Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sympathy Saturday—Scrapbook of a Death

IMG_1946While I’m visiting family in Valdosta this month, I’ve been busy scanning and photographing old family photos, letters, etc. I spent several days over the past two weeks working through my maternal grandmother’s (Leona Roberts Redles) four-drawer desk that my mom has filled with her family photos and memorabilia. One of the items in the desk is a scrapbook that my grandmother complied when her husband (my grandfather) William Liming Redles passed away on August 29, 1932 in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, they lived in the Roosevelt Hotel. The scrapbook contains newspaper death notices and letters, cards, and telegrams that she received upon his death. Below are a few pages from this scrapbook. (Please excuse the quality of the images. I didn’t want to put the scrapbook on a flat-bed scanner because of its fragility. I didn’t want to use my Flip-Pal mobile scanner, because I couldn’t open the scrapbook very far and didn’t think I could get the inside edges. I used my digital point-and-shoot camera.) Click on each image for a larger view.

Some newspaper death notices for my grandfather William L. Redles.

This letter to my grandmother Leona Roberts Redles upon the death of my grandfather William L. Redles is from the Commandant’s office, U. S. Marine Corps.

Some of the cards that came with the flowers that my grandmother Leona Roberts Redles received when my grandfather William L. Redles died on August 29, 1932.

Above are some telegrams from family members. Maie Dell and Stella are two of my grandmother’s sisters. Aunt Lawson is Lawson Young Pendleton, my great grandmother Catherine Young Robert’s sister.

More telegrams that my grandmother Leona Roberts Redles received when my grandfather William L. Liming died on August 29, 1932.



  1. Is Lawson a family name? In other words, do y'all have Lawson ancestors?

  2. Catherine PendletonMarch 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Yep. Lawson and Catherine Young's great grandmother was Hannah Lawson, daughter of John Lawson. I haven't verified it, but John Lawson was supposedly born in Virginia and died in Twiggs County, GA. His great grandfather Hugh Lawson was born in Ireland and died in Rowan, NC. I haven't done much research on the Lawson branch.