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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Photo: An Important Celebration in Bienville Parish



My Bryan family ancestors took quite a few photographs and they can be found all over the United States. On Sunday, I posted a photo of Joe and Josie Cook along with an article about their golden anniversary celebration. These were found in Marguerite Cook Clark's collection. Fourteen hundred miles away from Marguerite Cook Clark's collection is the Frye Family collection where photos of those who attended the celebration can be found. 

I was able to identify the family in these photos with the help of a few readable labels in the photo album and by looking at other identified photos. However, there could be an error in the identification of the women. If you find a mistake, please contact me or leave a comment on my blog. 



Under the photo in the picture was written Mrs. Liza Davis, Mrs. Lizzie Bryan, Mrs. S. E. Frye, Mrs. Erie Bryan. Above the photo Mr. and Mrs. John L. Wimberly can be seen. Rev. Thomas Martin, Laura Bryan Martin, Josie Bryan Cook, and Joe W. Cook were seen in other identified family photos.
Click on the picture to enlarge. 

Above this photo "their children" is written. Comparing these men and women with other photos of Josie and Joe's children, allowed me to identify family members in this photograph.
Click on the picture to enlarge. 
To see more about this celebration click here.




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Sources

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

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, March 12, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Joe and Josie Bryan Cook

Joe and Josie Cook


Copyright of the embossed mat appears to be 1892




Joseph "Josie" Sarah Catherine Bryan and Joseph "Joe" W. Cook were married on November 20, 1873. They lived in Bienville Parish. 

The article to the left states they were celebrating their 52nd anniversary. This would make the date of the celebration November 22, 1925. However, note the number 52nd is written over. Enlarged, the writing is not clear and the clipping is not dated, but we can guess this is at least their 50th. 

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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, March 10, 2017

Friday's Photo: William "Bill" Evans and Hattie Frye

Hattie Frye and Bill Evans
Married December 29, 1900 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
These photos of Hattie Frye and William Evans were shared by a Bryan cousin who also descends from the Frye family tree. 


Hattie Frye was the daughter of James M. Frye and Josephine "Josie" Hayes. She was the 7th of nine children. According to Pubic Member Trees at Ancestry.com, she and William "Bill" Evans had eight children. It is suspected the child in the photo is their first, Eunice Ethel Evans. 


William "Bill" Roberson Evans
Son of Barzilie H. Evans and Safronia Wood

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Source

Ancestry.com. "Public Member Trees." Web. 9 March 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx>

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday's Photo: Tintypes From A Louisiana Family











My distant California cousins shared these tintypes with me. All are unlabeled and persons pictured are unknown. Our Louisiana families lived in Bienville Parish and counties nearby. Family names include Bryan, Wimberly, Trott, Hammett, Albritton, Pitman, Frye, Cook, and Watts. 

I have identified many previously unknown photos by finding others who have similar photos marked with names. Do you have similar photos? If so, please contact me. 

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© 2017

Source

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Other Reddick Bryans


My great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan. Born 1793 in North Carolina, he
lived in Georgia before moving to Bienville Parish, Louisiana in 1838.

He remained in Bienville Parish until his death in 1864.
This drawing is copied from an early photo of Reddick Bryan and was
found in the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. The artist is unknown. 

There are two men from North Carolina who are often confused with my great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan, in online family trees. The title to my post is a little deceiving as these men weren't actually named Reddick Bryan. 

Redick O'Bryan was said to have come from Chatham County in North Carolina and by 1815, when married to Elizabeth Bourland, he was living in Hopkins County, Kentucky. His parents were said to be Thomas O'Bryan and Sylvania Frances Copeland. Both born about 1760 and said to be from Chatham County. Redick O'Bryan died and was buried in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1879. 

Riddick Bryan of Northhampton County, North Carolina is sometimes seen as Reddick Bryan, but most documents indicate it was Riddick. He was born about 1810 and can be found living in Northampton County until his death sometime around 1888.  He married Charity Bryan in 1833 and Sarah Bryan in 1864. 

Although I cannot find any documents connecting these three men, it does not mean they were not connected. Very little can be found about my great-grandfather while he lived in North Carolina. From deed records, I know he lived in Martin County before moving to Georgia.  However, I have found no other information as many records were lost in two Martin County Courthouse fires prior to 1900.  

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© 2017

Sources

Ancestry.com. "Public Member Trees." Web. 14 Jan. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx>.

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.


Martin County, North Carolina Genealogy Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki. Web. 1 Mar. 2017. <https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Martin_County,_North_Carolina_Genealogy>.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday's Photo: McLain Hotel Gardens, Seymour, Texas


The stone wall next to the garden is part of the hotel. A good photo of the McLain Hotel can be found at The City of Seymour.org.

Minna graduated from High School in 1921.
Could the card have been from her father Otto,
a traveling salesman for a publishing company?
This post card, purchased on ebay, was mailed to Minna Radusch of St. Paul Park, Minnesota. The postmark isn't clear, but it was mailed sometime between 1908 (when the stamp was first issued) and assumed to be sent prior to the fire in 1920. 

Written on the card is The building marked with the Inkline is the Hotel. However, the inkline appears to be above what I believe is Seymour High School. The Washington Hotel was another hotel in Seymour. Could the sender have mistaken the high school for the Washington Hotel?

Visit the Amon Carter Museum: Texas Bird's-Eye Views to see photos of the Washington and McLain Hotels. 

I cannot read the closing portion and signature at the end of the message. Any help is appreciated. 

Building of the McLain Hotel was announced in 1890 after citizens of Seymour came together to form the McLain Hotel Company. The stone hotel was going to be built on Main Street in Seymour for a cost of $30,000. 

In 1893, as reported in the Galveston Daily News, the McLain Hotel was nearing completion. 

In 1901, the hotel had been standing for ten years in unfinished condition. It was reported in the Seymour News that J.C. Ziegler was working on the roof and the McLain was nearing completion. 

The Jacksboro Gazette gave a detailed report of the fire that destroyed the McLain Hotel on November 1, 1920. 

The fire was covered extensively in the November issues of the Baylor County Banner found on microfilm. The fire appeared to have been caused by a gas explosion. It was reported that a gas coffee urn had been removed just days prior to the fire and a build-up of gas was thought to have caused the explosion. 

It was reported that most of the 56 rooms were occupied at the time and about 70 people were evacuated. Mr. S. Goram, hotel manager, and his brother, Wallace, were able to get most residents out of building. Mr. Hoyt Whiteside of Seymour died in the fire. Andy Bowie was one of the last persons to make it out of the building. 

To read more about the McLain Hotel, visit the The Portal to Texas History

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Sources

Amon Carter Museum: Texas Bird's-Eye Views. Web. 23 Feb. 2017. <http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Seymour&year=1890&extra_info>.


Barber, Geo. P. The Seymour News (Seymour, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, May 3, 1901, newspaper, May 3, 1901; Seymour, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth235273/: accessed February 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

The Galveston Daily News. (Galveston, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 42, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 4, 1893, newspaper, May 4, 1893; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth467910/: accessed February 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Fort Worth Daily Gazette. (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 180, Ed. 1, Thursday, April 10, 1890, newspaper, April 10, 1890; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87712/: accessed February 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .

Harrison, O. C. The Baylor County Banner. (Seymour, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 6, Friday, Nov. 4, 1920, Microfilm.  

High School Building, Seymour, Texas 1908 | HistoricTexas.net Texas History, Old Photographs, Maps and More.... Web. 23 Feb. 2017. <http://www.historictexas.net/image/baylor-county/high-school-building-seymour-texas-1908>.

The Jacksboro Gazette (Jacksboro, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 4, 1920, newspaper, November 4, 1920; Jacksboro, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth729780/: accessed February 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library.

 U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 for Minna Radusch. Minneapolis. 1921. Web. 23 Feb. 2017. <http://interactive.ancestry.com/1265/sid_7002003304_1921_0047?pid=408452966>.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Parents of Reddick Bryan




Reddick Bryan was born February 18, 1793. This date can be seen on his headstone in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. According to the 1850 United States Federal Census Record of Bienville Parish, Reddick Bryan was born in North Carolina.

Reddick’s father is thought to be James Bryan, son of Needham Bryan, both of the Martin/Halifax areas of North Carolina. There is no documented proof showing James as Reddick's father. James gave land to Reddick and Reddick completed land transactions with Power of Attorney for James; all in Martin County, North Carolina.  

On December 24, 1817, in Twiggs County, Georgia, Reddick Bryan applied for letters of administration on the estate of a James Bryan, late of Twiggs County.  This was found in the January 6, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal.  In March of 1818, Reddick was listed as one of two administrators for the estate of a James Bryan. This was seen in several issues of the Georgia Journal. No records of estates are available as the courthouse in Twiggs was burned in 1901. This 1818 estate notice is the last mention of Reddick associated with James Bryan. I believe this James Bryan was the James thought to be Reddick's father. 

Reddick Bryan’s mother is unknown

Some Public Member Trees found on Ancestry.com state that his mother is Elizabeth Hall.*  She is not his mother. In most of those Public Family Trees her birth year is 1803, ten years after Reddick's birth. 

Mary Bembry, born in 1821 is another person found as Reddick's mother in several Public Member Trees.  Bembry is a name found in the Martin / Halifax area, but Mary is much too young. 

Other Public Member Trees indicate Reddick’s mother was Mary Reddick Bryant / Bryan born in Crawford County, Georgia. This Mary’s maiden name of Reddick has not been proven and she was married to a James Bryan who died around 1850. I have not seen documentation indicating Mary and her husband, James, were parents of Reddick. 

*I added a story about Reddick's parents to my Public Member Tree at Ancestry in 2012. I wrote that Elizabeth Hall was the mother of a Redick O’Bryan who was born in NC and spent much of his adult life in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Elizabeth Hall was NOT the mother or wife of Redick O'Bryan.  I will delete that story and replace it with this post. 

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© 2017

Sources 


Ancestry.com. "Public Member Trees." Web. 14 Jan. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn


Georgia Journal. Milledgeville. GenealogyBank. 1818. GenealogyBank.com. Web. 12 Feb. 2017. <http://www.genealogybank.com/doc/newspapers/image/v2%3A11AA291041B55CD8%40GB3NEWS-14FC881574C6B630%402385139-14F1FB92545F39A8%402-14FCE97CF3E051B8?search_terms=henry%2Bmathews&p=GB3NEWS&docrefer=v2%3A11AA291041B55CD8%40GB3NEWS-14FC881574C6B630%402385139-14F1FB92545F39A8%402#>.


Quinn, Diana B. "Bryan Family." Rootsweb Freepages. 2002. Web. 14 Jan. 2017. <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bryanquinn/Bryanfamily.htm>.