This page is an overview. For more detailed information, see the documents linked in “For more information,” below.
About the Robins family
The Robins family members are Dick’s father’s maternal ancestors. Dick’s paternal grandmother, Eva Irene Robins, was born in the part of Ontario, Canada, that is just west of Buffalo, New York. Most of her family and immediate ancestors were also born in Canada in and around the farming communities of Windham and Springfield, Ontario. The Broughtons, Byes, and Robins were probably originally from England, and the LaRoses probably came from France via Quebec.
Some members of the Robins family, including Eva’s husband, Alfred, and their children, moved back and forth multiple times between Canada and the United States before settling in the area around Buffalo, New York.
Some family members were farmers: for example, the Robins and Broughtons. Margaret Mary (“Little Grandma”) Broughton smoked a pipe and was reputed to be have quite a strong personality.
John Darling Robins is shown in the portrait at the top of the page with his wife and five daughters, and also below with his great-granddaughter, Lynn Robins.
The LaRoses were also farmers, and some owned small businesses, including a restaurant and grocery store.
Dick’s grandmother Eva Robins Johnson lived to be 94 years old.
Unanswered questions about the Robins family
- Who was the Robins immigrant ancestor, where was he/she born, and when did he/she come to Canada?
- Who was the LaRose immigrant ancestor, where was he/she born, and when did he/she come to Canada?