinding blizzard but he refused to stay there till the storm had passed. During the journey home due to the old man being half blind and the severity of the storm the horse got off the road and bogged down in the snow. The old man was half frozen and died of exposure within a few days of his wife.” – taken from Desmond Robinson’s 1982 Robinson History.

Their children were:

I. William Robinson (1885- 1950) m. Mary Christena ‘Tena’ Bennett (1899-1988) on November 26, 1919 in Cobden, Renfrew, Ontario. They are buried at Beachburg Union Cemetery.

i. Hazel Robinson (1925- ) m. Bert Dolan

ii. Lois Robinson (1927- ) m. Lorne Davidson

iii. Gladys Robinson (1932- )m. Ellard Powers in 1934.

II. John Robinson (1887-1967) married Eliza Jane “Jennie” Davidson on December 1, 1909. Buried in Beachburg, Ontario.

Johnny Robinson and Jennie Davidson with children Lillian and William John Robinson

Johnny Robinson and Jennie Davidson with children Lillian and William John Robinson.

i. Lillian Robinson (1910-1980 m. William Lyons

ii. William John Robinson (1913-1983) m. Meryl Orr (1914-2006). Buried at Beachburg.

III.  Lillian Robinson (1889-1976) m. John W. Jack Armstrong. Buried at Forester’s Falls.

i. Earl Armstrong (1912-1988)

ii. Blake Armstrong (1914-

iii. Beatty Armstrong

iv.  Kenneth Armstrong (1922-2012)

v.  Margaret Armstrong (1924-

vi. Dorothy Armstrong (1926-

vii. Bryson Armstrong

 IV. Osborne “Ossie” Robinson (1892- 1974) m. Edith Pearl Pettigrew (1897-1942) and is buried at Moore Park, Manitoba. Like so many others, he went west to seek his fortune.

Ossie Robinson and Maggie Chellow Robinson

Ossie Robinson and his younger sister Maggie Chellew Robinson.

About 1935: Back Row: Fannie Pettigrew, Sarah Ann Richardson Robinson, Osborne Robinson, Pearl Pettigrew Robinson. Front Row: Mabel, Leonard, Gerald, Raymond, Marguerite and Arnold. Photo from Verla Collins Robinson.

About 1935:   Back Row: Fannie Pettigrew, Sarah Ann Richardson Robinson, Osborne Robinson, Pearl Pettigrew Robinson.   Front Row: Ossie and Pearl’s children: Mabel, Leonard (1924-1941) , Gerald (1922-1938) , Raymond, Marguerite and Arnold. Photo from Verla Collins Robinson.

V. Margaret “Maggie” Hazel Robinson (1894-1922) died at age 28. Margaret married Charles William Chellew in Cobalt, Temiskaming District, Ontario. Buried at Beachburg.

 VI. George Holmes Robinson (1897-1990) m. Margaret Irene Bennett (1900-1983), daughter of George David Bennett (1871- ) and Mary Ellen Kenny (1876-1950), (both buried at Howard Cemetery in Forester’s Falls, ON.See KENNY entry. ), on December 14, 1921 in Beachburg United Church. George and Margaret are buried at Beachburg Cemetery. Gordon & Verla 25th; George & Irene 50th Anniversary. The children of this family attended school at S.S. No. 14.

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1976-George-and-Irene-Anniversary1921-George-Robinson--&-Irene-Bennett-Log-House1921-Log-House-Log-pg.2The children of George and Margaret Robinson are:

a) Gordon Delmer Robinson (1924-2015) married Verla Evna Collins, daughter of  Russell Thomas Collins and Mary Erma Cotnam, on June 5, 1952 in Beachburg. See COLLINS entry.

1952 Verla Collins and Gordon Robinson wedding.

1952 Verla Collins and Gordon Robinson wedding.

 At the urging of his grandchildren, Gordon wrote out his memoir; presenting an excellent compilation of the many jobs he had as a young man and the many commodities he produced as a Westmeath Township farmer. His memories of working in the lumbering camps and going west on the “excursion” trains are shared by many men of that generation. Gordon Robinson Memoir.

Gordon Robinson's grandchild Megan Lariviere captured the shanty tales.

Gordon Robinson’s grandchild Megan Lariviere captured the shanty tales.

1943 Gordon hauling logs with his 1st team Bill & Jane; - the first of many teams in his long life. At his funeral a team and wagon carried his coffin to the cemetery. A fitting end to a lifetime spent around horses.

1943 Gordon hauling logs with his 1st team Bill & Jane; – the first of many horses he would own. At his funeral a team and wagon carried his coffin to the cemetery; – a fitting end to a lifetime spent around horses.

1953 Gordon Robinson-showing Foxy at Beachburg Fair

1953 Gordon Robinson-showing Foxy at Beachburg Fair.

AN EXCELLENT VIDEO: Gordon and Verla Robinson became the subjects of a wonderful video by Alan Soucie now available on YouTube. Take the time to watch “An Ottawa Valley Farming Story Featuring Gord & Verla Robinson” as it shows the humanity of this couple and the family’s transition out of full-time family farming that so many township people have experienced. Thank you to Alan for giving permission for its use here.

 b) Doris Vivian Robinson (1926- 2011)  married Herbert Garfield Splaine on July 28, 1948.
c)  Harold George Robinson (1928-2013) married Naida Ellen White, daughter of John Henry White and Nancy Tate,  on November 23, 1951 in Beachburg. See WHITE entry.
d)  Darl William Robinson (1931-  ) married Marilyn Elizabeth McBride, daughter of Jimmie McBride and Isobel Fisher, on June 11, 1960. See MCBRIDE entry.
e) Velda Jean Robinson (1934-2006)  married Ronald Joseph Earl Severin on June 11, 1954.

f)  Muriel Helen Robinson (1940-  )  married Anthony Elwood Beaulieu in 1965. The marriage ended in divorce.
vi. Muriel Helen Robinson (1940-  ) m. Anthony Beaulieu

The children of John Good Robinson (1836-1915) married Margaret Hawthorne (1837-1918) continued…..

ii.   Martha Robinson (1861- 1953) married David Wilson Elliott (1856-  ), son of Thomas and Elizabeth Elliott, on April 27, 1882. 1882 Martha & David Marriage. Martha died at age 91 yrs.  They were adherents of the Greenwood Methodist Church and are buried in Greenwood Cemetery. The children of this family attended S.S. No.9, Greenwood School. See ELLIOTT entry.

1901-Census-Westmeath-Twp.---Elliott-Household

1901 Census Westmeath Twp. – Elliott Household

“Martha married David Elliott, who was descended from some of Cromwell’s soldiers who settled in Ireland. They lived on a farm just east of Pembroke where they raised quite a large family. Their son Harvey suffered a broken back in a logging accident in 1939. He was paralyzed for the rest of his life. Their youngest son, Dawson is the father of the owners of Elliott Farm Equipment and Elliott Motors.” – taken from Desmond Robinson’s 1982 Robinson Family History.

iii. James Robinson (1862-1921)

iv. Margaret Robinson (1864-1893) she died at age 29 and is buried in Beachburg. Margaret m. William Orange Wilson in 1886 in Westmeath Twp. 1886 Margaret & William Marriage1893 Margaret Wilson Death

v. Jane Robinson (1866-1958) married James Lavallee on August 27, 1884 in Bride’s residence , Beachburg. She lived to aged 92, and was buried in Ross Twp.

vi. John Robinson (1868-1932) m. (1) Mary Wilson on October 30, 1889 in Ross Twp. 1889 John and Mary Marriage.  John, who in all would father 16 children, next m. (2) Alice Jane Foster on January 26, 1916 in Forester’s Falls, Renfrew, 1916-John-&-Alice-Marriage.  He is buried in Forester’s Falls, Ross Township. This very large Ross Township family is outlined in .John Robinson Family, Ross Twp.

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vii. Arthur Robinson (1869- 1953) m. Margaret Wilson on October 18, 1893 in William Wilson’s Home, Ross Twp. and died on March 6, 1953 in Manitoba, aged 83.
viii. Ann Robinson (1871-1969) married Edwin Burrows Ross on July 7, 1897 in Westmeath Twp.;
died aged 97 years and buried in Forester’s Falls.
ix. Thomas Alexander Robinson (1874-1946) Mary Elizabeth Coffey in 1901 in Westmeath Twp.; buried in Cobden, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.
x. Catherine Robinson (1876- 1961) m. William Noah Stephens in 1895 in Beachburg; died aged 90, and was buried in Forester’s Falls.
xi. (Rev.) George David Robinson (1878-1950) married Elsie Labow of  Madawaska Township of Renfrew County. Died in Manitoba.
xii. Frances Elizabeth Robinson (188—1967) m. Hugh Orr on June 21, 1905 in Westmeath Twp., died in 1967 in Westmeath Twp. at age 86 and buried in Forester’s Falls, Ross Twp.
xiii. Samuel “Edward” Robinson (1882- 1934) m. Catherine Fisher in 1903 in Westmeath Twp. and died in 1934 in Manitoba.

2.William Robinson was born in 1840 in Ross Twp., Renfrew, Ontario and died a young man.
3. Ann Jane Robinson (1841-1902) She was born in North Gower, Ontario and died in 1902 in Cobden, Ann married (1) Hugh Ritchie about 1857; then (2) Robert Lee in 1885 in Episcopalian Church, Beachburg,

4. Thomas Robinson (1942-1921) born in Ross Twp.; buried in Emanuel Cemetery, Maynooth, Hastings County. Thomas married Lydia Twa.
5. Catherine Robinson m. James Bennett in 1869 in Ross Twp.
6. Frances Robinson (1847-1923) m. John Poff and died in Stafford Twp.
7. James Robinson (1849-1913) married Catherine Dinah Dobson in 1873; buried in Emanuel Cemetery, Maynooth, Hastings Co., Ontario.
8. Sarah Margaret Robinson (1850- 1923)

9. Siviva Elizabeth Robinson (1852-1932) William Henry Dobson in 1873 in Pembroke, Ontario, They are buried in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery Stafford Twp.
10. David Robinson (1855- 1924) m. (1) Sarah Jane Mick in 1883 in Beachburg. David next married (2) Sarah Elvira Hunt on March 6, 1922 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

11. Elizabeth Robinson (1857-1944) married Alexander McDonald in 1874 in Monteagle Twp. Hastings County and they are buried in Emanouel Cemetery, Maynooth, Ontario.
12. Samuel Edward Robinson (1861- 1922) m. Mary Jane Childerhose in 1888 in Wicklow Twp, Hastings, Buried at Maynouth.