Did Joseph Robins marry Eleanor Nation? In his will written in 1754, Joseph Robins names wife Elinor and mentions "brother in law" John Nation. [My transcript of this will is available at: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/rowan/wills/r1520001.txt]http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/rowan/wills/r1520001.txt] When used as evidence that Bethia, wife of John Nation, was a sister of Joseph Robins, additional support is found in the 1709 will of Joseph Robins Sr. in NJ who's named children include Joseph and Bethia. However, in the extensively documented "The Life of Captain John Nation" by Carol Galbreath [published in the Genealogical Journal of the Randolph Co. Gen. Soc., vol. XVI #2 (Spring 1992)] the proposition that Eleanor was also a Nation is never mentioned. I have not seen any evidence to support such claims other than the belief that John Nation's mother was also named Elinor, and I think there may be a bit of evidence that Elinor was not Joseph Robns's first wife. This evidence is in a series of Frederick Co., VA leases from Landon Carter to various people including Joseph Robins ["Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book Series, Volume 1, Deed Books 1, 2, 3, 4, 1743-1758, Abstratcted," by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: no pub., 1989), pp. 59-61].The Carter leases to several neighbors of Joseph Robins, viz: Thomas Waters, Joseph Wilkinson, David Smith, and John Bryant, grant survivor rights to sons AND wives or daughters, but the lease to Joseph Robins (15 Jan 1749/50) only grants these rights to sons Joseph, William and John. If this omission means anything then it would seem to be saying that Joseph Robins was a widower in 1750 (and also seems to remove any chance of Joseph having other sons born before 1750 not named in his will).
If anyone wants to feed me some crow, I will gladly eat it if well salted with documentation.