Lee County Biography

William Clark Robinson
Franklin Grove

William Clark Robinson, merchant, Franklin Grove, IL, was born in central New York, 26 Dec, 1817. His parents were Nathan and Mary (Minor) Robinson. He was reared about a mile and a half from the PA state line in Harmony Twsp., Chautauqua County, NY, into which his father moved at an early day and cleared up a farm. It is here that he has his first recollections. His father's ancestors were Scotch; his mother's English. His father raised eleven children, seven of whom are living.

In the fall of 1841 he left home with a brother and went to La. Here they chopped wood during the following winter. In the spring he came to Ogle county, his brother returning home via New Orleans. In the winter of 1842-3 he again went down the Mississippi. Returning in the spring of 1843, he bought a claim to his farm in Sec. 10, T. 21, China township and built on it. The following year he married Harriet Hausen, eldest daughter of Charles Hausen, Sr. Their issue are: Sophia (wife of Robert McCoy, IA, Henry, George, and Anna (Mrs. Frank Mentzler). Mrs. Robinson died 10 Apr, 1872.

In 1856, Mr. Robinson engaged in the drug business called "Clark Robinson", having rented his farm. In 1874 he went into partnership with his son George W., who was married in 1873, to Mary E. Spiller, by whom he has one daughter. He was a republican, but voted the democratic ticket till Fremont's candidacy. China Twp was organized in 1850 and WC was the first commissioner of highways and also was elected a constable.

Contributed by Georgea Clinton from the History Of Lee County


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