The 2022 Bicentennial Robbins reunion in Westport, Indiana, was a great success! We had 50 to 60 people attend. There was meeting of new cousins, reunions of long separated cousins, and friends discovering they were cousins of one another. During our program William (“Bill”) Hunter Robbins welcomed family to Decatur County, Greg Robbins discussed the importance of DNA to solving Robbins genealogical brickwalls, and I (Kevin) read a very brief family history. (I had an expanded seven-page history – still quite brief – as a handout; if you weren’t at the reunion and would like a copy, feel free to email me at “mittge @ yahoo.com” – it’s too long to post on here).
The attendees were extremely generous and we collected donations well in excess of the cost of the room rental and photographer, so I will be passing along a donation of $251 to the Decatur County Historical Society in the name of the 2022 Robbins Reunion!
Once it is available I will be sending out the link to the group photo taken by Christina Newby, our photographer. The photo will be available to have prints ordered or to be downloaded if folks would like to save it or print it elsewhere.
Tomorrow is the day! Hope to see some of you there. The Westport Community Building has a very nice, large room – and we’ve set some tables and chairs up but we can add more depending on how many folks attend.
A couple of things to mention:
Don’t forget that the Decatur County Historical Society Museum will be open from 9am to 11am tomorrow. It is located at 222 N. Franklin St. in Greensburg.
Getting to Westport:
There is a detour sign as you drive south on Highway 3 from Greensburg to Westport. I’m not sure what the official detour route is but if you drive down Highway 3 past Letts to almost the road closed sign you can take a right on CR (County Road) 800 South. Drive west to CR 700 West (you could turn on CR 600 West but it looks smaller and narrower), turn left and take CR 700 West south to CR 1100 South – then turn left and you drive past the Westport Cemetery and into the small community of Westport. Go straight across Highway 3 and continue into town – the Westport Community Center is on the right. Here is a map from the Indiana atlas. (You’re basically driving a rectangle around the closure through beautiful lush corn fields). It probably adds less than 10 minutes to your drive.
There is parking in the front and along the sides (especially the west side) of the Community Building.
The entrance into the back large room of the community center is on the east side of the building along a short driveway. Unless it is too windy there will be a poster outside.
Having seen several drivers pulled over by police it appears that Westport P.D. takes it’s 20 MPH speed limit seriously! Drive safely through this tiny town.
Well – we’re only one week out from the 2022 Robbins Bicentennial Reunion! We are looking forward to seeing everyone and spending some time getting acquainted and sharing our common family history and experiences. Some of us (such as myself, Kevin) are beginning our travel to Indiana. Others will be traveling the reunion weekend. We wish everyone a safe trip and we will meet up in Decatur County.
We’ve done just about as much publicity as has been possible: newspaper, radio, flyers, Facebook, and this blog. But – if you still encounter anyone who might be interested: pass the word!
If you have any questions, you can continue to email “email@example.com” and will be answered as soon as possible. Also – for a little more detailed information click on the reunion link above.
Again, the reunion will be Sat., July 30th, 11am to 5pm, at the Westport (Indiana) Community Building. See you there!
If you are visiting Greensburg and haven’t been to the Decatur County Historical Society’s museum before, you can visit the morning of the reunion. The museum will be open on Saturday, July 30th, from 9am to 11am, for any one wanting to stop by before going on the reunion site! The museum is located at 222 N. Franklin St. in Greensburg. This is one block north of the courthouse square on the east side.
The Greensburg Public Library has a genealogy room with a lot of information. The hours over the reunion weekend are Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday, 9am to 1pm. The library is closed on Sunday but open again on Monday at 9am. The library is located at 1110 E. Main Street. Main Street is on the south side of courthouse square and you can just follow that east to the library.
Family History and Photographs:
One of the fun things about family reunions is sharing family history and family photographs. I would encourage all of you to bring things to share. I am bringing three Robbins photograph albums, three large working notebooks of genealogy, four stand-up trifold historical displays, and more.
I will also have a laptop, portable scanner, and some extra thumb drives for those who want to share or save material to take home (or we can email them from the reunion). All of the photos in my albums are on my laptop for easy access and sharing.
I am also bringing a twenty-foot abridged four-generation family chart starting with our common ancestors Jacob and Mary Robbins. Note that I said abridged! It’s twenty-feet long and it still doesn’t include everyone down to the fourth generation. Which by the way, is about our great-great-grandparents’ level. It will give you a feel for our family’s immense size. The chart is very simple, see example above, called a working chart, and will probably be outdated with only a little more research. But it’s fun to ponder!
We are now less than three weeks away from the 2022 Robbins Bicentennial Reunion! I thought I’d update some things on this blog and the Facebook page over the next week or so. Don’t forget that you can also email the reunion at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions (I usually check it a couple times a day).
Publicity: An article appeared in the Greensburg Daily News the last week of June announcing the reunion. I was interviewed live by Greensburg radio station WTRE (AM 1330) last week and hopefully some local listeners caught it. I have also mailed out a number of flyers to the two libraries in the county, the visitor’s center, the museum, and a number of churches. If there is any last minute publicity anyone would like to try – go for it! (I’m attaching a PDF copy below of the flyer which you are welcome to print out, download, or distribute any way you think useful).
Food: As a reminder, this event will be a potluck. While a couple of us who are coming some distance are hoping to visit Costco in Indianapolis and pick up some food trays, it would be great if attendees can bring main, side, or dessert dishes. Coffee will be provided thanks to one of our cousin volunteers!
Expenses: We only have two dedicated expenses, which is good for a unbudgeted family reunion! The community center costs $350 and a professional photographer who will be taking a large group photo costs $100. We have folks who can cover the costs up front but we are hoping they can be shared out among attendees afterward. We will have a donation jar at the reunion. Any amount collected in excess of the above expenses will be given to the Decatur County Historical Society.
The South Park Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Decatur County and is located on the southern edge of the city of Greensburg. The volunteer-run site FindAGrave, South Park lists 14,798 graves, with more being added each day (it listed 14, 797 just a few hours prior to me writing this). The cemetery is so large that the last time I visited I took about 50 photos and then called it quits – I promised that the next time I visited I would bring a lunch and plenty of water for a day-long visit.
The first cemetery in Greensburg was established in 1823 south of the Penn Central right of way and east of highway 421. When the railroad came through in 1853, the bodies in Greensburg Cemetery were moved to two cemeteries: Methodist Cemetery, formed in the 1840’s (west of Vine Street), and Decatur County Cemetery, established in 1850 on the west side of the present South Park Cemetery. In 1884, the newly established South Park Cemetery Association took over Decatur County Cemetery and enlarged the grounds. A few years later Methodist Cemetery became part of South Park. South Park has been enlarged several times since 1894.
The cemetery website also provides the capability to search for a name with an accompanying map so you can find most burials (I think it’s a work in progress since one grave I’ve photographed there isn’t listed). So it’s not perfect but still it’s one of the best, most user-friendly cemetery websites I’ve ever encountered.
In searching for the grave of John Everman Robbins (1825-1896) it brings up the exact location of the grave and where it is within the cemetery. If you click elsewhere on the map you can move in or further out to see the location. How cool is this?
At some point the families who buried their kin in the small Mt. Pleasant Cemetery south of town began to utilize the larger South Park, if they weren’t already using one of the other rural cemeteries I’ve previously discussed in these blog posts (i.e. Burks Chapel, Rockcreek, Mount Aerie, etc.). So for example, William Robbins Jr. and his wife Elinor are buried in Mt. Pleasant but all four of their children, Sarilda (Robbins) Styers, John Everman Robbins, James Gilman Robbins, and Merritt Holman Robbins, are all buried in South Park. This follows true for many family groups with the result that almost all branches of the family are represented here. I’ve also found many cases where a family member moved far away but upon death was brought back to South Park for burial.
Below are just several photos of some of our family members buried in South Park.
There are other cemeteries in Decatur County holding the remains of family members, including Hebron Cemetery near Adams, for example, where members of the Stark family are buried (Stark, Guthrie, Cline, Edrington, and others), but South Park is my last post specifically about cemeteries that we hope to visit on our post-reunion cemetery tour in July.
To conclude I wanted to mention a cemetery memorial to Anna J. Foley. Back in the 1980s I had contacted Anna as she did genealogical research in Decatur County and she was able to find a number of old obituaries and give me a list of land records related to my ancestor Nathaniel Robbins. So it was a surprise (and a delight) that the last time I visited South Park I saw this memorial to a local historian at the entrance to the cemetery.
The Westport Cemetery, likely the second largest cemetery in the county after South Park, is located directly west of the small community of Westport. The earliest Robbins that I’m aware of (and there may be others) buried here is Harvey Robbins (1829-1917), son of George and Nancy (Pruitt) Robbins. If you’ve been reading this blog you might remember George is buried in the Burks Chapel cemetery. I don’t know where Harvey’s first wife Xantippe is buried – she died sometime before 1869 – as that year Harvey married Delilah (“Della”) Borden, who is buried with her husband.
Coleman Robbins, the only known child of Harvey and his first wife, is also buried here. He was struck by a train in 1919, had never married, and has no descendants. Some years ago I came across the coroner’s report for Coleman. Among the information on that report was the following statement: “I was called to Westport Ind. on the above date because of the death of Coleman Robbins who was accidentally killed by a Big Four S. Bound train….Mr. Robbins was crossing the RR with a wheel-barrow load of kindling and being deaf never heard the train whistle….”
It is interesting that Harvey and Coleman share a gravestone, and Della and youngest daughter Brida (Robbins) Bliton (1888-1939) share another. Among the other related family names here are: Bake, Dishinger, Hutton, Jessup, Skinner, and Spencer.
Mount Aerie Cemetery
The Mt. Aerie Cemetery is located right along state highway 3, halfway between Greensburg and Westport, surrounding the Mt. Aerie Baptist Church. While only half the size of the Westport cemetery, it seems to hold many more family members.
In this cemetery rests Charity (Robbins) (Hanks) Purvis (1811-1892), daughter of Absalom and Mary (Ogle) Robbins, along with three of her children. Charity’s first husband was James Hanks, who died along with a son in 1843, while out coon hunting. It is unknown where they are buried. Charity then married John Purvis and both of them are buried here in Mt. Aerie.
Other related surnames here include: Davis, House, Knarr, Logan, Myers, Purvis, Skinner, Stout, Taggart, Van Treese, Wasson, Whipple, and more.
This small cemetery is situated east of highway 3, along a peaceful farm road. There are only a handful of relatives here, but one of the most interesting is William Franklin Robbins (1850-1922) who figured so prominently in the 1922 reunion and died tragically only six months later (you can read more about him here).
Besides William and his wife Julia, son Henry Cleveland and daughter Mary Cordelia (Robbins) Morgan, are surnames Miller, Scripture, and Skinner.
Union Baptist Cemetery
The Union Baptist Cemetery, just around the corner from the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (my first cemetery post in this series; Mt. Pleasant is in the woods in the upper right hand corner of the Google Earth view below), has relatives from a wide variety of branches of the family. Descendants of William Robbins Jr. are buried here including William Gilman Styers and other members of the Styers family; descendants of Marmaduke Robbins, including his granddaughter Jennie Robbins and her husband Tom Vanderbur; Aaron Robbins, a descendant of George; various ubiquitous Skinner descendants of Charity (Robbins) (Hanks) Purvis; and descendants of Thomas Jr. and Matilda Robbins, most of whose family lived in Jennings county.
This completes my posts on some (there are others) of the main rural cemeteries in Decatur County with Robbins relations, but my next post will discuss the huge South Park Cemetery, the largest one in the county, located in the city of Greensburg.
The Burks Chapel Cemetery is a small plot right next to the road on W. County Road 750 S. I believe it is privately owned but being near the road the last time I visited it was a simple thing to park and enter. (I guess we’ll find out on our cemetery tour if the owners object to a group of visitors!).
In this cemetery rests one of the early progenitors of many descendants of the family: George Robbins. George, the son of Absalom and Mary (Ogle) Robbins, was born in 1792 and lived until 1888. He and his wife Nancy Pruitt were said to be the parents of at least eleven children.
George’s son Jonathan Robbins, with his wife Margaret Spilman, are also buried in this cemetery. Among the other related family names here are: Bower, Coleman, Cripe, Flint, Scripture, Skinner, Vanderbur, and Voiles.
Rodney Cemetery (Decatur County, Indiana)
The Rodney Cemetery is located next to the Rodney Friendship Separate Baptist Church in Christ (so reads their sign), in a fairly wooded section of Decatur County, along S. County Road 60 SW. I have not been able to find any additional information about this church but the cemetery seems old, but with recent burials too.
Micajah Robbins (1788-1865), another patriarch of the family and eldest son of Absalom and Mary (Ogle) Robbins, is reportedly buried in the Rodney Cemetery, but his grave seems to be unmarked. Notes by a grandson, John W. Holcomb, state: “Macajah m. Elizabeth Hanks a cousin of William Hanks. They were my Grandfather and Grandmother. They are buried at Rodney Cemetery near their home.” (Micajah’s wife was actually Elizabeth Vickery). It’s possible that the grave was marked at one time but the stone was lost over the years, perhaps even buried below the surface of the lawn today.
There are other Robbins family members buried at Rodney, including Micajah’s daughter Nancy (Robbins) Evans and family, and descendants of Micajah’s brother George, including Levi W. Robbins (1841-1930) and some of his family line. Other related family names found in the cemetery include: Bower, Giddings, Harrison, Martin, Shoemake, and Stone.
Rock Creek Cemetery (Decatur County, Indiana)
Rock Creek Cemetery, which is also spelled Rockcreek, is located towards the southeastern corner of Decatur County, along W. County Road 1100 S, next to the Rock Creek Baptist Church.
William (“Rock Creek Billy”) Robbins is buried here. “Rock Creek Billy” being one of those many early Robbins family nicknames to distinguish this William from all the other Williams! This gentleman was the son of Jacob and Rachel Robbins and brother of the Jacob Robbins who emigrated to Oregon in 1852.
“Rock Creek Billy” Robbins was married twice, first to Mary Moffett, then following her death, to Elizabeth Ferguson, and altogether he fathered perhaps as many as twelve children. As happens in the Robbins family, there were intermarriages, so his oldest daughter Eliza Catherine (“Katty”) Robbins was married to her cousin, once-removed, Job Robbins, son of George (see above about Burks Chapel Cem.).
Besides finding the Robbins surname in the cemetery, you will find many other family names such as: Deweese, Evans, Ford, Harrison, Hockersmith, Holcomb, Ponsler, Rork, Spencer, Sutton, and Taylor.
Sunday, July 31st, the day after the Robbins Bicentennial Reunion this summer in Westport, Indiana, will feature a tour of some of the Decatur County cemeteries where our Robbins ancestors are buried – I’m hoping some of the readers of this blog can join us. I’m planning to do several posts highlighting some of the cemeteries we hope to visit, focusing on those with the oldest forebears of all the various branches of the family. But I might add: every cemetery in Decatur County holds someone of some relation to the Robbins family.
The Mount Pleasant Cemetery is privately owned and accessed through the owner’s property. So, while the schedule of the tour is yet to be worked out (and it can be done as a group or a “self-tour” once we have a map, directions, and descriptions uploaded to this blog and our reunion Facebook page) it makes sense to have a set time for a single group visit to this private cemetery (arranged for 11am that day).
This cemetery holds, I believe, the earliest county burials of the Robbins family and their in-laws. It is located on the original land tract of John Robbins (1795-1881), son of William and Bethiah (Vickery) Robbins, south of Greensburg on South County Road 60 SW. John’s land patent for the property was issued in 1823.
Here is a map showing the general location relative to Greensburg:
And a close up courtesy of Google Earth:
The cemetery isn’t limited to Robbins family members and in-laws (Kirkpatricks and Andersons, specifically), but other families with later connections to ours: Barnes, Cheek, Evans, Ferris, Hunter, Ketchum, Kitchin, Marsteller, Paramore, Snook, Travis, and Vanderbur, among others.
All of the Robbins family buried in the cemetery are descendants of William and Bethiah through five of their children: Marmaduke Robbins, Mary (Robbins) Kirkpatrick, John Robbins, William Robbins Jr., and Charlotte (Robbins) Anderson. Note that three of these siblings married Anderson siblings, children of Sarah Anderson (also buried in the cemetery).
I believe the earliest Robbins known to have been buried in the cemetery, and probably the earliest burial of anyone there, was Nathaniel Robbins in 1824, the infant son of John Robbins, original owner of the cemetery property. Only a year later he was followed by his grandmother and matriarch, Sarah Anderson. I would not be surprised if the death of young Nathaniel is what spurred John into setting aside a tract of land for the cemetery.
William Robbins, our Revolutionary War ancestor, was laid to rest in 1834, while his wife Bethiah joined him in 1850. You can read more about William’s war experiences in my blog post here.
Polly (Robbins) Kirkpatrick and her husband John, both of whom died in the 1850s, are buried there, along with two of their grandchildren Burrell and Martha.
John and Ruth (Anderson) Robbins, parents of the aforementioned Nathaniel, lived very long lives, until 1881 and 1871, respectfully. Several of their Paramore grandchildren are also buried there. And, while Nathaniel represented the earliest Robbins burial, John and Ruth’s son William Anderson Robbins was one of the later family burials, in 1907. Long before that point many of the Robbins family members had started being buried in the huge Greensburg cemetery, South Park, as well as in other cemeteries around the county.
William and Elinor (Anderson) Robbins are buried in Mt. Pleasant, along with some grandchildren, as are Abraham and Charlotte (Robbins) Anderson and family.
There is a possibility that Marmaduke Robbins, another son of William and Bethiah, is buried in the cemetery, as he died about 1838 and his grave has not otherwise been found. FindAGrave lists his son Jacob F. Robbins and wife Catherine Myers as both being buried in Mt. Pleasant (with Catherine’s 1899 newspaper death announcement stating: “Internment at Robbins cemetery, south of Greensburg”).
We are fortunate that the property owners take pride in the cemetery and feel a deep sense of responsibility for its preservation and maintenance and are always warm and welcoming to visitors. In speaking with one of the owners this week she said she’d make sure it was all “spiffed up” and ready for our visit!
As these two daughters of Jacob and Mary Robbins didn’t have descendants in Decatur County and because I haven’t personally done much research on them, I wasn’t going to write a post about Mary and Martha at first. But then I decided, for completeness, I could not leave them out and should at least provide what little information I have about them.
The first thing to know about Mary and Martha is that they married probable brothers, named Chastain, and the Chastain family has had lots of genealogical research done and even has a family association that has been in existence for a long time: The Pierre Chastain Family Association. This association is so well organized that when they have had family reunions in the past they’ve sent out flyers to just about every library in the country (I’ve received them at my library on the Oregon coast!).
Many years ago I acquired the book, Little Otter to Lost River: A History of the Chastain Family of Washington County, Indiana, by Claude E. Cook (1976). Most of my knowledge of the Chastains comes from this resource, as does the specific names, dates, and locations I write about here. If interested, you can obtain a copy of the book, along with other publications, from the Chastain Family Association’s publication page. Cook admits that some of the information in his book is based on his own research with some speculation.
There are some Robbins-Chastain ties among descendants of William, Absalom, James, Jacob, and Margaret Robbins, but they are too convoluted to go into here. However, some of us do have DNA matches with descendants of the various Chastain cousins. Note that the name Chastain is sometimes spelled Chasteen, Chastine, Shastine, Shasteen, and many other alternatives.
Mary (Robbins) Chastain
Mary Robbins was born about 1774 in Guilford (now Randolph) County, North Carolina, the eldest daughter of Jacob and Mary Robbins.
She was married to Valentine Chastain on 24 September 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia, with Valentine and her brother William Robbins as bondsmen. Jacob and Mary Robbins and William and Sary Chastain gave consent for their children to marry, which was witnessed by Mary’s brothers William and Absalom Robbins.
Valentine Chastain was supposedly born about 1768 (though as his parents gave consent for his marriage I’d suggest a birthdate closer to 1770). The Chastains were likely of French Huguenot origin. He was a taxpayer in Franklin County, Virginia, up to 1802 whereupon he moved to Shelby County, Kentucky, and then on to Henry County. The Robbins and Chastain families seemed to have traveled the same path from Franklin County, Virginia, to Kentucky and then on to southern Indiana, though they separated in their final destinations.
According to author Claude Cook, Valentine Chastain entered land in Scott County, then part of Jefferson County, Indiana, in 1816. In 1818 the Scaffold Lick Baptist Church was organized at his and Mary’s home (about one mile west of the village of Blocher in Scott County) and I was provided copies of some of these early church records a number of years ago (it would be nice to have such records for the Decatur County churches!). Valentine was also involved in setting up the Coffee Creek Baptist Church in next-door Jennings County in 1822.
Cook discusses the death dates for both Valentine and Mary and I will include his conclusions here:
“Chambers, in his “History of the Scaffold Lick Church,” gives a death date of October 9, 1843, for Valentine Chastain; however, two entries in the Minutes of the Records of the Church give the date as October 6, 1843. These Church Minutes were written by Nathaniel Robbins, a son-in-law of Valentine Chastain and it is felt by me that they should be considered the more accurate The first entry (1843 in the context of the records) reads as follows: “Be it remembered that on the 6th day of October 1843 our beloved Father Valentine Chasteen departed this life, aged 74 years.” The second entry (1844 in the context of the records) reads: “Be it remembered on the 6th day of October 1843 that our beloved father Valentine Chastain departed this life at three P.M. aged 75 years and also Mary his wife died the 16th day of July at 10 o’clock aged 73 years.” It is my opinion that Mary died in 1844.”
In an article in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Connections: The Hoosier Genealogist, author Timothy Mohon lists death notices from the Coffee Creek Baptist Church, which notes about Valentine: “He was a man of great piety and goodness of heart.”
In listing the children of Valentine and Mary (Robbins) Chastain, I only include spouses where they have married Robbins’:
Rebecca Chastain (c1794-c1870) – married a Richard Robbins and lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Martin Chastain (c1795-1845) – lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Frances (“Franky”) Chastain (c1796-c1845) – possible daughter.
Harmon Chastain (c1798-c1877) – married a Lovila (“Vila”) Robbins and lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Elizabeth Chastain (c1801-1878) – married a Nathaniel Robbins and lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Sary Chastain (c1800-1805-c1847) – possible daughter.
Mary Chastain (b. c1806-c1838/39) – lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Valentine Chastain, Jr. (1808-c1866) – married a Martha “Massey” Robbins and lived in Scott County, Indiana.
Martha (“Massey”) (Robbins) Chastain
Martha Robbins, referred to as “Massey” or “Massy” in records and in this post, was born about 1779 in Randolph County, North Carolina. Randolph County was formed that same year out of Guilford County, so depending on Massey’s actual birthdate, officially she could be listed as being born in either location.
Massey Robbins married Rene Chastain, sometimes spelled as “Renny”, on 17 September 1795 in Franklin County, Virginia. Rene and Massey’s brother William were bondsmen, with Jacob and Mary Robbins giving consent for her to marry, witnessed by William again and Rene’s brother Valentine Chastain. The marriage was performed by Randolph Hall, preacher for the Pigg River Baptist Church. Interestingly, Hall has been named as the minister officiating at William Robbins and Bethiah Vickery’s marriage in North Carolina but I’ve never found any documentation to support this. Perhaps Hall was also following the same North Carolina to Virginia path as the Robbins family.
Rene Chastain was born about 1776 in Virginia. After his marriage Rene appears on the Franklin county tax lists for 1796 and 1797 but owned no land there. He first appears in Shelby county, Kentucky, in 1806, then moved on to Henry county, appearing in the tax lists there until 1814. Claude Cook first found Rene in Washington county, Indiana, in 1820 when he purchased land next to Lost River.
As there is no record of a will for Rene or Mary, nor any probate records, Cook identified their possible children through quit claim deeds, as Rene divided his land into eight parts. In the list of their probable children below, I have only included spouses where they married Robbins’:
Absalom Chastain (1797-1853) – lived in Washington county, Indiana, and then moved to Clay county, Illinois.
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Chastain (c1802-c1865/70) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
Margaret Chastain (c1804-?) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
Rene Chastain Jr. (1806-1898) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
Valentine Chastain (1809-1893) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
Hannah C. Chastain (c1810/1811-1876) – married a Valentine Robbins and lived in Washington county, Indiana.
Abner Chastain (c1812/1813-1898) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
James Chastain (c1818-?) – lived in Washington county, Indiana.
The two Robbins-Chastain sisters lived in Washington and Scott Counties, Indiana, to the south and southwest of Decatur and Jennings Counties. For reference, here is a map showing the relative locations of those counties.