Thursday, August 5, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- Great Grandpa is on the $10,000 Bill?

Ok, Quick! Tell me whose portrait is on the $10,000 dollar bill?

Ok, when is the last time you had a $10,000 dollar bill in your pocket? They were last produced in 1945, discontinued for use in 1969, and there are only 3 of them known to exist today.

On the front is a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, who happens to be from New Hampshire and also the US Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln. On the back is an engraved reproduction of a painting called "Embarkation of the Pilgrims" which depicts Reverend John Robinson blessing the passengers of the Mayflower just before they sailed for the New World. You can argue about which of the pilgrims are depicted, (is that Standish in the red stockings? Who is holding the bible?) but it is very obvious which one is Reverend Robinson.

For years, descendants of Reverend John Robinson have bragged about their ancestor on the $10,000 bill. The original painting by Robert W. Weir of "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims" hangs in the US Capitol Rotunda. A study of this painting done by Edgar Parker in 1875 hangs in the Pilgrim Hall Museum at Plymouth, Massachusetts with an explanation of how it was used on the paper currency. We are proud of Pastor Robinson, and retell the story of how this painting is on the $10,000 bill. However, none of us ever had one of these bills in our pockets!

Reverend John Robinson is my 10x Great Grandfather, on both my my maternal and my paternal lines! from the website of the Architect of the Captitol from the Pilgrim Hall website from the Reverend John Robinson website, a genealogical data base maintained by Donald L. Robinson, a descendant of Pastor Robinson.

Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Aw, I'm jealous. The best my ancestors could do was to get their pictures on the post office wall. Seriously, that is so neat!

  2. I am actually a descendant as well from Reverend John Robinson! I just found out actually through my Aunt who loves doing genealogy on our family. Here's the lineage starting with my name:

    Leah Wrobel 1992 Scranton, PA
    Frank J. Wrobel III 1961 Scranton, PA
    Lois Sick 1933 Tunkhannock, PA
    Ella Otten 1902 Forkston, PA
    Claudia Sheehan 1868 Forkston, PA
    Sarah Jane Robinson 1847 Wyoming County, PA
    Calvin Robinson 1821 Forkston, PA
    William Riley Robinson 1794 Forkston, PA
    Amasa Robinson 1772 CT
    Cpt. Jared Robinson Sr. 1740 CT
    Eliakim Robinson 1706 CT
    Jacob Robinson Jr. 1670 CT
    Jacob Robinson Sr. 1653 MA
    Isaac Robinson 1610 Holland
    Rev. John Robinson 1576 England

    1. Leah Wrobel, Me too! We're distantly related I suppose. My Great-Great-Grandfather mapped out our genealogy to him, linking him as my 13th great grandfather. I know that Isaac Robinson is in my family tree as well, but I need to check with my father about if the Jacobs are as well.

    2. Leah Wrobel, Me too! He's my 13th great grandfather. I'm certain that my family tree includes Isaac Robinson as well, but I'd have to check to see if it includes the Jacobs as well.