Thursday, August 4, 2011

James S. Robinson's, Jr.Extraordinary and Gifted Family

Black Buzz News Service
James S. Robinson, Jr. Project
Robinson Family Archives
Pittsburgh, PA
August 4, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. James S. Robinson, Sr., Parents of James S. Robinson, Jr.

Pictured left to right, Annie Robinson Sloan, daughter along with James. S. Robinson, Sr. and Elizabeth Groves Robinson
 The following are the obituaries of Mr. & Mrs. James S. Robinson, Sr.

Elizabeth Groves Robinson, daughter of the late George and Annie Groves, was born March 8, 1882 in Rappahannocke County Virginia. She was one of fifteen children: nine boys and six girls. She accepted the Lord and was baptized at an early age.
In her teens she went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to work and it was there she met and married James S. Robinson.
In 1954, James and Elizabeth moved to Philadelphia, PA.  She moved her Church membership from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Pittsburgh to White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
Then in 1976, they moved back to Pittsburgh. She devoted her entire life to her family and to helping others.
On September 9,1983, at 8: 20 P.M. in Allegheny General Hospital, God called his wonderful servant to come home. She will be greatly missed not only by her family, but by all those helped by " Big Mama" as she was affectionately called.

James Samuel Robinson Sr., son of William and Ella Robinson, was born July 15, 1883 in Richmond, Virginia.
James passed into eternal life on March 29, 1986 in the Sky Vue Nursing Home, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In his youth, James moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
There he met and married the late Elizabeth Grove Robinson. From this union were born eight children. In 1904, he and his wife and family moved to Pittsburgh, PA where they resided for many years. In 1954 James and Elizabeth moved to Philadelphia, PA and remained there until 1974, when they returned to Pittsburgh, PA.
He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District while living in Pittsburgh, and the White Rock Baptist Church while in Philadelphia.
James was a quiet man, loving and devoted to his family and many friends. He shared the gifts of life God gave him with others in a way that will long be remembered.
Survivor's include four sons, James S. Jr., G. Arnold, Pittsburgh, PA, John R., Philadelphia, and William H., Willingboro, New Jersey; three daughters, Mrs. Viola E. Fant, Pittsburgh, PA., Mrs. Julia G. Robinson, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Lorraine J. Fields, Harrisburg, PA; 36 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

* Note: Mr. and Mrs Robinson Sr. are the grandparents of Blogger Black Buzz.
All the family members and friends called Mr. Robinson "Pop" and Mrs. Robinson "Big Mama."
There is more to the rest of the story so stayed tuned.
* Also in the photo with "Big Mama" and "Pop" is their daughter Mrs. Annie Robinson Sloan who passed in 1986. The photo is a reprint from Kaufmann's ARCADIA PORTRAIT STUDIO.

The Robinson clan is living throughout Western PA, the state of Pennyslvania, country and world. The Robinson and Groves families are employed in various occupations in all fields of endeavors in the U.S. and abroad.


Angela Reid said...

Wow. I am Julia Johnson Robinson's great grand daughter... I am happy to learn more about my family. I reside in the Los Angeles area. Julia was the best and I miss her dearly.

B said...

Hi Angela, I am Viola Fant's great great granddaughter. I would love to stay in touch with you and know more about our family. I can be contacted at: