George Samuel Robison (1860-1938)

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George Samuel Robison
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George S. Robison
Born: 18 Nov 1860 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 6 Feb 1938 Baker, Nevada
Father: Peter Robison
Mother: Celina Hayward Chaffee
Siblings: Maryette Robison
Elsie Ann Akerley
David Peter Robison
Celina Cornelia Robison
Charles Robison
Joseph Millard Robison
Lucy Matilda Robison
Sarah Joanna Robison
James Henry Robison
George Samuel Robison
Mary Elizabeth Robison
John Leroy Robison
Hyrum Peter Robison
William Henry Robison
Elsie Rosetta Robison
Jacob Thomas Robison
Margaret Emma Retta Robison
Lura Delila Robison
Edmund Brand Robison
Almon Dewitt Robison
Lester Jerome Robison
Spouse: Emma Jane Meecham
Married: 3 Jul 1883 Osceola, Nevada
Children: George William Robison
Emma Elizabeth Robison
James Frederick Robison
Ida Eva Robison
Doyle Charles Robison
Burton Henry Robison
Bryan Samuel Robison
Margie Addie Robison
Orvis Clarence Robison
Spouse: Bertha Ann Farnsworth
Married: 25 Mar 1929 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse: Charlotte Theressa Squire
Married: 23 Aug 1930 Salt Lake City, Utah

White Pine County Pioneers

Robison, George Samuel
by: George Swallow Robison, nephew - 1963

George Samuel Robison, the youngest child of Selina and Peter Robison and a half brother to Margaret Retta Robison, went to work for his brother-in-law, William Gregory. While there he purchased the small Wilson Ranch about 3 miles past the Gregory Ranch. On July 5, 1882 George married Emma Jane Meecham in Osceola, Nevada. Emma was also from a family that had lost close contact with some of the principles and standards of the Church. George and Emma, through choice or through lack of interest of their parents found themselves on the fringe of the Mormon communities and had little desire to become close to the Church.

George Samuel Robison (my Grandfather) became a very successful rancher. With the demands for the produce of ranches in Eastern Nevada, the Robison Ranch became a large and profitable operation. The discovery of gold, silver, and copper ores in the mountains of Nevada brought in the mining men and mills that needed the products of the ranches (livestock, fruits, vegetables and the young men of the ranch families). The names of Taylor, Osceola, Ward, Ruth, Kimberly, and Black Horse were the mining towns of the area from 1880's and 1900's. Sanpete was the Post Office during the mid 1880's.

Every Mining operation needed freight from the railroad, food for it's men and teams of horses to carry the ore to the mills. The mills needed water and even the water for the ranch irrigation was sold to use in the mills and 'placer' mining operations.

George Samuel Robison and Emma Jane Meecham were the parents of nine children, six boys and three girls. Ida Eva and Margie Addie died soon after birth. With six young men on a ranch there were a lot of activities that required the guiding hand of their Father and strong discipline of their Mother. Emma was a large boned, strong woman. She would handle the boys. In later years when the sons spoke of their Mother, they said she had large hands, maybe they remembered them well from close contact.

Grandfather George was a good business man. Grandmother was gifted with very good business sense. They started with a small ranch with very little livestock. By the time their sons were ready to start on their own they were able to put them in charge of part of the ranch operation. When they made money they invested it in more livestock, land or in the mines. The mining investments never paid off. Through out Grandfather's life he made a lot of money; he was always in debt a little on some new deal.

Grandfather George Robison loved people, and enjoyed being with them. He was always at every dance even in his later years. He loved flowers and always had a beautiful garden. Fruit trees were planted early on the Robison Ranch and became a valuable product in later years. His grandchildren remember the apple, peach and other fruits that were so good in the later summer and fall that came from his trees.

George Samuel Robison, circa 1925


Salt Lake Tribune, Thursday, February 10, 1938:

George S. Robison

BAKER, Nev.--Funeral services were conducted in Baker high school Tuesday for George S. Robison, 77, eastern Nevada resident for 62 years, who died Sunday at his ranch in Snake Valley of pneumonia.

Bishop Sylvan Warner of the L. D. S. church was in charge of the services. Interment was in Garrison, Utah, cemetery.

Born in Hatton, Utah, Nevember 18, 1860, at the age of 16 he came to Nevada and settled on the ranch where he had since made his home, being one of the most prominent ranchers and livestock men in eastern Nevada for 50 years.

One June 14, 1883, he married Emma J. Meecham at Osceola. She died November 6, 1928.

On August 23, 1930, Mr. Robison married Theresa Demelle, who was with him at the time of his death.

Surviving sons and daughters are George W., Doyle C., Burton H., Bryan S. and Orvis C. Robison and Mrs. Frank J. Parker, all prominent citizens and ranchers of White Pine county; four half-brothers, Ed, Lester and Almon Robison of White Pine county and William Robison of Fillmore, Utah; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Robison typified the pioneer rancher of the west, being robust, genial and taking an active part in county and civic affairs. Even at his advanced age he took part in all community gatherings, with his wife attending holiday dances in the Baker district.


  • Name variant: George L. [1880 census]
  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995).
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, p. 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: Melvin A. Robison
Family of: George Samuel Robison & Emma Jane Mecham
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Gwen Bowen
Family of: George Samuel Robison & Emma Jane Meecham
Occupation: Rancher
  • Russ Robison - PAF, 28 Nov 2003.
Sources for George Samuel ROBISON family information:
· Family Bible of George Samuel Robison in possession of Leonard D. Robison, Provo, UT
· SL Temple records.
· The Chaffe Gan. 1635-1909, William H. Chaffee, p 410.
· Person submitting this family group sheet in 1940's:
Miss Laura ROBISON, North 18th Ward, Ensign Stake
134 F. Street
Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Birth place variant: Hatton [Melvin A. Robison FGR]
  • 1870 Federal Census, Town: Petersburgh, Millard County, Utah, 1 July 1870, page 2, Dwelling 16, Family 12:
George, 9, m, w, At School, Utah
  • 1880 Federal Census, Kanosh, Millard, Utah, Source: FHL Film 1255336, Page 503C:
Alexander GONDER
George L. ROBISON, BroL, M, S, W, 18, UT, Fa: PA, Mo: MI, Occ: Laborer
  • Marriage: White Pine News, Saturday, July 14, 1883:
In Osceola, Nevada, July 3d, by Justice Farnham, Geo. S. Robinson and Emma J. Meacham.
  • Marriage variant: 14 Jun 1883 [O'Donnell FGR]
  • Marriage: Utah Marriages, 1887-1935, database, FamilySearch:
Name: George Samuel Robison
Race: White
Birth Date: 18 Nov 1860
Birthplace: Hatton, Ut.
Age: 68
Father's Name: Peter Robison
Mother's Name: Selina Chaffae
Bride's Name: Bertha Turner
Race: White
Previous Husband's Name: Turner
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1888
Birthplace: Salina, Ut.
Age: 48
Father's Name: Steven Farnsworth
Mother's Name: Alvina M...
Marriage Date: 25 Mar 1929
Marriage Place: Salt Lake City
Garrison Cemetery
  • Marriage: Utah Marriages, 1887-1935, database, FamilySearch:
Groom: George S. Robison
Race: White
Birth Date: 18 Nov 1860
Birthplace: Hathan, Ut.
Age: 69
Father's Name: Peter Robison
Mother's Name: Lina Chaffee
Bride's Name: Charolette Theresa Demeulle
Race: White
Birth Date: 01 Dec 1865
Birthplace: Echo Canyon, Ut.
Age: 44
Father's Name: Edwin Squire
Mother's Name: Lydia Abbott
Marriage Date: 23 Aug 1930
Marriage Place: Salt Lake, Utah