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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: A Bryan Family Photo




I almost didn't copy this photo when perusing Marguerite Cook Clark's files. The picture wasn't labeled, but photo looked familiar. Almost two years to the date that I scanned it, I found the family in my Bryan files - a Xerox copy of the photo from cousin Julia and labeled with names! 

According to Julia, the photo dates at about 1903 to 1904. This is the family of Tilman Capers Bryan II and Mary Elizabeth McDowell Bryan of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

Back Row - Willie Marie Bryan, John C. Bryan, Della Bryan, Lois Bryan
Front Row - Eunice Bryan, Tilman Capers Bryan II, Mary Elizabeth McDowell Bryan, Eddy Bryan

Tilman is the son of Tilman Capers Bryan and his wife, Mildred Manning.  He is the grandson of my ancestors, Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan. 

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Source

Brittain, Julia and McMichael Frances. "Descendants of Reddick Bryan." Houston, Texas.

2 February 1999.

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Cook Household was Happy and Full of Fun!

Clifford Cook
Clifford and Paul Cook
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click here.
I had already written briefly about Clifford Cook when I posted a photo of her and her brother Paul earlier this year. However, an excerpt from a letter and one more photo of Clifford prompted this post. 

The letter was written by Lillian Hudnall Freeland on October 21, 1985 to the Richard Warner family about her family history. She wrote the following about the Cook family.

You asked if I knew Marguerite Clark and her sister Clifford Shelby. Their maiden name was Cook and they lived next door to Aunt Sallie and Uncle Wesley in Ringgold. It was their mother who was connected to the Bryans. They should be able to help you. I remember them well and I think there were two other children. Marguerite was a bit younger than I and Clifford a bit older. Clifford was a real beauty as a young girl. I haven't seen them since we were all young. I'm not sure how their mother is related to me but I knew it was as some degree of cousin. Marguerite and Clifford's dad was the town dentist in Ringgold at the time I remember them. I was sometimes allowed to spend a night over there and I would sleep with Clifford in her cute attic room. Their house was happy and full of fun. My Aunt Sallie had raised my mama (who was her baby sister). Aunt Sallie always told us that we should love her best because she felt more like a grandma to us then an aunt. She was very jealous when soon after we'd arrive to visit we'd want to go next door to be where it was more lively at the Cooks.

All of those mentioned in this portion of the letter were descendants of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan.

Lillian was the daughter of Jewel Antoinette Bryan and James Hudnall.  Jewel and her sister, Sallie Bryan Hammett, were the daughters of Tilman Bryan and Mildred Manning. Tilman was the son of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan Bryan. 

Charles and Marguerite Cook
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Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook and Dr. Edward Clifton Cook were the parents of Clifford, Marguerite, Paul, and Charles Cook. Maggie was the daughter of Laura Bryan and Thomas J. Martin. Laura Bryan was the daughter of Joseph Bryan and Sarah Wimberly. Joseph was a son of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan. 


Sallie Bryan, daughter of Tilman Bryan and Mildred Manning, married Wesley Hammett, son of Robert Hammett and Dollie Bryan. Dollie was a daughter of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan.  

Thank you to all of my sources listed below. Without your willingness to share, this memory and others would not be preserved. 


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Brittain, Julia and McMichael Frances. "Descendants of Reddick Bryan." Houston, Texas.
2 February 1999. 

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

Family photographs and documents from the Frye Family collection. Accessed June 6, 2916. Used with permission.

Lillian Hudnall Freeman Letter from the collection of Richard Warner. Accessed September 16, 2014. Used with permission. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday's Photo: New Family

The Wedding - Shanghai, China



My blog has been a little quiet these last few weeks. We have been in the process of adding more family to our tree. 

Congratulations to my son and his wife. We are very happy to add his wife and her beautiful daughter to our family tree! 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday's Photo: Nigella McCarty


Nigella McCarty Davis Lovelace 1903 - 1997

This photo of Nigella McCarty was in a box of photos that belonged to my Dad's family. Her name is written on the photo so there was no problem identifying her, but no connection was found between families or family locations. 

Her father Joseph David McCarty was born in Erath County in 1867 so there is a chance that he knew my grandfather Redic Eli Bryan, born in 1870 and living in Erath by 1877. 

However, today I found a more likely connection. Both my Aunt DeRay Bryan and Nigella McCarty attended Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University)  from 1920 to 1921.


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Cook, William A. "Our Families." Nevada. 14 July 2014. Web. 26 Aug. 2016. <http://billcookweb.com/database/b307.html>

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

The Portal to Texas History. "Bulletin Simmons College, Catalogue of Simmons College, 1920-1921."  Abilene, TX, May 1921. Web. 26 Aug. 2016. <https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41677/hits/?q=nigella+mccarty>.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I Found the Bell Tower AND it is NOT in Texas!



On Friday, I posted the two photos seen below. I have been looking for the bell tower and the identity of those women for 18+ years. 






Years ago, I searched for this cemetery in Texas; visiting cemeteries, writing to other genealogists in counties where my families lived, and posting these photos on a variety of websites.  All with no success. 

Hours before posting these photos on Friday, I searched Newspapers.com and GenealogyBank for old newspapers mentioning a bell tower in a cemetery. I did a Google image search and checked the Texas History Portal. Again, no success!

I need to mention that I am currently organizing all of the photos that belonged to my father's brother and three sisters.  They are spread out on the dining room table and I try to make a little progress each day. So, after posting the cemetery photos on my blog, I decided to spend a little time with the photos on the dining room table. 

I don't know how long my Aunt DeRay dated Chris,
but they certainly looked happy in her photos.
It was sad to see that he died so young. 
Dad's sister, DeRay Bryan, didn't marry, but a large number of her photos were DeRay and a man, Chris Wieland. Most were taken in or near Borger, Texas.

A quick search for Chris Wieland, came up with a wife (Mildred) on the 1930 census in Borger and his full name, Chris Boss Wieland, on his WWI draft registration in Kay, Oklahoma. Both documents indicated that he worked as a mechanic in a garage. At Ancestry.com, I found he had a large number of siblings and that his parents resided in at least three states during their marriage; Kansas, Oklahoma, and California. Chris' brother, Leonard J. Wieland, owned a garage in Borger. 

At Find A Grave, I found Chris Wieland's grave in Cowley County, Kansas. He died December 22, 1935. Very surprised at his death date, I searched several genealogy sites for information about his death with no success.  I went back to Find - A - Grave, but didn't see any additional information and just as as I was ready to close the site, I noticed the bell tower.

Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas - Photo taken by T. Hoddy - Used with Permission

The photos were taken at Chris Wieland's funeral in Kansas! The women in the photo are most likely Wieland family or friends. Another photo mystery solved!




Chris B. Wieland is buried in section C53, along with his brother, Guy, and his sister-in-law, Nell. 

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Sources

Baker, B. "Christopher B Wiland - Facts." Ancestry.com. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://person.ancestry.com/tree/19875147/person/29557305504/facts>.

C B Wieland in the 1930 United States Federal Census. Ancestry.com. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?pid=29557305504&h=62720094&indiv=1>.

Cemeteries.  Cowley County. Cemeteries, Memorial Lawn Cemetery Records Search. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://www.cowleycounty.org/cemeteries>.

Chris Boss Willand in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Ancestry.com. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=1963608&db=ww1draft&indiv=1>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Hoddy, T. Chris B. Wieland (1898 - 1935). Find A Grave Memorial. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45702720>.

Mayfield, J.  Chris B. Wieland (1898 - 1935). Find A Grave Memorial. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45702720>.

Memorial Lawn Cemetery - Google Maps. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <https://www.google.com/maps/place/Memorial+Lawn+Cemetery,+Arkansas+City,+KS+67005/@37.1352644,-97.0429312,3a,60y,110.17h,96.35t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCrCoLOtZ02qysSW82LSnDQ!2e0!7i3328!8i1664!4m5!3m4!1s0x87ba7efc0ffe9439:0x2ffdd111f48a6d5f!8m2!3d37.1352999!4d-97.0428446>.

Quinn, Diana. "Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: Another look at a Cemetery Photo."Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog. 19 Aug 2016. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/fridays-photo-another-look-at-cemetery.html>.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday's Photo: Another look at a Cemetery Photo


Carla, my third cousin 1x removed, wrote the following about this photo. 

I cannot tell for sure by any means, but the lady on the right sure looks like Mamie Allen Noah to me. O.E. And Mamie's oldest daughter, Gladys, had a daughter, Lucile Stroman, who was 6'1". If that's them, this pic would not have been taken at Phillip's funeral, since Lucile was born in 1923. You know the clothing of the period much better than I; could this picture have been taken circa 1940-ish? The funny thing is, I have a pair of Grandma Mamie's shoes, and they look just about identical to the ones the lady on the right is wearing. I'm sure they were quite common, so that could be coincidental.


DeRay Bryan (sitting)
Unknown Woman (standing)
Photo dated abt. 1936
I posted this cemetery photo in 2012 and assumed it was probably taken in Seymour, Texas where my Dad's family lived before the 1930s; the photos belonged to my aunts. However, there is no tower in a cemetery in Seymour. And, Carla is correct, the clothing styles appear to be 1940-ish. On the right is a photo of my Aunt, DeRay Bryan, dated abt. 1936. Her hat, coat, and shoes match the style of the taller woman in the cemetery photo. A browse through photos on a Google search showed similar styles in both the 1930s and 1940s. 

Mamie Allen Noah lived in Erath County. She was the wife of Oscar Edward Noah, my grandmother's first cousin. I hope Carla is correct and this is Mamie and Lucile. We need to compare photos of both women. 

AND, there are other questions. 

Is this cemetery in or near Erath County, Baylor County, or neither? 

Would Mamie have traveled a long distance to attend a funeral? 

Who took this photo? If it was one of the Bryan sisters, then it would probably have been a family funeral. 

Could it have been Buster Bryan's funeral in 1940? That would put the cemetery in Seymour. 

Does anyone recognize this bell tower? 






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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Kade G. Gardner

Kade Gardner, also seen as Kader Gray Gardner, can be found as a seven year old boy on the 1880 census of Red River Parish. According to a later draft registration his birthday was August 3, 1873. 

His parents were Richard S. Gardner (1821-1913) and Winnie M. Garder (1840-1933). Known siblings were Louisa, Charles, Walter, and Roxy. 

Kade, a farmer and carpenter, married Charlotte Dicy Allums on December 23, 1900 in Red River Parish. They had children Lottie Gray Gardner, Roy Allums Gardner, and Dudley Lucille Gardner. 

By 1910, Kade was working as a barber and living with his family in Ringgold. 

Still in Ringgold, Kade ran a boarding house in 1920. His family lived in the home along with several boarders. His 79 year old mother, a widow, was also living with him. On this census, her name is written as Mary, not Winnie. 

In the 1930 and 1940 census records, Kade's occupation was reported to be a carpenter in a cabinet shop. 

I browsed the Northwest Louisiana newspapers at Newspapers.com and saw that he was a Justice of the Peace in Bienville Parish as early as 1921 and found one mention of him serving in 1940. Newspapers for that area of Louisiana are sparse so we might assume that he was a Justice of the Peace for many years. 

Kade died on June 21, 1953. He is buried in Providence Cemetery in Bienville Parish along with his wife, mother, and several family members. His father is buried in Social Springs Cemetery, Red River Parish, along with some of Kade's siblings. 


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Sources

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

"Kada G. Gardner in the 1880 United States Federal Census." 1880 United States Federal Census. Red River Parish, LA, June 1880. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=6978009&db=1880usfedcen&indiv=1>.

"Kader Gardner in the 1900 United States Federal Census." 1900 United States Federal Census. Red River Parish, LA, 3 Jun 1900. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://interactive.ancestry.com/7602/004120193_00768/22048656>

"Kader G Gardner in the 1910 United States Federal Census." 1910 United States Federal Census. Bienville Parish, LA, 3 May 1910. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=9061794&db=1910USCenIndex&indiv=try>.

"Kadie Gardner in the 1920 United States Federal Census." 1920 United States Federal Census. Bienville Parish, LA, 9 Feb 1920. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=29022891&db=1920usfedcen&indiv=try>.

"Kader Gray Gardener in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918." World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Bienville Parish, LA, 12 Sept 1918. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=27459779&db=WW1draft&indiv=1>.

"Kade Gardner - Louisiana, Marriages, 1718-1925 - Ancestry.com." Louisiana, Marriages, 1718-1925 - Ancestry.com.  Web. 9 Aug. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=lamarriages_ga>.

"Richard S. Gardner (1821 - 1913) - Find A Grave Memorial."  Find A Grave Memorial. Social Springs Cemetery, Red River Parish, LA, 18 Mar 2015. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&amp;GRid=143880928&amp;ref=acom>.

"Winnie M. Gardner (1840 - 1933) - Find A Grave Memorial."  Find A Grave Memorial. Providence Cemetery, Bienville Parish, LA, 3 Feb 2008. Web. 14 Aug. 2016. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Gardner&GSiman=1&GSst=20&GSsr=761&GRid=24348782&>.