Saturday, May 9, 2009

George Emerson Robinson

George Emerson Robinson
January 22, 1844
June 20, 1907

George E. Robinson was born in Alabama, either near present-day Shottsville in Marion County or near Pine Springs in what was then Marion County but today is part of Lamar County. George's father, John, moved along with several other Robinsons and affiliated families from Lawrence County, Alabama around 1828 to the Pine Springs area, and then at some point John moved to the Shottsville area. Other Robinson families moved into southern Itawamba County around Hopewell, Splunge and James Creek.

It is believed that George was named after his uncle, George Emerson, who was married to Esther (Easter) Robinson. Emerson is sometimes found spelled as Emmerson.

It wasn't until after the Civil War that my branch of the Robinsons crossed the state line from Alabama over into Itawamba County. George eventually settled on land just barely over the line near Providence Church north of Tremont although deed records indicate he initially made purchases in other areas of the county. George farmed good bottom land, and the Robinson home place was in a beautiful area along Hurricane Creek. Sometime around 1903, his daughters began nagging him to move closer to Tremont so George sold his bottom land and bought about 160 acres of land for $1,500 from John T. Evans just south of Tremont. John T. Evans was the father-in-law of George's son Gideon.

George undertook the building of a new house much like the one he left behind. It is said that George picked out all of the logs for the house - heart pine with nary a knot in them. Originally, the house was a four-room dogtrot with a detached kitchen but later the dogtrot was enclosed. The house is still standing, although abandoned by its current owners.

The new land proved to be the death of George. With his older sons by his first marriage already well out of the house, and with his sons by his second marriage being too young to be of any real assistance, it fell unto George to do much of the heavy labor in clearing the land. George's grandson, Lowry Marlin Robinson, stated that George's health was weakened by the laborious activities when he died in 1907. Virgie died in 1942.

George is buried alongside his two wives in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery.


Anonymous said...

I've been reading you blog for sometime now. I can't help but think that you and I are connected through the Robinson and Davis families. My connection to the Robinsons and Davis families originate around Shottsville and Providence area.

Perhaps someday we can exchange notes. I have some pretty good info on the Davis family many of which are buried at Providence, but very little info on the Robinsons.

James Alverson

Mona Robinson Mills said...

James, I bet the connection (or, at least one of the connections for there could be more) is through the daughter of Jesse Davis that married an Alverson.

Anonymous said...

Ching, Ching, Ching! You win the prize!! That daughter was my Great Grandmother.

Mona Robinson Mills said...

I think I won the door prize! I'd love to exchange information with you, starting with who that 'other' Jesse Davis is that is buried in Providence Cemetery. Do you know, James? My e-mail is if you'd like to exchange e-mails.

Anonymous said...

I am an ancestor of James Marlin, his father Samuel and mother Elizabeth (Evans) Robinson. Are you related to James, Samuel, or Elizabeth (Evans)?? Dr. James Marlin Robinson is my g-g-grandfather. You can contact me at, but please title your message ROBINSON. Thanks!

Ababykitty said...

CORRECTION: My email is

Kimberly Gray Schulz said...

Mrs. Mona,
How is George related to me? If my math is right he would be MY great great grandfather?. Mawmaw Gray (brasfield) was Elisha & Birdie's daughter.

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Let's see. Agnes was George Emerson Robinson's daughter, and she married George Gray, Agnes and George Gray were your great-grandparents so that would make George Emerson Robinson your great-great grandfather. You had it right!

Danny Robinson said...

I've been trying to find out where my 4th great grandad George E Robinson born 1827 married to Lucretia Streetman fits in to the Itawamba families. He shows up in Itawamba in 1850 census but dies before 1860. Have no clue who his parents are and don't know where to look. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.