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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Forgotten Family – Part V: The Trip

The Trip 

My father passed away in August of 2001 at age 80. The following month, I traveled to Texas with Sharon, who I met as a result of posting the photographs. This would be the first of many shared genealogy research trips. We attended a family reunion, visited several new found cousins, and visited the hometowns of our grandparents and great - grandparents. Visits to cemeteries, courthouses, libraries, and local museums were also a part of the trip.  More photographs were identified and while I shared my pictures, new pictures of family were shared with me.  New connections, stories, and found documents have put faces with my otherwise forgotten family


A visit to Nadine in Stephenville, Texas resulted in some interesting pictures. This is a picture of her grandmother, Mattie Hairston Chisum Thompson, my great-grandfather’s sister. It is thought that the girl might be her daughter, Stella.


Hairston Albritton "Buster" Bryan.
This picture of my father's brother, who died in 1940, was found in the 1923 Seymour High School Jackrabbit while visiting Seymour, Texas. This yearbook was found in the Seymour Public Library.  The information found indicated that he was tall, played football, and was a member of the glee club. 




Floyd Thompson and Phillip and Lodema "Dink" Hairston were identified on this old picture from Cousin Jackie. The children were not identified, but assumed to be DeRay and Marie Bryan. 


This copy of the same picture, seen while visiting Juanita's home, shows a boy on a bike, who is probably my father's brother, Buster. 



Next, Part VI - The Painting


Diana

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