Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Is for Mothers: Elizabeth Robinson (1782 - 1860)

This maternal fourth great grandmother's given name was certainly Elizabeth and she was the wife of Jesse Sill, who provided for "my beloved wife Elisabeth" in his will of 1857.
["Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch (,281994701 : accessed 11 January 2015), Allegheny - Wills 1855-1860 vol 8 no 79-vol 9 no 304 - image 1574 of 3099; county courthouses, Pennsylvania.]

In the 1860 U.S. Census* Elizabeth, now widowed, was still in McKeesport, living with her youngest daughter Ruth, her husband William Mehaffey and their family.

Elizabeth Sill died on December 31, 1860, and is buried beside Jesse in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
[ Plot: Section C, Lot 001.  
Find A Grave Memorial# 33245876; Photo: Todd Walker (#46600954)]

But was she really a Robinson? And if so, was she the daughter of John R. Robinson? John R. Robinson definitely had an unmarried daughter named Elizabeth* to whom he bequeathed "two hundred Pounds Penns'a currency[,] a young mare and saddle and a feather she severaly come of age" in his will written sometime before January 11, 1809.
["Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch (,281604901 : accessed 04 Aug 2014), Allegheny > Wills 1808-1830 vol 1 no 181-vol 3 no 200 > image 62 of 2929.]

Until we can figure the relationship, if any, Elizabeth (Robinson) Sill remains a brick wall.

*Unfortunately this census record is too badly faded to be easily read so I haven't included it here.
**His younger daughter Ethelinda received two hundred and ten pounds and a feather bed, but no horse (which is probably why her cash bequest was slightly larger than Elizabeth's).

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