|Offspring of Jim Robinson and Louiser unknown (c1855-)|
|Gabriel Robinson (c1877-)|| |
|Martha Robinson (c1878-)|| |
|Stephen Robinson (c1879-)|| |
|Fraser Robinson (1884-1936)||24 March 1884 Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States||3 November 1936 Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States|| Rosa Ella Cohen (c1895-1952)|
Jim Robinson was born about 1850 on the Friendfield plantation. All that is known of his parents is that they were slaves on the plantation and were both born in South Carolina, probably during the 1820s. Robinson gained his freedom in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War. He chose to remain on the plantation as a sharecropper.
Robinson appears in the 1880 census, with his wife Louisa (written "Louiser" by the census taker) and three children. He has not yet been definitely identified in any later census returns, though his children can be traced.
- Tracking Michelle Obama's slave roots Background for CNN, July 2009, by Joe Johns and Justine Redman