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June Hanna Papers (MC 41)

Biographical Information
Scope and Content Permission to Publish
Provenance Box and Folder List

Biographical Information

June Mizpah Lanier was born in Temple, Texas on June 11, 1916. She married Lewis C. Hanna, and in July of 1961 they moved to Columbus, Georgia.

Once in Columbus, Mrs. Hanna became interested in genealogy, and began tracing her father's family, the Laniers, who had lived on a large farm just west of Lafayette, Alabama. In conjunction with this research, she started visiting valley area cemeteries in an attempt to find the resting places of her ancestors. Her interest in cemetery research grew, and she eventually began to help others locate the burial places of their ancestors as well. Locally, she became the authority on cemeteries.

According to her husband, Mrs. Hanna was very precise and systematic in her cemetery surveys. When writing down tombstone inscriptions, she would always start at the back left corner of the cemetery and work her way across to the right. When she had finished one row, she would move forward to the next, and begin with the first grave on the left.

When the East Alabama Genealogical Society (Opelika, Alabama) was founded, Ms. Hanna joined and became very active in promoting cemetery research through this organization. Much of her work was published in this group's journal, Tap Roots. She also joined the Muscogee Genealogical Society, and served as chair of its cemetery committee until her death.

Ms. Hanna's main project was the transcribing of the Linwood Cemetery Card File, a project that took over a year to complete. Her routine was to spend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at the Riverdale Cemetery Office, hand copying the Linwood records. Then, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, she would type up what she had copied. The end copy filled six boxes of typing paper.

June Hanna died in Columbus on March 5, 1989.

Scope and Content

This collection consists mainly of surveys of cemeteries in the Columbus-Phenix City area. The two major surveys are for Linwood Cemetery and Pine Grove Cemetery. Ms. Hanna personally surveyed many of these cemeteries, sometimes with the aid of the husband, Lewis. In some surveys, she was assisted by other individuals, including Mattie Belle Smith and T. J. Peddy. Some of the cemetery research in the collection was gleaned from Mormon (LDS) records. Most of the cemetery surveys are typed on standard letter size paper. Some of the larger surveys are indexed. Part of the Linwood Survey is on note cards. NOTE: Ms. Hanna abandoned this system while in the BR's.

In addition to cemetery records, the collection also contains Bible Records, genealogical research, and a few family recipes. Some of the Bible records contain information on slave births. Much of the material in this collection is also on file at the Bradley Public Library. Ms. Hanna had some of the surveys and research published in Tap Roots, the Journal of the East Alabama Genealogical Society.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the June Hanna Papers must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

June Hanna Papers
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

Donated in 1989 by Lewis Hanna.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

  • Folders 1-10 List Muscogee County Cemeteries
    1. Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery, Double Churches Road
    2. Mount Zion Baptist Church, Double Churches Road, Mount Moriah Primitives Baptist Church, Double Churches Road.
    3. Moses Family Cemetery, Esqualine Hill.
    4. Linwood Cemetery Tombstone inscriptions, as copied by Lizzie Rutherford Chapter, DAR.
    5. Franklin, Jackson, Johnston Cemetery (Also known as Mealing Family Cemetery) Whitesville Road.
    6. Getzen Memorial Church Cemetery, Forston, Ga.
    7. Beallwood Cemetery, 43rd Street.
    8. Locust Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, off Warm Springs and Lynch Roads.
    9. Shippey Cemetery, off northwest end of Willet Road.
    10. Miscellaneous Muscogee County Cemetery records, including Edgewood Road Colored Cemetery, Unnamed Cemetery off Macon Road, and Clapp's Factory Cemetery.
  • Folder 11: Chattahoochee County, Ga, Cemetery records, including Schley Cemetery, Fort Benning, and Harmony Church, Fort Benning.
  • Folder 12: Harris County, Georgia, Cemetery records, including Pierce Chapel off Pierce Chapel Road
  • Folder 13: Meriwether County, Ga, Cemetery Records, including Bethesda Methodist Church, Highway 85 4 miles north of Manchester.
  • Folder 14: Troup County, Georgia, Cemetery records, including Pinewood Cemetery.
  • Folder 15: Talbot County, Georgia Cemetery records, including Hollis Edge Cemetery, Baker Creek Road.
  • Folder 16: Chambers County, AL, Cemetery Records, including Langdale City Cemetery, Langdale, AL, New Hope Baptist Church, Fredonia, AL, Spratling Family Cemetery, Gold Hill Road, County Line Baptist Cemetery, County Road 447a, and Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, near Welch, AL.
  • Folder 17: Lee County, AL Cemetery Records, including Providence Baptist Church, near Crawford, AL, Loachpoka Cemetery, Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery, near Smith Station, AL.
  • Folder 18: Randolph County, AL, Cemetery Records, including Rocky Branch Baptist Cemetery, near Rich Mills, AL.
  • Folder 19: Russell County, AL, Cemetery Records, including Evans Cemetery off Crawford Road, Anthony's Chapel Cemetery (called Greenhead), near Cottonton, Cliatt Cemetery, near Holy Trinity, McLendon Cemetery, near Jernigan, Williams-Johnson-Walker Cemetery, Near Uchee, AL, Uchee Methodist Church, Uchee, AL, Good Hope Baptist Church, Uchee, AL, Phillips-Barnett Family Cemetery at Sanfort Rd.
  • Folder 20: Russell County, AL, Cemetery Records (cont'd), including Pine Grove Cemetery, Phenix City, AL.
  • Folder 21: Lots of cemeteries in Vertical File at Bradley Library's Genealogy Room.
  • Folder 22: D.A.R. Cemetery Records.
  • Folder 23: Cemeteries in Tap Roots listed by county.
  • Folder 24: Bible Records including Hearn Family, Russell County, AL, Webb Family, Peddy-Reeves Families, Havis-Reeves Families, Newsome Families, Spearman Family, Duggan Family, Robinson Family, Ferrell Family, Carson Family, Johnson Family.
  • Folder 25: Bible Records including Howe Family, William O. Sharpe Family, Elisha Gilliam Crawford Family, John K. Fuller Family, Jeter Family, Lowe Family.
  • Folder 26: Genealogical Research, Line of Tilman Lanier.
  • Folder 27: Genealogical Research, Line of Samuel Goggans, other families include Hammack, Fraser, Butts, Lanier, Swint.
  • Folder 28: Family Records of Bessie Lillian Geiger Hearn, other families include Hutto, Knoght and Ott.
  • Folder 29: Hanna Census Records transcribed from various Federal Censuses includes information on Lanier, Hammack, Wall, Campbell, Malone, Jackson, and Freeland Families of Tennessee, Missouri, and North Carolina.
  • Folder 30: Hammack Census Records from 1900 Census. Includes information on Burdett, Crowder, Swann Families of Bell Co., TX, and Randolph and Chambers Counties, AL.
  • Folder 31: Genealogical Resources:
    • "Georgia Books to Aid You in Searching For Your Ancestors" compiled by Ken Thomas, Jr.
    • "Fifty-Five Addresses and Information Sources" compiled by Ken Thomas, Jr.
    • Tigner, Charles. "Russell Remembrances: Genealogy," The Phenix-Citizen, October 12, 1978, p. 4.
  • Folder 32: Family Recipes.

Box 2

Linwood Cemetery Card File Index Records:

  • Box 1 A-B
  • Box 2 C-F
  • Box 3 G-J
  • Box 4 K-N

Box 3

Linwood Cemetery Card File Index Records:

  • Box 5 O-S
  • Box 6 T-Z

Processed by Callie B. McGinnis, 1989.