Acton Memorial Library
Joseph N. Robbins
Joseph N. Robbins, a member of the Minutemen of '61, died Saturday at his home, 33 Everett avenue, from a fractured skull, the result of a fall down stairs. He was seventy-eight years of age, and had been a resident of Somerville about seventeen years. He is survived by two sons, Lucien N., with whom Mr. Robbins made his home, and William V. Robbins, who resides at 30 Everett avenue, and a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Brown, of Iowa. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at which Rev. Edmund L. Smiley officiated, and the body was taken to Mt. Hope cemetery, West Acton, where the interment took place. Isaac C. Davis, Post 138, G. A. R., of which Mr. Robbins was a member, conducted the G. A. R. burial ritual at the chapel in the cemetery.
Mr. Robbins was born in Acton, June 13, 1834. When President Lincoln called for volunteers Mr. Robbins was among the first to respond, and enlisted in Company G, Fifth regiment, on April 19, 1861, which was recruited from the men of Acton and vicinity. Mr. Robbins' brother [Varnum F. Robbins] enlisted about the same time, but he enlisted in the Sixth regiment. The deceased participated in the battle of Bull Run, and he always had a memento which he cherished very highly, and that was the musket he used in that battle. Mr. Robbins' first enlistment covered nine months, and he then re-enlisted, this time in Company C, of the Sixth regiment. He was honorably discharged from the service with the grade of corporal. He then went West, and was employed as a locomotive engineer on the Iron Mountain railroad and also on the Baltimore and Ohio. He gave up his position with the latter road on account of his eyesight. He then returned to Boston, where he was employed as an assistant engineer until he retired from active work.