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Nathan Tyson Robinson
 Nathan Tyson Robinson, 1841-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


NATHAN TYSON ROBINSON, of Dorchester, dealer in flour, grain, and feed, is a representative of an old and highly respected Dorchester family that dates back to early Colonial times, and whose members at the present day exhibit in general the forceful characteristics and sterling qualities of manhood and womanhood that have been theirs through seven or more generations.

The first progenitor of the family in Dorchester of whom there is any authentic record was James Robinson, born in 1646, who died April 18, 1694. He married Mary Alcock, born in 1645, who died May 13, 1718, at the age of seventy-three years. His son John, who was born April 17, 1675, and died February 6, 1742, married Mary Tileston. She was born in 1688, and died December 22, 1713, at the early age of twenty-five. Their son, John Robinson, second, born November 20, 1707, died in September, 1782, aged seventy-five years. His wife, Susannah Williams, was born in October, 1706, and died February 22, 1804, having almost completed a century of existence. Their son James was born January 30, 1732. He married Sarah Breck, who died January 22, 1797.

Major Edward Robinson, son of James and Sarah (Breck) Robinson, was born December 25, 1758, and died February 13, 1823. His military title was derived from his rank in the militia. Besides farming he engaged in the manufacture of brick, and was very successful. He was a prominent citizen and one of the largest land proprietors of his day, owning most of the land between Washington Street and the water front from Field's corner to Savin Hill, as well as the whole north side of Savin Hill. He married first, December 11, 1787, Rachel Bird, by whom he had one son, James, father of Nathan T. Robinson, whose name begins this sketch. By his second wife, whose maiden name was Rachel Howe, he had four children, namely: Edward Breck, born December 27, 1793; Rachel, born November 24, 1796, who died February 17, 1798; Rachel Bird Howe, born January 21, 1801, who died May 12, 1802; and John Howe, born November 21, 1809.

John Howe Robinson grew to manhood, and became prominent in town affairs, serving as Selectman. He resided on the old homestead, and was engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He was a member of the Unitarian church in Dorchester. His death occurred February 15, 1883. He married Elizabeth Clapp, daughter of Ebenezer Clapp, of Dorchester. His widow now owns the homestead that belonged to her husband's father. Their children were: Ellen Elizabeth, born April 6, 1836, who died September 12, 1882; Mary Caroline, born September 22, 1838, who married Charles Lee Brigham, of Boston, and whose only child, Charles Lee, Jr., was drowned July 16, 1879; John Howe, born December 19, 1840, who died March 26, 1860; Edward Francis, born May 11, 1843, who died October 6, 1844; Emma Frances, born January 11, 1846, who died October 17, 1847; Lucy Ann, born March 5, 1848, who died November 28, 1864; Emily Pierce, born August 20, 1850, who died in 1899; and Isabelle Howe, born September 2, 1854. Mrs. Mary C. Brigham survives her husband, who died February 8, 1871.

James Robinson, son of Major Edward Robinson by his first wife, Rachel Bird, was born in Dorchester, May 10, 1789. He died April 15, 1856. For some years he was engaged quite extensively in the flour business, both in Boston and Baltimore. Subsequently he gave his attention to farming, and also to teaming in Boston. He married Rachel Howe, a daughter of George Howe. She died January 6, 1876. They had eleven children, namely: James E., a sea captain, who is now deceased; Joseph D. and Thomas H., both residents of Boston; Rachel B. and William Penn, deceased; Hiram B., who died December 22, 1899; Anna B., who resides in Dorchester; Mary Ann, who died in childhood; Nathan T., who is further mentioned below; George H., who died in childhood; and William R., who died in 1856, being survived by his widow, who died in 1876.

Nathan T. Robinson was born in Dorchester, January 25, 1841. He was educated in the schools of his native town, and made himself useful on his father's farm until he was sixteen years of age. Then for a time he was employed as clerk by Bassett & Pierce, 105 Broad Street, Boston, subsequently resuming his labors on the farm. Then for three and a half years he worked in a commission house. In 1863 he established himself in his present business at Glover's Corner, where he has continued up to the present time. He was a member of Union Lodge, F. & A.M.* In politics he is a Republican. In 1873 he was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca Glover, a daughter of Asahel H. And Sarah E. (Homes) Glover. They have three children: Nathan Winthrop, born December 1, 1874; Ella Augusta, born January 31, 1876; and Herbert Glover, born June 13, 1878. Mr. Robinson's residence on Savin Hill Avenue is situated on a part of the old Robinson estate.

*F. & A.M. Free and Accepted Masons.

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