Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Enoch Robbins

   The death of Enoch Robbins, which took place Wednesday evening, June 30, takes from us another of the pioneers of Gladwin. For one of his age, Mr. Robbins had been in good health until a week or so previous to his death and he sank very peacefully and quietly to his long rest while being assisted to his feet by his daughter. Mrs. Nettie Deacon, who has faithfully cared for him during his later years. During the last few years, Mr. Robbins has lived quietly at his home across from courthouse square; and has been able to attend his garden and other light work. Only the day before his death he was seen at work in his garden and was able to move about the yard the day of his death. A large part of his time in pleasant weather was spent on a seat under a shady tree on his lawn, and on the afternoon previous to his death he was seen there as usual by passersby.

   Mr. Robbins came to Gladwin in 1881 and succeeded C. C. Fouch & Co. in the merchantile business in the building now owned by D. Mills, just east of Henderson's. Later he built a large frame building on the present sit of Henderson's store and Dawe's market at which he conducted an extensive business in general merchandise for a number of years. This building in later years was burned. Mr. Robbins was judge of probate for the Gladwin county two terms from 1893 to 1904, and had served as justice of the peace 26 years up to his death. He was president of the village of Gladwin in 1887-8, served as treasurer of Grout township, and in his volunteer days was very active in public affairs. In Isabella county before coming to Gladwin he also filled a number of local offices.

   For many years Mr. Robbins had been a member of the Methodist Epicopal church in which he had been an active worker as Sunday School superintendent, member of the official board etc. To his leadership was due in a large measure the erection of the church building in this city in 1883. As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he had filled the chairs and took an active interest in the affairs of the order. As one of the few veterans of the G.A.R. to the last he retained a deep interest in this patriotic organization and helped form the program for last Memorial day.

   Mr. Robbins was born in Kosciusko county Indiana, Nov. 4, 1839, and at his death had reached the age of 80 years, 7 months and 26 days. He was one of a family of six boys and two girls, of whom only one brother survives, Elam Robbins, aged 75 years, still halo and hearty and a resident of the same county in Indiana, who came to Gladwin to attend the funeral of his brother, Enoch was one of the four brothers to enlist and serve in the Civil war, only one of whom (Elam) was wounded, and he slightly.

   At Kosciusko, Ind., Dec. 13, 1861, he was married to Delilah M. Lower, who died March 28, 1869. they caem to Michigan in 1866, and settled in Isabella county where he was united in marriage to Mollie A. Foutch Nov. 19, 1871, who passed away in Gladwin Jan. 14, 1908. They lived in Isabella county until 1881 when Mr. Robbins and family moved to Gladwin.

   In the first union were born three children, one boy and two girls, Enoch Jr., Minnie, widow of James Ferrall, and Delilah, wife of Irving E. Foutch, all of Gladwin; to the second marriage were born five children, of whom one daughter and three sons are living: Mrs. Nettie Deacon, and Ralph C. of Gladwin, Gerald of Montour Falls, N. Y., and Bernard of Grand Ledge, Mich. Funeral services were held from the late residence Saturday at 10 a.m. and at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. J. H. Cornelius with interment in Highland cemetery. The four sons, C. G. Ferrell, grandson, and Irving E. Foutch acted as pallbearers. The business houses of the city were closed during the services as a mark of respect.

Personal Information
Death Date
Burial/Final Location
Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
Corp. Co. I. 47 Ind. Inf. Civil War
Publication Information
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:2 C:1 & 2
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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