Sylvester Columbus Robbins & Rosetta Nation of Overton County, Tennessee

We are half way along in the family sketches of descendants of Joseph Michael Nation and Annie Riddle. However, Rosetta married the brother of Anna Belle Robbins, wife of her brother, John Wesley Nation.

At least in his description, there is no confusion over the identify of his father.

Sylvester Columbus Robbins was born 8 July 1863 in Overton County, Tennessee, the son of Sylvester Robbins and Mary, who may or may not be Mary Ann Reeder. He died on 13 January 1922, also in Overton County. He married “Rosetty Nations” on 27 January 1887, again in Overton County. She is the fifth child and second daughter of Joseph Michael and Annie (Riddle) Nation. Rosetta was born in 1869, Cumberland County, Kentucky.

Rosetta gave birth to daughter Cora Belle on 10 April 1895 (Cora’s death certificate names her parents as Columbus Robbins and “Nations”) and died sometime between that day and the 1900 census. No gravestone has been found for her.

Sylvester seems to have spent his entire life in Overton County.

On 26 April 1900 in Overton County, Columbus married 16 year old Nancy Newberry as his second wife. That census lists four children who would have been born to Rosetta. Columbus and Nancy had eight children, but they are not Nation descendants.


1. Mary, born November 1887; died after 1900; no further record
2. Henry Harrison, born 19 November 1889, Overton County, Tennessee; died 6 December 1965, Putnam County, Tennessee; married Dicy France, 14 May 1909, Overton County, Tennessee. It appears that they had no children together.
3. Pearley, born August 1893, Overton County, Tennessee; died 28 June 1943, Madison County, Indiana, but buried in Overton County, Tennessee; married Carson Key, 11 April 1912, Overton County, Tennessee. Carson was born 7 September 1886, Overton County, Tennessee; died 3 March 1950, Madison County, Indiana and is buried there. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom lived to adulthood.
4. Corda (Cora)  Belle, born 10 April 1894/5, Overton County, Tennessee; died 8 June 1954, Putnam County, Tennessee; married Carmon Key, 7 June 1913, Overton County, Tennessee. Carmen was born 29 April 1902, Overton County, Tennessee; died 12 March 1960, Overton County, Tennessee. They were the parents of seven children.

Pearley and Cora gave birth to sixteen children between them, so Rosetta Nation Robbins most likely has quite a few descendants today.


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