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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Louisa Marion Regan Gregg Brice

One of four pages copied from the Regan Family Bible - location unknown.
Note that "Births" was written over the preprinted "Marriages." Louisa's
birth is recorded on this page. An old transcription shows her name as Louise;
however, all other records show her name as Louisa. 

This post was decided when I saw a Facebook post of the Brice Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Louisa is buried in this cemetery; however, in the cemetery transcription, her maiden name is said to be Davis. I checked numerous family trees on the Internet and found Davis was often recorded as her maiden name as well.  Wanting to clear this up, I knew that I needed to write a post about Louisa. 

Louisa Marion Regan was the second child born to John Regan and Martha Davis. She was a grandchild of my great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Regan Bryan, and her first husband, Joseph Regan. Three of four census records indicate that Louisa was born in Louisiana. It is said that Reddick Bryan and his wife Elizabeth came from Georgia to Louisiana with most of their family in the fall of 1838. 

Deed records show the John Regan family living in Bossier Parish in the late 1850s until at least 1860. The bible transcription and a compilation of Louisiana marriage records by Jordan Dodd indicate that Louisa Regan married John J. Gregg in Bossier Parish on February 17, 1857 (Oddly, a second marriage date of July 2, 1857 is also found in this publication). 

John J. Gregg and Louisa M. Gregg were recorded on the 1860 census in Bossier Parish along with a one year old child, John J. Gregg. It is assumed this child died at an early age as he was not found in records after this time. 

Another child, Lilla May Gregg was born in 1863. Lilla married W. L. Gilmer. She died on March 2, 1902 and is said to be buried in the Gilmer Cemetery in Webster Parish. This is also the burial place of her grandfather, John Gregg, who died in 1853. 

Bossier Banner - September 1866
John J. Gregg enlisted in Company C, Louisiana 6th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. He was on a list of soldiers paroled at Shreveport in June 1865, but lived only a little more than a year following as Louisa M. Gregg was applying to be the administratrix of the succession of his estate in September 1866. 

By 1870, Louisa was the wife of Columbus C. Brice and living in Bienville Parish with his children from his marriage to Francis A. Simpson along with her daughter, Lilla. 

Louisa and Columbus had children Samuel Regan Brice, William Clarence Brice, Thomas Glover Brice, T. Bryan Brice, Ambrose Brice, and Hattie Brice. Death records were found for four of these children; all recorded with Regan as their mother's maiden name. 

Louisa died on July 19, 1908 and is buried in Brice Cemetery in Bienville Parish along with her husband and many family members. 

Louisa's mother, Martha Ann E. Davis was buried in
the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish
We know that Louisa's maiden name was Regan and nothing I found when researching indicated that Louisa ever had the name Davis. Her mother was a Davis, a cousin married a Davis, and in Bossier Parish there was a Louisa Davis who was married to a John J. Davis.  All could have caused some confusion. But, I could be wrong - Louisa could have married a Davis prior to John J. Gregg or before Columbus Brice. Does anyone have documentation? 


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Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal; Census Place: Bossier, Louisiana; Roll: M653_408; Page: 718; Image: 277; Family History Library Film: 803408. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal; Census Place: Ward 1, Bienville, Louisiana; Roll: M593. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal; Census Place: 1st Ward, Bienville, Louisiana; Roll: 448; Family History Film: 1254448; Page: 540C; Enumeration District: 006. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 1, Bienville, Louisiana; Roll: T623_558; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 1. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

The Bossier Banner. (Bossier Parish, LA), Newspaper, September 29, 1866; microfilm. Accessed July 2007. 

"Brice Cemetery, Bienville Parish Cemeteries of LA Gloria B. Mayfield." Brice Cemetery, Bienville Parish Cemeteries of LA Gloria B. Mayfield. Web. 24 Jul. 2016. <http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Louisiana/Bienville/cemetery/Brice.htm>.

Dame, Debra Walker. 2001. Gilmer Cemetery, Webster Parish, LA. Web. 24 Jul. 2016. <http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/bossier/cemeteries/gilmercem.tx>

Dodd, Jordan R., comp. Louisiana Marriage Records, 1851-1900. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

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

"Hettie Brice Pratt in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007." Web. 24 Jul. 2016. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=6012161&db=numident&indiv=1>.

"Louisiana Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FS19-KT1 : 12 December 2014), Samuel Ragan Brice, 14 Jan 1951; citing Arcadia, Bienville, Louisiana, certificate number 0083, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 1,418,605.

"Louisiana Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FS1Z-THH : 12 December 2014), Thomas Glover Brice, 05 May 1934; citing Arcadia, Bienville, Louisiana, certificate number 5001, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 2,113,573.

"Louisiana Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3QD-XV4 : 12 December 2014), William Clarence Brice, 23 Aug 1923; citing Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana, certificate number 8799, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 2,367,332.

"Soldier Details - The Civil War (U.S. National Park Service)." Soldier Details - The Civil War (U.S. National Park Service). N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jul. 2016. <https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=E67108A3-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A>.


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