Thursday, November 14, 2019

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1890 Biographical Sketch of Eliza (Carringer) Robinson Family

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1890 history book for Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (which I accessed on Google Books):

By doing a Google search for my 3rd great-grandfather, Henry Carringer, I found this article in this book on pages 1072 and 1073:

This article is titled "John Robinson," but it's mostly about his wife, Eliza Carringer.  

The transcription of the article is:

JOHN ROBINSON, late a resident of Iowa. and numbered among its most worthy citizens, was born in Hubbard County, Ohio, in  1818, and departed this life at his homestead April 29, 1867. He was a good man in all the relations of life, kind and indulgent to his family, industrious and reliable and made for himself a record of which his children will never be ashamed.

The parents of our subject were Thomas and Mary Robinson who were of Scotch-Irish descent and spent their last days in Pennsylvania. John was reared to manhood in his native State and on the 11th of November, 1858. was married in Pennsylvania to Miss Eliza Carringer. Of this union there were born five children, two of whom, Emma I. and Thomas E., died at the ages of fifteen and thirteen years. The survivors are Henry H., a resident of Colorado; Ella S., and Elmer E. The eldest son married Miss Nancy Stewart and they became the parents of three children, one of whom died in infancy. The survivors are George E. and Herbert L. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson after their marriage removed, in 1858, to Louisa County, Iowa, where the   husband and father died, and where Mrs. Robinson continued to live until the fall of 1881. Then with her three children she came to Northern Kansas, settling upon the land which she now owns  and   occupies and where, with the assistance of her children, she has built up a comfortable homestead.  

Mrs. Robinson is a member in good standing of the United Presbyterian Church and a lady greatly   respected by all who know her.

Mrs. Robinson was born in Mercer County, Pa., June 1, 1827, and is the daughter of Henry and Sarah (Feather) Carringer, likewise natives of the Keystone State and both of German ancestry.  Eliza was their eldest child and was reared to womanhood in her native county, receiving her education in its primitive schools. Her paternal grandfather served as a soldier seven years in the Revolutionary War. IIer uncle, Jacob Carringer, served in the War of 1812. The parental family consisted of ten children, namely: Eliza, David J., a resident of Colorado; George W., deceased; Cornelius A., residing in Pennsylvania; Mary, who lives with her sister, Mrs. Robinson; Sarah. Henry and Louisa deceased; Matilda. Mrs. Moore. of Riley County, this State, and Harvey M., deceased.  Henry served as a soldier in the late Civil War.

Mr. Robinson was a Republican in politics and a consistent member of the United Presbyterian

The source citation for this record is:

Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (Chicago, Chapman Bros., 1890), pages 1072-1073, John Robinson sketch.

This biographical sketch of the John Robinson family provides information not only about John Robinson's life, wife and children, but also about his wife's life after he died, and her parental family.  John's spouse, Eliza (Carringer) Robinson (1827-1914), is my 2nd great-grandaunt.

Eliza's father, Henry Carringer (1800-1879), died in Louisa County, Iowa in 1879, and that was probably why Eliza moved to Clay County, Kansas with her children along with Eliza's youngest sister, Matilda (Carringer) Moore and her family, and her sister Mary Carringer, who never married.

Henry and Sarah (Feather) Carringer are my 3rd great-grandparents, through their son David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) who married Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) in 1851.


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