Speaker John Robinson

Male 1704 - 1766  (62 years)


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  • Name John Robinson  [1
    Title Speaker 
    Born 03 Feb 1703/04  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Education Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    William and Mary College 
    Public Service Between 1736 and 1765  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Member of the House of Burgesses, Representative of King and Queen County. 
    Public Service Between 1738 and 1766  Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Speaker of the House of Burgesses 
    • During the debate over the Virginia Resolves, it was Speaker of the House, John Robinson who exclaimed, "Treason! Treason!" in response to the speech given by Patrick Henry on May 29, 1765.

      Correspondence exists between Speaker Robinson and George Washington in the period leading up to and during the French and Indian War.
    Public Service Between 1738 and 1766  King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Treasurer 
    Miscellaneous 15 Sep 1754  Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Letter to George Washington 
    • From the Hon. Mr. Speaker Robinson
      Sept. 15th 1754

      Sir
      I have the pleasure to acquaint you that the House of Burgesses have taken particular notice of the Bravery of Yourself, and the rest of the Officers and Soldiers under your command, in the gallant Defence of your Country, and have ordered meo return you their Thanks for it, which I cant do better than by transcribing the Order. "Ordered that the Thanks of this House be given to Col. George Washington, Capt. Mackay of His Majesty's independent Company, and the Officers under his Command; Major Adam Stephen, Capt. Robert Stobo, Peter Hog, Andrew Lewis, George Mercer, Lieutenants Thomas Waggener, William Polson, John Savage, James Towers, Ensigns William Bronough, John Mercer, William Peyronie, and James Craig, for their late gallant and brave Behaviour in the Defence of their County; and that the Speaker be desired to acquaint him of the same to desire him to inform the other Gentlemen of it, and to communicate to the Soldiers the just Sense this House have of their Bravery also." I heartily with you Success in all your undertakings and am
      Sir
      Your Most Obedient Servant
      John Robinson.

    • * * * This letter was in response to the events involving George Washington at the Battle of Jumonville Glen (28 May 1754) and the Battle of Fort Necessity, or the Battle of the Great Meadows (3 July 1754). These two events were the beginnings of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and what would become, globally, The Seven Years' War (1756-1763).
    John Robinson to George Washington 15 September 1754
    John Robinson to George Washington 15 September 1754
    Deed 7 Nov 1763  Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    John Robinson and his wife Lucy sell 581 acres in St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County. The land, on which John Robinson was then living, was originally part of a grant to Harry Beverley and later passed to his daughter, Agatha (Wife of William Robinson who was John Robinson's brother). 
    John Robinson and Lucy sell 581 acres to William Parker of Caroline County.
    John Robinson and Lucy sell 581 acres to William Parker of Caroline County.
    John Robinson and Lucy sell 581 acres to William Parker of Caroline County. This is a property that John was then residing on and the land was originally part of a grant to Harry Beverley and then passed to his daughter, Agatha, upon his death. Agatha was the wife of William Robinson, John Robinson's brother.
    Residence King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Mt. Pleasant 
    Died 11 May 1766  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Virginia Gazette (Rind), 16 May 1766
    Virginia Gazette (Rind), 16 May 1766
    Person ID I2813  Schimka Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2013 

    Father John Robinson,   b. 1683, Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1749, Yorktown, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Catherine Beverley,   d. 21 Jul 1726, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [11, 12, 13
    Documents
    The pedigree of Bishop John Robinson
    The pedigree of Bishop John Robinson
    This is a copy of the pedigree of John Robinson, Bishop of London "compiled from Bishop Robinson's own, made in 1711, and was continued by General C. W. Robinson, from one of Misses Robinson, of Hanover County, 1763, and with his own additions." This copy was published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume XV, for the year ending June 1908.
    Family ID F961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 M. Story 
    Family ID F1009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lucy Moore 
    Family ID F1010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Susannah Chiswell 
    Married 21 Dec 1759  Williamsburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    John Robinson Marriage Index Card
    John Robinson Marriage Index Card
    Marriage index card to the published source of the marriage of John Robinson and Sarah Chiswell.
    Last Modified 19 May 2012 
    Family ID F1012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. John Robinson,   d. 1774, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 May 2012 
    Family ID F1350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 03 Feb 1703/04 - Middlesex County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - William and Mary College - - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Member of the House of Burgesses, Representative of King and Queen County. - Between 1736 and 1765 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Treasurer - Between 1738 and 1766 - King and Queen County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Dec 1759 - Williamsburg, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeed - John Robinson and his wife Lucy sell 581 acres in St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County. The land, on which John Robinson was then living, was originally part of a grant to Harry Beverley and later passed to his daughter, Agatha (Wife of William Robinson who was John Robinson's brother). - 7 Nov 1763 - Spotsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mt. Pleasant - - King and Queen County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 May 1766 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    The obituary index card of Mary (nee Unknown) Robinson, wife of the Honorable John Robinson of the King's Council in Virginia.
    The obituary index card of Mary (nee Unknown) Robinson, wife of the Honorable John Robinson of the King's Council in Virginia.
    Susanna Chiswell-Robinson and William Griffin Marriage Index Card
    Susanna Chiswell-Robinson and William Griffin Marriage Index Card
    Index to the marriage of William Griffin and Susanna Chiswell-Robinson, widow of the late John Robinson, Speaker of the House of Burgesses.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1032] Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D. (Editor), (Name: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; Location: New York; Date: 1915;), Page 315.

    2. [S961] The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va, Christchurch,Va. Christ Church; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Virginia, (Name: Richmond, W. E. Jones, Printer; Date: 1897;), 31833008268473., Page 64.

    3. [S1032] Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D. (Editor), (Name: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; Location: New York; Date: 1915;), Page 315.
      I've found some differances in dates between sources. This source give 1736-1765

    4. [S966] The Colonial Virginia Register, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard, (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, N.Y. 1902).
      I've found some differances in dates between sources. This source give 1738-1766

    5. [S1032] Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D. (Editor), (Name: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; Location: New York; Date: 1915;), Page 315.
      I've found some differances in dates between sources. This source gives 1738-1765.

    6. [S966] The Colonial Virginia Register, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard, (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, N.Y. 1902).

    7. [S967] Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers, Vol. I, 1752-1756, Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, (Name: The Society of the Colonial Dames of America; Date: 1898;), Letter from the Honorable Mr. Speaker Robinson to Lieutenant Colonel George Washington dated Sept 15, 1754 to convey the thanks of the House of Burgesses to Washington and his officers for their bravery in the defence of the country. The letter was probably in response to the Battle of Jumonville which occurred May 28, 1754 and was a major catalyst that begun the French and Indian War.

    8. [S967] Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers, Vol. I, 1752-1756, Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, (Name: The Society of the Colonial Dames of America; Date: 1898;), Pages, 45-46.
      This letter from Speaker of the House of Burgesses, John Robinson, was in response to the incident at Fort Necessity at the Great Meadows on July 3, 1754; an event that was the catalyst for the French and Indian War and the Seven Years War which in turn led to the Intollerable Acts that so enraged the American Colonists that they were resolved to declare their independence from the British on July 4th, 1776 which resulted in the American Revolution.

    9. [S1205] Spotsylvania County Records 1721-1800, Ed. William Armstrong Crozier, (Baltimore: Southern Book Co. 1955), p. 254.
      Original record was found in Deed Book G, 1766-1771

    10. [S1032] Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D. (Editor), (Name: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; Location: New York; Date: 1915;), Page 315.
      Sources vary. This source gives 11 May 1765.

    11. [S960] Life of Sir John Beverly Robinson: BART., C.B., D.C.L., chief-justice of Upper Canada, Charles Walker Robinson, (Name: Morang & co., limited; Date: 1904;), Page 3.

    12. [S960] Life of Sir John Beverly Robinson: BART., C.B., D.C.L., chief-justice of Upper Canada, Charles Walker Robinson, (Name: Morang & co., limited; Date: 1904;), Page 176.

    13. [S988] The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume XV, (Name: The Virginia Historical Society; Location: Richmond, VA; Date: Year Ending June 1908;), Page 447.

    14. [S1156] Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007.
      Newspapers: Marriage and Obituary index, 1736-1820