I am sure that this photo of Georgia Ann Frances Bryan is one of the oldest photographs in my possession. It was found in Terrell and Harriet's family bible that has a publication date of 1870. I would guess that the photo was taken prior to 1870, but have no way of knowing. There are a variety of photos in the bible - some taken before the Civil War and some well after.
This photo, a tintype, is in a paper frame and was slid into a photo page of the bible. On the back, in very neat script, is "T. Bryan." Did she give this to Terrell when he left for war in 1861? Georgia Ann Frances Bryan was Terrell's youngest sibling, the daughter of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan. She was born on June 15, 1839 and would have been 21 years old at the time that Terrell joined the Confederate Army. Her husband, James S. Pitman, and Terrell enlisted in the army in the fall of 1861 - both in Company I "The Castor Guards" - part of the 16th Regiment of the Louisiana Infantry.
By the end of the war Georgia Ann Frances would have seen many friends and family die including her husband, her baby, and her father.
To read more about Georgia Ann Frances, check out her page on my genealogy website AND watch for more about her on this blog.