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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Family Photos: The House in Seymour – Part I

The Bible contained all sorts of treasures; newspaper clippings, photos, certificates, a lock of hair, fabric from my grandmother’s wedding dress, and a picture of this house.

The House in Seymour, Texas

In the late 1990s, I asked my father about the house. He was certain that he lived in it when he was much younger. He remembered sitting on the front porch while trying to open his father’s pocket watch. He couldn't open it, so broke it open with a hammer. This watch had been passed down from his grandfather. When his father saw it, he chased Dad off of the porch . . . said his sisters saved him.

This was enough to convince me that the house was a Bryan family home in Seymour, Texas and probably the home where Dad was born. The tall man on the porch may be my grandfather, Redic Eli Bryan.  The following pictures are of Dad as a baby and Buster, Dad's older brother; both taken next to the house.  

My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, 1921

Hairston "Buster" Albritton Bryan

According to 1920 census records, the house was on River Street and near Arkansas Street.  The Amon Carter Museum website has a birds-eye-view of Seymour in 1890. River Street was beside the Brazos River and was parallel to Arkansas Street. 

I will post more about the house in the next two posts. If readers familiar with my family or with Seymour have any information about the house, please post your comments to the blog or send me an e-mail at

Next - The House in Seymour  Part II


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  1. Those are nice photos.Did the Criswell family have any connections to the Criswell property near Snyder?

  2. I don't know about the Criswell family in Snyder. There is a good possibility that they are connected. My Criswells were in Cherokee County, TX prior to moving to Falls County. Some stayed in Falls County, but there were quite a few of them. Did the Criswells in Snyder have a ranch? I recently read about a Criswell ranch in or new Baylor County.

  3. Hi! I have given this blog site link to Jimmie Sue (Wood) Loran. Her parents bought this house for her and my husband's cousin, Joe Pat Snyder in the late '70's. The house had belonged to a family named Henson, and the two sisters lived in it for a long time, with one of them marrying and the other, an "old spinster" living there until her death. Jimmie Sue and Joe Pat lived two doors down. The house was totally overgrown and falling down from years of neglect. The house address is actually 511 North Arkansas. When Joe Wood brought the property, it was two lots, going the width of the block ; two corners. There

  4. Thanks! I am very interested in her home. The history of the Hensons ownership doesn't match with my Bryan family home. Either the homes were from the same plan or my picture is not the Bryan home. If it was not the Bryan home, many of my family pictures would have been taken at the Henson home :)

    I saw the Henson house in 2001 and several in Seymour with the same or similar roof lines. I need to do a lot of deed research which means coming to Seymour. Thanks so much for your help!