Thursday, January 28, 2016

Boy's In Dresses - A Family Synopsis

As I was scanning family photo's, I was amazed by the amount of young boys in the family, in cute little dresses. As was the habit in our society for many decades, boys were put into dresses, the same as little girls. This makes for a real challenge for genealogists, who try to identify the children in their photo's. Many make the mistake of thinking it is a little girl in the photo, when in fact it is a little boy.
Our first picture is of grandma Maryann Scearces grandpa, Harry Marshall Scearce. He was born in 1865 during the Civil War, in Fort Marshall, Maryland, because his father was the Surgeon running the Hospital there. This picture was taken c.1865-66.
This is Harry's eldest son, Robert John Scearce, aka "RJ. He was born in Noblesville, Indiana in 1896. This picture was taken in 1899.
This is Harry's second child, Richard Gregg Scearce, aka "Dick", He too was born in Noblesville, Indiana in 1898. The picture was taken at the same time as his older brothers and in the same studio, in 1899. This is grandma Maryann's father.
Here is grt. grandpa, Dick Scearce, again. The picture was taken in 1900
Here is a very sweet picture of RJ and Dick Scearce in 1903.
This is a picture of grandma, Maryann Scearce's mother, Wanda Dale Roberts and only brother, Steven Forest Roberts. This was taken in Edgar, Wisconsin. Wanda, aka "Dale", aka "Matie", was born there in 1900, and her brother, Steven, aka "Forie", in 1902. The picture was taken in 1904.
We jump now to grandpa, Daniel Autrey Hanners side of the family. This is a photo of his grandparents, Franklin Ferdinand Hanners, aka "Ferd", and wife, America Laura Elizabeth Atkinson, aka Laura, and grandpa's aunt Birdie Elizabeth Hanners, and his father, Daniel Gladstone Hanners, aka "Glad." His father is leaning against his mothers knee. Picture taken in Doniphan, Missouri c.1898-99.
While we are on the Atkinsons, this is a baby picture of Laura's brother Charles William Atkinson. Picture taken in Doniphan, Missouri in 1878.
This is Charles Peace Atkinson, the son of the previous Charles. It was taken in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1913.
This is Daniel Morgan Atkinson, Jr. first cousin to the baby in the previous picture, and son of John Morgan Atkinson, Sr., another brother of Laura Atkinson. This picture was taken in Doniphan, Missouri in 1913.
Here is possibly Daniel Autrey Hanners, but could be a picture of his younger brother, Thomas Wright Hanners. It dates from 1921 - 1926.
This one is certainly grandpa Dan Hanners. He is in Doniphan, Missouri. Picture taken in 1922.
This is Claiborne Gladstone Hanners, grandpa's older brother, and grandpa, Daniel Autrey Hanners, in Doniphan, Missouri. It was taken in 1924. It is one of the last known pictures of Claiborne, for sadly he died of diptheria that same year.
Jumping now to my family. This is my grandpa, Gerald Dawson Robison, aka "Shorty". He was born in Doniphan, Missouri in 1909. The picture was taken in 1910.
This is Gerald again in 1911-12.
This is Gerald again in 1911-12 with his mother, Nellie Mae Ponder-Robison. This picture is probably taken in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. They moved there soon after my grandpa was born because his father, Lester Ernest Robison, was a railroad engineer out of the depot there.

Thus ends the overview of our boys in dresses, I hope that you've enjoyed it. Now when you go looking at old photo's just remember, that darling little girl in dress and curls, may be someones grandpa.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Death of Aunt Betty Jo Hanners

I record here the passing of grandpa, Daniel "Dan" Autrey Hanners younger sister, Betty Jo Hanners.
I felt it needful after finding her obituary online and realizing what a sad source of misinformation it was, when it came to who her parents and siblings were. I do not know who wrote this obit., but they were sadly misinformed.

Here is the obituary as found in the East Coast newspaper:


Lovingly Remembered of Montgomery County. Passed away peacefully on June 4, 2015, Betty loved life and shared that zest for living with her family, friends and many clients. She found equanimity and joy working with her horses. During WWII Betty graduated from high school and was employed with the FBI. She received a masters degree from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She created a successful business in the accounting field.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, Clayborn Hanners; mother, MaryAnn Autry; two brothers, Dan and Tom Hanners; sister, Pat Beckham and a great grandson, Cpl. James W. Higgins Jr. (USMC 1/1).
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lee Ragazinsky; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Betty was blessed with five generations of family to share her life with. Services will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11 a.m. at Germantown Baptist Church, 17640 Riffle Road, Germantown, Maryland
Betty Jo Hanners father was Daniel Gladstone Hanners who went by the nickname Glad. Her mother was Mary Ann Autrey who went by Mary. Her father was not Clayborn, and her mothers first name was Mary not MaryAnn, nor was her maiden name spelled Autry, but Autrey! There were five children in the family who all predeceased Betty Jo. I do not know enough about her descendants, to know if any of that is inaccurate, but wanted to correct what information I knew to be wrong.

Glad and Mary Hanners children were:

1.Claybourne Gladstone Hanners b.Oct 27,1918 in Naylor, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Oct 16, 1924 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri of Diptheria, just a short time before his sixth birthday. He was the light of his mothers eyes, and grandpa could never make up for it.

2.Daniel "Dan" Autrey Hanners b.Jul 11, 1921 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jul 27, 2007 in Hood River, Oregon. Just after his 86th birthday. This was grandpa.

3.Betty Jo Hanners b.Jul 23, 1925 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jun 4, 2015 I assume in Maryland or Washington D.C. The obit doesn't say where she died, or where she is buried.

4.Thomas "Tom" Wright Hanners b.Aug 20, 1926 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.May 8, 1962
He died tragically on his farm in Ripley Co., Missouri, from a tractor rolling over on him.

5.Patricia "Pat" Louis Hanners b.Dec 17, 1927 Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jan 26, 2004 Socorro, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Grandpa's youngest sister was his favorite, and he was so angry he wouldn't speak to her husband Darl after her death, because Darl donated Pats body to science, instead of having her buried.

 Betty Jo Hanners senior picture from Doniphan High School, Ripley Co., Missouri.
Left to right: Her daughter, Mary Lee Watson-Ragazinsky and Betty Jo Hanners

Left to right: Betty J. Hanners, Dan A. Hanners, Pat L. Hanners-Beckham, and Maryann Scearce-Hanners, (our Grandma Hanners). This was taken on their trip in 1992 in Missouri.
Grandpa and Grandma did a lot of traveling together with grandpa's sisters in their later years and enjoyed trips to Canada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Missouri, to name just a few. They often traveled with Pats husband Darl, and Darls brother, Thomas H. "TH" Beckham and sister in-law, Una Mae Beckham too.

Left to right: Pat Hanners-Beckham and Betty Jo Hanners. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Grandma Maryann Scearce-Hanners 1920's Dolly Quilt

Today while sorting our my linens and things, I came across this adorable quilt which belonged to grandma, Maryann Scearce-Hanners. According to her baby book, and what she told me, this blanket was made for her by her grandma, May Zimmerman-Roberts, and given to her on her very first Christmas, (Dec 25, 1924), for her dollies. It measures 22" x 29", and is made of a very light rayon-silk fabric, pale green on one side and pale pink on the other, with a very thin inner layer of cotton batting.

Here is a nice picture of grt. grt. grandma May, aka Mary Ann Zimmerman-Roberts, that made grandma's baby doll quilt.
Here is a picture of grandma, Maryann Scearce, in the arms of her father, Richard "Dick" Gregg Scearce.
She is ten months old, which puts this picture in December of 1924, about the time she received this quilt.
The picture was taken in Hood River, Oregon, tho she and her family were still living in Mosier.
Maybe this was taken near Grandma Mays house, at 13th and Cascade, in Hood River?
This is the front which is green. It is hard to see the pattern, but you can just see the two bunnies on each side of the palm tree, in the very center.
The back as you can see is very pale pink, and the pattern even harder to see. I shall put up closeups so that you can see the pattern a bit better.
In this closeup you can see, a floral pattern goes all around the edge of the quilt, which is sweetly scalloped.
Grt. grt. grandma certainly did delightful stitch work.
Here is a closeup of the center front of the quilt. Aren't those bunnies just darling?!
 With these last two pictures I thought I would try a different light, in hopes the stitching would show up clearer.
 If I can make a good pattern of this, I hope to make a copy of this cute little quilt in the future, as I think it is just darling.