I am also researching Melzar Robbins and Aurelia Sprague.They were the parents of my ancestor, Welcome Robbins, b. 13 Oct. 1834 in Chautagua County, NY, m. Mahola J. Willits, and d. in Apple River on 24 Mar. 1898.Welcome and Mahola are the known parents of these children: Catherine, m. M.H. Ennor, and d. on Nov. 8, n.d.; J.C. Robbins, b. 1842, d. 3 May 1866, m. Sarah D.____; Melissa Josephine Robbins, b. 27 Jul. 1855, m. Frank Edwin Newton on 16 Apr. 1872, d. 20 mar. 1920 in Wood River, Hall, NE (My gggrndmthr); and Charles E. Robbins, b. 4 Mar. 1861, d. 10 Jul. 1914.These records are largely from the History of Jo Daviess County Illinois, Jo Daviess County Directory, Apple River Twp., pgs. 692-93, Hall County Nebraska for Edwin Frank Newton, pg. 839, and the West Ella/Leavitt Cemetery, Apple River Twp.
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