8/9/1822 - 1/27/1905

Re: San Saba County Obituaries Query!
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 14:54:33 -0800
From: Jerry & Lynn Blankenship.

. "Mr. G. W. Robbins died Friday afternoon at the home of his son, J. W. Robbins, on Mrs. Cooks's farm on the (San Saba?) river, and was buried Saturday afternoon at the Wallace(Creek) cemetery with Masonic honors. He was 82 years of age, was born in Illinois and moved to Texas in 1845; was in the Confederate frontier service three years during the war; came from Lockhart about a year ago to live with his son." . According to "Historical Caldwell County" (TX): "...they married and moved to Texas, settling in Medina County between 1845 and 1850. The later moved to Caldwell County where he (George W. Robbins) bought land east of Lockhart. George W. Robbins, Sr. was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Masonic Lodge #487 of Lockhart. He and Isabella moved to San Saba County where each died in the years 1905 and 1906 respectively. The livelihood of both the Ketchum's and Robbins consisted of cattle raising and farming. They owned much land and loved the great outdoors. They took an active part in establishing churches and schools wherever they lived..."

In "Boggy Rangers" pub 1994 by Eugene W. Robbins, there are several references to George Washington Robbins and George W. Robbins'. Co A, 3rd Frontier Dist 1862, the Co commanded by, Capt. George W. Robbins.(re;"Boggy Rangers"?)

Willed his Caldwell Co. farm to Grandson Lonnie Robbins and son James Monroe(Roe) according to R.S.Sanders who said he saw will in San Saba Co. courthouse. Listed in 1880 Caldwell Co. Census as 57 yrs

(Re:Jerry & Lynn Blankenship) - "Carpenter, farmer, Indian fighter. Came to TX 1845. Dallas Co 1850, Medina Co 1860, Enl 1862 Capt Co A, Frontier Dist., Cav. Lived in Caldwell Co 1870, 1880, 1900. Applied for Confederate pension 1904, San Saba Co. (Source: (Bobby Parker))

One of the most interesting things for me about George W. Robbins Sr. is that he lived in Dallas County, where I was born and raised. Looking at the 1846 tax records and the 1850 census as well as a land survey map, I determined that in 1850 he was living with John R. Bell near present-day Wheatland which is a few miles west of Duncanville, Texas. A Methodist church called Wesley's Chapel was built about a mile from John Bell's land in 1847. There was a small cemetery beind the church. In 1856, a tornado destroyed the church and it was moved elsewhere. The cemetery remained until the early 1970's when it was moved to the Wheatland Cemetery so that an apartment complex could be built at the site. Though all records of that church for that early time period are lost, I have no doubt George and Isabella Robbins were members since Isabella's father was a methodist minister and the Robbins' were Methodist, and the fact that Wesley's Chapel was the first and only Methodist Church in the area for years, and the fact it was only about a mile away from John R.Bell's land with whom the Robbins family was living in 1850. John Bell also came from Christian County, IL as did another Dallas County neighbor of the Robbins', Everand Sharrock. The George Robbins family probably lived north east of present-day Duncanville in 1846. James Ketchum, Isabella's brother, also lived in Dallas County in 1846 but had moved by 1850. :

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