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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday's Photo: Who is this young man?

This photo was sent to me by a descendant of Alice Amanda Bryan (daughter of Terrell Bryan and Harriet Albritton) and John R. Hammett (son of Dorothy Bryan and Robert E. Hammett). If he is family, he may have lived in Bienville Parish or Natchitoches Parish in Louisiana. 

I've had difficulty dating the clothing. Any ideas?


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday's Photo: Fun in NYC

Doris Staubach and a statue at Audubon Terrace - Oct. 1950

When this posts, I will be on my way to NYC for a few days so thought that a few NYC photos would be appropriate. 

These photos of my mother-in-law, Doris Staubach Quinn and her friends, were taken at Audubon Terrace in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan - not far from Doris' home on West 153rd Street. 

Doris wrote, "Madelyn, Me, and Nancy - Fall 1950"
Doris wrote, "MaryLou, Nancy, Me - Fall 1950"
Nancy, October 1950
Doris wrote, "Madelyn, me, Mary Lou  October 1950"
Nancy, Madelyn, Mary Lou
Mary Lou - October 1950


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday's Photo - Three Civil War Soldiers

Isn't this a fabulous picture! It's not mine, but from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. She was the great-granddaughter of Joseph B. Bryan. It's not marked, but I can am going to assume that these men are from or at least lived near Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

This could be three of the Bryan brothers. Tilman, Joseph, and Terrell Bryan fought in different units. James was in the home guard. Or, maybe some of the Regan brothers - the three oldest died in the war. Catharine Amanda Bryan's husband, James C. Watts fought for a year. James Pittman, husband of Georgia Ann Frances Bryan, died on the battlefield. Thomas Jefferson Martin, future son-in-law of Joseph Bryan, also served. Then you have Hammetts, Wimberly's, Albrittons, and many other in-laws and friends. So many possibilities!!

Are there any other Bryan descendants with photos from the Civil War? If so, let's share and compare. 


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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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Good Things Come To Those Who Blog!

A dead computer and a busy work schedule kept me away from my blogging for the last three weeks, but that didn't stop the continual stream of good things from appearing in my mail.

I have heard genealogy blogs referred to as "cousin bait." Both my website and blog have netted me a good number of new found cousins, but I receive good things from both family and non-family members.

Here are three of the good things I received in the last few weeks.

Danny M. wrote to tell me in the 1970s his family had lived a house featured on my blog (and once owned by my great - uncle, Charles Giddens). He labeled my photo and I learned a little more about the house. Click here to see more about the house. 

Second cousin Jane sent me candlesticks painted by my father's first cousin, Laura Wylie - affectionately known as "feather girl" on my blog. Thank you, Jane!

For more about Laura read the posts below. 

Two weeks ago, Google sent me an alert. My name was newly posted on the Internet.  A click took me to the Clare Champion, a newspaper published in County Clare, Ireland and an article about Kinvara (in County Galway) during the War of Independence. My husband's grandfather, William Joseph Quinn, was a member of the Kinvara Volunteers and his service was written about in the Clare Champion along with the information found in my blog. Click here to read the story. 

Here are nine posts about William Joseph Quinn's service during the War of Independence. 


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Friday's Photo: Hotel Giddens

Hotel Giddens - Edinburg, Texas

In 1947, Charles A. Giddens and his 2nd wife, Estella Giddens, left St. Louis where they owned a clothing store to become hoteliers. Hotel Giddens, at 410-412 Closner Boulevard in Edinburg, Hildago County, Texas, was formerly the Gateway Inn. 

Hotel Giddens to openIt appears that the hotel was purchased for "$10.00 and other good and valuable consideration."  Does this mean that the hotel was actually purchased for only $10? I am hoping someone can answer this question.

Charles and Estella remodeled the hotel and the formal opening was held on December 15, 1947. The hotel was home to visitors and small businesses. 

Charles and Estella sold the hotel for $65,000.00 to Hector Beauckelaere of Wayne County, Michigan on September 16, 1949. In 1954, the agreement with Hector was canceled and the hotel sold for $45,000.00 to O.S. Wyatt and A. A. Moore. 

The Edinburg City Directory published in December of 1949 indicated that Charles and Estella were living in Edinburg at 217 East Lovett Street. It was written in the directory that Charles was retired. However, Charles and Estella must have left Texas prior to the publication of the directory as they purchased land just prior to December 1, 1949 in Sedalia, Missouri where they lived their remaining years. 


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"1 Aug 1947, Page 10 - at" N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2015. <>.

"14 Dec 1947, Page 17 - Valley Morning Star at" N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2015. <>.

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

General Warranty Deed from R. E. Hamme, and wife, Irene Hamme, and C. J. Hamme and wife, Fairy Hamme to C. A. Giddens and wife, Estella Giddens, 24 June 1947. (filed 21 July 1947), Hildago County, Texas, Deed Book 613, page 628. County Clerk's Office, Edinburg, Texas.

General Warranty Deed from C. A. Giddens and Estella Giddens to Hector Beuckelarere, 16 Sept. 1949. (filed 23 Sept. 1949), Hildago County, Texas, Deed Book 670, page 606. County Clerk's Office, Edinburg, Texas.

General Warranty Deed from C. A. Giddens and Estella Giddens to O. S. Wyatt and A. A. Moore, 1 Nov. 1954. (filed 8 Dec. 1954), Hildago County, Texas, Deed Book 356, page 196. County Clerk's Office, Edinburg, Texas.

"U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 for Census Figures Rect." U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 forCensus Figures Rect. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2015. <>.

"U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 for Drive-In Sibley's."  N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2015. <>.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday's Photo: Howell Albritton and a Revisit to Last Week's Photo

Howell Albritton 1828 - 1900

Unknown Couple
Last week, I posted a photo of an unknown couple that had been squirreled away on my computer since 2001. I suggested that it could be a Bryan, Albritton, Regan or Hammett. 

I was contacted almost immediately by my brilliant second cousin, Jane, who said that the man looked an awful lot like a photo of Howell Albritton on Well, I won't post the photo from Ancestry as I haven't yet received permission from the owner, but the above photo of Howell is mine and was in bible that once belonged to Terrell Bryan and his wife, Harriet Albritton Bryan.  Howell was Harriet's older brother. 

The different profiles of the men pictured in this side by side comparison makes it a little difficult; however, they have the same nose, head shape, and the same large mustache. The distance between his eyes and eyebrows look to be about the same. The hairstyle on the tintype of Howell from the family bible may have been taken in the late 1850s or early 1860s. The hair over his ears and the puffy hair on top date that picture. The photo of the unknown couple probably dates around 1890. 

The woman in the photo of the unknown couple looks quite a lot younger than the man. That made me wonder if it was a father - daughter photo instead of a married couple, but this week, I brushed up on my Albritton history.  Howell was fourteen years older than his wife, Laura Irene McDaniels!  And, a Xeroxed copy of a photo of an older Laura (at looks as if there might be a match -  a better photo is needed. 

While I cannot definitely say that the unknown photo is of Howell and Laura Albritton, research in that direction is certainly warranted. If not Howell, what about other men in that family. My great-grandmother, Harriet, had several brothers. 


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

Family photographs from the collection of Judy McAlister. Used with permission.

"Men's Clothing." - 1850s. Web. Accessed 2 July 2015. 

"Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: An Unknown Couple." Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog. Diana Bryan Quinn, 31 July 2015. Web. Accessed 7 Aug. 2015. <>.

Taylor, Maureen Alice. Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries. Cincinnati: Family Tree, 2013. Print.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday's Photo: An Unknown Couple

Alice Amanda Bryan married
her cousin, John R. Regan
This photo belongs to one of my Bryan/Hammett cousins - a descendant of John and Alice Bryan Hammett. There are no markings on this photo and the only way to identify the subjects is to find someone with the same photo.

The man has a short, white collar and he doesn't appear to have on a tie. The woman has large, puffy sleeves and a bar pin. The clothing styles lead me to believe that the photo dates about 1890.  I am not an expert in this area so if you believe that I am incorrect about the date, please leave a comment below or contact me via email.

Elizabeth Regan Bryan left
much family in Robeson County,
North Carolina. 
It has always been assumed that at least one of the subjects is a Bryan or Hammett. But, it's not that simple. If the picture was passed down to Alice or John, it could be descendants from any number of families - Hammetts, Bryans, Albrittons, Regans and more. 

There is much documentation that shows these families sent letters and photographs to family members throughout the country. And, I am just assuming that the photo is that of family - I could be wrong.

Robert E. Hammett was from
St. Mary's County in Maryland
and corresponded with that family
while living in Natchitoches Parish.
John Hammett and Alice Bryan were first cousins. John was the son of Dorothy Bryan and Robert Hammett of Natchitoches Parish in Louisiana. Alice was the daughter of Terrell Bryan and Harriet Albritton of Bienville Parish and later Erath County, Texas.  

Terrell and Dorothy Bryan were children of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan Bryan. Reddick of Martin County, NC and Elizabeth of Robeson County, NC also lived in Georgia before settling in Bienville Parish.
Why am I posting this unknown couple on my blog? You might have this photo in your family bible along with their names. OR, maybe find this post five years from now and have the identical photo - hopefully with names. Many of my family photos were identified this way.

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

Family photographs from the collection of Judy McAlister. Used with permission.

"Men's Clothing." - 1850s. Web. 2 July 2015. 

Taylor, Maureen Alice. Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries. Cincinnati: Family Tree, 2013. Print.