David Robinson

Submitted by: Joan Robinson Miller
History of the State of Oklahoma.
David Robinson, a resident of Bokchito, and one of the leading farmers of Bryan County was born near Cove, Arkansas, but within the limits of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, on the 7th of March 1861. Lewis Robinson, his paternal grandfather, married a full blood Choctaw and accompanied the tribe from Mississippi to their new home and both died in the country of the Choctaw Nation. Their children were Solomon, who became the father of David Robinson; Margaret, a resident of Bokchito; Lewis, who died near that place and left a family; Mary, who lived near Cove, Arkansas, and Betsy, who married William Watson and died leaving a family.

Solomon Robinson was born in Mississippi, and was an infant when his parents brought him to Indian Territory. He was reared in old Wolf County, learned the blacksmith trade, married Elizabeth Watson, a half blood Choctaw, and died in 1871 at about forty years of age. His widow survived him until 1900, when she died near Cove, Arkansas, the mother of the following: Lavina and Susan, both of whom died single; David of this review; Amsiah, who lives at Cove; Caroline, now Mrs. Mehale Mowdy, of the same place; and Peter Robinson, of Boswell, Oklahoma. David Robinson passed his boyhood with his parents until he was about twelve years of age, when, his father having died, he went to live with his maiden aunt, assisting in the work of her farm and in time becoming the active head of her household. Such practical and pressing duties so occupied his time that he acquired only a smattering of book learning, even learning to write after he had reached quite mature years. He was early to obtain knowledge of men and things, however, which enabled him to become a progressive agent in the working world. He came to Bryan County in 1876, then only a youth of fifteen, and has been a resident of this section of the territory and state ever since.

He first took possession of a tract of land adjoining the town site of Bokchito, when he started an independent agricultural career, and has allotted much of what he ahs controlled for the past quarter of a century. A tract in Garvin County, near Elmore, in addition to what he owns in a body around his residence, comprises the family allotment and totals some 1,000 acres. Of his homestead 300 acres is being cultivated and, until within the past few years, he was a cattleman as well as a farmer. The scarcity of pasture, however, ash caused him to replace cattle with hogs, through which his corn finds a way to market. On March 13, 1894, Mr. Robinson married, in Bryan County, Miss Ollie May Walker, daughter of Dan Walker, originally from Mo. Where Mrs. Robinson was born in 1872. The children of the household are Jessie May, Jerome, Edward, Morely and Howard Hamilton Robinson.