Benjamin Hancock Robison (1831-1882)

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Benjamin Hancock Robison
Robison, Benjamin H., Mayor, p. 238.JPG
Mayor Robison
Born: 9 Nov 1831Clay, New York
Died: 24 Dec 1882 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Joseph Robison
Mother: Lucretia Hancock
Siblings: Alfred Robison
Benjamin Hancock Robison
Joseph Vickery Robison
Alvin Locke Robison
Emily Robison
William Henry Robison
Mary Robison
Lucretia Proctor Robison
Proctor Hancock Robison
Almon Robison
Albert Robison
Adelia Robison
Franklin Alonzo Robison
Spouse: Lillis Alvira Andree
Married: 12 May 1853 Crete, Illinois
Children: Willis Eugene Robison
Robison son
Benjamin Franklin Robison
William Henry Robison
Lauretta Alvira Robison
Edson Albert Robison
Lillis Adelia Robison
Martha Lorinda Robison
Robison son
Spouse: Susannah Turner
Married: 26 Mar 1864 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Birdie Susannah Robison
Mary Lucretia Robison
Joseph Hancock Robison
Almon David Robison
Rose May Robison
Benjamin Hancock Robison
John Collier Robison
Martha Alzina Robison
George Albert Robison
Edward Lorenzo Robison

From the LDS Biographical Encyclodedia that belonged to Willis E. Robison, vol 1, #34 , Aug 24, 1901, p. 529:

Benjamin Hancock Robison

A High Councilor in the Millard Stake of Zion from 1869 to 1882, was born 11-9-1831, son of Jos. & Lucretia.

When but a small boy he emigrated with his parents to Illinois, expecting to join the Saints in Nauvoo, but the Prophet Joseph Smith being Martyred at that time, the family settled in Will Co., about 30 miles so. of Chicago, where they remained till 1854.

Benjamin married Lillis A. Andree, 5-12-1853, having embraced the gospel, the family were never satisfied with their Illinois home, although fortune smiled on them financially; their hearts were with their co-religionists in the Rocky Mountains. Consequently they sold their home and started for Utah in April 1854; they arrived in SLC in Aug. same yr.

After paying their tithing they continued the journey south to Fillmore, Millard County. Here brother Robison worked with his family, to reclaim the desert, by breaking the soil, digging ditches, building forts, standing guard to protect the community against indians, & in fact anything common to the lot of a frontiersman. In 1861 he went back to Illinois, where he spent the following winter and summer (getting horses & seeds). He was called to Deseret, Millard County, in the fall of 1863, to preside over the Saints there, who were struggling to put in, & keep a dam in the Sevier river; he spent his time & means working to make the undertaking a success until the spring of 1868, when he was honorably released to return to his home in Fillmore.

In 1863 he married Susannah Turner, thus obeying the principle of plural marriage.

At the organization of the Millard Stake of Zion he was chosen as one of the High Council, & was set apart to the position 3-9-1869, which office he held until the time of his death, in Fillmore Dec. 24, 1882.

Elder Robison was a public-spirited man, & filled many positions of trust in the community. His natural ability always kept him in the front ranks. In law matters he was regarded as good authority, & was repeatedly elected Justice of the Peace for the city of Fillmore.

At the time of his demise he was Mayor of the city, & so deeply was his loss felt, that the Court House bell was muffled & kept tolling all day long.

By his first wife, Lillis, he raised 4 sons & 2 daughters, and by his 2nd wife, 5 sons and 3 daughters; all of whom, together with their mothers, followed in the path he marked out for them, being faithful members of the L DS Church.


  • Name variations:
B. J., Benjamine [cemetery records, p. 57]
Robinson [1860 census]
  • Ranney, Lucretia Lyman. American Ancestry of Joseph Robison and his wife Lucreti a Hancock, p. 10.
  • Group sheet by Darlene Robison Rynearson, Murray, Utah
  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995)
  • Builders of Early Millard, Day, Stella H., Editor, pp. 68, 591-593, 597, 602-603.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, pp. 6, 57
  • Pedigree Chart for Artha M. Wood
From: Kathleen Edith Lubeck Peterson
  • Hughes, Karen May Moorehouse. Descendants of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock, p . 1
  • Nicolo, Margaret LaDean Sutton Sweeting. Sweeting Family Records Binder
  • Birth place variant: Fillmore [death records]
  • 1850 Federal Census, Illinois, Will County, Crete, Page #168, Dwelling #96, Family #97, Enumerated 20 Sep 1850:
Benj'n, 18, m, farmer, 250, NY, att school
  • 1860 Federal Census, FHL Film #0805314, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page # 108, Dwelling #939, Family #852, enumerated 14 Jul 1860:
ROBINSON, Benj'n. H., 28, m, 300/1000, NY
Lilis, 28, f, PENN
Willis, 6, m, ILL, att school
Benj'n. F., 3, m, U. T.
Wm. H., 2, m, U. T.
Loretta, 2/12, f, U. T.
  • Marriage variations:
    • 1863 [Susannah's obituary]
    • 18 May 1853 [Hughes report]
  • 1870 Federal Census, FHL Film #0553110, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 24 Jun 1870, page 4, Dwelling 30, Family 29:
ROBINSON, Benj'n, 39, m, w, Farmer, York, vote
Susannah, 23, f, w, Keeping House, N.Y.
Susannah B., 5, f, w, At Home, Utah
Joseph H., 2, m, w, At Home, Utah
David A., 5/12, m, w, Utah, born: Jan'y
  • 1870 Federal Census, FHL Film #0553110, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 25 Jun 1870, page 12, Dwelling 99, Family 92:
ROBISON, B. H., 38, m, w, Farmer Stock Raiser, 800/2900, N. York, vote
Lillis, 38, f, w, Keeping House, Penn
Wells, 16, m, w, At Home, Ill
B. F., 13, m, w, At School, Utah
Will'm H, 12, m, w, At School, Utah
Edw'd Al., 7, m, w, At School, Utah
Lillis A., 4, f, w, At School, Utah
Lorinda, 2, f, w, At Home, Utah
  • 1880 Federal Census, Disk 35, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Source: FHL Film 1255336, Page 462A:
B. H. ROBISON Self M M W 48 NY Fa: PA Mo: VT
Susannah ROBISON Wife F M W 32 NJ Occ: Keeping House Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
Birdie ROBISON Dau F S W 15 UT Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: NJ
Joseph H. ROBISON Son M S W 12 UT Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: NJ
Almon D. ROBISON Son M S W 10 UT Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: NJ
Rosa May ROBISON Dau F S W 8 UT Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: NJ
Benjamin T. ROBISON Son M S W 6 UT Fa: NY Mo: NY
John C. ROBISON Son M S W 4 UT Fa: NY Mo: NJ
Martha A. ROBISON Dau F S W 1 UT Fa: NY Mo: NJ
William H. ROBISON Son M S W 21 UT Occ: Farmer Fa: NY Mo: PA
  • Death, Burial: Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah , p. 57:
Name: ROBISON, Benjamine [sic]
Born: 9 Nov 1931 in Fillmore, Utah [sic]
Age at Death:
Parents: Joseph Robison & Lucretia ...
Died: 24 Dec 1882
Buried: in Fillmore Block 109, Lot 4
Reported by:
  • Death, Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 40:
ROBISON, Benjamin
BLK 109, Lot 4, Grave 1
d. 12-24-1882
  • Death, Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 382:
ROBISON, Benjamin
BLK 109, Lot 4, Grave 1
b. Fillmore, Utah
d. 12-24-1882 Fillmore, Utah
Comments: Age at death - 52 years 1 months 15 days
Current Owner: Robison, Benjamin H.
Original Owner:
  • Death variant: 1872 [Susannah's obituary]
  • Burial: John Powell's Journal, 1849-1901, Rogers, Sadie, Editor, p. 128:
B. H. Robison died Dec. 24th, and was buried Xmas Day.
  • Burial variant: 26 Dec 1882 [Hughes report]