I am writing a book about James W. Robinson, 1835-36 acting provisional governor of Texas and am trying to reach descendants. Here are some highlights of his genealogy/career.
circa 1798 born in ohio 1820 marries Mary Isdell in Ohio they have three children Albina, Martha and Robert He abandons family before Robert is born
Runs off with Sarah Snyder circa 1828 Goes first to Pope County, Ark. May have had a child born here, who died in infancy.
Then on the Nacagdoches, Texas. Elected in 1835 to the Texas Consultation Elected by Consultation as Lieutenant Governor of Texas Provisional Government. Legislative Council impeaches Gov. Henry Smith, appoints Robinson Acting Provisional Governor. Smith meanwhile dissolves Legislative Council so there are two competing governors.
After Texas Republic formed in 1836, Robinson serves as a private in Battle of San Jacinto Later is appointed a district court Judge. He lives in Victoria, Texas Resigns from the bench.
In 1840, his son, William N. Robinson, born to James and Sarah.
Practices law in San Antonio, is wounded in the Council House Fight. Is Captured by General Adrian Woll and is marched to Perote Prison, mexico, with others captured at courthourse.
Persuades General Santa Anna to let him bring back a message to San Houston, urging Texas give up its independence to be a fully autonomous section of Mexico.
Houston uses this message to achieve armistice discussions. Uses Armistice discussions with Mexico to reignite U.S. interest in annexation of Texas.
Some in Texas resent Robinson's role, call him traitorous. He moves in 1850 to San Diego to practice law.
He serves as San Diego County's third district attorney, a member of the city board of Trustees, the first county Board of Supervisors.
Serves as worshipful master of the Masons. Organizes the San Diego & Gila Railroad.
Dies in 1857.
Son William serves as a member of the California state Assembly 1869-80
William dies in 1870's
1890s Robinson's children of first marriage launch a court suit for their share of his extensive land holdings. Cast drags on until 1913... Grandchildren by first marriage who are plaintiffs include Cora E. Fiss, Albina Humphrey, Lucy Barker and Mary Whitfield.
Please, anyone with info, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.