An American Family History

Obedience Robbins

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Obedience Robbins was born about 1600 in England at Long Buckby. Long Buckby is a large village in Northamptonshire, England. Obedience was baptized on April 26, 1600. His parents were Richard Robins and Dorothy Goodman and his brother was Edward Robins.

He emigrated to Virginia in 1628.

Robbins married Grace O'Neil Waters in 1634 in Virginia. Their son John was born on May 7, 1636 in Northampton County, Virginia.

He represented Accomack County, Virginia as a Burgess in 1630 and was appointed a justice of Accomack County, in 1632. He also served several more times as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, in 1639, 1642, 1644, and twice in 1652 in April and November.He also was a member of the Council.

Robbins died around December 30, 1662 in Northampton County, Virginia.

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.



from The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland: by Joshua Dorsey Warfield

. . . the following record from the Virginia Magazine of History, is of interest:

Colonel Obedience Robins, of Cherrystone, born 1601, was a member, in 1632, of the first County Court of Accomac, and was a brother of Edward, merchant of Accomac. His name and associations seem to indicate that he was of Puritan affinities. His wife was the widow of Edward Waters, of Bermuda. When a girl of sixteen, Grace O'Neil arrived at the Bermudas in the ship Diana.

Becoming Mrs Waters, they removed to Elizabeth City, now Hampton, where their first son, William, was born. He became an active citizen of Northampton. Upon the death of Edward Waters, the widow became the wife of Colonel Obedience Robins.

Jane, the wife of George Puddington, a member of the Maryland Assembly, from Anne Arundel County in 1650, was a sister-in-law of Colonel Obedience Robins.


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