MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History On Dr. Phil

MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History On Dr. Phil

In December 2018, television personality Dr. Phil welcomed MyHeritage consultant Yvette Corporon to his show to reveal previously unknown details about his family history. Recently, he again invited MyHeritage to the show to do the same for his wife of 41 years, Robin McGraw.

Watch the fascinating full segment here:

Robin is an entrepreneur, a #1 New York Times-bestselling author, a philanthropist, and a media personality. She is the founder of Robin McGraw Revelation, a line of skincare and beauty products. More than 2.5 million copies of Robin’s books have sold worldwide.

MyHeritage scoured our genealogical records, and found 93 people in Robin’s family tree, going back seven generations! The earliest ancestor we could trace was James Edwin Jones, Jr., born in 1763 in North Carolina and served in the Revolutionary War.

We even discovered from whom Robin inherited her business savvy and passion for helping other women look and feel their best!

Here are some of the fascinating anecdotes we uncovered about Robin’s family history:

Robin’s father, the war hero

Robin’s father, Jimmie, joined the army as World War II broke out.

Jimmie E. Jameson from World War II

Photograph of Jimmie E. Jameson during World War II

Jimmie’s marriage to Georgia Mae Drake — Robin’s mother — was published in The Daily Oklahoman on September 24, 1944. The article also shares lovely details about the wedding. Robin’s mom wore a blue dress and a corsage of sweetheart roses.

Newspaper clipping reporting Georgia Mae Drake’s marriage to Jimmie Jameson

Newspaper clipping reporting Georgia Mae Drake’s marriage to Jimmie Jameson The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 24, 1944

Military service as a family tradition

It turns out that Jimmie was not the only war hero in Robin’s family. Many of Robin’s ancestors served in the US Army. Jimmie was following in his father’s footsteps. His father Jay Jameson (Robin’s grandfather) served in World War I.

Robin’s third great-grandfather, Garsham Bills Jones, served in the Civil War.

Garsham Bills Jones, Robin’s third great-grandfather

Garsham Bills Jones, Robin’s third great-grandfather

Robin’s fourth great-grandfather, John Randles, was a veteran of the War of 1812, and her fifth great-grandfather, James Edwin Jones, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

The murder of Robin’s great-grandfather, John Brown

Robin’s great-grandfather, John Brown, was the victim of a murder on the streets of Alvord, Texas.

Family tree entry and photo of John Sylvestor Brown [Credit: MyHeritage]

Family tree entry and photo of John Sylvestor Brown [Credit: MyHeritage]

In August 1905, John Brown, a carpenter from Texas, shot and wounded a man named Bud Ham, 19. A newspaper article published on August 5,1905 reported that Brown had a daughter, 16, and he alleged that Ham had seduced her. A warrant was sworn out for Ham and he was arrested. In front of a barber shop, Brown approached Ham with a pistol and shot him.

Seven months later, on March 30, 1906, the two met again and argued. Then Ham, as reported in the local newspaper, “went away, returning a few moments later with a double-barreled shotgun” and shot Brown, killing him instantly.

Newspaper clipping reporting the murder of John Brown

Newspaper story reports the murder of John Brown

Beauty runs in the family

We mentioned earlier that Robin is the founder of Robin McGraw Revelation, a skincare and lifestyle brand, and she may have inherited this from her grandmother, Opal Jameson. In the 1930 US census, Opal’s occupation is listed as a beautician who ran her own beauty shop.

1930 census listing Opal Jameson as a beautician who owned a beauty shop

1930 census listing Opal Jameson as a beautician who owned a beauty shop [Credit: MyHeritage]

Robin was delighted to learn more about her “Granny Opal” whom she so admired.

With all the brave men and enterprising women in Robin’s family, it’s no wonder where her life successes have come from. Robin was thrilled that MyHeritage was able to uncover all of these remarkable historical records, images and family stories. Are you looking to discover more about your family history? We are excited to share a special 14-day free trial where you can unlock all of the MyHeritage advanced features and find your own incredible stories.

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    Fran Seguin (BettyAnn Willoughby)

    May 2, 2019

    I found my two Half Brothers by my Father and my three half Sisters from my Mother. I found them all by having my DNA done. Since I was put up for adoption at 2.5 months. In those days we in Canada could not get our birth information until about 1988/89. So until then I was under the impression that all of my natural family was dead. But now with work and help from Heritage and Ancestry I now have the Willoughby’s going back to the first Willoughby in 1066.
    If I continue I will be all night and Day telling you what I have found by doing my DNA. Thanks for allowing the opportunity..

  • Mary Harrington Howington

    May 2, 2019

    I also share ancestors with the Bush family! I haven’t quit figured out all the details but exactly where the link comes from. I am also a subscriber to MyAncestory and have gone back to the 1300’s with a few stories attached to some ancestors.

  • artgranny

    May 5, 2019

    So interesting……..

  • David Maxwell

    August 1, 2019

    Just watched an episode of Dr. Phil I am found it very interesting would like to go deeper into my family history

  • Ruth Swan

    August 4, 2019

    We have a mystery woman in our family that I would like to identify. My great-grandfather was illegitimate. William Wallace Davis born in Trois Rivieres in Quebec April 8, 1830. His father was Charles Davis who was born in England and was a British soldier. William died in Poltimore, Quebec, in 1913. For some reason, his mother did not keep him. He was adopted by his half–brother Thomas Davis in Dudswell, Quebec. I believe the family was Anglican, but we have not found a birth or baptism document. I would like to know the identify of his mother and whatever we can find out about her. Thanks.

  • Anne Marie Benoit

    November 30, 2019

    Hi very warming story to read. I myself got a very very grand father named Micheal Stephen Mc Grath from Cork Ireland came to America around 1750 or so.. He came to the Miramichi in what is now called the province of New Brunswick. There in by the Miramichi river lots of new comers gather. It was actually called the county of Halifax way back. Boats from Jamaica, England so on were doing business there. Boats and ships were build on the Miramichi and sold all over the world. I wonder if Phil is related to the same guy. Am also descendant of James Drysdale who was also on the Miramichi there about the same time. On the Drysdale side am related on my mom, dad, grand ma and so on as there are so many people related to the same family. McGrath, Mc Graw are huge family where am from….lol and they often are French…so are the Drysdale, Drysdelle…Ferguerson, Gibbs, McDonald, Richardson, Robinson, Murphy, Fizgerald,..Hickey….

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    Jackie Jameson

    March 14, 2022

    This was just surreal to read about my Grandmother, Opal, and the lineage that I share with Robin. My father is her father’s younger brother. The picture of Garsham Bills Jones looks like my Dad. His name was Bill Jameson, so now I wonder if that was a family name that his mother, Opal Daniels, had known about. Will be sharing this with my sister and brother.