Arthur Robins

The 2d day of June 1662.

Arthur Robins bound to Henry Smith for three yeares in Virginia the Same Condic[i]ons." (Servants to Foreign Plantations: 489).


Arthur Robins to Henry Smith 3 years (Registers of Servants: 172).

13 March 1664/65

Certificate was granted to Mr. Henry Smith for 500 acres for transporting: Richard Barnes, Mary Lewis, Arthur Robins, Anne Frowin, Edward Ludlow, John Whelmed, Isaac Hillier, Anne Stipe, Alice Hunt, James Powell. (McKey Court Orders Vol 1: 115).

NOTE: It might be suggested because the first two references come from sources with the term Servant in the title. That Arthur Robins was an Indentured Servant and could be backed by the appearance of Robins on the above certificate. What only can be gleaned from the above is that Arthur Robins made some kind of agreement or contract with Henry Smith and nothing more.

18 March 1666/67

Certificate was granted to Arthur Robins for 2000 acres for transporting: Olivier Atkins, Sara Dickes, Jonah Flowers, Oliver Barbican, Wm. Dolne?, Miles Fortesque, Edw. Bustable, Miles East, Arthur Frost, Sara Carter, Mairy Edgerton, Edgar Galscock, Rickard Dickes, Morgan Evan, Nehemiah Gold, James Graveling, Robt. Lasingly, Tho. Standard, Roger Grimes, Jean Lawry, John Stapleton, James Hedger, John Long, James Watts, James Heton, Timothy Lowland, Robt. Weilding, John Heile, Margrit Maclins, Robt. Weilding, Barbara Hollis, Thomas Mercer, Joan Woollerton, Joab Huntly, Judeth Smith. (Mckey Court Orders Vol 2: 31, 32).

26 October 1668

Capt. Hill, Mr. Wise, and Mr. Revell exited the court for the following action:

Along with others John Rowles was commanded by Mr. Edw. Revell to hasten to the headquarters at Gargaphia to guard the county and withstand invasion of the Indians. Commandeered for him was Mr. Jno. Parker's horse, which was healthy at the time. Afterwards the horse was "sick and lame in his hind parts," which was due to over-riding according to Farrier Arthur Robins. As Rowles ought to have "taken a moderate time as became a soldier's march," the court ordered that her pay 200lbs tobacco to Mr. Jno. Parker for damages to the horse and for court charges (102).

NOTE: A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of a horse's hoof so as to fit shoes to the horse's foot. A farrier couples a subset of the blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with a subset of veterinary medicine (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to address the care of the horse's feet.

Circa 1668

Arthur Robins married Barbary, a daughter of John Wise.  See the earliest patents in Procession District 13 of St. George Parish in Accomack County.


Arthur Robins was on a list of Tithables in Accomack County with 3 tithables." (Nottingham Tithables: 9).

16 January 1675/76

Arthur Robins' servant boy Charles Roberts was judged to be 16 years old and was to serve accordingly." (McKey Court Orders: Vol 4: 159).

The Whitelaw tract denoted as [A1] is a consolidation of several patents. (Whitelaw: 565). 1653 Patent to John Toulson for 400 acres. this was the southern corner of the whole and included the small part which is now the present Northampton County. 1661 Touslon assigned this to William Jordan who received a patent in his own name. and then he and his wife Dorothy sold it to Henry Bishop. 1669 Henry Bishop and his wife Ann sold the 400 acres to Arhtur Robins, who obtained is own patent. 1654 Patent to John Grey for 300 acres it being north of the above and extended up Matchapungo Creek. The patent was assigned many times; John Grey assigned the land to John James; James assinged it to Alexander Draper; Draper to Robert Hart; lastly Hart assinged it th Edward Smith. 1660 Patent to Edward Smith for 300 acres which was north of gray and completed the lands along Matchapungo Creek. 1663 patent issued to John Sturgis for 200 acres which he and his wife Elizabeth assigened to Henry Forsse, who reassigned it to William Sterling the next year. 1674 Edward Smith and his wife Ann sold his two 300 acre tracts to Arthur Robins. 1664 Patent to Cornelius Watkinson for 450 acres which was inland and behind the above three parcels. 1672 Patent to Ambrose White as deserted by Watkinson, but four years later it was patented to William Anderson as deserted by White. 1678 William Anderson sold it to Arthur Robins (564-568).

NOTE: By 1678 the lands listed in the above patents totally 1450 acres were owned be Arthur Robins (565), the great-grandfather of Arthur Robins HH11.

6 October 1667

Robins, Arthur Oct. 6, 1667 Accomack County 1000a. On the Westerne side of Nathanael Bradfords 400 acs. of Land." (Virginia Land Patents: 80).

28 May 1691

At a court held in Northampton County the 28th day of May anno 1691. This day Capt. Arthur Robins by commission from the Right Honorable the Lt. Governor was sworn High Sheriff of this County of Northampton for this present year having first taken the oaths enjoined by Act of Parliament instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and a Oath of a Justice of the Peace (Walczyk Orders & Wills 1689-1698: 59). An abstract of his will reads:

29 August 1692

ROBINS, ARTHUR, Gent. 29 August 1692 / 28 September 1693 - to son John Robins (under 18) the 450 acre plantation that Elias Gaganus now live upon, situated as discribed by the patent, and also 200 acres of the northern part of a 300 acre patent granted to Edward Smith, To my son Arthur Robins (under 18) the remainder of my land either in Virginia , England or elsewhere. If either of my said sons die without heirs, then the survivor to pay his lawful sisters viz., Elizabeth Sebra, Esther Scarburgh, Barbary, Margaret, and Sarah Robins 15,000#t to be equally divided. to son Arthur pistolls and holsters, bras carbine and sword. To son John the longe gun that belonged to (Capt.) Palmer. If my sons Arthur and John should die underage, these misc. items to return to their mother. Remaining estate to be divided by my loving Barbary and my daughters. wife extrx., and she to have the use of my lands mentioned herein until sons are 18 and then to have her thirds. (Lt. Col.) John Robins, my son Edward Robins, (Capt.) John Custis, and my brother-in-law John Wise to oversee. Witt: Edward Joyns, Edmund Joyns, Susanna Luke, Henry Abraham, Robert Scot (Marshall: 147, 148).

(The will can be found at

21 October 1693

Barbary Robins is named as heir in her father's will (Nottingham: 25).

NOTE: The entries after 1666 show signs of wealth and social standing which are not normal positions for a former Indentured Servant to have. Another question concerning Arthur Robins has emerged was he related in some way to the Robins of Northamptonshire. The Court records of Northampton County suggest that he was "some how" related to the Robins family line of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England.


_____.  Servants to Foreign Plantations, 1654-1679. Family History Library Microfilm 1597374, original record deposited at Bristol Record Office, Bristol, England.

_____. Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants Collection, No. 6, 1666-1679.

Colman, Peter Wilson. The Bristol Registers of Servants sent to Foreign Plantations 1654-1686. Genealogical Baltimore MD: Publishing Co., 1988.

Marshall, James Handley. Abstracts of the Wills and Administrations of Northampton County, Virginia 1632-1802. Camden Maine: Picton Press, 1994.

McKey, JoAnn Riley. Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts Vol. 1 1663-1663. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1995.

McKey, JoAnn Riley. Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts Vol. 2 1666-1670. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1996.

McKey, JoAnn Riley. Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts Vol. 4 1673-1676. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1997.

Walczyk Frank V. Northampton County Orders & Wills 1689-1698, Vol I 1689-1693. Coram NY: Peter's Row.

Whitelaw, Ralph T. Virginia's Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties, Vol. I. Gloucester, Massachusetts: Peter Smith, 1968.


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