Joseph Hancock Robison (1868-1951)

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Joseph Hancock Robison
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Born: 5 Jan 1868 Deseret, Utah
Died: 19 Apr 1951 Henderson, Nevada
Father: Benjamin Hancock Robison
Mother: Susannah Turner
Siblings: 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
Spouse: Nellie E. Hinckley
Married: 17 Dec 1890 Manti, Utah
Children: Joseph Benjamin Robison
Ira Lucian Robison
Lois Robison
Juanita Robison
David Nephi Robison
Dell Hinckley Robison
Rose Robison
Josephine Robison

100 Years on the Muddy, pages 222-223:

Joseph Hancock Robison was born January 5, 1868 in Deseret, Utah, the son of Benjamin Hancock Robison and Susannah Turner.

As a small boy Joseph moved with the family to Fillmore, Millard, Utah, where he grew to manhood. His father passed away when Joseph was only thirteen years old, and he, being the oldest son, had the responsibility of assisting his mother with the care and support of his seven brothers and sisters.

On December 17, 1890, Joseph married Nellie E. Hinckley in the Manti Temple. Four sons and four daughters were born to Joseph and Nellie over a period of twenty-three years. About 1900 they moved to Provo, Utah, and nine years later in January 1908, they moved to Moapa Valley settling at Logan. This move to Nevada was not supposed to be a permanent one. The two youngest children, both girls, were born in Nevada. Life in the Moapa Valley was anything but easy. They settled on land had formerly been held by the Logans.

On January 1 came the famous flood of 1910, as it has always been designated. The rains in the northern part of the county fell on heavy snowfall and melted the snow quickly. All that melted had but one outlet, and that was Meadow Valley Wash. It almost washed the Moapa Valley into the Colorado River. Crops were washed out and deep gullies were cut through the farm. The financial loss was so great to Joseph that recovery was almost impossible. Then again in 1914 the valley was plagued by another severe flood. After that, flood control programs were started and a flood channel constructed.

In 1916 the Robison family moved to Jarbidge, Elko, Nevada, where Joseph Robison operated a freight outfit of teams and wagons. Jarbidge was a rich, booming mining camp and the freight route operated north to Rogerson, Idaho. then south to Elko and Deeth, Nevada, each place being around seventy-five miles from Jarbidge. It was a hard way to make a livelihood, as the winter seasons were long and severe.

After two years of this the Robison family returned to Logandale where they again settled down-and this time it was permanently. Farming was the predominant activity of the valley, and the Robisons engaged in many phases of farming. They located on a different piece of farmland which they purchased.

Joseph passed away in a Henderson, Nevada, hospital. His wife lived eleven years longer. Three of their children passed away in childhood, the other five grew up in Logandale.


  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 24 Jun 1870, page 4, Dwelling 30, Family 29:
Joseph H., 2, m, w, At Home, Utah
  • 1880 Federal Census, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Source: FHL Film 1255336, Page 462A:
Joseph H., Son, Male, Single, White, 12, At School, UT, NY, NJ
ID Number: 210280
Groom: Joseph H. Robison
Bride: Nellie E. Hinckley
Married: 17 Dec 1890, Manti
County of Record: Millard, Utah
Volume/Page: v. 1, p. 185
  • FamilySearch IGI, record of a deceased member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Joseph Hancock Robison
Born: 05 Jan 1868 Deseret, Millard, Utah
Died: 19 Apr 1951
Father: Benjamin Hancock Robison
Mother: Susannah Turner
  • Ranney, Lucretia Lyman. American Ancestry of Joseph Robison and his wife Lucretia Hancock, p. 10.
  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995).
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, p. 602.
  • Ancestral File
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Charles Harvey Walsh
Family of: Joseph Hancock Robison & Nellie Hinckley
Occupation: Farmer
  • Hughes, Karen May Moorehouse. Descendants of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock, pp. 1, 3. Suggests he was married to Melvina Sophia Swalberg.
  • Autobiography of Susannah Turner Robison, Genealogical Surveys of L.D.S. Members, Vol. 26, p. 125