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Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday's Photo: Georgia Ann Frances Bryan - Another photo and more of her story.

Georgia Ann Frances Pittman Wimberly
Picture Courtsey of Mary V. Smith
Do you have an original copy of this photo?
 Last week I posted a picture of young  Georgia Ann Francies "Fannie" Bryan and earlier this week, I posted a letter that Fannie wrote in 1862.

I assume that Fannie lived with or near her family in 1862. Her husband, four of her brothers, and three nephews were in the Army.  Her three nephews died in the War and her brothers returned, but her husband, James S. Pittman, died on the battlefield in Tennessee late in 1863. 

Reddick Bryan, Fannie's father, died on January 12, 1864 and family letters indicate that she had a baby who must also have died as there is no record of the baby beyond the letter written in 1862. 

On November 19, 1867, in Bienville Parish, Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman married Ezekiel S. Wimberly, a widower with three children; James, Martha, and Thomas.

In 1900, Fannie, a widow, was living with the John L. and Alice M. Wimberly family of Bienville Parish.  Alice was the daughter of Joseph B. Bryan, Fannie’s brother. 

Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly died in 1908 at age 68.  She is buried in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish next to her father, Reddick Bryan.

This is not all of Fannie’s story.  I am sure that there is more.  In the next few weeks, I will be looking for probate records for Fannie and both husbands. And, I have been told that there are more letters to find. 


Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman, Bienville Parish, Louisiana  to Span and Julius Leurany "Lou" Speight Ragan , Lee County, Georgia,  letter, 5 February 1862; original or photostat in the possession of Span Ragan descendant William Ragan, who supplied a digital copy to the author. 

1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

 Cutrer,  Thomas W. (Editor) and Parrish, T. Michael  (Editor).  Brothers In Gray: The Civil War Letters Of The Pierson Family. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1997).

Wimberly, Vera Meek. Wimberly Family History: Ancestors, relatives and descendants of William Wimberly, pioneer from Georgia to Louisiana, 1837. (Houston, Texas: D. Armstrong Co., c1979).


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