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Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Photo: Christmas at the Quinns - 1956

A Quinn family photo. This was my husband's Christmas in 1956.  He was three years old and his sister was one.  The family was living at 153 Beebe Avenue, Fort Eustis, Virginia. 

Diana

© 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #46: Peter aka Perry Melvin Hairston, son of Samuel B. 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.



As I researched this Hairston family, I wondered how much contact they had with family spread throughout Texas. 

I loved the fact that I found Mollie Hairston White visiting her brother, Peter "Perry" M. Hairston. However, found that it was sad that the visit was the first in almost 25 years. 

Peter was the youngest child of Samuel B. Hairston and Matilda Glasgow, born August 21, 1870 in Alabama. In 1912, Mollie had not seen her 41 year old brother since he was in his late teens. 

No Story Too Small
On the 1880 United States Census, ten year old Peter was living in Bloomingdale, Chambers County, Alabama with his parents, Samuel and Matilda, and his brothers, Edd and Jim. Older siblings were living with their young families. 

I did not find Peter again until 1910 in Vernon, Texas where he was a laborer doing odd jobs. His family consisted of his wife Lila and two daughters, Ella and Anna. 

The newspaper article above indicates that Peter was living in Spur in 1912, but by 1916, he was living and working as a laborer in Fort Worth. In 1918, Peter was found in Dallas where he would spend the next 10 years living with his family. Peter sometimes worked as a cemetery caretaker and Lila as a seamstress. Two more daughters were born in the 1920s - Vivian LaVerne and Evelyn Irene. 

By 1928, Peter and his family were living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and all found records indicate that Peter and his wife remained in that city.  

In 1940, the household consisted of Peter and Lila, three of four daughters, and three grandchildren. Ella Hairston Fox was living in the home with her daughter, Lila Geraldine, and Annie Hairston Kline was living in the home with her daughters, Janice Ann and Carolyn Joy. Fifteen year old Evelyn was living in the home, but sister, Vivian LaVerne was not found. Sometime around 1940, Vivian married Fred Arthur Thetford. 

Peter died at age 82 on January 22, 1953. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery along with Lila who died in 1969. 


Diana

© 2014

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

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

White, Frank E., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 18, 1912, Newspaper, April 18, 1912; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242278/ : accessed December 13, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Bloomingdale, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: 5; Family History Film: 1254005; Page: 240D; Enumeration District: 178

Year: 1910; Census Place: Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas; Roll: T624_1597; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0237; FHL microfilm: 1375610

Year: 1920; Census Place: Dallas Precinct 19, Dallas, Texas; Roll: T625_1792; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 535

Year: 1930; Census Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: 2392; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 170.0; FHL microfilm: 2342126

Year: 1940; Census Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: T627_4184; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 257-6


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #45 Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Hairston White is the Twin Sister of Sarah Jane "Sallie" Hairston McBurnett

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.


Twins, Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" and Sarah Jane "Sallie" Hairston, the daughters of Samuel B. Hairston and Matilda Glasgow, were born on March 10, 1854 in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia. Their father, Samuel B. is thought to be the brother of my great-great-grandfather, John L. Hairston. 

This post is about Mollie, as I have written about Sarah Jane in a previous post. Click here to see the post about Sarah Jane. 

Found in The Crosbyton Review. Vol. 1, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 30, 1909
No mention is made in the newspaper regarding the photograph or the individuals pictured.

Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" married Nathaniel H. White on March 15, 1874 in Alabama. They were living in Randolph County, Alabama in 1880. They were first in Bell County and by 1890 settled in Lott, Falls County, Texas. From there the family lived in Haskell County, Jones County, and Crosby County. Nathaniel White and his sons ran newspapers in all of those towns, beginning in Lott and eventually founding the Crosbytown Review in 1909. 
The Crosbyton Review -Thursday, October 6, 1910


Although Mollie's husband and son, Frank moved to Crosbyton early in 1909, Mollie remained in the town of Hawley in Jones County until her home burned to the ground on April 2, 1909. It was reported that she lost a chest containing 45 unused quilts, many things that she had preserved as reminiscences of the past, and beautiful pictures that hung on the walls of the home. 


In Crosbyton, Mollie was active in the the Ladies Aid Society and numerous church and community activities. For several years in Crosbyton, she sold hats. 

By 1913, the Crosbyton Review was sold. Mollie and her husband lived in or near Crosbyton for at least the next 6 or 7 years. Eventually, they moved to Center Point, Kerr County, Texas where Mollie passed away in 1925 and Nathaniel in 1937. Both are buried in the Center Point Cemetery. 

Mollie's obituary, written as Millie E. (Harrison) White, can be found at The Portal to Texas History in the Crosbyton Review. Nathaniel White's obituary can be seen by clicking here


Center Point Cemetery, Kerr County, Texas - Courtesy of Nancy Price 

Mollie and Nathaniel had a baby girl who died at nine months and a boy, probably Nathaniel, that died at nine years old. Six other children are listed below. 

Frank Edward White was born on January 24, 1876 in Randolph County, Alabama. He married Georgia Fatheree in 1896. She died in 1905 and Frank married Nancy "Nannie" Elizabeth Lawrence McCall about two years later.  In Crosbyton, Frank served as a Justice of the Peace, editor the Crosbyton Review and part owner of the White Printing Company. Frank died on February 22, 1959 and is buried in the Center Point Cemetery. Click here to see an article about his death along with his photograph in the Crosbyton Review. 

Lena E. White was born about 1877 in Alabama. She was said to have been married to Harvey Starnes. They had one child, Gertrude Marie Starnes. In 1900, 22 year old Lena was divorced and living with her parents in Falls County, Texas. According to her mother's obituary, Lena died at age 24. Mollie and Nathaniel raised Gertrude. 

Louella Eloise White was born in December 1884. In 1904, she married George M. Hill and had children, George M. Jr. and Lois (sometimes seen as Jean). She and George were divorced as George married Jewell Scott in June of 1918. Little more is known abut Louella, who was sometimes referred to as Eloise in newspaper articles about the family. 

Kelley Stephen White was born on October 27, 1889 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. By age 21, he was living in Crosbyton, where he worked for the White
Kelley's name is often seen as Kelly; however, this
signature, found on his WWI Draft Registration
Card, indicates that he spelled his name as Kelley.
Printing Company and was married to Bessie Boggs. In Crosbyton, he was active in the Modern Woodmen of America. When in New Mexico in 1917, Kelley reported that his occupation was farming on his WWI Draft Registration Card. In 1920, he was farming in Cosby County. Kelley worked as a printer in a newspaper office in Kerrville from at least 1930 to 1940. In the 1950s, he was found working as a foreman at the Austin Tribune. Kelley S. White died on February 28, 1972 in Bakersfield, California. He is buried with his wife in Portales Cemetery, Portales, Roosevelt, New Mexico. 


Hollie Clifford White was born in Lott, Falls County, Texas on June 26, 1896. He was 13 years old and in school when his family moved to Crosbyton. He served in the army as a bugler during WWI. He married Ivah Berea Lester and they had at least three children. By 1930, the family was living in Kerrville, but moved to Garza County by 1937.  Hollie died at age 43 from Toxemia as a result of Tuberculosis. He and his wife Ivah are buried in Resthaven Cemetery in Southland, Garza County, Texas. 

Sallie B. Whitethe youngest child of Mollie Hairston and Nathaniel White was born in Lott, Falls County, Texas on March 10, 1894. She married John Rector Ward, a printer, and had children Mollie and Kenneth. Sallie worked for telephone companies in Texas and New Mexico. She died on July 17, 1979 and is buried in Groom Cemetery in Carson County, Texas along with her husband and daughter. 



Diana

© 2014

Sources

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

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

Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Bennett, Patrick, editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 51, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 19, 1959, Newspaper, March 19, 1959; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth243459/ : accessed December 09, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

Curry, W. M., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, February 20, 1925, Newspaper, February 20, 1925; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242720/ : accessed December 07, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

Curry, W. M., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, August 13, 1937, Newspaper, August 13, 1937; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth243025/ : accessed December 07, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

White, F. E., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 8, 1909, Newspaper, April 8, 1909; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242131/ : accessed December 09, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

White, F. E., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 30, 1909, Newspaper, September 30, 1909; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242156/ : accessed December 07, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

White, Frank E., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 6, 1910, Newspaper, October 6, 1910; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242208/ : accessed December 07, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

North, J. (1918, June 30). Texas Editor Wed. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved December 4, 2014, from http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/

Year: 1860; Census Place: Southern Division, Randolph, Alabama; Roll: M653_22; Page: 683; Image: 289; Family History Library Film: 803022.


Year: 1870; Census Place: Fredonia, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: M593_6; Page: 87A; Image: 176; Family History Library Film: 545505.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Lott, Falls, Texas; Roll: 1632; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0021; FHL microfilm: 1241632.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Crosby, Texas; Roll: T624_1539; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0034; FHL microfilm: 1375552

Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Crosby, Texas; Roll: T625_1786; Page: 46A; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 507

Year: 1930; Census Place: Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; Roll: 2367; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 66.0; FHL microfilm: 2342101

Year: 1940; Census Place: Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; Roll: T627_4086; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 133-2A

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thoughts of Dad on Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day 2014

My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was almost 21 years old and stationed at the Mobile Naval Hospital #2 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Here are a few more pictures of Dad in Hawaii. 

Joyce Parks and Whit Bryan
Joyce Parks was a Civil Engineer and a friend
of the Bryan family.


Whit Bryan and J. Holloway



Whit Criswell Bryan and John Dale Dickerson


For more about my father's time in Pearl Harbor click on the links below. 






Diana

© 2014



Friday, November 28, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #44 James C. Chisum married Martha Elizabeth "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.


My great-grandfather, Phillip Hairston, his wife, and daughter left Falls County,
Texas to live in Erath County in 1883. Phillip Hairston's sisters were said to come with him as well; widow Permelia Hairston Noah and her sons, sister, Sarah Jane and maybe the children of sister, Mary Hairston Gilbert. 

James C. Chisum married Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston on November 4, 1875 in Falls County, Texas. They had three children; Walter, Stella, and Philip. I know that Mattie and her children migrated to Erath County with her family, but I don't know if James C. accompanied her. 

James is said to be the son of Elijah Chisum and Delilah George who can be found in Limestone County, Texas on the 1860 census along with seven children. 

James can be found with his wife and two children on the 1880 United States census of Falls County. He is found again in the Falls County deed index as disposing of property in October 1882. James' trail grew cold as no other record mentioning his name can be found. Did he move to Erath County in 1883 along with the rest of the family? 

Unable to track down James, I moved on to collateral searches of his siblings. and found that at least three of his siblings relocated to Erath County about the same time that the Hairstons moved to Erath.  Sister, Judah, is said to have died in Erath County in 1883, while brothers William E. Chisum, and Hiram S. Chisum were paying taxes in Erath County by 1884. It certainly appears that James might have wanted to go to Erath County. 

So, what happened to James C. Chisum? On August 28, 1884, Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum married John A. Thompson. 

One story about James' death is that he and Mattie were in or going to Corpus Christi to sell hides when James was killed by a runaway horse. John A. Thompson, a family friend, went to Mattie's assistance. This story makes sense if James Chisum had moved to Erath County with the others. The Hairston/Chisum/Noah families settled in the Bethel Community very near John A. Thompson. In fact, Phillip Hairston purchased his Erath County land from John's brother, Robert, in late 1883. 


I have found no documents to indicate when and where James died and where he is buried. Some Public Family Trees at Ancestry.com give him a death date of March 30, 1928 and a burial place of as Russell Cemetery. However, that is the death date and burial place of his said to be brother, Hiram S. Chisum. 

Falls County deed records for James C. Chisum and his said siblings need to be looked at. There are tax records for a James C. Chisum in Erath County, but those appear to be an older James C. Chisum. However, it wouldn't hurt to look at deed records as well as some court records in Erath County. 



Diana

© 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Photo: Baylor County, Texas


This photo is a scan of a paper copy of the photo made in the 1970s or 1980s. The copy was sent by my cousin Jackie to Bryan researcher, Marguerite Cook Clark.  Jackie wrote, "On the horse is either Floyd Thompson or Grandpa Hairston." 

The man could be Phillip Hairston, my great-grandfather. It is probably not Floyd Thompson. I believe that the boy is my uncle, Hairston Albritton "Buster" Bryan, at about age 4 which gives a date for the photo between 1909 and 1911. 

During this period, the Bryans and Hairstons lived in the Levelview community in Baylor County, Texas. Is that a church behind the tree? I don't believe that it is the courthouse in Seymour. 

I would love to find the original photo. Jackie's genealogy and copies of some of her photos are archived in the Denver Public Library. This photo was not part of that collection. 


Diana

© 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #43 Stella Rhoetta Chisum Gresham

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.


Stella Rhoetta Chisum Gresham was the daughter of Martha "Mattie" Elizabeth Hairston and James C. Chisum. She was born in Falls County, Texas on February 20, 1879. Before the age of five, her family moved to Erath County, Texas. Her father is said to have died and Stella's mother married John A. Thompson in 1884. 

Stella married William Barnett Gresham in Erath County and soon after, they were living in Hall County and later, in nearby Childress County where she remained until her death. 

Stella's obituary gives all of the important places and dates, but these quotes from those who knew Stella, tell us a little more. 

From her grandson, Bill:  

Stella was wonderful to me as we grew up 4 miles west of Cary. I used to eat lunch at her house and then came home to eat again. She raised turkeys so that we could have shoes and coats.

From her niece, Juanita: 

We had a Thompson reunion in Seymour Park once and there were several Thompson cousins there. I don't know if anyone took names down or not. Aunt Stella's family was there.

 Aunt Stella was a real tall woman, and really showed her Indian descent. Her daughter was named Frances Clifton; they lived in Childress, Texas. She sure favored the Thompsons. 

From her niece, Nadine: 

Aunt Stella came and stayed with us {in Erath County} almost every summer.  We visited her also but we never visited Uncle Floyd. 

From my notes written on April 17, 2001: 

Dad just told me that he was at the Gresham's home when he found out his mother died. It was probably Stella's home as he remembered someone who looked much like his mother. {Look at the Gresham family photo at Find a Grave. The young Stella does resemble photos of my grandmother.} 

Written on the back of this photo is
Stella Gresham's daughter. It is not
known if this is Frances or Hazel. 
At the time of Stella's death in 1962, only three of her six children were living. Her children are as follows:
  • Hugh Wiley Gresham (1899-1819)    
  • Rex William Gresham (1902-1964)
  • Millard "Jack" Gresham (1909-1992)
  • Hazel Illene Gresham (1910-1923)
  • Frances Jewel Gresham (1913-1997)
  • Lafayette "Fate" Gresham (1918-1960)
The photos below are scans of paper scans so the quality is poor. The first photo of Edd, Stella, and Floyd is on my website and Edd was mistakenly named as William Gresham. Edd's daughter and owner of the photos made the correction. By looking at the second photo, I realized that it was definitely Edd. 

Stella Chisum Gresham with half-brothers, Edgar Richard Thompson and Floyd William Thompson 

Mattie and Edd Thompson, Stella Chisum Gresham, Floyd and Ora Thompson























Diana

© 2014

Sources

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.

Chisum, Stella Rhoetta, Certificate of Birth (1942), Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Chisum, J. C. and Hairston, M. E., Marriage Certificate, The State of Texas, County of Falls.

Clifton, Bill (Childress, Texas) to "Dear Diana" [Diana Quinn]. Letter. 26 October 2000. Bryan-Quinn Genealogy Papers. Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

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


Gleghorn, Juanita Pearl Thompson. The Thompson Family, The Early Years. Duncan, Oklahoma. Print.

Waugh, Nadine Thompson (Stephenville, Texas) to "Dear Diana" [Diana Quinn]. Letter. 26 September 2000. Bryan-Quinn Genealogy Papers. Virginia Beach, Virginia.