I’ll cut him hip-to-hip

My grandpa, Fred Roberts, was known for many things.  But a sense of humor wasn’t one of them.  As my dad puts it, “He didn’t say much.   But he meant what he said.”

One day great grandpa Elbert’s family were visiting some relatives.  Their cousins were a little mean, and decided it would be fun to throw the Robertses into a nearby river.  After they had thrown grandpa’s brothers and father in, they came to him.

A classic example of a Hawkbill knife.

He immediately pulled out his large hawkbill knife (used for grading tobacco) and told them, “The first man that touches me, I’ll cut him hip-to-hip”.

Needless to say, grandpa did not get thrown in the river that day.


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3 Responses to “I’ll cut him hip-to-hip”

  1. Leigh Cooper Mangrum says:

    is this Fred Roberts of Church Hill, TN with wife Maysie?

    • Jeff Roberts says:

      No. This is Fred Roberts of Blackwater/Lee County, Virginia. His wife’s name was Esta Wallen, from Kyles Ford, Tennessee. I believe that your Fred is from a different line of Roberts that lived in the same area as mine.

  2. Debra Roller Price says:

    William Fred Roberts who married Maysie Giles is a fourth cousin of Frederick Holmes (I’ll cut you from hip to hip) Roberts.
    My g-g-grandmother was Lucinda Roberts Bledsoe. Frederick was her grandnephew.

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