Rites Today For Ex-Slave Born In 1834
Father of 54
George Robert Robinson, former slave who claimed to have been born 108 years ago in Hanover County VA, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Giles, in Springfield, VA.
Mr. Robinson, who received an old-age pension in Fairfax County since 1939, said that ge was married five times and was the father of 54 children, most of whom he outlived.
Born a slave, Mr. Robinson had said that he moved to Louisa County with his master, Hamilton Johnson, when a boy. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was working on a farm owned by John Timlick and was with Timlick and his brother, Edward Timlick, during the first battle of Manassas.
In 1863 he helped to build the breastworks to defend Richmond, he asserted. After the war he moved to Culpepper with a Dr. Briggs.
The aged man claimed to have hauled stone for the construction of the west wing of the capitol here, and also to have assisted on reinforcement work on the Washington Monument.
The funeral will take place a 2 p.m. today from Clark's Chapel in Springfield, and burial will be in the Baptist Church Cemetery here.