Thornton Edgar Robinson, also known as T.E., was born in Lincoln County, Mississippi on August 11, 1888. He was the son of Ivey Robinson and Elizabeth Dunn Robinson. On May 16, 1918, T.E. married Narsis Bailey in either the Mississippi County of Lincoln or Pike. Narsis was the daughter of Eugene Bailey and Mariah Hardy Bailey. T.E. served in the army during World War I. He and Narsis were the parents of six children, four son and two daughters. Children born to the couple were Mary Elizabeth, Willie Ivy, Eugene J., Silas Milton, Tycer M. and Edith Marie. In October 1933, T.E. fell from a wagon while riding on a stack of hay not far from his home in Lincoln County. The accident lead to his death shortly thereafter. T.E. was also the father of Eddie Robinson, son of Hattie Jackson, and Stephen "Stevie" Wallace, son of Arie Gordon.