Emma Jean Gandy (1863-1937)

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Emma Jean Gandy Robison
Born: 9 Jun 1863 Carson City, Nevada
Died: 13 Mar 1937 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Isaac Gandy
Mother: Harriet Parsons
Siblings: Mary Gandy
Emma Jean Gandy
Maudie Gandy
Mathilda Ruby Estella Gandy
Spouse: James Henry Robison
Married: 1880
Children: Isaac Peter Robison
Hattie Robison
Maude Estella Robison
Vida Pearl Robison
James Stanley Robison

Gandy, Eric. Emma Jean Gandy

Emma Jean, Isaac and Harriet’s second daughter, was born on the 9th of June 1863 when the family lived in Carson Valley, Douglas County, Nevada. When she was 17 years old she married James Henry Robison in Fillmore, Millard County in the fall of 1880. He was 21 years old. They had five children between 1881 and 1890: Isaac Peter, named after grandfather Isaac Gandy, Hattie (named after grandmother Harriet), Maud Estella (named after Emma’s two younger sisters), Vida Pearl and James Stanley (after his father).

Emma Jean and James Henry lived in Hailey, Idaho for three years, where daughter Hattie died of whooping cough. They then moved to a ranch on Weber Creek in Snake Valley, a few miles from Osceola. Later they moved to Silver Creek and after their last child James Stanley was born there in 1890 they moved to Garrison and lived there until 1901 when they bought the Warm Creek Ranch in Gandy (then called Smithville) from Emma Jean's father Isaac Gandy. “They had a beautiful ranch with plenty of warm water, trees, fruit trees, farm crops, and cattle. Gardens, fruit, and crops grew well with the warm water.”

Son Isaac worked for his parents on the ranch, living with wife Louisa Sorenson and son James Keith in a bunkhouse for five years. Father James Peter then deeded 60 acres to Isaac, who worked hauling water for the Marble Company, mining in Marble Canyon. In 1911 they sold the ranch and moved to Long Beach, California, but the buyer (Marble Company) defaulted on the payments a year later so they moved back to the ranch again. They sold the ranch to son Isaac in 1930 and moved to Delta, Utah. Later, when son Isaac traded their ranch and moved to the Simonson Ranch on Hendrie Creek in 1933, they joined him and lived in the Meecham house.

James Henry died in Fillmore, Tuesday, February 16, 1937. Emma died a month later. They were survived by only two of their five children (Vida and Stanley), many grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Millard County Chronicle, Thursday, March 18, 1937:


Mrs Emma Gandy Robison widow of James H Robison who died about a month ago died at the home of her daughter Mrs Vida Robison at Fillmore last Saturday.

Mrs Robison was 78 years old, the daughter of Isaac and Harriet Parsons Gandy. She was married to Jas H Robison about 53 years ago and lived most of her life in Snake Valley and Fillmore.

She is survived by the following: Stanley Robison Ely Nevada, Mrs Vida Robison Fillmore, Mrs E M Smith and by 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren

Funeral services were held at Garrison.


  • Marriage: Calculated from 1900 census information.
  • Marriage variations:
1877 [obit]
2 Nov 1904 [AF]
  • 1900 Federal Census, Garrison Village, Burbank Precinct, Millard, Utah, 14 Jun 1900:
Robison, James H.
, Emma E, Wife, W, F, b. June 1862, 37, md 20 yrs, 5 children, 4 living, Nevada, Eng, Eng
  • Death: State of Utah, Certificate of Death:
Name: Emma Jean Gandy Robison
Date of Death: Mar 13, 1937
Place of Death: Fillmore, Millard, Utah
Gender: Fe
Color: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse name: James Henry Robison
Date of Birth: June 9, 1863
Age: 73 years months days
Occupation: housewife
Birthplace of Decedent: Carson City Nevada
Father: Isaac Gandy
Father’s birth place: England
Mother: Harriet Parsons
Mother’s birth place: Oakholma
Informant: Vida Robison
Burial date and place: Garrison, Mar 15, 1937
Undertaker: Olpin Brothers, Fillmore Roy Olpin
Date filed: Mar 14, 1937
Registrar: Josie Swallow
Date last seen alive: Mar 12, 1937
Date attended deceased: Mar. 7, 1937 to Mar 13, 1937
Time death occurred: 6:20 a.m.
Cause of death: Hypostatic pneumonia 6 days
Contributory: Carcinoma of Bladder 7 yrs, Carcinamatosis 3 mos.
Name and address of Physician: R. W. Freeman, MD, 2/17/37, Fillmore, Utah
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 266, 601.
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Mrs. Iola R. O'Donnell
Family of: Peter Robison & Celina Hayward Chaffee
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Mrs. Iola R. O'Donnell
Family of: James Henry Robison & Emma Jean Gandy