BENJAMIN JACKSON ROBBINS.
When death called Benjamin Jackson Robbins, Saunders county lost one of its prominent and honored pioneer residents.
He was at that time living in Wahoo but had previously been identified with farming interests and had won substantial
success, becoming the owner of seven hundred and twenty acres of land. He was a son of Caleb Robbins and was born
in Marion county, Indiana, May 30, 1845. His mother died when he was very young and he was largely reared in the
home of his half brother, Amos Burton. He remained upon the farm until nine years of age, when the family removed
to Davis county, Iowa, which was then a new and undeveloped country. His youth was passed upon the farm there to
the age of twenty years and in 1865 he came to Saunders county with Amos Burton. Being too young to enter a claim,
he went to Saline Fort, now Ashland, where he was employed to help build one of the first stone buildings erected
in the county, and when the cornerstone was laid he placed his hat underneath it. He worked by the day and the
diligence and industry which he displayed at that early period characterized his entire life. In 1872 he secured
a homestead in Green precinct. After partially improving this he sold the property and bought eighty acres elsewhere
in the same township. Still later he bought other land and added to his holdings from time to time until his possessions
aggregated seven hundred and twenty acres at the time of his death. His life was one of unfaltering industry and
perseverance. In his vocabulary there was no such word as fail and when obstacles and difficulties barred his path
he overcame them by industry and determination.
On the 17th of April, 1874, Mr. Robbins was married to Miss Amelia Beyer, theirs being the first marriage license
issued after the county seat was removed to Wahoo. Mrs. Robbins was born in Prussia, Germany, October 12, 1853,
a daughter of William and Wilhelmina (Salzman) Beyer. Her mother died in Germany, after which the father married
again and came to the United States, where he arrived in 1870. He went first to the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia,
where he rented a farm, but was not satisfied with that locality and in 1871 came to Saunders county, Nebraska,
where he purchased a relinquishment. He continued his residence in this county throughout his remaining days and
became the owner of a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which he was living at the time of his demise,
which occurred when he had reached the age of eighty one. Mrs. Robbins was seventeen years of age at the time the
family home was established in Virginia, where she continued until June 9, 1873, and then came to Saunders county,
living with her parents until her marriage. She then went with her husband to his farm, on which they resided until
1904, when the farm was rented and they removed to Wahoo. They became the parents of six children: Dora, the wife
of J. P. Knipple, of Wahoo; Lillie, the wife of Grant Wagner, a farmer of this county; Albert A., also farming
in Saunders county, who married Mabel Carr, of this county; Henry N., who follows farming near Ithaca and married
Martha Balka, of Saunders county; Charles L., who is engaged in the hardware and implement business at Ithaca and
married Eva Carr; and Edith, at home.
The family circle was broken by the hand of death when, on July 27, 1915, Mr. Robbins passed away. He had been
a republican in his political views but had never sought office. He was one of the first residents of this county,
coming here when there were so few settlers in the county that he knew them all personally, and he had previously
had pioneer experience in Iowa, for he was taken to that state during the epoch of its early development. While
he had few advantages in his youth, he nevertheless possessed much native ability and steadily worked his way upward,
becoming one of the successful and prosperous farmers of the county. Mrs. Robbins and her daughter still make their
home in Wahoo, where they have a wide circle of acquaintances and are highly esteemed.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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