1093. Zenas ROBBINS was born on 16 August 1767 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA. He died on 16 December 1845 at the age of 78 in Hancock, Addison Co., VT.
This is according to the History of Ancient Wethersfield (1904), History of Addison County Vermont (1866), and History of Vermont (1842).
Born in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA to parents Joshua Robbins and Elizabeth Hubbard Robbins.
He traveled to Hancock, Addison County VT in 1788 with a party of surveyors as an agent for his father (Joshua). He surveyed and plotted out the town of Hancock for his father who was one of the original prospectors and proprietors. he was the first Town Clerk. He afterwards purchased the interest in said town from his father's other heirs; he speculated in wild lands, he built mills, taught singing, writing, and common schools and was deacon of the Congregational Church in Hancock until his death.
The town of Hancock was granted 7 November 1780 and chartered 31 July 1781, to Samuel Wilcox and his associates. The settlement was commenced in 1788. The town was organized 18 July 1792 when the first officers were elected.
Cynthia (or Synthia) Goodnow (Goodenough) arrived in Hancock from Marlborough, NH in 1790 or 91 and married Zenas on 17 April 1796. (1793 or '94 per History of Ancient Wethersfield).
Zenas lived a mile west of the village. The first saw-mill was built by Zenas about 3/4 mile west of the village. He also ran a grist mill there.
Zenas was the administrator of his father (Joshua's) estate when he died in Pittsfield in 1796.
Zenas remained in Hancock the remainder of his life except to visit relatives in Pittsfield, MA and perhaps other places. His Grandson, Charles M Robbins lived in his home in the 1880's per the History of Addison County Vermont, published in 1886.
Zenas ROBBINS and Cynthia GOODNOW were married on 17 April 1796 in Hancock, Addison Co., VT. They had seven children. Cynthia GOODNOW was born in 1777. She died in 1852 at the age of 75.