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A0085 – Mary Ann Traylor Wilson Family Collection



Title: Mary Ann Traylor Wilson Family Collection
Date span: c. 1925-2002
Physical description: 1 cubic foot
Creator(s): Mary Ann (or Marianne) Traylor Wilson
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 complete a registration form and 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)

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 February 2021 by Georgen Charnes

Date of finding aid: 2/19/2021


Historical Note:

Mary Ann (or Marianne) Bernice Traylor was born 24 November 1923 to Henry Burt Traylor (1901-1984) and Mary Leola Griffin Traylor (1905-1980). Siblings were 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), who married Barbara Spinks (b. 1934). Bunny Traylor graduated 1942 from Boynton High School, and was active in Boynton Junior Woman’s Club. Married to Junious H. Nicholson 1943-1946, Anthony Arango 1946-1963, and Glenn Wilson in 1978.

Scope and Content Note:

Papers, photographs, and artifacts collected by Mary Ann "Bunny" Traylor Wilson from her and the Traylor family. Includes letters received from her mother Leola (1947 and 1958) featuring news of her sibling's health and activities; family's ration books from World War II (c. 1944), a masonic booklet, clippings, and a few invoices. Artifacts include a stuffed dog (received in 1939 on her 16th birthday), a baby's muslin dress  (made c. 1925), binoculars, and a Kodak Jiffy series II 620 camera. Photographs feature chiefly the family house (407 NE 1st Street, Boynton Beach, Florida) and Mary Ann Traylor Wilson.


Box 1
Folder 1: Clippings. Includes 2 clippings:

  • Boynton Beach Star, 12 Jan 1967, with photo of Barbara Spinks Traylor;
  • Palm Beach Post, 12 June 2002, with photo of family home at 407 NE 1st Street, Boynton Beach

Folder 2: Correspondence

  • 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
  • 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
  • Undated cards

Folder 3: 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 4: Papers of Traylor family.

  • Chiefly invoices, insurance, taxes. Also includes anti-Purinton flyer (mayoral candidate) by “The Taxpayer’s Assn.”

Folder 5: WWII material:

  • 10 cent savings bonds stamp album 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 6: Photographs, chiefly of family house and family

Box 2: Artifacts:
1. Binoculars in case. Made by E.B. Meyrowitz. Case embossed with initials “J.H.H.” Poor condition, case lid separate, eye cuffs broken.

2. Kodak Jiffy Series II 620 Camera

3. Harmonica

4. photoStuffed dog with bell on ribbon collar. Accompanied by note: “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. Muslin baby dress, 1925. 14 x 17 inches. Label on bag: “Grandma Brown & Aunt Kate made me this dress for my 2nd birthday”






Available online (as of 2022-05-24)
A0085-4-001    Anti-Purlington campaign flyer, 1949
A0085-5a-001    10 cent stamp album for the purchase of United States War Savings Bond, 1944
A0085-5b-001    Ration book cover, 1944
A0085-6-001    Traylor family home, 1947
A0085-6-002    Traylor family home, 1947
A0085-6-003    Traylor family home, 1947
A0085-6-004    Traylor family home, 1947
A0085-6-005    Traylor family home, c. 1955
A0085-6-006    Traylor family home, c. 1955
A0085-6-007    Mary Ann "Bunny" Traylor, c. 1942
A0085-6-008    Mary Leola and Philip Traylor, 1942
A0085-6-009    Mary Ann "Bunny" Traylor, 1942

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