I'm a retired English teacher. I taught at St. Joseph's Regional High School at the beginning of my career and then, in the North Adams Public School system, mostly at Drury High School where I was Team Leader of the English Department for the last decade or so.
I graduated from St. Joseph's Regional High School in 1966 and the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English in 1970. My M. Ed. was from MCLA, formerly North Adams State College, in 1977. My writing career included articles mostly for local newspapers in the 80's and 90's, some short stories, and two unpublished novels, buried in a desk drawer. There were also two books on writing for the education market that had long runs. My most recent effort was a second novel for my oldest granddaughter, The Little Refugees, to sensitize her to problems of kids who are not as lucky as her.
Genealogy has become my new hobby, along with reading on a wide variety of topics, most often, becoming interested in a book from interviews onThe Daily Show or the newspaper. I dabble in writing, art, and photography. With my wife, Peggy, I also enjoy gardening, going to the theater, and yoga. We pretty much do everything around the house and yard that we can by ourselves and take a lot of pride in our self-sufficiency. Our latest project was renovating the outside of our main entrance, removing two overgrown arbor vitae and replacing them with boxwoods and flowers.
Our four grandchildren continue to be the biggest joy of our retirement. For two former teachers, there is nothing like seeing them learn, laugh, and grow. Some of our projects with them have been kite flying, raising butterflies, and knock-knock jokes. We have passed through the Disney Princess phase (twice), found out more about my English roots through Thomas the Train cartoons, and have accompanied them on Pup Patrols in the afternoons. I also wrote a book for my oldest granddaughter, Lumena and the Green Goddess, based on her interest in keeping the environment clean. I've been telling her stories for years. In this one, I gave the main character the name of my great grandmother, Lumena Robert, to introduce her to her French-Canadian ancestry. To my delight, my three youngest grandchildren have developed a keen interest in art, drawing and painting. My wife deserves a lot of credit for my son's two youngest, and my daughter for her own daughter's first steps in art. My 7 year old grandson, quite unexpectedly, announced at school that he wants to be an artist when he grows up. That came out of the blue like a lot of things with him: no interest, then suddenly a proficiency. As for my daughter's little girl, she holds crayons and the like with a perfect grip; to the best of our knowledge, no one coached her--she just did it. Even Rob's youngest (5) is painting now suddenly with intent.
Links to Related Pages
I've created a number of supporting pages that explore various related genealogical topics in a little more depth. Here are the links to them with a brief description of each.
In addition to the tree profiles here on the early Scrivens of Colyton, see The Village of Scriven and the Slingsbys.
For a brief outline of the four family lines going back from my grandparents, see My Grandparents' Ancestors.
The Origin of the Scriven Name will tell you about English and Norman origin theories, and the page The Final s in Scrivens tells the story of how my grandfather added the "s" to the family name and gives a history of how the two variants ("s" and no "s") have appeared in England.
For links to some of my more interesting ancestors, go to the page on Notable Ancestors.
The Page Dit Robert gives you what is currently my best explanation of the origin of the French Canadian affix, dit Robert. My grandmother's immediate ancestors were named "Robert," but my first New France immigrant's grandchildren were named Chartier dit Robert.
For some historical context to better understand my ancestors' lives in the times in which they lived, take a look at Scriven Ancestry Timeline.
A compilation of information on places important in our lives is on Scrivens Places. This includes pictures of houses and towns where we lived and thumbnails of what happened there.
For a brief discussion of the Westward Migration of the Scrivens, see Early Migration of the Mains and Scrivens and The Scriven Family Migration Routes There is additional information at the end of Matthias Scriven's biography and Joshua Scriven's biography.
Domestic Servants and Laborers was research I got interested in when I saw how often my Rensselaer Co. ancestors, just simple farmers, employed domestic help. I thought only the well-to-do could afford to hire people, but live-in help turned out to be a common arrangement in the last half of the 19th century.
Also, for an as yet unrelated Scriven, see the profile on George Percival Scriven who some credit as being father of the modern US Air Force.
What I've learned so far from DNA testing is presented in [Scrivens DNA Tests]
First mentions of me in the local newspaper: reciting a poem in kindergarten for Mother's Day, 1954; my teachers were Miss Stephens and Miss Bates.  Appearance as Monsignor Donohue as a first grader in "The Little Red School House," a take-off on the visits the good Monsignor used to make to the little kids, 1955. This occurred in the annual St. Joseph School spring musicale. 
First mention of me in a ballgame was in the North Adams Transcript, Jul 2, 1958, going 0-2, batting seventh, having one put-out and an assist as a left fielder for the IUE Little League team. That was my first year playing; I was 10. The next year, apparently, I improved: on June 9, there was a game reported in which I got three hits. 
FamilySearch notes on name and other things
FamilySearch has published a collection of name-related facts of interest for my name as well as others who use the site.  Here are some of them:
--There are over 3 million people named Robert and over 2 thousand named Scrivens in the USA. Curiously, the most with my surname live in Florida, but I suspect that includes the "Scriven" with no ending "s" because they were so prevalent in the South.
--Not surprisingly, over 53% of Scrivens on FS come from England. My first name is French but of Germanic origin, derived from the nearly synonymous elements hrōd 'fame' + berht 'bright, famous.'
--When I was born, 1948, LP vinyl records were invented, the State of Israel was established, and the UN established the World Health Organization (WHO). The best picture was "Hamlet," the top grossing picture was "Easter Parade," and a movie ticket was $0.50. "Buttons and Bows," by Dinah Shore was the most popular song.
In sports that year, Michigan was the NCAA champion, the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Braves to win the World Series, and the Philadephia Eagles were the NFL Champions.
== Sources ==
First-hand information. Entered by Robert Scrivens.
North Adams Transcript, May 31, 1955 
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
Bob is 25 degrees from Stan Laurel, 20 degrees from Oliver Hardy, 22 degrees from Harpo Marx, 35 degrees from Graham Kennedy, 39 degrees from Louis de Funès, 32 degrees from Benny Hill, 19 degrees from Lucille Ball, 20 degrees from Gale Henry, 22 degrees from Charlie Chaplin, 19 degrees from Buster Keaton, 14 degrees from Joan Davis and 29 degrees from Carolina Millin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.