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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.
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