Thomas Robbins

Captain Thomas Robbins was mate or master on the Rover, Waverly, Santa Barbara, Pacifico, and the California as they traded on the California coast during the first half of the 1800s (nineteenth century). Robbins told William Dane Phelps that he visited San Nicolas Island and took two women from the island to San Pedro. Robbins also told Phelps that one Nicoleña female was left behind on the island.

DATE OF BIRTH: About 1801
PLACE OF BIRTH: Massachusetts, USA
DATE OF DEATH: July 15, 1854
PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Barbara, California, USA

Ogden, Adele. The California Sea Otter Trade, 1784–1848. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1941: 170–71, 173.

Ogden, Adele. Trading Vessels on the California Coast, 1786–1848. Unpublished manuscript, 1979. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Phelps, William Dane. Alta California 1840–1842: The Journal and Observations of William Dane Phelps, Master of the Ship “Alert.” Edited by Briton C. Busch. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1983: 173.

1850 US census, Santa Barbara County, California, population schedule, Santa Barbara, p. 247B, dwelling 61, family 69, Thomas M. Robins; digital images, ( accessed 11 December 2014), from National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 35., Find A Grave, database and digital image, ( : accessed 12 December 2014), photograph, Mission Santa Barbara, for Thomas M. Robbins (1801–1854), Mission Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California.

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