Museum the New Llano Colony

Alice (Percival Roberts) Aiton (Alternate spelling Alis) 

Birth: She was born in Ohio, approx. 1873 (age 57 on 1930 census).  


Pre-Colony History: In 1880 Alice was living in Ohio with her parents and an older sister. In 1900 she was living in Port Arthur, Texas with her first husband, John Roberts and four children.

In 1910 she was living in Alabama with her sister's family and her two youngest sons and was listed as widowed.  

Family Information: She came to the colony (from Dallas, Texas) with her husband John Aiton.

Mother of Violet Dix and Mary Halahan from a previous marriage.

Step-mother of Florence Aiton  

Job in Colony: In 1928 she, along with her two daughters and Mrs. Shoemaker were working at Cravens where colonists were salvaging materials from the old sawmill town. Managed the crate nailing machine in the veneer factory. 

Home in Colony: The Aiton home had been touched up with paint and looked home-like. A sign on the side of the house told you it was called "The Oaks". Looking at it, you could see five stately oaks, a well kept lawn, and a little garden. In the rear of the yard stood a magnificent oak named "The Queen" by Mrs. Aiton. The trunk was about three feet in diameter, height sixty feet and it had a branch spread equal to its height. 

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 she was listed as widowed and once again using the name Alice Roberts while living with her daughter, Edith Jackson, in Dallas, Texas.

In 1940, still using the name Alice Roberts, she and her daughter, Edith Johnson, were lodging with the Vila Wise family in Chicago, Illinois where Edith worked as a telegrapher for a Telegraph Co. In 1943 she was still living in Chicago.  


Sources: "Can We Co-operate" by Bob Brown; US Census: 1880, 1900, 1930, 1940; Personal diary of John Aiton; Tennessee Delayed Birth Records