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Oldest son of Texas.



Generation No. 1


1.  JOHN REED2 ROBBINS  (WILLIAM1) was born March 27, 1824 in 4 miles North of San Felipe, Austin Co., Texas.  He married MARTHA.  She was born Abt. 1828 in ALABAMA.



1850 Fayette County Census


Martha 22 F Ala

William 3 M Tx

Mary 3 F Tx

John 1 M Tx

Mary 65 F Tenn

1860 Travis Co., Austin---Mary Robbins, 75, living with Shuttz Family.

Next listing on census is J.R. Robbins and his family.

Native Born Texan

To the Galveston News,

Gonzales Texas, July 10

I see in your valuable paper where they are trying to find the oldest native-born Texan. I therefore take pleasure in addressing you these few lines in order to give you some information of my life and of how long I

have been here. I don't know as I'm the oldest, but feel certain I'll tally up in being the next. My father came to Texas with Houston in 1822. He settled on the Trinity River. There he put in the first ferry boat ever built in the state of Texas. It now goes by the name of Robbins Ferry. He lived there twelve months, then sold out to his brother Nat Robbins, and moved to the Brazos. Settled four miles north of St. Philippi. There I was born, the 27th day of March, 1824. The first public works they had in Texas - a water mill - was built 12 miles west of St. Philippi, on Mill Creek. Was built by a man by the name of Cummings. He received 15 leagues of land for erecting it. My mother and a lady by the name of Mrs. McCoy were the first two women that slept on the soil of Texas. I have lived under all flags; have been in all campaigns gotten up in Texas, except 1830. The first gun that was fired was fired 4 miles west of Gonzales, on the south side of the river, the beginning of the Mexican War. The people of Gonzales have erected a large granite stone, giving all dates. The old settlers had a hard row to weed when they first came here. The closest market was Red River. We had no post office. All the mail came by hand.I drank my first glass of buttermilk out of a terrapin shell.The first man baptized in Texas was baptized by my uncle Issac Reed, in 1830 in Nacogdoches County. The first Methodist meeting in Texas was held in Austin County in 1834, Rev. Bavett being the preacher. The first

man that joined the church was a man by the name of Rabb in 1834. Texas was a wild place, but God almighty, being powerful and victorious over all things, has made it a grand and good old place. The health of the community is generally good. Crops are good.

John R. Robbins



Father: William ROBBINS b: 1786 in ,,North Carolina

Mother: Mary REED b: 1785 in ,,Tennessee


Marriage 1 Martha UNKNOWN b: Abt 1828 in ,,Alabama


Children of JOHN ROBBINS and MARTHA are:

                   i.       WILLIAM3 ROBBINS, b. Abt. 1847.  

                  ii.       MARY ROBBINS, b. Abt. 1847.

                 iii.       JOHN REED ROBBINS, JR., b. January 25, 1849, TEXAS.




Given Name: John R, Jr.

Surname: Robbins

Sex: M

Birth: 25 Jan 1849

Death: 19 Jun 1903 in Belmont, Gonzales Co.

Burial: 20 Jun 1903 Boothe Dickinson Cemetery, Gonzales, Co.


Boothe (Dickinson) Cemetery

Between Gonzales and Belmont near US Hwy 90A. Turn off at Adams Camp.


Father: John Reed ROBBINS b: 27 Mar 1824 in 4 miles North of San Felipe, Austin Co., Texas

Mother: UNKNOWN MARTHA b: Abt. 1828 in Ala.





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