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Emily Robinson
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This article is a part of a series titled "The Last Fifty Years of Union Village Shakers" which are original stories and articles by Katherine Lollar Rowland about the last Ohio Shakers, their life, the way it was in the declining years of Union Village, and also of their contacts with the greater community of Warren County when they were no longer able to be self-sufficient. Other articles in the series will be added as they are completed.
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Died, (age 57) January 17, 1897; Born, Hamilton County, Ohio; Father Michael Robinson, Mother Mary Robinson; (Mary Robinson, born England)
Emily - Census 1870 lists her as "work in house"; 1880 Census - lists her as First Eldress
Above information from Union Village Shakers by Cardinal Research

In 1907,J. P. MacLean, on page 110, of his book Shakers of Ohio wrote: "To the present generation of Shakers the name of Emily Robinson is sacred on account of her many virtues. She became a Shaker at the age of 8, and on May 12, 1889, was appointed Second in the Ministry and so continued until her death, January 17, 1897."

That she was an active and much-beloved Eldress is evidenced by many entries in the First Family Journal. some of which were as follows:
"November 18, 1896 - Elder William (Ayer) to Lebanon with Elder Joseph (Slingerland) and Eldress Emily
"November 24, 1896 - Eldress Emily and Elder William to Cincinnati via Union Village Station at 5:15 a.m.on business with reference to grape marmalade kettles.
"January 16, 1897 - Eldress Emily very sick
"January 17, 1897 - Eldress Robinson, 2d in Ministry and Trustee died at 7:30 in the office, cause pneumonia and cancer (secondary) of the liver after an illness of 9 days. Eldress Elizabeth, Sr. Julia Foley and Addie Shewalter cared for her during her illness. Elden Joseph in every way at all times directing.
"January 18, 1897 - Brother John and Jas. Melampy dig grave at North. Elder William to Lebanon for (to meet) James Shelton, Trustee from Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Eldress Emily's sister and husband arrived at 8 o'clock.
"January 19, 1897 - Funeral services of Eldress Emily Robinson at 1:30 p.m. largely attended by friends outside.
"February 7, 1897 - It was announced that Eldress Mary Gass had been appointed to fill the vacancy made by Eldress Emily's death."

A note with a tintype of Emily Robinson's likeness at the Warren County History Center, Lebanon, states that she was made 2nd Eldress of the 2nd order on May 1, 1863
Her grave marker at North Cemetery reads: "Emily Robinson, born 1838; died 1897"

Submitted by Katherine Lollar Rowland, October 8, 2007. We would welcome additional information that anyone might have.

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