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_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’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!


I haven’t done much of any genealogy in a very long time. Just got totally burned out, I guess.

But in the past few weeks, the interest was beginning to creep back into my cobwebbed brain. I’m so sick and tired of politics and the situation in Washington DC… but I digress. I desperately need to get my mind on something else!

So this past week, I got to watching the new PBS American Experience series, The Great War. Excellent! But more importantly, for me at least, is that I can really connect to that time in American history. Many of my ancestors fought, and died in that war. I have collected many documents and newspaper articles, and especially photographs of these young men. Makes them very real to me.

“The game, Mrs. Hudson, is on!”