McAfee Alexander Robins
Aged: 60.1 years
MacAfee or "Mack" as everyone knew him was born to Thomas and Mary Bates Robins on April 10, 1843 in Murray County, Georgia. He moved with his family to Montgomery County in 1849 and lived on the family farm. He fought in the Civil War in the 33 Regiment, Arkansas Infantry Company I, Confederate States Army. He volunteered early in the war, but because of his youth, he was placed in the Home Guard much to his chagrin. He considered the Home Guard for old men or for men with large families, but not for him. He showed up one morning at his brother Jack's (Andrew Jackson) regiment, Churchills Division, while it was on a dress parade for inspection, in a Yankee uniform. He was about to be shot on site when Jack a Captain in that regiment, realized with horror that the Yankee uniform contained his younger brother MacAfee. Captain Jack Robins yelled at his men to hold their fire, grabbed the young imposter, and marched him to his commanding officer. Pleading "don't let them shoot him - he is my crazy brother. I can't explain the uniform, but he is not a Yankee -- he wants to join our regiment." Needless to say, he did not get shot, but the story goes that he never told how he got the Yankee uniform. He was enlisted then and there and served the rest of the war in the 33 Arkansas Regiment. This information was contributed by Maida Milam Jaggers, a grand daughter of Mack. After the war, Mack moved to TX and married Everett Frances Vaught on December 22, 1868. All the children were born in TX and after 1882 the family moved back to Montgomery County, Arkansas. In 1884, Fannie died because of a difficult child birth. The baby died during the birth and the next day, Fannie died. Mack placed Fannie and the baby in the same coffin and buried them. The grave is next to the old Methodist Church on Highway 27 in Caddo Gap. Fannie (Vaught) Robins headstone is the only one left in that cemetery. Mack with his three sons, Clate, Arl, Bud, and son in law Bob Hicks, cleared the right of way for the Kansas City Southern Railway, from Mena to Texarkana around the mid or later 1890's. Part of this information is provided by Octavia Robins Green.