He married twice. He married Elizabeth Horsey. Elizabeth was born about 1777. Elizabeth was the daughter of Isaac Horsey(Esq.) and Mary Wales. He married Andasia Robins Purnell in Worcester Co., MD, May 8, 1823. (Mary Beth & Vanessa Long, Worcester Marriage Records)
Andasia was born about 1790. Andasia was the daughter of John Selby Purnell and Aralanta Robins. Andasia died before December 7, 1864. She is shown in the 1850 census with James R. Purnell, 16, Ann M. Gillis, 16, and Elizabeth Gillis, 15, living with her. (1850 census Worcester Co. MD; Matthew Wise, The Littleton Heritage, p. 221) He inherited a considerable amount of real estate from his father, including "Fairfield," where he lived and where he was buried. In 1793, he conveyed to his brother, Littleton, 400 acres and "Robins Addition," He also purchased a great deal of various real estate. He had over 4,000 acres at the time of his death. He was appointed Registrar of Wills in 1799. On February 27, 1806, he qualified as associate judge for the 4th Judicial District. He was ambushed in October of 1807, shot and seriously wounded by a bullet which passed through his shoulder and chest while returning home by horse and carriage from Caroline County. His assailant was one John Worrilow, who had fled to Delaware from Worcester County as a fugitive. His assailant was later captured in South Carolina and executed at Snow Hill in April, 1808. (Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999, p. 53-55; Matthew Wise, The Littleton Heritage, p. 226)
James Bowdoin Robins(Judge) and Elizabeth Horsey had the following children:
779 i. Anna Maria7 Robins was born in Worcester Co., MD October 29, 1798. Anna died August 6, 1827 in Worcester Co., MD. She married Ara Spence(Judge) in Worcester Co., MD, September 30, 1818. Ara was born in Worcester Co., MD February 26, 1793. Ara was the son of George Spence and Ann Nancy Purnell. Ara died May 27, 1866 in Worcester Co., MD. He was a lawyer and served in the State Legislature. In 1826 he became an associate justice for the 4th Judicial District and later served as Chief Justice of the District. He is buried at the Presbyterian cemetery, Snow Hill. (Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999, p. 52) In his 1826 will, her father left Anna Maria, wife of Ara Spence, Esq., an interest in "Scarborough Castle." (Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999)
+ 780 ii. Margaret S. Robins was born May 11, 1801.
+ 781 iii. Eleanor "Ellen" Horsey Robins was born November 9, 1803.
+ 782 iv. John Purnell Horsey Robins(Rev.) was born about 1810.
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