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No picture available. Lewis Robbins


1811 - 1864


  • Born 1811 Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • Baptized as a young man
  • Zions Camp 1835
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Married Francis Smith 1837; two children
  • Married Martha Jarvis 1853; three children
  • Died 1864 St. George, Utah

    Extremely little is known of Lewis Robbins. According to the Ancestral File, he was born September 8, 1811 in Stockbridge Massachusetts, the seventh of eleven children born to Asa Robbins and Louisa Simmons.

    Lewis was baptized into the Church at an early date, for by 1834 he accompanied the Prophet Joseph Smith on Zions Camp, an expedition to provide relief to the Saints in Missouri. In recognition of his faithfulness, he was ordained a Seventy and called to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    In 1835 Lyman Smith and Lewis Robbins attempted to preach in Havanna, New York, but were harrassed by men "throwing hard apples at them." When they continued preaching, "the rowdies blew out their candles and kicked up a general row," forcing them to leave, and then pelted them "with a shower of mud.

    On October 26, 1837 Elder Robbins married Francis Smith who would bear him two children. The Robbins family took part in the evacuation of Nauvoo and Francis died in Winter Quarters in 1849. Lewis and the children continued on to Utah.

    In 1853 Lewis married Martha Jarvis. Since the marriage took place in Liverpool, England, it is likely that Lewis was in the British Isles on a mission but no proof of this has been established. Martha came to the America and settled in Utah. There she bore Lewis three children.

    Elder Robbins died February 11, 1864 in Saint George, Utah. Martha died February 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Bibliography
    Smith, History of the Church, five citations, see index
    Davis Bitton, "Kirtland as a Center of Missionary Activity, 1830-1838," BYU Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3.
    Family Search, The Ancestral File

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