Page 840, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


S. J. Robison, a prominent farmer of Union township, is a native of Indiana. He was born in Valparaiso, that State, in 1843. He is a son of Thomas and Rebecca Robison, natives of Pennsylvania. The former is of German and the latter of Scotch descent. They were the parents of two children: S. J. Robison, the subject of this sketch, and Mrs. Abigail Hubbard, of Marceline, Mo.

The Robison family migrated from Indiana to Missouri and settled in Carroll county in 1868. Here the father bought 136 acres of land and engaged in general farming. He and his wife both died in Carroll county, Missouri. S. J. Robison bought the home farm in Missouri in 1891 and in 1895 came to Kansas, locating in Union township, Butler county, where he bought 320 acres of land. He has since been engaged in farming and stock raising there, and has met with unusual success and is one of the prosperous and substantial stockmen of that section of the county.

Mr. Robison was married in 1871, to Miss Mary E. Shannon, a daughter of James and Saphira Shannon. Her father was a Virginian of Irish descent. To James and Saphira Shannon were born the following children: Mrs. Rebecca Jeffers, Maronsville, Mo.; James, resides in Missouri; Ervin, California; Mrs. Virginia Older, Oklahoma; James, Oregon; Charles, California; William, California; and Mary E., wife of I. J. Robison, the subject of this sketch. Mr. and Mrs. Robison are the parents of the following children: Samuel, Lamar, Colo.; John, Latham, Kans., and James, Lamar, Colo.

Mr. Robison is one of the substantial citizens of Butler county, and while he may not be classed among the pioneer settlers, he certainly is entitled to mention as a potential factor in civil and commercial Butler county of today.

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