Robinson and Burgess FamiliesPresentation Transcript
Robinson and BurgessFamiliesPhotos from the Collection ofJohanna Potts Riddlejohannariddle@gmail.com
The Edwin Burgess FamilySee next slide for Johanna’s commentary on this photo.
The photo on the previous slide pictures Mary Frances (Mamie) Robinson (b.1870)and her husband Edwin Burl Burgess (b. 1857) with their children: Sarah Elizabeth(b. 1892); Burl R. Burgess (b. 1893); William Thomas (b. 1896); Joseph Alonzo (b.1898); Anna Laura (b. 1905.) This photo says 1917, but that could not be accurate,as Burl and his brother were both serving overseas in 1917. I think it was takenabout 1907-08. I believe it was taken in Canoe, Alabama. This was taken by atraveling photographer. I have a photo of my grandmother’s family that was takenon the same day, and she was 16 at the time. The Burgesses and Davises lived onadjoining properties in Canoe. It’s pretty funny, because my grandmother’s familyis dressed to the hilt. My grandmother was always extremely particular aboutdress and appearance. (She was a very gifted dressmaker, and made so manybeautiful things for me.) It’s obvious that Mary Frances just called the boys in fromthe field. She must have been a pretty casual person. Sara, the oldest, was alreadyteaching school. Anna Laura is quite cross about the whole affair. If you enlargethe photo, you’ll see two black farm hands watching the photographer over thekitchen garden fence. I think this photo was taken around November, becauseUncle T. has broccoli in his hand. You can see that Mary Frances’ life was vastlydifferent than the one described by your grandmother regarding Mary Frances’sister, Edna’s daily life. My great grandparents had a very love-filled life together,and the siblings remained close for the entirety of their lives.
Burl Robinson BurgessThis is a photo of my maternal grandfather, BurlRobinson Burgess. He was born in 1893 in BuenaVista, Alabama. He was the son of Edwin BurlBurgess and Mary Frances Robinson.He stood about 6’2”. “Pappaw” owned agrocery store on the corner of 12th Avenue andBrainard Streets in Pensacola. He and hisbrother Joe owned some pasture land and cattleon what is today Burgess Road in Pensacola. Mygrandfather would butcher those cows and sellthe beef in his stores.He served as an Elder in the Church of Christ, wasalso a Mason and a Rosicrucian, and was an avidreader. He played the violin and made peachbrandy every year. He was a quiet man, but heloved people. He was very respected in thecommunity. He and my grandmother absolutelyadored each other. They’d known each other allof their lives.
Mother, Son, Granddaughters(left) Mary FrancesRobinson Burgess withgranddaughterMary Johanna (1926,Gull Point, FL(right) Burl RobinsonBurgess with daughterPatricia Ann (1933,Pensacola, FL)
Ervie Ella Davis BurgessThis is my favorite picture of my grandmother,Ervie Ella Davis Burgess. This was taken about 1917.She is standing outside her one room schoolhouse inPineapple, Monroe County, Alabama. She grew up onthe Davis family homestead (1831) near Fatama, WilcoxCounty, Alabama. Her family moved to Canoe, Alabamaat the same time as the Robinsons and Burgesses.Burl Robinson Burgess was in France in 1917, as a WWIsoldier. He and my grandmother married after his returnto the States. They moved to Gull Point, Florida soon aftertheir marriage.The former Gull Point community is now part ofPensacola, near Creighton Road and the Scenic Hwy.All of their children were born in Pensacola:Burl Robinson Burgess, Jr.; James Gilbert Burgess,Mary Johanna Burgess, and Patricia Ann Burgess.
Burgess HomeThis is the old Burgess family home, located at the corner of Pineville and old Bell’sLanding Road in Monroe County. It adjoins the DuBose property.
Concord Baptist Church, Buena VistaWe stayed with theSteeles when wevisited MonroeCounty. They are thetrustees of BuenaVista, and gave usquite a tour.
Concord Baptist Church, Buena Vista
Schoolhouse, Buena Vista
Robinson Home, Buena Vista, ALI’m sure you have a copy of this photo. Have you ever noticed the little girlstanding in the front yard? I wonder who she is. I have several photos ofthis house.
Store and Post Office, Buena Vista
You inquired aboutRoberts Cemetery inPensacola. Both MaryFrances and herhusband, Edwin Burl, areinterred in the Burgessfamily plot there.My grandfather madetheir headstones.Roberts Cemetery islocated on CreightonRoad. The earliest(marked) gravesitesdate to 1860.