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Friday, November 19, 2021

Friday's Photo: George Moore



This photo was found in Margaret Cook Clark's collection and is labeled George Moore. Clothing and the photo style compared with similar photos in the collection indicate that this photo may have been taken in the late 1890s.[1] Assuming that this George lived in Northwest Louisiana, this may be George H. Moore, born in 1884 and the son of Mitchell Joel Moore and Lucy Louie Hall. George H. Moore was married to Ollie Ola Regan and spent much of his life living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. [2]

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    1. George Moore photograph, n.d.; digital images, from the privately held photo collection of Marguerite Cook Clark (1913-1989), Waynesville, North Carolina, 2021. Photos were accessed and scanned at the home of Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter in Alpine, Texas on April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016.
    2. ponderosalady, "Edwards, Davis, Thomas, Tooke," public tree, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/4254831/person/-778306430/facts : accessed 19 November 2021). 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

John Joseph Quinn, a Native of County Galway and a WWI Veteran

John Joseph Quinn - WWI Veteran [1]

This week, in honor of Veteran's Day, I have written posts about five veterans; my parents and three veterans from Ringgold, Louisiana. 
This last post of the week is about WWI veteran John Joseph Quinn, my husband's great-uncle, who immigrated from County Galway in 1914. 

John Joseph Quinn, the son of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly, was born on June 14, 1890, in the townland of Caherawoneen, County Galway.[2] In 1914, he immigrated to the United States arriving first in Boston on October 8th.[3] From there he went to Louisville, Kentucky where he had family and spent some time working in a cemetery. He later worked in Iowa and Connecticut before enlisting in the U. S. Army on May 27, 1918, in New York City.[4] 

On June 18, 1918, John became a naturalized citizen at Camp Wadsworth in South Carolina.[5] And, by June 30th of that same year, John was serving as a wagoner with the 153rd Depot Brigade in France.[6]

John's enlistment record stated that he was single and of excellent character. His vocation was that of a chauffeur. 

John was described as having gray eyes, black hair, and a dark completion. He was 27 years old and 5 feet and 8 1/2 inches tall.[7]

Helen said that her father loved the Army and was always interested in talking to veterans. After the war, John lived in New York City where he married, raised a family, and worked as a chauffeur and taxicab driver. He died in 1966 and is buried in Calvery Cemetery in Queens.[8]


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    1. John Joseph Quinn, photograph, ca. 1918; digital image, from the privately held photo collection of H. Quinn, 2021.
    2. Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, "Civil Records," database with images, IrishGenealogy.ie (https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1890/02426/1903660.pdf : accessed 11 October 2021); digital image, Joseph Patrick Quinn birth, 14 June 1890; citing Group Registration ID 9932937; filed 25 June 1890 by McNally, registrar, in the District of Kinvara in the Union of Gort in the County of Galway, unidentified register and folio, "First Page," stamped no.1903660 and 281, entry no. 223. Note that his name was recorded as Joseph Patrick Quinn, family only knew him as John Joseph Quinn. 
    3. "New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9HF-WD45?cc=2060123&wc=M5PK-T3K%3A351741801 : 12 November 2021), Petitions for naturalization and petition evidence 1929 no 161194-161450 > image 866 of 1011; citing NARA microfilm publication M1972, Southern District of New York Petitions for Naturalization, 1897-1944. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. National Archives at New York.
    4. Telephone conversations between H. Quinn (NY) and D. B. Quinn (VA), between 18 September 2020 and 29 December 2020. Transcript held in 2021 by D.B. Quinn (VA).  Also, John Joseph Quinn, Enlistment Record, service no.3183230, (enlisted 1918); photocopy supplied by H. Quinn from personal family papers, 2020.
    5. "New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9HF-WD45?cc=2060123&wc=M5PK-T3K%3A351741801 : 12 November 2021), Petitions for naturalization and petition evidence 1929 no 161194-161450 > image 866 of 1011; citing NARA microfilm publication M1972, Southern District of New York Petitions for Naturalization, 1897-1944. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. National Archives at New York.
    6. John Joseph Quinn, Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, service no.3183230, (discharged 1919); photocopy supplied H. Quinn from personal family papers, 2020.
    7. John Joseph Quinn, Enlistment Record, service no.3183230, (enlisted 1918); photocopy supplied by H. Quinn from personal family papers, 2020.
    8. Telephone conversations between H. Quinn (NY) and D. B. Quinn (VA), between 18 September 2020 and 29 December 2020. Transcript held in 2021 by D.B. Quinn (VA). 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Friday's Photo: Whit Criswell Bryan, A Veteran of Three Wars and a Pearl Harbor Survivor


Whit Criswell Bryan 1920-2001
This photograph was taken on his last day in the Navy.[1] 


My father, Whit Criswell Bryan was Born in Seymour, TX on December 21, 1920, he lived in Borger, TX before joining the U.S. Navy in 1940.  A Chief Petty Officer (HMC), he was a veteran of three wars and a Pearl Harbor survivor. In 1967 he served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam.  He retired from the Navy in 1969.[2] 


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    1. Whit Bryan, photograph, ca. 1969; scanned image, from the privately held photo collection of D. B. Quinn, VA, 2021.
    2. Diana Bryan Quinn "Sunday's Obituary: Honoring Those Who Served," blog entry, 27 May 2012, Moments in Time: A Genealogy Blog (https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/sundays-obituary-honoring-those-who.html : accessed 5 November 2021).

Thursday, November 11, 2021

My Mother, A Navy Veteran


Mom joined the Navy in September 1952. She attended boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland from September to November. Following boot camp, she was stationed in San Diego where she attended the U.S. Navy School for Hospital Corpsmen at Balboa Naval Hospital. As Mom had the top grade for women in her class, she was given the first choice from the available duty stations. She wanted New Orleans but that was not a choice so chose Corpus Christi as it was close to New Orleans. 

By January 1954 she was working in a family clinic on a naval base in New Orleans where she met my father.  Mom and Dad married and I came along. Mom did not remain in the Navy as women who became pregnant were discharged from military service in the 1950s. However, she did serve as a Navy wife until my father's retirement in 1969. 


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Interview with E. M. Bryan (VA), by D. B. Quinn, 8 October 2021. Transcript held in 2021 by D.B. Quinn (VA). 

Photo from Boot Camp, photograph, ca. 1952; scanned image, from the privately held photo collection of D. B. Quinn, VA, 2021.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Thomas Jefferson Martin III - Resident of Ringgold and WWII Veteran


Thomas Jefferson Martin III's 
obituary is another of the approximately 175 newspaper clippings saved by Marguerite Cook Clark, her mother, and her daughters.[1] The photograph is from an interesting collection of photos sent to me by Mary V. Martin Smith, niece of Thomas Jefferson Martin III.[2]

Thomas Jefferson Martin III is a descendant of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan, making him my third cousin. His parents were Thomas Jefferson Martin Jr. and Willie Bessie Murph Woodard.[3] 

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    1. "Martin [obituary]," newspaper clipping, n.d., unidentified newspaper, from the privately-held collection of Marguerite Cook Clark (1913-1989), Waynesville, North Carolina, 2021. Clippings were accessed and scanned at the home of Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter in Alpine, Texas on April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016.
    2. Thomas Jefferson Martin III, photograph, ca. 1940; scanned image, from the privately held photo collection of Mary V. Martin Smith, Alaska, 2004.
    3. Laura Decker, "Laura Ann Martin Decker," public tree, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/114525353/family/familyview?cfpid=350132377968&dtid=100 : accessed 9 November 2021). 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Dr. Vance W. Fletcher, Ringgold Physician and WWI Veteran




This obituary is another of the approximately 175 newspaper clippings saved by Marguerite Cook Clark, her mother, and her daughters.[1] 

Vance Wells Fletcher, the son of Edward Badger Fletcher and Roxanna McKeown, was born and grew up in Florida.[2] During WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in France.[3] After the war, he attended Tulane University of Louisiana School of Medicine. [4]

By 1930, he and his wife, Ruth Williams, were living in Ringgold.[5]  Ruth, the daughter of B. Frank and Mamie Williams, died in 1938. In 1941, Vance married widow, Audra Macey Martin Ray, daughter of James Bryan Martin and Anna Cook.[6]

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    1. "Services Today for Well Known Doctor [obituary]," newspaper clipping, n.d., unidentified newspaper, from the privately-held collection of Marguerite Cook Clark (1913-1989), Waynesville, North Carolina, 2021. Clippings were accessed and scanned at the home of Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter in Alpine, Texas on April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016.
    2. Themis64, "Hunt Family Tree," public tree, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/31144515/family/familyview? : accessed 9 November 2021). 
    3.  U.S., Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/61174/images/44508_3421606189_0018-00257?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&queryId=19d320f4f8b8947c84a3e11a81171095&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DWY21313&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=572002: accessed 9 November 2021); citing National Archives Microfilm Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 3l. 
    4. "United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99QP-V94H-X?cc=2061540&wc=M6YC-RNL%3A353055201 : 9 November 2021), Fitzhugh, James S-Foerster, Ernst Ferdinand > image 1715 of 2994; American Medical Association, Chicago.
    5. 1930 U.S. Census, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, supervisor's district no. 2, enumeration district 0012,  p.1B, dwelling 18, family 19, Vance W. Fletcher household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 9 November 2021); citing NARA microfilm T626, roll 785.
    6. Themis64, "Hunt Family Tree," public tree, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/31144515/family/familyview? : accessed 9 November 2021). 

Monday, November 8, 2021

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Theodore G. Smith, WWII Air Force Veteran and Native of Ringgold, Louisiana



This obituary is one of approximately 175 newspaper clippings saved by Marguerite Cook Clark, her mother, and her daughters. [1] According to the Find a Grave website, the parents of Theodore Green Smith were Uriah Green Smith and Verna Estelle Rockett Smith. He is buried in section 25, site 758 in Arlington National Cemetery. [2] A picture of his headstone can be seen at the Arlington National Cemetery's app, ANC Explorer. Click here to view it on the web app.[3]  

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    1. "Theodore G. Smith [obituary]," newspaper clipping, n.d., unidentified newspaper, from the privately-held collection of Marguerite Cook Clark (1913-1989), Waynesville, North Carolina, 2021. Obituaries were accessed and scanned at the home of Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter in Alpine, Texas on April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016.
    2. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49318630/theodore-green-smith : accessed 08 November 2021), memorial page for Theodore Green “Theo” Smith (5 Dec 1917–30 Sep 1964), Find a Grave Memorial ID 49318630, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia. Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015).
    3. Arlington National Cemetery, ANC Explorer , database and images (https://ancexplorer.army.mil/publicwmv/#/arlington-national/ : accessed 08 November 2021), headstone image page for Theodore G. Smith (5 Dec 1917–30 Sep 1964).