Willis Eugene Robison (1854-1937)

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Willis Eugene Robison
Born: 8 Mar 1854 Crete, Illinois
Died: 28 Jun 1937 Hinckley, Utah
Father: Benjamin Hancock Robison
Mother: Lillis Alvira Andree
Siblings: Willis Eugene Robison
Robison son
Benjamin Franklin Robison
William Henry Robison
Lauretta Alvira Robison
Edson Albert Robison
Lillis Adelia Robison
Martha Lorinda Robison
Robison son
Spouse: (1) Sarah Ann Ellett
Married: 8 Jul 1874 Fillmore, Utah
Children: Eleanor Lucretia Robison
Willis Eugene Robison
Benjamin Hancock Robison
Lillis Alvira Robison
Wayne Clifton Robison
John Wells Robison
Berry Robison
Gibbs Robison
Ward Albert Robison
Choral Grace Robison
Rulon Andree Robison
Sarah Myrl Robison
Spouse: (2) Emma Elizabeth Reeve
Married: 12 Feb 1908 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Eva Robison
Franklin Reeve Robison
Spouse: (3) Mary Louise Ellett
Married: 21 Feb 1918
Eugene Willis Robison
Notes by Darlene Robison Rynearson:

Reared to manhood in Fillmore, Millard Co. Engaged in farming, freighting and stock-raising. When 17 yrs, he engaged as a clerk in the co-operative store for about 3 yrs...Records show that the endowment date of Willis, 13 Oct 1870 at the Endowment House was 19 years before it closed, however at that time the church was encouraging the work to be done (Willis would have been 16 yrs. old). At age 20, he married Miss Sarah Ann Ellett, and moved to the town of Scipio, Millard Co., farming there until 1882, when he was called on a mission to the Southern States (Tennessee). He labored as a traveling Elder for 2 years. It fell to his lot to bring home to Utah the mangled bodies of two of his co-laborers, namely, Elders John H. Gibbs & William S. Berry. After his return, he was set apart as one of the Presidents in a Quorum of Seventy, and also labored as a home Missionary. In 1888, he moved to Piute Co. where he could get more land, and settled in the town of Fremont. He remained there one year, after which he was called to Loa, & ordained a Bishop.

In 1889, he was elected to the legislature, representing Beaver & Piute Counties in the House of Representatives. Piute Co. being very large, it was deemed advisable in 1892 to divide it, & create a new county out of the eastern part, & the Legislature accorded the honor of naming the new county & its set of officers. He called the newly created county Wayne, after one of his his sons who was killed in an unfortunate accident with his horse.

When the Wayne Stake of Zion was organized in 1893 Elder Robison was chosen to preside over it. Three times in succession elected Superintendent of Schools...Member of Constitutional Convention which framed the Constitution of Utah. He prided himself in the fact that he never was sued for a debt & had never collected one by law.

After his first wife died, he married Emma Elizabeth Reeve Wright in 1908. She died and he married his 1st wife's half-sister, Mary Louise Ellett Young. Thus having a noble soul to help raise the children and be a companion for the remaining 19 years of his life.

Ordained an Elder 30 Nov 1870 by John Ashman

Ordained a Seventy 4 Mar 1878 by Hyrum Mace

Ordained a High Priest 29 May 1889 by Francis M. Lyman

Ordained a Stake President 1893


The Millard County Progress, Friday, 2 Jul 1937:

Utah Pioneer Dies in Hinckley

Willis Eugene Robison, 83, died at his home in Hinckley late Monday, closing a long career as pioneer, legislator and church leader.

Patriarch Robison was born in Crete, Ill., March 1, 1854, while his family was enroute westward to join the L.D.S. Pioneers. His parents were among the early settlers in the old fort in Fillmore. He married Sarah Ann Ellett in 1874 and spent his early married life in Scipio.

In Oct. 1882, he was called on an L.D.S. mission to the southern states. Serving in two legislatures, Mr. Robison was also a member of the constitutional convention. He was selected to fix boundaries of a new county, to give it a name and select officers. In Wayne County he was called to the Presidency of the Wayne Stake.

He is survived by his widow, Mary Louise Ellett Robison, and the following sons and daughters: Willis Berry and Frank Robison and Mrs. Myrl Terry of Hinckley; Ward Robison of Delta; an adopted daughter, Zeala Wright, of Stockton, Cal.; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

-- Tribune.

Ancestry, LDS Family History Suite 2, LDS Vital Records Library, Infobases, 1998, Obituary Scrapbook, p. 58:

Willis E. Robinson

WILLIS E. ROBINSON, Pioneer educator, legislator and beloved Patriarch and Church leader, died in Hinckley, Utah, at 1:30 a.m. today. Born at Crete, Will County, Ill., March 1, 1854; funeral service at Hinckley July 1 at 2 p.m.

Millard County Chronicle, Thursday, 1 Jul 1937, page 1:


Patriarch Willis E. Robison died at his home in Hinckley Monday at the age of 83. He was born on Mar. 1, 1854 at Crete, Illl., when his parents were en route to Utah. The family early came to Fillmore and in 1874 he married Sarah Ann Ellett and lived in Scipio. She died in 1907 and he married her sister Mary Louise Ellett. Mr. Robison had been a resident of west Millard for about thirty years.

He is survived by his widow and sons Willis, Berry and Frank, Hinckley; Ward of Delta, and daughters Mrs. Myrtle Terry, Hinckley; Mrs. Zeala Wright, Stockton, Cal.; there are 25 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held in Hinckley today, (Thursday) and interment held there.


  • Name variant: Wells [1870 census]
  • Ranney, Lucretia Lyman. American Ancestry of Joseph Robison and his wife Lucretia Hancock, p. 10.
  • Day, Stella H. Builders of Early Millard, p. 592.
  • Hughes, Karen May Moorehouse. Descendants of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock.
  • Birth, Blessing: FHL Film #1059486, Item #4, Rogers, Sarah. Fillmore Branch Registration, p. 13:
Number: 73
Male: Willis Eugene Robison
Born: 1 Mar 1854, at Crete, Will, Ill.
Father: Benjamin Hancock
Mother: Lillis E. Andraa
Blessed: at Fillmore
By: John A. Ray, Thos. R. Green and James Huntsman
  • Birth variations: 1864, Duncan's Retreat, Kane, Ut [Hughes report]
  • 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #108, Dwelling #939, Family #852, enumerated 14 Jul 1860:
ROBINSON, Benj'n. H.
Willis, 6, m, ILL, att school
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 25 Jun 1870, page 12, Dwelling 99, Family 92:
Wells, 16, m, w, At Home, Ill
  • 1880 Federal Census, Disk 35, Scipio, Millard, Utah, Source: FHL Film 1255336, Page 477A:
Willis E. ROBISON Self M M W 26 IL Occ: Farmer Fa: --- Mo: ---
Sarah A. ROBISON Wife F M W 24 UT Occ: Keeping House Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
Eleanor L. ROBISON Dau F S W 4 UT Occ: At Home Fa: IL Mo: UT
Willis E. ROBISON Son M S W 2 UT Occ: At Home Fa: IL Mo: UT
Benjamin H. ROBISON Son M S W 2M UT Fa: IL Mo: UT
  • 3rd marriage, variant: 2 Feb 1918 [Hughes report]