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Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
|Dad and William blowing out candles.|
Tomorrow, December 21, would have been my father's 93rd birthday. He passed away in 2001 at age 80. I found his birth announcement in the Baylor County Banner a few years later. Dad was born on December 21, 1920 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas. This announcement was found in the issue published on December 30, 1920.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
|My great-grandfather, Phillip A. Hairston|
I know that John L. Hairston was my great-great-grandfather as I found him as the father of my great-grandfather, Phillip A. Hairston, in the 1880 census of Falls County, Texas. My John L. Hairston was one of at least three John L. Hairstons living during his lifespan.
From my great-grandfather, Phillip A. Hairston's, obituary, I knew that the John L. Hairston family lived in Hinds County, Mississippi prior to moving to Falls County. I found my John L. Hairston in Hinds County in both 1850 and 1860. However, I was unable to identify his parents.
After posting a query on a Hairston message board in the late 1990s, I was contacted by Ed Bregenzer. He was a Hairston family researcher (but not a Hairston) and he and Victor Hairston had compiled The Hairston History. Ed knew all about my John L. Hairston. He believed that my John L. Hairston was the son of Robert Hairston and Sarah Lang who married Syrene Thompson. This John L. Hairston also had a son, Phillip.
Well, my John L. and Ed's John L. were both born in South Carolina in about 1811 or 1812, but they were not one in the same as Ed's John L. remained in Alabama until at least 1880.
Weeks later, Ed again contacted me. He and Vic had conferred and thought that I should look at John Lewis Hairston, son of Hugh Brown Hairston.
In The Hairston History, the following was written about John Lewis Hairston, son of Hugh Brown Hairston.
"Note: ! We think, November 2000, that this is the John L. Hairston that first left Georgia, most likely went into Alabama and from there traveled to Arkansas for a short period of time and at least by 1853 was in Hinds County Mississippi. Later, from there he went into Texas.
No exact proof that this is the correct John L. Hairston, but it is the last John L. Hairston that we haven't eliminated as being the correct person."
I have not been able to prove that my John L. Hairston is the son of Hugh Brown Hairston and neither did Ed or Vic. However, more than 50 Public Member trees at Ancestry.com say that it is so. J
If John L. Hairston is the son of Hugh Brown Hairston, his grandfather is also John L. Hairston. John L. would have had several cousins and an uncle named John; at least one was John L.
So, if I were one of the panelists on that game show, here are ten questions that I would ask the contestants.
1. Who were your parents?
2. Was your son Phillip A. Hairston (and what was Phillip's middle name)?
3. Who were your wives?
4. Was one of your wives Native American?
5. Were you the John L. Hairston who received land in the Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832? Or, was that your grandfather?
6. Were you the Lewis Hairston who was arrested, in Butts County, with James M. Hairston (son of Hugh B. Hairston) for gambling in the dance house in 1831?
7. What became of your children?
8. Was anyone hurt in the house fire in 1870?
9. When and where did your parents die?
10. Who was the James Hairston who died, at age 36, in Falls County in 1905?
I have more questions and some, including many of the above, can never be answered. On a positive note, autosomal DNA results and some new clues found by browsing tax records at FamilySearch.org lead me to believe that I should continue looking at the Hugh Brown Hairston family.
Meanwhile, will Diana's real great-great-grandfather please stand up? OR, at least stand out!
Ancestry.com. Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery, 1832 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.
Georgia. Inferior Court (Butts County). Inferior court minutes 1826-1850, Butts County, Georgia. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958. Microfilm.
"Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21745-68357-35?cc=1919687&wc=MMYG-KNQ:n1410068766 : accessed 24 Dec 2013), Hinds > County tax rolls 1831-1848, Box 3655 > image 286 of 319.
Hairston, James, Report of Death no. 26188 (1905), County Clerk, Texas, Falls County.
Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History. 1998. Print.
"Texas Items." Galveston Tri-Weekly News. 13 Apr. 1870, 97 ed.: 1. GenealogyBank.com.
Year: 1850; Census Place: Hinds, Mississippi; Roll: M432_372; Page: 165A; Image: 336.
Year: 1860; Census Place: Hinds, Mississippi; Roll: M653_582; Page: 674; Image: 206; Family History Library Film: 803582.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Fort Deposit, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: 20; Family History Film: 1254020; Page: 117A; Enumeration District: 106; Image: 0536.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Falls, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 190B; Enumeration District: 038.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
|Whit Criswell Bryan standing in front of the Mobile Naval Hospital|
Number 2 in 1942.
My father, Whit Criswell Bryan was assigned to the U.S. Naval Mobile Hospital No. 2 on December 1, 1941.
The hospital, which had arrived at Pearl Harbor in crates on November 26, 1941, was assembled by medial staff in sugar cane fields overlooking the harbor. Much of it was still in crates when the attack occurred on December 7.
Dad told me that only the sleeping quarters for those assigned to the mobile hospital had been completed and that while patients slept in the quarters, corpsmen and other personnel slept in trenches.
Last witnesses | Memories of Pearl Harbor attack. (n.d.). HamptonRoads.com: Entertainment and Guides for Hampton Roads, Va.. Retrieved December 6, 2013, from http://hamptonroads.com/2011/11/last-witnesses-memories-pearl-harbor-attack
Pearl Harbor Navy Medical Activities. (n.d.). Pearl Harbor Navy Medical Activities. Retrieved December 6, 2013, from http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq66-5.htm
Photographs and newspaper clippings from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
Monday, November 25, 2013
|William Joseph Quinn|
William Joseph Quinn, my husband's grandfather joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914. Click here to see in my nine posts beginning November 6, 2011 that describe his service in the Irish Volunteers.
"Ceremonies mark 100th anniversary of the Irish Volunteers." Irish Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. <http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ceremonies-mark-100th-anniversary-of-the-irish-volunteers-1.1605783>.
"Irish Genealogy News: Military Archives marks founding of Irish Volunteers." Irish Genealogy News: Military Archives marks founding of Irish Volunteers. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. <http://irish-genealogy-news.blogspot.com/2013/11/military-archives-marks-founding-of.html#sthash.ktboFDgX.dpuf>.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|Courtesy of Michael Mann, Quincy, IL|
Ancestry.com. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original records.
Edmonson County Marriages (n.d.). Edmonson County Marriages. Retrieved November 23, 2013, from http://www.kygenweb.org/edmonson/marriages/bd.html
Find A Grave (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2013, from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1620743
Illinois State Archives. (n.d.). Retrieved November 23, 2013, from http://www.ilsos.gov/isaveterans/soldSailSearch.do
Year: 1870; Census Place: Hardinsburg, Breckinridge, Kentucky; Roll: M593_450; Page: 88B; Image: 180; Family History Library Film: 545949.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Cloverport, Breckinridge, Kentucky; Roll: 405; Family History Film: 1254405; Page: 47D; Enumeration District: 020; Image: 0200.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: 412; Family History Film: 1254412; Page: 569C; Enumeration District: 042.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Coldbrook, Warren, Illinois; Roll: 350; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1240350.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Rocky Hill Station, Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: 518; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1240518.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois; Roll: T624_299; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0148; FHL microfilm: 1374312.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Parker, Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374482.
Friday, November 22, 2013
|The Grave Site of John F. Kennedy - 1966|
The photograph of the president's first grave site was taken with my "World's Fair" camera in the summer of 1966.
This initial grave site was 20 feet by 30 feet and was surrounded by a white picket fence. After more than 16 million visitors to Kennedy's grave site in three years, it was determined that a larger plot was needed. To honor the memory of the president, 3.2 acres were set aside for the grave area and accommodations for the visiting public.
|Taken in 2009 by Jesse Thorstad|
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Gravesite. (n.d.). Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/visitorinformation/monumentmemorials/jfk.aspx
Kennedy gravesite. (2013, November 19). Flickr. Retrieved November 22, 2013, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/45716980@N00/3207402012/in/photolist-5TqLSG-5UPseG-67j5Bc-6qWXie-6SU7GH-72DA3v-7rBdRT-7rBebM-7rBevx-8ARcu8-8q4xY2-bVzzCQ-8ZiAJf-7y9h2r-8TixvF-8YkW42-fup2fY-bw346B-9GbjiW-8WCqiY-dQZg7a-8tXSyb-8tXSww-8tXSzo-8pNCR3-9jNAXU-9jNAps-9jNAHo-9Ltff3-9LqfT6-eqqaYF-eCHDjb-7BL5Wb-81hXy6-egKtgX-egKrxD-dAtQK9-8rgkoQ-eR3bib-dXkpbs-aaRitc-aTXytD-ftS6c2
Friday, November 15, 2013
|Harriet Louisa Albritton Bryan 1836 - 1909|
Last week, my distant cousin Jane sent me this copy of a tintype in her family's collection. There are no identifying marks; however, I have no doubt that this picture, which has to be over 100 years old, is another of Harriet Louisa Albritton Bryan, my great-grandmother.
Thank you, Jane, for sharing!
Photograph used with permission. From the collection of Jane F. Aebersold.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
You can find so much more than names and dates when reading ship manifests at Ellis Island. org. While looking for my husband's Murray family, I found physical descriptions, addresses, family names and relationships.
Ellis Island Museum Photo taken by Diana Quinn (2003).
Monday, November 11, 2013
|Veterans Day Poster Gallery - 2013 Poster|
David Crockett Giddens, CSA (POW) - Civil War*
James Thomas Giddens, CSA - Civil War*
Henry Clay Giddens, CSA - Civil War*
John William Giddens, CSA - Civil War*
Friday, November 8, 2013
Photograph used with permission. From the collection of Jane F. Aebersold.
Friday, October 25, 2013
|Front - Nancy and Mary Lou|
Back - Doris and Madelyn
|Madelyn, Mary Lou, and Doris|
Fall October 1950
|Mary Lou, Nancy, and Madelyn - Fall 1950|
Friday, October 18, 2013
This is another picture that belonged to my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. The date on the back is 1917.
Pictured in the back are, Elizabeth Giddens James (sister of my grandmother), Louis Miller James (husband of Elizabeth), and Lucy Glynn Giddens (mother of Edith and Elizabeth).
In the front row are William H. House, Evan Thomas James, and Martha S. House. Evan Thomas James is the father of Louis Miller James. He was first married to Susanna Miller (mother of Louis) and after her death, married Mary House. William and Martha House were Mary's parents. Mary House James died in 1915.
Evan Thomas James is holding his granddaughter, Dorothy Elizabeth James who was born on September 14, 1917 in New Jersey.
"Ancestry.com." Family Trees - Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2013. <http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20196807/family>
Friday, October 11, 2013
|Identified on the back as Amos Smith, Mr. Datesman,|
Mr. Green, Donald Eynon, Kathryn Seigfried, Mr. S. Parks (Principal),
Mr. McCune, Eward J. Fox Jr., Billy Carhart