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Register of the Robinette Family Papers, 1845-1910
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robinette Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1845-1910
    Collection number: Mss183
    Creator: Robinette Fisher Lange
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robinette Family Papers, Mss183, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    Theodore Julius Robinette (1837 -ca. 1908) was a San Francisco ship's cook and nurse who made many extended voyages. In 1860 he sailed from Philadelphia to San Francisco and from there to Hong Kong. His brother, Henry Clay Robinette, attended the Delaware Military Academy (1857-1860) and joined the Union Army at the outset of the Civil War. H.C. Robinette fought at the battles of Corinth and Vicksburg (1862) and was later on the General Grant's staff (1864-1865). After the war he was court-martialed for cursing an officer in a barroom brawl (1867)but his father petitioned President Andrew Johnson on his behalf with the result that his sentence was commuted and he was promoted to brevet major for "gallant and meritorious services at the Battle of Corinth and the siege of Vicksburg." Theodore married in San Francisco but his wife died in childbirth soon afterward leaving him with twins to raise on his own. His daughter Louise married Fred Dougherty of Woodbridge(Calif.).

    Scope and Content

    Theodore Julius Robinette's ship's log (1860) describes his voyage from Philadelphia to San Francisco on the Morning Light captained by B.A. Johnson. Robinette's log provides mileage figures, course, wind direction and other remarks, chiefly concerning the weather. Civil War era letters (1860-1868) from Henry Clay Robinette to his brother indicate a close relationship. Brother Henry advises Theodore to stay away from the war. The Dougherty family is also represented in the collection by correspondence and a scrapbook containing many invitations to social engagements.