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Florence Stanley

Female 1880 - 1942  (61 years)


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  • Name Florence Stanley  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 15 Sep 1880  Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 10, 11, 12
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 May 1942  Dayton, Rhea, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Buried 9 May 1942  Bledsoe, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I1847  My Family History
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 

    Father Pleasant Stanley,   b. Abt 1856,   d. Between 1880 and 1883  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Tennessee Corvin,   b. 13 Feb 1863, Summer City, Bledsoe, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1947, Bledsoe, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 21 Aug 1878  Rhea, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Oliver Thomas Standifer,   b. 20 May 1879, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1954, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1899  Bledsoe, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living Standifer  [Natural]
     2. Living Standifer  [Natural]
     3. Rose Ella Standifer,   b. 18 May 1900, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1989  (Age 89 years)  [Natural]
     4. Hazel Betty Standifer,   b. 12 Sep 1903, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1988, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Coy Marshall Standifer,   b. 12 Nov 1905, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1969, Sale Creek, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [Natural]
    +6. Brooks McClure Standifer,   b. 26 Dec 1908, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1997, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Natural]
    +7. George C Standifer,   b. 10 Apr 1909, Sale Creek, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1991, Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Natural]
     8. Mildred Tennie Standifer,   b. 18 Sep 1914, Sale Creek, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1997, Spring City, Rhea, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Raymond Wilson,   b. 2 Mar 1877, Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1948, Dayton, Rhea, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1926  Rhea, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Florence apparently was the only child from the marriage of Tennessee Corvin and Pleasant Stanley. In the 1930 census she indicated that she was born in Tennessee and was 39 years old (b. 1891) but in 1940 she stated she was born in Alabama and was 55 years old (b. 1885). In the 1930 Census she said that she was married for the first time at the age of 37. John Wilson stated he was 19 when he was married for the first time so this is the second marriage for him. We know that her mother, Tennessee Corvin married for the second time about 1883 so Florence could not have been born to Pleasant and Tennessee in either 1891 or 1885. To further complicate matters her husband stated to the medical examiner she was born in 1887.

      Further information about the life of Florence has come from a discussion with Phyllis Standifer Killian, 84 years old and sharp as a tack. Her father was Brooks M. Standifer, son of Oliver and Florence Stanley Standifer. She remembers Florence quite well and knew that Florence wasn't born in Bledsoe. She said somewhere down south of here (Phyllis lives in Chattanooga) and then she remembered that it was Alabama. It took awhile to get around to talking about Florence and when I asked what happened to Florence, she immediately said she divorced that old dog, Oliver.

      She was a bit hesitant to talk about the circumstances that led Florence to divorce him. I left it alone for awhile (we talked for about 40 minutes) and then came back to the subject. She then volunteered that Oliver was an extremely abusive man and that she feared for her life at one point. In addition to being a farmer he was some kind of minor county politician and used his connections, apparently to threaten her and to retain custody of the children. Florence probably couldn't afford an attorney to fight for her rights. I said that It took some courage to leave her children and Phyllis then said, "..... let's just leave it at that". There's more to the story, I suspect, but not something she wanted to talk about.

      She then told me that Florence married John Raymond Wilson who loved her and treated her very well. (It was nice to have that fact confirmed as well.) Phyllis' father visited his mother frequently and loved her very much. I forgot to ask her what year they were divorced but it had to be 1919. Florence and Oliver had 8 children and he had another 5 with his second wife, Mary Grace Stulz (Phyllis gave me the last name). Only 2 of the 13 are still alive. (as of 2012)

      Phyllis also talked a bit about Florence's mother, Tennessee Corvin. After Pleasant died (still not confirmed) she returned to Tennessee with Florence. She became a mail carrier, on horseback in those days, and delivered mail up on Waldens Ridge. I said to Phyllis you mean where Dayton Mountain is located and she said no, on Graysville Mountain, same ridge, different mountain and then she chuckled. Tennessee was a very tall slender woman with a 18 inch waist and a good horse woman.
    • From Barbara Gholdston, February 2012 - "Yes Tennie married Pleasant Standley Aug 21, 1878 in Rhea County, TN., he was born 1856. They had one daughter Florence, no dates. Then she married George Washington Jordan, b. Jun 10, 1849, d. Apr 30, 1918, after 1878. They had 8 children, some decendents still live in the area. Hope this helps. Barbara."

      A marriage certificate confirms the marriage of Pleasant and Tennessee. If Tennessee remarried in 1883 then her daughter Florence, assuming a birth year of 1880, would be about 20 in the 1900 Census and could possibly be living on her own. This could account for why she is not with her mother in the household of George W. Jordan in that year.

      In the 1920 Federal Census there is a Florence Stanley working as a servant in the home of George and Martha Long who lived on Shelton Street in Graysville. She states she is 36 years old, single and born in Tennessee. This would place her birth year at about 1883 or 1884.

      A marriage certificate indicates that Florence Stanley married John R. Wilson on 9 Oct 1926.

      In the 1930 Federal Census Florence is found with her husband, John R. Wilson. He is 52, born Tennessee, Florence claims she is 39, born Tennessee. This would place her birth year at 1891 which is off by a considerable margin. John states he was married the first time at age 19 and Florence states that she was 37 or a marriage year of 1928 when in fact she was married in 1926. They were living on Morgan Springs Street, about a mile from Summer City on Dayton Mountain where her mother was born. The location of Summer City is based on family history by Barbara Gholdston.

      The death certificate of Florence Wilson lists her parents as Pleas Stanley and Tennie Corvin. This is definitely Florence Stanley the daughter of Pleasant and Tennessee. However the date of birth on the certificate was Sep 15, 1887. This is 4 years after Tennessee had already married George Washington Jordan. Although no marriage certificate has been found for Tennessee and George W. Jordan the 1900 and 1910 census shows the number of years they were married. The numbers are consistent in both census and calculate out to a marriage year of 1883.

      The only possible explanation is that there was an error in recording her date of birth on the death certificate. The official date of death is 7 May 1942. It is not a handwriting error since the certificate is typed. Did her husband ever really know her correct birth year? Perhaps she lied about it and didn't want her future husband to know that in 1926 she was at least 43 or 44 years old and not 39 as she claimed she was in the 1930 Census. It is not likely that a birth certificate will ever be found. Furthermore it is not known if Florence and John Wilson ever had children, but given their ages it is highly unlikely.

  • Sources 
    1. [S269] Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;), Database online.
      Record for John R Wilson

    2. [S221] 1920 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Graysville, Rhea, Tennessee; Roll: T625_1758; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 101; Image: .
      Record for Florence Stanley

    3. [S373] Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Brooks McClure Standifer

    4. [S219] 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 12, Bledsoe, Tennessee; Roll: 1558; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1241558.
      Record for Rose E Standeffer

    5. [S373] Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Rose Ella Standifer

    6. [S373] Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Hazel Betty Standifer

    7. [S373] Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Coy Marshall Standifer

    8. [S547] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).
      Record for Oliver T Standifer

    9. [S547] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).
      Record for Mildred Tennie McClendon

    10. [S264] Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
      Record for Florence Wilson

    11. [S268] Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1959, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
      Record for Florence Wilson

    12. [S479] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1700s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Florence Wilson

    13. [S219] 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 12, Bledsoe, Tennessee; Roll: T623_31077_4118945; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1241558.
      Record for Oliver Standeffer