Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California, on 26 March 1874. His father, a journalist and New England transplant named William Prescott Frost, Jr., named his firstborn child after his personal hero, Robert E. Lee. (No word on what his mother, Isabelle Moodie, thought of her son's namesake.) Frost's younger sister Jeanie was born two years later. Their father, William Frost Jr., was a rough-around-the-edges journalist who drank hard, carried a pistol, and kept a jar of pickled bull testicles on his desk.blank">My Butterfly," appeared in the New York Independent . And, in December 1895, Elinor married him.