Biography of Robert O. Wilkins
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Wilkins, Robert O., was born in Norfolk county, England, November 3, 1821, and was a son of Robert and Mary (Osborn) Wilkins. His father was a farmer, contractor and builder, and Robert learned the trade of brick layer and ornamental plasterer. and in 1846 began business at Stalham, England. At a general election in his native country Mr. Wilkins became dissatisfied with the manner in which it was conducted, so decided to come to the United States, where many of his ancestors had preceded him. In 1851 he first visited the country, two years later came to Medina, and after about a year settled in Barre. In 1859 he moved to the village of Albion, where he has ever since resided. He has assisted in the construction of some of the most prominent public and private buildings in the village, among them Bordwell's block, the Harrington stores, the Methodist Episcopal and Free Methodist churches, etc. He also built the addition on the Burrows house and the Bordwell house, renovated the Judge Davis house. In 1866 Mr. Wilkins returned to England for about six months. In 1861 he started a toy and yankee notion store and saloon in the village, which he carried on several years. His residence was erected in 1874. On June 10, 1846, in England, Mr. Wilkins married Eliza Dix, by whom he has had two children: Robert Richard, now in business in Albion as successor to his father, and Mary, wife of John W. Thomas. Mr. Wilkins has served assessor and fire warden, and was a member of old Company No. 2 until it disbanded. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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