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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Uncle Married David Vernoy Land

David Vernoy "Wanda" Land

My father's brother has always been difficult to find when researching. Hairston Albritton Bryan also known as Buster has been found in records as H. B. Bryan, H. A. Bryan, Harry Bryan, or Buster Bryan.  I didn't expect finding his wife, Wanda Land, to be so difficult. I could not find her in any early records until I realized Wanda and Vernoy Land who first married Rufus Dorman in Oklahoma (August 10, 1918) were one in the same. 

Wanda, or should I say Vernoy, was the youngest daughter of David Vernoy Land and Mary Ann Laney. She was born in Oklahoma and named David Vernoy Land after her father. Her named appeared as Vernoy on the 1910 and 1920 census records as well as on her marriage record to Rufus Dorman. 

David Vernoy Dorman wife was found on this
Registration Card. 
It was Rufus Dorman's draft registration for WWI that revealed her full name to be David Vernoy Land. 

Rufus and Wanda had son, Melvin Randall Dorman in 1920. Wanda and her son moved to Hobbs County, New Mexico around 1925. In 1930, Rufus has a new wife and Wanda and her son cannot be found on that year's census. 

Wanda and Buster marry in Odessa, Texas in 1935. The 1940 census indicates they lived in Hobbs, Lea County in 1935, but by 1940 Wanda, Buster, and Melvin Randall were living and working in Seminole, Gains County, Texas. 

Buster died in 1941 after an oil rig accident. Wanda and her son moved back to New Mexico where she had family. 

Wanda's name appeared on a marriage license in 1954 to Hubert James Reed as David Vernoy Wanda Bryan in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. In 1964, Wanda Sagely was listed as attending her grandson's funeral. She was also Wanda Sagely in 1985 when mentioned in her son's obituary. Between those years D. V. Sagely was found in Hobbs newspapers as having sold land or having a tax refund. 

Wanda was last found in a Hobbs newspaper as being admitted to the hospital on September 19, 1985. No record of her death has been located. 

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"David V. Sagely." Hobbs Daily sun. Hobbs, NM., 9 Dec 1973. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. <>.

"David Vernoy Wanda Bryan in the Web: Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Marriage Index, 1888-2011.", 1954. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. <>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

"Hospital Report."  Hobbs Flair. Hobbs, NM. 19 Sept 1985. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. <>

"Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Rufus Dorman and Vernoy Land, 1918.

Quinn, Diana B. "Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #6 Hairston Albritton Bryan." 9 Feb 2014. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. <>

"U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for Rufus Melvon Dorman." 1918. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. <>.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Rush Springs, Grady, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1461; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 187; Image: 1050.

Year: 1940; Census Place: Seminole, Gaines, Texas; Roll: T627_4036; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 83-8.

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