An American Family History

The Robbins Families

  also spelled Robins  

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

John Robbins was the immigrant ancestor of the Wethersfield, Connecticut Robbins family.

He married Mary Wells in England.

They came to American and settled in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.

John and Mary's children included:
Samuel Robbins (1639),
Mary Robbins (1640/41, married Eleazer Kimberly),
Hannah Robbins (1643, married William Warner),
Comfort Robbins (1646, married Theophilus Sherman),
John Robbins (1649, married Mary Boardman), and
Joshua Robbins (1652).

John died at Wethersfield on June 27, 1660.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Robert Robbins was born about 1648.

He married Mary Maxwell in 1671 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts. The marriage was performed by Justice Minott. She was born February 1647/48 in Chelmsford.

Robert and Mary's children may have included:

Mary Robbins (1671, married James Dutton),
John Robbin (1673),
Robert Robbins (1675, married Mary Dill and Elizabeth Shedd Cummings),
James Robbins (1678),
Anna Robbins (1681, married Stephen Keyes),
Ebenezer Robbins (1683, married Margaret Barrett),
Nathaniel Robbins (1685, married Elizabeth and Phebe Varnum),
Elizabeth Robbins (1688, John Powers),
Thomas Robbins (1690, married Lydia Adams).

In 1676 Robert served under Captain John Cutler at Hassanamesit, now Grafton, Massachussetts.

In the 1680s the family settled at Groton, where Robert Robbins and Peleg Lawrence bought land from the Nashobah Indians in 1686.

On March 17, 1691/2, Robert 'Robin' and his family were listed in John Davis' garrison in the southeastern part of the town.

At a Groton town meeting on June 8, 1702, they voted to give three acres of meadow and ten of upland to 'robart robins Sener' if he would give his Indian land 'titels' to the town.

Robert Robbins, died about 1720 in Groton.

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In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.


Thomas Robbins was born about 1695 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He may have been the son of Robert Robbins and Mary Maxwell.

Thomas married Lydia Adams on August 6, 1713 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Thankful Robbins (1714),
Lydia Robbins (1716),
Leah Robbins  (1718, married Timothy Chase),
Robert Robbins (1720),
Edith Robbins (1724),
Mary Robbins (1726, married Jonathan Hildreth),
Nathaniel Robbins (1729), and
Anna Robbins (1732).


John Robbins was in the 1801 and 1805 assessments of Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

John Robins was in Sherwood's Company during the War of 1812.




William Robbins was born about 1760.

He married Frances Emery. Frances was born about 1763 in New York.

Robert Robbins (married Sally),
Emery Robbins,
Elizabeth Robbins,
William Robbins,
Mary Robbins (married John Brower),
Frances Robbins (married John Grant),
Jane Robbins (married Ralph Hodgson),
Susannah Robbins (married Daniel Herrick),
Henry Robbins (1804, married Relief French), and
John Robbins (1807, married Emily Hastings).

William died about 1835 in Leeds County, Ontario.

  Henry Robbins was born on December 20 1804, in Leeds, Ontario, Canada.  

Asa Robbins was born in 1769 in Nelson, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He was the son of Josiah Robbins.

He married Hepsebeth Adams.

Asa E. Robbin (1792)
John Robbins (died young),
Adams Robbins (1794, married Esther Dwinnell and Martha Plumley).

Adams Robbins' life and children are described in detail in the section on Esther.



Amy Robbins Cain (1767, married John Cain, Sr.) in New York.

  Robert Robbins was born in 1792 in the United States as was his wife Sally. In 1851 they lived in Bastard.  

John Robbins was born in 1802 in Leeds County, Ontario. His parents were William Robbins and Frances Emery.

He married Emily Hastings.

In 1851 he was living in Crosby.

  Sally Robbins married Henry Miller.  



from A Genealogical History of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., 1632-1897

Children of Hepsebeth [Adams] (1775) [91] (John, Moses, James, Moses, Lieut. Henry, Henry) and Asa Robbins; res. Nelson, N. H.

i. Asa E. Robbins, d. 31 Aug. 1813.
ii. John Robbins, d. young,
iii. Adams Robbins.