Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of James W. ROBINSON


         James W. ROBINSON was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1834, the son of James and Lany (Riley) Robinson, Jamesí father was born in the Hedgesville district, Berkeley County, in 1801, and his mother born abt. 1812. James Robinsonís ancestors were from the north of Ireland and were among the earliest settlers in Berkeley County, at Tomahawk Springs, now Hedgesville district, and helped to organize the first Presbyterian congregation and build the first church building in the county.

         On October 16, 1860, in Shanghai, Berkeley County, James W. Robinson and Catherine G. Kitchen were married. She was born in that county October 5, 1840, the daughter of Bethuel M. and Mary (Buzzard) Kitchen, natives of Berkeley County.

         Children born to James W. and Catherine G. Robinson were Mollie H. Robinson, November 18, 1862-?; Jennie F. Robinson, January 31, 1865-?; Lelia K. Robinson, June 24, 1869; Ella Robinson, September 16, 1871; and Robert K. Robinson, November 3, 1877-?. The family lived at Shanghai, Gerrardstown district, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

         James W. Robinson was the first recorder for Berkeley County, under the constitution that organized West Virginia in 1864, and served two years; was deputy collector of internal revenue for Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties in 1867 and 1868; served four years as county justice; was mayor of Martinsburg in 1868-69; was one of the founders of the Berkeley Union, later named the Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Martinsburg; started the Valley Star, later named the Statesman; and was elected surveyor of lands for Berkeley County on October 10, 1882. In addition, he was a merchant.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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