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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Photo: Another Mystery Photo From the Quinn Family

This photo once belonged to Mary Anne Quinn Meaney and was sent to me by her daughter, Mary. 

Mary Anne Quinn Meaney was an older sister of my husband's grandfather, William Quinn. She traveled from County Galway in Ireland to Indiana, in 1905, to live with an Aunt, Mrs. Dwyer. I would love to know how Mrs. Dwyer was related to the Quinn family as I have never found the connection. 

Mary Ann moved to Kentucky and married Lawrence Meaney. Although she remained in Kentucky, she kept in touch with her Quinn siblings and passed several Quinn family photos on to her daughter. This is one photo without a name.  


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook

Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook

Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook was the mother of Marguerite Cook Clark. This obituary is one of almost 100, from the Ringgold, Louisiana area, found when searching the files of Marguerite Cook Clark. 

Marguerite Cook Clark
Maggie Martin Cook saved most of the obituaries that date from the late 1800s into the 1970s. 

Maggie was my father's second cousin. Her grandfather was Joseph B. Bryan, older brother to Terrell Bryan, my great-grandfather.

Watch for more obituaries as I plan to post all that were found, as well as many of the photos and documents found in the files of Marguerite Cook Clark. 


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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Photo: Found on eBay

Charles W. Giddens
I have saved searches on eBay for some family names and hometowns of some of my ancestors. My grandmother grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey so every time that something is posted for sale in eBay with "Phillipsburg" in the title or description, I receive an email. 

I think that I have or have seen every postcard made in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Phillipsburg so when I saw this one I looked carefully - why would there be a statue of a famous person from Cuba in Phillipsburg. Then, I realized that it wasn't in Phillipsburg, but sent to Mr. Charles Giedon Jr.  (really Charles Giddens, Jr.) at 310 Main Street in Phillipsburg on March 2, 1909. Charles Giddens, my great - uncle, was my grandmother's brother and just 16 years old in 1909. 


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #40 Edgar Richard Thompson, Son of Mattie Hairston

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.

Edgar Richard Thompson
Mattie Elizabeth Proctor

No Story Too Small
I searched for two years before I found Nadine, the daughter of Edgar Richard Thompson. She was my first link to the descendants of Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson. 

In the 1990s, the "new" and limited Internet, purchased CDs, a family bible, and my father's collection of family documents and photos were my sources for genealogical research.

My father's Bryan family Bible, preserved by four generations, contained photos, obituaries, and much more. More questions than answers were generated as I browsed through the bible. Who was Rex Gresham? His obituary was tucked carefully between pages in the bible. Dad said that Rex was a cousin, but didn't know how they were related. The same was said about Floyd Thompson - his name was on the back of a photo.

From my collection of Family Tree Maker CDs, I was eventually able to determine that Martha Elizabeth Hairston first married a Chisum and later a Thompson. Her daughter, Stella Chisum, married a Gresham.  Finding descendants was much harder.

Thompson was too common and Chisum had many different spellings so my search focused on finding Gresham descendants.

Mattie, Nadine, and Edd
After months of looking for Greshams, I found the Rootsweb Surname List and wrote to 23 Gresham researchers who had connections in Texas. My best response came from a woman who wrote a Gresham newsletter. She knew someone in Stephenville, Texas who researched Greshams. He called me the next day and told me that he was only related to the Greshams by marriage, but that one of his neighbors was a descendant of the Thompson family. I had found Nadine.

Nadine was happy to learn that her grandmother's maiden name was Hairston. She wrote, Grandmother lived with us. I remember when she died. I was 5. We loved her. We was so poor back then. Daddy had a hard time for her funeral.

Nadine's father, Edgar Richard Thompson was born November 9, 1896 to Mattie Hairston and her husband, John A. Thompson. John A. died in 1899, leaving Mattie to raise their five children. "Edd" lived with his mother and worked by farming her land until at least 1920. In the early 1920s, he married Mattie Elizabeth Proctor. They resided in Erath County until their deaths. Edd and Mattie are buried in West End Cemetery in Stephenville. 

Other posts about Edgar Richard Thompson's family:


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Family photographs from the collection of Nadine Thompson Waugh. Accessed September 2001. Used with permission. 

"Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2014. <>.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1631; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1241631.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 1375563.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Morgan Mill, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 453.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 2326; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 187.0; FHL microfilm: 2342060.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Photo: Clint Smith's Daughter

This photo was shared with me by some of my Hairston/Thompson family members. I was told it was Clint Smith's daughter. Well, that was in 2001 and I didn't know Clint Smith or how he fit into my family. 

I now know that Clint Smith was the son of William B. Smith and Mahalia Thompson of Texas. Mahalia was the daughter of John A. Thompson and step-daughter of Mattie Hairston, my great-grandfather's sister. 

This photo might be Clint's daughter, Vera. We are not related, but I started this blog to share family information and find family. If I find descendants of this family, maybe they will have photos or knowledge of my family. 


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Dollie Bryan

Dorothy "Dollie" Elizabeth Harriet Bryan 1873 - 1948

Marguerite Cook Clark

Dorothy "Dollie" Elizabeth Harriet Bryan was four years old when her family left Louisiana for Texas. This photo would have been taken in about 1886 - probably in Erath County, Texas. Dollie's photo, a tintype, was found with many others that her parents, Terrell and Harriet Bryan, sent to Bryan family living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

See other photos of Dollie at Friday's Photo: Making Comparisons - Dollie Wylie  and Friday's Photo: Dollie Wylie Revisited.


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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #39 John A. Thompson, Husband of Mattie Hairston and His Surprising Link to John Neely Bryan, Founder of Dallas, Texas

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.
No Story Too Small
I descend from both Hairstons and Bryans on my father's side. My late
cousin, Jackie, told me that our Bryans were related to John Neely Bryan, founder of Dallas, Texas. I never found a connection between my Bryan family and John Neely Bryan and put it aside as another tall tale.

 A reconstructed model of the home and trading
 post erected in 1841 by Dallas founder,
 John Neely Bryan.
However, today when researching Mattie Hairston's second husband, John A. Thompson, I found a link to John Neely Bryan. John's sister, Sarah Jane, was the wife of John Neely Bryan, Jr. Maybe the story about being connected to John Neely Bryan was not so much a tall tale, but information that had been misconstrued. 

My direct family line is in no way related to John Neely Bryan, but all of my grandmother's close Thompson cousins could call John Neely Bryan, Jr. Uncle John as he was married to their father's sister.

John A. Thompson was born in Tennessee to Moses S. Thompson and Martha Warnick on February 26, 1848. The family moved often when he growing up. In 1850, his family was living in Henry County, Tennessee, but by 1860 they were living in Conway County, Arkansas. A move to Dallas County, Texas followed in 1865 and before 1878 Moses Thompson and some of his children were in Erath County, Texas. 
John's known siblings are listed below.
  • Mary Thompson was born about 1840 and appeared on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census records with the Thompson family.
  • William Thompson was born about 1842 and appeared on the 1850 and 1860 census records with the Thompson family.
  • Lucinda Thompson was born in 1843, married Tom Newton, and is buried in the Old Gordon Cemetery in Palo Pinto County. 
  • Sarah Jane Thompson was born in 1846, married John Neely Bryan, Jr. and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls, Texas.
  • Robert W. Thompson was born in 1850 and married Sarah Elkins in Erath County. Robert, Sarah, and one child, Agnes are buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Erath County.
  • Margaret Ellen Thompson was born in 1856 and married Samuel Anderson. She died in in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma and is buried in Highland Cemetery along with some of her children. 

John A. Thompson married Mary A. Lowery on June 16, 1878. They had daughter Mahalia who married William Benjamin Smith in 1899.  It is not known if Mary Lowery passed away or the marriage dissolved, but on August 28, 1884, John married Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum in Erath County. 

John and Mattie had five children; Floyd William, Aaron Whitney, Edgar Richard, Jessie Mae, and Claud Clarence. Mattie also had three children from her previous marriage; Walter, Philip, and Stella Chisum. They lived in the Bethel Community where John died following a wagon accident that occurred while he was building a new home in 1899.


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Sources Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave.

"Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2014. <>.

Ipri, Tom. "John Neely Bryan Cabin."Flickr. Yahoo!, 24 Jan. 2012. Web. 7 Oct. 2014. <>.

Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., Book, 1892; digital images, ( : accessed October 05, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas.

Year: 1850; Census Place: District 13, Henry, Tennessee; Roll: M432_884; Page: 361A; Image: 235.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Griffin, Conway, Arkansas; Roll: M653_39; Page: 576; Image: 578; Family History Library Film: 803039.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 3, Dallas, Texas; Roll: M593_1581; Page: 360B; Image: 205; Family History Library Film: 553080.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 149.