New Headstone for Calvin

On this day in 1994, my mother’s youngest brother, Calvin Earl Robinson passed away. The last post I made about Calvin, in 2008, was to share the news that we finally had a picture of his headstone thanks to the graciousness of a Find-A-Grave volunteer.

Now, I’m pleased to show off his NEW headstone which my mother and uncle purchased for him a few months ago.

Next week, January 18, would have been Calvin’s 58th birthday. I guess you could say the headstone was his birthday present. ūüôā ¬†We love you and miss you Calvin!

My Grandmother’s Clinic Cards

My grandmother Alice kept a lot of stuff. But, this is by far one of the most interesting collection of hers that we have and I’ve learned so much by going through them – a set of medical clinic appointment cards for herself and her four kids!

Most of the cards are not dated, but many have a field for the “age” of the patient so I can tell that they span about 20 years, from approximately 1950-1970. This time range¬†corresponds to the birth of her first child, my uncle Stanley – up to when her youngest, my uncle Calvin, was about 12 years old. The next two card images show a visit from when she was 25, and another visit when she was 46.

There was one card for my uncle Leonard when he was a baby

And, on the back, Alice wrote a brief summary of her pre-natal visits. While pregnant with Leonard, she went to the Maternity division of the NY Bureau of Child Health and it looks like her appointments were from December 1952 – March 5, 1953. My uncle would be born just about a month after her last recorded visit.

Another card in her collection records dental visits for my mother. Mommy was attending P.S. 126 at the time and she went there for  7th, 8th, and 9th grades, so these appointments would have been somewhere during that time frame.

Grandma also had a card that showed payments she made for her medical care. From the address at Lacombe Avenue (where my grandmother moved to in 1974), I estimate these payments were made around 1974 ¬†or so. Grandma’s $685 total payments at that time is around $3300 dollars now. That was a lot of money for my grandmother I’m sure.

Grandma also had her card showing her polio vaccination series – or, as she called it, her “polio needles.” ¬†This card shows that she had 3 already…

and on the back, she wrote that she had one more to get – two years later in 1961 – then she would be done.

And this card was interesting because it was the only red one in the batch. It’s a card for my uncle Leonard for what looks like an ear appointment given my grandmother’s note on the side. Leonard was about 6 months old.

These cards are fascinating to me. I know Alice didn’t play around when it came to her health and these cards prove it! There is probably even more to learn by carefully examining them all, so I need to take the time to do that. What a great set of cards for us to have!


Those Shaky Leaves Really Work

Today has been a great day. I have been able to be in contact with a 2nd cousin of mine for a branch of my family for whom we have lost contact. And, she found me via those great Ancestry shaky leaves! Practically just like the commercial below: ūüôā

She shared with me that she was watching TV and an Ancestry commercial came on. She’d had a tree set up some time ago, but she’d not pursued it until the past couple of days after seeing the commercial. She logs on, checks out a leaf, and up pops my tree where she saw that I had her grand-father, Frank Robinson in it. ¬†A few email exchanges later and we were chatting it up on the phone. And I am absolutely thrilled. ¬†Her grandfather Frank, was a brother to my grandfather Herman, so we are 2nd cousins. Frank and Herman were the 2nd and 7th children respectively or our great-grandparents, Lewis Robinson and Lucinda Lennon Robinson.

I am hoping that from speaking with her, we can re-establish contact with some of the other family members. We’ll have to see. But at least we now have details on family my ¬†mom hasn’t seen in close to 40 years. Yeah! ¬†We are making plans to possibly meet in November. ¬†Ancestry leaves FTW.¬† ūüėé

Perfect Picture for Memorial Day

My uncle Stanley Robinson passed away in July 2010. ¬†Just 10 months later in May 2011, his mom, my grandmother Alice, also passed away. Stanley was my grandmother’s first born and they were always very close. Even though we lost them both so soon after each other, I relish in the fact that they are buried in the same cemetery – the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.

Not only are they buried in the same cemetery, but their plots are in the same diagonal row. In the picture below, Stanley’s headstone is in the foreground, with the red flowers and if you look down the row diagonally grandma is where you see the yellow flowers. Click on the picture for a larger view.

I have been meaning to post this picture for two years and today seemed like the perfect day to do it. ūüôā

My Great-Grandparents in the 1925 NY State Census

Oh how I love genealogy!

Tonight, while doing a little Twitter reading, I saw Thomas post that Ancestry has put the NY State Census indexes online for 1892, 1915, and 1925.

Excitedly, I quickly hopped over to the Ancestry site to search 1925 for I expected to be able to find my great-grandparents РLewis & Lucinda (Lennon) Robinson.  Sure enough, after doing a few variations in their name spellings I found them.

The handwriting is not the easiest to read, but it’s good enough. ¬†The family as they *should* have been enumerated are Lewis, his wife Lucinda, and their kids Ethel, John, James, Frank, George, Andrew, and Isaac. ¬†New to me is the listing of Lewis’s brother William! William is also a Longshoreman.¬†

I’m not sure why Ethel has an “E” for middle initial for her middle name was May. ¬†And, I’m not sure why John has Lewis instead of Robinson for last name? ¬†My grandfather, Herman, is not yet born here – he came along in 1926. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I knew already that Lewis was a longshoreman so it’s interesting to see his brother was also. ¬†

Additionally, before today, I had as Lewis’ parents, a William Robinson and wife Rebecca Toon based on his death certificate. I also found Lewis as a son to William & Rebecca in the 1900 census. ¬†Lewis’s brother William is younger than he, so is not in the 1900 family group, but now I need to go look for William & Rebecca in 1910 to see if William Jr. is listed. ¬†But, this 1925 census record having a William listed as a brother goes along with the family structure so far. ¬†

How cool! Now I have a few other leads to explore. 

Image citation: New York, State Census, 1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: State population census schedules, 1925. Albany, New York: New York State Archives. Election District 09, Assembly District 01, New York, New York, 1.

He’s Been to Florida Before

This is a photo of the envelope that my uncle Stanley (1950-2010) sent to my grandmother back in 1984.

This letter is notable because Stanley was a “wanderer.” ¬†He would leave New York and go travel and the family would never really know where he was at. ¬† His return address here is “On the Road” and interestingly, in Florida. ¬†He would eventually settle in Florida, ¬†living there near my mom.

SNGF: My Maternal Grandfather’s Paternal Line

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun exercise tonight is as follows:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s¬†patrilineal¬†line who could take a Y-DNA test.¬†¬†

Then, we are tasked to answer several questions. ¬†Here are my responses – fortunately, this was a very easy topic for me given all the testing I’ve been able to do under the auspices of the 23andMe’s Roots Into the Future Initiative.

1) What was your mother’s father’s name?

Herman Robinson.

2) What is your mother’s father’s¬†patrilineal¬†line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

Herman (1926-1986) ¬†–> ¬†Lewis “Christopher Columbus” Robinson (1886-1928) –> William Robeson/Robinson (1830-?) –> Bob Robeson (1800-?). ¬† ¬†Bob & William were former slaves from Columbus County, NC as best as I have been able to determine to date.

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother’s father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that¬†patrilineal¬†line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further. ¬†

Yes, I can identify living male descendants and one of them has already been tested – my mother’s brother. ¬†His 23andMe results show his paternal haplogroup to be¬†E1b1a8a, a haplogroup with deep origins to Africa.

This post is a reminder to me to upload his info to so I can check his yDNA against others. I’m off to do that now!

Establishing my Great-Grandparents DNA Profile

Well, parts of it anyway. ūüôā

This week, the 23andMe DNA Roots Into the Future results came back for one of my mother’s paternal 1st cousins. ¬†A great advantage of her having done the test is that I can now begin to establish segments of my mother’s DNA that comes from her paternal grandparents, ¬†Lewis & Lucinda (Lennon) Robinson, whom Cousin C and my mother have as their Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA).

“Cousin C” shares 10.5% and 28 segments of DNA with my mother. ¬†All 28 of those segments come from Lewis & Lucinda. ¬†Additionally, Cousin C shares some DNA segments with my mother’s brother that she does not have in common with my mother (11.2% and 32 segments). ¬† ¬†Because the sharing with my mother and uncle are not 100% overlapping, this means even more segments from the great-grandparental units.

In the image below the DNA Cousin C shares with my mother is marked with green; the DNA she shares with my uncle is marked in blue.

This means that as I sort through my mother’s Relative Finder matches, if someone matches both her and Cousin C – then that person is related to us through Lewis & Lucinda and will thus help me narrow which branch to focus the search on. ¬†As I have started to tabulate these shared segments into my analysis spreadsheet I have already identified a few individuals who I can now narrow our search for our MRCA to that branch of my tree.

And also of interest, I have parts of DNA of a set of my 2nd great-grandparents, Andrew & Gracy (Bullock) McNair on my mother’s side since a 3rd cousin of hers, for whom Andrew & Gracy are the MRCA, has also had his testing completed. ¬†On my father’s side, I’ve got DNA segments attributed to ancestors of mine even more generations back that these — how cool is that?

I really need for one of the DNA testing companies to add the tagging capability I’ve described on my blog in the past — it would be so helpful!

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Holidays Stanley

Yesterday, my mom visited her brother’s grave in Sarasota National Cemetery. ¬† The cemetery had decorated all the headstones and she says it was a gorgeous view. ¬†What do you think?

Sarasota National Veteran's Cemetery. December 2010.

Stanley Hines Robinson (1950-2010)

And, here is Stanley’s headstone

In Memoriam: Stanley Hines Robinson

Today, July 28, 2010, my mother’s eldest brother, Stanley Hines Robinson passed away. ¬† Hospitalized just 9 days ago, this has come about rather suddenly for our family and we will miss him so. ¬†Stanley had many adventures in life, liked to travel, and was an independent & free spirit.

We love you and will miss you Uncle Stanley.

Stanley @ about 3 months old on the shoulder of his Uncle June. New York, 1950.