ROBINS, ARTHUR Sr. 25 November 1790 / 11 April 1792 - To my daughter Lotice Robins the loan of 400 acres on the north side of my land lately surveyed by Parker Barnes as long as she remains my son's widow and then to be divided by his children. and then to be divided by his children. To my son Thomas Negro fellow Abraham, 6 silver table spoons and 6 silver teaspoons To my grandson John Robins £300 and Negro girl Rachel when he is of lawful age. To my daughter Mary Bonnywell during her life the loan of £200 Negro girl Adah and boy Littleton, 6 silver table spoons and 6 silver teaspoons. And at her death to be equally divided by her children. To my daughter Peggy Robins £75, Negro wench Beck, boys Isaac, Will Jr., and Jim, and girl Reller, 6 silver tablespoons, 6 silver teaspoons, and a mare "Polly". To my daughter Bridget £75, Negro wench Candis, boys Alinor, Frank and Peter, and girl Patience, 6 silver tablespoons, 6 silver teaspoons, and horse "Partner." To my poor afflicted daughter Martha Robins, Negro fellows Jim, Sr., Solomon, and Abraham. and wench Grace during her life and then Jim, Sr., to be sold, with Solomon, Abraham, and Grace to go to my son Arthur. To son Arthur the remaining part of my land and silver plate, my wane and wheels, my schooner boat, safe, and Negro slaves Will, Sr., Mason, Jacob, and Will minor. And after Arthur's paying his sisters Peggy, Bridget, and Mary, and my grandson John Robins out of the bonds due me, then Arthur to have the remaining money. To my wife Zillor horse "Stirling." Son Arthur extr. Witt: John Sturgis, Joshua Lawrence George S. Savage.On in October 1795 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands were processioned (Walczyk Processions, p. 7). The text reads:
Oct 19th 1795 Lines between James Underhill & William Underhill. Lines between James Underhill & Elijah Watson. Lines between William Underhill & Elijah Watson. Lines between Ismae Wyatt & Elijah Watson. Lines between Esme Wyatt & Richard Cutlar. Lines between William Underhill & Richard Cutlar. Lines between Arthur Robins & Richard Cutlar. Lines between Thomas Robins & Richard Cutlar. Lines between Thomas Robins & Arthur Robins. Lines between Thomas Robins & Richd Sturgis' heirs. Lines between Richard Cutlar & Richd Sturgis' heirs. Lines between Richard Cutlar & Peter Savage. Lines between Richard Cutlar & Ismae Wyatt. Lines between Richard Cutlar & Elijah Watson. Lines between Ismae Wyatt & Elijah Watson. Lines between Jonas Benston & Elijah Watson. Lines between John Addison & Elijah Watson. Lines between John Addison & Jonas Benston. Lines between James Benston & John Addison, same as before.Whitelaw states (Whitelaw, p. 565):
A1NOTE: Thomas Robins did not die until 1836 (Miles & Miles Wills, p. 450).
1792 He [Arthur Robins] left the undisposed part to his son Arthur [VI] after providing for his last wife Zillor. 1802 - Arthur [VI] either remained a batchelor, or survived his wife and died without issue, as per bequeathed the land to the sons of his deceased brother Thomas.
Lines between Edmd Joynes' heirs & Arthur Downing's heirs. Lines between Edmd Joynes' heirs & Samuel Coward. Lines between Edmd Joynes' heirs & Jas Powell's heirs. Lines between Arthur Downing's heirs & Jas Powell's heirs. Lines between Peter Savage's heirs & Thomas Robins. Lines between Richd Cutlar & Thomas Robins. Lines between Richd Cutlar & Arthur Robins. Lines between Richd Cutlar & William Underhill. Lines between James Underhill & William Underhill.Arthur made a will on 13 November 1802 in Northampton Co., VA. It was probated 13 December 1802 (Scott Wills, p. 23, 24 . An abstract of his will reads:
ROBINS, ARTHUR, SENR. - 13 November 1802 / 13 December 1802 - I give and bequeath to my loving brother Thomas Robins. I give and bequeath to my loving sister Peggy Dunton. I give and bequeath to my sister Bridget Ames. I give and bequeath to my loving sister Polly Bonnavil wife of James Bonnavil. I give my manner plantation where on I now live to Arthur Robins son of Thomas Robins boundered are as follows; Beginning at the mouth of the Irish ditch running then as the creek runs to the line between Zorobabel Henderson and the said plantation then up said line of said Henderson and said seaside road thence as the road runs to a sassafras post fixed on the road for the purpose of a boundary thence to a pine marked for said purpose standing on the Irish ditch thence down said ditch to the first boundary to him and his heirs. I give and bequeath the plantation where on Leavin Ames now lives to Isaac Robins, son of Thomas Robins Boundaries are as follows; beginning at a sassafras post on the seaside road at the corner of the fence dividing said plantation from the plantation whereon Henry Dolby now lives running down the road to the line between the plantation of Henry Dolby and said plantation thence up the said line to the boundary between said lands & the lands of Joshua Turner thence along the line dividing said plantation from the lands of said Turner to a sassafras post fixt as a boundary thence down to the seaside road a straight line to the first boundary. I give and bequeath to John Robins, son of Thomas Robins the lands where on Henry Dolby and John Sturgis now live bounded as follows; Beginning at the seaside road to the boundary dividing said land from the lands given to Isaac Robins running up the seaside road to the boundary dividing said lands from the lands of Thomas Robins thence up said line to the line dividing said lands from the lands of Richard Cutler thence running the line dividing said land from the lands of Wm. Underhill to the boundary on the seaside road. I give and bequeath to Bowdoin Robins son of Thomas Robins all the remaining part of my lands lying below the seaside road. I give the heirs of Polly Bonnavil and the heirs of Bridget Ames one half of all my estate not before given. I give and bequeath to the heirs of Thomas Robins & the heirs of Peggy Dunton the remaining half of my estate not before given. My Negroes namely Mason Will Senr., Solomon, Abraham, Will Jr. & grace after they have served truly & faithfully under the guidance of my executors to the expiration of eighteen hundred and nine my desire is that they have their freedom agreeable to the laws of this state and all my other Negroes namely Zokeal, Sarah, Mason Jr., James and all others that may be born of Grace until the expiration of eighteen hundred and nine my desire is that they may be under the guidance and tuition of my executors till they shall severally arrive to the age of twenty one then to have their freedom agreeable to the laws of the state. I nominate Thomas Robins my loving brother and Carva Dunton executors. Witt: Caleb Fisher, John Sturgis Senr., and Isaac Dunton.Arthur Robins was mentioned in court December Court 1808 in Accomack Co., VA (Nottingham Land Causes, p. 106). The text reads:
Wyatt vs - Petition for recovery of land Robins' Exr's.
Came Isma Wyatt by Thomas Evans, his attorney, and filed his bill in Chancery against Thomas Robins & Carvey Dunton, executors of Arthur Robins, Jr., dec., who was executor of Arthur Robins, Sr., dec., & Arthur Robins (of Thomas), Isaac Robins, John Robins & Bowdoin Robins, devisees of Arthur Robins, Jr., & Richard Cutler. That your orator had heretofore, to-wit: on the 10 Apr. 1790, contracted with Arthur Robins, Sr., of the County of Northampton, now dec., for the purchase of 200 acres of land situate near Bell Haven in the Parish of St. George, County of Accomack, and for the due conveyance of the same the said Arthur Robins, Sr., on his part bound himself, his heirs, Ex'rs &c. by his bond dated 10 Apr. 1790; that he afterwards duly paid the sum agreed upon for the said land and the said Arthur Robins, Sr., on the 2 Aug. 1790, executed a deed to your orator for the said land & that your orator entered into the said lands; that on the 28 Sept. 1790, the said Arthur Robins, Sr., conveyed a further portion of his said land next adjoining to the said lands of your orator on the Southwest, to Mr. Richard Cutler, of the County of Accomack; that the said Arthur Robins, Sr., afterwards, to-wit: on the 25 Nov. 1790, made his last will & testament and devised the use of 400 acres of land on the North side of his tract, contiguous to the said land of your orator on the Southeast, to his son Thomas Robins during his life, with a right of dower therein to Lettice Robins, the wife of the said Thomas in case she should survive him, and provided she remain his widow, with remainder in fee to all the children of the said Thomas Robins, and further gave to his son Arthur all the remaining part of his land not before given and appointed his said son Arthur his executor. That upon a survey of the said land there was excluded a considerable quantity of land which by the form of the plat was represented to have been included; that a considerable error has crept into the survey, and that the said Arthur Robins promised to adjust the matter in an equitable manner, but before this was done fell into a pulmonary consumption and died, having first made his will dated 13 Nov. 1802, and devised the lands which he had derived from his father to be rented until the end of the year 1809, and after that period devised the same in several parts by certain metes and bounds to his four nephews, Arthur, Isaac, John & Bowdoin Robins, infant sons of his brother Thomas Robins, in fee, and appointed the said Thomas & Carvey Dunton executors of his said will, who also decline to enter into any arrangement whatsoever relative to the said premises &c. Dec. Court, 1808.
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