Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Robinson

(VI) Robert H. Robinson, eldest son of Baxter Robinson, was born December 15, 18J5, in Farmington township. Ontario county, New York. He was educated in the public schools and at Union Springs Academy. In his youth he was an expert oarsman, winning several cups and other valuable prizes in single-scull contests and he was the recipient of a medal for his oarsmanship at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876. In double scull races Courtney and Robinson won numerous prizes and banners. He removed to Ontario county in 1901 and bought the Castle Mill of the Castle Milling Company and has devoted himself since then to the mill business.

He married, in 1899, Jennie Sassaman, of Milton, Pennsylvania, born in Union county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph Miller and Harriet (Moore) Sassaman. Her father was of a colonial family that came with the first settlers from Alsace to Berks county, Pennsylvania, in 1712 (see “History of Berks County, Pennsylvania, ” page 1043, also Montgomery’s “History of Berks County, ” page 67). Her mother was of early Philadelphia Quaker ancestry. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Robinson served as principal of the high school of Milton, for many years. Mrs. Hetty Green, the well known business woman is of the same Robinson family, both being direct descendants of Rowland Robinson, a native of Long Bluff, Cumberland, England, who came to America in 1675. Mrs. Hetty Green is descended from Sylvester, son of Governor Robinson, of Rhode Island, and Robert H. Robinson from John, youngest son of Governor Robinson (see “History of the Robinson Family of Rhode Island.”)

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