Josephine Eugenia <I>Trotter</I> Robison

Josephine Eugenia Trotter Robison

Maury County, Tennessee, USA
Death 20 Oct 1932 (aged 91–92)
Millington, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial West Union, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 16678906 · View Source
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Daughter of John Trotter & Mary Fields

"Josephine Trotter was sixteen years old when she met John Wesley Robison and fell in love with him. Her father objected to their marriage so they ran away with him close on their heels and were married before he could catch up with them. Her father never quite forgave her for disobeying him, yet he was friendly to her and her husband.

Grandma Robison was quite a musician in her time. She played the violin, guitar, mandolin, and French harp. She was always in demand to play for dances in her community. She said many times the young people would gather at her home and they would play and dance for hours. Because she played well, they all wanted her to play but she also loved to dance and they would dance until the older folks would call bedtime. She said they would spread something on the floor, usually one of the heavy woolen spreads they called a coverlid, so they wouldn't make so much noise.

Grandma had pretty spreads that she had carded and spun the thread for herself and woven them on a home made loom. She had a big roll of scraps of cloth she had made dresses and shirts and even pants from. She told how she used to hand pick the seed out of the cotton before she could card and spin it into thread. They raised sheep to get the wool to make their heavy clothes. They would shear the sheep, wash and pick out the burrs before they could use it. She would card and spin it and make rolls of coarse wool. Then she would spin it on a spinning wheel and make thread and put it on what she called a cycle and then it was ready for the loom to be made into cloth. In making the cloth they would dye the thread the color desired with walnut and hickory bark. They also used copperas and indigo. They could weave designs, checks and stripes in their cloth. They would sometimes use acorns for buttons.

I never knew how wonderful she was until I was grown. I didn't think anyone else had a grandma like me. If she ever told a lie I never heard of it. She was firm with us as she was with her own children. We knew to mind her but she never whipped that I remember except once when my brother Stack sassed her and she spanked him with a carpet slipper. I was her eldest grandchild and spent as much time at her house as I did my own home. It was at her knee that I learned my letters and received most of my education."

- Edna Earl Cooper Rast Scott



Gravesite Details The inscription is incorrectly spelled as 'Robinson.'

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