Robbins, James Walter & Nellie J., Weston Twp., Clark County, WI

Bio: Robbins, James Walter & Nellie J.
Contact: Stan

----Source: 1880 Federal Census--Belmont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, Marsha Hosfeld & Janet Schwarze

Surnames: Goodenough, Robbins


James Walter & Nellie J. Robbins

Weston Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin


James was born 16 Oct 1839 in Liberty, Henry Co., OH, the youngest son of Ira Allen and Mary (Safford) Robbins’ 11 children.  Ira was born in Hancock, Addison Co., VT, 9 Sep 1807, the son of Zenas & Cynthia (Goodenough) Robbins. Mary (1813-1895) and Ira were married 7 Mar 1833, in Hancock, Addison Co., VT. Their other children were: Charles Henry (b. 28 Jun 1834, McKean, OH); Zenas Safford (b. 6 Apr. 1841, Liberty Twp., OH); Cynthia Elizabeth (b. 30 Jan., 1844, Liberty Twp., OH); David Mack (b. 19 Feb., 1846); Ira Oscar (b.12 Jan., 1848); Joseph Packard (b. 3 Nov., 1849); Emma Jane (b. 11 Apr., 1852, Newton, OH); Edwin Rupert (b. 26 Apr., 1854, Taylor, OH); Mary Maria (b. 28 Sep. 1837, McKean, OH) and Sewell Smith (b. 15 Dec. 1834, McKean, OH).


During the Civil War, James fought as a Pvt. with Co. K, 1st OH Inf. The 1875 WI State Census for Clark Co. WI shows Ira Robbins living in Fremont Twp. and James Robbins living in Weston twp.  


James and his wife, Nellie, were among the first pioneers to live in Christie, settling on a farm in sec. 10, near La Fleur’s mound right after the Civil War. She was the daughter of Their children were Harry B. (b. 1869), Clinton (b. 1871) and Mabel H. (b. 1873, m. H. M. Loomis). Harry graduated from Neillsville High School in 1890. In later years, James made his home in an Old Soldiers’ Colony at Zephyrhills, Florida and his sons lived in Denver, CO.


Old Soldiers’ Colony at Zephyrhills, Florida.


James Walter Robbins is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."


1880 Federal Census--Belmont, Lafayette, Wisconsin

 Name  Relation M/S/D/W Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation F-Nativity M-Nativity
 James Robbins   Self   Married   Male   W   40   Ohio   Farmer   Vermont   Vermont
 Nellie J. Robbins   Wife   Married    Female   W   36   Vermont   Keeps House   Ohio   Vermont
 Harry B. Robbins   Son   Single   Male   W   11   Wisconsin   "Taut" At Home   Ohio   Vermont
 Clinton Robbins   Son   Single   Male   W   9   Wisconsin   At Home   Ohio   Vermont
 Mabell H. Robbins   Daughter  Single   Female   W   7   Wisconsin   At Home   Ohio   Vermont


Military Service


James W. Robbins fought as a private with Co. K, 1st Ohio Infantry


Research Notes


American Civil War Soldiers

Name: James Robbins       

Enlistment Date: 1 Oct 1861           Side Served: Union              State Served: Ohio 

Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 1 October 1861 at the age of 22.

Enlisted in Company K, 1st Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 1 Oct 1861.

Promoted to Full Sergeant on 1 Nov 1864.

Mustered Out Company K, 1st Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 13 Sep 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.

Sources: 17 


U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name: James W. Robbins               Side: Union                Regiment State/Origin: Ohio 

Regiment Name: 1 Ohio Cavalry 

Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry            COMPANY: K 

Rank In: Private                     Rank In Expanded: Private 

Rank Out: Sergeant              Rank Out Expanded: Sergeant     Film Number: M552 roll 90 


Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

Name: James W. Robbins      State Filed: Wisconsin      Widow: Jessie N. Robbins 

   K  1  Ohio Cav       

1867 Feb 13    Invalid          Appl # 139826          Cert # 123167

1922 Apr 21     Widow         Appl # 1187989                                            Wisc              

(looks more like 1902, but he died in Jan 1922 so...)



1885 - Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War                             

Robbins, Jas. W        Private            K         1          Ohio                Christie  


I found something that says her name was Jessie N. Bull


The grandfather, Zenas, was a very early settler of Hancock, Addison, VT and built the 1st sawmill there.  Charles, the oldest brother of James, also owned a farm there.  Apparently, James & Jessie/Nellie married there, in 1867


The 1860 Census confirms we have the correct wife, Jessie N. Bull, who was the right age in Hancock, Addison, VT.  She is buried in the Neillsville City Cemetery.


1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Jessie N Bull    Age in 1860: 15    Birth Year: abt 1845    Birthplace: Vermont 

Home in 1860: Hancock, Addison, Vermont - Post Office: Hancock

   Household Members: Name │Age Occupation Estate Per. Property

            H N Bull--54  NY-- Farmer--2200--805    

            Phebe N Bull--45--VT

            Marcellus C Bull--17--VT

            Jessie N Bull--15--VT

            Ira W Bull--7--VT

            Ella E Bull--5--VT

            Alpheus Pasker--23--VT


(1) Husband: James Walter Robbins

          Birth:  16 OCT 1839  Newtown, Hamilton, Ohio

          Marriage:  02 OCT 1867  

          Death:          Burial:    

               Father:   Ira Allen Robbins Family

               Mother:   Mary Safford  

     Wife: Ellen Bull

          Birth:  About 1846  Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin

          Marriage:  02 OCT 1867  

          Death:          Burial:


(2) James W. Robbins          Male 

          Event(s): Birth:  About 1839   , , Ohio



 Parents: Father:  Ira Robbins 1807 -1891 

                Mother:  Mary Safford    



  Spouse:  Jessie N. Bull 

  Marriage:  08 OCT 1867   Hancock, Addison, Vermont



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