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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday's Photo: Eddye Kathryn Keith, Another Photo Mystery Solved

This photo has had me guessing for 15 years. It was one of many unlabeled photos sent to me by my cousin, Jackie.  After looking at children in my Bryan family tree, I narrowed it to my aunts, Marie and DeRay, or their cousins, the daughters of Laura Louise Bryan Keith, Laura Louise and Eddye Katheryn Keith. 

The girls really didn't look like other photos of Marie and DeRay and I didn't have known photos of the Keith girls . . . until September. 

While looking at the files of Marguerite Cook Clark, I found this photo and immediately recognized her as one of the girl's in my photo. On the back is written 

Eddye Katheryn Keith 
Age 7 months  
Stephenville, Texas
Daughter of Laura Keith nee Bryan
November 8, 1903

Eddye Kathryn was the second of three children born to Laura Louise Bryan and William Harve Keith.  The first daughter, unnamed, was born and died in 1900. She is buried next to her mother in West End Cemetery, Stephenville, Texas. 

Kathryn appears to have been born in 1903. Her younger sister, Laura Louise was born in 1905, and their mother, my grandfather's youngest sister, passed away from complications related to typhoid in 1908. 

The girls were living with Keith family members in 1910 and 1920. Kathryn married Wayne Merrill Chandler on June 21, 1922 at the Keith home.

The two girls in the photo are most likely Kathryn and Louise Keith. Another photo mystery is solved; however, now I have additional questions. 

Kathryn is said to have died in Colorado in 1925 and is buried in West End Cemetery in Stephenville. Her sister, Laura Louise may have lived in Colorado along with Kathryn. Why was Kathryn in Colorado and how did she die? 


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Sources U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014 and September 14, 2014. Used with permission.

The Dublin Progress and Telephone (Dublin, Tex.), Vol. 35TH YEAR, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, June 30, 1922, Newspaper, June 30, 1922; ( : accessed February 13, 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Dublin Public Library, Dublin, Texas.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Stephenville Ward 3, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0017; FHL microfilm: 1375563.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Stephenville, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 121.

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