William Thomas Robinson
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Sex: Male
Birth: January 18, 1852
in Baldwin County or Wilkinson County, Georgia
Death: March 21, 1915
in Bulloch County, Georgia
Burial: Brannen-Wilson Cemetery,
Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia
Father: James Thomas Robinson
Mother: Mary Jane Cooper
Spouse/Partner: Mary Harriet McArthur
Marriage: December 10, 1874
in Irvington, Wilkinson County, Georgia

         I only know of one tale concerning this family. Early in 1877, this family and two other inlaw families made the move west from Wilkinson County, Georgia, to Texas to try their hand at farming "black-seed cotton". However, a typhoid epidemic stalled them in Longview, Texas. Unable to go on and too weak to journey home overland, the three families returned via a series of train and ferry trips in 1878. Charlton McArthur referred to this as The Texas Fiasco.

         Another interesting fact is that two of William's siblings married his wife's siblings. It was these three families who all made the failed trip to Texas. A much more successful move to Bulloch County was made between 1886 and 1889.

         Information for William McArthur and his wife was difficult to prove to the satisfaction of the Daughters of the American Revolution when my wife joined. It was not well documented outside of the Charlton McArthur book.

         My mother-in-law knew many of William's children as they visited periodically. She especially recalled John, who she called Uncle John, who lived just past Dover across the river. He was a carpenter and would visit frequently, staying a few days and do carpentry work on the family's farm buildings. He lived in a large log house which he probably built himself. She also interacted with them at family reunions.

         She was also close to Eda. Aunt Eda was a trained practical nurse and assisted the doctor when my mother-in-law was born. She visited frequently and is best remembered for making many quilts. I have seen two that she made using garments that my mother-in-law wore growing up. They are still in use at her house.


Name Birth Death
Children of William Thomas Robinson and Mary Harriet McArthur

John Thomas Robinson March 20, 1876
Wilkinson County, Georgia
August 30, 1967
Millen, Jenkins County, Georgia

Sara Mildred Robinson October 5, 1877
Longview, Gregg County, Texas
December 23, 1878

Mary Ada Winifred Robinson January 2, 1880
Wilkinson County, Georgia
August 15, 1966
Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia

William Samuel Robinson November 9, 1881
Wilkinson County, Georgia
May 6, 1948
Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia

Arthur Willette Robinson December 6, 1883
Wilkinson County, Georgia
February 9, 1979
near Cooperville, Screven County, Georgia

Carrie Eda Robinson January 2, 1886
Wilkinson County, Georgia

James Bert Robinson September 3, 1889
Bulloch County, Georgia
January 5, 1954
Bulloch County, Georgia

Laura Lee Robinson August 23, 1891
Bulloch County, Georgia

Cora Elizabeth Robinson January 18, 1894
Bulloch County, Georgia

Ernest Rivers Robinson July 12, 1896
Bulloch County, Georgia
December 8, 1969


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