1792 – 1855, 62 years
Peter Robbins was the “big burly son of Caesar Robbins,” and with his siblings, part of the first generation of his family born into freedom. In 1823, he bought the Robbins House and 13-acre farm from Humphrey Barrett, who reserved the ‘easterly half’ for his sister Susan’s family. He had no children with his wife, and moved to a nearby house with her younger cousin, with whom he had 13 children.
He worked hard as a farmer and landowner, selling the rye and cranberries he grew, and the trees on his land, and working as a woodcutter for prominent whites. Despite this, Peter was in debt most of his life, and lost ownership of his house and land to his creditors. He died of tuberculosis in 1855.