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Alice (Percival Roberts) Aiton (Alternate spelling Alis) 

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

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

Mother of Violet (Roberts Dix) Parsons and Mary (Roberts Halahan) Roe (plus other children who never lived in the colony) from a previous marriage.

Step-mother of Florence Aiton.  


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.  

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. 

Job in Colony: She managed the crate nailing machine in the veneer factory.

In 1928 she, along with her two daughters and Mrs. Shoemaker were working at Cravens, Louisiana, where colonists were salvaging materials from the old sawmill town.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: She left the colony in September 1929 going to visit her daughter in Texas where she expected to spend some time.

In 1930 she was listed as widowed and was 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 for a Telegraph Co. In 1943 she was still living in Chicago.  


Sources: US Census: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": August 24, 1929; "Vernon Parish Democrat": September 12, 1929; Museum Archives: Personal diary of John Aiton; Tennessee Delayed Birth Records; "Can We Co-operate" by Bob Brown


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