Philip Roblin’s Story

A genealogical reconstruction [1]

Welcome to this site, full of information about a reconstructed[1] life of Philip Roblin (1753-1788).  You won’t find my g-g-g-g-grandfather Philip in any of the history books.  But he lived in interesting times, America during the Revolutionary War, and his life was much affected by it.  

Welcome and Introduction

I first learned about Philip and got interested in his story in 1999, when I looked at some family genealogy information my father had left me.  There were just a few papers in a brown manila envelope.  A family tree connecting Philip and me, some Roblin family recollections from before WWII, and some typed pages by a Canadian genealogist.  But they were enough to whet my appetite to find out more.

I started by trying to locate some of the places mentioned in the 1999 documents.  “Smith’s Cove” was mentioned several times.  Where was that and how did it figure in Philip’s life I wondered?  It was several months and lots of map searching before I found out that some early documents had made a mistake in this name, and that it was really “Smith’s Clove”[2]an early name for what is now the town of Monroe, Orange County, New York.

In 1999 I didn’t suspect that I would spend parts of the next 20 years doing research in Orange County NY, New Jersey, Albany NY, Ontario Canada, Wales and Bristol England in search of information about Philip and his family.  But that is how it worked out and I am happy to be able to share Philip’s reconstructed story with an audience beyond our immediate family.

As told here, Philip’s story unfolds through a connected series of papers and genealogical research notes.  The major papers are “An Early Roblin Family in America…Revisited” and “The Parents of Philip1 Roblin”.  Also included are several research notes expanding different parts of Philip’s genealogical history.  I hope you enjoy reading about my ancestor, Philip Roblin, loyalist pioneer.

[1]  Reconstruct: to re-create or reimagine (something from the past) especially by using information acquired through research

[2]  Clove: a cleft between two mountain ranges

Research Papers

An Early Roblin Family in America…Revisited

The Parents of Philip1 Roblin

Research Notes

The first three sons of Philip1 Roblin

History of Philip Roblin’s family in NJ


Not all those who wander are lost.


Philip moved from NJ to NY, then NYC and then to Canada. He built houses in three of those places.

He was honored as a United Empire Loyalist in Canada.