History of Martha Robertshaw

1898 - Born Vera Robbins to Hattie and Nelson Robbins.  Oldest of 7 children in Shinglehouse, Pa, population 1,350.

1907 - Father killed in a railroad accident.  Sent to Big Flats at the age of 9 to her grandmother's house.  Changed her name to Martha.

1924 - Married Charles G Robertshaw, and became Martha Robertshaw at the age of 26.  They had one son, George  Robertshaw.  Charles Robertshaw returned from the War and eventually became an invalid

1942 - Martha began her painting of the interior of the home.  Work completed over a ten year period.

1950 - Article in the Star-Gazette.  Voted into the Elmira Art Club

1958 - Husband Charles died.  He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.  They were married for 34 years.

1960-1970s - Martha did housework and child care.  Later on she took care of the elderly in her home.

1989 - Martha died.  She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery

1994 - Martha's son George died.

2009 - Martha Robertshaw Exhibit at the Big Flats Town Community Center opened, with Murals recreated.

2017 -  Martha's house is sold to Don and Robin Ferrario.  The paintings are removed and stored.

2021 - Paintings on display to the public at Ferrario Auto Team on the same location where Martha created them.


Martha Robertshaw and Grandpa Charlie

biography by Agnes Lucille Anderson

biography by Herbert A Wisbey, Jr

House at 83 Fisherville Road

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