Northwestern New Jersey, A History: Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties
by A. Van Doren Honeyman | Vol. IV ( 1927)
ALFRED ROBBINS – Few of the citizens of Middleville, Sussex County, New Jersey, are better known than is Alfred Robbins, proprietor of the general store in Middleville, which is conducted under the name of A. Robbins and Son. Previous to the time of his purchase of the general store Mr. Robbins was for some fifty years a first class carpenter, and was known for his excellent work and for his sound business methods.
The Robbins family has been resident in Sussex County since pre-Revolutionary days, and the great-grandfather of Mr. Robbins served in that conflict. Charl es Robbins, the grandfather, was a resident of Frankford Township, Sussex County, where he was employed at various kindsss of work by the day. He died in Sandyston at the age of ninety-four years, having survived his wife Hannah (Spangenberg) Robbins. They were the parents of children: Stephen; Dillie Ryker; Jane Transue; Sarah Kays; John; Joseph; and Patrick.
Patrick Robbins, son of Charles and Hannah (Spangenberg) Robbins, was born in Frankford Township and received his education in the public schools of his native district. He was engaged in farming in Hampton Township throughout his active career and spent his last years with his son, Alfred, in Stillwater Township, where he died at the age of eighty-seven years. He married Nancy Staley, a daughter of Philip Staley, and they were the parents of one child, Alfred Robbins, of whom further.
Alfred Robbins, son of Patrick and Nancy (Staley) Robbins, was born in Hampton Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, September 14, 1850, and received a good practical education in the local public schools. When his school training was completed he learned the carpenter’s trade, and he was also thrifty, and as the years passed he saw to it that a fair share of his earnings was saved for investment in a business of his own. In 1902, he purchased the general store at Middleville of Oscar Andrews, and since taht time has, in association with his son Victor, been successfully conducting a thriving business under the name of A. Robbins and Son. He is a Democrat in politics, and is well known in Middleville and vicinity as a good citizen and an able business man. He is an active member of the Stillwater Methodist Episcopal Church, in the work of which he is always interested. He has many friends who hold him in very high esteem.
Alfred Robbins was married, at Stillwater, to Martha A. Keen, daughter of Peter and Rhoda (Schoonover) Keen, and they became the parents of the following children: 1. Carrie, who married (first) Dr. Dalrymple; (second) Raymond Mains, and resides in Warren County, New Jersey. 2. Victor, who is associated with his father in the general store and is also postmaster of Middleville and director of the Newton Trust Company. 3. Mary, who married Milton Suthard, employed as station agent at Franklin, New Jersey.
This biography was contributed by Liz France.