Samuel Robinson, who passed away on the 26th of January, 1888, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, and was the
eldest in a family of five children, all of whom are now deceased, namely: Samuel, Gordon, William, Eliza and John.
Mr. Robinson, who was a carpenter by trade, emigrated to the United States about 1850, and spent about two years
working at his trade in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, after which he went to Wheeling, West Virginia, about 1852. He
subsequently removed to Burlington, Iowa, where he followed his trade for seven years. At the expiration of that
period he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in the vicinity of Roscoe, Iowa, in the cultivation of
which he engaged until his demise.
In Washington, Pennsylvania, on the loth of December, 1855, Mr. Robinson was married to Miss Rossannah McCoy, a
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Frazier) McCoy, both natives of Virginia, in which state they spent their entire
lives. They were the parents of eight children: Ellen, the deceased wife of Adie Bell, of West Virginia; William
and Samuel, both deceased; Jane, the deceased wife of William McCoy, of Wrest Virginia; Margaret, the deceased
wife of William Slater, of Pennsylvania; Rossannah, the widow of Samuel Robinson; James, who is residing in the
vicinity of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and Hamilton, deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were born four children:
Elizabeth Jane, the deceased wife of John Alexander, of Louisa county; Alletta J., the wife of Mathew McCune, of
Colorado; William, of Morning Sun; and Annie M., the wife of Andrew Alexander, of Louisa county.
Following the death of her husband Mrs. Robinson disposed of the homestead and coming to Morning Sun she bought
a lot in the best part of the town and erected one of the finest residences in the place. Here she nas ever since
continued to make her home. She is a member of the Reformed Presbyterian church, with which her husband was also
affiliated, and counts among its members many friends.
A man of energy and enterprise Mr. Robinson, although without means when he came to America, owned a fine farm
and had gained a very comfortable competence at the time of his demise, all of which had been acquired through
the united efforts and perseverance of himself and wife.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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