ROBINSON FAMILY OF BOONE COUNTY, AR

Contributed by Vicky Dennis

 

The Biography of this cemetery is a work in progress by Vicky Dennis formerly a Boone County resident whom has family connections to the Robinson Family Cemetery in Bellefonte. vdennis@alltel.net
ROBINSON FAMILY CEMETERY - BELLEFONTE


Dr. James Marlin Robinson
established this Cemetery on his own land near to his home.
This Cemetery sets on what was at one time part of his real estate holdings, after this 5 acre parcel was set apart from those holdings the ownership of the land has remained within the family; as of 2005 it remains on private property and also remains in the ownership of his descendants. Dr. Robinson gave the land for the near by church to be built on, which is still operating today.
Arranged by relationship to Dr. James Marlin Robinson
B= descendants of his second marriage; C= descendants of his third marriage.
Number represents the order of their birth within that marriage.
Robinson, Dr. J. M. born Oct. 16, 1823 died May 28, 1894 Dr. James Marlin Robinson has a Mason stone which was erected by his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson & their sons Edward & Columbus. The doctor was the fourth of eight children being born in Marion County, Alabama to Samuel and Elizabeth [Evans] Robinson. He died in Boone County; was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His grand-father James Evans was an Englishman by birth, was an early emigrant to America, took part in the Revolutionary War and died in Alabama.

Dr. Robinson came to Mississippi when he was a boy of fourteen years; in 185O the Doctor married Sarah Fisher while in Mississippi, having 7 children within that 17 year marriage; in 1857 he entered the Memphis Medical College and did his first practicing in Mississippi. Soon after this in 1859 he located in Hempstead County, Arkansas; by 1867 he was a resident of Boone County and an active practitioner of Bellefonte. He was a skillful surgeon; his patronage extends over a large territory.

Dr. Robinson was considered one of the foremost citizens of Boone County. He was the owner of a grist mill fitted up with the roller process, and which had a capacity of fifty barrels a day. He was also actively engaged in raising stock and naturally the drug business.

He was of the Democrat party; socially he was a member of Bellefonte Lodge of the A. F. & A. M. Because of his children's untarnished records they were also among the most highly respected people of Boone County.
The near by church that was built on the land that Dr. Robinson gave is situated near to the Robinson Family Cemetery.

Recorded burials are:

Himself Robinson, Dr. J. M. born Oct. 16, 1823 died May 28, 1894. As earlier mentioned Dr. James Marlin Robinson has a Mason stone which was erected by his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson & their sons Edward Lee & Columbus Breckinridge.

1B. Robinson, D. T., David T. Robinson born December 06, 1850 died March 17, 1882; he is the son of Dr. James Marlin & his 2nd wife Sarah [Fisher] Robinson. His namesake was for his Fathers' brother.

3B. Robinson, Henry J., born March 09, 1858 died March 15, 1929. James Henry Robinson is the third child of Dr. James Marlin & his 2nd wife Sarah [Fisher] Robinson; he is the husband of Dillie J. [Logan] whom is also buried here as: Robinson, Dillie J., born December 09, 1859 died April 30, 1944. J.H. Robinson age 20 of Bellefonte married Dilly Logan age 18 of Harrison on February 25, 1879 marriage ceremony preformed by D.P. Coats as recorded in marriage book B on page 80 in the Harrison courthouse in Boone county Arkansas. Henry & Dilly share a double headstone.

4B. Robinson, L. A. born Aug. 07, 1865 died Mar. 14, 1930 he is the fourth child of Dr. James Marlin & his 2nd wife Sarah [Fisher] Robinson; L.A. Robinson; age 23 of Bellefonte married Ugena Bellow age 21 of Bellefonte on January 29, 1888 the marriage ceremony was performed by W.A. Dees. As recorded in the Harrison courthouse in Boone County Arkansas. His wife is also buried here as: Robinson, Eugenia born May 4, 1857 died Aug. 28, 1943 birth name Eugenia J. Bellow; her headstone is broken off at the base; she is the wife of Llewellyn "Lou Allen" Robinson.

4BB. Robinson, Oscar born Apr. 26, 1894 died May 26, 1911 son of Lou Allen & Eugenia J. [Ballow] Robinson grandson of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson
For his third wife Dr. James Marlin Robinson chose Martha Ann Bruton, a daughter of Jacob Bruton, who was killed during the war. Martha was the eldest child of Jacob & Sarah Ann [Williams] Bruton. The Doctor & Martha Ann remained married until his death which accrued about 27 years after they wed.
1C. Robinson, Edward Lee, Born March 17, 1869, died February 02, 1901; his headstone was erected by his wife, which is a Royal Arch Mason marker which is broken off at the base, "ground level." Edward is the first born child of Dr. James Marlin & his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson; he was 18 years old when he married Virginia Alice [Ballow] who was 23 years at the time. Both being residents of Bellefonte; they married on December 27, 1887 the ceremony was performed by Wm. A. Dees and is recorded in the courthouse in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas in marriage book C on page 63

4C. Robinson, Charles H. born February 06, 1871 died November 08, 1882.
Charles was the fourth child born to Dr. James Marlin & his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

5C. Robinson, Columbus Breckinridge born February 05, 1873; died November 04, 1937; he was the fifth child born to Dr. James Marlin & his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson.
C.B. Robinson
age 19, of Bellefonte married Ellen Eoff age 19, of Bellefonte on November 29, 1891; marriage ceremony was performed by W. A. Dees as recorded in marriage book D on page 252 in the Harrison courthouse in Boone County, Arkansas. Columbus and Ellen have a double headstone.

5CC. Robinson, Ellen born April 07, 1872 died March of 1958 ~ 85 years, 11 months and 17 days. Ellen R. Eoff wife of Columbus Breckinridge Robinson, she is the daughter-in-law of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

Columbus & Ellen had 11 children, 4 are recorded as being buried here. An infant daughter on January 11, 1904; she died on February 26, 1904. A son Hermon Robinson on October 24, 1895; he died September 10, 1896. A daughter Onie Robinson on August 09, 1898; she passed on August 14, 1898. They then had son Edward Lee Robinson on July 23, 1906; he was dragged to death by his pony in November of 1917. All of Columbus's children were born in Bellefonte, his children whom died at a young age are buried here; on what was Columbus fathers' property. These would be the grandchildren of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson.

5CC. Robinson, Hermon born Oct. 24, 1895, died Sept. 10, 1896; he is the son of Columbus Breckinridge & Ellen R. [Eoff] Robinson and grandchild of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

5CC. Robinson, Onie born August 09, 1898 died August 14, 1898; she is the daughter of Columbus Breckinridge & Ellen R. [Eoff] Robinson and the grandchild of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

5CC. Robinson, infant born January 11, 1904 died February 26, 1904; she is the daughter of Columbus Breckinridge & Ellen R. [Eoff] Robinson; and the granddaughter of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

5CC. Robinson, Lee born July 23, 1906, died November 17, 1917; Lee's pony took off & he was dragged to death. He is the son of Columbus Breckinridge and Ellen R. [Eoff] Robinson and the grandson of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson.
His headstone reads BROTHER LITTLE LEE ROBINSON with the above birth & death dates.

6C. Robinson, Hulda born Apr. 21, 1875 died Jan. 26, 1892 both in Bellefonte Boone County. She is the daughter of Dr. James Marlin & Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

7C. Robinson, Finley M. born May 17, 1878, died September 17, 1879 both in Bellefonte, Boone County, Arkansas; Finley is the seventh child born to Dr. James Marlin & his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson

22. Robinson, W. C. or G.? - 31 July 1887 - 22 June 1917. This head stone is set further away from the others.

The only known family that "is not" an off spring of Dr. James Marlin Robinson's to be buried on his land is that of his third wife Martha Ann's family; they are listed below.

Approximately 4 years before his own death Dr. James Marlin Robinson buried his mother-in-law Sarah Ann [Williams] Bruton in the family cemetery. She is the mother of his 3rd wife Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson.
Bruton, Sarah A. born August 09, 1822, died May 17, 1890, at the age of 67 years, 9 months & 8 days. She married Jacob Findley Bruton in Crooked Creek Township Carroll County Arkansas on September 08, 1838. He is a Civil War Veteran whom it is said died fighting for the cause on April 17, 1864. Sarah was born in Tennessee & died in Boone County, Arkansas. She is the daughter of John E. & Martha Williams.

Bruton, J. H. born April 01, 1848, died October 25, 1911; he is the husband of [Flora] Reser. His full name is John Harrell Bruton, born at Crooked Creek, Carroll County, Arkansas died in Boone County, Arkansas. He is the son of Jacob Findley & Sarah Ann [Williams] Bruton. He is the brother-in-law of Dr. James Marlin Robinson's 3rd marriage to Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson. After Martha & John's sister Eliza Jane [Bruton] Pitts death in 1906 her adopted daughter Laura Lane-Pitts niece to John lived with John's family. [It is said that when John Harrell Bruton's wife Flora Reser died in 1941 that she was also buried here, to my knowledge this has not been confirmed by any burial records to date.] John married at the age of 33 his residents at this time was Harrison, his bride was F.F. Reecer who was 23 years, she was also a resident of Harrison they were married by W.A. Langston on March 23, 1882, as recorded in book B on page 207, at the Harrison courthouse in Boone county Arkansas. Her parents are Peter & Minerva [Langford] Reser.

 

Approximately 12 & _ years after Dr. James Marlin Robinson own death; his Sister-in-law Eliza Jane [Bruton] Pitts was buried in the family cemetery, near to her husband William M. Pitts. It is not clear if Eliza Jane's Sister Martha or if Eliza Jane's adopted daughter Laura Maude Lane-Pitts seen to this; or if it was both of them. We do have documents showing that Eliza Jane had several real estate transactions with Doctor Robinson's descendants as well as her sister Martha who was the Doctor's widow. Eliza's husband William M. Pitts & their adopted daughter Laura Lane-Pitts was also involved in several contracts with Doctor Robinson's descendants as well.

Pitts, Jane born October 6, 1841 died July 13, 1906 wife of Wm.
Birth name Eliza Jane Bruton daughter of Jacob Findley & Sarah Ann [Williams] Bruton, she is the sister-in-law of Dr. James Marlin Robinson from his third marriage to Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson. Eliza Jane Adason 30 to William Pitts 35, both of Boone County; marriage preformed on December 08, 1871 by Isaac Davis Minister of the Baptist Church of Christ; marriage recorded in marriage book A page 97, in the Harrison. She was born in Crooked Creek Township, Carroll County, Arkansas & died in Boone County, Arkansas. Jane was previously married to an Adason.

Eliza Jane is the adopted Mother of Laura Maude Lane-Pitts who was a teacher in Boone County public schools for more than 30 years. This Potts School class picture was taken on October 1, 1897 with School Teacher Laura Pitts ~ she Laura is the second lady on the left in the rear row.

Laura Pitts along with a female cousin [a daughter of John Harrell Bruton] were the enumerator for the 1930 census, riding by horse-back over Bryan and Summit Townships within Boone County for the census information. Laura is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery; block 20, lot 6 within the town of Harrison, Boone Co., AR

Pitts, Wm Approximately 10 months before his own death Dr. James Marlin Robinson buried his brother-in-law William M. Pitts in the family cemetery. He is the only documented person in this cemetery whom does not carry his or one of his wife's surnames. William was ten years younger than Dr. Robinson [10 years, 2 months & 9 days]
Pitts, Wm. Was born December 25, 1833 and died July 16, 1893; his marker is broken off at ground level at the base. Birth name William M. Pitts, son of Isaac & Mildred "Millie" [Clore] Pitts, the husband of Eliza Jane [Bruton] and the adopted father of Laura Maude Lane-Pitts. William was born in Bartow County Georgia, died in Bellefonte, Boone County Arkansas; William M. Pitts joined the "Cotton Guards" Rifle Company, this Company was soon mustered into Confederate service as Company H, 19th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment; he enlisted in the Confederate Army along with his brothers, James Henry, Jasper B. and Henry Teague Pitts also enlisting within that company was Andrew J. Wiggley, who would later become his brother-in-law, together they enlisted on June 22, 1861; into Company K, 19th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, which was also known as the Kingston Volunteers. He is the brother-in-law of Dr. James Marlin Robinson by his 3rd marriage to Martha Ann [Bruton] Robinson. He is buried near to and just in front on the Doctor Robinson's burial site which is today at the rear of the cemetery entrance.

The only known picture of William's scoundrel of a Father "Isaac Pitts" is in the possession of and is contributed by Vicky Dennis

The Robinson Family Cemetery is about 5 acres in size but only a small part of it has headstones still standing today; that area being what is closest to the old home-place; which is located behind the church [picture of Church is shown above] with the cemetery being situated behind the home-place. The headstones are eroded, being barley legible now. The above headstones and names are from that area of the cemetery.
These next stones are so eroded that they can no long be read:

 

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