Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Powell - Hansley Family Bible

I posted this a while back, but I want to re-post it because I found more information about this family and want to add it.

I found a wonderful family treasure at the Flea Shack in Middleburg this last Saturday. It is a 20th century self-pronouncing edition beautifully illustrated family Bible published by A. J. Holman Company in Philadelphia. It doesn't give an actual publication date, but I am guessing it was published between 1910 and 1930.

I believe the bible belonged to Georgia P. Sloan.

The birth records are listed as follows:

Gwendolyn Augusta Franks was born Oct 18, 1955
Georgia P. Franks born May 11, 1925
Luvenia Powell - born Dec 9, 1909
George Powell - born Sept. 18, 1904
Mary Hansley Burke born - March 28, 1896
Richard Hansley born April 24, 1922
Odman Powell born -
Edith Hansley - born Oct. 10, 1913
James W. Hansley born April 7, 1916
Annie B. Hansley born Sept. 25, 1919

The following are marriage records listed:

Mattie Jones and Willie Powell Aug. 19, 1936
Luvenia Powell & George Powell Feb. 12, 1927
David Franks & Georgia Powell March 27, 1955
Georgia & James Sloan Nov. 19, 1966
Gwendolyn A. Franks & Johnny Earl Dickinson July 11, 1980

The following are death records:

Alice Powell - died - June 1949
Julia Graham - Sept 23, 1941
Icam Grady - Sept. 16, 1941
George Powell died March 23, 1962
Aunt Harriett died Aug. 30, 1962
Cora Holmes past this life December 30, 1965
Mary Burk past this life May 31, 1966 on Tuesday
Kato Powell past Oct. 27, 1969 on Monday
Laura Smith born = April 15, 1915
died = Feb 1, 1972

On the next page it says:

Records -- Lived in home and tended land since Oct. 1921 (64 years)
Georgia P. Sloan

I was able to find Georgia's obituary:

Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - May 31, 2006
Deceased Name: Georgia Powell Sloan
FL United States SLOAN Funeral Service for Mrs. Georgia Powell Sloan will be held 10AM, SATURDAY, June 3, 2006 in Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, with Dr. J.W. Rigsby, Pastor, officiating. Mrs. Sloan of 8736 Harpers Glen Ct. passed away May 28, 2006. A Rocky Point, NC native she was a graduate of Elizabeth City State University (NC) with a BS degree in Education and a Masters Degree from North Carolina A&T State University, also in Education. She participated in numerous post graduate studies in Education from Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. As one of Duval County's Outstanding Educators, Mrs. Sloan was employed by Duval County School Board until she retired in 1994 after 36 years of dedicated service. Other affiliations include member of the Centurian Club, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, and served Woodlawn Presbyterian Church as Deacon, member of the Christian Education Committee, Celestial Bell and Chancel Choirs, and the Seniors and Retirees Organizations. Mrs. Sloan was predeceased by her husband, James M. Sloan, Sr. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Gwendolyn F. Dickinson-Sewell (Robert); son, James M. Sloan, Jr.; grandsons, Jarian J. Dickinson and Brandon J. Dickinson; great-grandson, Jariq M. Dickinson; great-granddaughter, Adaijah J. Dickinson; a number of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Sloan will rest in the mortuary for visitation of friends FRIDAY from 5PM until 7PM (where the family will receive friends at 5PM) and in the church Saturday from 9AM until the hour of service. Sorority Rites will be Friday in the chapel at 7 PM. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memory Gardens Cemetery, 850 N. St. Johns Bluff Rd. Friends are asked to assemble at the church under the direction of ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel Dr., 904/766-9671. Please Sign the Guestbook @
Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL)
Date: May 31, 2006
Record Number: 17949804
Copyright (c) 2006 The Florida Times-Union

Below are the death certificates of George Powell and his mother Alice.

Source Information: North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Below are Census images that I found on family members listed in the Bible.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T623_1211; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 129.

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T625_1313; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 542.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll 1712; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 784.0.

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T625_1313; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 544.



  1. I hope someone from the family finds your blog. Nice work!

  2. Do you have a copy of the title page? It can help in dating the Bible.


  3. Hello

    I am a family member of the members of the late Powell - Hansley family. It there a number I can call and speak with you?

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have just found the same book and do not know anything about it

    1. Do you mean that this very same bible with this family information written in it, or another copy of the same bible?


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