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Obedience Robins (1600 - bef. 1662)

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Col. Obedience Robins
Born in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Englandmap
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Died before in Cherrystone, Northampton, Virginiamap
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Biography Is GRACE O'NEILL the same as LADY GRACE O'NEILL ? by j m newton of 1810

One more article I came across. Sue

Who was Obedience Robins? He was probably one of the most important persons to come to Virginia in the early 1600’s.

Thomas Savage, who was reared by the Eastern Shore Indians, contacted Obedience who had settled on the Western Shore and convinced him to move to the Eastern Shore of VA because the problems that were facing the settlers on the western shore were less prevalent on the Eastern Shore.

In his twenties he showed very strong leadership skills as evidenced by his organizing the inhabitants of the Eastern Shore to defend themselves against an attack by an unfriendly tribe of Native Americans. (Thomas Savage had been warned by his adopted father, the chief of the Shore Indians, that a rival tribe was planning an attack on the settlers of the Western and Eastern Shore). It is believed that the Eastern Shore inhabitants were not attacked because of their preparation. The Western Shore settlers were attacked in 1623, and many of them killed. (Savage and Robins had also warned the inhabitants of the Western Shore)

Obedience Robins was very active in the political life of the Shore. He was a member of the Governors Council (Chairman for years) and a Burgess representing Accomack Co, VA. In his role as Chairman of the Governors Council, he wrote many rulings, which affected the lives and the early laws of the area. *(Note: It appears that the Governors Council was the equalivent of our Judge, Jury, and Law Enforcement system)

OBEDIENCE ROBBINS was the son of Richard Robins and Dorothy Goodman of Longbuckie, Northamptonshire, England. He was born April 12, 1600 in Longbuckie, Northamptonshire, England, was baptized on 26 Apr 1601 in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England and died Before December 30, 1662 in Northamption County, VA. He married (1) MARGARET. He married (2) GRACE O’Neill about 1634 in England; Grace is the daughter of ARTHUR O’Neill and GRACE O’Hara.

Obedience left England to settle in America in 1621. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1629-1658 for Accomack Co., VA, and in 1632 Commander of Accomack Co., VA first Court and a member of the Governors council from 1655-59.

Col. Robins settled on a 950 a. tract "Salt Grove" or "Cherrystone" on Cherrystone Creek, n.w. of modern-day Cheriton in Northampton Co. which passed to his son, Major John Robins, and continued in the family until 1866

Obedience was a brother of Richard Robins III of Northamptonshire, England, and Edward Robins, a merchant of Accomack Co, VA. His name and alliances indicate he was of Puritan stock, but records indicate he was a strong supporter of the Church of England.

Many of his writing are in the early records of the Eastern Shore of VA. His writings indicate that he was a well-educated man of considerable intelligence. The writings also indicate that he was a man of high moral character.

He signed a will undated in Northampton Co., Virginia. The will was probated on 30 Dec 1662 (Marshall p 133).

Robins, Col. Obedience undated/ 30 Dec 1662 nuncup Some years since the testator was very sick, his wish was that his estate should be div. by his wife and children. And that his wife, the mother of this deponent Maj. William waters, was to have the use of his estate for life, an that her younger son Obedience Robins was to have the 900 A on the south part of his dividing at he seaboard side, part of which John Daniel now dwells on. Also he desired that this deponent and his son in law Capt. William Andrews would assist our mother to see his will performed.

Wit: Maj. William Waters aged 39, Capt. William Andrews aged 30, son in law of the testator (p 133 Marshall) (Notes: Dorothy the daughter of Col. Obedience Robins md Mountjoy Eveling. Mrs. Grace Robins is the mother of William Waters. Grace Robins is the wf of Lt. Col. Obedience Robins (Marshal p 34)


Date: 16 APR 1600
Place: Brackley, N Hampton, England


Date: 30 DEC 1662
Place: Northampton County, Virginia USA


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On 17 Dec 2017 at 15:54 GMT Stephen McCallum wrote:

Obedience is 16 degrees from Elinor Glyn, 19 degrees from Frances Weidman and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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