Robinson, Frederick G.
Age: 18, credited to Bennington, VTVITALS
Birth: 01/13/1843, Bennington, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC
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Frederick and Charles Robinson
Frederick G. Robinson was born 13 Jan 1843 in Bennington, VT, the son of Uel Merrill and Betsey (Hicks) Robinson. His great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Robinson, was the founder of Bennington. In 1860, he was still living with his parents in Bennington.
James Sprunt, in "Chronicles of the Cape Fear River 1660-1916," detailed his Civil War service:
Frederick G. Robinson, a native of Bennington, Vt., joined his prominent relatives on the Cape Fear prior to the war of 1861, and, full of enthusiasm for his adopted State, enlisted at the beginning of hostilities in the Wilmington Rifle Guards, which became Company I of the Eighth Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers, and with it, and later with the Fortieth, he did valiant service through all the campaigns to the Battle of Bentonville, where he was captured. He remained a prisoner of war until after the general surrender.
The writer, an intimate,lifelong friend, who admired his brave and generous nature, recalls a characteristic incident in Sergeant Robinson's military career. A contemptible comrade having behind his back questioned his loyalty to the South on account of his Northern birth, Sergeant Robinson stepped out of the ranks and publicly denounced the base insinuation, and offered to fight each and every man then and there who dared to repeat the allegation.
Beloved by many of his associates, his memory is still cherished in the hearts of his friends.
He married, 13 June 1866, Isabel B. Costin (1843-?), of Wilmington, NC, daughter of Miles and Catherine Letitia (Robeson) Costin. Children:
Uel Merrill Robinson, b. 11 Jul 1867
Charles Henry Robinson, b. 8 Feb 1872 (m. Eleanor Boyleston)
Frederick S. Robinson, b. 18 Aug 1876
Elizabeth R. Robinson, b. 17 Feb 1879 (m. F. A. Thompson)
In 1880, they were living in Wilmington; Frederick was a grocery clerk. He died in Wilmington, 14 November 1884; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.
Note the details on the stone are at odds with the details in the Sprunt rendition.
Charles Henry Robinson, Frederick's older brother, also moved to Wilmington, NC from Vermont. He was born 31 August 1831, in Bennington. Apparently a businessman, he enlisted in September 1862 as quartermaster sergeant in the 31st North Carolina Infantry. the unit was initially stationed at Roanoke Island, and was captured in February 1862. After being exchanged, it was assigned to Clingman's Brigade where it was engaged in the fight at Battery Wagner, then moved north to participate in battles at Drewry's bluff and Cold Harbor, and the Petersburg siege. In 1865, it participated in its last battle at Bentonville, the same battle that Frederick was taken prisoner.
Charles also remained in Wilmington, and died there on 6 November 1917, interment in Oakdale Cemetery as well.
Robeson, Susan Stroud and Caroline Franciscus Stroud, "An Historical and Genealogical Account of Andrew Robeson of Scotland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and of His Descendants from 1653 to 1916," Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1916, pp. 168, 268.
Sprunt, James, "Chronicles of The Cape Fear River 16660-1916," Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1916, p. 360.
Hewelett, Crockette W., "Between the Creeks: A History of Masonboro Sound, 1735-1970," Wilmington: Wilmington Print. Co., 1971, p. 216.
United States Census Bureau, Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.
United Sates Census Bureau, Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880.
Charles' death certificate, on www.ancestry.com
Family material contributed by Doug Robinson, a distant cousin.
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