Robb, Edward Livingston (1836–1902)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: June 19, 2014

Edward Livinston Robb, lawyer, farmer, and state representative, was born in Belle Fountaine, Logan County, Ohio, on June 15, 1836. He was the son of Thomas M. and Ann (Moore) Robb. The Robb family later relocated to Lima. Robb immigrated to Texas in 1855 and settled in Polk County, where he studied law under the guidance of an uncle. Robb was admitted to the bar prior to 1861 but, with the outbreak of the Civil War, postponed his practice of the law in favor of enlistment in the Confederate Army. Robb served as a captain in the Fourth Texas Cavalry. As part of Henry H. Sibley’s Army of New Mexico, Robb became a prisoner of war in the Sibley campaign, and he and other prisoners marched from Santa Fe to Texas. From August to October 1862 Robb kept a journal of his experiences of the journey.

By the end of the war he had married Ella Lydia Ballard with whom he would have one son and two daughters. Robb resided briefly in Trinity County before relocating permanently in 1867 to Angelina County. During this time he practiced law and was an active Democrat. In 1870 he won election and represented Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Trinity counties to the House of the Twelfth Texas Legislature. He served from February 9, 1870, to January 14, 1873, and was on the State Affairs, Education, Militia, Public Buildings and Grounds, and Printing and Contingent Expenses committees. Robb abandoned politics and the practice of the law in 1873 and opted to take up farming in Angelina County. Robb died in Angelina County on March 3, 1902, and was buried there at Walker Cemetery.

Kathryn H. Davis, and Carolyn R. Ericson, Angelina County, Texas, in the Civil War (Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson, 1981). Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Edward Robb (, accessed June 4, 2014. James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, and John H. Luckey, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Robb, Edward Livingston,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 18, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 19, 2014

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