AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1155
The father of William E. Robbins was born
in 1813, in Hebron, Conn., and died in 1896 in Springfield, Mass.
By calling, he was a farmer and continued in that line all his life,
going to Springfield, Mass., when a young man.
In 1838 he married, his wife being a daughter of Elijah Jones, of
Wilbraham, Mass., and she died in Springfield, Mass., in 1899, aged about
eighty-two years. To these parents
were born: Henry Lee, a farmer of
Wilbraham; James Edward, a railroad
man living in Springfield, Mass.; Sarah
Emily, married Ira B. Kibbe, of Somers; Francis
Eugene, a carpenter of Springfield, Mass.; Austin
Monroe, a farmer of Springfield, Mass.; William
E., our subject; Mary Jones, married
Leoline Kendall, and they now live in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.
Robbins, the paternal grandfather of William E., was born at North Bolton,
Conn., Aug. 25, 1766; he was the only son of Miner and Dimis Payne Robbins.
He was a very worthy man, a miller by trade, who was a very successful
citizen of Hebron, Conn., and died deeply mourned by all.
education of William Elliot Robbins was obtained at Chicopee Falls, Mass., and
when he was sixteen he returned to the farm and remained with his father until
he removed to Stafford in 1879, at which time he began to learn the trade of
carpenter with his father-in-law, Mr. William Robinson Davis.
Since then Mr. Robbins has divided his time between his trade and
farming, now owning sixty acres of land in Orcuttville, which formerly was in
the possession of Mr. Davis. On July
31, 1898, Mr. Robbins was given the position of carpenter for the Stafford
Worsted Co., which he still retains, although he also directs the management of
his farm and keeps a few cows. All
of the butter used by the family is made on the place, and is of most excellent
marriage of Mr. Robbins occurred Dec. 28, 1880, to Madelia Augusta Davis, the
daughter of William Robinson and Clarissa (Howe) Davis, of Stafford.
Mr. Davis was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade, and his family is
one of the oldest and most highly respected in Stafford.
To Mr. and Mrs. Robbins have been born:
Grace May, born May 5, 1882; Blanche
Eveline, Aug. 13, 1885; Marcia
Leona, Aug. 18, 1887; Hazel Davis,
Nov. 30, 1890.
Robbins is a member of Wasseon Lodge No. 32, I.O.O.F., of which he has been
secretary, and which he has served in other capacities, and he is also
associated with the A.O.U.W. In
religious matters he is an active member of the Methodist Church of Stafford
Springs and is one of its firm supporters, serving upon the Sunday-school board
and always giving liberally of his means to its support.
While in national matters Mr. Robbins is a Democrat, in local affairs he
believes in voting for the man best suited for the position, but he is
conservative and has never been a seeker of official distinction.
Honorable in all his dealings, attending to his own affairs, Mr. Robbins
is a respected citizen of Stafford.
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