Isaac ROBINSON (c. 1642- )
Anne COTTLE ( - )
Anne Cottle Robinson and Israel/Isaac adopted Sylvanus Cottle.
Sylvanus was adopted some time in or after 1705 by Israel / Isaac
Robinson, husband of Sylvanusʼ aunt, Anne Cottle Robinson.*
(The reason for the double name for the man who adopted Sylvanus
is this Israelʼs father was named Isaac and Israel had an older
brother named Isaac. Isaac -2a- drowned on October 6, 1668. Israel
was asked, then, to take the name Isaac to "keep the name alive."
Sylvanusʼ adoptive father had been baptized as Israel on October 5,
1651, but in 1668 he took the name Isaac. It was a uniform custom of
those times when one bearing a leading family name deceased, to give
the name to a younger child.)** Isaac -2b-, like Isaac -2a-, also
died without issue. All of the property the husband of Anne Cottle
Robinson, Israel / Isaac went to Sylvanus.***
* Schwabe, Ancestors and Descendants, p. 370.
** Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 629, "Robinson, Isaac (1651-1728)
(previous to 1668 Israel)..." See also, Otis, Barnstable Families,
Vol. II, p. 231, "... Israel, baptized Oct. 5, 1651. After Isaac was
drowned, in 1668, Israel seems to have taken his fatherʼs name. ...
It was a uniform custom of those times when one bearing a leading
family name deceased, to give the name to a younger child." See also,
Banks, History of Marthaʼs Vineyard, Vol. II, p. 102; Vol. III pp.
*** Otis, Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 231, "[Israel/Isaac] died
without issue." See also, Schwabe, Ancestors and Descendants, p. 336.