Brooks Robertson

(1899 – 1976)

Brooks Ross Robertson was born 22 May 1899. At this time, his family is listed as living in Mt. Vernon.  When Brooks filled out his WWII draft card, he listed his birth place as Princess Anne, Maryland. Both of these are in Somerset County.

Significant dates and places

1918 – Registered for the draft

Brooks Ross Robertson – living in Princess Anne, Somerset County, MD

At the time of this registration, he is farming on his Dad’s farm and he lists his Mom, Rosa, as contact person. He is tall, slender and has blue eyes and dark hair.

1920 Census

Still living with Winnie and Rosa and siblings Emil and Martha May, in the Mt. Vernon District of Somerset County. But Brooks is now recorded as a carpenter for a shipyard – maybe the Whitehaven Shipyard.

1940 Census

Brooks has moved to Chester City, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He is a roomer at a public hotel and works as an electrician. This information is further clarified on his WWII draft card. Brooks is living at 218 East 4th Street in Chester City. He is working for Belmont Iron Works in Eddystone PA. He lists “someone who will always know your address” as Mrs. Ella Eshleman. No idea who this is!

Brooks Robertson’s grave at the Robertson Cemetery

We lose sight of Brooks, until his death in December, 1976 in Chester, PA at the age of 77.

Eva Blanche Robertson Messick and Family

(1872 – 1932)

Eva Blanche Robertson was born in Wicomico County, Maryland on 28 April 1872, the second daughter of James W. T. Robertson and his first wife, Esther Adeline.

Eva’s first appearance in the census is 1880. Esther has died and JWT has married our great-grandmother, Caroline Lawson Catlin. Esther’s three children, Carrie, Eva, and Alice Talmage are living at home, along with Caroline’s kids, Carlton Edward and Esther Caroline. James WT is listed as a farmer and a merchant.

By 1900 it looks like Eva, age 28, has moved in with her uncle, John Rufus Robertson. John R (aka “Bud Rufo”) is Esther’s brother, and at this time John is married to Sarah E. Lankford. They have 5 children, ranging in age from 14 to 2. Also part of the household is Oscar, John’s brother. Eva is teaching public school, but I bet she helped out with the kids, too.

Eva Blanche married Daniel Walter Messick on 25 November 1909. Daniel is the son of Mahlon S. Messick and Rita A. Downing. In the 1910 census, Daniel is listed as an oysterman and Eva is still teaching.

They married rather late in life, especially given the times; Daniel was 42; Eva was 37. Their first child, Daneva, was born and died in 1911. They did go on to have another child, a son, Myron Daniel, who was born 18 Nov. 1913, according to his gravestone at the Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The 1920 census lists Daniel as a painter, and Eva is the postmistress. Myron is 6 years old. They own their own house with no mortgage.

In 1930 they are living probably in the same house on Nanticoke Road. Daniel is 62 years old and is a house painter. Eva is 57 and no longer seems to be teaching. Myron is 16.

Eva Blanche passes away on 1 August 1932, age 60. She and her infant daughter, Daneva, are buried in the Robertson Family Cemetery.

Eva’s gravestone in Clara, Maryland

Daniel dies in February 1948, at the age of 80, but we can find no record of him in the 1940 census. His obituary, speaks of a funeral service held in the Nanticoke Methodist Church, and burial in the Robertson Family Cemetery. We have no record or stone marking his burial, and he is not listed in Find-a-Grave at this cemetery, nor at the Wicomico Cemeteries Project page.