Manuscripts/Mixed Material [John Robinson]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co. Dist., #7
John Robinson ,77, living at Fort Worth, Texas, R.R. 2, was born April 7, 1861, at Waxahachie, Ellis co., Texas. His father, Captain William Robinson, farmed a small tract of land and raised cattle which grazed on the open range. William Robinson enlisted in the Confederate Army at the commencement of the Civil War, and served as a Captain throughout the duration of the Civil War. A short period after Captain Robinson was mustered out of the Army, he moved to Fannin co., 10 miles [?] of Bonham. There he engaged in ranching. John Robinson worked on his father's ranch, begining at the of seven years. When at the age of 13, he and an older brother drove a herd of their father's cattle, to Hamilton co., and located a cow-camp near Cranfills Gap in Hamilton co. At the age of [?] he entered the Government secret service department. He carrys [wound?] scars, received in gun fights with desperadoes. He continued in the service four years and then engaged in farming for a livelihood.
His story of [?] life follows:
“I am 77 years old and have made Texas my home throughout my life time. My place of birth was at [Waxahachie?], Ellis co., Texas, Arpil 7, 1861.
“My father was Captain William Robinson. Prior to the Civil War, he farmed for a livelihood. When the Civil War started, father enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as Captain for the duration of the War. He received a wound in his left leg which prevented/
“Where we were located in Ellis co., it was a wooded country. In those days all settlers were located in a wooden country or a river bottom.