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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES ROB

REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Newtown Hundred, St. Mary's County,
1650-1650/51 (Laws 1; Accounts 1). WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 225

acres, which was his half of 550 acres held in
partnership with Robert Henley (ca. 1617-1684).

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by 1685. Size of estate

unknown.

ROBINS, THOMAS (1640-1700). BORN: in 1640,
in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1677, as a free adult
with his wife and son from London; returned to
England, but resettled in Maryland by 1692. RE-
SIDED: at "Job's Content" on the north side of
the Tred Avon River, Talbot County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Robins (1601-
1667) of England. MOTHER: Mary Halhead (1612-
1648), daughter of Thomas Halhead (Halbred)
of Banbury, England. STEPMOTHER: Mary Eyre.
BROTHERS: George (1634-ca. 1677), who immi-
grated in 1674; John (1637-by 1696/97). MARRIED
first, Mary Allison. MARRIED second, (name un-
known). CHILDREN. SON: Thomas (1659-1711), who
married Jane, daughter of John Stanley of Talbot
County, and who resided in England at his death.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Peter's Parish, Talbot
County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.,
on arrival; usually called "senior," to distinguish
him from Thomas Robins (1672-1721), the son of
his cousin George Robins (1635-1694). OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: called a mercer of St. Giles,
London, 1670; planter and merchant, 1677; formed
a partnership in England with his first cousin
George Robins (1635-1694) for a land venture
and "trading enterprise" in Talbot County. PUB-

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Talbot County, 1692-1693 (elected to the 1st ses-
sion of the 1692-1693 Assembly to fill vacancy).
LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Talbot County, 1679 (did
not qualify), 1692-1694; St. Peter's Parish Ves-
try, Talbot County, in office 1693. WEALTH DUR-

ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 705 acres

in Talbot County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on
November 14, 1700, in St. Peter's Parish, Talbot

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £116.9.5

(including 5 books); FB, £91.0.5. LAND: 705 acres
in Talbot County.

ROBINS, THOMAS (1672-1721). BORN: in 1672
in St. Peter's Parish, Talbot County. NATIVE: sec-
ond generation; eldest son. RESIDED: at "Peach

Blossom," Talbot County, by 1703/4; in Oxford,
Talbot County, by 1719. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: George Robins (1635-1694), who im-
migrated in 1671 and was a Gent, upon arrival.
Robins resided at "Job's Content" in Talbot
County, and was manager of a plantation venture
with Thomas Robins (1640-1700). An attorney,
merchant, and planter, Robins served as a justice
of Talbot County from 1685 to 1689, as coroner
of Talbot County from 1677 to 1689, and as a
vestryman of St. Peter's Church, Talbot County.
He was a strong opponent of the Protestant As-
sociators in 1689. Robins married first, (full name
unknown), of England. MOTHER. Margaret, widow
of Nicholas Goldsborough (ca. 1640-1670),
daughter of Abraham Howes. BROTHERS: George;
William (?-1702/3); and Lambert (?-1697). HALF
BROTHERS: John Robins, of England; Robert
Goldsborough (1660-1746); and Nicholas Golds-
borough (1662-1705). SISTER: Mary. HALF SIS-
TERS: Jane Robins, who married Edward Chib-
sey, of England; Judith Goldsborough, who
married first, Maj. John Standley, and second,
Robert Grundy. HALF NEPHEWS: Nicholas Golds-
borough (ca. 1689-1766); John Goldsborough
(1711-1778); Charles Goldsborough (1707-1767);
and William Goldsborough (1709-1760). ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENT: Thomas Robins (1672-1721)
and Thomas Robins (1640-1700) were contem-
poraries in Talbot County. The former was re-
ferred to as "junior" to distinguish him from the
latter, who was called "senior." Their kinship is
assumed by local historians, but consensus on the
degree of relationship is lacking. It is probable
that George Robins (1635-1694), the father of
Thomas Robins (1672-1721), was first cousin to
Thomas Robins (1640-1700). MARRIED first, on
February 3, 1696, Susanna (?-by 1704), daughter
of Thomas Vaughan (?-1684) and wife Susanna
(?-1699). Susanna Robins was the granddaugh-
ter of Robert Vaughan (1597-ca. 1668/69). Her
brother was Thomas. Her sister was Jane, who
married (first name unknown) Curtis. MARRIED
second, on December 6, 1704, Elizabeth (?-1720),
widow of William Allen. Elizabeth was the
daughter of Maj. John Standley and wife Judith
Goldsborough, who was Robins' half sister. CHIL-
DREN. SONS. George Robins (1697-1742); Thomas
(1705-1718); William (1709-by 1761); John (1709-
ca. 1740), who married on July 9, 1730, Mary
Ann, daughter of Foster Turbutt (1679-1720/21);
Lambert (1712-1718); and Standley (1715-1742),
who married on January 21, 1741, Sarah, daugh-
ter of Nicholas Goldsborough (ca. 1689-1766).

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