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James Charles Bain MD was the son of george briton bane and lillie ann ogles. James charles bain was better know as Dr. Charles J. Bain Physician && Surgeon. After the death of his wife Minnie Marchbanks Bain he married Verlie Pauline Hodge on oct, 14,1914.

Their children were James Arthur Bain born april 23, 1916. Callie Irene Bain born march 22, 1918. Evelyn Charlene Bain born feb.22 1920. Helen Pauline Bain born dec. 30 1922, and Charles Evans Hughes Bain born July 27 1925. James Arthur married Hazel Harris abt 1937. Their children are Juan Bain, James Arthur Bain jr. Sandra Bain Jowers, and Donald Bain. Callie Irene Bain married Charles Richardson Hix, Their children are Richard Bain Hix and Glynda Gale Hix Klinger Evelyn Charlene Bain married Homer Pafford nov.26 1938.They one son Larry Pafford Helen Pauline Bain never married. Charles Evans Bain married Hilda Juanita Belyew april 18,1945, Their children are Ginger Sue Bain Whidden, and Donna Jean Bain Lomski.Ellis Charles and Hilda Juanita were divorced in 1954 He then Married Mary Alta Baker july 31 1959. They were divorced in feb. 1974. No children. He then married Mary Kathryn Baker on March 07.1974.Their children are Steven Adam Bain born july 13,1969.and Fletcher Evans Bain born Aug. 25 1979. Steven Bain married Heather Fritz on march 30 1990. Their children are Dustin Adam Bain born dec.17 1989, Dawn Marie Bain born july 1 1990, Eric Michael Bain born june 1,1992 and Brianna Bain born dec.13 1993. Fletcher Evans Bain to marry Amber Crawford june 16 2001. Verlie Pauline Bain died oct,13 1984. James Arthur Bain died july 14 1969. Helen Pauline Bain died aug.5,1994.

In the marriage of James Charles Bane to Minnie Marchbanks Their children were Charles Paul Bain, Victoria Lucille Bain Wynn and Ora Lee Bain born dec.26 1911 and died aug.19,1928.

Submitted by C. Bain


Daniel M. Robbins was the son of Charles and Basheba Culpepper Robbins. He lived and worked in the Lick Creek Community as a blacksmith. He married Cynthia Upchurch. Their children were William Kay (Known as Uncle Kay), John D. (known as Uncle Dee), and Thomas Yancy.

William married Christian Adeline Brewer in 1881. In 1909 they lived in the 23rd district. They left about that time with their seven children, because of the family feuds, that caused so much blood shed later, was already beginning. They moved to Bradley County, Arkansas.

John D. took his family and moved to Stewart County about 1900. He then bought a farm in Houston County, on White Oak Creek, where the Humphrey's County Robinses had originally settled.

Thomas Yancy was born in 1864. He married Mary Mollie Medlock, daughter of Tobe Medlock. Yancy was shot and killed November 2, 1916 another victim of the family feuds that gave the Old 23rd District its reputation for violence. Yance and Mary Mollie had 15 children. One of their children was Daniel, born in 1900. He is Charles Robbins father. The Charles that was born in 1920 and who wrote the articles for the Paris Post Intelligencer.

Anderson C. was born in 1868 and died in 1947. He was the fourth son of Daniel M. He moved to Crooked Creek area of Benton County and married Annie Atchison, 1876-1949. Both Annie and Anderson died in Detroit but were buried in Benton County in the Crooked Creek Cemetery. Their children were Zettie, Louie, Nezzie, Eula, Realous, Shell, Cagey and Carley.

Roella was Daniel M.'s first daughter. She was born in 1871. She married Lige Merrell who was killed in an accident, involving a wagon, about 1905. They had one child, Leonard who died in 1938. Leonard married Lola Melton and had three children; Paschall, Berta, and Linnie B. Rouella (both spellings as article) married a second time to Jasper Berry and they had a daughter, Novie.

Cynthia L.V. Robbins; 1874-1915, second daughter of Daniel M. and Cynthia Upchurch. Cynthia married (Bert) Albert O. Merrell. Albert and Lige were brothers. Bert and Cynthia had one son, Raymond Porter, 1898-1972. Porter married Annie Myrtle Akers in 1915. Annie Myrtle was born 1893-1990. Their son, Raymond Howard, was born on January 12, 1916. He married Alice Lavell Wheatley, daughter of Steve Wheatley. Howard and Lavell's children were Charles (Buck), Lowell Howard (Ootie), Eddie, Gary, Leslie, and Douglas. Ootie was killed in the Vietnam conflict. All of the children served some time in the service of our country. Howard was a talented amateur, painter and musician. He died in 1962 from lung problems.

Raymond Porter married the second time to Bertha Ann Berry, daughter of Henry and (Emmie) Emiley Berry. Read about Porter and Bertha's family in the first Benton County History Book or under Merrell Family this edition.

Ronza L. was Daniels seventh child. He was born in 1877. He died as a young man and was never married.

Nora Mackey was Daniel M.'s last daughter. She was born shortly before his death. She married Andrew Westerman. They had no children.

From Families & Histories of Benton County, Tennessee 1836-1992, page 213

Submitted by Norma Lewis


William Bailey Robbins 1820-1843 was the son of Charles Robbins Jr. (1798-186 ) and Bathsheba (Culpepper) 1800-187. Charles Robins Jr. was born in Ill. Or N.C. Charlie Robbins (1920-1986) wrote he was born in N.C. and Bathsheba was born in North Carolina. We think Charles Robbins Jr.'s father lived in Stewart County.

Bailey Robbins married Matilda Carline Lindsey (4-27-1843) and he died before his son William H. Robins was born. Matilda Caroline Lindsey Robins b. 1823 d. 3890 then married Burrell Wynn (1809-1892) on May 2, 1846. William H. Robins (1844-1938) then took the Wynn name and used it until he enlisted in the Army as William H. Robins.

As you see some of the Robbins spell their name with one "B," why? We do not know but by studying the family tree we think the correct spelling should be ROBBINS, but William H. Robins' government grave marker has one "B" in his name. He along with his mother and stepfather are buried in the Wynn Cemetery east of Faxon, Tennessee on the land that was owned by his stepfather Burrell Wynn.

William H. Robins (1844-1938) married Mary Eliza Ann Lockhart (1857-1894) on Feb. 27, 1872. Their children were: Annie, George, Walter, Oliver, Rosie, Della, Tennie, Mattie, Finley and Curtis. She died when Curtis was two years old with measles.

George W. Robins (1884-1927) married Ima Cleo Caplinger (1884-1927) on 6-27-1902. They had nine children: Salene Snapp, Lenden B., Brewer, Hulon (1910-1988). Maibelle Potts, Manie Ruth Brewer (1914-1988), Johnie A. and Raymond Robbins.

Lenden B. Robins married Bessie V. Melton on Sept. 21, 1924. They had two children: Imogene Robins Crank (1926-1987) and Lenden Floyd Robins b. 1928. He is Vice-President of the Benton County Genealogical Society.

From Families & Histories of Benton County, Tennessee 1836-1992, page 212 & 213


William B. was the son of Charles and Basheba Robbins. He was born in 1820 and died in 1843. He married Mathlida Lindsey, daughter of Edward Buxton Lindsey. They had one son, William H. who was born after his father died. William H. was born in 1844 and was known as Uncle Billy. Uncle Billy married Mary E. Lockhart in 1872. He was a Civil War Veteran. He died in 1938 at the age of 95, and is buried in the Wynn Cemetery near Crooked Creek.

One of Uncle Billy's children was George W. born 1874 and died 1954. George W. was a school teacher and many people around here were taught by him. He must be the one who dropped the B in Robbins, as his name appears as ROBINS. He married Ima Cleo Caplinger. His family history is in the first Benton County History Book.

From Families & Histories of Benton County, Tennessee 1836-1992, page 212

Submitted by Norma Lewis

ROBBINS - CULPEPPER Charles Robbins was born in 1798 to John robbins Sr. and Polly Cathy. Charles married Basheba Culpepper, born 1800. He was a blacksmith and two or three of his sons were blacksmiths also. Charles and Basheba lived in the Lick Creek community and he had a shop there.

Charles and Basheba had ten children, listed below with their families: (1) William B. (see separate article in this edition). (2) Temperance (Tempy) married Isaac Brown. Their children were: Arabela, Elizabeth, James B., Cynthia, Charles, John W., and Thomas. (3) Elizabeth married George Robertson in a double ceremony with her sister Temperance. Elizabeth and Temperance are believed to be twins. George and Elizabeth's children were: Siddy, A.W., John R., Lucy A., and George E. (4) Irvin Shelby married Sarah Ann Brandon. Their children were: William Baily, Mary Paralee, J.A., Elizabeth, Sally, Cynthia, and Henry. Irvin Shelby was a blacksmith like his father. (5) Daniel M. (See separate article in this edition). (6) Charles A., born in 1831, was the sixth child of Charles Robbins and Basheba. He married Mary Elizabeth Lindsey in Benton County in 1846. Their children were William M., married to T. Luella French, born in 1860, m. in 1880. William M. and Luella's children were: Nancy M. 1881; George A. 1883-1954, married Minnie Capps the first time and later Louie Robbins, daughter of Anderson Robbins; Charles Anderson Jr. 1886-1950; J.J. 1889 (a girl); Clara L. 1892; William B. 1895; and J.B. or Earl Brown 1897, Charles A. and Mary's other children were Louella 1860; Henry 1863; John Lee 1870, married to Ida Wynn, daughter of Cininnatus O. Wynn; Charles 1874; married to Mary A. ; George M. 1876; Robert D. 1881-1952, married Laura Collier. (7) John A. or John W. (not sure about the middle initial) was the seventh child of Charles and Basheba. He married Nancy A. Brandon in 1874. In 1880 he was staying in the home of one of the Maynards, and the census taker had his name as A.J. and his occupation as local tramp. His wife Nancy and his two children were living nearby with Nancy's mother Martha. Then my source said he married Sarah Elizabeth Brandon, who was first married to Shelby Robbins. The relationship between John's two wives is not known. They were probably sisters. (8) Gracie Ann, born 1837- died 1910, married J.H. McFadden. No other information on Gracie. (9) Malvinia, born 1839, married Alexander Ramsey in 1871. Their children were: Horace A. 1872; Iderbell 1874; Charlie Ewing 1877; Luanna 1877; Charlie and Luanna were twins. Charlie Ewing moved to Poinsett, Arkansas, about 1910. Most of his descendants are still there. (10) Thomas born 1842- died 1909, was Charles and Basheba's last child. He married Cornelia Upchurch, a sister of Cynthis Upchurch who married Thomas' brother, Daniel. According to the 1900 Census they had 11 children but only three of them lived to be adults. They were Grover Cleveland (Cleve); Isham G. and Octavia. Thomas died in 1909 from injuries that occurred when he was thrown from a horse.

From Families & Histories of Benton County, Tennessee 1836-1992, page 21l & 212

Submitted by Norma Lewis

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