Robert J. Arnot (1811-1896)

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Robert J. Arnot
Born: 14 Feb 1811 Florida, New York
Died: 20 Jan 1896 Lexington, Michigan
Father: James Arnot
Mother: Sarah McMichael
Siblings: Robert J. Arnot
John B. Arnot
Levi Arnot
Spouse: Sarah Hall
Married: 30 Mar 1836 Ontario, Canada
Children: James Arnot
Elizabeth Arnot
Ira Arnot
William Arnot
Cephas W. Arnot
Silas S. Arnot
George E. Arnot
Phoebe J. Arnot
Spouse: Elizabeth Wheeler


Lexington News, January, 1896:

Robert J. Arnot died at his home in Lexington, Michigan, aged 84 years and eleven months. His last illness was of less than a week's duration and heart trouble, together with other complications peculiar to old age, were the causes of his death.

Funeral services were held in the Advent Christian Church Jan. 24, conducted by Rev. A. P. Moore of Buchanan, assisted by four local ministers. Remains were laid to rest in Croswell cemetery.

Mr. Arnot was born in Florida, N.Y., a village near Schenectady, Feb. 14th, 1811. He was of Scotch descent. In 1825 he removed with his parents to Whitby on Lake Ontario, near Toronto. On March 30, 1836, he was married to Sarah Hall. Eleven children were born to them, James (deceased), Elizabeth wife of Barney VanNest of Croswell, Ira of Lexington, William of Lexington, Phoebe wife of W.O Randall of Port Huron, and three children who died in infancy. There are 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In 1852 Mr. Arnot moved with his family to Lexington, where he has been a resident until his death. Mr. Arnot showed the same perseverance in his journey to Michigan as has characterized his movements since. He took the overland route from Toronto to Sarnia, emergency, using sleighs over half way and then resorting to wagons as the roads continued to get poor. On arriving at Sarnia they found the only way to reach Michigan was by sending the horses down river to cross at St. Clair, while the family and goods were taken across to Port Huron in skiffs, and a small sail boat, between cakes of floating ice, the whole proceeding being dangerous in the extreme. The writer has often heard Mr. Arnot say that in coming over with the last load, when every minute seemed as if it would be the last, that he did not fret so much for his own safety as for the thoughts that every cent of money he had in the world was in his pocket, and his wife and little ones would be left penniless in a strange land.

His wife died March 15, 1862. Afterwards he married Mrs. Elizabeth Livingston, who survives him.

By strict attention to business Mr. Arnot has succeeded in his transactions through life and secured an easy competency. He was able to attend to his business up to the last week of his life. Mr. Arnot has played an important part in the history of Lexington. He was superintendent of the poor for Sanilac County for 25 years and was very conscientious and painstaking in the discharge of his duties. He was never known to oppress the poor, but many times when expedient assisted a poor family in purchasing a home.

Mr. Arnot was an earnest and consistent Christian during his long life and contributed most liberally for the advancement of Christianity.

Birthday Picnic

The Canadian Statesman, September 14, 1892 p. 5:

The following taken from the Lexington, Mich., Jeffersonian will interest a number of our readers as Mr. Arnot was once a resident of Darlington and is an uncle to Mr. Albert Arnot of Enniskillen and Mssrs Jesse, Levi and John Arnot of Taunton. "For a number of years it has been the custom of Mr. R. J. Arnot to have a family gathering on the anniversary of his birth. At these gatherings only his own children are admitted, no grandchildren or other relatives allowed.

On Saturday last, however, occurred a picnic, at which all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were allowed to be present, on this occasion there were present Mrs. Barny Vannest and eight children, of Croswell, Mr. Ira Arnot and five children, of Lexington, Mr. Cephas Arnot and seven children, of Croswell, Mr. Silas Arnot and two children, of Jeddo, Mr. George Arnot and four children, of Lexington, and Mrs. W. O. Randall, of Pt. Huron, making all six children and twenty-six grandchildren; there were also present six great- great grandchildren. The family seems unbroken as not a single death has occurred in more than twenty years. These picnics will be held annually. As a souvenir of the occasion last Saturday Mr. Arnot presented each one with a dollar.

  • Death: Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897
Name: Robert J. Arnot
Death Date: 21 Jan 1896
Death Place: Lexington, Sanilac, Michigan
Gender: Male
Death Age: 85 years
Estimated Birth Date: 1811
Birthplace: New York
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Farmer
Film Number: 2363835
Digital Folder Number: 4208790
Image Number: 1444
Reference Number: p 145 rn 145