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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#52ancestors: Post Seven: The Courtship of my Grandparents, Redic Bryan and Myrtie Hairston

The writing prompt for #52Ancesters was Valentine so I turned my grandparent's
wedding photo into a Valentine. They were married one week before Valentine's
Day in 1900. 

My grandparents lived in Erath County, Texas when they met. My grandfather, Redic E. Bryan was the son of Terrell Bryan and Harriet Albritton. They came to the Stephenville area in 1878. My grandfather was 8 years old. 

My grandmother, Myrtie Hairston, came to Erath County with her parents, Phillip A. Hairston and Lodema Criswell, in 1883. Myrtie was three years old. They lived in the Bethel Community (near Huckabay) along with extended family. 

I was told my grandfather first met my grandmother when he purchased a horse from her father. 

In 1899, I found the following and one other reference to Redic visiting Huckabay in the Dublin Progress. At the time, he was living in the town of Dublin (also in Erath County). Was he visiting Myrtie? He had Wylie relatives at Ex-Ray and Biggs family in the Huckabay area, but that "incidentally" doesn't make it sound like he was visiting family. 

Three mentions of his visits from Dublin to the Stephenville area were reported in the Stephenville Empire that fall.

The Bethel Community in Erath County no longer exists. It was very near
the Bethel Cemetery on this map - about a 10-minute ride to Huckabay. My grandfather
must have ridden the train to Stephenville in order to visit Huckabay. 

Redic and Myrtie were married on Wednesday, February 7, 1900. The following wedding announcements were found while searching newspapers. 

Found in the Erath Appeal:

R. E. Bryan and Miss Myrtie Hairston were united in the holy bonds of wedlock one day this week at the home of the bride’s parents. Miss Hairston is the only daughter of Mr. Phil Hairston of near Huckabay who is one of Erath’s best citizens and most prosperous and well to do farmers. Miss Hairston is bright, beautiful and attractive and commands the love and respect of all who know her. Mr. Bryan, the son of Esq. Terrell Bryan, is educated, robust and handsome and numbers his friends as legion. He has grown up in our mist and those who know him love him the most. The Appeal joins their host of friends in wishing them a long, happy and prosperous life.  

Found in the Dublin Progress:

Mr. Redic Bryan of Dublin and Miss Myrtie Hairston, of near Huckabay, were married at the home of the bride's parents Wednesday evening and arrived in Dublin yesterday evening on the Rio Grande train. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

The Duplin Progress (Dublin, TX). Vol. 12, No. 9, Ed.1, Friday, July 21, 1899.

The Duplin Progress (Dublin, TX). Vol. 12, No. 38, Ed.1, Friday, February 9, 1900.

The Duplin Progress (Dublin, TX). Vol. 12, No. 16, Ed.1, Friday, September 8, 1899.

The Erath Appeal, Vol. 2, No.29, Stephenville, Texas, Feb. 8, 1900.

The Stephenville Empire (Stephenville, TX). Vol. 28, No. 10, Ed.1, Thursday, October 5, 1899.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

#52ancestors: Post Six: Hairston Albritton Bryan

The writing prompt for this week's #52ancestors is favorite name. My father's brother had the unusual name, Hairston Albritton. Hairston was his mother's maiden name and Albritton was his paternal grandmother's maiden name. What I like about the name is the way he creatively modified his name at different times in his life. 

Hairston Albritton Bryan was known as Buster to most family and friends. He was born to Redic and Myrtie Hairston Bryan on January 24, 1906, in Baylor County, Texas.  Buster was the third child and the first son born to Redic and Myrtie. 

Buster (left) and Sherrell Ballew (right) - Seymour High School Tennis Team 1923
He was Buster at Seymour High School when he played tennis and won the county championship for his school. However, he was Bus when he was playing football. 

He was the administrator of his father's estate in 1929 and signed his name H. B. Bryan. On a land record, his name was H. A. Bryan. 

Out on his own and working as a drugstore clerk, Buster was identified as Harry B. Bryan on the 1930 census. 
David Vernoy "Wanda" Land

H. Buster Bryan and Wanda Land were married January 1, 1935, in Ector County, Texas according to the marriage record.  

If you didn't have a birth certificate, did you have a legal name? 

Wanda was actually David Vernoy Land Dorman. She was named after her father, David Vernoy Land and had been married to Rufus Dorman before she married Buster. 

Buster died on September 15, 1940. He was working in the oil fields when an oil well blew.  He was struct by gravel causing the wounds and died of tetanus. His name in his obituary was Buster H. Bryan. On his death certificate, his name is written Hairston Albritton [Buster] Bryan

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Sources U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of  Diana Bryan Quinn

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Albert Cook Bryan

Albert Cook Bryan, known as "Cook" was the son of Albert Brown Bryan and Ina Cook Bryan. 

He was a graduate of Ringgold High School and attended Louisiana State University. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

#52ancestors: Post Five: Hugh Brown Hairston in the Census

Hugh Brown Hairston is #11 in this tree.

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 see a larger, readable image, click on the tree. 

Research suggests the father of my great-great-grandfather, John Lewis Hairston, was Hugh Brown Hairston. He was born in South Carolina and said to be the son of John Hairston and Ann Mary Robertson. His wife was Sarah McElhaney.

Today's writing prompt for #52ancestors is in the census. My Hairstons are always difficult to find in the census as their names were frequently pronounced and spelled in many different ways. I look for Hairston, Hairstone, Hearston, Harston, Herston, Hurston, Hirston, Harriston, Hariston, Huston, Haistin, Hairstin, Hairsten, Haston, Hanston, Hainston, and sometimes even Houston. 

The following census records are thought to be that of the Hugh Brown Hairston family. 

Brown Herston was living in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1810. He would be the male between the ages of 16 and 25. Others, residing in the household, were two children under the age of 10, a female between the age of 16 and 25, and a female over the age of 25. All were listed as Free White Persons. The male under age 10 would be James McElhaney Hairston and I suspect the female is Rebecca. 

In 1820, H. B. Hearston lived in Elbert County, GA. The census listed two Free White Persons over the age of 25 and six Free White Persons under the age of 16. Children known to have been born by 1820 were James McElhaney, John Lewis, William T., and Rebecca. The remaining two children are unknown to me. They may be siblings, but could also be cousins or family friends. 

The 1830 census for Butts County, Georgia revealed that Hugh B. Hirston was living with eight other persons. He and one female were between the ages of 40 and 49 while the other seven were all listed as Free White Persons under the age of 20. The seven, under age 20, might be John Lewis, Samuel B., Jane, Rebecca, Vinson, William T., and Robert

In my post about Hugh Brown Hairston, written in March 2014, I wrote, In the Hairston Family History, it states that Hugh Brown Hairston can be found in Henry County on the 1840 census. I could not find him using traditional search engines so read the census for Henry County in both Georgia and Alabama without success. And, also without success, read all census records for counties surrounding Henry County. 

Revisiting my source, the printed version of the Hairston Family History sent to me in 1999, I realized it was not written that Hugh Brown Hairston was found in the 1840 census. It states he was living in Henry County in 1840. There could be land or other records. I shouldn't have assumed he was found on the census records. 

Hugh and his wife Sarah could be the 50 to 59-year-old members living with Vincient [Vinson] Herston in Meriwether County in 1840. Also found in Meriwether County were James M. Herston (son of Hugh B.) and a John Haistin.

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1810 US Census; Census Place: Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina; Roll: 60; Page: 82; Image: 00047; Family History Library Film: 0181419

1820 U S Census; Census Place: Talom, Elbert, Georgia; Page: 182; NARA Roll: M33_8; Image: 127.

1830 US Census; Census Place:  Butts, Georgia; Page: 163; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 16; Family History Film: 0007036. 

1840 US Census Place: Meriwether, Georgia; Roll: 46; Page: 138; Image: 866; Family History Library Film: 0007045.
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Hairston, Victor, and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

Quinn, Diana Bryan. Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #11 Hugh Brown Hairston - Is He My Great-Great-Great-Grandfather?. Blogger., Mar 2014. Web. 3 Feb. 2018. <>.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

#52ancestors: Post Four: Myrtie Hairston Bryan, My Grandmother

The Hairston Family - Phillip, Myrtie, Lodema 

This week's writing prompt for #52ancestors is Invite to Dinner. If I could have dinner with family, I would choose this family. I imagine Phillip Hairston would tell me about his siblings, mother, and father. He might know about his grandparents as well. His wife, Lodema Criswell Hairston, could fill in some blanks in her family's history. However, if I had to choose one, I would choose the young girl in this photo, my grandmother, Myrtie Hairston. 

Johnie Myrtlene "Myrtie" Hairston was the second child of Phillip and Lodema Hairston. The first child, a son, died as an infant and Myrtie was born on July 9, 1880 in Falls County, Texas. 

Redic E. and Myrtie Hairston Bryan
I never knew my grandmother or Redic E. Bryan, my grandfather. Myrtie died 28 years before I was born. I would have so many questions for her, she wouldn't have time to eat. I would ask much about her father's Hairston family. And, what it was like growing up in Falls and Erath Counties. Where did she live, go to school, and what were her likes and dislikes. I would like her to tell me about her husband, my grandfather, Redic E. Bryan. 

I would tell my grandmother about my family and about her son, my father. When she died, my father was only six years old. 

Myrtie's obituary was one of those extremely detailed obituaries you would like to find for all family members. To see the obituary and more posts about my grandmother, click here

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday's Photo: An Unidentified Photo - Family or Friend?

There's not a mark or clue on this photo. It was in a box of that once belonged to my father's family. Is this a cousin? A friend of one of Dad's sisters?  If he is family, he could be a Bryan, Hammett, Biggs, Wylie, Noah, Thompson, Hairston, Criswell, Selman, or Evans. Other names could be Albritton, Watts, Gilbert, and Regan. The possibilities are endless!

I enlarged the photo on the computer and saw his pin has a chain attached and a 20 at the end. Did he graduate from a school in 1920? 

My father's sister graduated from Seymour High School and attended Harland Simmons University in 1920. Knowing this, I checked the Seymour High School yearbook at and the Hardin Simmons University 1920 yearbook at The Portal to Texas History. He was not found in either yearbook. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

#52ancestors: Post Three: Permelia Hairston Noah

In my files, this is labeled Mattie and Permelia Hairston. However, I believe the woman on
the left is Permelia and the woman on the right is Mattie. If this is your family and you can
compare photos, please tell me what you think.

This photo is thought to be Phillip A. Hairston
and his sister, Permelia. I believe it was taken about
1917 during Permelia's last visit with her brother. 
This week's writing prompt is longevity. I chose to write about Permelia Hairston as one of the known children of John L. Hairston, Permelia Hairston lived longer than all of them. Some of her siblings are thought to have died as children. Sister, Mary Hairston Gilbert, is thought to have died about 1875. Her sister, Mattie (Martha Elizabeth Hairston) died at 72. And, my great-grandfather, Permelia's brother Phillip, died at the age of 65. 

Permelia Ann Hairston was the second of seven known children of John Lewis Hairston and his wife Eliza. She was born in Bradley County, Arkansas on March 15, 1843, but spent most of her childhood in Hinds County, Mississippi as her family moved to that area by 1847. 
This was found in the Baylor County Banner in
September 1917, a little more than a month before
Phillip Hairston died. Note that Permelia was
J.O. Noah's grandmother, not his mother. J. O. Noah
was the son of Oscar Edward Noah and Mamie Lou Allen. 

Permelia married Joseph Sidney Noah on June 11, 1865, in Hinds County. It is said that soon after, the entire family left for Texas, first stopping in Arkansas. Permelia's father was in Falls County, Texas by 1868 as he married Cynthia H. Moffit on September 21. 

I have not been able to find any record of Permelia or her husband in any state on the 1870 census. Her father cannot be found that year, but her sister, Mary Hairston Gilbert, is living with her husband Tom and their children in Falls County. The 1870 census is said to have omitted a large number of persons in southern states.

In August of 1870, Joseph Sidney Noah purchased land described as being part of the Jonas Brewton head rights survey in Falls County. It was very close to the Criswell cemetery and within close proximity to Limestone County. 

Falls County, Google Maps

Joseph Sidney Noah died in 1873 leaving Permelia a widow with two boys -William W., born in 1866,  and Oscar Edward, born in 1871. 

In 1874, Permelia's father, John L. Hairston, borrowed $344 dollars from her guaranteeing the payment with his current crop of cotton and corn on his farm where he resided on Big Creek. 

Permelia purchased land on Brushy Creek in Falls County from her father in 1879. 

1880 Census - Falls County
The 1880 U. S. Census showed Permelia living with her two sons, her father, her brother - Phillip A. Hairston and his wife Lodema, her sister - Martha E. Hairston Chisum and her family, another sister - Sarah Jane Hairston, and two Gilbert children.

Permelia sold the land she purchased from her father to George Hope in 1883 and by 1884, she was living (and paying taxes) in Erath County, Texas. 

Permelia's 18-year-old son, William, died on November 15, 1834. He is buried in the Bethel School Cemetery in Erath County. 

The following year, on September 6, 1885, Permelia Noah married A. J. Lackey. By 1890, her husband had left the home and, in 1893, Permelia Lackey filed for divorce and requested to change her name back to Permelia Noah.  

From at least 1900 until her death in 1928, Permelia lived with her son, Oscar Edward Noah, and his family in Erath County. 

Permelia was 85 at the time of her death on November 14, 1928. She is buried in West End Cemetery in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. 

 Note that she was not the only Permelia Hairston. Permelia Hairston, the wife of J. N. Hairston, lived in Waco, Texas.  Two others found on the 1870 census were in Alabama and Virginia. 

Permelia Ann Hairston Noah is #54 on this family chart. Click to enlarge. 

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Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958 for Joseph Sidney Noah. Web. 21 Jan. 2018. <>. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Dollarhide, William. The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes, Heritage Quest: Bountiful, UT, 2000.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

First Landowners Project ( Web. 8 Jan. 2018. <>

Google Maps - 31°26'13.4"N 96°45'53.5"W,+Riesel,+TX+76682/31.4370556,-96.7648611/@31.4409252,-96.7659707,1932m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x86458ab23c4fff09:0x600bab84fe2e94e1!2m2!1d-96.7538733!2d31.4374176!1m0

Texas. General Land Office, Walsh, W. C. & August Gast & Co. (1879) Map of Falls County, Texas. [Austin, Tex.: General Land Office] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,