Robinson, William Hawks
Age: 0, credited to Franklin County, VTVITALS
Birth: 1840, Franklin County, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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William Hawks Robinson (1841-1917)
William Hawks Robinson was born in Swanton, VT on 27 Mar 1841. His parents and grandparents were pioneers of Bennington and later, Swanton.
His parents were Oliver Franklin Robinson and Paulina Robinson. The family moved to Polo, Illinois from Highgate, VT in 1854.
Robinson enlisted as a Corporal in the 92nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in Rockton, IL on 4 Sep of 1862. He was sent to Kentucky, where he trained and helped stabilize things after the Battle of Perryville. In Feb of 1863 he relocated to Nashville. His regiment spent two months skirmishing with Confederate Major General Van Dorn's Cavalry, between Nashville and Columbia. In June they fought Generals Forrest and Bragg near Murfreesboro, and became Mounted Infantry. In July and August they moved toward Chattanooga, capturing horses and mules, and enlisting freed slaves; Wm Hawks was promoted to First Sergeant in August. From October of 1863 to April of 1864 the regiment skirmished in Northern Alabama. He was in the entire Atlanta Campaign, from April through August of 1864, and Sherman's "March to the Sea", through Georgia, ending with the surrender of Savannah in December of 1864. He was on Sherman's "Smokey March", through South Carolina, and in the final battles in North Carolina, at Fayetteville, Averasboro, Clinton, Bentonville, Goldsboro and Raleigh. In April of 1865, he was at Durham, N.C. for the surrender of Confederate General Johnston, which ended the war. In June of 1865, he was mustered out, went by train to Chicago, and then returned home.
Wm Hawks and Marian Winchester were married on 5 Dec 1869 in Durand, IL.
On 28 Sep 1871, they bought land in Laona Township, Winnebago County, IL, and continued to live there through the 1880 census.
On 22 Nov 1888, they bought a farm in Grant Township, Cerro Gordo Country, IN, moving there with his family and his father. They added to the acreage on 3 Apr 1889 and 17 Aug 1895.
They sold their farm to their sons, Eugene and Frank, jointly, on 30 Sep 1898, and, on 20 Apr 1900, they bought 2 lots in a nearby township, still in Cerro Gordo County, IN.
In 1891, when he was 51 and she was 43, they moved, with his parents, to a farm adjoining the George Rice farm, near Clear Lake, IN.
In 1909 or 1910, Wm Hawks and Marian moved to Corvallis, OR, to be with their sons and their families.
He died of Arteriosclerosis on 1 Feb 1917, and was buried at the IOOF Cemetery, in Corvallis.
Source: Biographical sketch courtesy of Alan R. Williams, great-grandson of William Hawks Robinson.