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PRINCE H. ROBBINS (A biographical sketch abstracted from Album of Isabella County, Michigan, compiled and published by Chapman Brothers, Chicago, Illinois, 1884) Re: The Nicholas Robbins Family, No. 7.34.8


Prince H. Robbins, farmer on Sections 22 and 23, Gilmore, and mill owner in Clare County, was born May 20, 1829 at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. His parents, Rufus and Letitia (Wyman) Robbins, were natives of Nova Scotia. His father was born May 21, 1792 and died August 7, 1867. His mother died in 1873, her exact age being unknown. The father was captain of a vessel and when Prince attained his majority, he shipped as a seaman on the same boat. Thereafter, he followed the sea as a vocation for twenty-two years, rising to the positions of mate and captain.


Prince came to the U. S. around 1869 and after spending six months in Worcester, Massachusetts, he relocated to Michigan, residing first at Alma, Gratiot County, where he remained about a year and a half. In 1871 he settled in Isabella County, where he took possession of 200 acres of land in Gilmore Township which he had previously purchased. Of this tract, which was in an entirely original condition, he has improved 120 acres. In the fall of 1883 he removed his residence to a point in Clare County near Harrison's Junction, formerly known as Hinkley's Mills, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of lumber and shingles.


On December 19, 1850, Prince married Isabella B. Purdy, daughter of Robert and Mary (Bullerwell) Purdy.



Nicholas Robbins Family

She was born June 6, 1830. Their household is now comprised of the following children: Eliza E., b. April 5, 1852; Robert W., b. March 19, 1854; Rufus, b. November 16, 1855 (died January 3, 1856); Althea B., b. October 31, 1856; Catherine A., b. September 11, 1858; Eva, b. September 24, 1860; Mary Letitia, b. November 16, 1863; Henry, b. March 25, 1866; and Gracie, b. May 27, 1875 (died June 23, 1875).


Submitted by Lawrence G. Robbins, January, 2007. Mr. Robbins may be contacted by email at

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