Daniel Webster Robinson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1834; family lore says that he crossed the plains in a wagon train, possibly as one of those who were hired to aid and protect the families with children and livestock. His first written records in California show marriage to fifteen year old Elizabeth Stephenson, October 3, 1858. They had two sons, George b. 1860, and Thomas b. 1861 before Elizabeth's death in 1863.

Missouri Alice Foster, the fifth child of Ellen W. Cline and David Campbell Foster, was born in Indiana, April 12, 1851. Both parents were born in America she in Kentucky and he in Virginia. The family crossed the plains with Dan Hunt's second wagon train in 1861. David died at Fort Laramie, Wyoming but the family came on to Shasta County; they stayed with Captain Hunt on his stock ranch in Oak Run. The boys herded cattle and the girls did the cooking; the oldest girl, Rebecca, taught school before she married William Hawes in 1862.

Missouri was only fourteen in 1866 when she married Daniel Robinson who needed a mother for his two small boys. They lived at American Ranch (now Anderson). The couple had six more children:

William Grant b. May-22-1867 d. Jun-31-1891
Mary Ellen b. Jul-8-1870
Lillie Eva b. Feb-3-1874 d. 1960 Spokane, WA
Ida Alice b. Aug-23-1876 d. Dec-13-1885
Minnie May b. May-15-1879 d. Jul-2-1882
Winona b. Nov-30-1885 d. May-23-1968, Redding, CA

At one time Dan is listed at Cottonwood Post Office but when they applied to buy property from Southern Pacific the letter was addressed to American Ranch (now Anderson). The place they homesteaded in 1883 was in Happy Valley. The family remained on that ranch until after the turn of the century. George and Thomas, Dan's sons by his first wife married and moved to Siskiyou County and three of Dan and Missouri's children had died before Dan's death March 13, 1897 at age sixty-two.

Since Dan didn't leave a will, the children all signed quit-claim deeds giving the homestead to Missouri. The 1900 Census shows Dan's son, George was helping to run the farm, since be listed himself as Farm Laborer.

In 1911, her youngest daughter, Winona married Benjamin Klukkert and settled in Redding. Missouri moved in with Winona and her family in 1917 and resided with them until her death on April 6, 1937.

Source: Shasta Historical Society

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