Josephine Sweeting (1852-1938)

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Josephine Sweeting
Sweeting, Josephine.jpg
Aunt Josephine

14 July 1852

Clinton County, Iowa

5 Jul 1938

Fillmore, Millard, Utah
Father: Judson Sweeting
Mother: Cornelia Elizabeth Beagle
Siblings: Volney J. Sweeting
Josephine Sweeting
Frank William Sweeting
Spouse: Almon Robison

22 Oct 1876

Bethel, Branch, Michigan


The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday Morning, 6 Jul 1938, p. 18:

Josephine S. Robison

Mrs. Josephine Sweeting Robison, 85, of Fillmore, widow of Almon Robison, died Tuesday at 12:10 p. m. at 144 West First South Street, where she had been staying for some time.

Mrs. Robison was born July 13, 1852, in Brunson, Mich., and came to Utah in 1875.

Surviving is a sister[-in-law], Miss Jennie Sweeting of Fillmore.

The Progress, Fillmore, Utah, Friday, 8 Jul 1938, p. 1:


Funeral services will be held this afternoon, Friday, July 8, for Mrs. Josephine Sweeting Robison, 85, who died Tuesday, at 12:10 p.m. in Salt Lake City, of causes incident to age. She had been ill for about six months, and three weeks ago went to Salt Lake City, thinking the change might do her good. Mrs. Delia Robison and Mrs. Hilda Gilespie were living in an adjoining apartment, and had been with her much of the time while she was in Salt Lake.

Mrs. Robison was born July 13, 1852, at Brunson, Michigan, the daughter of Judson and Cornelia Sweeting. She met Mr. Almon Robison while he was on a visit there, and married him. She was 25 years old when she came to Utah as Mr. Robison's bride. Her father and her brother, Frank Sweeting and his family later joined her here.

Her husband, Almon Robison was a pioneer in every sense of the word, reclaiming the waste lands and building up a great farming estate during his lifetime. Mrs. Robison was right there beside him through all this hard work and frugal planning for the future. Without her help, he could not have been so successful.

Her husband died some 21 years ago, and since that time, Mrs. Robison has lived next door ro her brother and his family, lavishing her love and affection on her two nephews, Lewis and Roy Sweeting.

Mrs. Robison has been a good and thoughtful neighbor whereever she has lived, whether on the farm or here in town, and her neighbors have reciprocated by being kind to her during these last years when her health has been very poor. Mrs. Jennie Ashby, Mrs. Lizzie Carling, Mrs. Delia Robison and others have at different times been very good to this dear little lady.

Besides the two nephews here, Lewis and Roy Sweeting, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Sweeting, Mrs. Robison is survived by a neice Mrs. Erie Reynolds and a nephew, Rodney Sweeting, of Brunson, Michigan.

Mayor James A. Kelly and Wm. D. Melville will be the principal speakers at this afternoon's services, which will be under the direction of Bishop Henry Hatton. They will commence at 2 o'clock in the Second Ward church. The Singing Mothers and Mr. Thomas Whatcott and others will furnish the musical numbers.

The burial is in charge of the Olpin Mortuary, and will take place in the City Cemetery. The remains may be viewed at the home up until time for the services.


  • Day, Stella H. Builders of Early Millard, p. 590.
  • Nicolo, Margaret LaDean Sutton Sweeting. Sweeting Family Records Binder.
  • Interview with LaDean Nicolo, Monday, 11 Nov 2002:
Josephine was quite a horse woman. She always had the best horses.
She refused to be buried next to Almon and his first wife and son, choosing instead to be buried with her Sweeting relatives in the Fillmore cemetery.
  • Birth variant: 13 Jul 1852 [death records]
  • Birth place variant: Brunson, Michigan [burial record]
  • 1860 Federal Census, Iowa, Clinton, De Witt Township, 25 July 1860, p. 116, Dwelling #818, Family #814:
J. Sweeting
Josephine, 8 F Iowa, school in year
  • 1870 Federal Census, Michigan, Branch County, Gilead, 6 July 1870, p. 20, Dwelling #166, Family #167:
Sweeting, Judson
, Josephine, 17, female, white, at home, Iowa, attended school in year
  • Marriage: FHL Film #93707, Branch County, Michigan, Record of Marriages, p. 180, #235:
Date of Marriage: Oct 22 1876
Place of Marriage: Bethel
Bridegroom: Almon Robison
Residence: Fillmore City, Utah
Age: 31
Birth-place: Will Co., Ill
Occupation: Farmer
Bride: Josephine Sweeting
Residence: Bethel
Age: 24
Birth-place: Clinton Co., Iowa
Marriage performed by: John R. Bonney, Minister of the Gospel
Judson Sweeting, Bethel
Cornelia E. Sweeting, Bethel
  • Marriage variant: 20 Oct 1876 [Robison, p. 130]
  • 1880 Federal Census, Disk 35, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Source: FHL Film 1255336, Page 461C:
Josephine ROBISON Wife F M W 26 Occ: Keeping House ID Fa: USA Mo: USA
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation. Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 41:
ROBISON, Josephine
BLK 187, Lot 2, Grave 1
b. 7-13-1852
d. 7-05-1938
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation. Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 390:
ROBISON, Josephine
BLK 187, Lot 2, Grave 1
b. 7-13-1852 Brunson, Michigan
d. 7-05-1938 Fillmore, Utah
Comments: Age at death - 85 years 11 months 22 days
Current Owner: Sweeting, Mary
Original Owner:
  • Obituaries:
The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday Morning, 6 Jul 1938, p. 18
The Progress, Fillmore, Utah, Friday, 8 Jul 1938, p. 1: