Mary Retta Hanshaw

                                                      ┌── John Jackson Hanshaw
                                                      │    1832-1913 
                      ┌── Pizariah Napoleon Hanshaw ──┤
                      │    1870-1942                  │
                      │                               └── Mary Druzilla Arthurs
                      │                                    1850-1936 
Mary Retta Hanshaw ───┤
B: 1908               │                               ┌── B.A. Gross
D: 1999               │                               │
                      └── Lela Helen Grose ───────────┤
                           1887-1932                  │
                                                      └── Mary Ann (Gross)
M: Ledger L. Brown

Mary Retta Hanshaw     [ID 14201] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Mary Retta Hanshaw1,2,3 [Rettie Hanshaw4].

Born Oct 8 1908, West Virginia.1,2,3,5  

She married Ledger L. Brown3,6 [Limmie L. Brown7], about 19273,6.  Ledger, son of Ira E. + Nancy Brown, was born Sep 3 1907, West Virginia.3,7,8,9,10  Ledger was the brother of Lemon Ule Brown, who married Mary's sister Hettie.  


Ledger L. Brown, born May 24 1939; married Maureen B. --. 11,12

During World War II Ledger served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.10  

Mary and Ledger were divorced.9  Ledger died Sep 16 1959, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio; age 52.9,10  

In 1999 Mary was living in/near Ivydale, Clay County, West Virginia.5  

Mary Retta Hanshaw died Dec 3 1999, Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia; buried Belcher Cemetery, Ovapa, Clay County, West Virginia.5,11  

Mary's obituary was published in "The Charleston Gazette-Mail" (Charleston, West Virginia) on December 5, 1999:11

Mary Retta Brown

BIG OTTER - Mary Retta Brown, 91, of Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, died Dec. 3, 1999, in General Division, CAMC, after a long illness.  

She was a homemaker.  

Surviving: son, Ledger Brown of Okeechobee, Fla.; sisters, Hettie Brown and Nettie Brown, both of Ovapa, Fla. [sic], Helen Jarvis of Florida; brother, Don Hanshaw of Florida; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.  

Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with minister Paul Parsons officiating.  Burial will be in Belcher Cemetery, Ovapa.  Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Social Security information for Mary Retta Hanshaw: 233-38-6787


  1. 1910 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T624-1678, ED 2, page 286A, line #46, dwelling #201, family #204.
  2. 1920 census, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T625-1949, ED 28, page 15B-16A, line #97, dwelling #255, family #257.
  3. 1930 census, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T626-2350, ED 4, page 12B-13A, line #94, dwelling #220, family #220.
  4. Obituary of Drusila Helen (Hanshaw) Jarvis.
  5. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  6. Obituary of Pizariah Napoleon Hanshaw.
  7. 1910 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T624-1678, ED 2, page 27A, line #17, dwelling #271, family #275.
  8. 1920 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T625-1949, ED 28, page 15A, line #42, dwelling #246, family #248.
  9. Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002;
  10. Clay County, West Virginia burials; USGenWeb Archives:
  11. Obituary of Mary Retta Brown; "The Charleston Gazette-Mail", Dec 5 1999;
    "Obituary Collection":
  12. U.S. Public Records Index;

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