A Living Legend

Whenever I go over to my Grandmommy's house, I always end up asking her a million questions about our family's past. She is the keeper of our history, the matriarch of the Robinson family. She is the proud mom of 4, grandmother of 11, and GREAT- grandmother of 1. She has lived through WWII, the Great Depression, and Vietnam. She was in the first graduating class of women at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. To me, she is a living legend.
Last week after work I went to hang out with her, and as usual, we ended up talking for 2 hours about everything under the sun. I always know to bring post-its with me so I can literally take notes of everything she says. Last week was no exception, and I left her house with a page full of information about my dad's side of the family. Believe it or not, I am not the most organized person in the world (ha) so I want to start typing up what she tells me incase I misplace the post its (and by that I mean I already can't find most of them).

-Her parents were Bessie Van Dora Ezell and Eugene Lillard Greer. They had 3 children- Eugene Jr. (born 11/20), my grandmommy (8/22) and Harrell (2/24)
-Her dad's parents were Andrew Greer (Scotch-Irish) and Alice Fritz (Dutch). Her mom's parents were Virgil Ezell (French) and "Dora something" :)
-Hundreds of years ago a group of Irish people moved to Scotland because of religious issues and then moved back to Ireland. At this time the 'Greer' family was the 'McGregor' family and it was because of this move that they were Scotch-Irish.
-. Before the Revolutionary War, Europeans sailed to Pennsylvania and settled in the mountains of North Carolina via the Shenandoah Valley. Our ancestors were part of that immigration.
-Her dad's sister and Bessie (my grandmommy's mom) taught together in a one room schoolhouse in Bowling Rock- the mountains of NC. When Eugene came home from WWI, he met Bessie through his sister and married her. Bessie's family then moved t0 Whitier, NC.
-Her dad worked in the lumber business and her uncles worked as a teacher, a lawyer and a doctor. These were basically the only professions available in North Carolina at the time.
-Her dad's brother, I G Greer, taught Education classes at Appalachian (interesting fact: North Carolina spent more money than any state in the Union in the late 1800's.) He was appointed as the Secretary General of the North Carolina Board of Business and helped bring industry to NC. This brought business there in the '40s and was the start of the industrial "triangle" of the Chapel Hill, Duke and NC State area (pretty cool!)

I have attempted to give my grandmommy "computer lessons" (hilarious) because at the ripe old age of 87, she's decided she needs an email address. This may be the funniest thing I have ever tried to accomplish. Try teaching someone to use a mouse who can hardly hear and has no feeling in her fingertips.
"Grandmommy, you're ckicking the mouse on the wrong icon"
"...Can't you feel your finger clicking the mouse?"
"the what?"

Anyway, incase she miraculously learns to read my blog, I LOVE YOU GRANDMOMMY! Otherwise, I'll read this to her during our next lesson. And Robinson clan- I'll add more family facts as soon as I find my notes!

1 comment:

Tara said...

I always love my visits with Grandmommy!
My best story: 2 HOURS teaching her how to use the computer. Then i get home and she calls Mom about 20 mins after i get home and goes on and on about what a great teacher i am. Then my mom says "well good! i'll have to send you an e-mail."
Grandmommy: "well now, how do i get that?"
and THAT is why patience is a VIRTUE!
love you!

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