Tombstone Tuesday – February 14, 2023 – Sybil Robart Hopkins

Sybil Robart was born in April of 1832 to James English Robart and Annie Croy in Ohio. James and Annie had nine children; Phebe (1819), Minerva (1825),John Croy (1826) Amelia ( maybe Anna born 1827), Rachel M. (1832), Sybil (1833), Mahala (1835), Catherine (1839), Franklin (1843).

In the 1850 Federal Census, Sybil Robart ( found as Robert) is found in a boarding house in Coldwater, Michigan. She is a seamstress working for Alanson and Emma Bacon. On September 21, 1852, Sybil married Andreas S. Hopkins in Cook County, Illinois.

In the 1860 Federal Census, Sybil and Andrew are found in Chicago’s Ward 4, Cook County, Illinois. They were counted with 44 other nonrelated individuals living in a Hotel run by Hiram Langley ad his wife, Mary. They have a daughter, Ida, who is 4 months old. Andrew is a printer.

The 1870 Federal Census, Sybil and Andrew are now in Chicago’s 10th Ward. They live in a boarding house and they have their ten year old daughter, Ida living with them. Andrew works for a printing house.

In the 1880 Federal Census, it appears that Sybil and Andrew have moved back the Detroit area. Andrew is a proofreader. They live at 171 Beach Street, Detroit, Michigan. By the time of the 1900 Federal Census, Andrew and Sybil are living on 17th Street in Detroit’s 10th Ward. Andrew is 68 years old and Sybil is 67. Andrew remains a proofreader. They have been married for 48 years.

Ida Hopkins, never married and died on January 27, 1900 of TB at the age of 38. Andrew Hopkins died in 1902. In the 1910 Federal Census, Sybil is a widow. She is living on Porter Street with her sister who is also a widow, Mahala Crego. Sybil is listed as head of household. Sybil’s nephew, Alton Crego, son of Mahala is also living with them. Sybil states that she bore three children and none of whom are living.

One hundred and ten years ago on February 14, 1913, Sybil died. She was buried in Woodmere Cemetery. All three family members are buried at the cemetery but I do not at this time find burial records except each of their death records state that they are buried at the cemetery. There are no Tombstones at this time.

Rest in peace Sybil!

Love Jan

Sybil is my first cousin 5 times removed.

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