Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)


Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

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Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

Born: 29 Jul 1851 Crete, Will, Illinois
Died: 17 Oct 1936 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Joseph Robison
Mother: Lucretia Hancock
Siblings: Alfred Robison
Benjamin Hancock Robison
Joseph Vickery Robison
Alvin Locke Robison
Emily Robison
William Henry Robison
Mary Robison
Lucretia Proctor Robison
Proctor Hancock Robison
Almon Robison
Albert Robison
Adelia Robison
Franklin Alonzo Robison
Spouse: (1) Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt
Married: 10 Apr 1872 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: 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
Spouse: (2) Harriet Elizabeth Thorpe
Married: 30 Nov 1882 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Willis Nephi Robison
Lois Hattie Robison
Josephine Robison
Herbert Alonzo Robison
Ella Adelia Robison
Alverna Robison
Ancil Platte Robison
Spouse: (3) Lois Thorpe
Married: 25 Feb 1889 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: 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


Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

From Jensen, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol 2, pp. 144, 145:

Robison, Franklin Alonzo, a High Coucilor in the Millard Stake of Zion and a resident of Fillmore Milard county, Utah, was born July 29, 1801, (sic) at Creet, Will county, Ill., the son of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock.

He was baptized in 1859 by Lorenzo D. Rudd. November 15, 1876, he was ordained a Seventy by Apostle Orson Pratt. At the October Conference, 1876, he was called on a mission to the United States, during which he labored in the northern part of Michigan.

At home he has acted as counselor to Bishop Joseph D. Smith, and President of the Y. M. M. A.; also as a counselor to Bishop Christian Anderson, of Fillmore, from January, 1901, to December, 1906.

With his three wives (Isabella Eleanor Pratt, Harriet Elizabeth Thorpe, and Lois Thorpe) he had 27 children, namely, 16 sons and 11 daughters.

Of these, eleven boys and eleven girls are still living. Of civil offices Elder Robison has acted as Sheriff of Millard county for two years and also as one of the city council of Fillmore.

With the exception of five years’ residence in Woodruff, Apache county, Arizona, he has resided in Fillmore since July 1854.

Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

Biographical Sketch

by Carrie Pratt Robison (daughter)
My father (Franklin Alonzo Robison) was a man firm and steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord. He held to his standards no matter how those with whom he associated behaved or what they thought of him. He stood for the right in spite of the opinions of men.

He never tasted tobacco or alcoholic liquors. He did not drink tea or coffee, although he said he inherited a liking for tea as his mother threw her away before he was born and never tasted it again in spite of her cravings.

He ate very little meat; did not like mutton, chicken, fish, or any wild animal’s meat; I think he also left pork alone – just a little beef occasionally. When we had chicken he would eat a very small piece of the white meat.

His mother was that way too. When he died at the age of 85 the doctor said that every organ of his body was in perfect health. He just lost his appetite and lived for awhile on fruit juices.

He never profaned the name of Deity, used very little swearing or slang of any kind, nor impure speech. My mother said that Father would not listen to smutty stories. He left the room or changed the subject if he got in bad company and they indulged in it.

He was very prayerful. Had the gift of Faith, and the gift of healing, was called much to administer to the sick, and many were improved and healed under his hands. He never neglected having family prayers in his families.

He always administered alone in his own households. On one occasion I was very ill. My leg from my hip down was in terrible pain, I could not stand on it nor lie on it. My father came up to my bed and administered to me.

While his hands were still on my head I felt the pain lift and pass off, and I had no more pain, being healed instantly.

I wish I could remember more of the stories father told of his experiences through faith in the Lord. Here is one he told: “Our sheep herders lost a bunch of sheep and we hunted all over the canyons for them and could not find them.

I went to the Lord before retiring and asked him to show me those sheep. I went to sleep and dreamed that I saw them bedded in a ravine in the canyon. I got up very early in the morning and called the herders, saying, ‘Let’s go and get those sheep.’

I led them to the place I saw in my dream, and there they were still bedded just as I had seen them in my dream.”

Many polygamists were taken to the penitentiary and served terms there. Father was determined not to be caught. He gave the U. S. marshals a merry chase all over the country around Fillmore.

It was extremely interesting to hear him relate how he evaded the marshals. He generally knew when they were in town. He knew it by the gift of discernment. He had his saddle horse always ready.

The horse was trained to leap fences, go over sage brush and into all kinds of rough places. He generally escaped from home down through the block to the creek bridge, over on to the hills, circling around to the north out to the old fields.

He had a friend out there, Brother Milgate, who was always ready to help him.

He tells of how he lay in a big drain ditch all night, and the marshals were riding around him, near him, over and over, and never did discover him. It was between Fillmore and the Sink.

Another time they got on his train and he went off through heavy sagebrush where their tender race horses could not make any headway. Another time he ran to the farm gate with them following him.

When he got there James Anderson took down the bars and let him in. His horse ran into a herd of horses out in the field where there was a cloud of dust so they could not see him.

The marshals finally came to the farm bars. They asked James Anderson whose farm this was. James said, “I don’t know, I only work here.” One night he lay all night on the north side of the high board fence which was on the north side of our home.

The marshals went up and down the lane all night and did not discover him. They had gone up and down the street and knew he was in the house several times, at different times, and would come in after dark and search the house but never could find him.

They never could understand how he could get away without their seeing him. They did not know his horse could go out through the back. When he discerned that the marshals were in town he would send word to others of his friends who had a plurality of wives. Sometimes they would send word to him.

Father always kept the Sabbath Day Holy. He attended all of his meetings. He never said to the children “go”, but “come”. Then he would start out, generally being one of the first ones there, and we would all follow. He counted all of his interests annually and paid a full tithing.

I have great respect for my father. In this selfish world he was brave enough to have 29 children and to have the faith that he could support them. His trials and his tribulations were many.

The “school of hard knocks” through which he went over the years didn’t make him waver or lose hope and faith. His testimony of the Gospel, as the years rolled by, became knowledge. He knew that these things were true, and he recognized his blessings.

I was away so that I did not see my father very much in his last years. He was a faithful member of the High Council some of these years. He was very anxious about his forefathers. The last words he said to me were for me to get their records.


Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)


From the Deseret News, 19 Oct 1936, page 14, column 1:

Fillmore City Pioneer Passes

Fillmore, Utah, Oct. 19, Franklin Alonzo Robison, 85, a remaining founder of Fillmore, died at his home Saturday at 8 p. m. F. Alonzo Robison died October 17, 1936. Burial will take place tuesday following funeral services in the 1st Ward chapel at Fillmore.

Mr. Robison’s name was linked with nearly every early civic and church project of importance. With his brothers, he aided in constructing the first State House. At the time of his death he was President of the Stake High Priest Quorum.

He had held the office of Stake Superintendents of Sunday Schools and other church auxilary positions. He also had served as Sheriff and Mayor of Fillmore. He had been President of the Fillmore Irrigation Company.

Born July 29, 1851, at Crete, Ill., Mr. Robison was a son of Joseph and Lucretia Hancock Robison. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1854.

On April 10, 1872, he married Isabel (Isabella?) Eleanor Pratt, daughter of Parley P. Pratt. In 1882, he married Harriet Thorpe and in 1889, Lois Thorpe became his wife (they were sisters).

The latter two survive him. He is survived by 23 children.

They are: Mrs Florence Ellison, Parker P. Robison, Mrs Ella Jacobsen, and Mrs Josephine Pack, Salt Lake City; Alma Robison and Mrs Herma King, Layton; Mrs Carrie Despain, Holladay; Eldred and Nola Robison, and Mrs Alda Van Winkle, Los Angeles; and Alfred Robison, Mrs Verna Davis and Mrs Olea Davis (no mention of Alonzo Franklin¬†?–SDR), all of Fillmore; Harmel Robison, Wisconsin; Mrs Linda Young, Richfield; and Mrs Ruth Peterson, Santa Monica Calif. 73 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren also survive.

Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)


The Millard County Progress, Friday, 23 Oct 1936:




Funeral services were held in the Fillmore Ward Chapel Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 P.M. for Franklin Alonzo Robison, a pioneer of Fillmore, who died at his home here Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 P.M. of ailments incident to age.

Mr. Robison was believed to be the earliest living resident of Fillmore, having come here with his parents in 1854. He was an active church worker all his life, serving as president of the Millard Stake High Priests’ Quorum, member of two bishoprics, stake superintendent of Sunday Schools, and in numerous other church capacities.

He was born July 29, 1851, at Crete, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Lucretia Robison. He was married on April 10, 1872 to Isabell Eleanor Pratt, a daughter of Parley P. Pratt, the apostle; to Harriet Thorpe on Nov. 30, 1882, and to Lois Thorpe February 25, 1889. The last two survive.

Mr. Robison was also a civic leader, serving at various times, as mayor of Fillmore [sic], sheriff of Millard County, member of the school board and president of the Fillmore Irrigation Company.

With his family he was a contractor for building the Old State House, now the museum, at Fillmore. Most of his life, he had been a farmer, holding large acreages and running a great many cattle.

Besides his widows he is survived by 12 sons and 11 daughters: Mrs. Josephine Pack, Mrs. Florence Ellison, Parker P. Robison, Mrs. Ella Jacobson of Salt Lake City; Alma Robison and Mrs. Herma King, Layton; Mrs. Carrie Despain, Holliday; Eldred and Nolan Robison and Mrs. Alda Van Winkle, Los Angeles; Mrs. Lois Eliason, Deseret; Archie, Homer, Culbert, Lindon, Ancil, Franklin and Alfred Robison, Mrs. Verna Davies and Mrs. Olea Davies, Fillmore; Harmel Robison, Wisconsin; Mrs. Linda Young, Richfield; and Mrs. Ruth Peterson, Santa Monica, California; also by 123 grandchildren and 73 great grandchildren.

Speakers at the funeral services were John Wells, member of the presiding bishopric of the Church, Lafayette Holbrook, both of Salt Lake; and Edward L. Black of Kanosh. Bishop Brunson, who conducted the services, offered a few closing remarks.

President T. Clark Callister offered the invocation and Peter L. Brunson pronounced the benediction. The Singing Mothers rendered several musical numbers and Mrs. Olive Partridge played a violin solo.

Six grandsons acted as pall bearers and great-granddaughters carried the flowers. The grave was dedicated by H. H. Shircliff.

The following people came from out of town to attend the services: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jacobson, Mrs. Fred Pack, Mrs. Florence Ellison, Mrs. O. A. Despain, Parker Robison, Dean Pack, Bishop John Wells, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Shurtliff, Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Holbrook, all of Salt Lake City; Eldred Robison, Los Angeles; Mr. and Mrs. Alma Robison, Bountiful; Mrs. R. W. King, Kaysville; Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Young and daughter Reba, Mrs. R. T. Dale, Richfield; Mrs. Ralph Sorenson, Koosharem; W. J. Keith, Mrs. W. A. Barney, Provo; Mrs. Gilbert White, Elberta; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Allen and daughter Winona, Green River; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Robison and Mr. and Mrs. Willis Robison, Hinckley; Joseph H. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Stott, F. Earl Stott of Meadow; Edward L. Black and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barney of Kanosh, and others from neighboring towns.


The family of Mr. F. A. Robison, wish to sincerely thank the good people who so kindly assisted and sympathized with them during the recent illness and death of Mr. Robison.

Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography (1851-1936)

Franklin Alonzo Robison Biography: Sources

  • Name variations:
Soma [cemetery records, p. 58]
Franklin E. [1860 census]
Frank Dexter
  • Nickname: Lonnie
  • Birth, Blessing: FHL Film #1059486, Item #4, Rogers, Sarah. Fillmore Branch Registration, p. 14:
Number: 81
Male: Franklin Alonzo Robison
Born: 29 Jul 1851, at Crete, Will, Ill.
Father: Joseph
Mother: Lucretia Hancock
Blessed: 11 Mar 1855 at Fillmore
By: Thomas R. King, William Felshaw and Noah W. Bartholomew
  • Census: 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #106, Dwelling #922, Family #839, enumerated 14 Jul 1860:

Franklin E., 8, m, ILL, att school
  • Census: 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 25 Jun 1870, page 10, Dwelling 82, Family 76:

Alonzo, 18, m, w, farmer, 500/1350, Utah
  • 1st Marriage: FHL Film #183398, Salt Lake Temple Records, Endowment House Sealing Record, Book H, 1871-1873, p. 114, #1464:
Robison, Franklin Alonzo

Born: 29 Jul 1851, Crete, Will, Illinois
Sealed to:
Pratt, Isabella Eleanor

Born: 1 Sep 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Solemnized by: Pres. D. H. Wells
10 Apr 1872, in the Endowment House
Witnesses: Jos. F. Smith & A. Pratt
  • Census: 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #9, Dwelling #75, Family #84:
ROBISON, Franklin A., w, m, 28, md, farmer, IL, PA, VT

Isabel E., w, f, 25, wife, md, kh, UT, NY, NH
Alonzo F., w, m, 7, son, single, at school, UT
Joseph A., w, m, 3, son, single, UT
Herma L., w, f, 2, dau, single, UT
Belinda, w, f, 2/12, MAR 1880, dau, single, UT
  • Writings of Franklin Alonzo Robison
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
Born: 26 Jul 1851
Blessed: 5 Aug 1881
Recorded: Vol. 364, Page 52
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
Born: 29 Jul 1851
Blessed: 2 Jan 1890
Recorded: Vol. 176, Page 344
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
Born: 29 Jul 1851
Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
Recorded: Vol. 1138, Page 89
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
Born: 29 Jul 1851
Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
Recorded: Vol. 483, Page 78
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
Born: 29 Jul 1851
Blessed: 22 Oct 1922
Recorded: Vol. 564, Page 730
  • Death: Register (Record) of Deaths, Fillmore City, Utah, Book 2, p. 35, no. 631:
Franklin Alonzo ROBISON

Age: 85y 4m 18d
male, white, caucasian
Residency: most of lifetime
Born: Crett, ILL, USA
married, farmer
Last residence: Fillmore City
Died: 17 OCT 1936
Cause: pneumonia
Buried: Fillmore City Cemetary, block 51, lot 2
Informant: Homer Robison.
  • Death, Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 41:
ROBISON, Franklin Alonzo

BLK 51, Lot 2, Grave 4
d. 10-17-1936
  • Death, Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 387:
ROBISON, Franklin Alonzo

BLK 51, Lot 2, Grave 4
b. Crett, Illinois [sic]
d. 10-17-1936 Fillmore, Utah
Comments: Age at death: 85 yrs, 4 mos. 18 dys
Current Owner: Robison, F. A. Deceased
Original Owner: Robison, F. A.
  • Gravestone: Fillmore, Millard, Utah
Franklin Alonzo
July 29, 1851
Oct. 17, 1936
  • Note: The family graves are arranged in this order: Lois, Harriet, Alonzo, Isabella, and then Sarah Prisby (who would have been Lonnie’s first wife if she hadn’t become infected and died after swimming in a local water hole in Fillmore–grandpa Lonnie has been sealed to her, according to Ashby Robison).
  • Carrie Robison Despain and Melba Despain Garner, History and Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 27.
  • Day, Stella H. ed., Builders of Early Millard, pp. 591, 599, 603-605.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, pp. 36, 58, 59.
  • Nicolo, Margaret LaDean Sutton Sweeting. Sweeting Family Records Binder
  • The Progress, Friday, February 11, 1949, page 1, Obituary: Robison, Alonzo Franklin
  • The Progress-Review, Vol. 19, No. 17, Fillmore, Utah, Friday, 26 Apr 1912, p. 1, Obituary: Robison, Isabel Eleanor Pratt
  • The Millard County Progress Review, vol 22, Friday 28 Feb 1913, No. 9, Obituary: Keith, Isabella Robison


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