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Saturday, August 17, 2019

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan


Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan and her daughter, Laura Frances Bryan Martin


Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan, a tintype found in
Terrell Bryan's family Bible


Sarah Margaret Wimberly was born in Twiggs County, Georgia on February 23, 1828. She was the daughter of William Wimberly and Lucy Smith Lawson and the second of nine children born to this union. Sarah's mother died in 1844 and William Wimberly married Mary Angelina Pittman, widow to both John William Roberts and John Westly Hinton. She had two children (Martha Roberts and John W. Hinton, Jr.) when she married William Wimberly. Six children were born to that union. 


To Sarah Margaret Wimberly from her mother's sister, Martha S. Lawson, October 23, 1839

Sarah and Joseph Bryan were married on December 4, 1845, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They had eight children.

Marguerite Cook Clark was told by her mother and Aunt Alice Bryan Williams that Sarah was a little woman and was very kind. She said Uncle Albert remembered Sarah's ginger cookies. 

Laura Frances Bryan Martin wrote this after her mother's passing. A transcription is below.


                           Mother
The hearthstone is vacant the homestead is drear    
The loved one is gone who on earth was most dear   
Her voice is now silent  her work is all done
But her life of rejoicing is just now begun
I am lonely without her but death hath no power to sever our spirits for even one hour
The body may moulder
The spirit may fly 
Up to the mansions of glory on high
Yet there is a union as sweet and as near
As ever existed while even thou wast here
That union of spirit life Jesus hath given
To all the dear Saints on earth and in Heaven
Oh mother I love thee they teachings I love
I love thy devotion so like that above. 
I love our hearts union which nothing can sever
I have loved thee on earth and I'll love thee forever
                                                            Laura




Sarah's obituary was written by Reverand Thomas J. Martin Sr., Sarah's son-in-law. She died on October 4, 1904 and is buried in the Wimberly Cemetery. 


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© 2019 Sources

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.

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

Wimberly, Vera. Wimberly Family History: Ancestors, Relatives, and Descendants of William Wimberly, Pioneer from Georgia to Louisiana, 1837. Houston, Tex.: D. Armstrong, 1979. Print. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday's Photo: John H. James





This photo was found in an album that once belonged to my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. Grandma's sister, Elizabeth Giddens, was married to Louis James. John H. James (pictured left) was Louis' brother. 

John H. James was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey on August 10, 1892. His parents, Evan T. James and Susanna Miller, were married in 1891.  James' brother, Louis was the only other child. Susanna died on May 21, 1894 and Evan married Mary House in 1896.  

John joined the Marines in 1917 and sailed for France on November 19, 1917. He served as a private in the 6th Regiment, 82nd Company in the 2nd Marine Division. According to his gravestone, he was wounded at St. Etienne on October 6th and died in Mailly Aube, France on October 27, 1918. John is buried in the Hays Cemetery in Easton, Pennsylvania. His regiment participated in the capture of Blanc Mont Ridge. To read more about this, click here. 


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Sources

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

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 August 2019), memorial page for John H. James (10 Aug 1892–27 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27510624, citing Hays Cemetery, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rich H. (contributor 46489213) .

Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999. Ancestry.com. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1929–1990. Digital Images, 3–5. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: The children of Joseph B. Bryan and Sarah Margaret Wimberly

My post, Friday's Photo: Sarah Margaret Wimberly and Joseph B. Bryan, was the first of several posts about this family. Joseph B. and Sarah Margaret had eight children. Find their names and some known information below. 

Laura Frances Bryan, the first child of Joseph B. and Sarah Margaret was born in 1846.
She and her husband Reverand Thomas Jefferson Martin are pictured above.
More about Laura and her family will be found in future posts. 


William Walter Bryan, born in 1849, was four-years-old
when he passed away. He is buried in the Wimberly Cemetery. 


Augustus Reddick Bryan, born in 1851, was married to
Erie Ontario Nix. More about Augustus Reddick and
his family will be found in future posts. 


Lucy Elizabeth Bryan, born in 1853, was four-years-old 
when she died. She is buried in the Wimberly Cemetery. 


Joseph "Josie" Sarah Catherine Bryan*, born in 1856,
was married to Joseph Cook
. More about
Josie and her
 family will be found in future posts.
She can also be found in the posts below. 






James Anderson Bryan, born in 1858, was married to
Sarah Frances Nix
. They had one child, Albert Brown Bryan.
James and Sarah died of influenza on February 1, 1885.
For more information about the photo or to learn about his son,
Albert Brown Bryan. Check out the links below. 

John Terrell Bryan*, born in 1861, was married to
Sarah E. "Lizzie" McElroy
. John died in 1885.  To see an
additional photo of John, see the link below. 



Alice Marth Bryan was known as Aunt Singie or Auntie. The last child of Joseph
and Sarah, she was born in 1864. Alice Martha married
John Lawson Wimberly, Jr.  
More about
Alice Martha and her
 family will be found in future posts.


*John Terrell Bryan and his sister, Josie, were adopted by James Bryan (Joseph's brother) and Alice Wimberly Bryan (Sarah's sister). Marguerite Cook Clark wrote the following about the adoptions.


It always bothered me that Mammy and Grandpap let Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Alice adopt 2 of their children.  Mama said it was because they wanted to leave them their property. 

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© 2019

Sources

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.

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 July 2019), memorial page for William Walter Bryan (24 Feb 1849–17 Sep 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106509470, citing Wimberly Cemetery, Bienville, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by A Footstep In Time (contributor 47345816) .

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 July 2019), memorial page for Lucy Elizabeth Bryan (30 Sep 1853–29 Aug 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70680828, citing Wimberly Cemetery, Bienville, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Derek Galbreath (contributor 47187152) .

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday's Photo: Camp B Natural




These photos were in my grandmother's album. My grandmother, Edith Giddens, is in the back row and is second from the left in the bottom photo. This might have been in or near Phillipsburg, New Jersy as that's where she lived until the 1920s. No others in the photo are labeled. The photos are dated 1916; however, this date may be approximate as I know these labels were added in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  


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© 2019

Sources

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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday's Photo: Sarah Margaret Wimberly and Joseph B. Bryan

Photograph from the Marguerite Cook Clark Collection

A note found in Marguerite Cook Clark's research files 
Joseph B. Bryan was the son of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan. He was born on September 19, 1824, in Georgia - probably Houston County. 

Sarah Margaret Wimberly was born in Twiggs County, Georgia on February 23, 1828. She was the daughter of William Wimberly and Lucy Smith Lawson. 

Sarah and Joseph were married on December 4, 1845, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They had eight children. Marguerite Cook Clark was a descendant of Sarah and Joseph's daughter, Laura. There are numerous photos of Sarah and Joseph's children and other descendants in her collection. Over the next month or so, I will be posting pictures and documents related to this family. 

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© 2019



Sources 

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.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday's Photo: Mitchell Alonzo Giddens


Mitchell Alonzo Giddens was the son of my great-great-grandfather, George L. Giddens, and his second wife, Sarah Rich. He was born in Duplin County, North Carolina on September 18, 1900. 




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Sources

Family photographs from the Giddens Family collection. Accessed July 2012. Used with permission.

"Retired Officer, M. A. Giddens, Dies Saturday," El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas), 25 Jul 1976, p. 34, digital images, Newspapers.com: accessed 26 Jul. 2019.  https://www.newspapers.com/clip/34262318/mitchell_alonzo_giddens_obituary/

“U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999 for Mitchell Alonzo Giddens.” https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1265/31916_b033941-00162/28086815?indiv=try&h&db. Accessed 26 Jul. 2019.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday's Photo: Fieldman



This is another photo from the Frye family collection. On the back is Fieldman, Louise's boy, age 18, six-feet tall, and 175 pounds. I searched for Fieldman and Louise in Louisiana without success. If you know the identity of this handsome young man, comment below or leave a message on my Facebook page. 

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© 2019

Sources

Family photographs from the Frye Family collection. Accessed June 6, 2016 and June 3, 2019. Used with permission.