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Mother's mother and Great Aunt Chicago 1998 Thybedeaux, Louisiana Oral history

I wanted to share with anyone from New Orleans about my great grandmother and my immediate history. I'm hoping to trace my history and heritage back as far as possible.

My Great Great Grand parents were named: Savannah Pearce and Elijah Robinson and they had about 9 children, one of which was my grandmother. Her birth was 1918 and name Miltilda (Melinda)Robinson. She had brother's (Thomas, Clarence, Joseph, Minoo, and sister Lolita(lula). They grew up on a plantation called Brule Guilott or town or...in Louisiana. They were not sure of their last name, so they assumed the last name of the persons that owned the Robinson plantation Laforce Parish. This plantation grew and managed Sugar Cane. They later ran away from the Plantation to live in New Orleans where they grew to raise families and later migrate due to Hurricane Katrina. I have hundreds of cousins that live or have lived in New Orleans all of their lives. My Grand Mother gave birth to my Mother Elaine Walker ( not sure how the last name came about). We now live in Chicago Illinois. I have children I would like to leave them a DNA Legacy scrapbook. I thank God for my ancestors and their courage and strength. I think that family history is so important to our new generations. We are so quick to be assimulated without first knowing where we originally come from. I would that each of us come FULL CIRCLE.

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