Flora Edith Hanshaw

                                                   ┌── John Jackson Hanshaw
                                                   │    1832-1913 
                       ┌── Frances Smith Hanshaw ──┤
                       │    1864-1938              │
                       │                           └── Sarah Jane Grose
                       │                                1831-1866 
Flora Edith Hanshaw ───┤
B: 1919                │                           ┌── Artillis Varney
D: 1989                │                           │
                       └── Lucy Ellen Varney ──────┤
                            1879-1935              │
                                                   └── Mary A. (Varney)
M: Ivan Harding

Flora Edith Hanshaw     [ID 03583] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Flora Edith Hanshaw1,2 [Edith Hanshaw3,4].

Born Sep 1 19195,6 [about 19184], West Virginia5,6.  

She married Ivan Harding.1,2,3  Ivan, son of Howard V. Harding & Sarah Murrlie Boggess, was born Apr 22 1922, West Virginia.7,8,9  

Ivan was a World War II veteran8 (his father had been a World War I veteran).7  On Oct 31 1942 Ivan Harding, born 1922 in West Virginia, enlisted at Clarksburg West, Virginia as a private in the U.S. Army.  He declared he had a grammar school education, and was then single, without dependents.  He was recorded as 68" tall, 127 lbs.10  


Dale Wayne Harding, born Mar 16 1946; died Apr 26 2010; decorated Vietnam War veteran; married Barbara Jean Smith (children: Jeffrey Shawn Harding, Oct 18 1967; Darin Scott Harding, Apr 3 1969). 1,2,11

In 1989 Flora Edith was living in/near Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia.5  

Flora Edith Hanshaw died Mar 2 1989.5  

In 1993-2003 Ivan was still living in/near Milton, West Virginia.9,12  

Ivan died May 10 2003, buried Forest Memorial Park, Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia.13  

Ivan's death was noted in the "Herald-Dispatch" (Huntington, West Virginia) on Monday, May 12, 2003:13

IVAN HARDING, of Milton, died Saturday.  Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton; burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.  Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ivan's obituary was published in the "Herald-Dispatch" (Huntington, West Virginia) on Tuesday, May 13, 2003:8

IVAN HARDING, Milton, W.Va., was born April 22, 1922, to Howard Harding and Murrlie Boggess of Sissonville.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Edith Harding, who was originally from Clay County, W.Va., his father, Howard Harding, mother, Murrlie Boggess, a very special stepmother, Sarah Milan Harding and brother, Howard Junior.  Ivan was a veteran of World War II, landed at Omaha Beach, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was there to see France liberated and the Jewish people freed from the concentration camps.  He was awarded seven battles stars for World War II, serving in the 42nd field artillery.  Ivan retired from Union Carbide at Institute, with more than 32 years of service, and earned the nickname "Pusher," as he started at Carbide pushing the broom.  He never lived down that nickname.  Ivan is survived by one son, Dale W. Harding; two grandsons, Sgt. Jeffrey Harding, serving with the 21st CTC in Afghanistan, and Darren Scott Harding of Milton; two great-grandchildren, Danielle Kimberly Harding and Darren Scott Jr.  He is also survived by three sisters, Lilly Harding of Sissonville, Dilly Campbell of Belle, W.Va., and Phyllis Mullins of Mammoth; a brother, Calvin Harding of Sissonville; and a very special caregiver, Glenn Edward Kidd of Milton.  Ivan attended Bias Chapel Church of Milton, where he loved his God and his brothers and sisters in Christ.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, W.Va., by Pastor Forrest Cummings.  Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #139, Milton.  Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

(photo)Photo: son Dale Wayne Harding Jun 20 1968, upon return from Vietnam and presented with the Air Force Commendation Medal

Social Security information for Flora Edith Hanshaw: 233-36-5399


  1. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hanshaw McLain.
  2. Contribution from Dale Wayne Harding.
  3. "Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants", "Don Norman Family Files": http://www.rootsweb.com/~hcpd/norman/HANSHAW.
  4. 1930 census, Henry District, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T626-2530, ED 4, page 3A, line #2, dwelling #36, family #36.
  5. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  6. 1920 census, Union Township, Clay County, West Virginia; roll T625-1949, ED 32, page 2B, line #90, family #32.
  7. 1930 census, Poca District, Kanawha County, West Virginia; roll T626-2538, ED 78, page 15B, line #53, dwelling #276, family #276.
  8. Obituary of Ivan Harding; the "Herald-Dispatch", May 13 2003; "Obituary Collection", http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. U.S. Public Records Index; http://www.ancestry.com.
  10. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. Obituary of Dale Wayne Harding; "The Herald Dispatch" (Huntington, West Virginia), Thursday, Apr 29 2010:
  12. U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. Death of Ivan Harding; the "Herald-Dispatch", May 12 2003; "Obituary Collection", http://www.ancestry.com.

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