Notes on John ROBINSON (b. c1797) of TN, MO & TX  
WARNING: Errors ahead!  Please use this information as a guide rather than a gospel.

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~ John Robinson ~

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, b. c1797, SC; last known to be residing in Lamar Co., TX, June 1870 (census).


Mary “Polly” ROBINSON; d. after September 1861.  She md. (after 1836), in Benton Co., MO, --?-- STEWART.

Frances ROBINSON, b. c1817, TN; d. before February 1859.  She md/1 c1841, in Benton Co., MO, Solomon CRABTREE, b. (1780/1790); d. 31 Aug 1846, Lamar Co., TX.  She md/2 27 May 1850, in Lamar Co., TX, Daniel Travis ALEXANDER, b. c1812, TN (son of John ALEXANDER & Elizabeth TRAVIS); residing in Jackson Co., AR, in June 1880 (census).

Children of Frances Robinson and Solomon Crabtree:
121. Alexander C. CRABTREE, b. c1842, Benton Co., MO.
122. Sarah Ann CRABTREE, b. c1844 AR (MO); md. 11 Jan 1859, in Lamar Co., TX, Joseph HOWARD, b. c1837, AL.
123. John S. CRABTREE, b. c1846, TX.

Child of Frances Robinson and Daniel Alexander:

Henry C. ALEXANDER, b. c1852, TX; residing in Lamar Co., TX, June 1860 (census).        
NOTE: Published Benton County marriage records show that Solomon CRABTREE married a Frances REDMAN (sic) on 20 Dec 1840; since transcriptions are “interpretative,” it seems reasonable to suggest that the bride's maiden name was actually ROBI(N)SON.  Frances was widowed in Lamar Co., TX, in 1846 then remarried in 1850.  Her second husband, Daniel T. ALEXANDER, murdered a neighbor, Jacob AKARD, in Lamar County in 1853 after an argument over a hog.  Mr. ALEXANDER then fled the state to avoid arrest.  He settled in Jackson Co., AR, and remarried there in 1867.  Twenty years after the murder, one of Mr. AKARD's sons spotted Mr. ALEXANDER in Arkansas, and he was brought back to Texas for trial.  Convicted and sentenced to a life term in the Texas state penitentiary, Mr. ALEXANDER was pardoned in 1879, after serving less than 4 years.

13.  Sarah ROBINSON; d. before September 1861.  She md. --?-- MOORE.

(“half blood” to those listed above)

Lewis Bledsoe ROBISON (aka Lewis Bledsoe ROBINSON, L.B. ROBISON), b. 27 Feb 1827, Franklin Co., TN; d. 02 Feb 1884, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Shead Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX.  He md/1 25 Oct 1849, in Lamar Co., TX, Mary Elizabeth BLEDSOE, b. 05 Mar 1831, MO (daughter of Lewis BLEDSOE & Rachel McDONALD); d. apparently before 1868, Lamar Co., TX.  He md/2 16 Apr 1868, in Lamar Co., TX, Blanche R. LOCKE, b. 18 Apr 1844, MS; d. 21 Jul 1928, Mart, McLennan Co., TX; bur. Shead Cemetery.

Children of Lewis Robison and Mary Bledsoe:
141. Harriet "Hattie" ROBISON, b. 05 Jul 1856, Lamar Co., TX; d. 25 Jun 1930, Paris, Lamar Co., TX; bur. Union Grove Cemetery, Lamar Co., TX; md. 06 Aug 1876, in Delta Co., TX, William J. FINLEY, b. Dec 1855, TN, d. 22 Jul 1916, Lamar Co., TX, bur. Union Grove Cemetery.
142. Martha Ann "Mattie" ROBISON, b. 05 Feb 1858, Lamar Co., TX; d. 23 Jan 1940, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Coolidge Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; md/1? (before 1880), --?-- HENDERSON; md/2 09 May 1895, in Limestone Co., TX, Patrick B. "Pat" COTTON, b. 27 Apr 1875, Limestone Co., TX (son of Shadrack Meshack COTTON & Mary Jane HENDRIX); d. 26 Feb 1927, Waco, McLennan Co., TX; bur. Coolidge Cemetery.
143. Lewis William "Will" ROBISON, b. 31 Jul 1860, Lamar Co., TX; residing in Limestone Co., TX, June 1880.
144. John ROBISON, b. 31 Jul 1860, Lamar Co., TX; d. (before 1870).
145. Pleas Monroe ROBINSON, b. 10 Mar 1865, Paris, Lamar Co., TX; d. 10 Mar 1935, Marshall, Harrison Co., TX; bur. Fairview Cemetery, Marshall, TX; md. 22 Nov 1888, in Delta Co., TX, Sarah Fannie Carrie "Frankie" TERRY, b. 08 Sep 1869, Charleston, Hopkins (now Delta) Co., TX (daughter of Thomas Henderson TERRY & Susanah E. RAY); d. 30 May 1930, Rosalie, Red River Co., TX; bur. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Deport, Lamar Co., TX.

Children of Lewis Robison and Blanche Locke:
Mary E. ROBISON, b. 13 Jan 1869, Lamar Co., TX; d. 15 Sep 1926, Frosa, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Prairie Hill Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; md. 02 Jan 1887, in Limestone Co., TX, Benjamin F. BUSBY, b. 24 Jul 1850, Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO; d. 13 Sep 1926, Frosa, TX; bur. Prairie Hill Cemetery.
Anna Leaura ROBISON, b. 10 Oct 1870, Lamar Co., TX; d. 28 Aug 1876 (29 Aug, per Bible record), Limestone Co., TX; bur. Shead Cemetery.
Pinkney Thomas ROBISON, b. 19 Jun 1872, Lamar Co., TX; d. 20 Oct 1961, Ozona, Crockett Co., TX; bur. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ozona, TX; md/1 17 Dec 1899, in Limestone Co., TX, Myrtle BRODNAX, b. 19 Jul 1880, TX; d. 07 Nov 1900, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Honest Ridge Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; md/2 01 Jan 1912, Pearle M. MILLER, b. 11 May 1886, TX (daughter of Jones MILLER & Amy WILLS); d. 20 Jul 1960, Ozona, TX; bur. Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Eula ROBISON, b. 29 Aug 1874, Lamar Co., TX.
Leula ROBISON, b. 29 Aug 1874, Lamar Co., TX.
Fannie Lee ROBISON, b. 29 Feb 1876, TX; d. 24 Feb 1974, Marlin, Falls Co., TX; bur. Mart Cemetery, McLennan Co., TX; md/1 18 Nov 1894, in Limestone Co., TX, Seth WARD, b. 29 Aug 1873, TX (son of Clark WARD & Rebecca AVERRETT); d. 13 Aug 1926, Waco, McLennan Co., TX; bur. Mart Cemetery; md/2 Benjamin Sherwood "Bennie" LAYNE, b. 12 Sep 1894, TX (son of William Ellsbury LAYNE and Rose Frances HERRING); d. 09 Jul 1978 in Mart, TX; bur. Mart Cemetery.
Joseph Bledsoe "Joe" ROBISON, b. 07 Feb 1878 (06 Feb 1878, per Bible record), Limestone Co., TX; d. 18 May 1955, Mart, McLennan Co., TX; bur. Prairie Hill Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; md/1 02 Jul 1897, in Navarro Co., TX, Rosa Lee ROBERTS, b. 15 Jan 1875; d. 05 Jul 1899, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Honest Ridge Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; md/2 Alma BRANDON, b. 24 Jun 1878, TX (daughter of John A. BRANDON & Emma ROBINSON); d. 29 Jan 1967, Mexia, Limestone Co., TX; bur. Prairie Hill Cemetery.
Carrol B. ROBISON, b. 16 Nov 1880, Limestone Co., TX; d. 05 Oct 1881 (10 Oct 1881, per Bible record), Limestone Co., TX; bur. Shead Cemetery.

Iantha C. (Jane) ROBINSON, b. c1827, Franklin Co., TN; d. 20 Dec 1904, Llano Co., TX; bur. Waters Creek Cemetery, Llano Co., TX.  She md/1 22 Jan 1852, in Lamar Co., TX, John HICKMAN; d. before September 1860, probably Lamar Co., TX.  She md/2 03 Dec 1863, in Lamar Co., TX, Guilford BRIDGES, b. 1811, NC; d. 1898, Llano Co., TX; bur. Waters Creek Cemetery.

Children of Iantha Robinson and John Hickman:
151. John Furney HICKMAN, b. 08 Jul 1854, Lamar Co., TX; d. 01 Jan 1925, Lincoln Co., NM; bur. Corona (City) Cemetery, Lincoln Co., NM; md. 07 Jul 1878, in Crockett (now Sutton) Co., TX, Mary Frances RIGGS, b. 17 Feb 1855, White Co., AR; d. 25 Dec 1943, Torrance Co., NM; bur. Corona Cemetery.
152. Martha Melvina HICKMAN, b. 29 May 1856, Lamar Co., TX; d. 24 Mar 1952, San Marcos, Hays Co., TX; bur. Vanderpool Cemetery, Bandera Co., TX; md. 14 Dec 1873, in Williamson Co., TX, James Madison BRIDGES, b. 13 Dec 1849, IL; d. 23 Sep 1926, Sabinal, Uvalde Co., TX; bur. Vanderpool Cemetery.

Children of Iantha Robinson and Guilford Bridges:

Lurania BRIDGES, b. 27 Dec 1864, Cooke Co., TX; d. 27 Nov 1955, Stillwater, Payne Co., OK; bur. A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery, Osage Co., OK; md. 23 May 1882, in Llano Co., TX, James Birdsong MIDDLEBROOK, b. 15 Aug 1858, Lavaca Co., TX; d. 04 April 1931, Osage Co., OK; bur. A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery.
Jurenia “Babe” BRIDGES, b. 12 Sep 1866, TX; d. Mar 1959, Fairfax, Osage Co., OK; bur. Fairfax Cemetery; md. 17 Jun 1882, in Llano Co., TX, George Jefferson MIDDLEBROOK, b. 01 Nov 1860, Karnes Co., TX; d. 23 Mar 1936, Fairfax, OK; bur. Fairfax Cemetery.
Gilford Louis “Gilf” BRIDGES, b. 30 Jul 1869, Hunt Co., TX; d. 29 Jul 1942, Bronte, Coke Co., TX; bur. Fairview Cemetery, Coke Co., TX; md. 26 Sep 1889, in Llano Co., TX, Georgia E. PRICE, b. 29 Mar 1866, Lavaca Co., TX; d. 18 Jul 1949, Bronte, TX; bur. Fairview Cemetery.
Mollie C. BRIDGES, b. Feb 1871, TX; residing in Austin, Travis Co., TX, in 1920 (census); md/1 18 Oct 1888, in Llano Co., TX, William M. McQUEEN, b. 02 Jul 1866, AL; d. 09 Dec 1932, Llano Co., TX; bur. in Llano, TX; md/2 15 Mar 1896, in Llano Co., TX, LeGrand McMILLEN, b. Mar 1848, OH; d. 24 Sep 1924, Sawtelle Veterans Home, Los Angeles Co., CA; bur. Los Angeles National Cemetery.

16.  James F. ROBINSON, b. (1830/1835); d. Feb 1859, Lamar Co., TX.

17.  (Son) ROBINSON, b. (1830/1835); d. before September 1861.

18.  (Son) ROBINSON, b. (1830/1835); d. before September 1861.

Martha J. ROBINSON, b. c1835, Benton Co., MO; possibly residing with father in Lamar Co., TX, June 1870 (census).  She md. 16 Jun 1859, in Lamar Co., TX, George W. ARMSTRONG; d? before 1870.

1A.  John W. ROBINSON, b. c1837, Benton Co., MO.  He md. 30 Jul 1862, in Lamar Co., TX, Catherine MOORE.

Henry J. "Jack" ROBINSON, b. c1839 (09 Apr 1836, per t.s.), Benton Co., MO; d. 06 Oct 1910, Delta Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery, Delta Co., TX.  He md/1 c1863, in TX, M.C. --?--, b. 24 Oct 1847; d. 20 Dec 1864; bur. Charleston Cemetery.  He md/2 29 Sep 1865, in Lamar Co., TX, Eliza J. [CRINER] GAGE, b. 01 Apr 1842, AR; d. 25 Nov 1896, Delta Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery.

Children of Henry Robinson and Eliza Criner:
1B1. Ruth L. (Lucinda) "Pink" ROBINSON, b. 28 Jul 1866, Hopkins (now Delta) Co., TX; d. 16 Jul 1931, Lake Creek, Delta Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery; md. 06 Jan 1887, in Hopkins Co., TX, Jefferson Beaugard WESTERMAN, b. 1861, Hopkins Co., TX (son of Daniel Sanders WESTERMAN and Delphia DRAKE); d. 1936; bur. Charleston Cemetery.
1B2. Martha ROBINSON, b. c1869, TX (possibly the M.J. ROBINSON – b. 10 Mar 1873 (sic); d. 04 Oct 1879 – buried at Charleston Cemetery).
1B3. Reedy A. ROBINSON, b. 1871 (12 Apr 1868, per d.c.), Delta Co., TX; d. 31 Mar 1941, Bridgeport, Wise Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery; md. 30 Nov 1885, in Red River Co., TX, Will HARDEN.
1B4. Elizabeth May "Bessie" ROBINSON, b. Feb 1874 (03 May 1870, per d.c.), Delta Co., TX; d. 03 Sep 1970, Mt. Pleasant, Titus Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery; md. 21 Dec 1890, in Delta Co., TX, William Isaac HERIN (sic), b. 02 Jun 1868, Delta Co., TX (son of Lewis B. HERRIN and Sarah Ann RIPLEY); d. 02 Mar 1938, Vasco, Delta Co., TX; bur. Charleston Cemetery.
1B5. Nancy Jane "Nannie" ROBINSON, b. 13 May 1875, Delta Co., TX; d. 07 Mar 1955, Tucson, Pima Co., AZ; bur. Masonic Cemetery (now Evergreen Memorial Park), Tucson, AZ; md. 15 Jan 1896, in Delta Co., TX, Rufus W. TAYLOR, b. 19 Oct 1873, AL; d. 04 May 1958, Tucson, AZ; bur. Masonic Cemetery.
NOTE:  We can say with certainty that John ROBINSON’s youngest son was born between 1835-1840 in MO; that his initials were “H.J.”; and that he was alive and well in Texas as late as 26 Sep 1861.  The only man on the 1860 U.S. census closely matching this description is a Henry J. ROBERSON (b. 1839, TX) in Hopkins Co., TX (p. 155).  He was unmarried and working as a laborer in what is now known as the “East End” of Delta County (cut from Lamar and Hopkins counties in 1870).  Henry’s near neighbors in 1860 included several BLEDSOE and ROBERTS families (see below), so it would not be unusual to find a son of John ROBINSON living here.  The 1870 census finds presumably this same Henry J. ROBINSON (now b. 1840, MO) in Lamar (now Delta) County (p. 237), just 23 households from his suspected father, John ROBINSON (p. 235), and 33 households from his suspected brother, Lewis B. ROBINSON (p. 239).  Living with Henry in 1870 were his wife Eliza (b. 1840, TX) and three daughters: Bell (b. 1858, AR), Elizabeth (b. 1866, TX), and Martha (b. 1869, TX) (p. 237).  The oldest child was Bell GAGE (1857–1939), the daughter of Henry’s wife from a previous marriage.  At the 1880 U.S. census (p. 531), Henry J. ROBERTSON (sic) was recorded in the East End of Delta County with his wife Eliza, yet their dates and places of birth (1832, TX, and 1850, AR, respectively) do not match the earlier census.  Their children now included Pink (b. 1867, TX), Redy (b. 1871, TX), Bessie (b. 1873, TX), and Nannie (b. 1875, TX).  Henry’s date and place of birth were listed as (Mar 1835, TX) in 1900 and (c1840, MO) in 1910.  In spite of these disparate reports, all other evidence seems to point rather strongly to the theory that he was the son of John ROBINSON.

t.s. = tombstone
d.c. = death certificate

This examination of John ROBINSON stems from research on the McDONALD, BLEDSOE, and ROBERTS families who resided in Sinking Cove on the waters of Crow Creek in present Franklin Co., TN, in the early 1800s.  According to one source, Mary McDONALD — daughter of Daniel McDONALD and Sophia GRAHAM — married John Robinson BLEDSOE.1  It is believed that the surname “Bledsoe” was a misplaced reference to Lewis BLEDSOE (c1793–1844), who is supposed to have married Mary’s sister Rachel about 1815.  This same Lewis BLEDSOE deeded 34½ acres in Sinking Cove to the “heirs of Daniel McDONALD” in 1825.2 

With Mr. BLEDSOE properly identified, Mary McDONALD’s husband may well have been John ROBINSON.  Indeed, a man of this name entered 100 acres in Franklin County adjoining the property of SELLS and the McDONALD heirs in 1827.3   “SELLS” in this instance was Peter SELLS (1787–1854), who was a son-in-law to Daniel McDONALD, having married his daughter Hannah in 1807.

John ROBINSON’s naming of a son "Lewis Bledsoe" in 1827 almost certainly connects him to Franklin Co., TN, although not necessarily to Mary McDONALD.  In fact, one researcher suggests that Mary was the wife of Jacob SELLS, Peter’s brother.4  Perhaps John actually married Mary’s sister Martha.5  Because the evidence proves that Lewis Bledsoe ROBI(N)SON was the product of at least a second marriage, it seems reasonable to assume that Mary (or Martha) was John’s second wife — if indeed he married a McDONALD at all.

Census records consistently indicate that John was born about 1797 in South Carolina.  It is not known when he arrived in Tennessee, but he may be the same John ROBINSON who witnessed the will of William STEWART in Franklin County in January 1816.6  Another witness to STEWART's will was Graham ROBERTS.  Mr. ROBERTS not only later acquired property next to Peter SELLS in Sinking Cove,7 but he also witnessed the aforementioned deed in which Lewis BLEDSOE sold land to the McDONALD heirs in 1825.

Peter SELLS is the only known heir of Daniel McDONALD recorded on the 1830 U.S. census of Franklin Co., TN.  The others, it appears, had already begun a westward migration that eventually led them to Benton Co., MO.  In May 1836, on motion of Lewis BLEDSOE, the Benton County Court appointed John ROBINSON as guardian of Frances and Mary ROBINSON.8  This not only establishes a continued association between these two men, but also provides an approximate date for the ROBINSONs’ arrival in Missouri.  Three years later (December 1839), Lewis BLEDSOE became “curator of [the] estate of Sarah ROBINSON, minor daughter of John ROBINSON in place of said ROBINSON who was heretofore her legal gnd. and whose powers and duties are hereby revoked.  BLEDSOE ordered to pay $140 as curator.”9  The circumstances leading to this change in conservatorship are not known.

The 1840 U.S. census of Benton County finds John ROBINSON (b. 1790/1800) just two households away from Lewis BLEDSOE (p. 62).  Also recorded in the ROBINSON household were John’s wife, presumably Miss McDONALD (b. 1800/1810), and eight children — six boys and two girls, all under the age of 15 years.  In September 1844, John received a federal land patent10 for 124 acres identified as the east fractional quarter of Section 1, Township 40 North, Range 23 West.11  This tract was located on the Osage River about two miles northwest of Warsaw in Benton County.  John earlier had assigned (sold) this land to Lewis BLEDSOE and one George ALEXANDER, so he evidently never took possession of the property.  Mr. BLEDSOE and his brother-in-law, William A. McDONALD, each acquired federal patents in this same general area, as did Solomon CRABTREE.  In 1842, Mr. CRABTREE and his wife Frances (nee ROBINSON, #12 above) sold approximately 317 acres located in Sec. 18, Twp. 40N, Range 22W (about 1½ miles west of Warsaw).12

Dr. Henry Graham McDONALD, yet another of Daniel McDONALD’s sons, moved to the Republic of Texas in 1837.  Apparently for his service in the Texas army, he received a grant of 1,280 acres in Red River (now Lamar) County.13  This property was located in what was later known as the Pleasant Grove (now Howland) community 10 miles southwest of Paris, the seat of Lamar County.  The ROBINSONs joined him there a few years later.  In an affidavit tentatively dated February 1863, Lewis ROBERTSON (sic, #14 above) stated that he “knew [Dr.] McDONALD since 1841 – lived neighbor to him.”14  The CRABTREEs also moved to Lamar County sometime between 1842 and 1846.15

Not long after his arrival in the Republic of Texas, John ROBINSON claimed a 320-acre grant on Moore’s Creek in Lamar County — just above the North Sulphur River and southeast of Dr. McDONALD’s homestead.16  The property was surveyed on 17 May 1841 with William BLEDSOE and Joseph REDDIN as "chain bearers."  John sold 100 acres of his headright in March 1848.17  This deed showed the signature of John ROBINSON and the mark of his wife, Martha ROBINSON.  Although Martha is listed here as John’s third wife, she just as easily could have been his second.  This even may lend credence to theory that he married Martha McDONALD — again assuming that he married a McDONALD at all.

Records of the Lamar County Probate Court reflect a protracted and somewhat confusing custody battle between John ROBERSON (sic) and Henry G. McDONALD over one Isaac McDONALD (aka I.M. McDONALD), a minor heir of Sophia McDONALD, dec’d.18  In March 1847, John petitioned for guardianship of the 13-year-old orphan, pledging to send him to school for 18 months, provide him with substantial clothing, treat him fairly, “learn him the principles of Farming," and furnish him a good common horse, saddle, and suit of clothes when "he arrives at the age of 21.”  John’s petition also refers to an earlier court order appointing H.G. McDONALD as Isaac’s “tutor” (guardian): “...the said McDONALD does not wish to carry out his appointment but is desirious [sic] that your petitioner be appointed said tutor and that the order so appointing him be resinded [sic] by your Hon[or] and that your petitioner be appointed.” 

Just six months later, Henry G. McDONALD requested that he be made guardian of Isaac, “a minor residing in the family of John ROBERTSON [sic] ... and is now living without a legal guardian.”19  Dr. McDONALD posted a $100 bond and took the guardian’s oath in September 1847.  In July 1850, however, the court approved a motion removing him as guardian, “at the cost of H.G. McDONALD.”

Neither John ROBINSON nor Isaac McDONALD has been located on the 1850 U.S. census, possibly suggesting that they were living together just beyond the census taker’s reach.  John next appears on an 1854 scholastic census of Lamar County with two children between 6 years and 16 years of age — probably his own sons, John and Henry.20

In May 1859, Lewis B. ROBISON (#14) was appointed administrator of the estate of his deceased brother James.21  The probate file contains numerous records regarding James’ property, both real and personal, valued at about $2,000.22  One particular item of interest is a listing of heirs dated 26 Sep 1861.  Because James was unmarried at the time of his death, his estate descended to his father and siblings, including those “of the half blood, to wit, Polly STEWART and the heirs of Francis [sic] CRABTREE, dec’d, to wit: Alexander, Sarah Ann and John CRABTREE / and the heirs of Polly23 MOORE ... all minors / names not known.”  This document bears the signature of L.B. ROBISON.

The 1860 U.S. census of Lamar County, Precinct No. 3, shows John ROBBINSON (sic) to be a widower with real property valued at $1,100 and personal property worth $300 (p. 105).  He was living with his son John and grandson, Henry ALEXANDER, and his near neighbors included two of his children (L.R. [sic] ROBINSON and I. HICKMAN) and also Henry G. McDONALD.  L.B. ROBINSON, John ROBINSON, and Jackson (perhaps Henry J.) ROBINSON later joined the 9th Brigade of the Texas Militia, organized in Precinct (or Beat) No. 3 in August 1861.24   John registered to vote in Lamar County on 11 Jul 1869, claiming to have lived in the state and county for 20 years and in the precinct (No. 3) for just 2 years.

John ROBINSON remarried in 1864 and was enumerated with his new wife in Lamar County's Beat No. 2 on the 1870 U.S. census (p. 235).  The area in which they lived may have become part of Delta County upon its creation in 1871.  John then disappeared from the records, and nothing more is known of him.

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1.  Rosemary McDonald Dykema, M.D., [383 Fisher Road, Grosse Point, MI 48230], letter to Skipper Steely, 29 May 1986.  Skipper Steely Collection, Texas A&M University–Commerce Archives, James Gee Library, Commerce, TX: “McDonalds” file.  ["Daniel McDonald ... married Miss Graham / Issue / William / Henry Graham / James Madison / Martha (Sells) / Margaret (Stewart) / Mary (John Robinson Bledsoe)."  According to Ms. Dykema, this information was copied from notes made by her mother, who received same from William Johnson McDonald, son of Henry Graham McDonald.  The Bledsoe reference is assumed to be “misplaced” because Ms. Dykema’s letter mentions neither Rachel McDonald nor Lewis Bledsoe.]
2. Deed of Sale from Lewis Bledsoe to heirs of Daniel McDonald, dec'd, 30 Dec 1825, Franklin Co., TN, Deed Bk L:375.
3. Franklin Co., TN, Land Entry No. 1007.
4. John Ashbaugh [101 North Vine Street, Mt. Carmel, PA 17851], “Escbach/Binckley Family,” < ~johnthebaptist/index.htm>, 27 May 2002.
5. Dykema, letter.  [Daniel McDonald is said to have had a daughter named Martha who married a Sells.  The husbands of Mary and Martha may have been transposed in the later retelling.  Or daughter Hannah — who married a Sells but was not mentioned in the Dykema letter — was incorrectly identified as Martha.  More research is needed to resolve this matter.]
6. Frances T. Ingmire, Franklin County, Tennessee, Abstracts of Wills, 1808–1875, (Mountain Press, Signal Mountain, TN, 1984), p. 4.
7. Franklin Co., TN, Land Entry No. 1128.
8. Banks McLaurin Jr. [5843 Royal Crest Drive, Dallas, TX 75230], The Bledsoe Family in America, (by the author, 1993).  [This genealogy contains very detailed notes regarding marriage, land, and court records, yet few sources are cited.]
9. McLaurin, Bledsoe Family.
10. A patent is a legal document by which the final title to any land survey is passed from the government to an individual.
11. “Official Federal Land Records Site,” <>, January 2001.
12. Deed of Sale from Solomon Crabtree and wife Frances to William Waldo and P. Johnson of Harrison Co., VA, 11 Aug 1842, Benton Co., MO, Deed Bk B:207; Deed of Sale from Solomon Crabtree and wife Frances to James L. Collins and William Shields of Cooper Co., MO, 11 Oct 1842, Benton Co., MO, Deed Bk B:232.  [These deeds showed the marks of Solomon and Frances Crabtree, indicating that neither could read nor write.]
13. Republic of Texas to Henry G. McDonald, Headright Grant No. Red River-2-69.  General Land Office, Austin, TX.
14. Henry G. McDonald estate records, Probate No. Mc-1201.  Lamar County Clerk’s office, Paris, TX.  [Although this document, “Property in Dispute,” is undated, other documents in the McDonald folder indicate that Lewis B. Robinson and several other men were “to appear before the Hon. County Court of Lamar County at the Court House thereof in the town of Paris on the last Monday of February 1863 to give testimony in the suit pending between Isabella McDonald vs. Est. of H.G. McDonald.”]
15. Solomon Crabtree estate record, Probate No. 137 (Bk B:13-14).  Lamar County Clerk’s office, Paris, TX.  [Petition of Frances Crabtree, widow and relect of Solomon Crabtree, dec’d, filed 09 Nov 1846.]
16. Republic of Texas to John Robinson, Headright Grant No. Lamar-3-100.  General Land Office, Austin, TX.
17. Deed of Sale from John Robinson and wife Martha to David Halfacre and wife Mary, 28 Mar 1848, Lamar Co., TX, Deed Bk D:195.
18. Probate No. 153 (Bk B:14-15).  Lamar County Clerk’s office, Paris, TX.  [The relationship of Sophia M. McDonald to either John Robinson or Henry G. McDonald is unknown.  Neither she nor Isaac has been located on any census.]
19. Probate No. 168 (Bk 2:478-480).  Lamar County Clerk’s office, Paris, TX.
20. Gifford White, Texas Scholastics, 1854–1855: A State Census of School Children, (Heritage Books Inc., Bowie, MD, 1980; revised 1990), p. 165.
21. James F. Robinson estate records, Probate No. R-822, Lamar County Clerk’s office, Paris, TX.
22. James Robinson also claimed a preemption of 320 acres (Abstract No. 822), located a few miles east of Paris.  Half of this property was awarded to James’s father, while the other half was divided between L.B. Robison, Iantha Hickman, Martha Armstrong, John W. Robison, H.J. Robison, and the “half bloods.”
23. Polly Moore also is identified as Sarah Moore in the probate record.
"Company for Beat No. 3, Lamar County, Texas, 9th Brigade, Texas State Troops, Texas Militia," <>, 31 Mar 2010.

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