Terrell's son, Redic E. Bryan was not a Mason so is not pictured in the photos. It is unknown if any son-in-laws, grandchildren, or other relatives are in the photos.
I know very little about Masonic history or procedures, but did find information about Masonic Burial Services that detailed the expected dress of Masons at a service. Each Mason was expected to wear his apron, a suit, hat, white gloves, and a piece of evergreen should be pinned on the left lapel of his suit jacket. The Master of the Lodge stands at the head of the casket. The Holy Bible, Square and Compasses should be covered with crepe.
This photo of Terrell's cemetery marker was taken during a visit in April 2003. The source of the flag is unknown. However, on that day, all service member's graves were marked by either Confederate or American flags.
Terrell Bryan, belonged to a Woodmen of the World Lodge, also referred to as a Woodmen Camp, in Stephenville, Texas. His cemetery marker resembles a tree trunk and encircled on the emblem are the words Woodmen of the World.
Note: On the cemetery marker, the funeral notice, and obituary, Terrell's birth year is 1837. His death certificate also gave a birth year of 1837. The informant was a grandson, McNeil Wylie. However, both Terrell Bryan's family bible and his father's family bible give Terrell a birth year of 1836.
|Card of Thanks found in Terrell Bryan's Bible|
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
Funeral photo from the collection of Richard Warner. Used with permission.
"Masonic Burial Servic." Masonic Official Monitor Texas: Masonic Burial Service. Web. 28 Mar. 2015.