Sunday, February 14, 2021

Author of history and love stories


Sally Berkeley Nelson Robins was an author, historian, and novelist. She was also the great-granddaughter of Thomas Nelson, signor of the Declaration of Independence.

Robins was known as a serious writer of history and published a book on Gloucester, Virginia. However, after the death of her husband, she became a novelist, which brought in a decent income and enabled her to travel internationally.

Her most popular book was published in 1923, Love Stories of Famous Virginians, which includes the love stories of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, John Marshall, John Randolph, Alexander Spotswood, William Byrd, Cyrus Griffin, and John Custis.

Robins died just ten days before Valentine’s day, on February 4, 1925. She is buried at the Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery in Gloucester, Virginia.

Love Stories of Famous Virginians (1923) can be read online for free here.

Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery in Gloucester, Virginia


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