My stepchildren were fortunate to spend a great deal of their Arizona childhoods with their maternal grandparents, Cliff Hanlen and June Holland. After I married their daughter’s ex-husband, this wonderful couple was quick to recognize how much I cared about their grandchildren and I was welcomed with open arms. They always made me feel very much a part of their extended family. No DNA match required.
June Holland’s family tree roots extend a long ways back into Texas. Her grandfather, Houston Holland, was born there in 1856, just eleven short years after it became the 28th state in the union. The family remained in the Lone Star State until the 1920s when June’s parents, Oscar “Otis” Holland and Willa Mae Mayo, headed West to settle in Arizona.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Cliff Hanlen’s mother, young Eleanor Frances Bocker, immigrated to the United States from Germany with her father, Ernst Bocker. Cliff’s father Clifford Francis Hanlen Sr.’s family, however, had been in the United States much longer, since before the Civil War in the 1860s. The Hanlen family followed a familiar western migration pattern, traveling from Iowa and Illinois to Kansas before finally landing in Arizona in the first part of the 20th century.
These are their pedigree charts. Click on the image for a closer look.
Click on the images below for a look at the descendant charts for the Holland line.
Below is the Hanlen descendant chart. Click here to download a copy.