ENOCH ROBINSON, farmer and miner; P. O. Plateville; was born Oct. 7, 1813, in Monroe Co., Ill., where he spent his early life on a farm. His father, a Pennsylvanian, and his mother, a Virginian, were among the earliest settlers of Illinois. The father, David Robinson, went to Galena in 1827. Both father and son were in that then new mining settlement at the time of Stillman's defeat. They afterward engaged in mining at Menomonee; assisted in building the block-house at the Sinsinawa Mounds, and to bury the murdered Boxley and Thompson, who were victims of the Indians. Since the Black Hawk war, Mr. Robinsin has worked at mining in Platteville (1840), Fair Play, Menomonee, Beetown, on the site of Warren, Ill., and at Hazel Green, where he remained fourteen years. He was the discoverer of the Robinson Lead at Platteville. On Oct. 13, 1872, he married Mrs. Mary Dickson, widow of Col. Joseph Dickson; she was born Mary 17, 1820, at Prairie du Chien, Wis.; her father was Maj. William D. Adney of the U. S. Regular Army, and her mother's maiden name was Julia Fisher. The latter died in Galena, and Maj. Adney married again, Catharine Hoffman, who still resides at Dunleith, Ill. Maj. Adney was the finder of the Adney Lead at Hazel Green, and died Sept. 9, 1832, in the town of Platteville. His daughter, Mary, married Col. Dickson, when she was in her 13th year, and bore him eleven children, eight still survive, namely, Julia A., Samuel T., Susan C., Maggie C., Joseph H., John A., William H. and Josiah P.; those deceased are Sylvester C., George W. and Sarah J. All were born in the town of Platteville, where Col. Dickson settled in August, 1827. He broke about 20 acres of raw prairie on what is now the Roseleib farm, and, in the spring of 1828, planted what is thought to have been the first field of corn in Wisconsin grown by a white farmer. He commanded a spy company during the Black Hawk war, served with distinguished bravery and efficiency, and was severely wounded by the Indians at the battle of Bad Ax. He died Feb. 28, 1871, on his farm, four miles southwest of Platteville. This farm is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson; here Mr. Robinson continues mining, for which fascinating occupation he has acquired a strong passion during his forty years' experience at it in Wisconsin.
This biography generously submitted by Roxanne Munns.