When Frances was 13 years old, her parents drove her and her little sister, Linda Jo to the 1950 Theocracy's Increase International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses at Yankee Stadium in New York. They stayed in the trailer city (near Plainfield, New Jersey) that was created to house thousands.
Theocracy's Increase Convention - Release of NWT of Christian Greek Scriptures
Due to her mothers' mental illness, she was kicked out of her home when she was 13 years old. She went to live with her sister, Mary Lou in Shelton, Washington.
At 15, she was made a ward of the court and went to live with her grandmother Lucy. Soon after this, she met Carl Robinson.
Carl's brother, Bob drove up to Port Angeles to pick them up in Firman's car so that they would be chaperoned. She stayed with his parents for a month prior to her marriage because he had to work with the courts in order to marry her. They were finally married on the 28 of March 1953 in Raymond, Grays Harbor, Washington. They took the bus to Seattle for the night, then on to Port Angeles. They had a little upstairs apartment, with a close line off the balcony.
Carl & Frances Robinson
In May 1953, Frances was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in Port Angeles, Washington. It was during a circuit overseer visit and was done in a horse trough.
In July 1953, Frances and Carl went with good friends in their congregation on a road trip to New York City, New York to attend an assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses at Yankee Stadium.
Do Not Forsake Gathering Together
She took part in a radio contest and won a sewing machine. Teaching herself to sew, Frances ended up becoming a talented pattern maker and seamstress. With nine children she was kept busy making many clothes. She also made suits. She eventually created an income from sewing for others.
Frances was a "Vacation Pioneer" in 1958, going out in the door-to-door ministry, with four children under the age of five.
Her first job was at the oyster cannery in South Bend, Washington. The staff didn't think this petite young woman could do the job. She ended up beating everyone's times for shucking oysters!
Frances at the Oyster Cannery, South Bend, Washington
For several years, while part of the Raymond, Washington congregation, Frances did the mural in her kingdom hall.
1964 Carl and Frances at the Kingdom Hall
In 1966, Frances was asked to give a part in the "We Should Not Neglect The House of Jehovah" Circuit Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses at the Raymond, Washington High School with her good friend Jean Whitehead.
1966 Circuit Assembly Part
On February 22, 1968, Frances filed for divorce and went to live with her sister Mary Lou in Clatskanie, Oregon. She never followed through and they reconciled.
In 1969, Carl and Frances went to live in Orcas Island, Washington where her father, Frank had a garbage disposal company. Carl was very sick with an, at the time, unknown illness so she found work at the Rosario Resort as a waitress. The piano player would sometimes start playing "Mrs. Robinson" by The Beatles as she came down into the dining room.
Rosario Resort Employee Photo
On July 13, 1981 Carl and Frances were divorced. They had nine children together:
On November 20, 1982, she married Ronald Eugene Bickford in Vancouver, Clark, Washington. On June 2, 1991, this marriage was dissolved.
Sometime around 1984 a next door neighbor and friend invited her to go along to a taping of the morning show AM Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She was picked out of the audience for a makeover.
Frances Bickford on AM Northwest
In 1999, Frances attended and graduated from a two-week school for bible education of "Pioneers".
1999 Pioneer School Photo
She has traveled extensively and lived in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Currently, she resides in Raton, New Mexico.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Frances and daughter, Azure Rae Robinson Predicted Relationship: Parent/Child Amount of shared DNA is 3,463 centimorgans across 62 DNA segments
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Frances and daughter, Naomi Ruth (Robinson) Rook Predicted Relationship: Parent/Child Amount of shared DNA is 3,447 centimorgans across 61 DNA segments
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Frances and daughter, Teresa Louise Robinson Predicted Relationship: Parent/Child Amount of shared DNA is 3,432 centimorgans across 76 DNA segments
Maternal relationship is confirmed with a MyHeritage test match between Azure Rae Robinson and Debra Lynne Friend , sister. Predicted relationship from MyHeritage: "Sister DNA Match quality 36.4% (2,635.9 cM) Shared DNA 47 Shared segments 139.4 cM Largest segment"
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Frances and daughter, Bonnie Gwen (Robinson) Lindsey Predicted Relationship: Parent/Child Amount of shared DNA is 3,417 centimorgans across 82 DNA segments
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Frances and son, Darwin Eugene Robinson Predicted Relationship: Parent/Child Amount of shared DNA is 3,474 centimorgans across 69 DNA segments
Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between second cousins Diane Marie (Titterington) Mercer and Frances Lee (Peasley) Robinson Predicted Relationship: 2nd Cousin Amount of shared DNA is 340 centimorgans across 17 DNA segments
Paternal relationship confirmed with an AncestryDNA match comparison between second cousins once removed Douglas Oliver Bjorklund and Frances Lee (Peasley) Robinson Predicted Relationship: 3rd Cousin Amount of shared DNA is 93 centimorgans across 5 DNA segments
Paternal and Maternal relationships confirmed with a GEDMatch one to one comparison between Frances and niece, Sandra Lynne OLeary Compare results: Largest segment = 144.0 cM Total of segments > 7 cM = 1753.0 cM 38 matching segments Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 1.5 176250 SNPs used for this comparison.
Paternal and Maternal relationships confirmed with a GEDMatch one to one comparison between Frances and nephew, Shalon West Compare results: Largest segment = 114.5 cM Total of segments > 7 cM = 1611.6 cM 39 matching segments Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 1.6 175467 SNPs used for this comparison.
Paternal relationship confirmed with a AncestryDNA match comparison between Frances and cousin, David Hughes Predicted Relationship: 1st Cousin Amount of shared DNA is 738 centimorgans across 30 DNA segments
United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S4-QJX : 15 March 2018), Francis Persley, Brooklyn, North River Election Precinct, Pacific, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 25-29, sheet 2A, line 16, family 42, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4354.
Digital Afterlife: In the event of my death, I would like all of the profiles for people not living that I manage alone to be changed to Open. Also, if any project pages are still just in my name, they need to be turned over to the appropriate project. Space pages that I have created can all be changed to Open. If I missed anything (and for the Red/still living profiles on my Watchlist), I ask that they are managed by my daughter, Azure Robinson or if she is unable, the WikiTree team. Thanks! Peasley-221 20:24, 20 April 2020 (UTC)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Frances or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: