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Origin Roberson

Origin Roberson

Male 1844 - 1898  (54 years)

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  • Name Origin Roberson 
    Born May 1844  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Physical Description hazel eyes, light hair and florid complexion. He was 5'7" tall. 
    Died 27 Jun 1898  Sharp Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bear Creek Church Cemetery, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3756  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2011 

    Father Thomas Kinman,   b. 1828, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann Roberson,   b. 28 Feb 1819, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1889, Kaufman, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 22 Aug 1847  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Derinda Ann Bland,   b. Apr 1855, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1929, Evening Shade, Sharp Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 5 Feb 1871  Pike, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Robert Franklin Robinson,   b. 19 Feb 1872, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1934, Cave City, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. William Scott Roberson,   b. 1874
     3. Origin Comodore Robinson, Sr.,   b. 8 Jan 1878, Marion, Pike, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1958, Saline, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F2075  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • 2/4/2010 Proposed Change: Origin Roberson (I3756) Link: Description: Origin is buried, as is Derinda his wife, in Bear Creek Cemetery in Sharp Co., AR. (Not Evening Shade). Gwen Robinson Levine gwen@compupal.com

      U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 Name: Origin Roberson Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Indiana Regiment Name: 1 Indiana Cavalry. Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Regiment, Indiana Cavalry COMPANY: B,E

      BORN UNWANTED By: Origin Robinson III

      In 1843 a 25 year old, an unmarried Indiana farm girl, named Elizabeth Roberson, gave birth to a baby boy and named him Origin. Since his mother was unmarried he took his mother's maiden name, Roberson. To be born to an unmarried mother in 1843 was to be stigmatized; both the mother and the child suffered the shame. Instead of joy at the birth of a baby boy there was shame and sadness. The mother's entire family felt the disgrace. Before long the little boy's sweetness and charm would win over his unhappy relatives, uncles, aunts, cousins and grand parents.

      To understand how this came about we found that Elizabeth had left the home of her parents, George and Frances Roberson before 1840 and was living with her cousin and her husband, Mildred and Abraham Froman who had six small children and lived near her parents. In 1842 Mildred had her seventh child and in 1843 Elizabeth gave birth to Origin. The situation indicates that Abraham might have been Origin's father.

      Apparently she continued to live with the Froman's after the birth of Origin. Abraham died in 1846 and in 1847 Elizabeth, who is now 29, married Thomas Kinman, a 19 year old young man.

      In 1950 Thomas and Elizabeth are living next door to Mildred Froman with Origin and two little girls, Ester 2 yrs. and Pernule 6 mos. Her parents, George and Frances Roberson, and her younger sister Sarah lived in the same area. Until Origin was twelve years old he knew his uncle and grandfather and he were all Roberson's. How he thought and felt about his name being changed to Kinman we have no way of knowing. He doubtless was not entirely happy about it since he took back the Roberson name when he joined the Army in 1862.

      Some tragic event occurred that resulted in Elizabeth arranging for Origin Kinman, twelve years old, to be indentured in 1855 as a servant to Temple Woolsey, a wealthy farmer in Pike County. That same year Elizabeth married a Thomas Brewster who lived in the same community as Temple Woolsey. One cannot help but wonder how Origin must have felt about his mother's action or what family circumstances may have made it necessary for her to make that decision. Obviously the farmer agreed to send him to school and provide a fitting reward for him at age 18. His handwriting and spelling on his application for the Army show remarkably good skills. Temple Woolsey was a widower in 1860 with several children of his own. By the time Origin joined the Army in 1862, Woolsey had married a second time. Apparently Woolsey gave Origin a horse and saddle and some money when he became 18.

      When he was 19 he went to Evansville and volunteered for the Army and because he had his own horse and saddle he was placed in the Cavalry and paid forty cents a day extra for having his own horse and equipment. On his enlistment application he gave his name as Origin Roberson, and gave his place of birth as Crawford, County Indiana.

      After his years of military service, which ended with eleven months in a Confederate Prison where he became very ill and almost died, he was discharged without medical treatment. He signed out of service as Origin Robinson, a name that the military often used according to his records. He weighed only 80 pounds, had scurvy, diarrhea and the piles. He had no home to go to, his horse and saddle were gone, where would he go? He was sick and alone in the world, no father, and his mother had bound him out as a boy. His feeling of loneliness and rejection must have been at a high point at that time. The only two people in the world he could turn to was his mother Elizabeth and his foster father, Temple Woolsey in the Lockhart Township of Pike County and that is where he went. Where he went and with whom he lived we do not know but we do know from his own writing that he was unable to work from 1865 to 1870 and that he was under the care of Dr. De Lar and Dr. Agee in the Lockhart Township during that time. Obviously someone cared enough for him to help him survive.

      In that same township he met the Robert Bland family whose daughter, Derinda, he married in 1871 in Pike County. From the seed of this small, sickly man we have all sprung to life. The seed of every one of us he carried as he suffered in that horrible prison. I am convinced that we are all indebted to Elizabeth, his mother, and Temple Woolsey for enabling him to survive.

      Possible information:

      Michael H. Robinson bn in mercer Co., Ky, Oct 7, 1808 and died June 18, 1884 in Pike Co., Indiana. Buried Flat Creek Cemetery.

      Origin's name could be William O. Robinson. Found a family on the Internet that had family members listed William S., James, Charles M., and Clarence. No Origin's, but this could be a lead.


      Hewick@prodigy.com (Helen N. Battleson)
      robfost@worldnet.att.net (Origin Robinson III)*
      gwen2@pacbell.net (Gwen Levine-Origin's daughter)*
      kjones@wizard.tarleton.edu(Edna Mae Robinson's son-in-law)*

      According to Origin C. Robinson III, his grandfather Origin I was born out of wedlock and was indentured to a farmer at age 12. He ran away and joined the Northern Army when he was sixteen. He told them he was eighteen. He was captured and spent many months in prison where he contracted scurvy that plagued him all his life.

      Uncle Charles remembers moving to Arkansas and crossing the Mississippi River when it was covered with ice. Charles was about five years old at this time.

      Volunteer Enlistment form shows Origin born in Crawford, IN. He has light hair, hazel eyes, a "florid" complexion, and 5 ft. 7 in. tall.

      Derinda applied for military pension benefits in July 1898.