__________ 1610 in Leyden Holland
on 06-27-1636 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA to Margaret Hanford
Susannah, JOHN, Isaac, Fear, Mercy
on ______ 1650 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA to Mary ______
Israel, Jacob, Peter, Thomas
_______1704 in Barnstable, MA
|Buried: Old Common Burial Ground (C. Banks' History of Martha's Vineyard)
"The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33"
Scituate 1636, Barnstable 1639, Falmouth by 1664, Tisbury by 1671,
Innkeeper. On 7 February 1664/5 Isaac Robinson was approved to keep
an ordinary at Saconeesett "since there is great recourse to and fro
by travellers to Martin's Vineyard and Nantucket" [PCR 4:80].
MEMBERSHIP: "Isaac Robinson and my son Fuller joined [Scituate
church] having their letters dismissive from the church at Plimoth
unto us," 7 November 1636 [NEHGR 9:280].
In "1633" list of Plymouth freemen between those admitted 1 January
1633/4 and those admitted 1 January 1634/5 [PCR 1:4]. In 7 March 1636/7
list of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 1:52]. In the Scituate section
of the 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen; his name was then erased
and reentered in the Barnstable section of the same list [PCR 8:175,
177]. In Barnstable section of 1658 Plymouth Colony list of freemen
[PCR 8:200]. On 7 March 1659/60 the court "taking notice of sundry
scandals and falsehoods in a letter of Isacke Robinson's, tending
greatly to the prejudice of this government and encouragement of those
commonly called Quakers, and thereby liable ... to disenfranchisement,
yet we at present forebear the censure until further inquiry be made
into things" [PCR 3:183]. On 6 June 1660 Isaac Robinson "for being
a manifest opposer of the laws of this government expressed by him
in a letter directed the Governor and otherwise" is disenfrancised
of the freedom of the corporation. An interlineation following says,
there being some mistake in this, Isaac Robinson is re-established
and by general vote of the court, accepted again [PCR 3:189]; this
interlineation may have been made as late as 1673, for Isaac Robinson
is not in the 29 May 1670 list of Plymouth freemen, and on 4 July
1673 Plymouth Court "voted Mr. Isacke Robinson to be reestablished
in the privilege of a freeman of this corporation" [PCR 5:126].
Sufficient to write a letter to Plymouth Colony authorities in
support of the Quakers.
Deputy for Barnstable to Plymouth General Court, 28 October 1645,
5 June 1651 [PCR 2:94, 168]. Tax collector, 7 July 1646, 1 June 1647,
7 June 1648 [PCR 2:105, 116, 125]. Coroner's jury, 5 June 1658 on
the body of Simon Davis, aged two [PCR 3:147]. Jury, 2 March 1640/1
[PCR 7:19]. (Isaac Robinson does not appear in the 1643 Plymouth Colony
list of men able to bear arms.)
Assessed 9s. in Plymouth tax list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:29]. In
his list of houses built in Scituate, Rev. John Lothrop included among
those erected in 1636 "Isaac Robinson's ... now Goodman Twisden's,"
and as the first built in 1637 "Isaac Robinson's new house" [NEHGR
10:42-43]. On 4 June 1660 the court gave Isaac Robinson and others
permission to purchase land at or near Saconeesett [PCR 3:216]. On
5 June 1666 Isaac Robinson and others were granted fifty acres each
of upland at Pausatuke Neck, with six acres of meadow [PCR 4:128],
and on 7 June 1668 the court confirmed a certain neck of land with
meadow adjoining at Passuntaquanuncke Neck to Isaac Robinson and two
others [PCR 4:189]. On 8 November 1669 Isaac Robinson of Saconeesett,
husbandman, sold to John Jenkins land in Saconeesett; Isaac's wife
Mary acknowledged this deed [TAG 56:147, citing PCLR 3:154]. On 20
December 1666 "Isacke Robinson Senior of Barnstable, planter," posted
a bond of £4 with Joseph Tilden of Scituate, yeoman, as security for
the receipt of a legacy of forty shillings "given and bequeathed unto
... Isaac Robinson Junior by the last will and testament of Mr. Timothy
Hatherley deceased" [PCLR 3:102]. On 9 June 1683 the court granted
Isaac Robinson's petition to look out for land for his accommodation
[PCR 6:110]. In November 1701 Isaac Robinson sold his homelot at Tisbury
to his son Isaac and removed to his daughter's in Barnstable [TAG
Leiden, Holland, about 1610 (aged 92 years, 4 April 1702 [Sewall 463]),
son of Rev. John and Bridget (White) Robinson.
At Barnstable in 1704 (so stated in all secondary sources, but no
evidence supplied). (On 4 April 1702 Samuel Sewall wrote "Visit Mr.
[Isaac] Robinson, who saith he is 92 years old, is the son of Mr.
[John] Robinson pastor of the church of Leyden, part of which came
to Plimo. But to my disappointment he came not to New England till
the year  in which Mr. [John] Wilson was returning to England
after the settlement of Boston. I told him was very desirous to see
him for his father's sake, and his own. Gave him an Arabian piece
of gold to buy a book for some of his grandchildren" [Sewall 463-64].)
(1) Scituate 26 September 1636 Margaret Hanford, daughter of Eglin
(Hatherly) (Downe) Hanford and niece of TIMOTHY HATHERLY ("Isaac Robinsonn
and Margaret Handford contracted at Mr. Hetherlye's June 27, 1636"
[NEHGR 9:286]) [Stevens-Miller Anc 485-87]. "The wife of Isaac Robinsonn
buried [at Barnstable] June 13, 1649, and a maid child born of her
before the ordinary time buried the week before" [NEHGR 9:285]. (2)
By 1651 Mary _____ [TAG 56:147, citing PCLR 3:154]. She died after
8 November 1669 [PCLR 3:154]. CHILDREN: With first wife i SUSANNA,
bp. Scituate 21 January 1637/8 [NEHGR 9:281]; no further record. ii
JOHN, bp. Barnstable 5 April 1640 [NEHGR 9:282]; m. Barnstable "about
the middle of May" 1667 Elizabeth Weeks [MD 12:153]. iii ISAAC, bp.
Barnstable 7 August 1642 [NEHGR 9:282]; d. before 22 October 1668
("he tried to fetch two geese from a pond full of weedy grass and
was entangled" [PCR 5:7]). (He is said to have had wife Anne, but
the evidence for this is not seen. There may be some confusion with
his younger halfbrother who assumed his name, and did have a wife
named Anne.) iv FEAR, bp. Barnstable 26 January 1644/5 [NEHGR 9:283];
m. by 1664 Rev. Samuel Baker (in his will of 20 December 1664 TIMOTHY
HATHERLY bequeathed to "Fear Robinson now the wife of Samuel Baker"
[MD 16:159]; see also NEHGR 142:123-25]). v MERCY, bp. Barnstable
4 July 1647 [NEHGR 9:283]; m. Falmouth 16 March 1669 William Weekes
(the bride's name given as "Mary Robenson" as published). vi Daughter,
prematurely born June 1649 and buried a few days before her mother
[NEHGR 9:285]. With second wife vii ISRAEL, bp. Barnstable 5 October
1651 [NEHGR 9:284] (later called Isaac in honor of his deceased elder
halfbrother); m. Anne Cottle [TAG 18:47; Martha's Vineyard Hist 3:107,
419]. viii JACOB, bp. Barnstable 15 May 1653 [NEHGR 9:284]; m. (1)
Mary _____; m. (2) by 1714 Experience Rogers. (These two marriages
are presented in all sources without documentation [Martha's Vineyard
Hist 3:419, 423; TAG 18:47]). ix PETER, b. say 1655; m. (1) by about
1688 Mary Manter, daughter of John Manter [Martha's Vineyard Hist
3:284]; m. (2) say 1698 Experience _____ (she could not have been
daughter of John Manter Jr. [TAG 18:47]).
JOHN CARVER was uncle by marriage to Isaac Robinson.
On 24 May 1649 Isaac Robinson testified that he heard Mr. Gillson
say that he wanted to leave his land to two of his sister's children
(John and Hannah Damman) which he looked upon as his own, and that
he heard Gillson's wife acknowledge it and say she wouldn't wrong
them [PCR 2:143]. On 1 March 1658/9 Isaac Robinson and Gyles Rickard
Sr., complained on behalf of two children of Henery Coggen, deceased
[PCR 3:156]. Perhaps as a result of this, John Coggen, one of these
children, chose Mr. Isaac Robinson as one of his guardians [PCR 3:160-61].
On 8 April 1664 he was discharged as guardian [PCR 4:77]. Some sources
include a son Thomas born in March 1657, but there does not seem to
be any evidence for this child. This is in part based on the existence
of a Thomas Robinson of Guilford, who cannot have been a son of Isaac
NOTE: In 1941 Mary Lovering Holman presented the ancestry of Isaac
Robinson, treated the immigrant himself and followed a line of descent
from Isaac [TAG 17:207-15, 18:45-55]. Amos Otis and Charles Edward
Banks also prepared brief biographical sketches of Isaac Robinson
[Otis 2:228-31; Martha's Vineyard Hist 2:West Tisbury:60-62].
2:105, 2:116, 2:125, 2:94, 2:168,
3:147, 3:183, 3:189,
8:175, 8:177, 8:200