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Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday's Photo: Thomas "Tom" Corley and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cook

I am grateful to all of those who shared family photos and documents. When I began my research, I knew almost nothing about my family - not even family names. Those who shared helped me learn far more than I ever expected.

Today's photos were shared by families who don't know each other, live in different states, but are all descendants of my great-great-grandparents, Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan, who settled in Bienville Parish, Louisiana in 1838. 

These photos appear to have been taken on the same day. It is assumed to be the couple's wedding day, March 8, 1904 in Ringgold, Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

Both Tom and Lizzie were born in Ringgold and both remained in Ringgold until their deaths. 

Lizzie was the daughter of Josie S. C. Bryan and Joseph W. Cook. Tom was the son of Hiram L. Corley and Sarah E. Knighton. 

Lizzie and Tom had three children; Alice Maude Corley, Joe Knighton Corley, and Hiram Lockhart Corley. 

Lizzie died at age 39 on June 6, 1920. Tom died much later on March 8, 1974. Both are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Ringgold. 

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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, 2016. Used with permission.

Warke, D. "Elizabeth May "Lizzie" Cook - Facts." Web. 1 Oct. 2016. <>.

Warke, D. "Thomas Hiram "Tom" Corley - Facts." Web. 1 Oct. 2016. <>.

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