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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Family Photos: The House in Seymour – Part III

The House in Seymour

My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was born in Seymour, Texas on December 21, 1920.  His birth announcement was found in the Baylor County Banner and, as I wrote previously, he was probably born in this house.

Whit and his mother, Myrtie Hairston Bryan 1921
I like to look at details in photographs to determine location and time. Often, these details tell more information about my family and the places that they lived. These baby pictures of my father were probably taken in Seymour, Texas and all appear to be at the same location; presumably revealing the home of a neighbor.  

Whit Criswell Bryan
Whit Criswell Bryan

The Bryan family lived on River Street and, according to the 1920 census, neighbors included the families of Charles T. Porter, S. G. Farmer, Mrs. G. W. E. Arden, and David D. Phillips.

Also included on that census sheet were the families of Galen D. Plants  and  M. D. Lankford, but no streets were named.  The W. F. Hooser and Willy Stevens families nearby lived on Arkansas Street. 

The following pictures are of family members next to the house. The siding and windows in the picture match those of earlier pictures.  My grandmother passed away in 1927 and information from a distant cousin leads me to believe that the family was living in the home at her time of death. 

Myrtie and Redic E. Bryan before 1927
Hairston "Buster" Albritton Bryan and Whit Criswell Bryan about 1925 or 1926

My grandfather served two terms as the county tax assessor and according to his obituary, was once a large land owner in Baylor County. However, he died penniless in 1929 and I suppose that he lost the house to foreclosure. 

I would appreciate any thoughts from those who live in or know about Baylor County.  I would love to know who purchased the house and if it is still standing.  A look at street view map of North River Road showed some homes that resembled the Bryan family home.

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Other Baylor County Resources:

I have five pages of unidentified pictures on my web pages; many taken in Baylor County.  Click below to see my pictures of unidentified family and friends. 

Obituaries, deaths, and more from old issues of The Baylor County Banner are on my web pages. If the family name is mentioned on my pages, send me an e-mail to request the entire article. 

Next: Family Pictures:  Houses and Other Buildings

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