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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #48 and #49 Infants, Redic E. Bryan, Jr. and Redic E. Bryan

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My grandparents, Myrtie Hairston and Redic Eli Bryan, had two baby boys who died in infancy. 

Redic Eli Bryan Jr. was born on April 8, 1913 and died on April 30. He was 22 days old. 

In 1913, the Bryan family was living in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas. This birth announcement was found in the Baylor County Banner. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Bryan are the happy parents of a new big bouncing  boy since Tuesday.  The youngster is a lively fellow and lets his wants be known. 
Baylor County Banner - April 11, 1913

Myrtie Hairston Bryan belonged to
a Woodmen of the World women's
auxiliary group - a Supreme Forest
Woodmen Circle. Her circle was
the Daphne Grove No. 323.
Redic E., Jr. died of whooping cough. Other Bryan children, Marie, DeRay, Buster, and Willia Mae, some of who also had whooping cough, were staying with grandparents, Phillip and Lodema Hairston, in Levelview while the baby was ill. The following two mentions were found in the Baylor County Banner under Levelview community news. 

Dr. Bunkley was called out Sunday to see little Willie Mae Bryan who had gotten hold of some medicine and ate it, but she failed to swallow it and never hurt her so very much. April 18, 1913

R. E. Bryan came out last week to see about his children who are staying with their grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Hairston while they have the whooping cough. May 2, 1913

Redic Bryan was the tax assessor in Baylor County during this time and this was written in the Baylor County Banner on April 25, Assessor R. E. Bryan requests everybody to render their taxes by May 1.  He has been unable to get out much lately on account of a sick baby. 

Redic Eli Bryan, Jr. died on April 30, 1913. He had been sick for 14 days. His obituary was found in the Bryan family bible.  A Card of Thanks was published in the May 2, 1913 issue of the Baylor County Banner and is transcribed below. 

Card of Thanks 

We want to express in the strongest possible terms our heartfelt appreciation of the very great kindness of our friends and neighbors who were so helpful, solicitous and sympathizing upon the occasion of the death of our little boy.  We thank Dr. Bunkley, also, for his faithful service.  May the God of all good reward you in ways that we cannot  Sincerely, R. E. Bryan, wife and children. 

A Postmortem Photograph
Myrtie Hairston Bryan
Redic E. Bryan, age 3 months
December 1916
Redic E. Bryan, also seen as R. E. Bryan, was born at the end of end of September in 1916.  This announcement of his birth was found in the Baylor County Banner on September 28, 1916. 

Visits of the stork have become almost an epidemic in this part of the country. On one of them last week, a big boy was left at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Bryan. He is strictly one of the family by this time.

No mention of the baby is seen again in the 1916 issues of the Banner. 

Redic E. Bryan died on December 31, 1916 at age three months. According to funeral home records, he is buried in the Woodman of the World Cemetery in Seymour. 


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Sources Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Postmortem photograph from the collection of Carla Noah Stutsman. Used with permission.

Quinn, Diana. "Baylor County Banner1913." Baylor County Banner1913. 22 Jan. 2007. Web. 24 Dec. 2014. <>.

Quinn, Diana. "Baylor County Banner1916." Baylor County Banner1916. 15 July 2009. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

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