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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Photo: Charles Giddens Had a House on Irvington Avenue in South Orange, New Jersey

Another photo found in my grandmother's album. This was her brother's home in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1930, Charles W. Giddens reported that he owned the house and its value was $12,000.  From, I learned that this, 1,672 square foot home at 263 Irvington Avenue, was built in 1923 and was last sold in 1987. 

Charles and his wife, Louise moved from Newark, New Jersey into the house sometime after 1925. By 1927, they were living in the house at Irvington Avenue along with my grandmother, Edith Giddens, and Louise's mother, Louise Uhde. My grandmother moved to Newark in 1928. Charles and Louise remained in the house for more than 10 years often taking in boarders and family. 

Charles entered the Navy during WWII and they moved to Florida sometime during the war. It is unknown as to when they sold the house. 

263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, New Jersey at Google Maps

I wondered about the welding sign seen in the front yard. Did Charles have a  
welding business? A search at indicated that Charles worked for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company while living in South Orange. And, a Google Map search for the house revealed that it still looks very much the same and welding sign was not in the yard, but on the side of a shop next to the house. 

This photo, labeled Charlie & Louise's Trailer - 1930s,
was on the same page as the house photo on Irvington Avenue. 


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Resources U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

"Google Maps." Google Maps. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"South Orange Home." 263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 Is Off Market. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

Year: 1930; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1343; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0611; FHL microfilm: 2341078

Year: 1940; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2340; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 7-352

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday's Photo: Another Giddens Family Photograph

This Giddens photo was found in an album that belonged to my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. Charles Giddens was her brother and his wife, standing beside him, was Louise Uhde.  The tallest girl is Doris, the daughter of Charles' brother, Warren. The other girl is unknown. I wondered if this could be Evelyn James, daughter of Elizabeth Giddens James, who would be about a year younger than Doris. However, I don't have any photos of Evelyn during this time to compare. 

The photo is not marked, but in the album it is dated "about 1928." My mother wrote this when my grandmother was still living. It is presumed  that the photo was taken in New Jersey. 


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday's Photo: Happy Easter Doris!

This is my mother's cousin in about 1922. I love the bunny pockets. I would guess that it is Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Does anyone know? 

Happy Easter! 


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Was Terrell Bryan born in 1836 or 1837? Do the Math!

Yesterday, I posted the photo of Terrell Bryan's funeral and, this morning, I added the following update to the post. 

Note: On the cemetery marker, the funeral notice, and obituary, Terrell's birth year is 1837. His death certificate also gave a birth year of 1837. The informant was a grandson, McNeil Wylie. However, both Terrell Bryan's family bible and his father's family bible give Terrell a birth year of 1836. 

Terrell was born on November 17th, but documents conflict as to whether it was in the year 1836 or 1837. All of my trees and Internet postings give Terrell a birth year of 1836. Do I need make changes? 

The year of 1837 was found in four places - the funeral notice, obituary, death certificate, and cemetery marker. All probably from the same source and all recorded very close to Terrell's death. 

The year of 1836 was found in a transcription of Reddick Bryan's bible. Reddick was the father of Terrell.  The bible was published in 1824 and transcriptions found in DAR records that were submitted in 1950. 

Terrell's birth date of November 17, 1836 is found in his family bible published in 1870. 

On November 19, 1909, the Stephenville Tribune published an article about Terrell celebrating his 73rd birthday on November 17th. This would give him a birth year of 1836. 

Census records gave estimates of Terrell's birth year as 1835, 1836, and 1837. The 1900 census specifically asks the month and year of birth. Terrell's was reported as November 1836. 

According to the 1900 census, Terrell and Harriet Bryan both reported to be born in 1836. 

Terrell was found on the 1920 census living with his daughter, Dollie Wylie, and family in Coke County, Texas. This family was recorded on the census on January 17, 1920. Terrell was reported to be 83 years old and as his birthday was not until November 17, his birth year would be calculated as 1836. 

I calculated ages on
census records and
the death certificate
age using the
Easybee Age Calculator
Remembering that he was also said to be 83 years old on his death certificate in May of 1920, I took a second look. On the death certificate, his birthday was written as November 17, 1837 and his age was reported to be 83 years, 5 months, and 30 days old at his time of death.  If his age was correct, his birth year would have to be 1836. If born in 1836, Terrell Bryan was exactly 83 years, 5 months, and 29 days old when he died. The county clerk didn't do the math. 

Early on, I determined that information recorded during an ancestor's lifetime usually proves to be more accurate than those dates recorded at or after an ancestor's death. Keeping that in mind and noting the incorrect math calculations on Terrell Bryan's death certificate, I am sticking with 1836.  


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

Louisiana Bible Records (1950). Reddick Bryan Bible Transcription. 
Louisiana DARGRC report S1v25.

Stephenville Tribune [Stephenville] 19 Nov. 1909: Microfilm

"Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2015), Death certificates > 1920 > Vol 027-031, certificates 013276-016435, Apr-May, Dallas-El Paso counties > image 2888 of 3369; State Registrar Office, Austin. 

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2015), Louisiana > Bienville > Bienville parish > image 59 of 89; citing NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2015), Texas > Erath > ED 65 Justice Precinct 1 (all southeast of r.r. excl. Stephenville city) > image 23 of 41; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 119A; Enumeration District: 206

Year: 1910; Census Place: Stephenville Ward 2, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0017; FHL microfilm: 1375563

reddick bible
terrell bible

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday's Photo: Masons Attended Terrell Bryan's Funeral in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas

Terrell Bryan
I could have titled this post Terrell Bryan had a Masonic Funeral Service, but wanted to attract the attention of Erath County researchers. I received a copy of a copy of this photo 14 years ago; however, didn't know who had the original.  In September, I visited a second cousin once removed who showed me the original and allowed me to scan it at high resolution so that most of the faces could be easily seen.  

This photo was taken in West End Cemetery, Stephenville, Erath County, Texas at the funeral for my great-grandfather, Terrell Bryan. There are no markings on the photo, but when enlarged, the stone already in place reveals that it was the cemetery marker for Terrell's wife, Harriet Louisa Albritton Bryan. 

Terrell Bryan died in Bronte, Texas in Coke County at the home of his daughter, Dorothy Elizabeth Harriet "Dollie" Bryan Wylie.  His funeral took place on May 18 at West End Cemetery.

Terrell's son, Redic E. Bryan was not a Mason so is not pictured in the photos. It is unknown if any son-in-laws, grandchildren, or other relatives are in the photos. 

Terrell was a Master Mason and he belonged to Stephenville Lodge No. 267 in Texas.  I would think that most or all of these men pictured were from that lodge. 

I know very little about Masonic history or procedures, but did find information about Masonic Burial Services that detailed the expected dress of Masons at a service. Each Mason was expected to wear his apron, a suit, hat, white gloves, and a piece of evergreen should be pinned on the left lapel of his suit jacket. The Master of the Lodge stands at the head of the casket. The Holy Bible, Square and Compasses should be covered with crepe.

This photo of Terrell's cemetery marker was taken during a visit in April 2003. The source of the flag is unknown. However, on that day, all service member's graves were marked by either Confederate or American flags. 

Terrell Bryan, belonged to a Woodmen of the World Lodge, also referred to as a Woodmen Camp, in Stephenville, Texas.   His cemetery marker resembles a tree trunk and encircled on the emblem are the words Woodmen of the World.

Note: On the cemetery marker, the funeral notice, and obituary, Terrell's birth year is 1837. His death certificate also gave a birth year of 1837. The informant was a grandson, McNeil Wylie. However, both Terrell Bryan's family bible and his father's family bible give Terrell a birth year of 1836. 

Card of Thanks found in Terrell Bryan's Bible


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

Funeral photo from the collection of Richard Warner. Used with permission. 

"Masonic Burial Servic." Masonic Official Monitor Texas: Masonic Burial Service. Web. 28 Mar. 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday's Photo: Myrtle Davis of Phillipsburg, New Jersey

In an album, Myrtle Davis was written below this photo.
There were no markings on the back of the photo. 

Myrtle Davis was also written under this photo.
This appears to be a younger photo of Myrtle.
She has a ribbon pinned to her dress
AND on the back of the photo what looks like
Northfield, Mass. Two letters that might
be "o" and "r" are covered. 

My grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis, had two photos of Myrtle Davis in her album.  Although my grandfather was a Davis, Myrtle isn't related. She was a friend of my grandmother and/or other Giddens family members in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. 

A Google search as well as searches at, Find a Grave, and GenealogyBank, indicate that Myrtle Davis is probably the daughter of William Davis and Annie Hendershot. 

William worked at the Warren Foundry in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. About 1921, his daughter, Myrtle, married Furman P. Bartholomew who also worked at the Warren Foundry. 

It appears that Myrtle and most of her family remained in Phillipsburg. Myrtle, Furman, and three of their children are buried in the Belvidere Cemetery in Warren County, New Jersey. 

Mr. and Mrs. Davis are standing across the street from a business
named T. D. Keyser. If the year is about 1917, then they are
probably standing in front of a garage owned by
T. D. Keyser in Worcester, Pennsylvania. A few years later,
Keyser opened a garage in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania. By the
1920s Keyser was selling Chevrolets in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 

A third photo, found in the album and labeled Mr. and Mrs. Davis 1917, could be Myrtle's parents; however, the Giddens family knew at least one other Davis in the area. Ellsworth Davis was a friend of my grandmother's brother, Charles "Charlie" Giddens, and Mr. and Mrs. Davis could his parents.   Charlie and Ellsworth made national news, in 1909, when they tried stuffing a cannon with dynamite for a Fourth of July celebration. Click here to read about their brush with death.


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"Furman Bartholomew."  Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"Myrtle Bartholomew." The Morning Call. 14 July 1993. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

Quinn, Diana. "Monday's News: Dynamite." Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog. 2 July 2012. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"T.d. Keyser, 90, Early Dealer For Chevrolet." 15 Jan. 1987. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"William Davis." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>

Year: 1920; Census Place: Phillipsburg Ward 6, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1073; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 423

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Photo: Snow!

Reports say that we had more than five inches of snow in Virginia Beach yesterday. We usually get snow a few times a year, but not this much. I don't picture snow when I think of the states farther south, but my sister, in Alabama, reported 10 inches on her Facebook page. This photo, probably taken in Texas, shows a heavy snow.  

There are no markings on the photo. The building looks stately. Could it be a church or college building? Maybe an elementary school? 

The photo belonged to my aunt, DeRay Bryan. She attended schools in Seymour, Texas and Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University) in Abilene. In the 1920s she taught grade school Seymour, Amherst, and Borger - all in Texas. DeRay lived in Borger, Texas from 1927 until her death in 1987. I have looked at schools and churches in those areas at that time period, but did not find a match. 

Stay warm!     


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