Shelby County

Samuel Robinson



Samuel Robinson

History of Shelby County, 1883 Sutton
Green Township
Pages 202-203

Samuel Robinson, deceased, A native of Pennsylvania, was born in Bucks County, March 24, 1780.  He came to Ohio when a young man, with his mother, his father being dead, and located in Clarke County, near Springfield, remained a few years then moved to Champaign County, where he married Miss Elizabeth Sturm, daughter of Henry Sturm, then of Shelby County, born March 11, 1793.  Mr. And Mrs. Robinson settled in Champaign County, remained until March 1815, when he entered and moved his family on the land in Green Township, Shelby County, now owned by George Ginn, in section 19 where they passed the remainder of their days.  Mrs. Robinson died Nove 4, 1875, aged 82 years.  Mr. Robinson died March 31, 1876, aged 96 years.  They reared a family of eight children, viz:  Henry, Rebeccca, Eliza, John, Mary, Rossiter, Elizabeth, and Lydia, all of whom are yet living except Eliza who died in August 1881.  All married and had families.  Mrs. Robinson is said to have been the second settler in what is now Green Township, the first being Mr. Sturm, the father in law of Mr. Robinson.  His first improvement on hi land was the erection of a log cabin, 14 by 16, one story high, which served them as a dwelling about 10 years.  Then, about 1825-6, he erected a hewed-log residence. 
                He made clearing land and farming his avocation through life.  Shortly after Mr. Robinson settled on his land, one day while walking around in the woods he saw a black bear sitting in the forks of a large tree.  In order to kill the bear he returned to his house to get the gun, but unfortunately there were no bullets run; so, while Mrs. R. made the bullets, he went back to the tree to watch the bear.  In a short time Mrs. R. came with the bullets.  He loaded his gun and fired.  The bear fell backwards; but instead of coming to the ground, it fell in the hollow of the tree, out of sight, and presently a young cub ran up the forks where the old bear sat, and looked down at Mr. R.   He thought he had killed the old bear sure.  He then cut the tree down, and found the old bear and all her cubs were dead.  But on examination he found his bullet had not touched the bear, but they were killed by the falling of the tree. 
                    In about 1830 a severe storm passed over the settlement, blew the roof of Mr. R.ís house, and did other damage in the neighborhood.  In 1834 another storm came along, and  moved the upper part of Mr. R.ís house, dow as low as the tops of the doors and windows, about six feet out of its place, but fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

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