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William G. Robinson-Louisa Cherry-Williamson Co. Tenn-Oklahoma-Oregon
Posted by: William Mode (ID *****5340) Date: April 05, 2012 at 07:07:16
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I am looking for those who may be kin to this Robinson line.


The Robinson line begins with Dora Bell Robinson who was born on 23 September 1860 in or near Williamson County, Tennessee and died on 13 January 1907 in Bedford County, Tennessee. She married William Winston Eads on 26 January 1886. She was the daughter of William Girth/Garth Robinson and Louisa A. Cherry. Louisa A. Cherry is the daughter of William Cherry and Rebecca. I believe this is Rebecca Bell.

William G. Robinson was born February 1831 in or near Williamson County, Tennessee and died after 1900. He was married to Louisa A. Cherry on 23 December 1857 in Williamson County, Tennessee by J.F.M. Christopher, J.P. According to Mary Angnes DeBernardi William G. Robinson is buried on the old home place and has no stone. She said that he wanted to be buried out under an apple tree where the children could play around. On 4 November 2001and 14 January 2005 she told me that William G. Robinson was a wagon master during the Civil War and that he married a Cherry. At this point in time I have not accounted for all of the children of William G and Louisa A. Cherry Robinson and will go by census records and the information from Mary Agnes Debernardi to fill in the gaps.

Letter from Maggie Eads Reid to Mary Agnes Debernadi on 9 April 1979.
Well, hello there,

I started to write you over a week ago, but got to feeling so bad, I just put it away unfinished. First, Iris Wortham is not kin to the Robinsons. Her mother was Pearl Eads. My father’s (Wm. W. Eads) first wife was Ellen Ladd, Pearl’s mother. After Ellen died my father married Dora Bell Robinson. My grandfather Robinson (William G. Robinson-Joe Mode) lived with us until he died at age 83 years. I saw him take his last breath. He was buried on the farm. He selected the place for his grave. He said he wanted to be buried where the children could play around his grave. It was near a big apple tree. Before he died he called for water. My mother sent me to get the water for him. She held the glass, and grandpa said, “That’s enough Dora.” Then he never said another word, just did not move or say another thing. There was no struggle for breath. He was gone. We were living in or near Unionville, Tennessee; a small village. In the small family tree you drew, you left out Charlie (Robinson) Uncle John Robinson’s children were John, Kate, Charles, Louis, and Edward. Uncle John’s wife was named Emma (Glass-Joe Mode) I have forgotten her last name. Uncle Tom’s wife was named Maggie Waddye. Uncle Tom was moma’s youngest brother and he lived with us until he married (This letter was in the possession of Elwyn Reid Flury I believe)

Some of the Robinson children include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. John Leland Robinson was born 22 December 1858 in Williamson County, Tennessee and died on 15 September 1920 in Wasco, Oregon. He is buried at the Silverton Cemetery in Marion, Oregon. Mary Agnes at one time said that lightening killed him, but later said that Tom was killed by lightening. Maggie Eads Reid stated that John married Emma (Glass) and that their children were John, Kate, Charles, Louis, and Edward. Emma J. Glass Robinson was born on 14 February 1865 and died on 21 August 1944 in Silverton, Marion County Oregon. She is buried at the Silverton Cemetery. Katherine Robinson McCaskell Salinger was born on 16 October 1888 and died on 13 August 1964 in Portland, Multnomah Oregon. She married Author Salinger. (As pointed out by Margaret Ann Reid Manneschimdt, this must have been Tom because their Uncle John was living in Oklahoma and met momma (Margaret Eads) at the train as stated in her 1910 letter. 11 October 2009)

2. Dora Bell Robinson was born circa 1861 in Williamson County, Tennessee and married William Winston Eads (See notes above)

3. William Robinson was born circa 1863 in Williamson County, Tennessee.

4. Margaret (Maggie) Robinson was born circa 1865 in Williamson County, Tennessee.

5. Mary (Mollie) Caroline Robinson was born circa November 1866 in Williamson County, Tennessee. Mary Agnes said that Mollie Caroline Robinson married Robert V. Glass (7 October 1886 Rutherford Co.) and died of the flu. She was buried on the farm circa 1900 and her husband and her brother Tom watched over her grave for a week. They hung a lantern on a tree so they could shoot anyone who bothered the grave, grave robbers. Mary Agnes also said Mollie looked “Indian.” Mollie had a daughter, Margaret (Maggie) Bell Glass, who was named after Rebecca Bell. The 1900 Williamson County census, district 17, page 1, sheet A lists Robert O (V) Glass 38 (Feb. 1862 tobacco roller) Mollie 33 (Nov. 1866) Maggie 12 (Feb. 1889) Robert 10 (Mar. 1890) Nina 8 (Mar. 1892) Lee 6 (May 1894) Edward 2 (June 1897) and Hattie 110 months (July 1899)

6. Emma Belle Robinson was born (?) She signed sister Dora’s Memory Book on 22 March 1885, but I have not found her in census records and am not sure if she is a sister.

7. Ella Pearl Robinson was born circa 1873 in Williamson County, Tennessee. She married her sister Mollie’s husband, Robert V. Glass, after Mollie died. She had two daughters by him, Mamie Pearl Glass and unnamed who died when she was two years old. The 1910 Grady, Oklahoma census, page 7 lists Robert V. Glass 47 (Missouri, VA, VA) Ella P. 37 (TN, TN, TN) Mamie F. 7 (OK) Robert W. 20 (TN) Nina M. 18 (TN) Thomas Lee 15 (TN) Edward M. 13 (TN) and Gertrude Avery 21. The 1930 Fort Worth, Tarrant Texas census lists Robert V. Glass 68, living with his son Robert W. Glass, wife Bertha C. and family. Robert V. Glass was born on 17 February 1862 in Missouri and died of “Chronic Tuberculosis” at 1800 Stella Street in Tarrant County, Texas at the age of 71 on 11 July 1933. Informant, son Robert W. Glass, lists Robert’s father as “Glass-VA” and mother as “Wilson-TN) He was buried at Park Lawn Cemetery (Death Certificate #34417)

8. Tom Robinson was born circa 1875. Mary Agnes said that her Uncle Tommy was struck and killed by lighting while watching a storm from his porch in Tennessee. Maggie Eads Reid said Tom’s wife’s name was Maggie Waddye and that he lived with them until he got married.

Notes: Mary Agnes said her cousin John Cherry was a bachelor and owned large farms. His father was Buck Cherry. Cousin John Cherry would say, “Mary, your great grandmother wore a blanket. Mother later wrote to her and said that her mother, Mary (Mollie) Caroline Robinson, was part Cherokee.” William Cherry was born ca. 1789 in Virginia and Rebecca Bell was born ca. 1793 in North Carolina. They were married in Davidson County, Tennessee on 9 July 1814. Rebecca Bell Cherry was said to be Indian, perhaps Cherokee. Kate Robinson was a cousin and her father, Charley Robinson, went to the Indian Territory, Chickasha, Oklahoma.


In a letter dated 13 January 2003 Mary Agnes Ferguson Debernardi wrote and said: “When reading Maggie Ead’s letter to Henrietta Eads from Chickasha, Oklahoma (where I was born) Charley Robinson is who my momma (Margaret/Maggie Bell Glass Ferguson) told me was why my Grandfather Robert Vincent Glass went to Indian Territory after my Grandmother Mollie Caroline Robinson Glass died. My mother was oldest of six children and she became their mother until Grandpa sent for them all to come from Arno, Tennessee to Oklahoma on the train (three years later.) Then later Grandpa sent for Ella Pearl Robinson (my grandmother Mollie’s youngest sister) and they married in Chickasha, Oklahoma. They had one daughter, Mamie Pearl Glass. She is still alive, 92, in Oregon. Then Grandpa sold his furniture store in Chickasha and moved to Fort Worth, Texas and he and Ella had another daughter. She died when she was two years old. I have more papers on the Robinson family, but they must be packed.” Mary Agnes said her Grandpa Robert V. Glass had a stove business and always wore a derby. She mentioned that there were Yorks in the line, twin boys, very dark, George and (?) Kate Robinson was married two or three times, the last being a Salinger who was in the service.”

1910 Grady, Oklahoma census, family 151, page 7 lists Robert V. Glass 47 TN, Ella P. 37 TN, Mamie F. 7, Robert W. 20, Nina M. 18, Thomas Lee 15, Edward M. 12, and Gertrude Avery 21.

1920 Marion, Oregon census lists John Robinson 62 (b. 1858, TN, TN, TN) Emma 54 (b. 1866, TN, VA, VA) Kate McCaskell 31 (TN, TN, TN) and Hardy McCaskell 40 (TX,SC, TX)

1930 Silverton, Marion Oregon census, sheet 10A, E.D.0023 lists Emma Robison65, widow, TN, SC,VA.


Obituary: Mary A. Ferguson DeBernardi of Duncan died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, in her home.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin with the Rev. Winston Curtis officiating. Interment is under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mary was born in Chickasha to Mark and Margaret Glass Ferguson. She married Frank Dominick DeBernardi on Jan. 11, 1948, in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death Dec. 4, 2001. Mary was a homemaker and had a Baptist affiliation. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Holly Club, Duncan Antique Car Club and Stephens County Genealogical Society. Survivors include a son, Frank F. DeBernardi of Las Vegas; a granddaughter, Mary Christine Walker, and two great-granddaughters: Taylor Ann and Tessa Christine Walker, all of Rockwall, Texas. She was also preceded in death by her parents.


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