In my search for a subject for my blog I began looking over photographs of stones in the Arkadelphia Cemetery here in Cullman Co. Alabama which I'd photographed several years ago. My daughter has several paternal ancestors resting there(mostly Hoglands). As I walked through the cemetery, the gravestone of Elisha M. Robinson had caught my eye and I made sure we got a picture of his and his wife's gravestones. Later while reviewing the photographs I noticed another Robinson. I had taken a picture of Emma Robinson McAnnally's stone(the McAnnally surname is another from this area in my daughter's paternal lines). Emma, as fate would have it, was the daughter of Elisha & Nancy E. Duncan Robinson.
With the information from Elisha's stone I went looking for records online so that I could learn more about him and his family. There is a good bit online about him though some of it is hard to follow.
Elisha Miller Robinson was most likely the son of Joseph A. Robinson & Betsey Miller of South Carolina. He is enumerated in Chattooga Co. GA in the 1850 census with his 1st wife Emily Caroline Stamper and 3 of their children--Jacob A. Robinson, Joseph Taylor Robinson and James Peyton Robinson.
His first wife Emily died in 1853 according to files at WorldConnect
He married Nancy E. Duncan 17 AUG 1854 in Floyd Co GA and moved the family to the town of Arkadelphia Alabama which at that time was in Walker Co. AL.(present day area of Cullman Co.). They are enumerated in the 1860 Walker Co AL census in Arkadelphia Alabama
You can read more about Elisha Miller Robinson's Civil War Service at
the following link.
Elisha Miller Robinson's life in Civil war Prison Camp--
Story from Archaeology.com magazine about Elisha Miller Robinson's life in a Civil War Prison Camp--as told by Dr. William B. Gresham, Jr., Birmingham, AL
A bit of info in the images at Footnote.com list the following
Elisha Robinson Civil War AL 13th Infantry
Captured in Vicksburg Miss July 4 1863
Just doing a quick search I did not find the family in 1870 though they were in Blount Co. AL in 1880.
Pictures of gravestones relating to this family online at my SEROOTS site.
Elisha Miller Robinson
Born: 26 Feb 1825
Died: 08 Jan 1896
Buried: Arkadelphia Cemetery
1st Wife--Emily Caroline Stamper
Born: 11 April 1827
Married: 29 Jan 1845 Chattooga Co GA
Died: 19 Jan 1853
Children of Elisha Miller Robinson & Emily Caroline Stamper
Jacob A Robinson
B 19 Nov 1845
D 15 Jan 1895
Joseph Taylor Robinson
B 19 May 1847
James Paton Robinson
B 24 Jan 1849
D 14 Apr 1929 Cullman Co. AL
[Source: Film number: 1908465 Reference number: cn 10177
Collection: Alabama Statewide Deaths 1908-1974 ]
2nd Wife--Nancy E Duncan
Born: 8 Jan 1829
Married: 17 AUG 1854 in Floyd Co. GA
[Source: Vol. A (2nd volume) 1852-1873 FHL US/CAN Film 282712 ]
Died: 26 Sept. 1897
Buried in Arkadelphia Cem.
Children of Elisha Miller Robinson & Nancy E Duncan
Thomas Franklin Robinson
B 18 July 1855
D 14 April 1926
Thomas Franklin Robinson's Bio from Notable Men of Alabama
Emily Robinson (wife of Allison Cicero McAnnally)
B 11 Oct 1858
D 12 Nov 1912
Emma Robinson McAnnally is enumerated in the Bryce Hospital for the mentally ill in Tuscaloosa AL at the time of the 1900 census. One of the stones located at Arkadelphia cemetery is that of her infant son, Elisha McAnnally. No doubt that played a big part in her mental state. She also lost several family members during the time period from 1895 to 1900.
Very interesting family to follow across the years.