Frances was born on August 16, 1908 in the town of Marion in Lawrence County, about an hour and a half north of Indianapolis. If she were alive today, she would be 108 years old. It's not so far-fetched now that I think about it.
Based on the federal census data from 1910 and 1920, there were a total of nine, count 'em, nine siblings. Here's a list of their given names starting with the eldest: Lizzie, Bessie, Delbert, Selby, Gladys, Frances, Rex, John J., and Nola.
At a certain point, Vernon and Frances lived in Houston, Texas, perhaps to be closer to their daughter Annis and my mother as well. And finally they returned to Indiana and settled in the historic town of Madison, where they lived at 313 Central Ave. The house is attached to three other private dwellings, and it is said that these homes were built sometime between 1830 and 1850.
Grandma Tanksley passed away on May 19, 1985. She outlived Vernon by about eight years. They are buried together in Springdale Cemetery.