A Guide to the Robinson Family Papers, 1684-1915 Robinson Family, Papers, 1684-1915 MS 94.6

A Guide to the Robinson Family Papers, 1684-1915

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Manuscript number
MS 94.6
Title
Robinson Family Papers, 1684-1915.
Extent
2 volumes.
Creator
Robinson Family.
Language
English

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Biographical/Historical Information

Christopher Robinson arrived in Virginia, from England, in approximately 1668. He quickly established himself at a plantation called "Hewick," named after his family's Hewick estate in England. Descendants of Christopher Robinson soon became influential landholders, tobacco traders, and political leaders in the colony. Christopher Robinson's great-grandson, Christopher IV, took the side of the Crown during the American Revolution, accepting a captain's position with the Queen's Rangers. After Britain's defeat in America, Christopher of the Queen's Rangers relocated to Canada where he served the royal government in various capacities. Charles W. Robinson descended from this "Hewick" line of the Robinson family. In addition to members of the Robinson family, notable names discussed in the collection of documents include: Richard Corbin, Ralph Wormeley, Albert W. Woods, H. Farnham Burke, Lyon G. Tyler, Letitia Cornwallis, J. H. Coombe, Thomas Jefferson, King George III, General Robert Porteus, John Maynard, Edmund Pendleton, John Graves Simcoe, Robert Rogers, "Mr. Dinwiddie," John Wentworth, Fletcher Norton, and George Wythe.

Scope and Content Information

Original seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century manuscripts, official documents, sketches, and photographs, as well as copies of original letters and documents relating to Charles W. Robinson and his ancestors. The bulk of the material relates to Charles W. Robinson's efforts to trace and register his family pedigree with London's Herald's College.

Arrangement

All items are bound in two volumes, Original Family Papers Virginia and Canada 1684-1798 and Family History Papers I: Records, Wills, Lawsuits, Herald's College Correspondence, etc., with board covers accented with leather bindings.

Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Robinson family.
  • Persons:

  • Burke, H. Farnham (Henry Farnham), 1859-1930.
  • Coombe, J. H.
  • Corbin, Richard, ca. 1708-1790.
  • Cornwallis, Letitia.
  • Maynard, John.
  • Norton, Fletcher, 1716-1789.
  • Pendleton, Edmund, 1721-1803.
  • Porteus, Robert.
  • Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795.
  • Simcoe, John Graves, 1752-1806.
  • Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, 1853-1935.
  • Wentworth, John.
  • Woods, Albert W.
  • Wormeley, Ralph.
  • Wythe, George, 1726-1806
  • Subjects:

  • American loyalists--Canada.
  • Corporate Names:

  • Queen's Rangers, 1776-1781.
  • Geographical Names:

  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1781.
  • Virginia-- Genealogy.

Contents List

Volume I: Family history papers: records, wills, lawsuits, Herald's College correspondence, etc.
Volume: I
  • Page 9-15
    Copy of a pedigree, 1913.

    John Robinson and descendants from 1712. Copy made by C.W. Robinson in 1913.

  • Page 18-23
    Pedigree, 10 August 1854.

    Robinson family genealogy 1495-1854. Signed by Albert Woods, Herald's College, London.

  • Page 25
    Pedigree.

    Written description by C.W. Robinson of Robinson family genealogy on pages 18-23.

  • Page 27-31
    Copy of a memorandum, 1913.

    Colonel Beverley Robinson and descendants through 1748. Original by Frederick Robinson, 1838. Copy by C.W. Robinson, 1913.

  • Page 35-38
    Colonel Bruce, Government House, to Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson, 2 April 1850.

    Concerns modifications to the statutes of the Order of the Bath.

  • Page 39
    Albert Woods, Heralds College, London, to John Beverley Robinson, 26 November 1850.

    Warrant issuing John Beverley Robinson as Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath.

  • Page 40
    Albert Woods, Heralds College, London, to John Beverley Robinson, Canada West, 27 November 1850.

    Concerns the one pound fee for appointment to the Order of the Bath.

  • Page 41-42
    Albert Woods, Heralds College, London, to John Beverley Robinson, 29 November 1850.

    Enclosure of ribbon and badge for the Order of the Bath.

  • Page 43-44
    John Beverley Robinson to Albert Woods, 3 January 1851.

    Concerns the Order of the Bath.

  • Page 47-52
    Copy of the will of Bishop John Robinson of London, March 1722.

    All goods and wealth given to Emma Robinson, wife and executrix of will, with certain stipulations for distribution among various persons.

  • Page 57-58
    Albert Woods, London, to Captain L. Robinson, 19 February 1851.

    Concerns a sketch of the Robinson family crest.

  • Page 59
    Pedigree.

    Robinson family genealogy concerning evolution of the family crest.

  • Page 60-61
    Pedigree.

    Robinson family since 1755 with memorandum of explanation by C.W. Robinson.

  • Page 63-64
    Memorandum of John Beverley Robinson.

    Concerns Christopher Robinson and Colonel Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 65-68
    John Beverley Robinson to Mary Proper, 3 February 1853.

    Copy of a letter concerning the genealogy of the Robinson family.

  • Page 71
    Virginia Gazette article, 28 July 1768.

    Concerns the death of Christopher Robinson.

  • Page 72
    Virginia Gazette article, 17 March 1747.

    Concerns the death of the wife of Christopher Robinson. Postscript by Richard Randolph.

  • Page 75-77
    Copies of court records.

    Concerns Robinson family court cases from 1784-1787 with notes by C.W. Robinson.

  • Page 78-80
    C. Robinson, Richmond, to J.B. Robinson, Toronto, 16 April 1853.

    Concerns copies of court records about John and Christopher Robinson.

  • Page 84-95
    Copy of a petition of Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley, 1769.

    Concerns the estate of Christopher Robinson.

  • Page 98-135
    Copies of court records, 1784-1789.

    Concerns the estate of Christopher Robinson from the High Court of Chancery, Virginia.

  • Page 138-157
    Copy of court records, 1785-1789.

    Concerns John Robinson and Richard Corbin, executor of estate of Christopher Robinson from the High Court of Chancery, Virginia.

  • Page 165-168
    Copy of the will of Christopher Robinson, 16 July 1768.

    Wills his estate to Christopher Benjamin (son) with one-third to wife Sarah and portion of land to daughters Mary and Betty.

  • Page 169-172
    Copy of Sarah Robinson's will, 6 December 1771.

    Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley named executors of late husband's estate (Christopher Robinson) with slaves given to Christopher (son) and Elizabeth (daughter).

  • Page 173-174
    Copy of the will of Christopher Robinson, 19 October 1775.

    Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley named executors with all personal property given to Elizabeth Robinson (sister).

  • Page 179-210
    Copy of an Act of Parliament, 1772.

    Concerns the sale of the estate of Christopher Robinson in England known as Hewick.

  • Page 215-221
    Lord Seaton to Duke of Newcastle, 27 May 1854.

    Concerns the distinguished service of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson. Reply by Duke of Newcastle added to end.

  • Page 222-223
    Duke of Newcastle, Downing Street, London, to Lord Seaton, 17 June 1854.

    Public recognition of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson's distinguished public service.

  • Page 224-225.
    Lord Seaton to Captain Lepoy, 19 June 1854.

    Concerns public recognition of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 226-227
    Lord Elgin to Captain Lepoy, 4 July 1854.

    Concerns public recognition of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 228-229
    J.H. Lepoy, Woodrich Common, to George Grey, 4 August 1854.

    Concerns a baronetage to be conferred on the late Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 232-233
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 4 August 1854.

    Concerns the pedigree of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson for conferring and registering a Baronet in his name.

  • Page 235-237
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 10 August 1854.

    Concerns the patent for Baronet of Chief Justice Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 239-241
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Chief Justice Robinson's estate, 11 August 1854.

    Concerns arms of pedigree and conferring title of a baronet.

  • Page 242-243
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 12 August 1854.

    Request for documentation of Chief Justice Robinson's pedigree.

  • Page 244-245
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 16 August 1854.

    Concerns the establishment of John Beverley Robinson's official title as "Chief Justice for Canada West."

  • Page 246
    Albert Woods, Herald's College London, to Captain Lepoy, 21 August 1854.

    Concerns a visit to the Colonial Office and sketch of Robinson Family Arms and Crest.

  • Page 248-249
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 25 August 1854.

    Concerns the formalization of Chief Justice John Beverley Robinson's title and request for 78 pound payment for the Patent of Baronetage.

  • Page 250-251
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 28 August 1854.

    Concerns receipt of payment for Patent of Baronetage and formal announcement in "the Gazette."

  • Page 252-254
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 2 September 1854.

    Outline of Robinson family pedigree and request for corrections.

  • Page 255-258
    H.J. Kuyoett, Home Office, London, to Captain Lepoy, 19 October 1854.

    Concerns the baronetage of John Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 258
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Captain Lepoy, 30 October 1854.

    Concerns a patent assigning Arms and Crest of Robinson family.

  • Page 259-261
    Memorandum.

    Concerns fees to create and patent a baronetage for John Beverley Robinson totaling 350 pounds.

  • Page 263-267
    Letter, 3 April 1855.

    Concerns an incorrect pedigree of the Robinson family printed in The Yorkshireian in England. A clipping of the article is included.

  • Page 269
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to Sir J. Beverley Robinson, 19 April 1855.

    Concerns an article to be printed in Burke's edition of "Peerage and Baronetage."

  • Page 270-271
    Albert Woods, Herald's College, London, to John Beverley Robinson, 21 April 1855.

    Approval of Burke's article.

  • Page 271
    John Beverley Robinson (?) to Albert Woods, 28 April 1855.

    Concerns Robinson family pedigree. A letter of 3 March 1875 from Albert Woods to Major C.W. Robinson is attached.

  • Page 273-278
    John Beverley Robinson, New Brunswick, to John Beverley Robinson, 10 February 1857.

    Family pedigree with enclosed copy of 1781 letter concerning Christopher Robinson of the Queen's Rangers.

  • Page 279-285
    R. Brock, Richmond, to C.W. Robinson, 21 March 1881.

    Concerns the pedigree of the Robinsons of Hewick printed in the Richmond Standard. Article enclosed.

  • Page 287
    H. Farnham Burke, Somerset Herald, to C. W. Robinson, 10 August 1901.

    Concerns fees for compilation and recording of Robinson Family pedigree.

  • Page 287-288
    C.W. Robinson to H. Farnham Burke, Somerset Herald, 16 August 1901.

    Requests reply concerning recording of family pedigree.

  • Page 288
    H. Farnham Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, 17 August 1901.

    Concerns evidence establishing C.W.R.'s descent and right to the Robinson family coat of arms.

  • Page 288
    H. Farnham Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Linfield, 21 August 1901.

    Enclosing payment for registration of pedigree.

  • Page 290-292
    Notes on sources, 8 August 1901.

    List of documents submitted to Herald's College to support C.W. Robinson's application for pedigree.

  • Page 293-294
    F. Beverley, Spotsylvania Court House, to C.W. Robinson, 21 January 1871.

    Has no new information but is working on the "Weasley" estate request.

  • Page unnumbered
    Booklet, c. 1842.

    Forty page book by Lady Robinson containing family history.

  • Page 297
    Court notice, 1875.

    Gloucester and Hanover Court Houses notifying that records for 1733-1792 destroyed by fire and during the Civil War.

  • Page 301
    A.S. Scott-Gatty Garter, College of Arms, to C.W. Robinson, 27 February 1905.

    Concerns the rejection of an application for Robinson Pedigree and Arms.

  • Page 303
    Pedigree notice, 22 February 1905.

    Charles H. Athill and T.M.J. Watkin decide there is insufficient evidence of certain family relations in the Robinson family genealogy.

  • Page 309-310
    Copy of a deed, 3 November 1763.

    Deed for the sale of 1190 acres of land in Spotsylvania County from William Robinson to John Robinson (son).

  • Page 317-336
    Lizzie M. Robinson, Washington, D.C. to "My Dear Cousin" (C.W. Robinson?), 11 May 1909.

    Concerns family genealogy and errors found by Herald's College. Enclosing possible corrections including information obtained from the Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia.

  • Page 337-338
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia to C.W. Robinson, 22 May 1908.

    Concerns corrections in the family genealogy.

  • Page 340
    H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 24 November 1910.

    Concerns approval of Robinson family pedigree.

  • Page 345-356
    C.W. Robinson, Ealing, to H. Farnham Burke, Heralds College, London, 14 July 1910.

    Concernst the application to Herald's College for Robinson family pedigree.

  • Page 368-371
    Copy of the will of John Robinson of Middlesex County, Virginia, 21 February 1785.

    Leaves home and plantation to daughters Judith, Mary, and Priscilla until death or marriage when it is passed to William (J.R.'s son). Son John receives "Green Branch", daughters Katherine and Mary and son Peter receive slaves. Other family members receive money, livestock, etc. Copy dated 4 May 1853.

  • Page 372
    Extract from "Leighs Virginia Reports,"

    Concerns Robert Robinson, son of John Robinson, Middlesex County, Virginia.

  • Page 373-375
    Copy of a letter from Christopher Robinson, Kingston, Upper Canada, to Robert Robertson, 6 July 1793.

    Concerns his recent appointment to government service. Copy dated 28 August 1893.

  • Page 377-378
    Letter from Western Telegraph Company, New York, to John Robinson, 26 January 1870.

    Concerns family research.

  • Page 379
    Copy of a letter from Charles Robinson, Urbanna, to Richard Corbin, 4 August 1767.

    Concerns money owed to Peter Robinson's estate by Charles Robinson.

  • Page 379
    Copy of a letter from P.W. Clarborin, 21 June 1769.

    Concerns Peter Robinson's estate.

  • Page 381-393
    T.M. Robinson to C.W. Robinson, 2 May 1909.

    Concerns family pedigree research and current family news.

  • Page 396
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 13 March 1909.

    Concerns family pedigree research. Enclosed is a chancery suit document about Peter Robinson.

  • Page 389-400
    Copy of chancery suit, 13 June 1791.

    Concerns the estate of Peter Robinson, deceased, George Wythe presiding judge.

  • Page 401
    Lyon G, Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, London, 16 April 1909.

    Concerns family pedigree research. Enclosing documents about Peter Robinson.

  • Page 402
    Court Scheduled (copy), July 1802.

    Chancery suits involving Grymes v. Robinson 1792-1802.

  • Page 403-408
    Copy of a petition.

    Grymes v. Robinson concerning the execution of the will of Peter Robinson.

  • Page 409-410
    Copy of a petition, 29 August 1792.

    Grymes v. Robinson concerning the execution of the will of Peter Robinson.

  • Page 411-412
    Copy of accounts, 1765-1773.

    Accounts of the estate of Peter Robinson, entered into the Court of Middlesex County 29 August 1792.

  • Page 413-414
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 14 October 1909.

    Concerns family pedigree research.

  • Page 415-416
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 7 February 1910.

    Concerns family pedigree research.

  • Page 417-432
    Article from William and Mary Quarterly, Volume XVII, No. 3, January 1910, pages 181-194,

    Concerns the genealogy of the Virginia branch of the Robinson family.

  • Page 433-434
    W.G. Standard, Virginia Historical Society, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 25 February 1910.

    Concerns Robinson family genealogy.

  • Page 435-436
    J. Beverley Robinson, New York, to C.W. Robinson, 8 February 1910.

    Concerns family pedigree research about relationship of Peter and Christopher Robinson.

  • Page 437-439
    J. Beverley Robinson, Edgewater, New Jersey, to C.W. Robinson, 8 February 1910.

    Concerns family pedigree research about the relationship of Peter and Christopher Robinson.

  • Page 441-442
    Newspaper article from the Richmond Standard, 16 April 1881.

    Concerns births, deaths, and marriages of members of the Robinson family as found in the parish register of Middlesex County, Virginia

  • Page 443
    Copy of a marriage license, 9 August 1750.

    Bond issued in Middlesex County, Virginia for the marriage of Peter Robinson and Sarah Lester. Copy dated 13 July 1910.

  • Page 445-446
    "Alumni Quncersis" (copy of excerpt), 1888.

    Virginia Robinsons genealogy 1715-1886.

  • Page 447-449
    G.H. Sterling, Maugerville, New Brunswick, to C.W. Robinson, 27 November 1879.

    Lack of information about Robinson family genealogy as St. John's(?) parish register destroyed by fire.

  • Page 452-454
    Copy of registry records , 1784-1786.

    Robinson family entries found in the record books of the Registry Office of St. John's, New Brunswick.

  • Page 456
    Memorandum of C.W. Robinson, 14 July 1910.

    Concerns the family of Esther (Sayre) Robinson.

  • Page 457-460
    Copy of a letter from Colonel Beverley Robinson to "My Dear Daughter," 3 July 1784.

    Family news. Copy dated December 1879.

  • Page 461-462
    Copy of a letter from John Robinson, Virginia, to Robert Robinson, New York, 9 June 1783.

    Concerns Captain Wormeley's loyalty to the British government, payment for slaves taken in the war, and financial matters. Copy dated November 1879.

  • Page 463-464
    Copy of a letter from John Robinson, Virginia, to Robert Robinson, Nova Scotia, 15 June 1784.

    Concerns the Virginia Assembly, return of South Carolinian loyalists to their estates. Copy dated November 1879.

  • Page 465
    Fragments,

    Concern Christopher Robinson of the Queen's Rangers from Gloucester County, Virginia.

  • Page 467-468
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 2 November 1911.

    Concerns family pedigree research, Robinson legal suits and all old Chancery papers destroyed in Court House fire.

  • Page unnumbered
    Lyon G. Tyler, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 8 April 1914.

    Request for copies of the wills of Peter Robinson (1765) and Judith Robinson (1774) previously destroyed in Court House fire.

  • Page 469
    Notes, 1913.

    C.W. Robinson's introduction to a section on the "Crossthwaithe" Robinsons.

  • Page 473-478
    Notes.

    C.W. Robinson's interpretation of family pedigree 1589-1712 with detailed information about dates of births, deaths, and marriages.

  • Page 479-484
    Copy of an excerpt from a parish registry, C.W. Robinson's interpretation of family Pedigree 1589-1712 with detailed information about dates of births, deaths, and marriages.

    Entry in the "Churchwarden's Book" from the Parish of St. Helen about William Robinson.

  • Page 485-486
    Pedigree.

    Genealogy of Bishop Robinson as taken from church registries of Peter's Poor Church, London, Church of Great St. Helen, London, and Conyscliffe Parish, dating back to 1523.

  • Page 493-494
    Photograph.

    Monument to Bishop Robinson (d. 1599) in Great St. Helen's Church, London with inscription.

  • Page 496-497
    Monument inscription.

    C.W. Robinson's translation of the inscription on the monument to Bishop Robinson (d. 1599) and family in Great St. Helen's Church, London. Included are additional inscriptions found on the grave stones of Elizabeth Robinson (wife) and Sir Thomas Robinson (found in the Temple Church).

  • Page 499
    Copy of a map.

    Scaled drawing of the course of the Tees River, England(?) showing surrounding towns.

  • Page 500-512
    Pedigree.

    Description of Robinson family coat of arms, Motto and genealogy dating back to c. 1205 as constructed by Charles W. Robinson.

  • Memorandum, 7 January 1913.

    C.W. Robinson's viewing of a portrait of Bishop Robinson.

  • Page 516
    Coats of arms.

    C.W. Robinson's drawings and explanation of the Coats of Arms for William Robinson's pedigree (1633/34) and Bishop Robinson's pedigree (1712-23).

  • Page 517
    Cleasby window inscriptions.

    C.W. Robinson's copy of inscriptions on windows in Cleasby, England in memory of Bishop Robinson and Reverend John Robinson. Newspaper article from the Northeastern Gazette included.

  • Page 518
    Coat of arms, 18 August 1854.

    Colored sketch of the Coat of Arms granted to Sir John Beverley Robinson.

  • Page 519
    Photograph.

    Stained glass window of the Robinson Coat of Arms in Cleasby Church, England.

  • Page unnumbered
    Letter from Cleasby Church, London, to C.W. Robinson(?), 17 February 1913.

    Concerns the Cleasby Church window.

  • Page 520
    Coat of arms.

    Colored and black and white sketches of Robinson family crest.

  • Page 522-524
    Photograph.

    Photograph of Elizabeth Marshall Robinson, daughter of Conway Robinson with newspaper clipping dated 1909 announcing her death.

  • Notes on sources, January 1913.

    C.W. Robinson's notes on family pedigree research conducted through 1875 in Middlesex, Spotsylvania, Essex, Caroline, and King William counties, Virginia and the College of William and Mary with complete listing of relevant documents 8 November 1680 - 5 May 1792 as registered with Herald's College, London.

  • Page 579-583
    Copy of letters patent, 16 January 1692/3.

    Appointment of Christopher Robinson to the office of Secretary of the Colony of Virginia.

  • Page unnumbered
    Notes on sources, 1876.

    C.W. Robinson's notes from unnamed sources concerning William and John (1599) Robinson.

  • Page 585-594
    Article: "Notes and sketches" by G.A. Fothergill, 1908.

    Concerns Cleasby, England and Bishop Robinson. Includes photographs and drawings.

  • Page 595
    Copy of a will, 13 December 1731.

    Letitia Cornwallis (stepdaughter of Bishop Robinson) mentioning Bishop Robinson and "Cousin" Christopher at college.

  • Page 596
    Memorandum.

    Notes on the connection between Bishop Robinson and Letitia Cornwallis.

  • Page 597-600
    J.H. Coombe, Cleasby Vicar, Darlington, England, to C.W. Robinson(?), 29 March 1878.

    Letitia Cornwallis's will and supporting documents in the parish archives.

  • Page 601-618
    Copy of the will Letitia Cornwallis, 4 July 1739.

    Updated version of 1731 will giving money to various churches and charities and funds for the upkeep of Bishop Robinson's tomb and monument.

  • Page 619-622
    Copy of the will of Letitia Cornwallis, 31 January 1740.

    Third version of last will and testament adding directions for the sale of bedchamber furniture and curtains upon death.

  • Page 626-646
    Book appendix,

    Section of text about C.W. Robinson's father concerning his relationship to Bishop John Robinson. Notes added in the margins by C.W.R.

  • Page 647
    Copy of a map, July 1787.

    Taken from a publication by the Virginia Historical Society, "Dinwiddie Papers", originally from Fry and Jefferson's map of Virginia, showing tidewater Virginia from Albermarle Sound to Baltimore. Notes by C.W. Robinson show Robinson family lands.

  • Page 649
    Pedigree, 1880.

    Robinson family tree of the Virginia Robinsons descending from John Robinson as compiled by C.W. Robinson.

  • Copy of a letter from Christopher Robinson, Oriel College, to Catherine Robinson (mother), Virginia(?), 3 December 1725.

    Concerns Christopher's health and candles sent from Catherine by the last ship.

  • Page 652-671
    Notes on sources.

    Extracts from records found in England and Virginia concerning Christopher Robinson and Bishop Robinson's descendants, particularly Clara Robinson, Sir Edward Wood, John Robinson of Cleasby, Thomas Robinson, and Theophilus Bolton. Includes copies of royal petitions and patents.

  • Page 673-674
    H.W. Forsyth Harwood, Kensington, to C.W. Robinson, 30 October 1913.

    Concerns the diary of Alexander Bennett.

  • Page 675-696
    Journal excerpt.

    Diary and genealogy of Alexander Bennett published in The Genealogist, Volume XX, January and April 1904.

  • Page 696a
    Copy of a letter from Henry Wood to "His Excellency," 15 July 1712.

    Relates personal news.

  • Page 697
    Photographs.

    Four black and white photos of unidentified churches and churchyards.

  • Page 697a-708
    Copy of a diary, 1855.

    Portion of 1855 diary entries by C.W. Robinson's father including information on visits to Frenchay and Cleasby.

  • Page unnumbered
    Copy of a portrait.

    Unidentified man painted by Beverley Robinson and given to Charles Walker (C.W. Robinson's grandfather).

  • Page 709-743
    Notes on sources.

    Extracts and explanations of sources tracing the pedigree of C.W. Robinson's mother's family, the Walkers, Merrys, Lukins, and Booths. Includes portions of letters, marriage certificates, and a map of London.

  • Page 746
    Notes on sources, March 1914.

    Further documentation described by C.W. Robinson concerning his Pedigree application to Herald's College.

  • Page 748
    H.F. Burke, Heralds College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 12 February 1914.

    Concerns a scheduled meeting.

  • Page 749-752
    Copy of letter excerpt from C.W. Robinson to H.F. Burke, 3 March 1914.

    Concerns family pedigree research about Bishop Robinson and relatives from Cleasby.

  • Page 753-764
    Memorandum, 1875.

    Concerns pedigree research about members of the Robinson family living from the late 1500s to the early 1600s.

  • Page 764a
    H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 20 March 1914.

    Concerns receipt of documents.

  • Page 765
    H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 26 March 1914.

    Concerns outstanding debt owed for research.

  • Page 766
    H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 28 March 1914.

    Concerns the letter of 26 March.

  • Page 767
    H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 4 November 1914.

    Concerns pedigree research.

  • H.F. Burke, Herald's College, London, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 13 May 1915.

    Concerns a scheduled meeting.

  • Page 768
    Note, 19 May 1915.

    Explanation of pedigree research information obtained from H.F. Burke during May 1915.

  • Page 769
    Note, 28 January 1916.

    Explanation of pedigree research information obtained from H.F. Burke during January 1916.

  • Page unnumbered
    C.S. MacInnes, Toronto, to C.W. Robinson, Ealing, 31 March 1915.

    Concerns a portrait of Peter Robinson with newspaper article from The Peterborough Daily about Peter Robinson's public life.

  • Page unnumbered
    Letters, 1910-1913.

    Miscellaneous correspondences from Herald's College, London to C.W. Robinson listing fees owed for the research and registry of Robinson family pedigree.

Volume II: Original Family Papers: Virginia and Canada, 1684-1798.
  • Page 1
    Introduction.

    C.W. Robinson's explanation of the book's contents of original family papers from the "Hewick" Robinsons and how he came to possess them.

  • Papers Concerning Christopher Robinson III of Hewick.
    • Page 3-6
      Memorandum, 1880.

      Further explanation of family papers contained within, how the Robinsons established themselves as landholders in Virginia, Robinson family participation in the American Revolution. Includes one color and one black and white sketch of Hewick, Virginia.

    • Page 8
      Map.

      Map of Virginia, Pennsylvania. Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland showing Robinson Creek and area near Urbanna, Virginia where "Hewick" stood (Middlesex County).

    • Page 12-13
      Pedigree.

      Rough sketch of Robinson family of Virginia as descended from Christopher Robinson, first immigrant to America.

    • Page 7-27
      Index.

      Listing of contents as compiled by C.W. Robinson.

    • Page 34
      Will of Christopher Robinson I, c. 1700.

      Portion of the will of Christopher Robinson I, written by Edmund Pendleton.

    • Page 37
      Map, 2 December 1684.

      Shows the 660 acres of land owned by Christopher Wormeley in James City County showing roads and waterways.

    • Page 41
      Account, 1727-1731

      Money paid to and from Hewick, England, by Christopher Robinson.

    • Page 43
      General Robert Porteus, Yorkshire, England, to Christopher Robinson, Rappahannock River, Virginia, 26 November 1750.

      Business accounts and transactions enacted by Porteus as Robinson's agent at Hewick, England.

    • Page 47-49
      Will of Christopher Robinson III of Hewick, 6 December 1751.

      Wills estate in England to brother John Robinson, estate in Virginia (Hewick) to daughter Judith Robinson, estate in Virginia (Grange) to daughter Mary.

    • Page 55
      John Maynard, London, to Christopher Robinson III, 20 April 1762.

      Concerns the Yorkshire estate, shipping tobacco from America. Includes copy of letter from John Maynard to Captain Brookes.

    • Page 59
      Account, 1764-1765.

      Concerns duties, freight and shipping costs on tobacco rendered to Christopher Robinson III.

    • Page 63
      Account, 1765-1766.

      Concerns rents owed and paid by tenants on Hewick, England, to Christopher Robinson III.

    • Page 63
      Receipt, July 1770.

      Quarterly Royal Land Tax paid by Hewick, England, 5p 6s 1d.

    • Page 65-68
      Graham Frank(?) to Christopher Robinson(?), 13 February 1765.

      Concerns a theft attempt at Hewick, England, other Hewick business.

    • Page 71-78
      Graham Frank to Christopher Robinson(?)

      Concerns the house at Bedford, England, proposed sale of property. Mentions Bishop Robinson. Letter is mutilated.

    • Page 81-84
      Graham Frank(?), London, to Christopher Robinson(?), 23 July 1765.

      Concerns purchase of Parker lands, management of Hewick, England.

    • Page 86-89
      Graham Frank to Christopher Robinson, near Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia, c. 1760.

      Concerns Robinson's estates in London, arranging to bring water to the fields from the river, tenants' grievances, general upkeep of fences and barns.

    • Page 90-96
      Graham Frank, London, to Christopher Robinson, near Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia, 2 May 1776.

      Concerns Hewick, England, planting oak trees, tenants and rent collection, general upkeep, fence dividing Robinson's and Lord Devonshire's lands, Virginia stock holdings.

    • Page 99-115
      Graham Frank(?), London, to Christopher Robinson(?), Virginia, 20 December 1766.

      Concerns quarrels with tenants over upkeep of Hewick, England and disputes over hunting rights with neighboring landowners

    • Page 117-118
      Graham Frank and (?)Bickerton, London, to Christopher Robinson, Virginia, 21 December 1767.

      Concerns the sale of Hewick, England with estimated value of 16,000 pounds.

    • Page 121
      Petition.

      Concerns Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley, executors of Christopher Robinson III's (deceased) holdings in Virginia.

    • Page 122-125
      Robert Cary and Co., London, to Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley, Virginia, 24 May 1770.

      Concerns the execution of Christopher Robinson's will. Fletcher Norton, speaker for the House of Commons possible purchaser of Hewick, England.

    • Page 126-129
      Robert Cary and Co., London, to Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley, Virginia, 4 March 1772.

      Concerns the sale of Hewick, England to Speaker of the House of Commons, Fletcher Norton, by Act of Parliament.

    • Page 130-133
      Robert Cary and Co., London, to Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley, York River, Virginia, 24 August 1772.

      Concerns the sale of Hewick, England to Fletcher Norton, Speaker of the House of Commons, for 16,000 pounds.

    • Page 134-137
      Account, 1722.

      Concerns expenses incurred in passing 9 June 1772 Act of Parliament for the sale of Christopher Robinson's Hewick, England.

    • Page 138
      Christopher Robinson to Richard Corbin, 4 August 1767.

      Concerns money owed Christopher Robinson for the estate of Peter Robinson.

    • Page 138
      Receipt, 21 June 1769.

      Signed by P.W. Claiborne for money paid by David Ker on behalf of Christopher Robinson for the education of Peter Robinson's son.

    • Page 142
      Account, 1767-1768.

      Concerns money owed by Christopher Robinson to John Craine for tailoring services rendered.

    • Page 144
      Account, 1768.

      Concerns money owed by Christopher Robinson to James Mills for medical services rendered.

    • Page 146
      Account, 1769.

      Concerns the purchase of slaves and stock by Richard Corbin and Ralph Wormeley as acting guardians of Christopher Robinson IV.

    • Page 148
      Edmund Pendleton, Edmundsburg, to Richard Corbin, Laneville, King and Queen County, Virginia, 15 July 1786.

      Concerns money owed to the estate of Christopher Robinson.

  • Subseries 2: Papers concerning Christopher Robinson of the Queen's Rangers (Loyalist Hussars)
    • Page 168
      Account, 1740-1749.

      Concerns money owed by Peter Robinson (d. 1765) to John Robinson (d. 1787).

    • Page 170
      Account book, 1777.

      Monthly record of financial exchanges recorded by John Robinson of Middlesex County, Virginia.

    • Page 172
      Accounts (fragments), 1775-1777.

      Eight receipts of notes of purchases made by John Robinson of Middlesex County, Virginia including one receipt for the hire of two slaves (1777).

    • Page 174
      Letter from David Ker, 22 June 1765.

      Concerns payments owed to an unidentified account. Mentions "Mr. Dinwiddie".

    • Page 178
      Receipt, 26 September 1765.

      Concerns payment for wine purchased by Beverley Robinson.

    • Page 182
      Royal warrant, 18 February 1780.

      Authorization for John Dessen to raise two battalions of soldiers for England's Regular Troops to be used for the duration of the American Revolution. Signed by Robert Rogers.

    • Page 184
      Royal commission, 26 June 1781.

      Naming Christopher Robinson IV to the post of Captain of the Queen's Rangers in New York under Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe.

    • Page 190-194
      Beverley Robinson, Northlake(?), to "My Dear Daughter," 3 July 1784.

      Concerns family matters, sending tea, mentions grandchildren.

    • Page 197-200
      Royal commission, 1 June 1792.

      Appoints Christopher Robinson IV to the post of "Inspector of the Woods, Reserves, and all Rents and Profits of the Crown" in Upper Canada. Signed by John Graves Simcoe.

    • Page 203-206
      Petition, 17 October 1792.

      Transferring power of attorney from Peter Russell to Christopher Robinson IV for the power to lease and/or collect rents on certain properties on the River Cabaraqui, Upper Canada.

    • Page 209-210
      Petition, 4 April 1793.

      John Wentworth, Surveyor General of the Woods, Nova Scotia naming Christopher Robinson IV as his deputy in Upper Canada.

    • Page 213-216
      Christopher Robinson IV, Kensington, Upper Canada, to Robert Robinson, Digby, Nova Scotia, 6 July 1793.

      Concerns Christopher's post as deputy of the Woods.

    • Page 219
      Account, 1792-1798.

      Fees owed by Christopher Robinson IV for the education of his sons.

    • Page 223
      Peter Russell, Niagara, to Christopher Robinson IV, Kingston, Upper Canada, 1 November 1792.

      Concerns the sale of Cabaraqui mills.

    • Page 225
      D.W. Smith, Survey General's Office, Niagara, to Christopher Robinson IV(?), 21 April 1790.

      Concerns Smith's public account.

    • Page 229-232
      Peter Russell, Niagara, to Christopher Robinson IV, Upper Canada, 26 April 1794.

      Concerns mills being built along the Cabaraqui River, possibility that the seat of government will move to York (Toronto).

    • Page 235
      Royal commission, 22 July 1794.

      Appoints Christopher Robinson IV, Kingston, Upper Canada to the position of Royal Attorney and Advocate. Signed by William Mayne and initialed by John Graves Simcoe.

    • Page 241
      William Mayne to Christopher Robinson IV, Kingston Upper Canada, 26 July 1794.

      Concerns license to practice law in the Royal Courts.

    • Page 245-248
      Christopher Robinson IV to Governor John Graves Simcoe, 5 November 1795.

      Concerns Robinson's apprehension about his 4 April 1793 commission by John Wentworth.

    • Page 249
      Peter Russell, Newark, to Christopher Robinson IV, 26 May 1793.

      Concerns Robinson's "indisposition."

    • Page 249
      Peter Russell to Christopher Robinson IV, 28 February 1795.

      Concerns Robinson's recovery from illness.

    • Page 253
      Indenture, 29 August 1796.

      Appoints Christopher Robinson IV as Representative of the residents of Addington and Ontario Counties.

    • Page 257-260
      Deed, 22 July 1797.

      Concerns the Sale of land in Murray Township, Upper Canada owned by Christopher Robinson IV to Thomas Spencer of Canadague, New York.

    • Page 261-264
      Court notes, 26 April 1797.

      John Ferguson v. David Palmer over 100 pound debt.

    • Page 267-268
      Contract, 3 May 1798.

      Between Christopher Robinson IV, Kingston and Jacob Shepherd Clay, Herkermer County making Clay a six month laborer paid in money and/or land upon the end of service.

    • Page 271-272
      Contract, 3 May 1798.

      Between Christopher Robinson IV, Kingston and John Smith, Albana County, New York making Smith a six month laborer paid in money and/or land upon the end of service.

    • Page 275-278
      Contract, 24 July 1798.

      Between Christopher Robinson and John Woodward and David Bennet engaging Woodward and Bennet to construct Robinson a house on his York, Upper Canada farm.

    • Page 279
      Bill, 29 August 1798.

      For 6 pounds owed by Christopher Robinson to Jacob Clayton for the digging and construction of a foundation and chimneys.

    • Page 279
      Receipt, 9 August 1796.

      6p 10s 6d paid by Christopher Robinson to John Woodward and David Bennet for the construction of Christopher Robinsion's house.

    • Page 283-286
      Bill, 1793-1796.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to Thomas Markland for various goods purchased.

    • Page 289
      Bill, 1794-1795.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to Thomas Sparham, surgeon, for services rendered.

    • Page 293-296
      Bill, 1796-1797.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to Donald McDonell for goods purchased.

    • Page 299
      Bill, 1797.

      For money owed by William Kaiting to Christopher Robinson for legal services rendered.

    • Page 301
      Receipt, 16 July 1798.

      Christopher Robinson will pay Sincoe Ketchsin fifty dollars within six weeks.

    • Page 301
      Receipt.

      For fifty dollars paid to Sincoe Ketchsin by Christopher Robinson.

    • Page 301
      Receipt, 12 November 1797.

      Acknowledgement of three pounds owed to Abner Miles by Colonel Brackenridge, signed by Christopher Robinson.

    • Page 301
      Note, 2 August 1798.

      Christopher Robinson will leave Abner Miles with the ten dollars Robinson owes to John Woodward and David Bennet.

    • Page 303
      Receipt, 23 July 1798.

      Christopher Robinson will pay James Kemp 10p 3s 2d by 23 August 1798.

    • Page 303
      Christopher Robinson, York, Upper Canada, to John Robinson, Albany, 26 July 1798.

      Concerns an order to pay James and Nathan Ruggles 24p 5s 8d.

    • Page 307
      Bill, 16 June 1794.

      For court costs due in the case of Powley(?) v. Ashley.

    • Page 307
      Bill, 24 September 1794.

      For money owed by Ablert Ryckman to James Rivinton for law books.

    • Page 311
      Bill, 20 August 1794.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to Jonathan Hay, shoemaker.

    • Page 311
      Bill, 22 April 1796.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to Robert Maranlay for goods purchased.

    • Page 311
      Bill, 5 July 1796.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson to James Richardson for goods and services rendered.

    • Page 313
      Arrest warrant, May 1797.

      Charging the sheriff of Kingston to find and hold James Rankin until trial in the case of a plea of debt filed by Alexander Clark. Signed by Christopher Robinson, attorney for the plaintiff.

    • Page 313
      Court ruling, 1797.

      Finding in favor of Alexander Clark in the debt case of Clark v. Rankin.

    • Page 317
      Bill, 1798.

      For money owed by Christopher Robinson for goods and services rendered by an unknown party.

    • Page 321
      Letter to Christopher Robinson, York, 8 April 1798.

      Concerns Christopher Robinson's ill health.

    • Page 323-326
      Upper Canada Gazette, 10 November 1798.

      Includes announcement of Christopher Robinson's passing on 2 November 1798.

    • Page 329-330
      Probate notice, 25 July 1798.

      Summons to Peter Robinson for payment of debts owed by the estate of Christopher Robinson.

    • Page 331
      Receipt, 1803

      For taxes paid by the estate of Christopher Robinson.

    • Page 333-335
      Petition, 3 November 1798.

      Esther Robinson's (widow of Christopher Robinson) plea to ease the situation of her destitute family by naming Peter Robinson, eldest son, to the position of a deputy in the province of York.

    • Page 339-341
      The General Evening Post, London, 25 April 1738.

      Includes obituary of Christopher Robinson, nephew of Bishop John Robinson.

    • Page 346
      Letter from Bishop John Robinson, Utrecht, 2 June 1712.

      Concerns matters of the Queen's army.

    • Page 352-355
      Benjamin Robinson, Virginia, to Colonel Beverley Robinson, 7 August 1784.

      Concerns Beverley as benefactor of the Robinson family.

    • Page 358-361
      Frederick Robinsion, Thornbury, to John Beverley Robinson, 12 January 1816.

      Concerns business in the United Kingdom and Frederick's return to Canada.

    • Page 364-369
      William Henry Robinson, Bath, England, to John Beverley Robinson, Upper Canada, 28 April 1834.

      Letter of introduction for Admiral Vansittart's sons.

    • Page 372-375
      James Sayre, Dorchester Province, New Brunswick, to Esther Benman (sister), York, Upper Canada, 20 July 1816(?)

      Family news.

    • Page 376-378
      James Sayre, New Brunswick, to John Beverley Robinson (nephew), Toronto, Upper Canada, 25 September 1841.

      Concerns recent events in Canada and family news.

    • Page 379
      Letter from John Beverley Robinson, Edgewater, New Jersey, 1 April 1921.

      Concerns the discovery of a document about Beverley Robinson including sketch of Colonel Beverley Robinson's crest.

    • Page 380
      Notary public letter, 24 March 1813.

      Notarization of a document from Robert Lenox.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Burke, H. Farnham (Henry Farnham), 1859-1930.
  • Coombe, J. H.
  • Corbin, Richard, ca. 1708-1790.
  • Cornwallis, Letitia.
  • Maynard, John.
  • Norton, Fletcher, 1716-1789.
  • Pendleton, Edmund, 1721-1803.
  • Porteus, Robert.
  • Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795.
  • Simcoe, John Graves, 1752-1806.
  • Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, 1853-1935.
  • Wentworth, John.
  • Woods, Albert W.
  • Wormeley, Ralph.
  • Wythe, George, 1726-1806

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1781.
  • Virginia-- Genealogy.