Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Aaron R. Robbins

This is a transcription of the obituary for A. R. Robbins found in the Waco Times Herald published on Tuesday, June 2, 1903, on page 4, column 3.  Although I had found a transcription of the article, there was no citation with it.  Fortunately, a genealogy reference librarian at the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center was able to locate it on microfilm and made a copy of it with the sourcing information.

"A. R. Robbins, aged 77 years, died at No. 922 South Sixteenth street last night at 8 o'clock after an illness of several weeks.  He was an old man who enjoyed the highest esteem of all who knew him.  He was the father of Mrs. W. W. Smith and has been in Waco for some time.  The remains were shipped on the noon Katy for Granger, where they will be interred this afternoon upon arrival at Granger."

This is the Aaron R. Robbins who was written about on pages 563 and 564 of Goodspeed's History of Texas: Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties.

When I first started researching my Robbins family, I thought it was wonderful so many names were given to the next generation, but as I kept finding more and more, it became frustratingly confusing.  There are so many men in the family named Aaron Robbins I've made a chart to help me try to keep them straight.  To add to the confusion, there are several named Aaron R. Robbins.  The terms Sr. and Jr. weren't always used, but even when they were, it did not necessarily mean they were father and son, only older and younger by that name.  This applies not just to Aaron R. Robbins in my family, but to the use of Sr. and Jr. when researching any line.

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