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|William Thomas Robinson|
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|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.
- "Funeral For Mr. Robinson Held Saturday". Newspaper not recorded, week following Saturday, February 10, 1979.
- McArthur, Charlton T. John McArthur's Children. Privately printed, Birmingham, AL, 1978.
- Screven Jenkins Regional Library System - Dixon Hollingsworth Surname Card Collection
- William Thomas Robinson.
- Potter, Mary Ann Robinson. Personal knowledge.