Biography of Elisha Robinson
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

ELISHA ROBINSON, a progressive and successful business man of the Allegheny Valley, is a leading citizen of Hovey township, and one of the large landholders of Armstrong and Butler counties. He was born in Hovey township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1832, and is the seventh son and ninth child of a family of ten children born to Elisha and Elizabeth (Rohrer) Robinson, On a dreary December day in the year 1620, a little band of pilgrims who had fled from the religious intolerance and persecution then prevailing in western Europe, landed on a granite boulder on the shore of Massachusetts bay, and there, in that inhospitable region, amidst discouragements and hardships almost intolerable, they planted deeply the tree of political and religions freedom, under whose branches the happy millions of American freemen meet today. One member of this pilgrim band that came over in the Mayflower and landed on "Plymouth Rock," was the progenitor of the old and well known Robinson family, of Massachusetts. One of his numerous descendants was Andrew Robinson (grandfather), who settled at Windbarn, Connecticut, where his son, Elisha Robinson (father), was born December 4, 1791. Elisha Robinson, in 1814, became one of the early settlers of Hovey township. He was a man of activity, energy and usefulness, and a detailed account of his business life will be found in the sketch of his son, W. D. Robinson, of Kittanning. The oil excitement brought Mr. Robinson into prominence in western Pennsylvania. His farm was soon dotted with oil wells, on which his royalties for leases amounted to as high as twenty thousand barrels of oil per month. His integrity was incorruptible, and when he passed away (October 17, 1874) he left to his family a spotless reputation as well as his lands and wealth,

Elisha Robinson was reared on the farm on which he now resides, and received his education in the common schools and Kittanning academy. In 1861 he engaged at the mouth of Tom's run in the general mercantile business, which he followed until 1866, when he came to his present farm. In 1868 he was elected justice of the peace, hut resigned after serving three years in order to take charge of his father's oil business, and has been engaged more or less ever since in oil territory and oil producing. His home farm is finely improved, while his carriage and horse barn is complete throughout, and cannot be surpassed by any to be found in the western part of the State. Mr. Robinson is a representative and progressive farmer and stock raiser. He makes a specialty of blooded stock, many of which he purchases in Kentucky and Ohio.

November 22, 1857, Mr. Robinson united in marriage with Caroline Truby, of Brookville, Jefferson county. They have eight children, four sons and four daughters: Annie T,, wife of Rev, J. E. Eggert, of Kansas, Illinois; Elisha M., of Pittsburgh, who married, and is engaged in the stone business; Samuel T., an oil producer and farmer; Elizabeth R., wife of A. S. Whiteman, superintendent of the Parker City glass works; Alice M., Earnest W., Olive G. and Chase S.

Like his father, Mr. Robinson is a democrat, and has served his township as overseer of the poor, school director and justice of the peace. He owns about five hundred acres of productive land in this and the adjoining county of Butler.

In 1857 he united with the Parker City Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is one of the oldest members, and its preseut class leader. Honorable as a business man, and respected as a citizen, Elisha Robinson is popular in his section of the county.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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