Looking for any info / leads / connections to this ROBINSON / ROBERTSON group. I've made some progress from census findings but a number of old questions remain; and the census listings raise many questions about the kids.
We have always heard the name ROBINSON; and the earliest Robinsons personally known to my family were my great-grandmother Clara and her brother Taylor. Clara told her great-niece that she was born in Lauderdale Co AL, and that the family lived there during the war. At the end of the Civil War, she said that the family was relocated to East St. Louis, IL, by Union soldiers. I have never understood that; some historians have suggested that the family might have been Northern sympathizers who followed Union troops north for security. It's a stab in the dark. I have read histories of Lauderdale Co trying to find out what this Union soldiers story is, and trying to find mention of my family, but so far have gleaned nothing other than a picture of how murderous the county was during the war. Clara said that in East St. Louis, they had horrible work in a chicken processing plant. I don't know exactly how long they stayed there, but by 1870 the kids and their mother are in Scott Co MO, where the families stayed. The father is not with the family at that point, and I have no leads as to where or when he died.
It seems to me that some census takers made all the families Robertsons and some made them all Robinsons, and it certainly doesn't seem that one can give any significance to the spelling before 1900 .
It now seems that I need to look in TN for Job's parents; I suspect NC and PA may be the origins of earlier generations.