James Henry Robison (1859-1937)

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James Henry Robison
James Henry Robison
Born: 27 May 1859 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 13 Feb 1937 Fillmore, Utah
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 Jean Gandy
Married: 1880
Children: Isaac Peter Robison
Hattie Robison
Maude Estella Robison
Vida Pearl Robison
James Stanley Robison


Millard County Chronicle, February 18, 1937:


James Henry Robison died suddenly at his home in Fillmore Tuesday morning Feb 16. He would have been 78 years old on May 27 1937. Although his health had not been good for some time, the end came unexpectedly as he was leaving the house after breakfast to do his chores.

Mr Robison was one of a family of fourteen children. His father Peter Robison was the leader of the party sent out by Brigham Young to establish the town of Fillmore. James H Robison was one of the earliest settlers in the Snake Valley country going there as a boy of fourteen and his home has been made there ever since until in 1933 he returned to Fillmore with Mrs Robison so as to spend the remaining years of their life. During the years spent in the Snake Valley Mr Robison has owned and operated one of the largest ranches there as well as other properties. He prospered and was also interested in mines and mining. He has had many good alfalfa seed crops and other successful ranch products. His ranch at Warm Springs was very well known for the prosperity there and the fine orchard and also for the hospitality of the Robisons.

Mr Robison was married there over fifty seven years to Emma E (J) Gandy, and they had four children Mrs Vise (Vida) Robison of Fillmore, J Stanley Robison of Ely and Mrs Maud Cameron and Isaac P Robison deceased. He is survived by his wife, his children, twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Also four brothers George of Baker, Ed and Lester Robison of Spring Valley and Allie Robison of Ely.

Funeral services were held in Fillmore Wednesday and services will also be held in Garrison on Friday afternoon. Interment will be at Garrison.

Mr Robison made many trips into Delta during his many years in the Snake Valley trading here and living here one winter. He made many friends here as he did wherever he went and their sympathy is extended to his bereaved family. His old friends and neighbors in Snake Valley mourn the loss of a fine and true friend and a good neighbor.

Ancestry, LDS Family History Suite 2, LDS Vital Records Library, Infobases, 1998, Obituary Scrapbook, p. 55:

James Henry Robison

FILLMORE--James Henry Robison, 77 farmer and miner, died here Wednesday.

Born May 27, 1859, at Fillmore, a son of Peter and Salina A. Robison, he had spent almost his entire life in western Millard county. He married Emma Jean Gandy in 1877 and was the father of five children, two of whom with his widow survive.

Mr. Robison

The two are Stanley Robison, Ely, Nev., and Vida Robison, Fillmore; 12 grandchildren and 11 great - grandchildren, and the following brothers: George S. Robison, Baker, Nev.; Lester and E. B. Robison, Spring Valley, Nev., and William Robison, Hatton, Utah.

Funeral services were conducted in Fillmore Wednesday, after which the body was taken to Garrison, Utah, where further services will be conducted Friday. Burial will take place in Garrison.

Feb 19-37 [Deseret News?]


Millard County Chronicle, February 19, 1937:


Funeral services were held in the Fillmore Ward Wednesday at 3:15 o’clock for James Henry Robison who died at his residence here early Tuesday morning, following several weeks’ illness.

The speakers were James A. Kelly and Peter L. Brunson with Bishop Brunson conducting. J. Blake Davies offered the opening prayer and Frank Robison pronounced the benediction. The choir sang “Shall We Meet”, “Sometime, We’ll Understand” and “Abide With Me”. Miss Marilyn Brunson sang “I’ve Grown So Used to You”.

The body was taken to Garrison Thursday, where it was planned to hold services Friday, to be followed by burial in the Garrison Cemetery.

Mr. Robison was born in Fillmore and married his wife Emma Jean Gandy here. He has lived here at various times since, and has also resided at Hatton and Garrison, where he had extensive ranch holdings at one time. He was a pioneer in every sense of the word; leaving this valley when the frontier moved farther west and going into the Garrison-Burbank country to break up new acres and tame a new section of the desert country. He had many friends who loved him for his happy disposition, his friendliness toward people when they were in need of help.

He is survived by his wife who has been very ill, one daughter who lives in Fillmore and a son whose home is in Snake Valley.

Among those from out of town who attended the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dearden of Garrison.


  • Birth, Blessing: Rogers, Sarah. Fillmore Branch Registration, p. 26:
Number: 204
Male: James Henry Robison
Born: 27 May 1859, at Fillmore Millard Utah
Father: Peter
Mother: Celina H. Chaffee
Blessed: 27 Nov 1859, at Fillmore
By: Joseph Robison
  • 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, 16 Jul 1860:
Ja's. H., 1, m, U. T., att school
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Petersburgh, 1 Jul 1870, page 2, Dwelling 16, Family 12:
James, 11, m, w, At School, Utah
  • 1880 Federal Census, Kanosh, Millard, Utah, Page 503C:
Robison, James, Head, Male, Single, White, 21, UT, PA, MI, Farmer
  • 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., Head, W, M, b. May 1859, 41, md 20 yrs. UT, PA, MI, Farming
, Emma E, Wife, W, F, b. June 1862, 37, md 20 yrs, 5 children, 4 living, Nevada, Eng, Eng
, Isaac P., Son, W, M, b. Apr 1881, 19, Single, Utah, Utah, Nevada, Farm Hand
, Maud E., Daughter, W, F, b. Feb 1885, 15, Single, Utah, Utah, Nevada, At School
, Vida P., Daughter, W, F, b. Mar 1887, 13, Single, Nevada, Utah, Nevada, At School
, James S., Son, W, M, b. Apr 1890, 10, Single, Utah, Utah, Nevada, At School
  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995).
  • 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
Occupation: Farmer
  • Ancestral File