Biography - Thomas N. Robison

THOMAS N. ROBISON is the proprietor of a drug house which was established March 14, 1877, and since that time he has carried on a very successful business. He was born in Shelby County, November 30, 1846, and is a son of Edwin A. and Elizabeth (Dixon) Robison, who settled on Sand Creek near Windsor, in 1832, at which date there were only four families in the vicinity.

The parents of our subject were natives of North Carolina and in early life removed to Tennessee, where they married and soon after started for Illinois to seek a home in the then wild West. David Robison, grandfather of our subject, accompanied his son hither and entered some Government land in Shelby County, on which he resided until his death occurred. The father of our subject settled on a farm and there passed his life, becoming the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of well-improved land. He died in 1881 at the advanced age of seventy-five years. Our subject's mother passed to the unknown land in 1870, at the age of sixty years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They were the parents of nine children, all of whom lived to be grown. Their names are David, Ellen, William A., Samuel, James, Sarah, Thomas N., Harriet, and Fredonia. David died in Shelby County, unmarried. Ellen married J. C. Stephenson and resides in Dakota. William A. resides in Shelby County. Samuel was a member of Company K, One Hundred Twenty-six Illinois Infantry; he died at Memphis, Tenn., while in service, James resides in Clark County, Kan. Sarah, who is now Mrs. Carter, lives in Bay City, Mich. Harriet is the wife of Mr. Hartsel and lives in Shelby County. Fredonia married Jeft Bandy and resides in Edgar County, Ill.

Our subject was reared on the homestead and received his early education in the district schools in the vicinity, finishing at the State Normal University at Normal. After graduation be taught school for five years in Shelby County, and in 1877 established his present business, having become well-known during that time as an efficient compounder of medicines. His marriage took place October 17, 1883. His wife's maiden name was Bella Stewardson, a daughter of William Stewardson. She was born in Shelby County, March 7, 1855. Mr. Robison and his amiable and lovely wife have one daughter whose name is Lora, who is at once the pride and care of her fond parents. Mr. Robison affiliates with the Democratic element of the township, favoring the broad platform of that party and its free-trade principles. He has held several local offices under his party, having been both Township Collector and Township Clerk. He is one of the organizers of the Stewardson Homestead Loan Association, which was organized in 1883. Since 1885 he has been the Secretary of this Association and discharges his duties satisfactorily to all interested therein. He, with his family, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Extracted 26 May 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 538-539.

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