Julia McGehee <I>Young</I> Robertson

Julia McGehee Young Robertson

Como, Panola County, Mississippi, USA
Death 20 Dec 1962 (aged 78)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec 1, Lot 38
Memorial ID 67977200 · View Source
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She was the only sibling of Stark Young, noted author of "So Red the Rose" and contributor for more than thirty years to "The New Republic" Magazine. Julia met her husband in 1915 when she was living with her brother who was teaching at the University of Texas in the Drama Department.

Courtesy of Pat Iverson

Roberston Rites Today At 2 PM

Friends of Mrs. Julia Young Robertson will say farewell to her Saturday at 2 p.m. at fuenral services in the library of the family residence, 610 West Lynn, in a setting of art treasures her husband and brother had given her.

"Miss Julia," as she was known to a generation of Austinites who had run scales for her and learned from her the intricacies of Chopin, died Thursday night in her upstairs bedroom. At her side was her husband, Judge J. Ben Robertson, who had surrounded her with beauty and elegance during the 48 years of their marriage.

Mrs. Robertson had been an invalid for three and one-half years.

Outside the windows of the tall old Austin house is a wooded Italian garden. Nestling in the formal setting are perhaps a dozen statues sent to Austin by Stark Young, the
renowned drama critic and Mrs. Robertson's brother.

Julia McGehee Young was born in Como, Miss., and attended private schools, studying piano in Germany with the famed musician, Leopold Godowski.

In 1908, she moved to Austin, joining her brother here. Stark Young at that time was a professor of English at The University of Texas. She taught music at the Whitis School.

In 1914, she was married to Ben Robertson, son of Judge James H. Robertson, author of the Robertson Insurance Law.

For a time the couple lived in San Antonio. When they returned to Austin in 1935, they planned to build a new home. But Mrs. Robertson realized how much the old family home meant to her husband, so it was redone and furnished with the beautiful paintings, objects of art, furniture that had belonged to European noblemen (exquisite card tables, chest, tapestries).

In this stately setting, the Robertsons shared a genteel way of life with their friends, keeping alive traditions of elegance and good music.

The Robertsons had a son, a handsome young man named Stark Young Robertson. He died of pneumonia while a student at Yale. Pictures of him -- portraits, snapshots, paintings --in many moods at every age of his young life are in nearly every room in the house.

Wesley Ellison, who worked for the Robertsons and was also their friend, put up a Christmas tree in Mrs. Robertson's room a few days ago.

"I'm glad we put it up early, so she could see it," Ellison said Friday.

Her friends said many words of praise about Mrs. Robertson Friday. Said one, "She was regal and beautiful." Said another, "Intelligent best describes her."

"Or gentle?" asked another.

"She gave of herself, never spared herself for others," said one.

"She had a lovely presence," another spoke up.

"She laughed often," said her husband.

Rev. William P. Caldwell will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

December 22, 1962

Courtesy of Find A Grave contributor Danny Camacho

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Julia McGehee Young
wife of
John Benjamin Robertson
Born in
Como, Mississippi
June Twelfth 1884
Died December Twentieth 1962


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Julia McGehee Young Robertson (20 Jun 1884–20 Dec 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67977200, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Russell Speir (contributor 47328039) .