Descendants of Colonel Beverley Robinson

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William H. Robinson claimed lot #69, size about 13×18[other measurements in as 13 x 18] feet, situated in the new part, Section 4, fifth lot from George St. near the Alex Cumming lot. It is enclosed with stone posts and chains and marked by two double monuments, one interrupted for the children, and a single one to the memory of claimant’s grandfather, Hon. F.P. Robinson.

This fenced lot contains four stones and six graves, those of the Honourable Frederick P. Robinson and his wife, Jane; their eldest son, William Henry; their son, Morris; and two little granddaughters, Mary and Susannah Mary.

In memory of the Hon. F.P. Robinson, born Sept. 22, 1785, died May 11, 1877.

In memory of Jane, wife of the Hon. F.P. Robinson, born April 9th, 1789, died February 4th 1871.

William Henry Robinson, born Nov. 29 1815, died Dec. 29, 1873.

In memory of Geo. Morris Robinson, born at the Nashwaaksis Dec. 1819, died Apr. 9th, 1841.

In memory of Mary, born April 5th, 1848, died Aug. 11, 1849 and Susannah Mary born March 23, 1855, died March 13th, 1858, children of William H and Mary McL Robinson. "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven" I.H.S. ‘Jesu Mercy’

Colonel Beverley Robinson (1722-1792) was born in Virginia, the son of John Robinson (1683-1749). He raised and commanded the Loyal American Regiment during the American Revolution, and died in England. Colonel Robinson and his wife Susannah Philipse had ten children, three of whom died young. Of their five sons, four served with their father’s regiment: Beverley (1754-1816), Morris (1759-1815), John (1761-1828), and Frederick Philipse (1763-1852). The youngest, William Henry (1766-1836), was sent to England at the beginning of the Revolution.

Lt. Col. Beverley Robinson was the eldest son of Col. Beverley Robinson and Susannah Philipse. He married Anna Dorothea ("Nancy") Barclay of New York, and eventually settled at Nashwaaksis. Three of their ten children settled in Fredericton and Nashwaaksis: Frederick Philipse, John, and William Henry.

The Honourable Frederick Philipse Robinson of Nashwaaksis (1785-1877) became Auditor General of New Brunswick. He married Jane, the daughter of Dr. Adino Paddock, Surgeon to the Ordnance in this province. They had five sons and one daughter.

John Robinson, who held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the 10th Regiment of Foot, married Eliza Maria Allaire. The youngest brother, Hon. William Henry Robinson (1793-1848), married Lousia Millidge of Saint John.

Hon. John Robinson, a brother of Lt. Col. Robinson, retired as a Colonel of the British Army. He married Elizabeth, a daughter of George Ludlow, Chief Justice of New Brunswick, and they had five sons and one daughter. He was deputy paymaster of the forces, a member of the Council and was for many years a mayor of the city of Saint John. In 1821 he was appointed first president of the Bank of New Brunswick, the first chartered bank in the Province. He was also provincial treasurer and filled other important offices. John Robinson died 8 October 1828, aged 67 years.

"Lt. Col. Beverley Robinson," Dr. Lillian Maxwell wrote, in the Official Centennial Book: The Story of Fredericton 1848-1948, was "formerly a wealthy landowner of Duchess County, N.Y., settled first in Fredericton, but his house being burned in 1788 he built again on the upper side of the Nashwaaksis. He was the first clerk of the New Brunswick Supreme Court, was appointed a member of the Governor’s Council in 1790, and was one of the first three trustees of the Academy of Learning. He was also colonel of the King’s New Brunswick Regiment."

Dr. Frank Baird, in the same book, continued:

This family, perhaps more than any other of the Loyalists who came to New Brunswick, brought with them, and maintained while here, what might be termed the ‘blue-blood’ attitude. They never forgot they had originated in Virginia, or that they had entertained Prince William Henry who later became King William IV. Their former high social standing, their wealth, culture, their friendship with Washington and others of the colonial aristocracy made this type of life natural to them. Indeed their aristocratic mannerisms added much of colour and variety to early Fredericton: especially, when, in winter, the family came to the city from their Nashwaaksis residence in their dashing four horse sleigh hung with buffalo robes: or, in summer, in a carriage fashioned on precisely the same lines as that in which royalty drove through the streets of London.

William Henry Robinson, grandson of Lt. Col. Beverley Robinson of Nashwaaksis, was a wine merchant.

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