Franklin Alonzo Robison (1851-1936)

Lonnie Robison
Grandpa Lonnie
Born:29 Jul 1851 Crete, Illinois
Died:17 Oct 1936 Fillmore, Utah
Father:Joseph Robison
Mother:Lucretia Hancock
Alfred Robison
Benjamin Hancock Robison
Joseph Vickery Robison
Alvin Locke Robison
Emily Robison
William Henry Robison
Mary Robison
Lucretia Proctor Robison
Proctor Hancock Robison
Almon Robison
Albert Robison
Adelia Robison
Franklin Alonzo Robison
Married:10 Apr 1872 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt
Children:Alonzo Franklin Robison
Parley Proctor Robison
Joseph Alfred Robison
Herma Lucretia Robison
Belinda Pratt Robison
Ruth Pratt Robison
Isabella Pratt Robison
Carrie Pratt Robison
Alma Pratt Robison
Harmel Pratt Robison
Parker Pratt Robison
Olea Pratt Robison
Married:30 Nov 1882 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Harriet Elizabeth Thorpe
Willis Nephi Robison
Lois Hattie Robison
Josephine Robison
Herbert Alonzo Robison
Ella Adelia Robison
Alverna Robison
Ancil Platt Robison
Married:25 Feb 1889 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Lois Thorpe
Addie Florence Robison
Archie Robison
Bernard Thorpe Robison
Nolan Frederick Robison
Lowell Robison
Homer Franklin Robison
Eldred Vickery Robison
Loran Culbert Robison
Lindon Wells Robison
Alda Leona Robison

 Jensen, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol 2, pp. 144, 145:

Robison, Franklin Alonzo, a High Coucilor in the Millard Stake of Zion and a resident of Fillmore Milard county, Utah, was born July 29, 1801, (sic) at Creet, Will county, Ill., the son of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock. He was baptized in 1859 by Lorenzo D. Rudd. November 15, 1876, he was ordained a Seventy by Apostle Orson Pratt. At the October Conference, 1876, he was called on a mission to the United States, during which he labored in the northern part if Michigan. At home he has acted as counselor to Bishop Joseph D. Smith, and President of the Y. M. M. A.;  also as a counselor to Bishop Christian Anderson, of Fillmore, from January, 1901, to December, 1906. With his three wives (Isabella Eleanor Pratt, Harriet Elizabeth Thorpe, and Lois Thorpe) he had 27 children, namely, 16 sons and 11 daughters. Of these, eleven boys and eleven girls are still living. Of civil offices Elder Robison has acted as Sheriff of Millard county for two years and also as one of the city council of Fillmore. With the exception of five years' residence in Woodruff, Apache county, Arizona, he has resided in Fillmore since July 1854."  Includes picture.

Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 603-605:


Franklin Alonzo Robison was born at Crete, Will County, Illinois on July 29, 1851, son of Joseph and Lucretia Hancock Robison. In March or April 1854, when Lonny, as he was called, was two years old, the family was finally ready to cross the plains to come to Utah. The whole family had worked long and hard to prepare for the long trek. The family consisted of the father and mother and ten children. An older brother was married and was against the move to Utah, so he stayed behind, and never did come to Utah. The second son, Benjamin, was 23 and was also married and had a son. The others were Joseph V., 21, Alvin, 20, Henry, 17, Lucretia, 13, Proctor, 11, Almon, 9, Albert, 7, Adelia, 5, and Lonnie, 2. They had seven wagons, four with horse teams and three with oxen. Among their loose cattle they had some milk cows, yet some of the cows they milked they worked under the yoke as oxen. Theirs was one of the best equipped Mormon Companies that crossed the plains and they traveled in unusual comfort for that time. They arrived in Utah in the late summer, 1854.

When they reached Salt Lake, Brigham Young asked them to go down and settle in Fillmore, Millard County, Utah. The people had to live in a fort to protect themselves from the Indians. Joseph and the boys helped build the fort. They lived in the fort eight or ten years.

Joseph acquired property in the town. He divided it and gave each of his sons a lot so they could build homes. Lonnie, being younger, didn't get a lot, so he proceeded to take up a lot of his own. When his father found out what he was doing he gave him a lot. Lonnie was engaged to marry a young lady by the name of Sarah Prisby. she died. Later he started to keep company with a girl by the name of Isabella Eleanor Pratt, who came to Fillmore to teach school. They were married April 10, 1872 in Salt Lake in the Endowment House.

Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt Robison was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1, 1854 to Parley P. and Belinda Marden Pratt. Her father was killed when she was 2 or 3 years old. She grew up and attended schools in Salt Lake City. Her home was on what is now Richards Street across the road from the south gate of Temple Square. She started to teach primary age children when she was only 12 years old, thus earning her first wages. At the age of 15 she taught the Primary School at the University of Deseret. Her tuition was paid by her teaching; she also got her teacher's training at the same time.

In October 1870 her family moved to Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, her oldest brother Nephi having been sent there by the church to look after the tithing as a tithing clerk. She met and married Franklin Alonzo Robison when she was 17 years old. She became the mother of 12 children. They are as follows: Alonzo Franklin, Parley Proctor, Joseph Alfred, Herma Lucretia, Belinda Pratt, Ruth Pratt, Isabella Pratt, Carrie Pratt, Alma Pratt, Harmel Pratt, Parker Pratt and Olea Pratt.

She was a public worker for Fillmore and Millard County. She was secretary of the school board for many years, president of the Woman's Republican Club, county recorder. for two terms, deputy in the county treasurer's and county clerk's offices. She was an abstractor, making ab­stracts to many lands.

Isabella was stake president in the Relief Society of the Millard Stake, a position she held for eight years. At that time the stake presidents outlined the courses of study for their stake for the year ahead, and sent it to the general presidency in Salt Lake City for approval. She had to visit all of the different Relief Societies in the stake once a year. The stake included east and west Millard at that time,' and since she traveled with horses and wagons or carriages she usually had to stay in each ward at least two nights.

April 22, 1912, at the age of 57, she was stricken with apoplexy and died April 23, 1912.

Franklin Alonzo married Harriet Elizabeth Thorpe on November 30, 1882 in the Salt Lake Endowment House. They had seven children, losing two when they were small. She died January 31, 1938. He also married her sister, Lois Thorpe, on February 25, 1889. They had ten children, losing two when they were small. All of the children were born in Fillmore, except the first two who were born at Woodruff, Arizona. She died April 4, 1938. Alonzo died October 17, 1936 at the age of 85.

Information provided by F. A. Robison and A. Paul Robison

Youngest child of Joseph R. and Lucretia Hancock Robison, Franklin Alonzo was born July 29, 1851, in Will County, Illinois, where Chicago now stands. He came with his parents across the Plains in 1854, with the Perrigrine Sessions Company. Soon after arriving in Salt Lake City, his parents were sent to Fillmore. They lived in the Fort for eight years, and then his parents moved into a large rock house which still stands on Fillmore's Main Street. This was the first house to be built outside of the Fort. It required two years to build. The sandstone was dragged from the mountains, one at a time, by slow-moving ox teams. The carpenter work was done by Hans Hanson.

In 1872, he married Isabella Pratt. In 1876, he was called on a mission to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. After returning, he served as sheriff for two years. He fought in the Black Hawk War, and at its end, drove a thousand steers across the plains to a market in the East.

Nov. 30, 1882, he married Harriet Thorpe, and February 25, 1889, he married Harriet's sister, Lois Thorpe. He was then forced to spend five years in Arizona to escape being sent to prison by the Federal Marshall who was arresting men who practiced Polygamy.

He accompanied Brigham Young from Fillmore to Beaver five times, acting as his bodyguard, against the Indians. Ova Peterson was also a guard for President Young. He served eight years as a city councilman. He was the first Stake Superintendent of the Sunday School. He was the First Counselor in the Bishopric to J.D. Smith and Christian Anderson.

He was the father of twenty-nine children.

F. Alonzo Robison died October 17, 1936. He is buried in Fillmore Cemetery


Unknown Newspaper, Monday, October 19, 1936:

Fillmore City Pioneer Passes

Fillmore, Utah, 19 Oct 1936

Franklin Alonzo Robison, 85, a remaining founder of Fillmore, died at his home Saturday at 8 p. m. F. Alonzo Robison died October 17, 1936. Burial will take place tuesday following funeral services in the 1st Ward chapel at Fillmore.

Mr. Robison's name was linked with nearly every early civic and church project of importance. With his brothers, he aided in constructing the first State House. At the time of his death he was President of the Stake High Priest Quorum. He had held the office of Stake Superintendents of Sunday Schools and other church auxilary positions. He also had served as Sheriff and Mayor of Fillmore. He had been President of the Fillmore Irrigation Company.

Born July 29, 1851, at Crete, Ill., Mr. Robison was a son of Joseph and Lucretia Hancock Robison. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1854.

On April 10, 1872, he married Isabel (Isabella?) Eleanor Pratt, daughter of Parley P. Pratt. In 1882, he married Harriet Thorpe and in 1889, Lois Thorpe became his wife (they were sisters). The latter two survive him. He is survived by 23 children. They are: Mrs Florence Ellison, Parker P. Robison, Mrs Ella Jacobsen, and Mrs Josephine Pack, Salt Lake City; Alma Robison and Mrs Herma King, Layton; Mrs Carrie Despain, Holladay; Eldred and Nola Robison, and Mrs Alda Van Winkle, Los Angeles; and Alfred Robison, Mrs Verna Davis and Mrs Olea Davis (no mention of Alonzo Franklin ?--SDR), all of Fillmore; Harmel Robison, Wisconsin; Mrs Linda Young, Richfield; and Mrs Ruth Peterson, Santa Monica Calif. 73 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren also survive.

The Millard County Progress, Friday, October 23, 1936:


Funeral services were held in the Fillmore Ward Chapel Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 P.M. for Franklin Alonzo Robison, a pioneer of Fillmore, who died at his home here Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 P.M. of ailments incident to age.

Mr. Robison was believed to be the earliest living resident of Fillmore, having come here with his parents in 1854. He was an active church worker all his life, serving as president of the Millard Stake High Priests' Quorum, member of two bishoprics, stake superintendent of Sunday Schools, and in numerous other church capacities.

He was born July 29, 1851, at Crete, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Lucretia Robison. He was married on April 10, 1872 to Isabell Eleanor Pratt, a daughter of Parley P. Pratt, the apostle; to Harriet Thorpe on Nov. 30, 1882, and to Lois Thorpe February 25, 1889. The last two survive.

Mr. Robison was also a civic leader, serving at various times, as mayor of Fillmore [sic], sheriff of Millard County, member of the school board and president of the Fillmore Irrigation Company.

With his family he was a contractor for building the Old State House, now the museum, at Fillmore. Most of his life, he had been a farmer, holding large acreages and running a great many cattle.

Besides his widows he is survived by 12 sons and 11 daughters: Mrs. Josephine Pack, Mrs. Florence Ellison, Parker P. Robison, Mrs. Ella Jacobson of Salt Lake City; Alma Robison and Mrs. Herma King, Layton; Mrs. Carrie Despain, Holliday; Eldred and Nolan Robison and Mrs. Alda Van Winkle, Los Angeles; Mrs. Lois Eliason, Deseret; Archie, Homer, Culbert, Lindon, Ancil, Franklin and Alfred Robison, Mrs. Verna Davies and Mrs. Olea Davies, Fillmore; Harmel Robison, Wisconsin; Mrs. Linda Young, Richfield; and Mrs. Ruth Peterson, Santa  Monica, California; also by 123 grandchildren and 73 great grandchildren.

Speakers at the funeral services were John Wells, member of the presiding bishopric of the Church, Lafayette Holbrook, both of Salt Lake; and Edward L. Black of Kanosh. Bishop Brunson, who conducted the services, offered a few closing remarks. President T. Clark Callister offered the invocation and Peter L. Brunson pronounced the benediction. The Singing Mothers rendered several musical numbers and Mrs. Olive Partridge played a violin solo.

Six grandsons acted as pall bearers and great-granddaughters carried the flowers. The grave was dedicated by H. H. Shircliff.

The following people came from out of town to attend the services: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jacobson, Mrs. Fred Pack, Mrs. Florence Ellison, Mrs. O. A. Despain, Parker Robison, Dean Pack, Bishop John Wells, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Shurtliff, Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Holbrook, all of Salt Lake City; Eldred Robison, Los Angeles; Mr. and Mrs. Alma Robison, Bountiful; Mrs. R. W. King, Kaysville; Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Young and daughter Reba, Mrs. R. T. Dale, Richfield; Mrs. Ralph Sorenson, Koosharem; W. J. Keith, Mrs. W. A. Barney, Provo; Mrs. Gilbert White, Elberta; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Allen and daughter Winona, Green River; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Robison and Mr. and Mrs. Willis Robison, Hinckley; Joseph H. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Stott, F. Earl Stott of Meadow; Edward L. Black and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barney of Kanosh, and others from neighboring towns.


The family of Mr. F. A. Robison, wish to sincerely thank the good people who so kindly assisted and sympathized with them during the recent illness and death of Mr. Robison.


*Name variations: Soma [cemetery records, p. 58]
                              Franklin E. [1860 census]
                              Frank Dexter

*Nickname: Lonnie

*Carrie Robison Despain and Melba Despain Garner. History and Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 27.

*Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 591, 599, 603-605.

*Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, pp. 36, 58, 59.

*Nicolo, Margaret LaDean Sutton Sweeting. Sweeting Family Records Binder.

*The Progress, Friday, February 11, 1949, page 1, Obituary: Robison, Alonzo Franklin

*The Progress-Review, Friday, 26 Apr 1912, p. 1, Obituary: Robison, Isabel Eleanor Pratt

*The Millard County Progress Review, Friday, 28 Feb 1913, No. 9, Obituary: Keith, Isabella Robison

*Call, Michel L. The Royal Ancestry Bible, Condensed Edition, Appendix, p. 31

*Birth: Rogers, Sarah. Fillmore Branch Registration, p. 14:
            Number: 81
            Male: Franklin Alonzo Robison
            Born: 29 Jul 1851, at Crete, Will, Ill.
            Father: Joseph
            Mother: Lucretia Hancock
            Blessed: 11 Mar 1855 at Fillmore
            By: Thomas R. King, William Felshaw and Noah W. Bartholomew

*1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #106,
                Dwelling #922, Family #839, enumerated 14 Jul 1860:
                ROBINSON, Joseph
                                       Franklin E., 8, m, ILL, att school

*1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office:
                Fillmore, Enumerated 25 Jun 1870, page 10, Dwelling 82, Family 76:
                ROBISON, Almon
                                    Alonzo, 18, m, w, farmer, 500/1350, Utah

*1st Marriage: Salt Lake Temple Records, Endowment House Sealing Record, Book H,
                     1871-1873, p. 114, #1464:
                     Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                     Born: 29 Jul 1851, Crete, Will, Illinois
                     Sealed to:
                     Pratt, Isabella Eleanor
                     Born: 1 Sep 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
                     Solemnized by: Pres. D. H. Wells
                     10 Apr 1872, in the Endowment House
                     Witnesses: Jos. F. Smith
                                       A. Pratt

*Note: All Franklin Alonzo's marriages were performed by Daniel H. Wells in the Endowment House in Salt Lake.

*1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #9, Dwelling #75, Family #84:
                ROBISON, Franklin A., w, m, 28, md, farmer, IL, PA, VT
                                    Isabel E., w, f, 25, wife, md, kh, UT, NY, NH
                                    Alonzo F., w, m, 7, son, single, at school, UT
                                    Joseph A., w, m, 3, son, single, UT
                                    Herma L., w, f, 2, dau, single, UT
                                    Belinda, w, f, 2/12, MAR 1880, dau, single, UT

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                                   Born: 26 Jul 1851
                                   Blessed: 5 Aug 1881
                                   Recorded: Vol. 364, Page 52

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                                   Born: 29 Jul 1851
                                   Blessed: 2 Jan 1890
                                   Recorded: Vol. 176, Page 344

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                                   Born: 29 Jul 1851
                                   Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
                                   Recorded: Vol. 1138, Page 89

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                                   Born: 29 Jul 1851
                                   Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
                                   Recorded: Vol. 483, Page 78

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Franklin Alonzo
                                   Born: 29 Jul 1851
                                   Blessed: 22 Oct 1922
                                   Recorded: Vol. 564, Page 730

*Death: Register (Record) of Deaths, Fillmore City, Utah, Book 2, p. 35, no. 631:
            Franklin Alonzo ROBISON
            Age: 85y 4m 18d
            male, white, caucasian
            Residency: most of lifetime
            Born: Crett, ILL, USA
            married, farmer
            Last residence: Fillmore City
            Died: 17 OCT 1936
            Cause: pneumonia
            Buried: Fillmore City Cemetary, block 51, lot 2
            Informant: Homer Robison.

*Death: Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956:
              Name:     Franklin Alonzo Robison
              Event Date:     17 Oct 1936
              Event Place:     Fillmore, Millard, Utah
              Birth Year (Estimated):     1851
              Age (Formatted):     85 years 2 months 18 days
              Gender:     Male
              Marital Status:     Married
              Spouse's Name:     Harriet Elizabeth Robison
              Father's Name:     Joseph Robison
              Mother's Name:     Lucretia Hancock
              GS Film number:     2260102
              Digital Folder Number:     4120541
              Image Number:     1045

*Burial: Fillmore City Corporation. Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 387:
                        ROBISON, Franklin Alonzo
                        BLK 51, Lot 2, Grave 4
                        b. Crett, Illinois [sic]
                        d. 10-17-1936 Fillmore, Utah
                        Comments: Age at death: 85 yrs, 4 mos. 18 dys
                        Current Owner: Robison, F. A. Deceased
                        Original Owner: Robison, F. A.

*Gravestone:                       FATHER
                                       Franklin Alonzo
                                         July 29, 1851
                                         Oct. 17, 1936

*Note: The family graves are arranged in this order: Lois, Harriet, Alonzo, Isabella, and then Sarah Prisby (who would have been Lonnie's first wife if she hadn't become infected and died after swimming in a local water hole in Fillmore--grandpa Lonnie has been sealed to her, according to Ashby Robison).

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