A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Charles H. ROBBINS (1844 – 1934)

Source: Robbins, Viola Gertrude (Peck) and Charles H. Digital scan of original photograph; believed to be their wedding portrait. C. 1864. Original in the possession of Joyce Robbins Sanders, San Antonio, Texas. 2007.

How Related:
My 3rd-great-grandfather

Born: 19 April 1844 in Liberty Twp., McKean Co., Pennsylvania or Steuben Co., New York (sources, including statements by Charles himself, conflict)

Parents: Joseph Josiah ROBBINS (1820 – 1905) and Marinda ROBBINS (1827 – 1912)

Siblings: Emeline C. (1847 – 1917); Joseph Uzza Benson (1846 – 1931); Benjamin Leander “Lee” (1850 – 1929); Evaline L. (1853 – bet. 1877/1880); Benjamin Franklin “Frank” (1858 – 1916); and William Wallace ROBBINS (1867 – 1882)

Married: first to my ancestor, Viola Gertrude PECK (1848 – 1918) on 23 October 1864 in Liberty Twp., McKean Co., Pennsylvania. Her step-brother, Angelo M. CRAPSEY, also served in the same company as Charles. Married second to brother Frank’s widow, Helena “Lena” (SWEET) SKINNER ROBBINS (c. 1860 – 1951) in 1921 (place unknown)

Children: William W. “Willie” (1865 – 1903); Burton Wallace (1867 – 1960); Edwin Warren (1869 – 1941), Emma Alice (1872 – 1965), Angelo Merrick (1874 – 1923) – my ancestor, and Arthur A. ROBBINS (1880 – 1885)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Cards of Charles H. Robbins. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital images purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 30 May 1861; fell ill. Enlisted 15 August 1861 in Co. I, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry; private. Transferred 11 June 1864 into Co. I, 190th Pennsylvania Infantry

Side Served: Union

Mustered Out: 12 August 1864

Biography or Information of Interest: Charles’ interesting AnceStory (biography) is listed here on my website.

Died: of aortic infirmity on 20 January 1934 in the Village of Hesperia, Newfield Twp., Oceana Co., Michigan

Source: Headstone of Charles H. Robbins, Hesperia West Cemetery, Hesperia, Michigan. Digital photograph taken at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff by Find A Grave photo volunteer “Dame Agatha”. 2006

Buried: 23 January 1934 in Section A, Block 4, Lot 158, Space 5 of Hesperia West Cemetery, Village of Hesperia, Newfield Twp., Oceana Co., Michigan


One Response

  1. Miriam,
    Have you obtained copies of the pension file? I have a copy of my gg-grandparents’ marriage certificate. I was able to hold it in my hands when I visited NARA in Washington D.C.

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