Biography of Robert Robinson, Sr.
Indiana County, PA Biographies

"ROBERT ROBINSON, SR., of Cone maugh township, was born in county Antrim (Mahara), Ireland, in the year 1739. In November, 1769, he married Rachel Wier, who was born in the same county in 1738. They, with his father and mother, two brothers, two sisters and brothers in law, emigrated to America, landed at Philadelphia in July, 1770, and in a short time moved to Marietta, later going up to Harrisburg with all his family. He was one of the masons who built the John Harris 'House,' (now Cameron House) Harrisburg. In a short time he, with the balance of his family, moved up to Franklin county, to Conococheague (Conikagig) creek, where he helped to build a mill (now a tub factory). Some time from 1777 to 1778 he, with his family, moved west of the mountains, to 'Big Sewickley,' Westmoreland county.

"Soon after 1780 they, with their three sons and two daughters, moved from Sewickley to the north side of the Kiskiminetas river, in Armstrong township, Westmoreland county, near the mouth of Lick Run, on lands called York; in the midst of numerous Indians. While living in that iusecnre cabin the writer's father got his first schooling, at night. Mr. John McDowell was the teacher. In a short time they made their way north one mile (no roads), put up a building twenty four by twenty eight feet, two stories high, and used it as a stockade. No windows or doors were there for a time. The second log from the puncheon floor had four feet of it cut out for an entrance. The building is still standing, having been built nearly one hundred years. It is situated on part of the 'York' lands. The aged parents lived there till 1820, when they went to their son John's on a visit, half a mile north, on the 'Iconium' lands. On Friday, October 31, 1823, she died, in her eighty fifth year. She was buried in the Robinson river hill graveyard. On Thursday, June 23, 1836, he died of palsy, in his ninety seventh year, and was buried in the same river hill."

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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