Person:James Robinson (152)

James Robinson
Facts and Events
Name James Robinson
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1735
Marriage abt. 21 August 1764 Augusta County, Virginia[Marriage Bond]
to Elizabeth Fulton
Death? August 1805 Shelby County, Kentucky[Will Probated]

James Robinson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Will of James Robinson

Will of James Robinson
My son, George, land purchased from Samuel Shannon joining Robert Carson and Robert Simonton
My son, John, land deeded to me by Stephen May.
My wife, Elizabeth
My grandson, Joseph Metcalf, land on which Benjamin Metcalf lives.
My daughters, towit, Sarah Sawyer, Mary Gillespy, Jean Carson, Elizabeth Metcalf, Rebecca Carson, and those sisters single, towit, Peggy Nancy Allen, now married, Minty, and Charlotte
My granddaughter, Elisabeth Fulton Gillaspy
Witnesses: Thomas J. Given, Jesse Owen, and William Rennolds
Written: May 23, 1805
Probated: August 1805, Shelby County, KY.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond: 1764, August 21, James Robinson. [Note: Bride's name not listed, appears to be record for this James Robinson]

Records in Virginia

  • 28 Dec 1792. Marriage Bond. Benjamin MIDKIFF and Elisabeth ROBINSON. Surety, George ROBINSON. James ROBINSON consents for daughter Elizabeth. Witness: George ROBINSON. [Bath County, Virginia].


The primary source for the life of Benjamin Midkiff is Jerry Long of Owensboro, Kentucky. Mr. Long has spent years collecting information on Benjamin Midkiff and his descendants and the main body of our knowledge of Benjamin is based on the work he has done. Mr. Long has established that Benjamin Midkiff came to Kentucky by 1796, possibly with the Robinson family of which his first wife Elizabeth belonged. Elizabeth’s father, James Robinson, and her brother-in-law appear in Madison County, Kentucky tax list of 1790; however, there is no evidence of Benjamin at this time. The Robinson family can be traced back to Botetourt County, Virginia where Elizabeth’s sister her sistere Sarah married John Sawyer in 1786 and her Jane married James McMullin in 1788. Elizabeth’s sister, Rebecca, is said to have married Lindsay Carson and was the mother of mountianman Kit Carson. The Midkiffs and Robinsons both appear in tax records of Madison County, Kentucky and by 1805 left records indicating they had settled in Shelby County, Kentucky. James Robinson died in Shelby County in 1805 and left a will dated the 03rd of May 1805 naming among his his heirs, a daughter Elizabeth and her husband Benjamin Midkiff. The will further identifies the Midkiffs by naming one of their children. Later records indicate that many of Benjamin’s children were born in Shelby County, further establishing the link. Benjamin also left a deed in Ohio County, Kentucky stating he had come from Shelby County.

This is likely the James Robinson that is listed in Chalkley's Vol. 2 as obtaining a marriage bond on August 21, 1764 (bride's name not listed).