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Joseph Lee Robinson

Birthplace: Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
Death: Died in Uinta, Weber County, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan Robinson and Maria "Mary" Brown
Husband of Maria Wood Robinson; Susan Robinson; Laurinda Maria Robinson; Lydia Foster and Mary Robinson
Father of Oliver Lee Robinson; Mary Elizabeth Robinson; Joseph Elijah Robinson; Susan Aseneth Robinson; Mary Jane Robinson West and 12 others

Occupation: First Bishop of the Farmington Ward, Davis County, Utah.
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Joseph Lee Robinson

Biographical Summary;

Joseph Lee Robinson (1811-1893) is the son of Nathan Robinson & Mary Brown


  1. Maria Wood, 23 Jul 1832, Boonville, Oneida, New York.

(Mayflower Descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins and her parents)

  1. Susan McCord, 31 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.
  2. Married Laurinda Maria Atwood, 21 Mar 1847, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska.
  3. Lydia Foster, 16 Feb 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  4. Mary Taylor, 2 Feb 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

Robinson, Joseph Lee, the first Bishop of the Farmington Ward, Davis county, Utah, was born Feb. 18, 1811, at Shaftsbury, Bennington county, Vermont, the son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. When yet a boy he moved with his parents to Boonville, Oneida county, New York, where he became acquainted with Mariah Wood and married her July 23, 1832.

While living at Boonville his younger brother, Ebenezer, brought him the gospel and baptized him Aug. 13, 1836. He came to Nauvoo in August, 1841; was ordained a High Priest in 1843, by Jonathan H. Hale, and set apart as first counselor in the bishopric of the Ninth Ward (Nauvoo).

Before his ordination as a High Priest, he had been ordained an Elder in New York, by James Blakesley, and presided over a branch of the Church near Rome, New York, where he also built a school house. He married Susan McCord Jan. 31, 1846, and helped to erect the Nauvoo Temple, in which he received his blessings.

He also became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph, and said later in life that he loved the Prophet more than any other man he had ever known. He participated in the exodus from Nauvoo, and became a temporary resident of Winter Quarters, where he was made Bishop of the Seventh Ward. While at Winter Quarters he married Laurinda Maria Atwood, March 20, 1847.

In 1848 he crossed the plains to the Valley, arriving in Salt Lake City Oct. 19, 1848. In the spring of 1849 he moved to North Cottonwood (Farmington) and was set apart as Bishop of that place March 25, 1849. About the same time he was elected justice of the peace for Davis county.

In 1853 (Feb. 16th) he married Lydia Foster, and in 1867 (Feb. 2nd) he married Mary Taylor Simmons. By his five wives he became the father of 27 children. When the Davis Stake of Zion was organized, June 17, 1877, Bro. Robinson was chosen as a member of the High Council, and he was ordained a Patriarch by Franklin D. Richards Oct. 24, 1880. Faithful and true to his covenants, he died at Uintah, Weber county, Utah, Jan. 1, 1893.

SOURCE: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 3, p. 220.

Mormon Pioneer:

"...And it came to pass that we prepared for a start with best fit out we could gather with the means, we could muster with provisions and clothing and seeds to go to the valley of the Great Salt Lake Valley away in the rocky mountains where the Lord said, Stop ye my Saints and till the soil and in my name build to me a City and to yourselves habitations to dwell in and serve me the Lord your God and I the Lord will bless you and multiply you abundantly. The Prophet Brigham said "we have found a land that will do for the Mormons". and it came to pass that after loosing so many cattle and some horses that I only could muster up teams enough to start three waggons by hitching up or yoking cows, one waggon for each wife and family

1848 in this Spring we again left our homes in the city of winter quarters, were organized in Amacy Simans [Amasa Lyman] Company[.] we set out and traveld west upon the Mormon trale, we were divinely Inspired to go ahead in the name of the lord, we had Faith in God and Great love for his Cause and People, we hade an asurence[,] yea we knew that God was with his People therefore we had great joy, and much rejoicing, with all our sorrows and tribulations, for surely our tribulations were Great and many, but nothing daunted nor discouriged us[.] we never looked back, nor repented that we had taken upon us the name of Jesus Christ which the world calld Mormon

Let us now return to our traveling camp west of the Misora river[.] as we had set sail from winter quarters we traveled on very slowly but moving west wardly toward the promised land[.] had some hinderment in crosing River and passing throough some Indian towns and loop fork of the Plat[te] river and other streams, and on beaver Creek my third wife Laurinda M[arie Atwood Robinson] was delivered of a child[,] a find daughter we named her Jane Geneve [Geneva.] the mother and child doing well, she was born the 14 day of July 1848 but the mother had to suffer a good deel as the child was born I the morning and the camp moved on the same day but we blessed her and the Lord blessed her and she was strengthend so that the camp was not hindered[.] We very soon got into the Buffalo country when we obtained a plenty of meat which was certainly a great blessing to us, now we are traveling into the wilderness[.] Now the Lord is not feeding us on many from heaven direct as he did the Children of Israel but he is feeding us upon substantial food nevertheless just as good if not better an we can discern his hand in his marvelous powr in protecting and in feeding this people and in leading them to a land of Peace which our god had certainly prepared and was holding it in reserve for his beloved saints where he purposeth to feed and nourish them[,] train and disapline them and bring them under the [-] of the wicked and into the bond of the covenant when forty years expires or soon after the expiration of forty years he shall bring about the redemption of Zion and while that is being acomplished[,] a still greater manifestation of the powr of God will be manifest in the great destruction of the wicked and in the building of a Holy Temple where the concecrated spot in Jackson Co. Mo and then the work of the work of the Father commence among all Nations to gather them to the land of their Fathers & even to Zion and Gerusalem [Jerusalem] and their shall greater miracles be rought[.] yes[,] far greater than was wrought by the prophets in leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt into the promised land[.] by that time the Latterday Saints, will have a large experience and will possess great faith[,] will possess mighty Power[.] then great and mighty miracles shall be performed and God shall Get to himself a Great name and very much honor[.] now the little stone[,] very small at the beginning[,] and the faith of the saint, were weak and many[,] very many have fallen away because of the power of the Devil and the wickedness of the world and the littleness of their faith[.] yet for all that[,] there has been a constant addition to the little stone[.] as all that are born Saints and all that are baptized are joining[,] on which is enlargeing the kingdom and it shall never sease growing untill it shall become a great mountain and fill the whole Earth and it shall become so large that it shall grind every other kingdom to powder and the dust shall be blown away and there shall be nothing left to show where they stood, amen

now we are traveling along[,] all the same singing[,] prophesying and praying and rejoicing be cause God is certainly with his saints, they shall rejoice and it came to pass we pased through larima [Laramie] and the Black hills and on Sweet watter[.] we found the devils Gate and an abundence of saleratus and many of our cattle got Atcalied and died[.] we had to use a great Deal of precaution to save enough to get through to the valley[.] I lost several being alcalied and one by wolves but still we traveld along pass over green river[.] here a few of us stoped and and went up the river on a hunt[,] killd some Elk and antelope[,] saw some of the Lamanite hunting[.] they looked rather sour but did not molest us[.] they might have sised us up[.] they rode all around us and hoped to see and learn our strength but the Lord preserved us, we returned to camp[.] found all wrigh[.] only one of my cows killd by wolves[.] we traveld along very finely[.] crosed sevral fine streams[,] hams Fork[,] Bear river and webber, through Echo[,] a very diverting and curious Canion, and up Canion Creek and up and down and over the mountains[.] surely it was rough and tumble, but through the Blessing of God we reached the height of the last mountain before dropping into the great Salt Lake Valley which was destined to become the Center Stake of Zion[.] in the mist of the rocky mountains, we halted, and gazed with much wonder and admiration and with tears and much joy, there was an emotion of feeling in our bosoms that we cannot desscribe[.] Sufise to say the valley looked very good to us then, we desended and entered the valley the first of Oct 1. 1848. drove into the fort, the Brethren had built a fort that they might protect themselves, the next day I went south 6 or 8 miles to see some corn that John our coulerd man had raised, as he had raised some crop for us so that with what we had brought, we were obliged to make it do us untill we could rais something the next season, the next day took a trip north some 6 or 8 miles to see the country[.] Saw the President, told him where I had ben and what I thought for the present[,] if it should meet with his aprobation, he said all right[,] go ahead

consequently on Saturday we drove up to the mouth of North Canion and camped for the winter, Sunday with a part of my family atended meeting at the fort and on Monday we took our teams[,] went and gatherd our corn to secure it as we discovered there had ben but little raised in the valley and it stood us in hand to save what we had that we might [-] starve to death of [sentence unfinished]

Susan [McCord Robinson] my second wife was delived of her second Daughter, a promising child[.] we hailed the Same with jot [joy,] very glad we had found a resting place[.] the mother and child doing well[.] in this month we got out timber and built one house[.] we enterd into it with some satisfaction..."

SOURCE: Robinson, Joseph Lee, Autobiography and journals 1883-1892, [manuscript:] vol. 1, 60, 66-67. Retrieved from:,18016,4976-4601,00.html

Prominate Men of Utah:

Robinson, Joseph Lee


Mormon Pioneer of 1848.

(son of Nathan Robinson, born April 22, 1764, and Mary Brown, born 1776 married February 21, 1802). He was born February 18, 1811, at Shaftsbury, Vermont. Came to Utah 1848.

Married: Maria Wood July 23, 1832 (daughter of Zephaniah Wood and Anna Carpenter - Mayflower Descendant as well as her children), who was born January 8, 1806. Their children:1.Oliver Lee born July 8, 1833, married Lucy Miller November 26, 1854; 2.Ebenezer Jay born October 19, 1835, married Chloe Young; 3.Anna Maria born June 8, 1838, married James D. Wilcox November 26, 1854; 4.Joseph born October 31, 1840; 5.Zephaniah W. born September 21, 1843; 6.Mary Elizabeth born January 12, 1845, latter three died young; 7.Joseph Elijah born February 2, 1849, married Dorothy Watson March 2, 1874.

Family home Farmington, Utah.

Married: Susan McCord January 31, 1846. Nauvoo, Illinois. (daughter of James McCord and Elizabeth Barnet), who was born December 14, 1808, Christian, Kentucky. Their children:1.Susan Aseneth born November 16, 1846, died child; 2.Mary Jane born October 24, 1848, married John A. West May 25, 1865; 3.Solomon born August 27, 1851, married Albertene Smith September 11, 1876.

High Priest; counselor in bishopric of 9th ward Nauvoo; bishop of 7th ward Winter Quarters 1846-47; bishop of North Cottonwood ward; member high council Davis stake; patriarch. Justice of peace. In connection with George A. Smith and others selected and located towns of Parowan and Fillmore.

Sources: •Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 175 •Profile at 6000000017888779533 •Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1137

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Joseph Lee Robinson's Timeline

February 18, 1811
Bennington County, Vermont, USA
July 8, 1833
Age 22
Boonville, Oneida, New York, United States
August 13, 1836
Age 25
August 18, 1836
Age 25
January 12, 1845
Age 33
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
December 25, 1845
Age 34
December 25, 1845
Age 34