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Help me find the Robertson Family - De Soto, LA

My name is Felicia R Mathis and I am researching my family     genealogy and I am hoping you might have some connection to my family and are willing to share some history or can connect me with someone who has some information and might be willing to share some information on my family. Let me start by giving you some of my family history that might show a possible connection.

My family history began in Webster Parish Police Jury Ward 2, Cotton Valley. My families surname is Robertson. Somewhere in the family are some Robinsons but not sure of the connection. My family members is as follow:

Ben Robertson
Mandy Bryan-Robertson
Henry Robertson
Georgia Robertson
Minerva Robertson-Lewis
Thos (Thomas) Robertson
Cornelius Robertson
Emma Robertson-Long
Mary Robertson
Babe Robertson
Amanda Robertson-Amos-Livingston
Martha Robertson-Bell
Annie Robertson

The family members that I have some information on are: Emma, Amanda, Martha and Minerva. I know Minerva married John D Lewis and had two children Lizzy and Theo. Emma Robertson married Samuel Long and had 8 children, Martha, Cleveland, Paul, Albert, Carter, Julia, Centralia, and Coleman. Martha Long married Garfield Randle and Julia Long married into the Hampton family and had a son named J.C. who married a woman named Hattie. Amanda Robertson (my great grandmother) married a James Manuel Amos and had 4 children: James, Willie, Joseph, and Odessa (my grandmother). My grandmother Odessa married Augustus Banks and had 2 children: Earl, and AJ, she also married a Robert L Smith and had 2 children: Beverly Esther Smith-Mathis (my mother), and Robert Smith Jr. My mother remembers Martha, Cleveland, and Centralia as my grandmother’s first cousins. Sometime in the 1920s, Amanda moved the family to Chicago, IL. Where she later died in 1926. My grandmother Odessa died in 1969. Martha Robertson married Robert B. Bell. They were married around 1900 and they had about 7 children: Savannah, Robert Jr., Jessie, John, David, Dezeria and Alberta.  Savannah married Charles Pyles and Dezeria married into the Cook family. I was hoping that there might be some descendents from these families still in the area. My grandmother Odessa had some cousins from the area, there names were Bob and Arthur Robinson. Their mother was believed to be one of the Robertson girls. Bob had a wife named Colona. Somewhere in the family there is a Mary Lee and her mom is one of the daughters also. I know some of the family moved to California, Chicago, and some stayed in LA.

I know this seems like a lot of information to take in, but this is what I have learned through my research, and if you are not of knowing any of my ancestors listed above I am really sorry to bother you and want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter. If some of this sound familiar to you, then can you please fill me in on the blanks that I might have missed. Please consider my request for information and if you have any photos of the family you are willing to share with me so I can add to my tree, I would love to have them.  Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Again
Felicia R Mathis
11628 Cosca Park Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
240-753-3427
frmathis@verizon.net

My mother’s Information:
Beverly E Smith-Mathis
11628 Cosca Park Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
240-401-2660
Beverlywilliams8@gmail.com


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