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THE FAY FAMILY HOMEPAGE

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Bennington, Vermont
Vermont Directory
   
   
The Robinsons, along with the Fays, were among the first settlers of Bennington, and both families played important parts in the history of Bennington and in the history of Vermont. It is to Samuel Robinson, Senior, that Jennings attributes the formation of the town and the impetus toward settlement in the first place. Samuel was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1705. After his marriage to Marcy Leonard of Southbury, he moved to Hardwick, Massachusetts, where he lived for 26 years. All of his children were born in Hardwick.
   
"Captain Samuel Robinson, returning to his home in Massachusetts from one of the campaigns of the Continental army in the French war, mistaking his route, passed, by accident, this way; and, impressed by the attractiveness of the country, resolved to obtain others to join him and come up and settle here. His resolution was carried into effect. Others agreed to accompany him."    (Jennings, Isaac, Memorials of a century : embracing a record of individuals and events, chiefly in the early history of Bennington, Vt. and its First Church, Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1869, p. 20).
   
The first group of settlers, according to Jennings, included "the families of Peter Harwood, Eleazer Harwood, Samuel Pratt and Timothy Pratt, from Amherst, Mass.; Leonard Robinson and Samuel Robinson, Jr., from Hardwick Mass. The party, including women and children, numbered twenty-two." --a small group indeed  (pp. 21-22). "Samuel Robinson, Sen., Esq., was the adknowledged leader in the band of pioneers in the settlement of the town; and continued to exercise almost a controlling authority in the affairs of the town, the remainder of his life." (Jennings, p. 204, with a footnote to the Vermont History Magazine). Robinson died of smallpox in 1767, while on a political mission to the King in England, not long after the formation of the community.
   
It was not until somewhat later, in 1766, that the Fays came to Bennington. Like the Robinsons, Stephen Fay and his family also moved north from Hardwick. One of Stephen's sons, Jonas, had, at the age of 19, been clerk to the military company of Samuel Robinson, in one of the campaigns of the French war. Jonas, Jennings says, "at once took a prominent position among the leading actors who came upon the stage in that eventful period of the history of the town and State and nation" (page 255). Jonas' story is told elsewhere.
   
The Robinsons and the Fays were connected not only by their settlement in Hardwick and subsequent move to Bennington, and not only by their remarkable achievements in the political arena, but also by marriages and by births. Samuel Robinson had ten children who survived into adulthood; Stephen had eleven, all but one of whom married. These marriages included three Robinson - Fay pairs.
   
Moses Robinson
Mary Fay
David Robinson
Sarah Fay
Sarah Robinson
Benjamin Fay
   
A word needs to be said on the sources for the descendant lines below. The compilation of the lists began with Orlin, and the lists were then filled in with material from Sarah Robinson's short publication. This latter is important enough that a separate page is planned for Sarah. Once those two publications had been drawn upon, additions were made from census records and other sources.
   
Some of Jenning's material can be seen in the "original sources" section, under Jennings.
   
   
   
   
Mary Fay b: 10/16/1743 d: 2/12/1801
daughter of Stephen Fay and Ruth Child
   
Moses Robinson b: 3/26/1741 d: 5/26/1813
son of Samuel Robinson and Marcy Leonard
   
Children:
   
Moses  |   Mary  |   Aaron  |   Samuel  |   Nathan  |   Elijah  |   Elijah  |   Fay
   
5  Moses Robinson  b: 11/16/1763  d: 1/30/1825
...+Ruth Dewey  b: 2/16/1769  d: 9/29/1796
.....6  Eunice Robinson  b: 4/22/1789
......  +John Whiting (1st)
......  +Charles Wright  b: 1786  d: 2/15/1819 (2nd)
..........7  Jane Wright  b: 11/3/1809
..........7  Catherine Jennet Wright  b: 3/14/1812  d: 10/20/1813
..........7  Thomas Wright  b: 10/11/1814
..........7  Moses Wright  b: 4/7/1818
.....6  Moses Dewey Robinson  b: 2/21/1791  d: 8/6/1819
......  +Catherine Beech
..........7  Mary Jennet Robinson  b: 6/24/1817
..........7  Frances Robinson  b: 10/11/1818  d: 6/8/1819
.....6  Ruth Robinson  b: 6/26/1796
......  +Heman Smith  b: 9/30/1791
..........7  Charles Smith
..........7  Mary Jennet Smith  b: 5/21/1824
..........7  Heman Sedgwick Smith  b: 6/16/1827
..........7  Henry Martyn Smith  b: 3/22/1832
5  Mary Robinson  b: 4/3/1766  d: 1769
5  Aaron Robinson  b: 5/4/1768
...+Sarah Hopkins  b: 2/1770  d: 9/18/1801 (1st wife)
.....6  Henry Hopkins Robinson  b: 9/14/1794
......  +Mary Scott  b: 9/23/1796
..........7  Anne Robinson  b: 3/1821  d: 1/14/1831
..........7  Catherine Robinson  b: 9/14/1826
.....6  Aaron Dewey Robinson  b: 10/26/1795
.....6  Mary Fay Robinson  b: 9/3/1797
......  +Henry Fassett  b: 1805  d: 10/27/1834
..........7  Charles Henry Fassett  b: 3/4/1829  d: 4/29/1833
..........7  Catherine Elizabeth Fassett  b: 6/24/1834
.....6  Reuben Robinson  b: 4/4/1799  d: 8/24/1829
.....6  Sarah Robinson  b: 8/25/1801  d: 2/11/1802
...+Mary Lyman  b: 5/3/1778 (2nd wife of Aaron)
.....6  Phineas Lyman Robinson  b: 11/21/1803
.....6  Sarah Hopkins Robinson  b: 4/11/1805
......  +Hiram Blackmer  b: 6/24/1804
..........7  Mary Elizabeth Blackmer  b: 6/24/1832  d: 7/12/1832
.....6  William Robinson  b: 9/25/1807
......  +Juliette Staniford  b: 1810
.....6  Charles Robinson  b: 4/6/1809  d: 1810
.....6  Catherine Robinson  b: 5/29/1811  d: 10/26/1826
.....6  Charles Robinson  b: 8/12/1813
.....6  Esther Maria Robinson  b: 3/20/1815
.....6  Semantha Robinson  b: 3/31/1818
.....6  Moses Robinson  b: 7/12/1820
5  Samuel Robinson  b: 2/10/1770  d: 1/7/1820
...+Semanthe Brush  b: 2/18/1772  d: 3/7/1809
.....6  Samuel Robinson
5  Nathan Robinson  b: 3/4/1772  d: 9/27/1812
...+Jerusha Staniford  b: 1/26/1781
.....6  John Staniford Robinson  b: 11/10/1804
5  Elijah Robinson  b: 8/12/1774  d: 1777
5  Elijah Robinson  b: 3/15/1778  d: 1816
5  Fay Robinson  b: 1783  d: 11/2/1815
...+Seraph Howe  b: 6/15/1778
.....6  Mary Fay Robinson  b: 9/1805
......  +Benjamin Franklin Chase
..........7  Ellen Chase  b: 1827
..........7  Henry Chase
..........7  Fay Robinson Chase  b: 1833
...........  +Jennie  b: 1840
...............8  Albert Chase  b: 1868
...............8  Mary Chase  b: 1871
...............8  Jennie Chase  b: 1876
..........7  Mary Chase  b: 1841
..........7  Lewis C. Chase  b: 1842
..........7  Benjamin Franklin Chase  b: 1845
..........7  Louisa S. Chase  b: 1847
..........7  Horace C. Chase  b: 1852
...........  +Carrie  b: 1854
...............8  Allen Chase  b: 1879
.....6  Nancy Howe Robinson  b: 9/1807
......  +Benjamin Bissell
..........7  Mary R. Bissell  b: 1841
..........7  Cornelia H. Bissell  b: 1842
..........7  Phillip Dodridge Bissell  b: 1846
..........7  Jonathan Edward Bissell  b: 1849
...........  +Elida M.  b: 1857
...............8  Bradley Gray Bissell  b: 2/13/1880
...............8  Marion J. Bissell  b: 1882
...............8  Harold Winthrop Bissell  b: 12/7/1882
...............8  Robinson Kinard Bissell  b: 7/3/1894
   
   
   
Sarah Fay b: 7/4/1757 d: 1/25/1801
daughter of Stephen Fay and Ruth Child
   
David Robinson b: 11/22/1754 d: 12/12/1843
son of Samuel Robinson and Marcy Leonard
   
Children:
   
Sarah  |   David  |   Ruth  |   Stephen  |   Hiram  |   Hiram  |   Heman
   
5  Sarah Robinson  b: 5/27/1775  d: 9/1777
5  David Robinson  b: 7/12/1777  d: 3/15/1858
...+Elizabeth Baker (1)  b: 10/1778  d: 5/1803
.....6  David Baker Robinson  b: 3/4/1803
...+Sarah Dickerson Shewel (2)
5  Ruth Robinson  b: 5/8/1779
...+William H. Baker
5  Stephen Robinson  b: 8/15/1781  d: 6/22/1852
...+Sarah Hubbell  b: 6/20/1783
.....6  Albert Robinson  b: 3/4/1806  d: 2/16/1812
.....6  Elizabeth Robinson  b: 11/27/1807  d: 8/18/1880
.....6  Edmund Augustus Robinson  b: 11/17/1809  d: 4/27/1861
......  +Mary Josephine Conkling  b: 4/22/1820  d: 6/21/1895
..........7  Harriett Conkling Robinson  b: 12/11/1841  d: 3/27/1888
..........7  Edmund Dewey Robinson  b: 10/30/1843
..........7  Robert Seymour Robinson  b: 1/12/1846
..........7  William Davis Robinson  b: 1/13/1848
...........  +Mary L. Smith
..........7  Sara Elizabeth Robinson  b: 11/16/1850  d: 12/14/1887
..........7  Katherine Thorne Robinson  b: 7/14/1854
..........7  Hubball Conkling Robinson  b: 1/4/1857  d: 8/4/1884
.....6  Dewey Hubbell Robinson  b: 8/25/1811  d: 5/4/1848
......  +Olive Stone Bigelow  b: 10/6/1816  d: 3/2/1899
..........7  William Bigelow Robinson  b: 6/9/1839
..........7  Edmund Augustus Robinson  b: 11/7/1841
...........  +Kate Elder  b: Abt. 1844
..........7  George Stephen Robinson  b: 6/13/1844
..........7  Mary Robinson  b: 8/13/1847  d: 8/20/1847
.....6  Ruth Robinson  b: 12/15/1815  d: 4/5/1846
......  +William H. Parker
..........7  John E. Parker
..........7  William R. Parker
.....6  Stephen Fay Robinson  b: 1/17/1816  d: 11/9/1876
......  +Joanna D. Hinsdill  b: 7/14/1817  d: 1890
..........7  Herbert Fay Robinson  b: 4/14/1853
...........  +Lizzie E. Eddy
..........7  Jeanna Hinsdill Robinson  b: 4/1855
...........  +Caleb D. Austin
.....6  Anne Caldwell Robinson  b: 2/10/1819  d: 12/4/1867
5  Hiram Robinson  b: 8/20/1783  d: 1784
5  Hiram Robinson  b: 2/1785  d: 9/1786
5  Heman Robinson  b: 2/1/1787  d: 2/26/1837
...+Betsey Wadsworth  b: 1792  d: 8/15/1835
.....6  Ann Maria Robinson  b: 9/13/1811
......  +John Vanderspiegel Fassett  b: 3/21/1757
..........7  Frances Ann Fassett  b: 7/1831
..........7  John Skank Fassett  b: 12/1832
.....6  Albert David Robinson  b: 9/5/1814
.....6  Frances Ann Robinson  b: 12/1815  d: 3/1818
.....6  George Wadsworth Robinson  b: 1/14/1819  d: 1890
......  +Jane Elizabeth Hinsdill  b: 8/20/1819
..........7  Fanny Maria Robinson  b: 3/17/1841
..........7  Agnes Jane Robinson  b: 9/9/1843
..........7  Sarah Fay Robinson  b: 10/6/1845
..........7  David Robinson  b: 1/7/1848
..........7  Caroline Hinsdill Robinson  b: 2/16/1850
..........7  Chester Hinsdill Robinson  b: 4/1/1852
..........7  Heman Robinson  b: 12/5/1853
..........7  Jane Elizabeth Robinson  b: 5/23/1856
..........7  George Albert Robinson  b: 11/29/1857
..........7  Adelaide Robinson  b: 2/15/1860  d: 2/19/1860
.....6  Edward Augustus Robinson  b: 8/1821  d: 8/1825
.....6  Frederick Warren Robinson  b: 2/21/1824  d: 1911
......  +Lovisa Keyes Cool  b: 9/20/1824  d: 1911
..........7  Helen Cool Robinson  b: 1851
..........7  Henry Spencer Robinson  b: 11/25/1854
..........7  Lewis Arms Robinson  b: 7/5/1856
..........7  Bessie Butler Robinson  b: 1/1/1864  d: 11/30/1889
.....6  Heman Fay Robinson  b: 9/30/1826
.....6  Sarah Elizabeth Robinson  b: 11/27/1832  d: 3/10/1833
.....6  Bessie Wadsworth Robinson  b: 10/10/1834  d: 3/10/1835
   
   
   
Benjamin Fay b: 11/22/1750 d: 6/19/1786
son of Stephen Fay and Ruth Child
   
Sarah Robinson b: 1751 d: 4/17/1804
daughter of Samuel Robinson and Marcy Leonard
   
Children:
   
Samuel  |   Moses  |   Benjamin  |   Joseph  |   Ezra  |   Sarah  |   Charlotte
   
5  Samuel Fay  b: 8/16/1772  d: 12/25/1863
...+Ruth Fassett  b: 4/7/1780  d: 8/16/1862
.....6  Samuel R(obinson) Fay  b: 11/5/1802  d: 10/13/1860
.....6  Benjamin Fassett Fay  b: 10/21/1805  d: 2/15/1858
......  +Margaret Long Hyde
..........7  Margaret H. Fay  b: 5/5/1833
.....6  John Fay  b: 2/1/1815  d: 2/25/1866
......  +Alice Robinson Merrell  b: 7/26/1814
5  Moses Fay  b: 5/2/1774  d: 3/13/1834
5  Benjamin Fay  b: 12/2/1776  d: about 1865
...+Amelia Stafford  b: 4/1/1780
.....6  Charlotte Amelia Fay
......  +William Farrar
..........7  Cordelia Amelia Farrar  d: 6/1832
.....6  Cordelia Evaline Fay
......  +William Loomis
..........7  son Loomis
5  Joseph Fay  b: 6/25/1778  d: 5/19/1803
...+Hannah Fox
5  Ezra Fay  b: 12/10/1779  d: 1780
5  Sarah Fay  b: 1/22/1781
...+John Calhoon  b: 1770
.....6  Sarah Calhoon  b: 2/17/1804
......  +Stephen J. Gold
..........7  John Gold  b: 8/20/1827  d: 1/28/1847
..........7  George B. Gold  b: 10/9/1830
...........  +Mary Murdock
..........7  Stephen Gold  b: 1834  d: 1836
..........7  Martha Gold  b: 1837
..........7  Samuel Gold  b: 1840
.....6  Ruth Calhoon  b: 10/25/1805
......  +Frederick Kellogg
.....6  Charlotte Calhoon  b: 10/12/1808
......  +Myron Harrison
.....6  Harriet Calhoon  b: 1815
......  +William L. Clark
.....6  Joseph Calhoon  b: 8/23/1819
......  +Clarissa Caswell
.....6  John Calhoon  b: 9/8/1822
......  +Francis Thompson
5  Charlotte Fay  b: 12/20/1782  d: 1/10/1783