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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Honoring the Father's in My Family Tree


Happy Father's Day to my husband - pictured
with his father William Joseph Quinn 1930-2005



My father, Whit Criswell Bryan 
1920 - 2001



Happy Father's Day to my brother, Rick. 



Happy Father's Day to my nephew, Nick.


My grandfather, Claude Louis Davis
1893-1967



My Grandfather, Redic Eli Bryan
1870 - 1929

My great-grandfather, Charles Allen Giddens
1865-1958

My great-grandfather, Phillip A. Hairston
1852-1917

My great-grandfather, Terrell Bryan
1836-1920


My great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan
1793-1864



My great-great grandfather, William Moore Criswell
1822-1881


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Diana

© 2017

Source

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday's Photo: Another Postcard From Seymour, Texas


I have mentioned Seymour School in previous blogs. My father and his older siblings attended this school and my Aunt DeRay Bryan taught at the school for a year or two. 

The three story rock building was completed in 1902. It had 12 classrooms, two offices, and an auditorium. 

Postmarked November 25, 1910 in Seymour, Texas, this postcard was addressed to
Myrtle Cloud, 409 E. 2nd, Austin, Texas
Dear Aunt Myrtle
I was glad to hear from you. Otis and Warren are sick. But Warren is better.
Love to all From Lois

Lois was easy to find. 1910 was a census year and there was one family in Seymour, Texas with children Lois, Warren, and Otis.  The children's father was Otis E. Carter, a clergyman. Virginia E. Carter was his second wife and the stepmother to his children. Otis and Virginia were married in 1908. Her sister was Myrtle Cloud of Austin, Texas. The children's mother was Alice Doman who passed away on March 9, 1907. 

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Diana

© 2017

Sources

Alice Doman Carter (1877 - 1907) - Find A Grave Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jun. 2017. <https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63461232&ref=acom>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Shook, L. B. The Abilene Reporter. (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 36, Ed. 1 Friday, September 8, 1899, newspaper, September 8, 1899;
(https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth331124/m1/3/: accessed June 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal

to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; 

The Portal to Texas History. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jun. 2017. <https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth429414/m1/46/?q=%22seymour%20school%22>.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday's Photo: The Wedding of Oscar Giddens and Florence Muir

Left to right: Two Shook sisters (neighbors), James Muir, another Shook sister,
Florence Muir, Florence Muir (bride) Russell Muir, Mildred Muir (Russell's wife),
Oscar Giddens, Minnie 
Muir, boys in front - Linwood and Lester Muir

Hartford Courant - July 15, 1919
Found at Newspapers.com
Thank you to my second-cousin-one time-removed for sharing this photo on Facebook. Oscar Giddens was the much younger half-brother of my great-grandfather, Charles Giddens. 

This photo was taken on July 15, 1919. The next year, Oscar and his wife are found living with his wife's family at 58 Ranney Street. The Shook family lived nearby on Main Street and bridesmaid, Mildred Gressler Baumbergin, lived with her new husband in her parents home on Woodbridge Avenue. 



1920 Census - James A. Muir Family

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Diana
© 2017

Sources

Family photograph from the collection of Laura Walling.  Used with permission.

Giddens-Muir. Newspapers.com. Hartford Courant,15 July 1919. Web. 9 Jun. 2017. <https://www.newspapers.com/clip/11548493/oscar_giddens_florence_muir_marriage/>

"Oscar L Giddens in the 1920 United States Federal Census."Ancestry.com, 12 Jan 1920. Web. 9 Jun. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6061&h=105729187&tid=45260559&pid=410035589859>.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday's Photo: Lucy Giddens and Mrs. Weller

Photo labeled Lucy Giddens and Mrs. Weller 1904.
Click to enlarge.

This photo was in my grandmother's album. Lucy Glynn Giddens was my great-grandmother. In 1904, Lucy and her husband, Charles Giddens were living in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  There were Wellers living in Phillipsburg, but I cannot positively identify this Mrs. Weller. 

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Diana

© 2017

Source

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday's Photo: Florence I. Giddens


This photo and the other photos of Florence were
found in my grandmother's album. The photos were
dated 1927.

Arthur and Florence in Phillipsburg.
Arthur was born in 1904 and the son of Peter and
Rose Schwartz Samer.
Two years after Florence's death, Arthur
married Emma Mae Richards.
Arthur died in 1996 at the age of 91.
See his complete obituary at this link. 
Florence I. Giddens was my grandmother's sister. She was born February 21, 1895 to Charles Giddens and Mary Lucy Glynn in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  Florence married Arthur Samer on August 25, 1924 in New York City. Florence and Arthur adopted a daughter, Billie. In 1934, Florence died from complications of strep throat. She is buried in Easton Cemetery next to her mother. 












This telegram was sent to my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis, to inform her about the death of her sister. Arthur Samer requested she contact her mother's sister and niece, Carrie and Anna Alter. 

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Diana
© 2017

Sources

Arthur Peter Samer (1904 - 1996) - Find A Grave Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&amp;GRid=43307524&amp;ref=acom>

Arthur Samer in the New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61406&h=9313382&tid=45260559&pid=6887144817>.

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

Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: Caroline Glynn. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/fridays-photo-caroline-glynn.html>.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday's Photo: Julia Murray Moylan and Her Family





I first posted Julia Murray Moylan's photo in 2012 with very little known information. Baptized, March 25, 1893, Julia Murray was the daughter of James Murray and Celia Linnane in Ballyvelaghan, County Clare, Ireland. The  10th of 11 known children, she was the only child to remain in the Ballyvelaghan area and only one of two to remain in Ireland. 

Julia married Patrick Joseph Moylan. He died in 1956 after a bicycle accident in front of their home. Click here to see his obituary. Julia and Patrick had two children, Patrick and James. 

Son, Patrick, immigrated to the United States and lived with William and Susan Murray Quinn in NYC for a time.  A photo of Patrick and his obituary can be seen at this link

Son, James, lived in South Wales for 30 years before his death in 1987. 

Julia died on November 30, 1988 and is buried in Cillin Graveyard along with her husband and son, James.

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Diana

© 2017

Source

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Honoring the Mothers in My Family Tree


Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
Happy Mother's Day to my sister - a wonderful mother and grandmother!

Happy Mother's Day to my Aunt!

Doris Staubach Quinn - My mother-in-law.
1929 - 2012



Edith Giddens Davis, my grandmother
1897-1975


Myrtie Hairston Bryan, my grandmother
1880-1927

Harriet Albritton Bryan, my great-grandmother
1836-1909


Lodema Criswell Hairston, my great-grandmother
1856-1919
Bertha Davis Hawkins, my great-grandmother
1879 - 1965

Mary Lucy Glynn Giddens, my great-grandmother
1866-1926

Julia Harvey Glynn, with daughter Carrie, my great-great-grandmother
1840-1919


Elizabeth Regan Bryan, my great-great-grandmother
1798-1877


Caroline Olive Davis, my great-great-grandmother
1847- after 1901


Mary Ann "Polly" Evans Criswell, my great-great-grandmother
1829-1883


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Diana

© 2017

Source

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn