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Blanche Hazel Brown

Female 1884 - 1972


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  • Name  Blanche Hazel Brown  [1, 2, 3
    Born  23 Jul 1884  Pleasant Grove, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • Her given name was spelled "Blanch" on assorted census images. According to her headstone, her name was spelled "Blanche."
    Iowa State Census  1885  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Blanch Brown, 71 Township, Range 4, Section 2; age 0 11/12, female, single, born in Des Moines, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native
    Iowa State Census  1895  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Blanch M. (sic) Brown, age 10, born in Des Moines County, Iowa, white
    Census  1900  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Blanch H. Brown, daughter, white, female, born in July 1884, age 15, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, occupation at school, attended school 7 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Census  1910  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Blanch Gilleard, wife, female, white, age 25, married (once), years of present marriage 4, mother of 2 children, 2 of those children living, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, could read, could write
    Census  1920  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Blanche H. Hand, wife, female, white, age 35, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none
    Iowa State Census  1925  Tippecanoe Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Blanche Hand, wife, female, white, age 40, married, number of years in the U.S.: 40, number of years in Iowa: 40, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 5th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: John J. Brown, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 69, name of mother: Mary Martin, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 66, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, occupation involved with domestic/personal services, church affiliation: Christian
    Died  11 Sep 1972  Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Obituary  12 Sep 1972  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Danville (IA) -- Mrs. Blanche Hazel Hand, 88, died at 3 a.m. Monday, September 11, at the Morning Sun Manor in Morning Sun.

      She was born July 23, 1884, in Pleasant Grove, the daughter of John and Mary Martin Brown. She married Frank E. Hand in Burlington on February 17, 1915. She was a member of the Christian church.

      Surviving: One daughter, Mrs. Howard (Dot) Breen, South Gate, California; three sons, John Hand, Danville, Dr. Ray Gilleard, Polson, Montana, Clay Gilleard, Polson, Montana; one brother, Gaye Brown, Moab, Utah; three sisters, Mrs. Essie Kennedy, West Burlington, Mrs. Bernice Wesson, Burlington, Mrs. Doris McDonald, Morning Sun; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

      Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday, Elliott Chapel in New London, Reverend James Edwards; Farlow cemetery, New London.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Blanche Hand; born: 23 July 1884; died: September 1972; last residence: 52623 (Danville, Des Moines, Iowa); state where issued: California
    Buried  14 Sep 1972  Farlow Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 11, 12
    Biography  2010  [13
    • Blanche Hazel Brown was the sixth of ten children born to John J. Brown (1856-1934) and Mary Martin (1859-between 1900/05). Both of her parents were born in Des Moines County, Iowa.

      Four of her nine siblings did not live to adulthood.

      Her brothers and sisters were Molly (1879-before 1885) Gay C. (1880-1973); Grace (about 1882-before 1885), Estelle M. or "Essie" Kennedy (1882-1974), the wife of George M. Kennedy; Arthur (about 1883-before 1885); Paul F. (about 1888-before 1900); Merle M. (1890-?); Bernice R. Wasson (1892-1972), whose husband was Fred Albert Wasson; and Doris E. McDonald (1897-1987), the wife of John D. McDonald.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Blanche Hazel Hand's grave is located at the Farlow Cemtery in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Blanche H. Hand. 1884-1972"
    The Headstone of Blanche Hazel (Brown/Gilliard) Hand
    The Headstone of Blanche Hazel (Brown/Gilliard) Hand
    Person ID  I3913  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  John J. Brown,   b. 14 Jan 1856, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1934 
    Mother  Mary Martin,   b. Aug 1859, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1900 and 1905 
    Married  Abt 1878  [2
    Family ID  F10173  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Fred Gilleard,   b. 22 May 1877, Frodsham, , Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1910 
    Married  21 Nov 1905  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Fred Gilleard; Groom's Birth Date: 1877; Groom's Birthplace: England; Groom's Age: 28; Bride's Name: Blanche H. Brown; Bride's Birth Date: 1884; Bride's Birthplace: Iowa; Bride's Age: 21; Marriage Date: 21 November 1905; Marriage Place: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: William Gilleard; Groom's Mother's Name: Sarah Bell; Bride's Father's Name: John Brown; Bride's Mother's Name: Mary Martin; Groom's Race: White; Bride's Race: White; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02530-5; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 956358
    Children 
     1. Dr. Ray A. Gilleard,   b. 27 Jun 1906, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1993, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Clay O. Gilleard,   b. 23 Jan 1908,   d. 23 Dec 1997, Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1663  Group Sheet

    Family 2  John Edgar Hand,   b. 28 Dec 1890, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1958 
    Married  17 Feb 1915  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Residence  Jan 1948  Polson, Lake County, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Children 
    >1. Dot Vashti Hand,   b. 30 Jul 1916, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 2003, Vista, San Diego County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. John Franklin "Buster" Hand,   b. 21 Jul 1919, Pleasant Grove, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1998, University Hospitals, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1662  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of Blanche Hazel (Brown) Hand
    The Obituary of Blanche Hazel (Brown) Hand
    Blanche Hazel Brown, daughter of John and Mary (Martin) Brown, married John Edgar Hand, the son of Benjaming Franklin "Frank" Hand and Mary Catharine Brewer. Their children were John Franklin "Buster" Hand and Dot Vashti Breen. Blanche was born in 1884, and died September 11, 1972, in Morning Sun, Iowa. She is buried in the Farlow Cemetery south of New London, Iowa.

  • Sources 
    1. [S265] Blanchard, Ada Irene (Hand) - Email.

    2. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 22, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 3A, page number: 326; enumeration date: June 7, 1900

    3. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S960] Hand, Blanche Hazel (Brown) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 9, September 12, 1972; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, page 179; Roll: IA1885_177

    6. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa

    7. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 25, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 16B, page number: 198; enumeration date: April 27, 1910

    8. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 27; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4A, page number: 262; enumeration date: January 9, 1920

    9. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Tippecanoe Towship, Henry County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1752

    10. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S8089] New London Township, Henry County, Iowa - Burials (Brooks, Farlow, and Ferrel Cemeteries), (published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987, publication #0336; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S8779] Hand, Blanche Hazel - Headstone Photograph, (her grave is at the Farlow Cemtery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Jean Leeper) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S959] Hand, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" - Obituary (New London Journal), (originally published in The New London Journal, January 15, 1948; New London, Henry County, Iowa).