Josiah Robbins arrived in Niles in 1826 from
From the early pioneer Josiah Robbins
have descended a number of persons living in Niles and this vicinity.
Josiah Robbins, Sr., was born August 21, 1802.
He married the first Maria Heaton, daughter of James
Heaton, founder of the city of Niles. She was the first white
child born in Niles.
Of this marriage there were four sons, James,
Josiah, Jesse, and Francis. After the death of his
first wife, Maria Heaton Robbins, the father married, in 1836,
Electra Mason, daughter of Judge Ambrose Mason.
and joined his father-in-law in the prosperous mercantile business
They were the parents of three children, Ambrose, Maria, and
In 1827, Josiah Robbins, Sr., settled on the
Heaton homestead, formerly occupied by William B. Mason
and now owned by his heirs. For 10 or 12 years he was engaged
in the furniture business with his brother-in-law, Warren
Heaton, a son of James Heaton, Sr.
In 1830, Josiah took over
management of the Maria furnace with brother in law Warren
Heaton. Warren died in 1842 and the furnace was leased to
McKinley, Reep & Demsey.
In 1843 Josiah was elected to the state legislature
for one term where he took an active part in the cause of temperance
and was a strong and influential anti-slavery man.
Frequently, his home was visited by that able
and stalwart abolitionist, Joshua R. Giddings, and it
furnished a refuge for fugitives from slavery.
For many years, this pioneer was engaged in the
lumber trade and farming. He owned four or five hundred acres
upon which the greater part of Niles is located.
Mrs. Hiram Ohl
Robbins was post-master
for 11 years, holding that position at the time of his death which
occurred December 11, 1873.
Of his generation he has one niece living, Mrs.
Hiram Ohl, aged 96 years and eight months(1934).
He has the following grandchildren now living:
Mrs. Lilly Robbins Morris, Josephine Robbins, Mrs. Grace R.I.
Hartshorn, Mrs. Sophia R. Ritchey, Mrs. Josephine R. Davis, and
William Robbins, all of Youngstown; Mrs. Harriett Urquhart,
Akron; Leon and Lawrence Robbins, Cleveland; and George
and James Robbins, Niles.
Josiah Robbins older brother, Noble Teighman
Robbins, built a home and settled on the banks of the Mahoning
River east of Niles. The house is now used as an office for the
He married Adeline DeWolf, daughter
of Joseph and Sarah DeWolf of Vernon, Ohio.
They were the parents of the following children: Benjamin
Bertley, Teighman, Joseph and Josiah, twins.
In 1852, Bertley and Teighman bought the farm
from their father and operated it in partnership until about 1870
at which time the farm was divided; Teighman taking the upper
half and Bertley the lower part of the river.
Bertley married Eliza
Carle in 1852 and there were born seven children. They were
George Baldwin, Noble Teighman, Frank Carle, Benjamin who
died in infancy, Henry Josiah, Margaret Newport, and
Living descendents(as of 1934) are Noble
T. Robbins, Mrs. A. F. Swaney, Mrs. Elizabeth Burlingham, Frank
Robbins, Chicago, Mrs. Roy Hull, Chicago, Carle
B. Robbins, Cleveland, Mrs. Raymond Gehr, Cleveland,
John Robbins, Cleveland, Ted Robbins, Caughdenny,
N.Y., and Margaret Stitt DeWolf, Philadelphia.
Teighman Robbins married Olive Pew.
Their living descendents include Adeline Robbins Thomas, Niles;
Thomas P. Robbins, Cleveland; and Horace S. Robbins,