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Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday's Photos: A Revisit to Bienville Parish Photos


Zelma Lucille Burroughs Jones
1918-2000


My recent posts containing photos from the Frye Family Collection need to be revisited. 


These two photos, posted on April 19, 2019, were thought to be Velma Louise Burroughs who graduated from Ringgold High School in Bienville Parish. 

The son of Velma Louise Burroughs saw the photos and stated this was not his mother but was his dearest aunt, Zelma Lucille Burroughs. 

Zelma Lucille Burroughs, the daughter of Stephen and Bennie Dell Burroughs, was the younger sister of Velma Louise. She was born in 1918, graduated from Ringgold High School in 1935, and married Malvin Samuel Jones on November 20, 1941. 



The photo of Mount Lebanon University, posted on April 26, 2019, was very faded and fuzzy. Several people belonging to Facebook groups History of Bienville Parish and Living Histories of Northwest Louisiana Families sent edited versions of the photos allowing us to more clearly view the details. Thank you all who sent photos! Here is one of the revisions below. 





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Sources 

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

Ringgold High School Senior Class Numbers 28Newspapers.com. The Times  Shreveport, Louisiana 17 May 1935, Fri  •  Page 4  https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31214364/the_times/

Nuptuals. Newspapers.com. The Times Shreveport, Louisiana 23 Nov 1941, Sun  •  Page 27 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31214481/wedding_of_lucille_burroughs_and_m_sam/. 

Quinn, Diana B. “Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: Louise Burroughs.” https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/fridays-photo-louise-burroughs.html. Accessed 3 May. 2019.

Quinn, Diana B. “Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: Mount Lebanon University 1890.” https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/fridays-photo-mount-lebanon-university.html. Accessed 3 May. 2019.




Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday's Photo: Mount Lebanon University 1890



This is another photo from the Frye Family Collection. The original photo was extremely faded. I was able to brighten it slightly, but restoring photos is not one of my skills. If anyone wants to take a shot at improving the clarity, I will send the original scan. 




The photo appears to be Mount Lebanon University as it matches the building in the photo found on page 32 of Bienville Parish by Benjamin Brad Dison


This clipping gives a very brief history.
Found at 
Newspapers.com






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Sources

Bienville Parish - Benjamin Brad Dison - Google Books. Arcadia Publishing, 2014.  https://books.google.com/books? id=lQGRAwAAQBAJ&dq=mount+lebanon+university+bienville+parish

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

The Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana 28 Apr 1991, Sun  •  Page 11. Newspapers.com.   https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30988637/louisiana_college_history/

Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday's Photo: Louise Burroughs




These photos from the Frye Family Collection, are labeled Louise Burroughs. 

A search on Ancestry.com found Velma Louise Burroughs born in 1916 to Stephen Burroughs and Bennie Dell Burroughs. 

Is this pictured Louise Burroughs actually Velma Louise Burroughs who graduated from Ringgold High School in 1934 and married Jasper Tillman Nix?

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Diana
© 2019

Sources

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

Newspapers.com - The Times - 1934-06-03 - Page Page 22  https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30735868/1934_graduates_of_ringgold_high_school/

Thompson S. "Velma Louise Burroughs" Ancestry.com. Web. 18 April 2019.   https://www.ancestry.com/connect/Profile/01d6abf5-0001-0000-0000-000000000000?indiv=try&h&db

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday's Photo: Ruth Hawk of Phillipsburg, New Jersey

This photo is labeled Ruth Hawk Peters. It is assumed the child is her daughter,
Mae (or May). If the child is Mae, the photo would have been taken about 1922.
Note the man in the window.

This photo, found in my grandmother's album, is labeled Ruth Hawks Peters. A search for Ruth at Ancestry.com revealed her full name as Marion Ruth Hawk and a birth date of January 28, 1897. She was about the same age as my grandmother, Edith Giddens. Were they childhood friends? 

Ruth was one of seven children born to Hiram R. Hawk and Ida Carling. In 1900, the family was living on Sitgreaves Street in Phillipsburg but by 1905 both the Hawk and Giddens families were living on Mercer Street. 

In 1920, Ruth and her husband, Charles Peters, were living with her parents on Washington Street. Ruth was 21 years old and not working. Charles was a freight handler. 

The family was living on Summit Avenue in 1930. Ruth Peters was a teacher with a 10-year-old daughter, Mae. Charles was not seen on this census. 

By 1940, Ruth, a teacher, had married Raymond J. Stewart.  Living with Ruth and her husband was daughter, May, along with her husband, Jay Vanemberg, and their infant daughter, Beverly. 

Marion Ruth Stewart died on October 26, 1948, and is buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. 

Newspapers.com


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Sources

Ancestry.com. New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Ancestry.com. New Jersey, State Census, 1905 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

Deaths in New Jersey. The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey) 25 Oct 1948, Page 24 Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30412522/maybe_ruth_hawk_peters_grandmas/

Family photographs and documents from the collection Diana Bryan Quinn

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 April 2019), memorial page for Marion Ruth Stewart (unknown–26 Oct 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135117921, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Phillipsburg, Warren County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by lulu (contributor 47183637).

Year: 1900; Census Place: Phillipsburg Ward 2, Warren, New Jersey; Page: 12; Enumeration District: 0198; FHL microfilm: 1240998

Year: 1910; Census Place: Phillipsburg Ward 1, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: T624_912; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0139; FHL microfilm: 1374925

Year: 1920; Census Place: Phillipsburg Ward 5, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1073; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 174

Year: 1930; Census Place: Phillipsburg, Warren, New Jersey; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 2341126


Year: 1940; Census Place: Phillipsburg, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: m-t0627-02392; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 21-37

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Was Louis D. Giddens' Genealogy Research Preserved?

Charles A. Giddens
1865-1958
Charles was born in Giddensville, 
graduated from Jonesboro High School
worked as a postmaster in Giddensville, 
worked as a milkman in NYC, 
and owned stores in Crew VA, 
Phillipsburg NJ, and St. Louis MO. 
Before he retired to Sedalia MO, he
purchased and ran a hotel in Edinburg TX. 

The letter below is a transcription of a letter written in 1952 by my great-grandfather, Charles Allen Giddens. The letter was written to his half-sister, Lena Letisha Giddens Byrd who was looking for family information. The letter was dated June 7, 1952. Lina passed away on August 20 of that same year. 

In the letter, Charles mentions talking to Louis Giddens of Goldsboro, North Carolina several years prior to this letter.  Louis's hobby was genealogy.  

On page 243 of The Heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina, Arthur Fountain Smoot wrote about the Giddens family. His sources were L. D. Giddens Sr.'s diaries, L. D. Giddens family Bible, Goldsboro newspapers and personal interviews. 

Louis D. Giddens, Sr. died in 1909. Where can I find Louis Giddens' Bible, diaries, and other research? 



June 7- 52


 Dear Lina your letter of 1 / 2 received    Glad to hear from you and to learn where your Fla residence is located.  My son Charles lives at Hollywood Fla which is not far from your place.  We were down to see him and Louise his wife in 1946. That was before we left St. Louis for Tex.  We were in Florida in 1928 and in 1939 and covered both east and west Fla, but in 46 we went by Deland , Sanford, Orlando Kissin then Okeechobie then around the lake.  Then on down to Hollywood.  We had quite a trip.  Geneology or family tree you wrote about I know a little which I learned from Louis Giddens of Goldsboro several years ago I knew nothing until he mentioned it to me that was his hobby.  The first known to come to this country were from Wales and they came over with lord Baltimore and landed in Baltimore, Md.  One of them drifted down to N.C. Wayne County and married a Miss Taylor I think her first name was Mary.  The next I know anything about was our grandfather Mitchell and his brother which was Louis Giddens' father both married sisters whos names was Britts.  Our grandmother was Laticha or something like that.  This is where you branch off and drop all except the Mitchell branch.  I was born Nov 22nd1865 at Giddensville Sampson Co NC You can get sisters history from Hugh and Pearl she was about two years younger than I.  My children are all dead but two Charles and Edith I do not know where Edith is Charles may be able to tell you if you write him his address is Hollywood Box 1042 Fla. Lucy my first wife was borned in Vermont and about three months younger than I, her last name was Glenn.

Our great-grandfather was married when he was quite old and had two sons George Britt one of the boys used to visit us at Giddensville and we went to dances together around the Holliday.  He was about three or four years older than I was, he was a good sport.  Let me hear from you often and come to see us sometime.

                          Love and best wishes
                               Charles and Stella Giddens
                               2005 E. Broadway Sedalia, MO.




Charles A. Giddens wrote, "The first known to come to this country were from Wales and they came over with lord Baltimore and landed in Baltimore, Md.  One of them drifted down to N.C. Wayne County and married a Miss Taylor I think her first name was Mary.  The next I know anything about was our grandfather Mitchell and his brother which was Louis Giddens' father both married sisters whos names was Britts."

My great-grandfather's story is similar to the one found in The Heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina (1982). Arthur Fountain Smoot wrote, "John Giddens was born in Maryland in 1755 and moved to Dobbs County in 1770 where he married Sarah Taylor."  

My research shows that John fought in the American Revolution and received land in Wayne and Duplin Counties. At the time of his death in 1802, John lived in Wayne County. He and his wife had eight children. As described in the letter, two sons married Britt sisters. David married Sophia Britt and Mitchell married Letisha Britt. Louis D. Giddens was the son of David and Charles Giddens was the grandson of Mitchell. 

Information about others mentioned in the letter can be found below. 

Charles Allen Giddens was the son of Luellen Bradshaw and George L. Giddens and was born in Giddensville, Sampson County, North Carolina. His first wife was Mary Lucy Glynn and his second wife,  Estella Moyer Rosenberger. He mentioned his grandfather, Mitchell Giddens who was married to Letisha Britt (George Britt was her half-brother).

Edith Giddens Davis
Charles William Giddens
His son, Charles William Giddens was living in Hollywood, Florida with his wife, Louise.  His daughter (and my grandmother), Edith Giddens Davis, was living in New York at the time he wrote the letter. Charles mentioned his nephew, Hugh, son of Frances "Frankie" Giddens and Warren Harper. Hugh and his wife, Pearl, lived in Texas. 



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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

“The Heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina, 1982: Wayne County Heritage Book Committee: Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming: Internet Archive.” https://archive.org/details/WayneCountyHeritageFamilyHistories/page/n249. Accessed 6 Apr. 2019.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Friday's Photo: Charlie Arrealous Fields



Found at Newspapers.com
This photo of Charlie Arrealous Fields is another from the Frye family collection. He was born in Heflin, Webster Parish on October 15, 1898 and was the son of Andrew Jackson Fields and Martha Elizabeth Smith. He was married to Annie Lemore Dickerson in 1922. 


He lived in Bienville, Franklin, and Caddo Parishes before leaving for California. 

Charlie Arrealous Fields died in El Cajon, San Diego County, California in 1968  and is buried in Bistineau Cemetery, Heflin, Webster Parish in Louisiana. 


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Diana
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Sources

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


Havens, M. "Charlie Arrealous Fields" Ancestry.com. Web. 29 March 2018.   <https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/105489724/person/420046905034/facts>

Monday, April 1, 2019

George L. Giddens was on the U. S. S. Cochino when it exploded in the Artic


George L. Giddens, son of Oscar Giddens and Florence Muir, was named for his grandfather, George Lullen Giddens. The younger George L. Giddens was born December 17th, 1930 in Key West, Florida. He is one of four siblings.  He was a 9 year veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War, serving on 10 vessels and most notably was on the U.S.S. Cochino when it sank in the North Sea in August 1949.  I didn't know George. He passed away last June. His grandfather, the elder George L. Giddens, was my great-great-grandfather. I have written much about this family. You can see a timeline for Oscar Giddens here. And, the photo fo Oscar Giddens and Florence Muir with family on their wedding day here. 

Thank you to my third-half cousin for sending me this saved article. I will post more information about the U. S. S. Cochino on my Facebook page. 



The Hartford Times, Hartford, Connecticut - September 8, 1949









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Sources

Newspaper clipping and photo from the collection of Michael Bennett. Used with permission.