Biography of Simon Robbins
Allen County, OH Biographies

SIMON ROBBINS, hardware merchant, Spencerville, was born in Mercer County, Ohio, July 7, 1841; son of James and Celia (Brewer) Robbins, natives of Clinton County, Ohio, and early settlers of Auglaize County; they were the parents of eleven children, of whom Simon is the fourth. Our subject was raised on a farm, his education being limited to the common schools. He entered upon his career in life as a farmer. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with Capt. Kennedy, served three years and received his discharge as orderly sergeant. He was in several engagements in which his regiment took part, the Atlanta campaign, Franklin, Nashville, and others. He is an active member of Kishler Post, G. A. R. at St. Mary's, and is also a member of the I. O. O. F. and Methodist Episcopal Church. After he returned from the war he engaged in mercantile business at Spencerville for five years, then moved back to his farm in Auglaize County, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and raising short horn cattle, of which he has the finest herd in that vicinity. In December, 1883, he retired from farm labor, but still owns his farm. Returning to Spencerville Mr. Robbins purchased a stock of hardware, in which business he still remains. He was married December 13, 1866, to Orphelina Lawrence, who was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, June 20, 1845, and to this union were born eight children: O. Roscoe I., Cora A., Nora B., Jennie M., Mary C., Ida B., Albert R. and Zoa G. Mr. Bobbins has served the people in several township offices. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; has always been identified with the Democratic party.

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