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Nicholas Robbins Family


ULYSSES N. ROBBINS  (Biographical data abstracted from family records, newspaper articles, U. S. Census enumerations and cemetery records)  Re: The Nicholas Robbins Family No.


Ulysses N. Robbins was born August 18, 1872 at Northport, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, the son of Benjamin T. and Helen A. (Brown) Robbins. Ulysses followed his father’s footsteps into the building trades and by his mid-twenties had established a plumbing business in Northport.  On June 24, 1896, he married Eva May Waite at his home in the Washington Heights section of Northport in a ceremony attended by over one hundred guests, including family members from Calais and Eastport, Maine and various locales around Long Island.  His bride, Eva May Waite,  was born in Calais, Maine on July 3, 1874, the daughter of Charles and Agnes Waite.  Her father had died by the time of the  1880 Census.  In that Census five year old Eva and her widowed mother, Agnes, were residing with Charles’s mother, May P. Waite and several of his siblings in Calais, Maine. In May of the following year, 1881, Agnes married secondly, Fielding Mallock, a ship carpenter and fisherman from New Brunswick, Canada. The Mallocks and Eva later relocated to Northport, where Eva spent her formative years.


For the first two decades of their marriage, Ulysses and Eva made their home in Northport, where Ulysses owned a plumbing business. They had two children:


1.  Harold Benjamin Robbins, born September 29, 1897 in Northport, New York, who was attending college in Pennsylvania in 1920 and later became a chemical engineer. At the time of the 1930 Census, Harold was residing with his wife, Lucille A. Robbins, in White Plains, New York. By the time of the 1940 Census he and Lucille and their daughter, Ellene Robbins, were residing in Monessen, Pennsylvania, where Harold’s occupation is noted as Insurance Agent. According to cemetery records in New Milford, Connecticut, Lucille A. Robbins passed away on December 11, 1977 and Harold B. Robbins followed on March 2, 1983. They are buried together at Center Cemetery in New Milford.


2.  Lorena Waite Robbins, born February 3, 1900 in Northport, New York, who was noted as a teacher at Lincoln School in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the time of the 1920 Census. In 1925 she married Rev. Carl W. Nutzhorn in Northport. The engagement announcement in the local newspaper noted that Lorena was a graduate of the Bridgeport Normal School and had also studied at

the Rice School of Dramatic Arts in Martha’s Vineyard and at Columbia University prior to becoming an art instructor in Bridgeport schools. The same announcement noted that Rev. Nutzhorn was a graduate of Wagner College in New York and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prior to becoming pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, his position at the time of the announcement.  Carl and Lorena Nutzhorn were still residing in Rockville Centre at the time of the 1940 Census and had one son, Carl R. Nutzhorn, who was born around 1928 according to that census. According to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church website, Rev. Nutzhorn labored for over thirty years to build up his congregation and construct a new church building. The new building was completed and dedicated in March, 1956. Two years later Rev. Nutzholm succumbed to a fatal heart attack. 


Ulysses and Eva continued to reside in Bridgeport, Connecticut after their children married and began their own careers and families. Ulysses is noted as head of a plumbing company in both the 1930 and 1940 Censuses. The cemetery records of Genola Rural Cemetery in East Northport, Long Island, New York, indicate that Eva died in April, 1946 and that Ulysses followed on November 27, 1953. Ulysses’s parents, Benjamin and Helen Robbins are buried nearby.


Submitted by Lawrence G. Robbins, November, 2013. Note:  Mr. Robbins gratefully acknowledges the family history data supplied to him by Nancy Pisco of Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, who has spent many years researching and detailing her Robbins ancestors and cousins of central Maine and Long Island, New York. We have greatly benefited by her efforts to memorialize her branch of the Nicholas Robbins Family.  Supplemental sources of information used in this biographical sketch include a newspaper report from the Long Islander of Huntington, New York, published in late June, 1896, covering the wedding of Ulysses N. Robbins and Eva May Waite, which was reprinted on the Old Fulton, NY Post Cards website, . The names of 140 guests are listed in the article, which gives the reader a snapshot of the various Robbins and their allies by marriage in attendance for this event.  Copies of newspaper clippings from Long Island newspapers covering the later life and death of Helen Robbins (Ulysses’s mother) and the wedding of Lorena W. Robbins and Rev. Carl Nutzhorn, including their educational backgrounds, were supplied by Nancy Pisco as part of her family history data.  As noted in the text, details pertaining to the pastorate of Rev. Nutzhorn at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church were found on the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church website, which can be found at  Records for Center Cemetery of New Milford, Connecticut and Genola Rural Cemetery in East Northport, New York, were found on the Find A Grave website, www.  Please address questions and comments via email to Lawrence G. Robbins at

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