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Frances (Yates) Robinson (1718)

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Frances Robinson formerly Yates aka Reade
Born in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 2 Feb 1738 in Middlesex Parish, King and Queen County, Virginiamap
Wife of — married about 1745 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 16 Aug 2019 | Created 25 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 16 Aug 2019
21:18: Judith Robinson edited the Biography for Frances (Yates) Robinson (1718-). [Thank Judith for this]
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Frances was born on November 15, 1718, a daughter of Rev. Bartholomew Yates and Sarah Staninord[citation needed] or Sarah Mickleburrough,[1] the widow of Tobias Mickleborough.[2]. She is assumed to have been born at Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia.

Frances married on 2 February 1738/9 to Rev. John Reade.[1]


  1. John Reade
  2. Sarah Reade

Marriage Place: Williamsburg, Virginia[4]

Married John Robinson about 1745. From Wm and Mary Quarterly (see sources): "ISSUE by second wife Frances Yates, daughter of Rev. Bartholmew Yates, and widow of Rev. John Reade of Middlesex and King William Counties:

4. Mary4 unmarried (chart). Her will, dated March 10, 1803, was proved July 4, 1803, she freed all her slaves, the males at 21 and the females at 18 years. Names niece Frances Yates Robinson, daughter of her brother John Robinson; nephew Matthew Whiting, and the other children of my late sister Whiting. Major James Ross and nephew Matthew Whiting executors.

5. William4 Robinson, probably the "son of John Robinson and Frances his wife, born April 11, 1749" (Register). He married (Family Bible) Elizabeth Lilly, (daughter of Thomas Lilly, captain in the Virginia State Navy during the War of the Revolution, and Lucy Burwell, his wife (who was a daughter of Carter Burwell and Lucy Ludwell Grymes, born October 23, 1750) on May 15, 1806, and another daughter, Lucy Burwell Lilly, married (1) Thomas E. Churchill, of Middlesex, (2) John Darby (see Churchill Family in QUARTERLY VIII., 50). In his will dated in Middlesex County, November, 1807, William Robinson names his wife Elizabeth, daughter Lucy Lilly (born January 1, 1807), mentions wife with child, and makes Carter B. Berkeley and wife executors; witnesses: Lucy B. Churchill, Needler robinson, Henry Heffernan, Will Wake, Tom Stiff. His inventory shows that he had a posthumous child Judith Willantina F. Robinson, and the Bible shows that she was born March 9, 1808. She married John R. Taylor; her sister Lucy Lilly Robinson married Benjamin Temple (Meade, Old Churches, &c., I., 382; QUARTERLY XIII., 140); and had twelve children (1) Elizabeth Lilly, (2) Virginia Nelson, (3) Molly Brooke, (4) Robert Henry, (5) Charles Wellford, (6) Benjamin Brooke, (7) Judith Willantina, married Dr. J.P. Harrison, (8) John Taylor, (9) William Skyren, (10) Bernard Moore, (11) Ludwell, (12) Lucy Lilly, (the last now living in Richmond, unmarried). Elizabeth Lilly Robinson, married 2dly, Mr. Chowning of "Locust Grove".

6. Robert4, "son of John and Frances Robinson, was born August 29, 1750" (Register and chart). He was student at William and Mary in 1780, and went away with his cousin Christopher to join the British army in New York, where he had another cousin Col. Beverley Robinson (Sabine's Loyalists). He had (1) Judith mentioned in the will of her aunt Judith, (2) John Robinson of Nova Scotia, born in 1786, and father of Mr. T. M. Robinson, now living in St. John, New Brunswick. (3)Other children. (See Sabine's Loyalists).

7. John4 Robinson (chart) married Deborah Dunlop, (daughter of Rev. William Dunlop and Deborah his wife) on April 17, 1784. He died at "Green Branch", Middlesex County (a place devised to him by his father). His will, dated September 15, 1818, and recorded in Middlesex County, names son William D. Robinson, daughter Deborah E.C. Robinson, sons Benjamin F. Robinson and Christopher Robinson, wife's father William Dunlop. His daughter, Frances Yates Robinson, named in Mary Robinson's will, was probably dead at this time.

8. Catherine4 (chart) married Thomas Wyatt July 2, 1785, had one child.


  1. 1.0 1.1 (Oct., 1905) "Reade Family." The William and Mary Quarterly. , Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, JSTOR accessed 2 August 2016 (Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 117-125)
  2. William and Mary; College Quarterly; HISTORICAL MAGAZINE; Volume IV; 1895-1896; Mary Ball Memorial Library; Lancaster, Virginia
  3. Descendants of William Yates of Shackerly (1632-1697)

Additional informatin on this Robinson Family can be found in the following document: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1910:[1]

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