7th Regiment, PA Cavalry, Co. C
2nd Regiment, PA Provisional Heavy Artillery, Co. H & G

Robinson R152 Witherspoon  W362 Conklin  C524

We have letters from Myron,  his brother Clinton Robinson, and sister Helen Robinson.  They refer to Harriet as Cousin.   We believe the father to be a brother of Harriet's mother, Lydia Robison.  Myron was born in Tompkins County, NY and living in Bradford County, PA at the time of the Civil War.  Albert Conklin was brother of Myron's first wife, Amelia ConklinGeorge Armstrong (Troy, Bradford Co. PA) married relative of Myron Robinson.


Son of John & Hannah Robison  
Born:  17 Mar 1844 (Tompkins Co.), NY
Died:  24 Mar 1898, Hurley, (Turner), SD, Buried Hurley City Cemetery
Information on marker:  Sgt. M.S. Robinson   Co. C 7th Pa. Inf.  Member of the Hurley G.A.R."

(5'10", Blue Eyes, Auburn Hair, Fair Complexion, Age 22 @ Enrollment)
The above description taken from military records.
It conflicts with 1885 Special Schedule for Soldiers, listing Ex-Soldiers of the US.  See below.

Married #1: Amelia Conklin
Died:  Sept 8, 1864,  Buried: Alba, Canton Twp, (Bradford), PA
Brother:  Albert Conklin

Married #2: Margaret A. Witherspoon, Dec 25, 1869, Pleasant Mound, Blue Earth, MN by Rev. Jacob Gleason.  She was born 11 May 1851, NY, the daughter of James Witherspoon, born Scotland, and Philinda Angell, born NY.  She died Oct. 25, 1931, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA.   She is buried in a mausoleum crypt at Forest Lawn Mausoleum and Cemetary in Long Beach (previously named Sunnyside.).  Her daughter Jennie Maull and husband Paul in the same area.  Her son Lee and his wife ___________are buried in an outdoor area.   Grandsons Lynn Maull and Paul Maull are there also.

In a letter to the war department in 1908, Margaret Witherspoon states three of their eight children were still living.  In the 1900 Dakota Census, she is listed as having 7 children and 4 were still living.         

Children of Myron Robinson & Margaret Witherspoon:

Names of all children are not known.
        1. Wilfred  (Fred) Robinson, born @ 1874, MN
        2. Leon (Lee) Robinson, born Dec. 2, 1875, Turner Co. SD
        3. Glenn Robinson, born @ 1878, Turner Co. SD
        4. Jennie Estelle Robinson, born Sept 22, 1883, Hurley, Turner, SD 
        5. Lynn Robinson (male), born Oct 15, 1888, Hurley, Turner, SD

Enrolled #1:   Oct 5, 1861, Troy, PA
Mustered In:  Nov 1, 1861, Harrisburg, PA
Corporal, Co. C, 7th Regiment, PA Cavalry
Jan 1862 appointed Sergeant
Discharged:  With Disability, Jan 14, 1863, Nashville, TN.
Enrolled #2:  March 25, 1864
Co. H, 2nd Regiment, PA Provisional Heavy Artillery,
Transferred to Co. G, 2nd Regiment, PA Heavy Artillery
Deserted:  Sept 21, 1864, from picket lines at Point of Rocks, VA
Maggie Robinson, in her letters requesting pension benefits, stated that Myron told her he and Wetherell were passed outside Union lines for foraging purposes and while eating dinner at a farm house they were captured by a small party of rebels and taken to Libby Prison.  While being transferred to Belle Isle, Virginia (located on James River across from Richmond, VA), Robinson and Wetherell, with fifteen or more of their comrades, jumped from the train and for weeks hid in swamps through the day and traveled nights.  They finally succeeded in reaching the Union Army in Ohio, sick and in rags.

Prisoner of War Records furnish no evidence of capture, release or escape in cases of Myron S. Robinson or Jefferson A. Wetherell.  (Wetherall was also born in Tompkins County, NY.  He was 27 years old.)

Pension Invalid Application No.  1033708
Pension Widow Application No.  677322  SD
August 6, 1908, Application for Widow Pension rejected

Additional Information:
1850 Census PA
Myron listed with parents and sister, Helen.
1860 Census, Ammena Township, Troy, PA
Myron listed with parents and sister, Helen.
1865 Oct:  Letter from Helen Robinson stating that she accompanied her brother, Myron Robinson, to Stillwater, MN to visit with their brother, Clinton Robinson.  Clinton went to get his wife and liked it so much he decided to stay.
1870 Census Try MN Soundex.
March 1873 moved to South Dakota.
1880 Federal Census,Turner County, SD
  Twp 98 Range 53, page 305
Family #333, Myron Robinson 36, Margaret 29, Wilfred 6, Leon, 4, Glenn 2.  Myron born NY as well as his parents. Margaret and her mother born NY, her father was born in Scotland.   Myron is listed as a farmer. Wilfred born MN, Leon & Glenn born Dakota. 
1880 Federal Census,Turner County, SD
  Twp 98 Range 53,
Page 306 Whitmarsh, George L. & Helen Whitmarsh, sister of Myron Robinson
Page 307 Robinson, John, brother of Myron Robinson and Helen Robinson Whitmarsh

1881 South Dakota Homestead Act
June 20, 1881 Myron S. Robinson, TWP 98, Range 53, 160 acres
Sept. 22, 1888 John F. Robinson, TWP 97, Range 53, 161 acres, brother

1885 Special Soldier List for Turner, Dakota Territory

Myron Robinson, enlisted for 3 years, Co. C, 7th PA Cavalry, Oct. 1861, 15 years old, enlisted as Private, a Sergeant at the end of the war.  Lived in Minnesota before arriving in Dakota, March 1873. He was wounded, not receiving a pension.

June 1885 Dakota Territory Census, Turner County District 137, Page 17
June 1, 1885
Family #144, Myron Robinson 40, wife Margaret 34, Fred 11, Lee 9, Jennie E. 1.
Myron was born in NY as well as his parents. 

Jan 1890 Hurley, Turner Co., SD
Myron Robinson, a merchant, signed a deposition for his brother, John E. Robinson.

June 1900 Federal Census  Hurley Township#98 Range 53
  Family #120
Living on Curtis Ave, North Side, Margaret Robinson, Jennie 16, Linn H 11. Myron deceased. Both children list their father as having been born PA, other records indicate NY.

August 6, 1908
  Maggie Robinson was living in Holtville, (Imperial), California.

1900 Federal Census

SD, Monroe Twp. Turner Co. Vol. 15 Ed 319 Sheet 11 Line 3
Wilfred Robinson 26, Sept.1873 born MN; wife, Ida 23, born Feb 1877, WI;
son Kenneth  9/12, born Aug 1899 SD also living with them,
Joffer, Gertie  Relationship SL Birth Aug 1886 age 13 Birthplace Holland
1910 located Ida and son Kenneth living in Holtville, Imperial, CA, with her parents.
Willie C. Carpenter 65, born KY, married 37 years; wife Helen, born NY. 
There was also a son, Willard Carpenter 19, born SD.
1920 located Ida Robinson living by herself in Holtville, Imperial, CA.  There was a Kenneth Robinson living in Los Angeles who may be her son.

December 2, 1914:  Maggie Robinson was living in Hawthorn, California.  Age 63 and caring for a son, who was an invalid due to an auto accident  Three of their eight children were still living.  (2 Sons & 1 daughter)

1920 Federal Census: CA San Bernardino Township, SB County   T625 Roll 129, Page 115
Margaret Robinson living with her daughter Jennie, husband, Paul Maull, their two sons, Paul Jr. & Lynne and Paul's mother, Lucy Maull.

1930 Federal Census:

From the Historical File of  Marie P. Anderson
Hurley Paper, March 31, 1898
"Died at his home in Hurley of paralysis, Myron Robinson aged 54 years.  Served in the Union Army.  Was a prisoner of the Confederates, escaped and was honorably discharged at the time of the Grand Review in Washington.  Moved to Hurley in 1883." 

From the Hurley, S. Dakota cemetery record book. 
"Myron S. Robinson - Turner County - buried Hurley City Cemetery, Hurley,
South Dakota- War   Civil War
Date of birth: 1843 - Place New York State- Date of Death: 1898
Burial place  Hurley, So. Dak.  Addition C Lot 4 Grave #9 -
Block C Lot 4 Owner Margaret A. Robinson 3-24-1898
1 - M.S. Robinson    Male- 54 years. 7da.  March 24, 1898--Hemorrhage of brain

Information on marker:
Sgt. M.S. Robinson   Co. C 7th Pa. Inf.  Member of the Hurley G.A.R."

Info from his military record including the fact that he was disabled in
service and the cause of discharge was S.C. D.

Myron had 2 brothers and 32 cousins who served in the Civil War.
1898 - Only one sister still living.  (Helen Robison Whitmarsh)

George Armstrong (Troy, Bradford Co. PA) married relative of Myron Robinson.

Carrie Robinson, Helen Robinson, Julie Robinson, & Clinton Robinson.  Clinton also served in Civil War.  Maggie Robinson states another brother also served.  Helen Robinson mentions in a letter that a brother, John Robinson, joined the NY Heavy Artillery. 

Source: Civil War Pension Files, Census Records, National Archives, Washington, DC
Robinson & Maull Researcher: Kathy Wing, Ellensburg, Washington

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