Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1916aMiles Francis Stanley II was born on 15 Jan 1915 in Grandview, Texas to John Thomas Stanley and Marie Mistrot Carrico. As the oldest of 4 children and the only boy, Miles was an active child, belonging to both the YMCA and Army ROTC. Childhood was spent on Jennings Avenue in Fort Worth, and Miles later attended Central High School.

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1931While a student at Central High School, Miles met the love of his life and future wife, Charley Belle Rogers. Graduating in 1931, Miles went to work at his father’s employer,  the Fort Worth National Bank as a painter’s helper.

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1934Miles and Charley Belle eloped to Oklahoma and were married on 31 December 1934 in Marietta. They returned to Texas to live with Charley Belle’s parents on May Street in Fort Worth.

Later, Miles became a bookkeeper at the bank and the couple got their own place on Boyce Avenue in 1935 and then on Frazier Avenue, but not before the birth of their first child, Maryland Sue. Born in 1935, Maryland sue was followed by the births of Jan Marie in 1938, Miles Francis III in 1940 and Kathy Lee in 1945.Troy Pix (306)

With the beginning of the United State’s involvement in World War II in December 1941, the Stanley family buckled down to support the war effort. Though not drafted in 1943 (classification 2B, Deferred in war production) and 1945 (classification 4A, Deferred by reason of age), Miles still contributed as an engineer and draftsman at aerospace and defense companies Consolidated Aircraft (1942) and later Convair  and General Dynamics Corporation working on the B24, B36 and B58 military aircraft in Fort Worth. There he worked until retirement in 1969.

In 1950, Miles and Charley Belle and the 4 children finally got their dream home in a quiet neighborhood on Townsend Drive, across the street from a large park. The children attended nearby schools, Miles continued at General Dynamics and Charley Belle ran the household.

Miles was very active as an elder at St Marks Methodist Church and also as a scout leader and administrator in the Boy Scouts of America, Longhorn Council.

MilesFStanleyIII (23)Just before Christmas in 1954,  the family was struck by tragedy with the accidental shooting death of Miles’ only son, Miles III, known as Mike. As could be expected, recovery was difficult for the family.

By 1969, the Stanley girls had all married and moved out of the house on Townsend, but that empty nest didn’t last long, as grandchildren quickly began to arrive.

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1968 (3)An unhealthy habit that Miles had picked up as a young man eventually led to his early demise in 1970. Severe, inoperable heart disease caused in part by smoking led to his medical retirement from General Dynamics in 1969.

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1970 obit1On Saturday morning, 2 May 1970, Miles was found by Charley Belle, having suffered a massive heart attack. He was dead on arrival at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. He was 55 years old.

Following a funeral on May 4 at St Marks, attended by numerous current and former Boy Scouts, as well as many former co-workers and friends, Miles Francis Stanley II was laid to rest at Green Oaks Cemetery, near the graves of his father John and son Mike.

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Charley Belle Stanley suddenly found herself a single woman in 1970 with the death of husband Miles. Supported by her children and grandchildren, she soon ventured out into the working world, securing employment at Cox’s Department Store in Fort Worth. Life goes on and bills gotta be paid.

MaryTTurner (8)Charley Belle’s mother, Mary Tennessee Rogers, known as “Mawmaw” to family and friends, had come to live in the Stanley home in the late 1960’s. Charley Belle continued to care for her and in 1971, Mary died at home at age 91.

Charley Belle continued to work at Cox’s and was active in her church, St Mark’s Methodist. Her home was frequently invaded by grandchildren and numerous friends.

MarieMCarrico (10)In the late 1970’s, Charley Belle sold the house on Townsend Drive and moved to nearby Crowley, Texas, the home of daughters Jan and Kathy and their families. The new house on West Skelly Street quickly became the hub of the extended Stanley family, as great-grandchildren began to appear. Mother-in-law Marie “MaMaw” Stanley died in 1979, and Charley Belle helped to care for her until her death.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1983Charley Belle eventually retired from Cox’s Department Store, but she “retired” in word only, as she stayed busy as secretary for St Mark’s Methodist Church and as Nanny to all the grandkids and great-grandkids. The house on Skelly was rarely quiet! Birthdays and holidays were celebrated at Nanny’s house and friends and neighbors frequently stopped by. Charley Belle also took occasional trips with her church friends, visiting locations as far away as New York City.

Charley Belle remained healthy and active well into her 80’s, driving to church and running errands, and even baby-sitting those great-great grandchildren. However, in 2001, she was slowed by “mini-strokes”, necessitating the move to daughter Kathy’s home in Kempner, Texas. There she lived for a few more years, before moving to retirement homes in Burleson and Lampasas, Texas.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_2012On 16 May 2014, Charley Belle Stanley died peacefully in her sleep at age 97 in Lampasas. She lived a productive and happy live, and left many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. She is buried next to the love of her life, Miles and near son Mike at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. She is missed every day.

STANLEYMilesFrancisII_b1915_1934Charley Belle Rogers and Miles Francis Stanley, Jr, accompanied by friends Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Daniels, eloped to Marietta, Oklahoma and were married on 31 December 1934. Upon their return to Texas, the newlyweds took up residence with Charley Belle’s parents on May Street. Miles served as a painter’s helper at the Fort Worth National Bank Building in Fort Worth and Charley Belle worked to prepare their new home.

Troy Pix (306)Soon enough, children began to arrive. Maryland Sue was born in 1935, followed by Jan Marie in 1938 and Miles Francis, III in 1940. And Kathy Lee was born in 1945.

When WWII arrived, Miles, as the father of 4, was not drafted but did receive training as an engineer and was able to do his part for the war effort from home.

The Stanleys rented several houses around the south side of Fort Worth, but as the family grew, so did the need for a permanent place of their own. Finally, in 1950, they  purchased a home on Townsend Drive, across the street from a large park. Now settled down, the family truly thrived, as Miles went to work as a draftsman and engineer for General Dynamics Corporation and Charley Belle continued the run the home and raise the kids.

gunTragedy struck just before Christmas, 1954 when young Miles, known as Mike, was killed in a shooting accident. The family was devastated and would struggle to recover.

As the 1960’s arrived, and the children grew up and got married, the Stanleys stayed busy with work, church and Boy Scouts. Sure enough, grandchildren began to arrive and the house on Townsend Drive was a busy place. Charley Belle, now known as Nanny to the grandkids and soon to everyone else, juggled a busy schedule and Miles continued at General Dynamics.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1972But Charley Belle’s life was destined to change dramatically in May, 1970. Miles had been previously diagnosed with severe heart disease, and had been forced to retire from General Dynamics. On Saturday morning, May 2nd, he suffered a massive heart attack at home and died within minutes. He was only 55. After almost 36 years of marriage, and now with 4 children and 6 grandchildren, Charley Belle was a widow.

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ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1917aCharley Belle Rogers was born in Yoakum, Texas on 4 Oct 1916 to Charles Arthur Rogers and Mary Tennessee Turner. As the only child of older parents (Charles was 46 and Mary was 36 when Charley Belle was born), Charley Belle was doted on and very close to her folks. Charles worked as a bridge foreman for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company and Mary was a stay-at-home mom.

CBS_CokeIn 1920, the Rogers family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, buying a home on May Street. As favorite story often told by Charley Belle was that when she was a child, the old Coca Cola bottling plant was only a few blocks away. Charley Belle and her friends make frequent visits to the plant for Cokes, and that’s how she became a life-long fan of Coca Cola!

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1925 Hogg ES1Charley Belle attended nearby Alexander Hogg Elementary School and then Jennings Avenue Junior High School, before moving on to Central High School in the Near Southside area of Fort Worth.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1935 CHSAt Central High School, she met the love of her life and future husband, Miles Francis Stanley, Jr. The two quickly became inseparable.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1933 Miss HillsboroIn 1933, Charley Belle even entered the Miss Hillsboro beauty pageant! Hill County, Texas was the home to many, many relatives on both sides of her family, and she often visited the area. She didn’t win the contest, but as a beautiful young woman, she certainly could have!ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1933a

Graduation from Central High School came on 1 Jun 1933 for Charley Belle Rogers and she and Miles began to contemplate their lives together.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1932bFor Charley Belle and Miles and their friends, the world was an exciting place and the future was bright.

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I have neglected my Ruth’s Genealogy WordPress blog, Twitter and Facebook pages for too long. So I have spent the past couple of days updating and polishing and rearranging… Spring Cleaning, I guess!

I’ve also been thinking about where to put my database online. Genealogy is about sharing, so it you keep it all to yourself, what’s the point, ya know?

After much investigation and head-scratching, I have decided to use Ancestry.com’s Member Trees. It’s free and well-maintained tech-wise, and seems like the best way to both display and backup my database and it will also act as cousin-bait. It is currently set to private, but that’s because I still have some cleanup to do. If there is something specific you are looking for, please feel free to contact me.

As for my images, I’m staying at Flickr for them. 1 TB free storage can’t be beat! Currently, I have 1057 images uploaded and have used 0.0% of that 1 TB…

So, to sum all this up:

Notice a trend here? The above set-up leaves more money for RESEARCH!