John Robinson, Co. F, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893.

John Robinson

John Robinson, Wilkes-Barre, was born in Salem township, this county, November 2, 1837, a son of William P. and Elizabeth (RAUGHT) ROBINSON.1 He was reared in Fairmount township, educated in the common schools, and by occupation has always been a farmer. On June 13, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves; on July 26, 1861, was promoted to sergeant; on November 12, 1861, to first sergeant; on August 1, 1862, to second lieutenant; on March 1, 1863, to first lieutenant; on July 20, 1863 to captain, and on March 13, 1865, to brevet major. He was honorably discharged and mustered out of the service June 16, 1864. After his return from the war, he engaged in farming in Fairmount township until January 1, 1889, when he was appointed deputy sheriff, under his brother R. P. Robinson, for a term of three years. On January 22, 1865, Mr. Robinson married Sallie C., daughter of John and Rachel (CREVELING) BUCKALEW, of Farimount Springs, this county, and they have two children: Stewart E. and William B. Mr. Robinson is a member of the M. E. Church and G. A. R. He was twice elected to the office of justice of the peace of Fairmount township, and served eight years. Politically he is a Republican.

Capt. Robinson Dies

Civil War Veteran and State Employee

Served under Four governors as store-keeper at the State Capitol

Native of Salem Township and a Farmer of Fairmont – Sketch of his Life

Capt. John Robinson died last evening at the residence of his son, William B. Robinson, 72 West Jackson street, after an illness of several months.

Capt. Robinson was born in Salem Township and was 75 years of age. He was a son of William P. Robinson, who removed from Salem to Fairmount when much of the latter was wilderness. In 1861 Capt. Robinson enlisted as a private in Co. F. 7th Pennsylvania Reserves, and was promoted from time to time for gallant and meritorious service, and was mustered out after three years’ service as a brevet major, having for the greater part of his three years held the commission of a captain. He participated in a number of the important battles of the war and was captured at the Wilderness, but escaped while being marched southward to prison.

After his return from the war he purchased a farm in Fairmount, on which he lived for a number of years and owned at the time of his death. He had for the last twelve years held the office of storekeeper atthe State capitol, serving under four different governors. He came direct from Harrisburg to his son’s home about five weeks ago and was confined to his bed for that time on, but with everything that could possibly be done for him he gradually declined until the end came.

He left surviving him two sons, Stewart E., who resides on the farm, and William B. Robinson, above mentioned: also the following brothers and sisters: Thomas of Ishpening, Mich; Edward F. of Dorranceton and Robert P. of this city: Mrs. Sarah Wlant and Mrs. J. C. Koons of Harveyville and Mrs. Elizabeth Pollock of Clay Centre, Neb. His wife, who before marriage was Sarah C. Buckalew died about five years ago.

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 o’clock from his late residence in Fairmount, with interment at Fairmount Springs, in charge of J. Stewart Robinson Post G.A.R. of which Capt Robinson was a member and for whose brother the post was named.2

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  1. Brother of Lt. James S. Robinson, also of Co. F, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves.
  2. Daily Record, June 5, 1912.