|NATHAN ROBBINS, one of the most extensive land-owners and a leading agriculturist of North East Township, residing in Golden, claims North Carolina as the State of his nativity. He was born in Guilford County, in 1824, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Johnson) Robbins, the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter of Ireland. Of their family, Clements married Miss Leo Burke, and came to this county in 1836. William, born in 1818, married Miss Dorset, and is living in North East Township; Kesiah, wife of Nixon Balfour, born in 1826, resides in Augusta, Ill.; Martha, born in 1828, is the wife of James Warren, of this county; Rosa, born in 1830, is the wife of Jeffrey Horney, of La Prairie, Ill.; Ann, born in 1833, is the wife of Lemuel Burke, of this county; A. Smith, born in 1835, makes his home in this county; Jane, born in 1836, is the wife of Joseph Crumwell, and resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Our subject spent the first twelve years of his life in the State of his nativity, and in 1836 came to Adams County, Ill. On attaining to mature years, he married Miss Elizabeth J. Dorset, who was born in 1832. Their union, celebrated in 1848, has been blessed with a family of seven children: Jeffrey, born in 1849, married Miss Dorset, and resides in kansas; James, born in 1851, married Miss Hackney, and makes his home in North East Township; C. P., born in 1853, Nathan Lewis, born in 1856, married Miss Walker, and lives in Colorado; William, born in 1857, married Miss Hoyt, and lives in this county; Mary, born in 1859, is the wife of James Ross, of this county, and Iva May, born in 1871, now Mrs. Eugene Ketchum, completes the family.
Throughout his entire life Mr. Robbins has engaged in agricultural pursuits. Purchasing a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in North East Township, he there made his home until 1891. For that farm, which he bought when twenty-four years of age, he paid $350. He improved the land, erected good buildings upon it, and made it an excellent farm. He has since bought four hundred and eighty acres additional, and is one of the extensive land-owners of the county. His success has all been acquired through his own efforts. He started out in life empty-handed, but with perseverance and determination he overcame the difficulties in his path and steadily worked his way upward to a position of wealth and affluence. His prosperity is certainly well deserved. In politics, he is a Republican, and is a liberal supporter and faithful member of the United Brethren Church. Those who know him esteem him highly for his sterling worth, and his friends throughout the community are many.
[Source:Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois
containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens,
Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892, Page 122, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]
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