The legendary John Robinson Circus passed through three generations of John Robinson names. While Bob Parkinson's book the Directory of American Circuses refers to them as John Robinson I, II, and III, they were defined in legal documents as John Robinson, John F. Robinson and John G. Robinson.
A lot of people don't understand the difference in ownership and the slight change in titles so many times when the discussion of John Robinson Circus comes up, much of this gets intermingled. While studying the cottage cages in detail, it has become very difficult at times to sort out what one person was talking about.
The John Robinson 10 Big Shows closed forever following the 1911 season. Much of the show was leased, sold, or rotted away over the next five years until Jerry Mugivan made an offer to buy the show in 1916.
The John Robinson Circus ( notice the title change ) now operated by Mugivan and Bowers, eventually became part of the American Circus Corporation. When John Ringling went out on a limb to buy the ACC in 1929, he acquired the John Robinson Circus title. The John Robinson Circus title has been a legal holding of the Ringling show ever since and is now part of the Feld Organization.