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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Eastman, E. W.
Betsey Robinson Mead,   pp. 32-33 PDF (390.0 KB)

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           Author-Mrs- E. W. Eastman
  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
    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

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