I Had Another Robinson Article Published in the NEHGS Register

I am excited to say that I have had another genealogy article published in the New England Historical Genealogical Society Register. If you are interested here is a PDF of the article.

I have at least three Robinson lines of ancestors. This article is about my seventh great grandfathers, Increase Robinson Jr. He is an ancestor of my great grandmother, Fannie Robinson Erb.

I think it is interesting that each of us has 512 seventh great grandfathers. In 2017 I had my first genealogy article published. It was also about one of my seventh great grandfathers, George Robinson. He is my direct male line ancestor.

If you are a descendant of Increase Robinson I would love to hear from you.

My Sister – Barbara Uldene Robinson Simpson – May 25, 1954 to November 17, 2022

My younger sister, Barbara died Thursday, November 17. She was an amazing person and a wonderful sister.

She knew what she wanted in life and pursued it with focus. Her Christian faith was her rock. Her family meant everything to her. I will miss her enormously.

Here is her obituary:

Barbara Uldene Simpson née Robinson, aged 68, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 17, 2022 while living at home in University Place, Washington. Barbara was an earnest and faithful Christian, a regular attender and member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Tacoma. She sacrificially devoted herself to serving her Lord, family, and Christian brothers and sisters. Barbara died peacefully with family at home after living with ALS for 6 years.

Born in Bismarck, North Dakota on May 25, 1954 to Donald Wayne Robinson and Margaret Helen Robinson née Gibson, she was the second of four children. Barbara graduated valedictorian in 1972 from London Central High School in High Wycombe, United Kingdom while living with family in Farnham Commons, Buckinghamshire. She earned a degree in zoology from Iowa State University in 1976 and a doctor of dental surgery from the University of Washington in 1980.

Barbara served as an Army dentist at Ft. Lewis, Washington and Taegu, South Korea until June 1984. The Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, introduced Barbara and Michael Simpson to each other and they were married on June 8, 1985. They had four children, David, Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Mary.

Barbara loved being a full-time mother. In addition to being active in the ministry of the church, she loved knitting, sewing, playing the piano, cooking, gardening, and painting. When the children got older, Barbara returned to dentistry and worked as a hygienist at 6th Ave Dental in Tacoma for 11 years. During her last years, while enduring the ravages of ALS, she graciously kept her eyes on the Lord and was an inspiration to many.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Michael Gray Simpson, children David and his wife Katelyn Simpson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jonathan Simpson, Elizabeth and her husband Logan Green, and Mary and her husband Scott Ligman all of Tacoma. She is survived by three siblings, Marion and her husband Duke Vermazen of Reno, Nevada, Elizabeth and her husband Steven Thompson of Memphis, Tennessee, and Charles and his wife Annie Robinson of Seneca, South Carolina as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The Simpson family plans a viewing on Monday December 5th, 6-8 pm at Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor. All are invited. The burial is planned for Tuesday December 6th at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. If you plan to attend please be there at noon sharp. The burial will be at 12:30 pm sharp. A Memorial Service is planned for 4 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church also on Tuesday December 6 th followed by a reception in DeSoto Hall. All are invited to the burial, memorial service, and reception.

We are so thankful to our Lord and loving church family during this time. It was such a comfort to have your love and support throughout the years and it brings us peace knowing that Barbara is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Barbara in Reno, Oct 16 2009
Barbara’s wedding picture – June 8, 1985
Barbara probably about age 8 in the summer of 1962

Athens to Home

Last Tuesday we flew from Athens to Zurich and then from Zurich to San Francisco. It was a pleasant shock to see the green landscape of Switzerland after the brown hills of the last couple of weeks in Greece.

Landing in Zurich

The line for departure control in Zurich was really long but we made our plane with no problem.

Departure control in Zurich
On the plane headed home.

I love Global Entry. Once you have finished the application process you can enter the US by just having your face scanned. It is super fast.

In San Francisco we took BART to the East Bay where Allie and the grandkids met us. Than Duke drove home to Reno. There was fresh snow in the mountains and on the roads so it was a long drive but he made it!

I stayed in the Bay Area for a few days. I got to have lunch with Shannon and I helped with the Grandkids while Allie was on a business trip. I took Amtrak home on Thursday.

Hanging out with the grandkids.

It’s nice to be home.

The view from our back door this morning.

Paros to Athens

Monday morning we returned our rental car then went to find breakfast. We ended up at a restaurant overlooking the port and had a great breakfast.

Dukes breakfast
Our breakfast

Then we took an uneventful four and a half hour ferry ride to Athens and caught the metro to our hotel at Athens airport. Tuesday we start the long journey home. It’s been a great trip’

Paros Day 4

Almost every place we have stayed on this trip has included breakfast. The place we are staying for our second two nights on Paros does not. So this morning we drove down to a local fishing village and found a place for breakfast overlooking the harbor. It appeared to be full of locals. I had a crepe with cheeses and vegetables and Duke had pancakes with honey.

My crepe
Duke’s pancakes.

Afterwards we went for a walk along the coast.

Near where we had breakfast

Later in the day we drove out to find a beach to record a car review video. We ended up at Tripiti Beach where we stopped yesterday.

Our car positioned for Duke’s car review video.
Walking along Tripiti Beach

For dinner we went into the town of Paros and had a great dinner. We shared calamari with pesto and potatoes and sea bass baked with grapefruit, oranges and potatoes in paper.

Our dinner

The sunsets and moonsets in the Greek islands have been like nothing I have ever seen. I think it’s at least partly because there always seems to be a haze along the horizon.

Sunset tonight

It was only when we were questioning why sunset was at 5:20 instead of around 6:20 like it was last night that we realized that daylight savings time changed in Europe last night!!

The moon setting