Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Eastman, E. W.
Betsey Robinson Mead, pp. 32-33 PDF (390.0 KB)
- BETSEY ROBINSON MEAD Author-Mrs- E. W. Eastman Plymouth Betsey Robinson Mead was born in Kent, Putnam County, New York, May 23, 1811. She was the youngest child of Peter Robinson, who though but sixteen years of age when the Revolutionary War broke out soon joined the Continental Army. He was under Benedict Arnold at West Point just before that General committed treason and was one of the soldiers whom Arnold tried to starve, becoming so weak from lack of food that he was unable to walk. He was also with Washington at Valley Forge. Betsey Robinson married Major Mead when very young. In the spring of 1850 they started from their home going to Poughkeepsie, New York, from there by boat to Albany, there by Canal to Buffalo and by lake steamer to Wisconsin, landing at Sheboygan,June 9, 1850. Walking or riding over Indian trails was the only way of getting from place to place in the interior of She- boygan County. The Mead family moved to the town of Lyndon. Mr. Mead owned the first horse in the town and at one time rode horse-back to Milwaukee to buy Indian land of Solomon Juneau. On this land was often as many as 300 wigwams pitched, and even after Mr. Mead owned the property they sometimes came back and stayed a few days. As the years passed four sons and three daughters were given to them. They became prominent citizens. Betsey Robinson Mead although ninety two years old might be said to have died while she was still young in body and mind with a step as elastic as one fifty years younger. She was highly esteemed as one of the kindest and most agreeable of persons always ready to do a 32
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