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Thursday, July 7, 2016

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Alice Belle Cook Neal

This is one of two obituaries that I have for Alice Belle Cook Neal.
The other is smaller  and not legible. I will make a better copy to post the
next time I visit the Marguerite Cook Clark collection. 

Alice Wimberly Bryan , wife of James Bryan, and Alice Belle Cook Neal
Photo from the Marguerite Cook Clark collection
This photo was labeled "Lizzie and Belle Cook." Should I assume that Lizzie was Belle's sister, Mary Elizabeth? Photo from the Frye Family collection

This photo was labeled "Aunt Belle Neal"     Photo from the Frye Family collection

This post, with the obituary, has been sitting in my "to post" list for more than a year.  I didn't know much about Alice Belle Cook Neal until I had the opportunity to visit Frye/Bryan family cousins last month. They shared much about Alice Belle and her family. AND, they had pictures to share as well. 

Alice Belle Cook was born to Joseph W. Cook and Josie Sarah Catherine Bryan on July 13, 1878 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Her mother, Josie, was the biological daughter of Joseph Bryan and Sarah Wimberly and the adopted daughter of James Bryan (brother to Joseph) and Alice Wimberly (sister to Sarah). "Allie Belle" had four siblings; Lula Laura Cook, Karl Franklin Cook, Mary Elizabeth Cook, and James Bryan Cook. 

Alice Belle Cook married Thomas W. Neal on Dec. 23, 1900 in Bienville Parish and they had children Priscilla Neal, James Bryan Neal, Simeon Thomas Neal, and Josie Catherine Neal. She died on January 12, 1959 and is buried in Old Castor Cemetery. 

There will be additional posts about this Bryan-Cook-Neal family soon. 

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BowmanFrye. "Frye Family Tree." Family View - Web. 7 Jul. 2016. <>.

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

Family photographs and documents from the Frye Family collection. Accessed June 6, 2916. Used with permission.

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