52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 22 Anna West My Great Grandmother

Another post in a series in the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow

In an earlier post about my grandmother Nell Robinson Sanburg, I commented that her parents George and Anna Robinson seemed to disappear from the records after 1885. I assumed that they died but my mother always insisted that after she married my father Nell’s mother was alive. So, it appeared to be a real mystery. I have now partially solved that mystery!

Nebraska State Census Fillmore County

Nebraska State Census Saline County

Apparently sometime between June of 1885 when they were listed in the Nebraska State Census and September 1887, George died. I say apparently because possibly (but unlikely) George and Anna were divorced and George disappeared. I have been unable to find any other records for George Robinson.  I made a lucky discovery that Anna’s maiden name was West.

Anna West was born in England on December 20, 1850. I’m not even positive that her maiden name was West.  This is based primarily on the entry in an online family tree (so it may or may not be accurate!) and the memorial at www.findagrave.com. But for the present I have decided to accept that surname.  Where or how she met and married George Robinson I do not know except I am sure it was in England where both were born. The Find A Grave memorial states she married George Robinson in 1870 and soon after they came to the United States. According to the answers on various U. S. Census reports Anna immigrated in 1871 or 1872 and was naturalized in 1876. The memorial further states she had eight children with George Robinson, three of whom died in infancy. Her son William died at the age of 24 and her daughter Frances (Fanny) in 1935 at the age of 55.

1900 U. S. Census Clay County, Nebraska

1900 U. S. Census Fillmore County, Nebraska

The obituary on the Find A Grave memorial states that Anna married George W. Smith in September 1887 and they had two children, Hattie and Charlie. They lived on a farm in Fillmore County in 1900. They were neighbors with my great grandfather Charles Sanburg, my 1st cousin 2x removed Minnie Goesch Stolldorf, my great grandfather Ernst Goesch and my great uncle Carl W. Sanburg. Obviously, at one time Fillmore County, and neighboring Clay County, contained a lot of my relatives. By 1910 they had moved to Clay County and lived on a farm north of Ong until 1917 when they quit farming and moved into Ong. Mr. Smith died in 1920 and Anna continued to live alone in Ong until 1933 when failing health caused her to move in with her daughter Hattie, also in Ong. Anna died at her daughter’s home on February 15, 1936.


Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1885; Series/Record Group: M352; County: Saline; Township: Brush Creek; Page: 2. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations:
Nebraska State Genealogical Society
Bismarck Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Web: Nebraska, Find A Grave Index, 1854-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi: accessed 18 January 2013. Find A Grave Memorial # 16330219

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Momence, Fillmore, Nebraska; Roll: 926; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0031; FHL microfilm: 1240926. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.


About larrytom2

Older guy interested in genealogy and family issues.
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