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Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's Photo: A Found Baby Picture

This old photocopy of a baby picture was labeled Hairston "Buster" Bryan and found in my cousin Jackie's genealogical files.  Where did she get this copy? Does anyone have a similar picture of Buster? 


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Census Sightings: Harry B. Bryan???

Brothers, Hairston "Buster" Bryan and my father,
Whit Criswell Bryan in the late 1920s

In the 1930 census, my father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was living with his three sisters in Borger, Texas; however, his brother, Hairston "Buster" Bryan is not with the family and for years, I was unable to find him.  

Last week, when writing about Buster and his wife, Wanda, in the 1940 census, I decided to search yet another time for Buster in 1930. According to a search at there were 356 male Bryans or Bryants born in Texas around 1906 and living in the United States in 1930.  Number 58 was the first that looked promising - Harry B. Bryan and the more that I read, the more that I knew it was Buster. 

"Harry" lived on Burnett Street in Wichita Falls, Texas - not far from Buster's hometown of Seymour.  He was a lodger in a home owned by a widow, Wanda Lawler, from Kentucky.  Also living in the house were Russel Dobbs, the G. C. Casey family, and another lodger, Carlena Mays, a cook. "Harry" was a drugstore clerk and like Buster, he was born in Texas in 1906, his mother was born in Texas, and his father was born in Louisiana.  

I don't know why his name is written as "Harry" instead of Hairston but, I know that this is Buster. Buster lived in Wichita Falls at the time of his father's death in August of 1929 and newspaper clippings about his father's death state that Buster worked at the Kemp-Kort Drug company in Wichita Falls. 


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday's News: News from the Bossier Banner

In 2007 while in Louisiana looking for Bryan and Regan family information, I found the following items in old issues of the Bossier Banner. These people are not related to my family, but I thought that someone researching might like to see some of this information.  

In my notes, I wrote that I looked at most of the issues from July 1, 1859 to June 22, 1860 and from April 17, 1866 through December 1866. I recorded information from legible obituaries and marriages. I did not always record all of an obituary or marriage notice as I was pressed for time, but any information of genealogical importance was recorded. 

 December 23, 1859
On the 19th inst., of Pnemonia, after a short illness, Mrs. Mary Rasberry consort of L. C. Rasberry aged about 48 years.

Married – on the 10th instant at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. J. F. Ford, Mr. A. B. George of Claiborne Parish and Miss Penny P. Hodges of this parish.

March 9, 1860
On the 1st instant at the residence of Gideon Allen by the Rev. Robert Martin.  Mr. Franklin Cavett  to Miss Annie E. Owens all of this parish.

May 4, 1860
Mrs. Isabella Abney wife of Malhijah Abney passed from the earth to the spirit land by death on the 7th day of April 1860 in the 64th year of her age.  She was the daughter of John Culbraith and was born in Virginia and raised in the Edgefield District, South Carolina where she was married to the husband that she has now left to mourn her departure.   A few years after their marriage they removed to the State of Alabama, and from thence they removed in 1845 to the Parish of Bossier in Louisiana where they resided till her death.  She lived to rear five sons and two daughters. . . . . {All were settled in life except her youngest son who was in school. She was a Baptist. – the children were not named and no other genealogical information mentioned.}

Died on the 26th ult., Charles R. King, for the last fifteen years a resident of this parish; a native of Alabama. 

Died; at the residence of Thomas B. Hancock.  In this parish, on the 28th ult., Lizzie Hancock, daughter of the late Nathaniel Hancock.

May 18, 1860
The Hon. W. B. Egan of Claiborne parish was recently united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Miss Mary Hodges of this parish.  We wish the couple unlimited success as the glide through life; and may their hearts every be as free from guile as the happy day that made them one. 

May 25, 1860
A tribute of respect for Charles R. King who died on April 26, 1860 by the Cypress Lodge No. 89 at Collinsburg, LA.

June 8, 1860
A tribute of respect for John J. Shaw. He died on March 5, 1860. A “widow and family” mentioned. Tribute by the Cypress Lodge No. 89 at Collinsburg, LA.

Died: At this place, on the 2nd instant, Anuella, infant daughter of William A. and Martha Kelly.

There were no Bossier Banner issues on the microfilm between June 22, 1860 and  April 7, 1866.

April 14, 1866
Died: At his residence in this parish on the 29th ult., after a short illness, Capt. Amagrade M. Alford, being in the 39th year of his age. . . . .  {He was in the confederate army and leaves a widow - no genealogical information}

April 28, 1866
Married.  On Wed., 25th instant, at the residence of the brides’s mother, in this place, by the Rev. D. J. Henderston. Mr. W. C. Hargis to Miss Sallie A. Lowry. . . . .  {no other genealogical information – just flowery verses}

May 26, 1866
A communication from Mr. Elias Oneill told about an unfortunate difficulty, on Sunday last, between Mr. D. C. Applewhite and Mr. E. J. Campbell which resulted in the death of Mr. Campbell.

June 9, 1866
Married:  On the 13th of May, 1866, at the residence of Maj. Robert E. Wyche by the Rev. A. Winham, Dr, John J. Scott to Miss Honora Cullen of Baton Rouge, La. 

June 16, 1866
Died, at her residence, in this parish on the 7th day of June, 1866, in the 36th year of her age, Mrs. Martha Ivey, relict of C. D. Ivey, deceased –after a painful illness of several weeks. The deceased left thre children and an endeared number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was the daughter of Maj. M. Abney, of this parish. . . . . a member of the Baptist Church .  . . {much more , but no more genealogical information.}

On the 11th instant, William M. Kitchens aged about 60 years.  The deceased was a native of Pennsylvaina, but for many years past a resident of this place.

On the 27th ult., at Rocky Mount, Bossier parish, La, Edwin, infant son of William J. and A. J. Fish; aged one month and 10 days.

Died, at the residence of Mr. Willis Doles, Cottage Grove, on Wednesday the 30th of May, Mrs. N. V. Bickley; in the 59th year of her age.

Died near Rocky Mount, Bossier parish, La., on the 5th June, 1866, of congestive chill, of only 48 hours illness, Mr. Thomas A. Wilson, brother of Dr. John D. Wilson, and a native of Farifield District, S. C. , but for the last 6 or 8 years a resident of this parish. He passed through all the dangers and conflicts of the late struggle for independence, unhurt; made a good and efficient soldier-was captured at the terrible battle of Sharpsburg; lay in prison several months; but soon after the surrender had an attack similar to the one that cut off his young life, from which he had not entirely recovered.  He was in the 29th year of his age. Reader, “be ye also ready.” B.  

June 30, 1866
Died:  On the 22nd instant, at the residence of his father, near this place, Briant Jones; aged 31 and four months. The deceased was a native of Georgia, but for many years past a citizen of this parish.  He leaves a wife and one child together wit a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss in the sudden death of so estimable and useful citizen. 

July 14, 1866
Funeral Notice
The friends and relatives of Mrs. Mary Hodges late consort of Mr. Edmond W. Hodges are hereby notified that the funeral sermon of the deceased will be preached at Friendship Church, hear the residence of Mr. Hodges, on the first Sunday in August.  The relatives and fiends of the deceased are respectfully invited to be in attendance. 

Died: On the 6th instant; in this place, William Bragg, aged 3 years and 6 months; infant son of Mr. William H. and Mrs. Anna Hill. 

Died: On the 11th instant, at the Waterloo plantation, in this parish, of inflammation of the bowls, Mr. W. Milton Pickett, after a very long illness.

Obituary, Died; in this place on Friday 13th instant, of a few days illness, Mrs. Eva Virginia Carstarphen – consort of Dr. J. J. Carstarphen, aged 27 years, two months and twenty-six days.  The deceased was born in Franklin county, Mississippi, April 17th, 1839, but for the past twenty years, was a resident of this parish.  She leaves a kind husband and three children (one a little babe only a few days old) to mourn their irreparable loss . . . .  She was a member of the Methodist Church . . . .

Died : In Bossier parish, La. On the 10th July, 1866 of conjestion of 12 days illness, Mrs. Jane Martin Turner consort of Mr. James A. Herron; in the 47th year of her age.  She was a native of the Fairfield District, S. C., but removed to La. In 1846.  She united with the Presbyterian Church of Mount Lebanon, S. C., in 1842, and when she came to this state embraced the very first opportunity to unite in organizing a church here.  So, in 1859, when the Rockey Mount Church was started, she was one of the first to hand in her name.  . . ..   She leaves six children with her breaved husband to mourn their irreparable loss. Two lovely babes preceeded her to the land of the blest.  . . . . 

July 28, 1866

On the 19th instant, at the residence of the bride’s father, in this parish, by the Rev. D. J. Henderson, Mrs. James S. Herring to Miss Carrie Boon . .  .

Married, at the residence of Mr. Daniel Hickman near this place, on the 22nd inst., by the Rev. D. J. Henderson, Capt. A. J. Braden to Miss Mollie A. E. Carter . . . . .

Married on the 24th instant, at the residence of Mr. Louis Ambrose, in this parish, by the RV. D. J. Henderson, Mr. J. M. Canfield to Mrs. E. A. Bozeman. . . .

August 18, 1866
The Bienville Messsinger says from present appearances the cotton crop of that parish will not exceed 4000 bales.

September 8, 1866
Married :  On the 5th instant, near this place, by the Rev. D. J. Henderson, Mr. Josiah Hickman to Miss Hattie Braden. . . . .

At “Chicora,” Bossier Parish, La., on the 4th instant, Mr. John Adger, in the 59th year of his age. He was a native of South Carolina, but for the last five years resided in this parish.   He had been a member of the Presbyterian Church from his yourth, and was an exemplary Christian and citzen in the various relations of life. 

Died on the 14th August, of apoplexy, Mrs. Margaret E. Adger- consort of John Adger- in the 49th year of her age. Both she and her husband were called suddenly away.  She had been a member of the Prestbyterian Church for over 30 years, having untied when by 16 or 17 years old.

October 13, 1866

Married:  On the 26th ult., at the residence of the ebride’s mother, by Rev. A. R. Banks, Capt. WJ. Hughes and Miss Mary A. Clark; all of Bossier parish, La. . . . .

Died: In Bossier parish, La, on the 4th instant, after a very brief illness of conjestive fever, Col. Thomas J. Caldwell, for merly of Fairfield District, S.C., in the 48th year of his age. He leaves a wife with five children to mourn his death “be ye also ready.”  B.   

November 3, 1866
John Gregg – Sucession sale by Louisa M. Gregg {daughter of John Regan and Martha Davis}

Married: On the 28th ult., at the residence of Mrs. Martin, in this parish, by Mr. J. B. Campbell, J. P., Mr. Alfred K. Edens to Miss Mattie J. O’Daniel.

On the 26th of September, 1866 at the residence of his father, Mr. J. B. Campbell in this parish, Willie A. Campbell, aged 9 years, 8 months, and 19 days.  . . . .

November 10, 1866
Huge obituary for Hon. Asbury Arnold Abney who died at 49 years of age on November 4, 1866. He was a niative of South Carolina. A senator, a mason (Worshipful Master of his lodge) and member of the ME Church South.   (no family information)

Large obituary for Philo Alden.  He died on Tuesday November 6, 1866 from a fall from a mule. He was 66 years four months, and three days old. He was a native of Oneida County, NY and he settled in the parish of Claiborne about 1830 and has been in that section of the state ever since. He was a father, husband, mason, and officer. Much more information, but no family information

Married :  On the 1st instant, at the residence of th ebride’s father, (Mr. Thos. Applewhite.) in this parish, by the Rev. Robert Martin. Mr. Edmund W. Hodges jr. to Miss Augusta M. Applewhite.  . . .

Married, on the 6th instant, at the residence of Mr. J. J. Edwards, near this place, by Mr. W. A. Kelly, J. P., Dr. John G. McMath to Miss Pennie B. Raines. . . 

December 1, 1866
Married : On the 28th ult, at the residence of Dr. J. S. Cheshire, by the Rev. Robert Martin, Mr. James L. Taylor and Miss Jacquelina Ward. . . .


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Hairston "Buster" Albritton Bryan

Hairston "Buster" Albritton Bryan died on September 15, 1940.  My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was his younger brother. Buster was the son of Redic E. Bryan and Myrtie Hairston Bryan, both who died in the 1920s.  

This obituary appears to have been written by a paper in Seymour, Texas and it is assumed that this paper was The Baylor County Banner. Several years ago, my father pointed out the inaccuracies in this obituary.  Buster's date of birth was January 24, 1906. His married sister was Willa Mae Dudley, not Armstrong. Buster graduated from Seymour High School in 1923, not 1924 and he had a step-son, Randall Dorman, not a step-daughter. 


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Census Sightings: Hairston "Buster" Albritton Bryan

Buster was my father's older brother, he died in 1940 so I never had the privilege to meet him and didn't know very much about him until I started looking into the family history. 

When an adult, Buster went by H. B. Bryan. I assume that this is stands for Hairston Buster Bryan. 

As recorded in the 1940 census, Buster was living with Wanda, his wife, and her 19 year old son, Randall Dorman. Buster and Wanda were both 34 years of age. Wanda and Randall were born in Oklahoma while Buster was born in Texas. Buster was working as a driller's helper in the oil fields, Wanda did not work, and Randall worked as an attendant at the "gasoline service station." Buster had worked for 40 weeks during the previous year and made $1400.00. 

It was reported that all three were living in Lea, New Mexico in 1935. In regard to education, Buster had two years of college, Wanda completed seventh grade, and Randall completed two years of high school. 

After finding this census record, I was able to find a little more about Buster's wife, Wanda. She was married previously to Walter Dorman* who had children from a previous marriage. She and Walter* had one child Randall.  Randall and Wanda moved back to New Mexico after Buster's death, but no other information is known.  I have yet to find Wanda's maiden name and a marriage record for Wanda and Buster. 

*This is incorrect. Wanda married a Rufus Dorman in 1918. Buster and Wanda were married in 1935 and Wanda's maiden name was Land. 


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday's Photo: A Classroom in Stephenville, Texas

Stephenville School Room 1 had at least 70 students in the class. There are two adults, the man in the front and a woman on the left.  I wouldn't be surprised if only one was the classroom teacher. 

This picture came from Carla, a distant cousin from my Hairston family. She believes that her grandfather, Joseph Oscar Noah, was in the picture. Joe was born in 1896 so this picture would have been taken in the early 1900s. 

The top picture is a cropped version of the picture at the bottom.  It was taken by Flanders Photography.  Can anyone date this picture?


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday's News: National Aviation Day

Louise Giddens, wife of Charles Allen Giddens (my grandmother's brother), a cardboard version of  Charles A. Lindbergh and my grandmother, Edith Giddens.      

Yesterday was National Aviation Day - it comes every August 19th. And, yesterday, my mother sent me this picture of my grandmother and her sister-in-law with a cardboard cut-out of Charles Lindbergh.  Lindbergh became famous for making the first transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. 

This was probably taken in New Jersey before 1930. I assume that it was taken soon after the flight. 


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday's Photo: Edith Giddens

This is my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. I assume that this is when she was still single as she looks so young.  Born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Charles A. Giddens from Giddensville, NC and Mary Lucy Glynn from Putney, Vermont. 


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Willa Mae Bryan Dudley

Willa Mae Dudley

Willa Mae Bryan Dudley was the fourth child of Redic E. Bryan and Myrtie Hairston.  She was born, Willie May Bryan, in 1910 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas.  She was married to James Dudley and had one child, Jacqueline. Willa Mae is buried with her sisters, DeRay and Marie, in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Willa Mae Dudley

Willa Mae Dudley, 81, Borger, died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 1991 in Golden Plains Community Hospital.

Services are pending with Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
A native of Seymour, she had been a Borger resident since 1927. She was a former manager for ladies' wear at Dunlap's, and formerly employed at Cartwright's and KC Store.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, and Altrusa Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Skinner of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Va; a grandson, Chip Skinner of San Francisco, Calif.; a granddaughter, Kelli Vlahos of San Francisco, Calif.; a great-granddaughter, Demetria Vlahos.
                                                                Borger News Herald - May 26, 1991

Willa Mae Dudley

Graveside services for Willa Mae Dudley, 81, Borger, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. William Houghton, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, officiating.

Burial will be by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Mrs. Dudley died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 1991 in Golden Plains Community Hospital.

A native of Seymour, she had been a Borger resident since 1927. She was a former manager for ladies' wear at Dunlap's, and formerly employed at Cartwright's and KC Store.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, and Altrusa Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Skinner of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Va.; a grandson, Chip Skinner of San Francisco, Calif.; a granddaughter, Kelli Vlahos of San Francisco, Calif.; a great-granddaughter, Demetria Vlahos.
                                                       Borger News Herald - May 29, 1991


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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Friday's Photo: Julia Murray Moylan

Julia Murray was born on March 25, 1893, Ballyvelaghan in the old Parish of Abby, now New-Quay, County Clare, Ireland.  She was the only child to remain in her home town and only one of two to remain in Ireland. She married Patrick Joseph Moylan. He died in 1956 and Julia died in New Quay on November 30, 1988.

Do you know where Julia is buried? Is she buried near her parents? 

Does anyone have additional pictures of Julia? 


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Census Sightings: Whit C. Bryan

Whit Criswell Bryan - This is the same picture used in the
article seen in last Monday's post

Last week announced that it indexed all of the 1940 census records so I immediately put Dad's name in the search boxes. A few months ago, I found his sisters in his hometown of Borger, Texas, but he wasn't listed as part of the family and I knew that he joined the Navy in 1940.

Well, Dad was the only Whit Bryan in the 1940 census and he was residing at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego where he was attending Hospital Corps School.  There were no new facts on the record. He was 19 years old, born in Texas, and stated that he lived in Borger, Texas in 1935.

I have more pictures from San Diego.  The one below is of Dad and two other very young men.

On this picture Dad wrote 
Bill Smith
 ? Winters
Whit Bryan 
Hospital Corps School San Diego Cal (Spring?) 1940 

A little more searching on the 1940 census told me more about the others in the picture with Dad. 

William Smith was 20 years old, born in Texas, but in 1935 resided in Fredrick, Tillman County, Oklahoma. 

Robert Winters was also twenty years old. He was born in Montana and resided in Glasgow, Valley County, Montana in 1935. 


The following pictures are also from Dad's time in San Diego. 

Administration Building - U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School 1940

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Myrtie Marie Bryan

Myrtie Marie Bryan, my father's sister

Myrtie Marie Bryan was the first child of Myrtie Hairston and Redic Bryan.  She was born in 1901, in Erath County, Texas, but spent most of her childhood in Seymour, Texas.  She graduated from Seymour High School in 1921 and moved to Borger, Texas after the death of her parents, where she managed the household duties for her siblings. 

Marie Bryan . . . . senior citizen

Funeral services are pending for Marie Bryan, 85, who died Saturday at Magic Plans Nursing Home, Borger, where she resided.  

Surviors include two sisters, Dee Ray {DeRay} Bryan of Borger and Willa Mae Dudley of Borger; one brother, Wit Bryan {Whit Bryan} of Virginia Beach, Va., and nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements are by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors. 
                                                      Borger News Herald, September 14, 1986  

Marie Bryan
Borger - Marie Bryan, 85, died Saturday. 

Graveside services for Marie Bryan will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Evans, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Minton/Chadwell, Funeral Directors. 

Miss Bryan, born in Erath County, had lived in Borger since 1927.  She was a member of First Baptist Church.  

Survivors include two sisters, DeRay Bryan and Willa Mae Dudley, both of Borger and a brother, Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Source and date unknown - clipping found in genealogical notes that belonged to Whit Criswell Bryan     


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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday's Photo: Dollie Wylie Revisited

A few weeks ago, I posted the picture on the top left.  It had never been labeled and until recently comparing it with other family pictures, I always thought that it was a family friend. After comparing pictures, I decided that it might be Dorothy Elizabeth Harriet Bryan Wylie, my grandfather's sister.  Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, dated the black clothing in this picture at about 1912.  Well, Dollie's husband, Tom Wylie died in 1911.  Could this picture be Dollie Wylie on the day of her husband's funeral? 

The picture above, on the right, is Dollie Wylie.  It was sent to me by Jane A., a granddaughter of Dollie. It is said to be on Dollie and Tom's wedding day; July 27, 1889.  

Some of you thought that my picture (on the left) was Dollie and others did not. Now what do you think? 

Dollie 1889
Wonderful details on this dress! Thank you Jane!
This is the entire photo.  Could this be a church or building in Coke County, Texas? 


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