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Posted by: diane dougherty (ID *****1939) Date: January 30, 2012 at 10:20:08
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH HANSARD/DOCIA GRAHAM by Thomas Kerwin of 65481

My mother's name is Bette Jo, born 7-8-1825 in San Antonio. She was adopted by Docia and then husband Joseph Hansard a few days after birth. Her original birth certificate showed Bette Jo Hansard, as she had to petition the courts in 1951 for a name change and reissuance of birth cert, as her recordsd were destroyed in a courthouse fire.
As Docia had died in 1944, the name change and reissued birth certificate were in the name of Bette Jo Andrews, showing George Andrews and his then 2nd wife Lola Belle Powers Andrews as her parents. She never knew (or wanted to know) who her real parents were and I don't know if adoption papers would even be available now. Long story short, I have all the information on George and Docia and both their parents, I just am unable to find out anything about Joseph....I can't even verify his existence except through family stories and that the court in the name change action had mom listed legally as Bette Jo Hansard - although she always went by the name of Andrews.
Marriage and divorce records would be the best bet to show that Docia and Joseph were married, but I guess not yet available. Docia was born in Miami, Texas but I believe lived all of her adult life in San Antonio/Amarillo. The only other piece of info I have on Joseph is that he supposedly owned a club or bar and grill in the San Antonio area during his marriage to Docia...I don't know if land records or newspaper articles would disclose any info at all.
That's it....

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