Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pg. 620
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888
JOHN ROBESON, one of the old and honored pioneers of Tippecanoe County, is the oldest living man in Perry Township. He is a native of Huntington County, Pennsylvania, born December 1, 1798, and was reared in that county until twenty-two years of age. His father was a woolen manufacturer, and he was reared to the same vocation. He left Pennsylvania for Ohio, and located near Dayton, where he was married to ELEANOR ENSEY, who died in Montgomery County, Ohio. He was a second time married near Troy, Ohio, to MISS FRANCES DYE, who died in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in 1844, and he was subsequently married to BARBARA WHITEMAN, who died in March 1879. He had a large family of children, but five of whom are now living, two by his second marriage--ED and MRS. CAROLINE MILLS, and three by his last marriage--ERASTUS, WALLACE, and MRS. FRANCES PATTON.
MR. ROBESON resided in Ohio about twelve years, and in 1835 came to Tippecanoe County. He erected a woolen mill on Wildcat Creek, near the present village of Monitor, which he conducted many years. This factory is now owned and operated by his son ED ROBESON. Here MR. ROBESON has since made his home, a period of more than half a century, and has witnessed the many changes that have taken place in the county, seeing it change form a wilderness to its present prosperous condition..