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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday's Photo: The Family of Thomas Lawson Bryant and Alitha McCrary

Anne Taylor Bryant  - mother of Thomas Lawson Bryant, Thomas Lawson Bryant, Alitha McCrary Bryant
Back - Darrell J. Bryant, Kyle Bryant, and Foy Bryant

Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas

Click to enlarge this photo. You will see the names of some of the family members written in pencil. 

On the back - Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Bryant and family
Granny Frye's own aunt Litha McCrary - Litha Bryan
Ann Fuquay another sister
Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Bryant is written on the back of this photo found in the Frye Family Collection. I wasn't quite sure how this family was related to my Bryans so scanned it as it isn't unusual to see Bryan written as Bryant and Lawson is a frequent name seen when researching Bryans in Bienville Parish.  

The Frye family, who graciously opened their home to allow me to scan these photos, are descendants of my great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan. After looking at the Frye family tree, I found the Lawson Bryant family is not my family. However, a marriage does link the Lawson Bryant family to my Reddick Bryan family. 


Allie Belle Trott
Allie Belle Trott, great-great-granddaughter of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan, married Charles Jefferson Frye. Her parents were William Jackson Trott and  Laura Lula Cook. Her grandparents were Joseph W. Cook and Josie Bryan. Josie Bryan Cook was the biological daughter of Joseph B. Bryan and Sarah Margaret Wimberly and the adopted daughter of James Bryan and Alice Mary Wimberly (siblings of Joseph and Sarah).  Joseph B. and James were sons of Reddick Bryan. 
Alitha McCrary (Mrs. Lawson Bryant)

Charles Jefferson Frye's mother, Sarah Ann McKinney was the daughter of Alexander Fulton McKinney and Sarah Ann McCrary. Sarah Ann McCrary and Alitha McCrary (Mrs. Lawson Bryant) were sisters. 

To learn more about the family of Thomas Lawson Bryant and Alitha McCrary read pages 1268 to 1270 in A History of Texas and Texans, Volume 3 by Frank White Johnson. You can read it below or click on Google Books to read and download a larger version. 





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Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs from the Frye Family collection. Accessed June 6, 2016. Used with permission.

Johnson, F. W., Barker, E. C., & Winkler, E. W. (1914). A history of Texas and Texans. Chicago: American Historical Society.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Her Father, Dr. Edward Clifton Cook


Dr. Edward Clifton Cook, born on January 29, 1887, was the son of Napoleon Bonaparte Cook and Pauline Porter Cook. He married Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan, on April 10, 1905. 


Dr. Edward Clifton Cook graduated from the Atlanta Southern Dental College in 1913. I have questions about this that family might know.  Did his wife and children go with him to Atlanta while he attended college? Did he practice in Ringgold? 






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Source

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday's Photo: Dr. Edward Clifton Cook's Car and Cyril Lesche's Garage

Written by Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook , wife of E. C. Cook - Cyril Lesche, Mosely, Dr. Cook, ?

This photo, from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark, is on a postcard. Dr. Cook was her father. I am assuming because Dr. Edward Clifton Cook is driving, this is his car. 

Can anyone tell me the make and year of this car?


Cyril Lesche was a blacksmith and a
mechanic. He owned a garage in
Ringgold. Is this his garage?

This unknown young man is holding some
large wrenches. Is he also a mechanic? 

The first man is identified as "Mosely." He has on overalls. Could he work at the garage OR
could he be Dr. Mosely, a medical doctor in Bienville Parish, who came for the ride?
  

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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Monday, September 11, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Mrs. L. B. Cook

Jennie Owen Cook
October 2, 1884 to December 3, 1939

This is an obituary for Jennie Owen Cook, wife of Lloyd Byron Cook. Born in Georgia on October 2, 1884, Jennie was the daughter of John Jasper Owen and Nancy Parker Owen. 

This is another obituary without a first name or maiden name. However, an obituary published in the Bienville Democrat gave more details about her life and did reveal her maiden name of Owens. You can see this at the Find A Grave site by clicking here

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Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Mrs. L. A. Cook


This obituary is for Katherine Huddleston Cook, wife of Lorry A. Cook. I find it sad no mention of her first name or maiden name was in the obituary. This is not the first like that I posted. During the first 60 to 70 years of the last century, women were often identified in newspaper articles, as members of organizations, on cemetery stones, and even in workplaces by their husband's names or initials. 

Katherine Huddleston, born in Denison, Texas on October 21, 1905,  was the daughter of Lula Scruggs and Eliab Fleming Huddleston. She and Lorry Cook were married in Dallas, Texas on November 14, 1927. 

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© 2017

Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday's Photo: The Family of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan Martin

Back Row
Anne Cook Martin - wife of James Bryan Martin/daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and Sophrania Pauline Porter Cook
James Bryan Martin - son of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin/husband of Anne Cook Martin
Charles Laurie Martin - son of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin
Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin - daughter of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin. Married Edward Clifton Cook. Mother of Marguerite Cook Clark
Front Row
Edith Martin - daughter of Anne Cook Martin and James Bryan Martin
Thomas Jefferson Martin - husband of Laura Bryan Martin
Laura Bryan Martin - daughter of Joseph B. Bryan and Sarah Margaret Wimberly/ wife of Thomas J. Martin



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Source
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Bryan Log Cabin in Bienville Parish


Click on the book to see it at Amazon.

I purchased this book from Amazon when they were only selling books. It was purchased for one reason  -  on page 59 was the Bryan Log Cabin. The Bryan Log Cabin was the home my great-great-grandparents, Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan, built after moving to Louisiana from Georgia in the 1830s. 

The house was a two room dogtrot log cabin and was similar to these homes. 

The following was written by Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook - Wife of Edward Clifton Cook, Daughter of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan.
The old Thos. J. Martin home, Mama, Mammie, Aunt Fannie
Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Sarah Bryan, Aunt Fannie Pittman Wimberly. 
Mrs. Martin was Laura Bryan Martin (Mama), Mrs. Sarah Bryan was Sarah Wimberly Bryan (Mammie), and Aunt Fannie was Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly.
Go to the bottom of this post to see a larger photo of the women in this picture. 


Old home of Dr. E. C. Cook. was also written by Maggie Martin Cook.
Maggie may be the woman with the baby in the doorway.

Go to the bottom of this post to see a larger photo of the woman and baby in this picture.

In addition to seeing the cabin in this book, a sketch and description be found in the research paper Log Houses as Public Occasions: A Historical Theory written in 1977.  I won't put either on my blog as I want to avoid copyright infringement. 

However, I want to tell you a story about the cabin and maybe have questions answered. 

The Story 
This is the story as told to me by a Wimberly/Bryan descendant (my third cousin) when visiting Bienville Parish in 2007. 

About three years before my visit, the woman who owned the land told my cousin someone from Louisiana State University asked for the cabin. They took the cabin apart carefully numbering each piece. When a Nix/Bryan descendant asked for a board, he was denied as they needed each piece. 

My cousin said when LSU was called to find out where to see the house, they did not know anything about it. I don't know who called LSU. 

My Questions
  • Could the cabin be at LSU?
  • Could the cabin now be a cute guest house, someone's home, or a Bed & Breakfast?
  • Does anyone remember the Bryan log cabin?
  • Has anyone heard this story or know of another story?





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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Newton, M. B. and Napoli, L. P.-D. (1977), Log Houses as Public Occasions: A Historical Theory. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 67: 360–383.  https://www.jstor.org/stable/2562336?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Overdyke, W. Darrell. Louisiana Plantation Homes, Colonial and Antebellum.  New York: American Legacy Press, 1981.