Thank you very much for this new information. I have been researching my ROBBINS line for several years now and continue to learn more. Your information is all new and I am thrilled to add it to my tree. Thank you.
My Great Grandmother is Fannie Aurelia Robbins the daughter of William H. Robbins of Apple River, Illinois. William is the brother of your Ellen Aurelia Robbins.
Here is what I have been able to piece together so far: I believe most is correct as I have documentation on most. However, a few connections are apparent, without docs.
Both Ellen A. & William H. ROBBINS came from a family of nine. Their parents were Melzar Robbins and Aurelia M. Sprague. Melzar came from a family of 11 children. I believe Melzar's father was Samuel Robbins, but I am not positive. I do not know who Samuel's wife was. I would like to learn more in this area.
My Great Great Grandfather, William H. Robbins married Alice ? and together they had eight children. All born in or around Apple River, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois. I have a senior family member who remembers some of these Robbins, his Aunts & Uncles.
There is a connection somehow to Hanmer Robbins of Platteville, Grant County, WI. The senior family member I referred to above remembers his Grandmother, Fannie Aurelia Robbins, often taking a horse drawn carriage and traveling from Iowa to WI to visit Hanmer Robbins. My research indicates that Hanmer may have been Melzar's brother. I am very interested in solving this as well as discovering Melzar's ancestors.
Back to William H. Robbins; William served in Co. "H" of Jo Daviess's 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. William was severely wounded and remained somewhat disabled throughout his life.
It was in Co. "H" that William Robbins met my Great Great Grandfather, Michael Hileman, also from Jo Daviess County, the nearby town of Warren. I imagine that friendship led to the eventual marriage of Fannie Aurelia Robbins and Thomas Backus Hileman in 1879.
I found your Robbins in Colorado history very interesting as the senior family member has spoken of a Colorado connection. He says his Grandmother, Fannie A. Robbins, often spoke of relatives in Colorado.
I would be very interested in any information you may have. Likewise I would be delighted to send you all that I have.