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Robinson, Ebenezer


25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co., Ohio, Aug. 1833, and worked as compositor on the Ohio Star. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, May 1835, and worked in printing office. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by JS, 16 Oct. 1835. Married first Angelina (Angeline) Eliza Works, 13 Dec. 1835, at Kirtland. Ordained an elder, 29 Apr. 1836, and a seventy, 20 Dec. 1836. Served mission to Richland Co., Ohio, June–July 1836, and shortly after served mission to New York. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, spring 1837. Assisted with publication of Elders’ Journal, summer 1838. Appointed clerk and recorder for Zion and clerk of Zion high council at Far West, 6 Apr. 1838. Member of Zion high council at Far West, Dec. 1838. Justice of the peace, 1839. When driven from Missouri, moved to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, and worked on Quincy Whig, 1839. Became publisher, coeditor, and editor of Times and Seasons, 1839–1842, at Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois. Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge. Justice of the peace in Hancock Co., by 1842. Served mission to New York, 1843. Moved to Pittsburgh, June 1844. Affiliated with Sidney Rigdon’s movement and served as his counselor. In May 1846, moved to Greencastle, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, where he edited Rigdonite Messenger and Advocate of the Church of Christ. Moved to Decatur Co., Iowa, Apr. 1855. Baptized into Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by William W. Blair, 29 Apr. 1863, at Pleasanton, Decatur Co. Wife died, 1880. Married second Martha A. Cunningham, 5 Feb. 1885. Affiliated with David Whitmer’s Church of Christ, 1888. Edited Whitmerite periodical The Return, 1889–1891. Died at Davis City, Decatur Co.