01 March 2013

Fearless Females: March 1 - Favorite Female Ancestor

Today while reading through the genealogy e-mail that I receive from Geneabloggers, I learned about a month-long challenge in honor of Women's History Month. It is called Fearless Females, in honor of our female ancestors. Please visit The Accidental Genealogist to join this adventure. The link will take you to the post that lists the 31 prompts for the month of March. Have a great time writing about the women that made you who you are today!

Today's question is:

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

I can’t pin down a favorite female ancestor, but there is one that I want to learn more about. She is my husband’s great-grandmother Johnnie Cooper Roberts. Johnnie was born at Gillette, Karnes County, Texas. She married Elias Wallis Roberts. I have a picture of Johnnie on her wedding day with Elias. Aren’t they a pretty couple?

Johnnie gave birth to my husband’s grandpa, Leon Roberts, during the summer of 1914. She died the next spring from complications of childbirth. She died on the Wallis Ranch at Westhoff, DeWitt County, Texas and was buried there. Her body was moved to Shiner Garden of Memories in Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas in 1976.

I’ve always thought it so sad that Grandpa Roberts never got to know the woman that gave him life. He had a step-mother that raised him as her own son and gave him a little sister. My mother-in-law didn’t know that her Nona wasn’t her natural, biological grandmother until she was an adult.

I have not been able to find out very much information about Johnnie, but I keep searching on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org just in case something finally comes through about her. It is like she died and all record of her –save her tombstone - was erased from the earth.

I think that she deserves to be remembered and I am going to do all that I can to make sure that she is known to future generations.

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