A0085 – Traylor Family Collection

A0085 – Traylor Family Collection



Date span: c. 1920-2001
Physical description: 1 linear foot
Creator(s): Mary Ann (or Marianne) Bernice Traylor Wilson (1923–2017), Barbara Spinks Traylor, Philip Bryan "Flip" Traylor (1929-2016), Mary Leola Griffin Traylor (1905–1980)
Language note: English


Restriction on Access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Additional physical form available: Photographs individually cataloged as A0085; Selected items scanned and available online.

Acquisition information: Donated by Janet DeVries Naughton (2020.012, 2022.033) and Pam Traylor Anyll (2022.008 and 2022.038)

Custodial history: Naughton received material from Pam Traylor Anwyll, niece of creator, date unknown.

Archivist’s note: Creator used several variations of her name over her lifetime, including Bernice Traylor through 1942, then Marianne or Marian, later Mary Ann, changing last name with each marriage. She was frequently referred to as “Bunny.”

Preferred Citation: "From the Collection of the Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives, A0085" [box and folder] or [item number]

Processing Information: Collection processed in October 2022 by Georgen Charnes

Date of finding aid: 11/2022


Historical Note: 

Henry Burton Traylor (1901-1984) and Mary Leola Griffin Traylor (1905-1980) married and divorced twice. They came to Boynton Beach in 1931. Henry Burton worked chiefly in construction. Mary Leola was a waitress, a member of the First United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and Rainbow Girls advisor. She married several times, changing her last name to Traylor, Campbell, Harrell, Yarish, and back to Traylor.

Their children were:

  • Mary Ann (or Marianne) Bernice Traylor (1923–2017), who graduated 1942 from Boynton High School, and was active in Boynton Junior Woman’s Club. She married to Junious H. Nicholson 1943-1946, Anthony Arango 1946-1963, and Glenn Wilson in 1978.
  • Mildred Lucille Traylor (1927-2012), who married and divorced Jessie Cooner, and then married George Anthony Tarasco (1922-2010); and
  • Philip Bryan Traylor (1929-2016), a prominent fisherman in the Boynton area. He married Barbara Spinks (1934-2022)

Others included in the collection:

  • Barbara Spinks (1934-2022), born 22 November 1933 to Edmond Spinks (1929-2016) and Roberta Parris Spinks (1909-1970), Boynton Elementary School teacher. Barbara graduated from Seacrest High School in 1951, married Philip Bryan "Flip" Traylor (1929-2016), a commercial fisherman and seaplane pilot, in 1955, and had two children. She was very active in the Boynton Beach community, especially with the Junior Woman's Club, for which she served as President (1964-1966) and Pageant Chair (1967). (The Junior Woman’s Club was associated with the Boynton Woman’s Club, and existed sporadically  between 1930 and 1992.) Other volunteer activities, which may have been associated with the Junior Woman’s Club, include collecting for cancer research (1969), being involved with the Eta Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, organizing for the March of Dimes (1964), and serving as Assistant to the Producer and Director of the 1967 Miss Florida Pageant. Barbara wrote a social column, “Matter of Fact,” for the Boynton Beach News Journal (June 1969-Dec 1970). In about 1970, attended Florida Atlantic University, became a Certified Public Accountant, and founded Boynton Beach accountancy firm Traylor and Gratton in 1974, where she was until her retirement in 1997. She remained active in the Boynton Beach community during this time, serving on the City of Boynton Beach’s Library Board (1967), the Chamber of Commerce Board (1978), participating in founding the Boynton Beach Children's Museum and restoring the Mizner Woman’s Club building, and other activities. She was also very active in organizing reunions of Seacrest High School alumni. Died 21 Jan 2022.
  • Dan Kenniff (1885-1974) was the second husband of Leola’s aunt (Katie Brown Journigan Kenniff). The Traylor family was mentioned as his surviving family in his obituary.
  • Nancy Elizabeth Bryen Brown (1849–1920) Grandmother of Mary Leola Griffin Traylor (mother’s mother)

Scope and Content Note: 

Papers, photographs, and artifacts collected by members of the Traylor family. Includes items from several family members, including a small amount of correspondence, family's ration books from World War II (c. 1944), a masonic booklet, and clippings.

A significant amount of material is from Barbara Spinks Traylor, chiefly items from the Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club, including programs for events; and materials accumulated when organizing high school reunions for several different classes of Seacrest High School and Boynton High School, including graduation programs for Seacrest High 1950 and 1951, reports created for reunions, flyers, and class member information. Philip "Flip" Traylor's materials include items from his elementary education at Boynton Elementary School, including two reading primers and his report cards from first through sixth grade; also a letter from Marina de Castro (1959).

Also includes a small amount of material from other family members, including Mary Ann Bernice Traylor Wilson’s correspondence, Uncle Dan Kenniff’s driver’s licenses, and a receipt addressed to Great-grandmother Nancy Brown.

Artifacts include a stuffed dog (received by Bunny Traylor in 1939 on her 16th birthday), a baby's muslin dress  (made c. 1925), binoculars, and a Kodak Jiffy series II 620 camera.

Photographs include the family house, family members. A large number of the photographs are from Barbara Spinks Traylor, and include her high school friends, Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club pageant events.


Box 1

Nancy Elizabeth Bryen Brown (1849–1920)
Folder 1: Statement of good shipped by Charles William Stores NYC c. 1920

Dan Kenniff (1885-1974)
Folder 2: Driver’s licenses 1927, 1956 (2)

Mary Leola Griffin Traylor (1905-1980)
Folder 3: WWII savings bonds booklet and WWII ration books for family.

  • 2 10 cent savings bonds stamp albums and three ration books, “War Ration Book Four” for Henry B. Traylor, Mary L. Traylor, and Philip B. Traylor; plus a cover and several loose tickets

Folder 4: Documents, 1944-1957.

  • Includes income tax receipt and driver’s licenses

Folder 5: Anti-Purinton political flyer, 1949.

  • Negative ad against mayoral candidate by “The Taxpayer’s Assn.” accusing Purinton of being an agitator among the “Colored.”

Folder 6: Masonic booklet:

  • Florida Monitor : Containing instruction in the degrees of entered apprentice,  Fellow craft and master mason ; Revised by the Committee on Work pursuant to action of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, F. & A.M. of Florida at the Grand Communication of 1949. 8th ed.

Folder 7: Correspondence 1953, 1957

  • 1953-03-10: from Leola Traylor (TB Hospital in Orlando) to H.B. Traylor
  • 1958-02-21: : from Leola Traylor (Boynton Beach) to daughter Mary Ann Traylor (Key West) featuring family news
  • 1958-02-26: from Leola Traylor (Boynton Beach) to daughter Mary Ann Traylor (Key West) featuring family news and plans to move and get work

Mary Ann (or Marianne) Bernice Traylor (1923–2017)

Folder 8: Correspondence and papers, 1941-1947

  • 1941 Certificate of award for short course for Florida 4-H Club girls.
  • 1947-04-02: from Mary Ann Traylor Arango (Hypoluxo) to husband Anthony Arango (Key West)
  • 1947-12-14: Xmas card from Marchkin (military) to Anthony Arango (Key West) featuring photo of Malta
  • Undated cards

Philip “Flip” Bryan Traylor (1929-2016)

Folder 9: Boynton Elementary School primers, c. 1935

  • [Lane, Margaret Stuart]. The House that Danny Built. [Springfield, Mass.] : McLoughlin Bros., 1928. Little big books series. Author's name not on item. Poor condition.
  • Little Black Sambo also, The gingerbread man and Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse. Chicago : Rand McNally, ©1927, edition of 1935. Illustrations signed Margaret Evans Price. Inscribed "Philip Traylor First Grade Boynton Elementary"; also from Mrs Polhmus (Traylor's first grade teacher), Dec 25 1935. Poor condition: no cover.

Folder 10: Boynton Elementary School report cards, 1935-1941

  • 1935-1936 First grade. Teacher: Golda Polhamus
  • 1936-1937 Second grade. Teacher: Annie Shepard
  • 1937-1938 Third grade. Teacher: Callie M. Brown
  • 1938-1939 Fourth grade. Teacher: Mabel Rousseau
  • 1939-1940 Fifth grade. Teacher: Mabel Rousseau
  • 1940-1941 Sixth grade. Teacher: Mabel Rousseau

Folder 11: Methodist Church Certificate of Promotion 1938
Folder 12: Gulf Life Insurance receipt, 1949
Folder 13: Marina de Castro letter, 1959

  • Letter from Marina de Castro to Mr. Felipe and Mrs. Felipe Traylor, 1959-12-10. Apologizes for lack of contact due to death of son Roberto at the hands of Capt. Evelio Mata and persecution by police in Batista. [Former Police Captain Evelio Mata was shot by Cuban revolutionaries in 1959]

Barbara Spinks Traylor (1934-2022)

Folder 14: Bible Memory Helps, certifying Barbara Spinks joined the Mark Methodist Church 17 July 1942.
Folder 15: Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club (BBJWC) – Event programs, 1963, 1965

  • Program, Annual Luncheon-Fashion Show, 13 Nov 1965
  • Program, Roaring Twenties Revue, 22 March 1963 (2 copies) and clipping of review

Folder 16: Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club (BBJWC) – Installation 1964
Folder 17: Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club (BBJWC) – Pageant programs 1965, 1966, 1967
Folder 18: Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club (BBJWC) – March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation, c. 1965
Folder 19: Boynton Beach Junior Woman’s Club (BBJWC) – Proclamation from City, 1966
Folder 20: High School & Reunions – Seacrest High School graduation program, 1950
Folder 21: High School & Reunions – Seacrest High School graduation, 1951

  • Seacrest High School diploma for Barbara Spinks, 1951
  • Seacrest High School commencement invitation, 6 June 1951 and name card

Folder 22: High School & Reunions – flyers, various years
Folder 23: High School & Reunions – Boynton High School Class of 1947 50th Reunion, 1997
Folder 24: High School & Reunions – 2001 Boynton Elementary and High School All-Class Reunion, including advertisements, forms, directory, event agendas
Folder 25: High School & Reunions –  Booklet: “Belated 50th Reunion, Seacrest High School, Classes 1950 & 1951, Nov 11-12, 2005” (2 copies)
Folder 26: “Matter of Fact” column, 1970
Folder 27: Clippings

Box 2: Artifacts:
1. Binoculars in case. Made by E.B. Meyrowitz. Case embossed with initials “J.H.H.” [James H. Harrell, Leola Griffin Traylor’s later husband]  Poor condition, case lid separate, eye cuffs broken.
2. Kodak Jiffy Series II 620 Camera
3. Harmonica
4. Bernice Marion Traylor’s stuffed dog with bell on ribbon collar. Accompanied by note: [written by Bernice Marion Traylor] “1939. Tica tore his tail off - Marvin Benson gave me this dog for my 16th birthday party held at the old Boynton Casino – The only party I ever had while growing up – Mr. H.D. Stevens gave me my cake – Mama and Mrs. Lanier made me a pink taffeta dress – I had a good childhood – Depression days – When I got old enough I gave Mildred & Philip Birthday parties I had learned to bake cakes & used old rough lemons to make lemonade but they all had a good time – I am glad I did – I loved them so much but my only sister has been mean to me since she was born. The Brown family had me before I started school & Philip was born – I was raised my brother at 6 yrs old I changed his diaper and kept Mildred from him – She bit him and pinched him so bad – I loved to rock him & sing to him.”
5. Bernice Marion Traylor’s muslim baby dress, 1925. 14 x 17 inches. Label on bag: “Grandma Brown & Aunt Kate made me this dress for my 2nd birthday”
6. Boynton High School letters, c. 1930s-1940s

  • Gold “B”
  • Black “B”
  • Gold shield with “B ’37”
  • Gold shield with “B ’38”


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