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Allen Robinett

Birthplace: possibly Southwark, London, England (United Kingdom)
Death: June 05, 1694 (59-68)
Upper Providence Twp, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Upper Providence Township, Delaware, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margaret L Robinett
Father of Sarah Carter; Allen Robinett; Susanna Ward and Samuel R F Robinett

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Allen Robinett

There is no proof that Allen Robinett of Pennsylvania was the son of James Robinett and Dorothy Robinett. It is possible that Allen Robinett is the Allen Robinet, son of Richard Robinet (a wheelwright), who was baptized in 1631 in Southwark, London, but there is no concrete proof linking the two of them.

See Tony Fuller's extensive research report on the origins of Allen Fuller:

Fuller writes that the only concrete facts which we know about Allen's English roots:

"Allen married Margaret Symm on 29 September, 1653, marriage registered at St Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London.

Son, Allen, baptised, 19 May 1666 in Bunbury, Cheshire.

Son, Samuel, baptised 11 May 1669 in Bunbury, Cheshire.

Apart from these facts, backed up by incontrovertible written, primary source proof, the remainder of the IGI records should be discounted completely."

In addition, Fuller writes that internet trees attaching purported Huguenot origins to Allen Robinett are "quite ludicrous."

1. ALLEN1 ROBINETT was born Abt. 1630 in London, England, and died June 05, 1694 in Upper Providence Twp Chester Co Penn. He married MARGARET SYMM September 29, 1653 in Our Lady of Aldermanbury London England.


Allen Robinett, who emigrated to America with William Penn's colonists, and his many descendants. Most of the data on the early generations was assembled and written by my late uncle, Allin P. Robinett, 112245-10-1, of Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. A life time of study was required to collect this information. The data from an earlier study, initiated by Captain John D. Robnett, (USN), 13654341, in the 1890s, was used for a large amount of data and for interesting my uncle in the Robinett family. To these two men, we owe our thanks for the information to be presented.

The name, today, has three common spellings; Robinett, Robinette,Robnett. Where possible the correct spelling has been used in the study, however, as the spelling sometimes changes between generations, and even within a single generation, for no known reason, I cannot guarantee that I will always be correct. Early records quite frequently spell the Robinet, which is the true French spelling, though Allen wrote his name Robinett. The reasons given for the changes in spelling are many. From my own experiences, my name would be spelled correctly more likely if it were spelled Robinette rather than Robinett. One branch of the family said the e was added to make the name look French. In another, the e was added to differentiate one branch from another because of different persuasions, or sympathies, as in the Civil War. The e was accidentally added to a name on a birth certificate, and rather than go through the courts to get the error corrected, the name became Robinette. In early records, particularly the 3rd and 4th generations, the name was often spelled phonetically, Robnet, and from that we probably have the present Robnett spelling in four major branches of the family.

Allen Robinett was neither the first nor the only Robinett to emigrate to America in the 17th century from England. We have records of three members of the Robinett name who were in the Jamestown Colony in Virginia and two who were in Maryland long before Allen came in 1682. However, Allen is the only one who left known descendants in America.

Allen Robinett, the emigrant colonist to Pennsylvania, was born, probably in England about 1632; he died 5 June 1694 in Upper Providence Township, Chester (now Delaware) County, Pennsylvania; married 29 September 1653, London, England, Margaret SYMM, who apparently predeceased him3, both buried, perhaps on their plantation in Upper Providence Township or in nearby Sandy Bank Graveyard (Friends', founded 1690) on "Providence Great Road" now in the Borough of Media, PA.

Allen came to America, to Penn's Colony, with his wife, Margaret, and his two younger children, Samuel and Sarah. His two older children, Allen and Susanna, emigrated to Maryland, possibly at an earlier date than Allen Senior. Allen lived in America for not quite twelve short years.

Married at Our Lady of Aldermanbury, London England.


  • Bannerman, Alexander & Roberts, Gary Boyd. An Ancestor Table, As Currently Known, of President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., American Ancestors Magazine (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., Winter 2021) Vol. 21, No. 4, Page 30. President Biden ancestor table # 640.
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Allen Robinett's Timeline

possibly Southwark, London, England (United Kingdom)
Bunbury Cheshire England
April 19, 1666
Bunbury, Cheshire East, UK
May 11, 1669
Bunbury, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
June 5, 1694
Age 64
Upper Providence Twp, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Age 64
Sandy Bank Cemetery, Upper Providence Township, Delaware, PA, United States