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Hattie Hanson Keen[1]

Female 1894 - 1986  (91 years)


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  • Name Hattie Hanson Keen 
    Born 5 Jun 1894  Keen Settlement Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Buried Mar 1986  Keen Cemetery,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 2 Mar 1986  Green Cove Springs,Clay County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2193958605  Earnest
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2009 

    Father James Wesley Keen,   b. 3 Nov 1859, Charlton County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1936, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Charity Mary Jane Tanner,   b. 1 Jan 1856, Bryceville,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1939, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1879  Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • _STATMARRIED
    Family ID F2616352315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stephen Lee Johnson,   b. 28 Nov 1892, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1978, St. Lukes Hospital,Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1912  Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • _STATMARRIED
    Children 
     1. Madeline Harriett Johnson,   b. 1 Feb 1914, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1998, Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Albert W. Johnson,   b. 2 Dec 1916, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1985  (Age 68 years)
     3. Ira Conroy Johnson,   b. 5 Nov 1919, Keen Settlement Ratliff Rd.,Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1993, Method Hospital,Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Family ID F2616352128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Per Jean H. Mizell.
      "Granny Johnson", as I remember her, was hard working andexpected all around her to do likewise. She was loving, as far as I was concerned, always quick to offer condolence when a growing youngster needed such. She had to have the yards swept clean regularly, not raked, but swept with a "brush Broom", a batch off gall berry bush, or something similar tied together as a broom. No grass was allowed to grow in the yard.

      She cooked, very much, beans, black eyed peas, rice and gravy, greens and such, as well as plenty of biscuits. We always had home made cane syrup on hand, plenty of home made butter, cured pork from the smoke house and yard chickens. We ate well. All of thiswas cooked on a wood burning stove. I happened to be in charge of getting wood for the stove, this was a monumental task, as a fire burned in the stove all day long, during the winter time, and most of the time otherwise. In those days we hitched the horse to the wagon and would drive into the woods to find a tree that was lightning struck, it could not be too dead or Grany would not use it. We would saw it down and load it on the wagon and bring it home in lengths. Then we would saw it into stove lengths, split and stack to use. We also hadto get wood for the fireplace in order to keep warm in the winter. Granny wanted plenty of wood, always. Many times she would come out to the wood pile andstay with us as we sawed the wood with a cross-cut saw. Granddaddy kept the saw and the axe sharp.

      I can remember clothes washing day at home. In the early days, she would boil clothes in the boiler (that took wood also) and then scrub them on a washboard to finish cleaning them. Then she had to have two tubs of rinse water and wring them out by hand --this was hard work. Then she gota washing machine with an eccentric gas motor. I have seen her kick on the start kick to crank, until she was out of breath, but she usually got it started. This made her life a little easier on wash day.

      Then we had to grow monster gardens so she would have plenty to eat, as well as to can. I remember her so well, shelling peas, butter beans, shucking corn, making pickles, doing all the things to have food aplenty for the times when we were not growing anything. We tried to have something growing most of the time. Granny made sure of this.

      We had to come home on the school bus in the evening, and Granny always had something baked that we could have a snack as soon as we got in the house, changed out of school clothes (you did not wear school clothes except to school), and before you started chores. She cooked gingerbread cakes a lot, these were about one half inch thick and five inches across, also sugar cakes, bread pudding, cake and pie. This made you want to hurry and get ome. We also had milkcows so there was planty of milk to drink with all this food.

      Granny was strict disciplinarian, as well, she would cut a switch, no belt or razor strap, cut of a bush, and you knew you were in trouble. She would switch you good, then make you come and hug her and she would hug you telling you all the time it was for your own good, she wouldn't do that if she did not love you.

      I could write, no telling how much, but this is some of the tings that made quite an impact on me as I grew up. I loved my Granny, and I knew she truly loved me as well.
      By Dorman Mizell, grandson, 1998

      Cause of death: Strokes. She was 91years old when she died.

      GRANNIE'S SAYINGS:

      Grannie had a "saying" for most any occasion. Here are just a few that I can remember.
      "Cowards tote whole bones."
      "Well ain't she a caution!"
      "I'd rather feed a hungry dog than one with a coming appetite.""He couldn't hit a bull in the behind with a bass fiddle."
      "Let sleeping dogs lie."
      "I never did like to hang to the bed much, most people die there."
      "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."
      "A fool and his money is soon parted."

      Name: Hattie K.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1132440070] Founding Florida Pioneers & Their Descendants, Jean H. Mizell.