A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for James ROBINSON
Transcription of a typed document received from the Jefferson County (Indiana) Historical Society: "James Robinson was born October 20, 1821 in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. His father was Andrew Robinson, a native of the same state, of Irish descent. His mother's maiden name was Stilly. He was raised on a farm and had a common-school education.
"In 1845 he married Miss Mary Barnum, born March 11, 1827, of Jefferson County, Indiana, where he (Robinson) resided during the rest of his life. He died in 1858. He was a good citizen.
"Captain Daniel Barnum, the father of Mrs. Robinson, was a man of considerable note. He was born in the State of New York, in 1786. He was a soldier of 1812. Daniel Barnum's wife was Elizabeth Thom, born March 12, 1791.
"He came to Indiana in 1823 and settled in Lancaster Township – now Monroe – in Jefferson County, where he lived a good orderly citizen for many years. He came down the Ohio River on a raft of lumber, starting from the region of Olean, New York on the Alleghany River. With this lumber he erected the house and barn on his farm. In 1837 he removed to Missouri and remained some years, returning again to Indiana; later he went to Oregon, and after some ten years he returned again to Jefferson County, where he died.
"He was twice married and raised eight children." [Note: As there seem to be several errors in this transcription, it should be taken as a general guide rather than as a fully factual document.]
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