Beckey J. (Burker) Robbins, brother Smith Armington Burke and Emma A. (Corbin) Burke, sister Anna (Burke) Elser, nephew Haslett Burke

 In 1860 Decatur County, Indiana, Henry S. Burk is 44, Dorinda 41, with John T. 19, William F. 16, Rebecca J. 12, Smith A. 6, Mary H. 4, and Anna S. four months.

In 1870 Shelby County, Iowa Henry Burk is 53, Dorinda 50, both Kentucky, with Rebecca J. 23, Smith A. 16, Mary H. 14, Anna S. 10, Lizzie 7, all in Indiana.  With them are Wm. J. Burke 27, Indiana, Florence 19, Ohio , and Susan Burke 76, retired, born in Kentucky.

"Henry S. Burk, justice of the peace and collecting agent, was born in Southeastern Ky., Sept. 23rd, 1816; moved to Decatur county, Ind., in 1827, where he resided until coming to Shelby county, Ia., in 1869;engaged in farming and gardening. In 1877 he was elected justice ofthe peace, which office he still holds."

Henry Smith Burk -1816-1899 and Dorinda (Spilman) Burk 1819-1898 - are buried in Harlan, Shelby County, Iowa.  # 54852843

Rev. Gurdon Robins 1786 -1864 and Julia (Savage) Robins 1791-1866 are buried in Cedar Hill, Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1870 Shelby County, Iowa, Chas M. Robbins is 37, born in Connecticut, farming.   With him are C.C. Redfield 33 and Sarah 23, with Elbert 3, all Connecticut.

M. Robins married Rebecca J. Burke Dec 13, 1870 in Shelby County, Iowa.

R. J. Robins in 1880 Shelby County, Iowa is 32, married to C.M. 48.  They have Annie 8, Harry 6,  and Nellie 1.

  1910 Rochester Theological Seminary

Beckey timber-claimed a quarter in 9, 8N 48W in 1895.

Rebecka J. Robins in 1900 is in Otero County, Colorado. Her husband Charles M. June 1832 Connecticut is the deputy county clerk and recorder. Rebecka born July 1847 in Indiana, has had five kids, three living.  Henry B. July 1874 Iowa and Charles A. Dec 1884 Iowa are with them.

Rebecca J. Robins is in 1910 Otero County.  She's 66, born in Louisiana, married to Charles N. 78, Connecticut, with son Charles A. 25, Iowa.

Ancestry thinks "Carrie"  married a J.M. Slane/Slain, and they're in Florence, Colorado in 1900, with Helen 3.

They had Charles about 1907, and then in 1910 Annie is married to John M. Coburn , living in Otero County, with Helen Coburn 12 and Ralph Coburn 9.

In 1920 Otero County, "Carrie" Robbins is 72, widowed, with Anna Slain 47, widowed, and Charles 13. - no occupations.

Charles M. Robins -1831-1918 and Rebecca J. Robins 1847-1932 are buried in Valley View, Rocky Ford, Otero County.

Charles Armington Robins, second son and youngest child of Charles M. Robins and Rebecca J. Burke, was born December 8, 1884 in Shelby County, Iowa. Around 1890 the family moved to Otero County, Colorado, where the senior Charles ranched and served as Deputy County Clerk. After completing his basic education in local schools, Charles went east to college, graduating from William Jewell College in Missouri in 1907. Thereafter he taught high school for six years, the last three in Laurel, Mississippi, prior to enrolling in the University of Chicago Medical School. After receiving his medical degree in 1917, he enlisted in World War I, where he served with distinction as a first lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps until his discharge in December, 1918. The following summer he returned to Mississippi, where he was united in marriage with Marguerite Granberry on July 8, 1919 at Hazlehurst.

Following their marriage, Charles and Marguerite moved to St. Maries, Idaho, where he established a general practice and later managed the local hospital. Concurrent with his medical practice, he was elected to public office in 1938 and served four terms in the Idaho State Senate, the last as the Republican Majority Leader. Marguerite, a musician by training, was active in community affairs and a founding member of the St. Maries Musical Society. She passed away on May 1, 1938, a month following her forty-sixth birthday. Charles married secondly, Patricia Simpson on November 15, 1939. Their children were Patricia A. Robins, born October 7, 1940 and Paula J. Robins, born December 23, 1944, both at St. Maries.

In 1946 Charles received the gubernatorial nomination of his party, ran successfully in the general election and was inaugurated to a four year term as Governor in January, 1947. His term of office was noted for several reforms including school district consolidation, restructuring of prison management and alcohol control. Idaho State College was upgraded from a junior college to a four year degree granting institution during his tenure. Charles returned to medicine following completion of his term as Governor. His later years included service as the Director of the North Idaho Medical Service Bureau in Lewiston, a position he held for seven years. He died at Lewiston on September 20, 1970 and is buried there at the Lewis and Clark Memorial Gardens.

Submitted by Lawrence G. Robbins, October, 2007. Mr. Robbins may be contacted by email at



"S.A. Burk, attorney at law, was born in Decatur county, Ind., in 1853;came to Ia. with parents in 1869; received his education, at Moore's Hill College, Ind.; read law with Hon. Platt Wick, was admitted to practice in Mar., 1878, and became a partner with Mr. W., which partnership was dissolved in 1880, when Mr. Burk opened his present office in Harlan."

Sterling January 31, 1890 "The appointment of S.A. Burke as deputy district attorney was approved."

1890 Sterling, Colorado "Memorial Day was fittingly observed at Fleming, Mr. S. A. Burke delivering the address."

"Emma" Corbin married Smith Armington Burke on September 2, 1890 in Sterling, Logan, Colorado.

  Photo courtesy of Sydne McCoskey

They had 3 children.

1898 Sterling "Attorney Burke returned this morning from a trip to the Arkansas Valley and reports that country in a flourishing condition." (wonder if he was visiting sister Rebecca there....)

1899 Sterling "Little Willard Burke is sick with typhoid fever."

1899 Sterling "Mr. H. Platt Burke, an attorney from Rocky Ford, Colorado, is in the city.  He is a nephew of Judge S.A. Burke and will probably locate in Sterling for the practice of law."

1900 Sterling "Dr. Mattie Corbin of Kirksville, Mo., who is a graduate of the A.T. Still school of Osteopathy accompanied S. A. Burke and family home and will practice while here.  She formerly practiced in Emporia, Kan.

In 1900 Sterling,  Smith Burke is the county judge, born Nov 1853 in Indiana, wit Emma Jan 1860 Missouri, with Willard W. Feb 1894 and Sarah E. Mar 1897, both Colorado.  Nephew Haslet P. Burke, a lawyer  April 1874 Iowa, is with them.

 She married William Henry Conklin on April 5, 1912 in Sterling, Logan, Colorado and they had no children.

Smith - Nov 20, 1853- May 5, 1905 and Emma Corbin BURKE Conklin  1860-1963 are buried in Sterling.

James A. Corbin timber-claimed a quarter in 7N 54W in 1899,

and James Corbin proved up two quarters in 6N 50W in 1917 -

Lula Frost, formerly Lula Corbin, proved up a quarter in 2 and 3, 7N 54W in 1915.

Walter F. Corbin proved up a quarter in 5N 50W in 1919.

Raymond B. Corbin cash-claimed 80 acres in 5N 42W in 1923.

John M. Corbin proved up two quarters in 5N 51W in 1915 - that's in Washington County, but only a mile from Logan County.

Shelby County men serving in the Spanish-American War included Haslett P. Burke, Rocky Ford, Colorado, Company 12, United States Volunteer Signal Corps.

Haslett Platt Burke married Rose May Sanner of Wyoming, Illinois at the Wyoming Congregational Church.  March 16, 1904.

In 1910 Sterling, Haslett P. Burke is 35, Rose 27, and he's a district judge.

Haslett Platt Burke registered in Sterling, the district judge, born April 28, 1874, and nearest relative Rose M. Burke of Sterling.

In 1920 Denver Haslett is a supreme court judge, Rosa 37, born in Illinois, is a stenographer.

They're back in Sterling in 1930, Haslett a lawyer, Rose M. a law clerk.

In 1940 Denver Haslett is a superior court judge, Rose M. a clerk in that court.


History of Shelby County

John T. Burke was the son of Henry S. and Darinda (Spilman) Burke, both natives of Kentucky. When twenty-one years of age. John T. Burke went to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended the Purdy Commercial College. In 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business at YYolcott, Indiana, and a year and a half later located on a farm and took up the buying and shipping of live stock. In 1S6S Mr. Burke went west and located in Monona county, Iowa, near Chater Oak. where he farmed and shipped stock until 1880. In that year he came to Shelby county and hi night one hundred and twenty acres of land three miles north of Harlan and kept adding to his land holdings until at one time he owned nearly a section of well-improved land in the county. He was an extensive buyer and shipper of live stock and a man who was
successful in all of his ventures. John T. Burke was married to Clara J. Hardy - on June 28, 1866. She was the daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth ((hiss) Hardy. To their union nine children were horn: Clayton H., Ida, Elizabeth, Haslet, Christopher, Alice, Cora. Amy and John. Mr. Burke was a member of the Indiana Home Guards during the Civil War and was called out in the summer of 1803 to quell Morgan and his raiders.
Mr. Gregory is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Parian Lodge Xo. 321 : a member of the Royal Arch Masons. Xo. 107; the Commandery, Mt. Zion, Xo. 49, and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Sioux City, Iowa. Mrs. Gregory and her daughter, Blanche, are members of the Eastern Star. He also holds his membership in the Woodmen of the World and the Modern Woodmen of America. Politically, he has always given his support to the Democratic party and has been one of his party's leaders in local matters. He served with credit as clerk of Douglas township for six years and gave eminent satisfaction to all concerned. He is a man who is intensely devoted to everything pertaining- to Shelby county's welfare and is recognized as one of the representative citizens of his township and county.


Hon. H. P. Burke, son of John T. and Clara J. Burke, was born in Monona county, Iowa. April 28, 1874. When six years old Judge Burke's
parents came to Shelby county, where he grew to manhood. He attended the country schools of Douglas township until fifteen years of age, then entered the Harlan high school and graduated in the class of 1893. He thereupon taught country schools in Shelby county in 1894-95 and at the same time read law in the office of Byers & Lockwood, of Harlan. In January, 1896, he was admitted to the liar of Iowa and in July, 1896, to the bar of Colorado. He again taught school in Shelby county in 1896-97. He was employed in the law offices of Byers & Lockwood and G. W Cullison until June 1, 1898, when he enlisted in Company Twelve, United States Volunteer Signal Corps, where he served as corporal, until mustered out October 17, 1898. at Lexington, Kentucky. He then came back to Mr. Cullison's office where he remained until July, when he was called to Rocky Ford, Colorado, by the death of his father. After arriving there, he began the practice of law in December of that year. He was appointed clerk of the district court of Logan county, Colorado, in January, 190 1. and served until January, 1903. when he returned to the practice of law. He was married on March 6, 1904, to Miss Rose Sanner at Wyoming. Illinois. They haye no children.

Mr. Burke soon attracted attention as an attorney and quickly made friends. In November. 1906. he was elected judge of the thirteenth district of Colorado, including the counties of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma, for a term of six years. He was elected by one thousand three hundred majority on the Republican ticket, running far ahead of the other candidates and when he took his seat he had the honor of being the youngest judge in the state. He was re-elected in November, 191 2. running three thousand votes ahead of his ticket. He ran on the Republican ticket, which was the minority ticket of the district, his opponent running on the Democratic and Progressive tickets. The three parties polled a total of 12,502 votes in these counties, and only 3.6CX) of these were Republican, hence approximately 3.000 votes or one out of every three who voted either the Progressive or Democratic tickets, must have scratched for Judge Burke. In two counties his vote exceeded the combined strength of the Democrats and Progressives. He was elected by a majority of two hundred and forty- six. In 1910 and 1912. and in 1914, he was urged by many influential leaders of the Republican party to become a candidate of the party for governor of Colorado, and could undoubtedly have had the nomination. He absolutely refused, however, much preferring the work of a trial judge. It is also interesting to know that in a primary of its own held by the State Bar Association of Colorado to select a candidate for judge of the supreme court, out of eighty-four candidates voted for. Judge Burke, on the first ballot, stood seventh. As a judicial official he is noted for the great speed with which business is cared for consistent with justice and he is always "boss of the court."



In 1900 Rocky Ford, Annie Elser is widowed a school teacher, born Jan 1860 in Indiana, with LeRoy clerking in a bank, Dec 1879, Florence a clerk in a dry goods store,  Feb 1881, Carrie Nov 1886, Jennie Oct 1888- all in Iowa, and John B. Aug 1892 Colorado.

1903 Leroy Burke Elser received a degree in music from the University of Denver

In 1910 Rocky Ford, Anna B. Elser is still teaching, Leroy a post office clerk, Bert J. a laborer, with Robert G. Garner a bookeeper married to Carrie, 25.

In 1911 Rocky Ford, Leroy B. Elser is assistant postmaster.

Leroy B. Elser cash-claimed a quarter in 20, 24S 58W in 1914 - that's in Otero County.

LeRoy Burke Elser registered in Minneapolis, a clerk in a bank trust department, born Dec 3, 1879.  nearest relative Mrs. J. R. Smith of Denver.

Jennie married Earl Rex, and they're farming in Otero County in 1910.

John born August 13, 1892 in Rocky Ford, registered in Imperial County California, a fruit inspector.

Annie Burke Elser 1860-1915 is buried in Rocky Ford 47186689

ELSER,  ANNIE BURKE                1860           1915           7         22              11/2/1915                                                    
ELSER,  JOHN J.                                                  7         22                                                                           
ELSER,  LE ROY B.                  1879           1964           7         22              1/14/1965                                                    


Elizabeth Robbins, widow of  Charles Robbins proved up on a quarter in 1, 6N 54W in 1916.

In 1910 Logan County, Charles is a carpenter, 50, born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth 38, Illinois.  "Harald" 16, Lulu 14, and Flora 7 all born in Illinois.