- Born: 1651
- Marriage: Priscilla GOWING on 2 Jul 1680 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Died: 18 Aug 1725, Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts at age 74
- Buried: Kendall And Main, Walpole, Norfolk, Mass
Michael Robbins <mailto:Michael_Robbins@brown.edu> Sat Oct 26 18:10:38 1996Origins of William Robbins (1651-1725). Soldier in King Philips War (1675) from Reading, Mass. Married Priscilla Gowing of Dedham 1680 and died in Walpole 1725. Book by Dana Robbins written in 1949 was not able to determine parents of William Robbins. This book can be found at NEHGS library.
Mention is first made of William ROBBINS in records which indicate his enlistment in Major Jere SWAINE's command, 22 February 1675, at Reading, in the province of Massachusetts Bay [now Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts], to engage in the Narraganset war to fight the Nipenucks, a subtribe of King Phillip, and for this service the company was granted a tract of land in Massachusetts and Connecticut at the junction of Rhode Island, the towns of Webster [Worcester County], Massachusetts and Thompson [Windham County], Connecticut, being the focusing point. William ROBBINS was a blacksmith by trade and settled at Dedham [then in Suffolk County, created in 1643, but now in Norfolk County, in the State of Massachusetts], "the sawmill divident," which on 10 December 1724 was incorporated as Walpole [since 1793 in Norfolk County].
Below is what Great Migration Begins series has on another Robbins, Nicholas, which atleast suggests the possible genesis of the name.
ORIGIN: Unknown.MIGRATION: 1635 on the Blessing (on 17 June 1635, “Elizabeth Robinson,” aged 32, “Sara Robinson,” aged 1½, “Nic[h]o[las] Robertson,” aged 30, “Jo[hn] Robinson,” aged 5, “Kat[herine] Robinson,” aged 12, and “ Mary Robinson,” aged 7, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Blessing [Hotten 93-94]). (These six passengers were entered in the passenger list in the order given above, but with other passengers interspersed.)FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge.REMOVES: Duxbury 1638.
OCCUPATION: Shoemaker [PCR 12:38]. His inventory included “shoemaker’s working gear” valued at 12s. [MD 10:23, citing PCPR 1:93].EDUCATION: His inventory included “five books” valued at £1 and “13 books” valued at £1 [MD 10:23, citing PCPR 1:93].OFFICEHOLDING: His inventory included “one musket” valued at £1 and “one sword” valued at 7s. [MD 10:23, citing PCPR 1:93].ESTATE: In the 8 February 1635/6 list of “men who have houses in the town at this present,” “Nicho[las] Roberts” held one house in the West End [CaTR 18]. By the time of the Cambridge land inventory of 1638 or 1639, “Nicholas Robbins” had sold to “John Fishenden” two parcels of land: “one house with half an acre of land”; and “in the old west planting field one acre and three quarters” [CaBOP 58].On 4 October 1638, “Thomas Burges” sold to “Nicholas Robins, shoemaker, all the fencing and labor & building upon and about the ten acres of land lying on Duxburrow side … & 3 acres more to the said Robins” [PCR 12:38]. On 5 November 1638, the “ten acres of land lying on Duxborrow side, formerly used by Thomas Burges, is granted to Nicholas Robins, and three acres more lying on the southeast part of the said ten acres, and also a garden place in the township to build upon” [PCR 1:100-1].On 6 April 1640, “Nicholas Robins” was one of eight men who were “granted the lands lying on the northwest side of the North Hill in Duxbury, with the lands by Christopher Waddesworth’s farm, and the meadow there to be divided amongst them …, and to have liberty to set corn at Namassacusset, and to mow grass for their cattle there, and to build a house on the south side of the brook there” [PCR 1:144]. On 31 August 1640, as a consequence of the above grant, “Nicholas Robins” received fifty acres “lying at Namassaccuset River” [PCR 1:161].In his will, dated 7 February 1650[/1?] and proved 4 March 1650[/1], “Nicolas Robbins of the town of Duxburrow” bequeathed to “Ann my beloved wife my dwelling house with the lands adjoining for her use during her natural life, and after her decease I give the said lands to my son John”; “I also give the one half of the lands which I have in the New Plantation and yet not inhabited to him and his heirs forever”; “the other half of the said lands I give to my three daughters Katheren, Mary and Hannah to be indifferently divided among them”; “my books shall be indifferently divided between my wife and my four children”; to “my son John one of my cows”; to “my daughter Mary one of [my] yearling calves”; to “my daughter Hannah the next calf that cometh of my cows”; residue to “my beloved wife whom I make and ordain sole executrix” [MD 10:22, citing PCPR 1:92].The inventory of the estate of “Nicolas Robbins, deceased,” taken “Anno Domini 1650,” totalled £38 13s. 9d., with no real estate included [MD 10:23-24, citing PCPR 1:93].
BIRTH: About 1605 (aged 30 on 17 June 1636 [Hotten 93]).DEATH: Between 7 February 1650[/1?] (date of will) and 4 March 1650[/1] (probate of will).MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1623 Elizabeth _____.(2) By an unknown date Anne _____.CHILDREN: With first wife
KATHERINE ROBBINS; b. about 1623 (aged 12 on 17 June 1635 [Hotten 94]); named in father's will of 7 February 1650[/1?]; no further record.
MARY ROBBINS; b. about 1628 (aged 7 on 17 June 1635 [Hotten 94]); m. by an unknown date George Turner [Bridgewater Hist 333]. ("It was ordered and agreed upon by the town meeting together the last of February 1668[/9?] that in reference to John Robbins that Goodman Turner his brother was to keep him for the present and that the town made choice of Samuell Edsonn Senior and Deacon Willis in the behalf of the town and Goodman Turner made choice of the Elder and Goodman Packard to consider and agree about John Robbins his keeping and what Goodman Turner may be worthy of for his present inhabiting there" [BridTR 1:55].)
JOHN ROBBINS, b. about 1630 (aged 5 on 17 June 1635 [Hotten 94]); m. Plymouth 14 December 1665 Jehosabath Jourdaine [PCR 8:31], daughter of John Jourdaine [PCR 5:23, 33, 43; Plymouth Scrapbook 86-87, 91-92].
SARAH ROBBINS, b. about 1633 (aged 1½ on 17 June 1635 [Hotten 93]); sailed for New England with family in 1635; no further record (unless she is the same as Hannah Robbins).
HANNAH ROBBINS, b. say 1636 (unless she is the same as Sarah Robbins); named in father's will of 7 February 1650[/1?]; no further record.
COMMENTS: Savage had two entries for this man, one under the surname Robbins, stating that he was of Duxbury and summarizing the will, the other under the surname Robinson, giving the passenger list information and arguing that the surname Robertson given in that record for Nicholas was intended for Robinson [Savage 3:546, 553]. Pope also had two entries for this man,one under Robbins and the other under Roberts [Pope 386, 387].On 4 October 1648, "Nicolas Robbins" was presented at Plymouth Court "for being defective in ladders, upon their now being better provided of them, are cleared" [PCR 2:135].
William married Priscilla GOWING, daughter of Robert GOWING and Elizabeth BROCK, on 2 Jul 1680 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. (Priscilla GOWING was born in 1655 in , Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, died on 5 Mar 1745 in , Walpole, Worcester, Massachusetts and was buried in 0003 in Kendall And Main, Walpole, Norfolk, Mass.)