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Richard John Robins

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Newlyn, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard John Robins and Maria Robins
Husband of Hilda Maude Robins
Father of William Richard Robins; <private> Robins; Douglas Vernon Robins and Joyce A. Grant
Brother of Hettie Eyerman; Arthur Robins; James Henry Robins; William Thomas Robins; Katie Mae Robins and 4 others

Occupation: Auto Mechanic
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About Richard John Robins

Hilda Dalley and Richard Robins were married in St. Mary's Wesleyan Chapel, Truro. Richard Robins was a butcher's helper in Truro, Cornwall, England. He was a "hawker," and would call out, "Beef, pork mutton, lamb. Pick what you like, Mum." During the First World War, he served in the King's Cavalry in Alexandria, Egypt. In 1919, he and Hilda emigrated to the U.S. in Wilkes-Barre, PA. When son William Richard Robins was born on November 1, 1920, Richard and Hilda Robins resided at 32 Orchard in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Richard's occupation was listed as "Laborer." He became a mechanic for Packard and Buick dealers until he bought his own garage in 1930.

The opening entry in his receipt book was January 2, 1930. The garage business provided a comfortable living during the Great Depression. They would later buy a home on Anthracite Avenue in Kingston. Richard and Hilda moved to California in 1943 where he went to work at the Allison Aircraft Engine Company. When they returned to Wilkes-Barre, he became the Service Manager for a Hudson dealer. Upon retirement, they moved to New Brunswick, NJ.

Richard John Robins' United States of America Certificate of Naturalization No. 3047981, Petition Valume 65, Number 17244 was entered in Wilkes-Barre, PA on June 17, 1929. His address is listed as 870 Anthracite Avenue, Kingston, PA. He was listed as 5' 8" with brown eyes and brown hair. Children were William 8, Donald 4 and Douglas 1.

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December 16, 1893
Newlyn, Cornwall, England

I was born in Newlyn, Cornwall, England.

Newlyn (Cornish: Lulynn) is a town in southwest Cornwall, England, UK. The town forms a small conurbation with neighbouring Penzance, and part of the civil parish of Penzance. The principal industry in Newlyn is fishing, and the town relies upon its harbour.

The settlement is recorded as Nulyn in 1279 and as Lulyn in 1290, and the name is probably derived from the Cornish for "pool for a fleet of boats".[1]

Prior to the rise of Newlyn as important settlement the landing rights and most property within the Newlyn area was owned by the Manor of Alverton. Newlyn's history has been strongly linked to its role as a major fishing port. The natural protection afforded by the Gwavas Lake (an area of seawater in Mounts Bay) led to many local fisherman adopting this area as a preferred landing site. Newlyn harbour is first recorded in 1435 by the Bishop of Exeter, later large scale improvements to the harbour led to Newlyn becoming the predominant fishing port in Mounts Bay. Newlyn was also the home of William Lovett a leader of the Chartist movement.

In 1620 The Mayflower stopped off at Newlyn old quay to take on water. [2] A plaque on the quay reads..

In memory of Bill Best Harris, historian who through rigourous research found that the Mayflower docked in Newlyn Harbour for fresh water as the water supplied in Plymouth was contaminated. Therefore Newlyn was the last port of call in UK for the Mayflower.

Prior to the 19th Century "Newlyn" referred only to the area near the old quay. The part of the village which now contains the fish market was known as "Streetanowan", this was separated at high tide from "Newlyn Town" the site of the lower part of the modern harbour being reclaimed land and formerly a beach[3]

In 1755 the Lisbon earthquake caused a tsunami to strike the Cornish coast over 1,000 miles away. The sea rose ten feet in ten minutes at Newlyn, and ebbed at the same rate. The 19th Century French writer, Arnold Boscowitz, claimed that "great loss of life and property occurred upon the coasts of Cornwall"[4]

Like the neighbouring communities of Penzance, Mousehole and Paul - Newlyn was destroyed during the Spanish Raid of 1595. During the 19th century Newlyn was the scene of the Newlyn riots following protests over the landing fish on a Sunday by fishermen from the north of England, the local Cornish fisherman being members of the Methodist church and as such strong supporters of sabbatarianism.

In 1915 the Ordnance survey tidal observatory was established in the harbour and for the next six years measurements of tidal height were taken every 15 minutes.[5]

In 1937 the fishing vessel Rosebud sailed to London to deliver a petition to the Minister of Health on behalf of those villagers whose homes were threatened under the government's slum clearance scheme.

Prior to the 1890s Newlyn like Mousehole had strong connections with nearby parish of Paul. It was common for villagers to climb the relatively steep route from "Newlyn Cliff" to Paul via the area which is now known as Gwavas to worship at Paul Church. Until the mid twentieth century an ancient stone cross was present on this route at "Park an Grouse" (The Field of the Cross), this cross was one sites of veneration of the Cornish sea deity Bucca, (As were the beaches of Newlyn and Mousehole) the name bucca has often been used as nick name for people resident in Newlyn. The location of the Cross is now unknown.

November 1, 1920
Age 26
Wilkes-Barre, Lucerne, Pennsylvania, United States
January 8, 1928
Age 34
Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States
June 12, 1934
Age 40
Kingston, PA, United States
October 7, 1965
Age 71
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States