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Sunday, January 5, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #1 Johnie Myrtlene "Myrtie" Hairston

No Story Too Small
Taken in the early 1890s
Today, I read Amy Crow's Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks at her blog No Story Too Small.  The challenge is to have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. I am up for the challenge. For each of the 52 Sunday's in 2014, I will be posting information about ancestors from my Hairston family tree. 

My first Hairston ancestor is my grandmother, Johnie Myrtlene "Myrtie" Hairston. I never knew my grandmother or Redic E. Bryan, my grandfather. Myrtie died 28 years before I was born. I found a lot in her obituary and am quite lucky to have several photos.   Note her year of birth is incorrect. She was born July 9, 1880. 

For more about Myrtie see the blog posts listed below. 

Friday's Photo: A Family Portrait (a photo of Myrtie and her parents)

Friday's Photo: A New Photo of My Grandmother

Friday's Photo: A Baby's Death

Family Photos: The House in Seymour – Part III  (My father with my grandmother)

Old Newspapers (a wedding photo)

Forgotten Family – Part VI: The Painting (a painting of Myrtie)


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  1. They don't write obituaries like that anymore - such a pity!

    1. Yes, this gave me a nice picture of my grandmother.