Luther Alfred Robison
Luther Alfred Robison was born on January 9, 1860 in Rutherford County. He died on January 3, 1937, and was buried in High Shoals Cemetery. He was a farmer as was his father, Alfred. At one time they owned more than five hundred acres of land reaching from High Shoals Church all the way beyond grandpa’s house to Trinity Church. Luther married Mary Malinda Jolley. Her parents are James Porch Jolley and Malinda Moore Jolley. Mary Malinda was born on February 26, 1859 and died on March 14, 1927. She is buried in High Shoals Cemetery.
Luther and Mary Malinda lived on the Mooresboro road near his father Alfred. The house called “the homeplace” was built in 1920 by Mary Malinda’s brother, George Jolley. Grandpa Luther grew cotton. After it was picked, he would stack up the bales on the porches of the house until he took it to market. He also raised cows, sheep and hogs. He had mules to pull the plows and wagons. He cut large piles of firewood for cooking and heating. He cut the family’s hair. On Saturdays it was not unusual for neighbors to come by for a trim too. He saved the hide when he killed a cow or hog and used it to half-sole the family shoes.
Grandma Polly, as she was called, had a spinning wheel, which she used to spin wool to make socks and other items for the family. She scoured the wide board floors with lye soap that she herself made. She used large black wash pots set over a fire and tubs of water in the yard to do the laundry. She kept fresh straw in the straw-ticks (mattresses). Somehow she found time to sweep the bare yard with a broom made of twigs and put out flowers in circles.
Luther and Polly raised eight children on that farm and there were chores for all. They commanded and got great respect from the children, but found time for lots of fun also. There were corn shucking parties, box suppers at church, and the gourd hole (swimming hole) to enjoy when the work was done. Luther and Polly were members of High Shoal Baptist Church as were his parents, Alfred and Elizabeth. All work ceased on Sunday. Preparations were made ahead so that there would be no need of cooking or other work on The Lord’s Day. Only the mules worked on Sunday, for it was their job to pull the buggy that carried the family to church.
Children of Luther and Mary Malinda (Polly) Robison:
Samuel Avery Robison was the oldest of eight children. He was born on May 29,1881 and he died on April 15, 1941. He married Mary Ella Smith and they lived at Fairview, near Cliffside. Their children are Eula, Ethel, Alice, Ruby, Virginia, Grace, Lois, Melrose, Paul and Broadus.
J. Bronner Robison was born in 1882 and died in 1942. He is buried in High Shoals Cemetery. His first wife was Etta. She was born in 1886 and died in 1927. She is buried in High Shoals Cemetery. They had two girls. Jetty Gray and Mary Lee. Bronner was a farmer and also worked at the mill in Cliffside. They lived in the Hubert Ruppe House. After Etta passed away, Bronner married Bertha Hudgins. She was born in 1897 and died in 1967. They had one daughter, Doris. She was born in 1930 and died in 1932. She is also buried in High Shoals Cemetery.
James Alfred Robison was born on April 1, 1886 and died on April 26, 1942. Jim married Sally McGinnis. She was born on March 29, 1894 and died on Apr. 28, 1981. They had no children. They lived on Mooresboro road in a house across the road from his parents Luther and Mary Malinda. Jim shot and killed himself at his home. The reason is not known. Bill and Freddie Sisk bought the house in the early 1950s and raised their family there. Freddie is the daughter of Fred and Era Robinson.
Otis Robison was born April 12, 1891 and died August 29, 1894. The reason for his death is not known. He is buried in High Shoals Cemetery.
Fannie M. Robison was born in 1894 and died in 1927. She is buried in High Shoals Cemetery. Fannie married Arthur Lawing. He was born in 1893 and died in 1975. He is buried in Cliffside Cemetery. Their children are Norris, Opal, Verle and Jack.
Fred Thomas Robison was born on April 7, 1896 and died on October 9, 1954. He married Era Margaret Hollady. They had six children. (More on another document)
Carrie Elizabeth Robison (Aunt Lizzie) was born on April 22, 1898 and died on Feb. 6, 1992. She married DarginTate. He was a farmer, born in 1889 and died in 1952. They had two sons D. B. and Coble. Lizzie and Dargin are buried in Cliffside Cemetery.
John Quincy Robison was born in 1900 and died in 1973. He married Maude McCurry. She was born in 1904 and died in 1981. Their children are Jane, Jessie, and Bobbie.