Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Lucy.

Lucy Robinson became a WikiTreer in May of 2017.  She’s a Data Doctor, Connector and Sourcerer and also participates in our Germany Project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching? 

I’ve been trying to find out anything about the Wilsons from North Georgia. They are a mixture of Brewers, Underwoods & Harringtons/Herringtons. Wilson is my maiden name and the one I’m having the most trouble with.

I’m fascinated with my 10th great grandfather’s, John Punch/Bunch, name. I personally believe all of us track back to Africa and this man is my link. 

I’ve just joined a German Project Group to work on my Mingledorff line. I’ve been stuck for some time and excited to partner with people who live in that area of Germany. 

I’d really like to figure out how to solve the DNA mystery of my Herrington/Harrington line. Many are trying to determine if the man who came to America is the same as the well known Harrington line of England. 

My most prolific group of names involve the Salzburger families from Ebenezer, Georgia  and Purysburg, SC. This group has happily produced a list of over 3,000 cousins. Some I’ve gotten quite close to.

For a friend I’ve been looking into Powell & Burroughs of Virginia.

What are some of the locations you are researching? 

I’m looking into Rhineland-Palatine for my Mingledorff line. England for the Harrington like. Northeast Ga, Northern SC, and NC for my Wilsons. The Punch/Bunch line has led me all over the US. I’d love to figure out where he was before and how he originally became indentured. He ended up becoming the first, legal, lifelong slave in America with descendants across Va, NC, SC, Chicago and even Hawaii. 

I found records showing I’m related to some pretty famous Vikings & have been looking into Norway, Denmark & Sweden.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

I was disabled in a 1996 car accident & left with too much time on my hands. Most of my careers have been either investigative or research in nature. I combined this with my love of family & history in general. 

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

That’s a hard choice. If I had to pick I’d have to go with Judge William Henderson Underwood (Underwood-6345). He was a self taught man & son of a doctor. He taught school while he taught himself the law. After being admitted to the bar he represented over 300 Cherokee Indians that he thought were wrongly charged. He ended up being the lead attorney at the US Supreme Court case of Cherokee Nation vs Georgia, which he won. Sadly we had a President who had little regard for the Court. He has been noted as being “the” attorney who was able to get the Supreme Court to understand the plight of the Cherokee. 

I share that sense of right vs wrong with this man and his passion for the underdog. I love his tenacity to achieve his goals and how he never stopped trying to serve his community. 

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

The Wilson name. It’s the only name I’ve not been able to get leads on. I’m stumped at my 3rd great father who seemed to have used several names & died in the Civil War. Because of this there is only one census record with a possible nickname. It’s unknown where he died or where he’s buried. He’s relatively unknown. 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I enjoy learning and there’s not a subject that’s off limits. I have a love for music and am teaching myself the cello. I’m religious and spend time volunteering at my Church. Most of all my family is my main interest. I have two children & four amazing grandchildren. With schools closed I’ve taken on the role of teacher for my youngest grandson. My 80 & 85 year old parents live next door & run circles around me. Under normal circumstances I spend a lot of time with my Aunt who’s in an assisted living facility. 

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I’ve been on WikiTree for 3 years. I spend my time trying to improve my original profiles while adding to my tree. I volunteer with the Data Doctors, Connectors, & Sourcerers. I have a habit of adopting orphan profiles because I feel bad for them. I’m a member of the Cornbread Catchers team for the marathon challenges and don’t know how I ever survived without them. I have a great mentor who is the most patient person I know. Best of all I’ve found a host of cousins which thrills me. I can’t have enough family!

What brought you to WikiTree?

I found WikiTree by accident, read the rules & was hooked. 

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

I love WikiTree because of the rules. When I read profiles where the rules have been followed I feel I can trust the information. That’s important to me. 

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy?

 The tools & available groups on WikiTree are amazing. The new Germany Project Regions Teams is going to be a fantastic way to collaborate with people on the ground in Germany. 

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Follow the welcome steps. Create only one profile & work it to completion. Ask for help, a lot. Don’t import your tree. It’s going to make a huge mess that you’re not ready to fix in order to comply with the rules. You’ll get there & doing it right the first time will pay off in the long run. 

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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members: Lucy Robinson”

  1. Checking your work connecting Bush5044 to Henry VIII Tudor seems to break down with the reported marriage of Dorothy Seymour to Clement Smith. His bio says his daughter Dorothy married Edmund I Parker (d.1635) of North Molton in Devon, and the Smith arms are visible carved in relief on an oak screen dated 1609 in North Molton Church, impaled by Parker. Notable descendants of this marriage were Baron Boringdon, later created Earl of Morley (Parker) also Admiral Hyde Parker.[1][2]

    Coros, D. F. (1982). “SMITH, Clement (by 1515-52), of Little Baddow and Rivenhall, Essex.”. In Bindoff, S. T. (ed.). The House of Commons 1509-1558. The History of Parliament Trust.
    Lee, Sidney (1898). “Smith, John (1534?-1607)” . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 53. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

  2. Hi Lucy
    Did you research the Robinsons?

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