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    It is the plain, unassuming citizen who silently but surely makes the history of a country, and the subject of this sketch has been not that alone, but a plain, unassuming soldier and local official, and has proven dependable in his relations to every trust in him. The brief record of his career may not prove exciting, but it will be found to contain a lesson in industry, in integrity and in patriotism that should not be lost to the rising generation.

    Madison Robins was born in Lost Creek township, Miami county, Ohio, October 3, 1834, a son of Benjamin and Permilla (Covault) Robins.

    Benjamin Robins, the father of our subject, was born in Ohio. His father, Richard Robins, emigrated to Miami county, Ohio, at an early day and located on one hundred and sixty acres in Staunton township, of this county, where he was one of the pioneers. The land he entered was afterward owned by his grandsons, Madison and Erastus Robins. His son, Benjamin Robins, had a family of ten children, of whom Madison Robins was the third born. Benjamin Robins died on February 24, 1854, his wife on April 16, 1843, aged thirty-eight years, and their remains rest in the Lost Creek Baptist church cemetery.

    During the infancy of our subject his parents removed to Staunton township, locating on section 4, where he was reared to manhood. Through the summer months he followed the plow, in the fall he aided in harvesting the crops and in the winter season he pursued his education in the common schools. He started out in life for himself when twenty years of age, renting the old farm which he afterward purchased. He lived there until 1870, when he removed to Springfield, Ohio, making his home in that city for eighteen months, during which time he engaged in buying and shipping hogs. At the expiration of that period he returned to the farm, where he made his home for about nine years, after which he spent eighteen months in Troy. He then came to his present home in Staunton township and has since given his time and attention to buying and shipping timber.

    On the 14th of October, 1855, Mr. Robins was married to Miss Elizabeth Earnheart. They now have two children, named Lucinda J. and Sarah F. Mrs. Robins was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Robinson) Earnheart, and was born in September, 1833. Her father died June 14, 1863, aged sixty-five years and eight months, and her mother December 10, 1862, at the age of fifty-nine years and five months. Mrs. Robins joined the Lost Creek Christian church when fifteen years of age and her husband in 1868. They are members of the Troy Christian church and Mr. Robins is a deacon in that body. Their daughter, Lucinda J., married Hiram Beard and they have two children, Charles M. and William O. Their daughter, Sarah F., married Joseph J. Hart, and they have one daughter named Ferry Pearl.

    In 1864 Mr. Robins left his home and family to aid in the defense of the Union, enlisting on the 14th of May of that year as a member of Company K, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in at Camp Dennison. The regiment was sent to guard Washington, and Mr. Robins served in the vicinity of that city until the expiration of his term of one hundred days, when he was mustered out as sergeant of his company, in September, 1864. In politics Mr. Robins is a stalwart Republican. In 1891 he was appointed township trustee to fill a vacancy, as the successor to S. D. Frank, and by re-election has been continued in that office for eight years, and has proved a most competent and faithful official. The promptness and fidelity with which he discharges his duties is indicated by the fact that he has been the popular choice of his fellow citizens through almost a decade. In all life's duties he has been alike honorable, and is regarded as one of the leading, influential and valued citizens of his community.

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