Joseph Alfred Robison (1876-1950)

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Joseph Alfred Robison
Robison, Joseph Alfred 1892.jpg
Alfred Robison, circa 1892
Born: 1 Nov 1876 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 23 Jun 1950 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Franklin Alonzo Robison
Mother: Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt
Siblings: Alonzo Franklin Robison
Parley Proctor Robison
Joseph Alfred Robison
Herma Lucretia Robison
Belinda Pratt Robison
Ruth Pratt Robison
Isabella Pratt Robison
Carrie Pratt Robison
Alma Pratt Robison
Harmel Pratt Robison
Parker Pratt Robison
Olea Pratt Robison
Half Siblings: Willis Nephi Robison
Lois Hattie Robison
Josephine Robison
Herbert Alonzo Robison
Ella Adelia Robison
Alverna Robison
Ancil Platte Robison
Addie Florence Robison
Archie Robison
Bernard Thorpe Robison
Nolan Frederick Robison
Lowell Robison
Homer Franklin Robison
Eldred Vickery Robison
Loran Culbert Robison
Lindon Wells Robison
Alda Leona Robison
Spouse: (1) Mary Elizabeth Keith

20 Dec 1900

Fillmore, Utah
Children: Alfred Paul Robison
James Keith Robison
Ruth Collier Robison
Alonzo Franklin Robison
Eleanor Marden Robison
Sarah Kathleen Robison
John William Robison
Carroll Robison
Harold Phillip Robison
Spouse: (2) Vida Pearl Robison
Married: Bef 1935

Joseph Alfred Robison was born 1 Nov. 1876 at Fillmore, Utah in the rock house. He was the third son of Franklin Alonzo and Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt Robison. He had 11 brothers and sisters. He was blessed 5 May 1877 and was baptized 13 Nov. 1884.

He grew up in Fillmore on his father’s farm helping with the various crops and herding sheep on the nearby fields. After attending public school he went to Millard Stake Academy, then went to Provo to school where he taught classes in penmanship besides his studies.

He was called on a mission to the Southern States in the year 1898 and received his endowments at the Salt Lake Temple 18 May 1898. After an honorable release from his mission he returned to Asheville, North Carolina and became engaged to Mary Elizabeth (Mattie) Keith of that city. They were married 20 Dec. 1900, and went to Ophir, Utah where he worked at the mill. They went to the temple in Salt Lake City and were sealed to each other in May 1901, and their first child was born in September of that year.

The young couple returned to Fillmore and began building a home life of their own. They had nine children – including two pairs of twins. He was a stockraiser and farmer and made a good home for his wife and family.

He was saddened by the early death of his wife. She died March 7, 1925. Alfred kept his family together and sent Kathleen, his youngest daughter on a mission, also, to the Southern States.

He ran the first motel in Fillmore, and befriended many people who were traveling through and were in need of charity. He lived in the old family home of the Robison’s which he had bought and remodeled, and was a loyal, kindhearted neighbor and friend.

His death came June 23, 1950 after a sick spell caused from “Mellonoma”, a type of cancer, caused by a ‘mole’ on his forehead.

There was a deep devotion between Alfred and his family. He had given generously to others by his many acts of charity, and the many men who worked for him through the years loved and respected him for his diligence and fine character.

– A . Paul Robison

Alfred and Mattie were very congenial and lived a very peaceful and happy life together. I never heard them quarrel nor have any contention between them. Alfred was a man who helped in the house and with the children, and the children all loved him dearly. He, like Herma, was extremely unselfish, wanting to lift all the heavy burdens and so all the work.

Alfred’s children, as far as I know, turned out to be good and fine in spite of being left without a mother when in their young and tender years. Alfred was both a father and a mother to them. It was a sad experience for him when his daughter Ruth Bunker died, leaving a family of small children.

– Carrie Robison Despain


  • Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 27.
  • Day, Stella H. Builders of Early Millard, p. 603.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, pp. 10, 57.
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Debra Robison Jackson
Family of: Joseph Alfred Robison & Mary Elizabeth Keith
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Mrs. Iola R. O'Donnell
Family of: James Henry Robison & Emma Jean Gandy
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003, Obituary: Robison, Alfred Paul
  • 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #9, Dwelling #75, Family #84, Page 462A:
ROBISON, Franklin A.
Joseph A., w, m, 3, son, single, UT
  • FHL Film #271405, LDS Church Census, 1914-1960, enumerated 23 May 1935 by Lane F. Wilcken,
Address: Fillmore
Church unit: Fillmore First Ward, Millard Stake
Surname: Robison
Alfred Robison, member, Seventy, b. 1 Nov 1776, Fillmore, Utah, Married, not on record
Vida Robison, Female, non member b. 1887, Warm creek, Utah, Married, not on record
Lawn Robison, Male, Deacon, b. 29 Mar 1909, Fillmore, Utah, Single, C778
John Robison, Male, Deacon, b. Fillmore, Utah, Single, not on record
Harold Robison, Male, Deacon, b. 14 Mar 1916, Fillmore, Utah, Single, C1063
Jimmy Simonson, Male, non member, b. Baker, Utah, Single, not on record
  • Death variant: 26 Jun 1950 [History, p. 27]
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 41:
ROBISON, Joseph Alfred
BLK 48, Lot 3, Grave 6
d. 6-23-1950
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 390:
ROBISON, Joseph Alfred
BLK 48, Lot 3, Grave 6
b. Fillmore, Utah
d. 6-23-1950 Fillmore, Utah
Comments: Age at death: 73 yrs, 7 mos, 22dys
Current Owner: Bunker, William R.
Original Owner: Robison, J. Alfred