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John ROBIE

John ROBIE

Male 1874 - 1965  (90 years)

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  • Name John ROBIE 
    Born 27 Dec 1874  Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Robie, John & Minnie Reynolds Robie
    John & Minnie Robie
    Robie, John
    John Robie
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Mar 1965  Albany, Athens County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Vinton, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • Lived at Fairplain, WVa; Staats Mill, WVa; Bidwell, OH
      Farmer, loved his horses

      John Robie lived the life of a gypsy during his youth, as his family moved back and forth from WV to PA, and maybe even into Ohio, never staying more than a couple of years, then moving on. John was probably the third of the nine children of Isaac and Cathleen (Rector) Robey.

      Minnie Belle was the fifth of 11 children born to Ferdinand Silas and Loretta Victoria Casto Reynolds. Theirs was a solid old house, but they left it to move across the river to Ohio about 1919.

      I remember stories about Grandpa riding his horse to visit Grandma. It was so far he had to stay all night. They married in 1904 and in 1908 had a son, Everett, and in 1914 a daughter, Loretta.

      John was a big man with the biggest ears God ever put on a man. He must have had dark hair but I remember it as white - and very shiny on top. He was a farmer and loved his horses. John and Minnie lived on 2 or 3 farms in WVa and in Oct 1939 moved to near Bidwell, OH to the farm Minnie's parents had owned and left to their children. The farm was about a mile from the little village of Bidwell, which boasted a grocery store, a hardware store, a mill, two churches, and a railroad depot. Everett, his wife Erma (Casto) whom he had married in 1930 and their four children had moved to the farm across the road in January 1938, but Loretta was still living at home.

      The farm house was a big white one with a wide porch, but everyone used the kitchen door. I remember the brick path and the cool water we'd draw up out of the well. The yard was shaded by big trees and Grandma always had flowers. The barn wasn't far away and always smelled of warm hay and old leather harnesses. The kitchen was large and heated by the wood burning cook stove. Lace curtains, crocheted doilies, a funny smell - was it Grandma's medicine? She died when I was 10, and I didn't know her very well; my parents had separated when I was three and Mom took us to visit infrequently. Between 1939 and 1945, Everett and Erma had three more children, and Loretta married Sammy Jobe and started her family of three.

      Grandma was a religious woman, she'd attended the United Brethren Church, but Grandpa was getting on in years before he was baptized in the Ohio River at Middleport, Ohio. He respected her faith, for he gave her a Bible in 1908. She must have had a mind of her own, she changed the spelling of the name Robey to Robie because she just didn't like the way it was spelled, according to one story, but another story says she had a feud going with John's brother and changed the spelling to be different.

      According to Loretta, they were proud of their grandchildren, at least the first few. The first two were girls and they were OK, but when the first boy came along, he was IT! After that it was downhill until the last one was almost disliked!

      After Minnie died, Loretta talked John into selling the farm. He lived in little houses - first near Everett, then near Loretta, who was divorced by that time. Finally he was put into a rest home where he died. He outlived Minnie by 10 years. They were married 51 years.

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      According to Loretta:
      John Robie had Blue eyes, black hair and was 6'1"
      Minnie had greenish blue eyes, brown hair and was 5'6".
      He was the only one who couldn't play music, all his brothers and sisters and father could, but his mother couldn't. John sang bass, Minnie sang soprano, had sung alto earlier in life. They sang a lot. John was a great dancer.
      John was democrat, Minnie Republican and wouldn't vote because of it. They didn't argue.
      John had hardly any education, could read & write. Minnie went to 6th or 8th grade - got good grades.

      Everett says Minnie had black eyes.

      Jackson Co Register of Marriages John Robey, 27 to Minnie Reynolds, 20, 19 Mar 1904, both born and reside in Jackson Co, by CD Johnson at the home of the bride

      Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007
      Name: John Robie
      Birth Date: 1875
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Residence County: Gallia
      Residence State: Ohio
      Residence Country: United States
      Death Date: 4 Mar 1965
      Hospital of Death: Long-Term Care Facilities
      City of Death: Athens County
      County of Death: Athens
      Certificate: 16326
      Age at Death: 90
      Certifier: Coroner
      Autopsy: Yes, not used for certification
      Marital Status: Widowed

      U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
      Name: John Robie
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birth Date: 27 Dec 1876
      Birth Place: Ravenswood, West Virginia
      Father: Isaac Robie
      Mother: Cathleen Rector
      SSN: 233288615
      Notes: Sep 1938: Name listed as JOHN ROBIE

      Robie Services
      GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services for John Robie, 90, former Bidwell area farmer who died Thursday in an Albany rest home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vernon McCoy funeral home in Vinton by the Rev. Seth Huntley. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park.
      Born at Ravenswood, he was the son of the late Isaac and Kathleen Rector Robie. His wife, the former Minnie Reynolds, died in 1955. He came to Gallia County from West Virginia in 1939 and after his wife’s death, he lived in Pomeroy for several years.
      Survivors include a son, Everett Robie, Mesa, Ariz., a daughter, Mrs. Loretta Jobe, Gallipolis, a brother, Edward Robie, Pomeroy, and three sisters, Miss Minnie Robie and Mrs. Emma Casto, Ripley, W. Va., and Mrs. Clara McGraw, Parkersburg, W. Va. There are 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

      Athens Sunday Messenger
      March 7, 1965
      Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron
      http://www.galliagenealogy.org/Obituaries/obits_rick-rob.htm

      In Memory of
      John Robie
      Date of Birth
      December 27, 1874
      Entered Into Eternal Rest
      March 4, 1965
      Services From
      McCoy's Chapel
      Sunday, March 7, 1965
      2 P.M.
      Clergyman Officiating
      Rev. Seth Huntley
      Final Resting Place
      Vinton Memorial Park
      Arrangements by
      Vernon & Elsie McCoy
      Vinton, Ohio

      John Robie
      Birth: Dec. 27, 1874
      Ravenswood
      Jackson County
      West Virginia, USA
      Death: Mar. 4, 1965
      Albany
      Athens County
      Ohio, USA
      John was born in Jackson Co, WV to Isaac Robey and Catheleen Rector. Married Minnie Belle Reynolds, 3/19/1904 in Fairplain, Jackson Co, WV.
      They had two children, Everett Gay Robie, 1908-1985, buried Mesa, Maricopa County, AZ and Loretta Kathleen, 1914-1994.

      Family links:
      Parents:
      Isaac Robey (1847 - 1920)
      Kathleen Rector Robey (1850 - 1920)
      Spouse:
      Minnie Belle Reynolds Robie (1884 - 1955)
      Children:
      Everett Gay Robie (1908 - 1985)*
      Loretta Kathleen Robie Jobe (1914 - 1994)*
      Siblings:
      Alice Robey Wilson (1872 - 1952)*
      Laura Robey Heiney (1873 - 1940)*
      John Robie (1874 - 1965)
      Edward Robie (1879 - 1961)*
      Frederick Robey (1890 - 1927)*
      Inscription:
      Robie
      Minnie B 1884 - 1955
      John 1874 - 1965
      Burial:
      Vinton Memorial Cemetery
      Vinton
      Gallia County
      Ohio, USA [Add Plot]
      Created by: Betty Briggs
      Record added: Dec 30, 2006
      Find A Grave Memorial# 17219086
    Person ID I2  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2012 

    Father Isaac ROBEY,   b. 19 Jul 1847, Meigs County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1920, Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Cathleen RECTOR,   b. 30 Mar 1850, Williamstown, Wood, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1920, Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1869  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record Robie
      Date: License issued Feb 1, 1869
      Place: Jackson, West Virginia, United States
      Isaac Roby
      Catholean Rector
      Indexed as Isaac Robs & Cashoban Rector

      Both are buried Mt Calvary Cemetery, Ripley, Jackson Co, WV, on high hill. (per Daddy)
      Stone shows full dates.

      1870 Grant Dist, Jackson Co, WV
      Roby, Isaac, 26, farm laborer, $250 pp, Va
      Catherine, 20, Va
      Alice, 6/12, Nov, WVa

      1880 Grant Dist, Jackson Co, WV
      Isaac Robey, 35, O, MD, O - Meigs Co
      Catholeen, 26, WV, --, WV
      Alice, 9, WV, OH, WV
      Laura, 8, WV, OH, WV
      Jno, 5, WV, OH, WV
      Edward, 10/12 July, WV, OH, WV

      1900 Ripley Dist, Jackson Co, WV, #34, Sheet 2, line 13, 24/25
      Robey, Isaac, July 1845, 54, m28, Ohio, Pa, Oh, Farmer, all can read/write, speak English. owns mortgaged farm, sch #9
      Catholeen, wife, March 1851, 49, m28, 9-8, WV, VA, WV
      John, son, Dec 1876, 23
      Edward, July 1881, 18
      Emma, Oct 1883, 16, School 4 mo
      Clara, Nov 1884, 15
      Minnie, June 1887, 12, sch 2.5 mo
      Fred, Jan 1889, 11, sch 1 mo, can't write

      1920 Jackson Co census, Ripley district, all born WV unless noted #1-1
      Isaac Robey age 74 born Ohio
      Catherine age 68
      Minnie age 28 dau
      Fred age 26 son
      Casto, Emma 36 divorced
      Casto, Starling age 11 son

      JCDR shows:
      Roby, Thomas, 2/15/1879, 3y, d Sandy, parents I & C, born JC

      Jackson Co census 1870, 1880, 1900, married
      Jackson Co census 1850, 1860 with parents
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet

    Family Minnie Belle REYNOLDS,   b. 16 Feb 1884, Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1955, Gallia County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1904  Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Notes 

    • Jackson Co WV Marriage Record
      Date: 19 March 1904
      Place: the home of the Bride
      John Robie, 27, Jackson, Jackson
      Minnie Reynolds, 20, Jackson, Jackson

      1910 Ripley, Jackson, WV # 295-296 [next to Minnie's Aunt Bette]
      Robie, John 33 m1- 6y
      Minnie 26 m1- 6y 1-1 child
      Evert G 1.10

      1920 Jackson Co census, Washington District - all born WV #36-36
      John Robey age 46
      Minnie age 35 wife
      Everett age 11 son
      Loretta age 5.6 dau

      1930 Washington Dist 13, Jackson Co, WV # 129-129 April 15
      Robie, John 53 m age 27
      Minnie 43 m age 20
      Everett 21 m age 21
      Loretta 15 s
      Erma 21 dil m age 21

      1940 Springfield Twp, Gallia co, Ohio #110 Rodney-Fairview Road
      Own farm $800
      Robie, John 63 WV 1935: Rural Jackson co, WV 4th grade
      Minnie 56 WV 1935: Rural Jackson co, WV 8th grade
      Loretta da 26 s WV 1935: Rural Jackson co, WV 8th grade

      Silas and Let Casto Reynolds lived off Woods Mill Road, outside Bidwell, Gallia County, Ohio. They moved there from Fairplain, Jackson, WV during World War I.
      Loretta died in 1931, Silas in 1936. They left everything to their daughter Ernie. She kept the big farm (over 100 acres) and gave the other farm (86 acres ) to her brothers & sisters: Minnie, Allie, Dorcas & Crayton. John & Minnie Robie and Jim & Allie Fisher bought out Dorcas and Crayton. Everett & Erma Robie bought out Fishers in Jan 1938 and moved in, In Oct 1939, John and Minnie Robie moved.
      Ernie's daughter owned half interest in the big farm. John Robie traded his farm in West Virginia for her interest in the farm at Bidwell, and wanted to live in the big house and Ernie to move out into the little house but Ernie was not agreeable to the idea. So John bought her out for $1,000. Ernie and Bill moved our on Rt 554.
    Children 
     1. Everett Gay ROBIE,   b. 4 Jun 1908, Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1985, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Loretta Kathleen Robie,   b. 13 May 1914, Staats Mill, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1994, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Photos
    Robie, Everett & Loretta
    Robie, Everett & Loretta
    Family ID F140  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Dec 1874 - Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Mar 1904 - Fairplain, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Mar 1965 - Albany, Athens County, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Vinton, Gallia, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robie, John, Minnie & Everett, and Dorcus Reynolds
    Robie, John, Minnie & Everett, and Dorcus Reynolds
    Baby Everett with Mom, Dad, and Aunt Dorcus
    Hold cursor over face for name
    Robie, John & his horses
    Robie, John & his horses
    Robie, John & Minnie Reynolds Robie
    Robie, John & Minnie Reynolds Robie
    Robie, John & Minnie Reynolds Robie
    Robie, John & Minnie Reynolds Robie
    Robey, Ed, John, Clara, Emmie & Fred
    Robey, Ed, John, Clara, Emmie & Fred
    Siblings

    Headstones
    John and Minnie Belle Reynolds Robie
    John and Minnie Belle Reynolds Robie
    Headstone

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Birth Records, Jackson Co, WV.

    2. [S20] Family Bible.

    3. [S37] Betty Briggs.

    4. [S17] Marriage Records, Jackson Co, WV.