My 2nd Great Grandmother killed in murder-suicide

Today I received some photos from a cousin I recently found. Her name is Rachel and she is granddaughter to my grandmother’s sister – Trudie Hanes Land. She sent me 4 photos and they had so much information!  She had a written account from Trudie’s sister, Viola “Billie” Hanes Moore .  I couldn’t read the top portion very well but the rest says:

Daddy is Alvin Hanes in this following. His father came from Texas, Ranch 101 (?). John Hanes Daddy’s father first came to La when they drove a herd of wild mustangs to Sicley Island and homesteaded. He married Sofronia Valentine. She was born and reared in Catahoula Parish. John Hanes was killed by gangsters when daddy (Alvin Hanes) was 3 yrs old. Viena was older than Daddy. She died before Daddy and Moma (Emmie Cloud) were married. She died in childbirth. She was married to William Bohannan. The child, name was Vinnie. Grandmother kept her. Daddy’s mother and children moved to Galveston Texas 1896. Went to grandmother’s brother. They worked in Cathm (?) Mill and came back to Grant Parish. Daddy (Alvin Hanes) lived in Grant Parish and married Moma. Trudie was 3yrs old when they moved to Goldonna in 1915.

Written history from Billie Hanes

One of the other pictures was of The Colfax Chronicle from Saturday Dec 5, 1914. There is an article in the 5th column about a murder/suicide in Dry Prong, LA.  The Mrs. James Milstead in the article is aka Sofronia Valentine Hanes Milstead, my 2nd great grandmother.  James Milstead was her 2nd husband.  The text of the article is:

Murder and Suicide at Dry Prong. The details of a domestic tragedy at Dry Prong, in Grant parish, relate the fatal wounding of Mrs. James Milstead by her husband who afterward committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart. Both Milstead and his wife had been married previous to their own marriage. It appears that the couple had separated and Mrs. Milstead went to Jena to live. On Sunday, Nov. 2, she came to Dry Prong on the afternoon train, to the home of her daughter, where her grandchild lay dead. Soon after she arrived Milstead appeared and demanded that she return home with him. This she refused to do, saying that she had had all the trouble with him that she would submit to, and Milstead immediately began shooting. After shooting his wife twice and believing he had killed her, Milstead then shot and killed himself. Mrs. Milstead was taken to the Alexandria sanitarium Monday morning. She suffered greatly from her wounds, and died late Tuesday afternoon. Her remains were taken to Jena by her son, Mr. W. T. Hyynes, for burial at her old home.

Sophronia Valentine Hanes Milstead Colfax Chronicle murder suicide dec 5 1914 - Copy

Her grave along with her parents are in a cemetery before you get to Jena off of Hwy 8. Find-a-grave indicates it is called Belah Cemetery in Trout, LaSalle Parish, Louisiana.

Sofronia Hanes Valentine headstone

This is James Milstead’s death certificate.  His father is listed as SE Milstead which is different than what came up through family trees on ancestry.com.  I may research this some more in the future but he isn’t a blood relative so I may not.

James Milstead Death Certificate

I am so thankful to Rachel for sending me all of this information!!

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A little bit of everybody – Cloud, Terral, Foster, Olds, John Harville

I have been researching most of the day.  Started off uploading some pictures to ancestry.com for the last few generations.  I have scanned in quite a few pics that came from my grandmother’s (Ruby Hanes Terral)  house.  I helped clean out her house when we had to sell it and I rescued the photographs so I could scan them in and share with the rest of the family.  It is nice to have a face to put with the name.  While I was uploading pics, I became distracted filling in some gaps in information on the Cloud and Terral sides.  I used the PDFs I have of the most recent generations.  I was trying to fill out all my father’s cousins so I could upload pics to theirs.

I did a little more looking on Samuel Osborne and John C. Hanes including searching at Newspapers.com and Fold3.com.  I found some people by those names but the dates and locations didn’t match up so I don’t think they were my guys.  I was pleased to find some interesting stories in the newspapers even though I don’t think they are my relatives.  Here is one about a man named Samuel Osborne:

Not relatives - Samuel C. Osborne old article

And this is a poem by a man named John C. Hanes (not a relative):

Not relatives - John C. Hanes poem

I also did some searching on those sites for John Harville because he pulls up with a Civil War service record.  I found a few different entries and it is hard to tell which is the correct John Harville.  More than likely the Confederate soldier and not the Union one because he is from Louisiana.

       I was happy to find some information on Mary Ann Olds, wife of Reuben Valentine and mother of Sophronia Valentine.  She showed up through ancestry.com as either Oles or Olds.  Looking through the census records led me to believe it should be Olds.   Her mother was listed as Ann Fortner in some places but when I worked back from Sophronia Valentine, my 2nd great grandmother it led to Mary Ann Olds.  Through census records and findagrave.com plus the names on Sophronia Valentine’s wedding certificate (I have a copy from a family member), I found names that supported Ann Foster Olds Parker Day as Mary Ann Olds mother.  Benjamin F. Parker, son of Ann Parker, was a witness at Sophronia Valentine’s wedding.  William J. Valentine, Sophronia’s brother, was also a witness.

          Now I’m questioning the man pulled up by ancestry as Mary Ann’s father because he lived in New York.  I will have to do some more digging on that line to try to support that relationship.

JC Hanes Sophronia Valentine marriage

1870 Census Valentine, Day

1860 Census Valentine, Day, Parker

1850 Census Ann Foster Parker

Ann Foster Day Olds findagrave

Mary Ann Olds headstone

John C. Hanes, Who are you??

Today, I have been working on organizing my information on my computer, my bookmarks, my scanned pictures, etc.  It was all getting out of control but it is better now.  I’ve also been doing some hit and miss, mainly miss, searching on John C. Hanes.  He is my 2nd great grandfather on my father’s mother’s side.

I have his marriage license from 1885 where he married Sophronia Valentine in Catahoula Parish but not much more than that.  I know she was remarried on the 1900 census so John might have died prior to that.  The 1890 census is not available because it was ruined in a fire & through some mismanagement of the records so that wealth of info is lost.  Such a shame!  I was trying to go around him and see if he showed up on any of his children but no luck so far.  I did find a new item for Sophronia in the 1898 Galveston City Directory.  She was listed as Mrs. JC but didn’t look like he was there.  I already had a pic of him from my father with notation on the picture that John Hanes was my great great grandfather & shot & killed. Daddy doesn’t remember writing that and he doesn’t remember what happened to John C. Hanes.  I went around and signed up for some Hanes mailing lists to see if I can discover anything through them.  Time to call it quits for the day, looking forward to more research tomorrow and hopefully a breakthrough!

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JC Hanes Sophronia Valentine marriage

Sophronia Hanes Mrs JC 1898 Galveston Texas City Directory

Sophronia Valentine 1870 census