Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 402 & 406
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 7, 2007

June 22, 1894 (hand written)

From Saturday’s Daily

MRS. MARY SEWALL ARNOLD ROBBINS, wife of Rev. A.B. Robbins, died at her home in this city at 11 o’clock, last night. The death of Mrs. Robbins, though not unexpected, is still a shock to her large circle of friends. She had been in declining health for more than a year past and for months was at times just on the fines of eternity.

The deceased was born in Bath., Me., June 2, 1824. She had therefore just passed her 70th years. She was married to Dr. Robbins Sept 20, 1851, and soon after made her home in this city, where her husband, one of the pioneers, had been a resident for eight years, and where both have resided ever since. Of several children born of this union, only two survive, viz: Esther Burrill, born Feb. 20, 1864, wife of Rev. Geo. E. White, now a missionary in Turkey, and John Alden robbins, born Aug. 25, 1862, who is now a resident of this city.

Mrs. Robbins was a good woman. While able to perform the active duties of life, she was ever found foremost in every good work devolving upon women who sympathize with the afflicted and distressed. She was for some years president of the W.C. T. U. and in whatever capacity she was called to work in Her Master’s vineyard she willingly did what she could.

“She cannot fall of peace who bore
Such peace with her away.”

The hands of the willing worker, who so often bore messages of love and hope, are folded for final rest. Those who knew her best will mourn most sincerely while they will cherish pleasant memories of the departed. And a wide circle of friends and acquaintances will add their tribute of respect to the memory of this true mother in Israel.


Funeral of Mrs. Robbins.

The funeral of Mrs. A.B. Robbins at the Congregational church this afternoon was largely attended. Dr. Wm. Salter, of Burlington, officiated at the opening exercises, assisted by Rev. Wm. Brooks. Dr. Magoun, an old-time friend of the deceased in the east, delivered an eloquent and touching discourse.

The pall-bearers were J.H. Canon, W.W. McQuesten, J.H. St. John, g.W. Bawden, Wm. Bliven and Geo. B. Jackson. The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful in design.---June 25, 1894

*** article below was found on page 406 ***

June 25, 1894 (hand written)---There was a large attendance at the funeral of Mrs. A.B. Robbins which was held at the First Congregational church yesterday afternoon. Rev. Wm. Salter, of Burlington, officiated at the opening exercises, assisted by Dr. Brooks. A pathetic and eloquent discourse was delivered by Dr. Magoun, of Grinnell. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. The pall bearers were J. H. Canon, W.W. McQuesten, Geo. B. Jackson; J.H. St. John, G.W. Bawden and Wm. Bliven.

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