Telling my family's stories
The Robinsons were one of the first settler families to move into Northwestern Illinois after the Blackhawk War of 1832 destroyed the Sauk, Kickapoo, and Fox who had been living in the area.
William J. Robinson and his brother Archibald were the first to come over to Northwestern Illinois in 1839. They came from Philadelphia, where they had been living since they immigrated from Donegal, Ireland in 1825. Both of them bought land in the 1840s from the U.S. government in the area of what is now Elizabeth and Hanover townships in Jo Daviess county. They shared the land with their father and siblings, some of whom are buried on it (likely their father, John Robinson), and some of the Robinson descendants still live there still today.
John Robinson > Ellenor Robinson > Henry Golden > Ellen Golden > Cora Moorehead > Elmer Ritenour