Harriet Quintilla Sanford was the eighth child of Ambrose Sanford and Naomi Liner, and the next person on my schedule to research after my failure at finding information on Fred Jack Sanford. My research on Harriet was easier than that of her closest older brother and I was able to find a bit more on her than I had hoped.
My first research goal for Harriet was to track down her census records. I quickly found her 1900 and 1910 Haywood County Census records from the time she spent living at home with her parents. These records confirmed she was the daughter of Ambrose Sanford and Naomi Liner, and told me she had been born in Mar 1891. Since Harriet disappeared in the 1920 Haywood County Census, I assumed she married sometime between 1910 and 1920.
I next went to the Haywood County Register of Deeds to look for any other records that might help me. There I found Harriet’s delayed birth certificate which supplied her date of birth as 17 Mar 1891 in Haywood County, North Carolina. I was unable to find a death certificate for Harriet, so I went home feeling a bit deflated.
I next added Harriet’s information into my Ancestry family tree, which showed me the public family trees who also had Harriet listed. Some of these trees had photos posted of Hattie, but I believe the originals can be found on Nola Mae Rhew’s tree (who is one of Hattie’s nieces). These trees also supplied me with the information of Harriet’s marriage to Samuel Turner Hall on 29 Jul 1912 in Haywood County, North Carolina. By plugging in the information into my tree that I found on Samuel, I was able to find Harriet’s 1920 and 1930 Haywood County Census records. These records confirmed Hattie and Samuel’s marriage circa 1912.
Harriet and Samuel had four children of their own: Genevieve N., Branson Broadway, Samuel Burrell, and Marie. Samuel also had a child with his first wife: Mae. Mae would have been less than three years old when Hattie became her step-mother, and I have no proof suggesting Hattie was anything less than a supportive stand-in mother to her.
Ancestry also provided me with Hattie’s death certificate. I was surprised to learn Hattie had passed away on 27 Aug 1968 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina in the Broughton State Mental Hospital. Her death certificate says she died from bronchopneumonia due to inanition caused by a manic-depressive reaction. The death certificate did not supply Hattie’s place of burial, but I already knew it to be in Crawford-Ray Memorial Gardens in Haywood County, North Carolina from having seen it before.
By this point in my research I no longer had access to the cemetery, so I created a memorial for Hattie on Find-A-Grave and requested a photo of her tombstone. Jim and Cheri quickly responded and posted the following photo. I have more information on Hattie then I had ever hoped to find, but I’m always interested in learning more! If anyone has anything further to add – please let me know.