Biography of W. A. Robinson
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W. A. ROBINSON, harness maker and saddler, and Postmaster at Sharpsville, was born in Paris, Ind., September 17, 1832, where he was reared and educated. He is the son of S. M. and Sarah (Bull) Robinson, natives of Virginia and Kentucky respectively. His parents came to Indiana about 1828, and settled in Paris, his father being a pioneer merchant of that place. After our subject had completed his studies, he served as an apprentice at the harness and saddler's trade at Paris, and in 1854 came to Sharpsville, where he engaged in this business until 1858. He then located at Madison, Ind., where he worked at his trade until 1861, when he entered the Government service and remained in the Quartermaster Department until 1864. He was captured at Mt. Sterling, Ky., and held under guard eight days, when he was paroled. In 1865, he returned to Sharpsville, where he has since engaged in the harness and saddler's trade. He has served as Postmaster since 1865, having received his appointment through President Lincoln. Mr. Robinson was married in Madison, Ind., May 30, 1855, to Miss Diana V. Coffman, daughter of John and Virginia (Kile) Coffman, both natives of Virginia, who settled in Madison, Ind., in 1818. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have had two children - Mrs. Mattie A. Franklin, of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Dora M. Wells, of Sharpsville. Mr. Robinson has served as Justice of the Peace, is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has taken thirty two degrees in the F. & A. M. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics is a Republican.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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