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Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday's Photo: Josie Bryan Cook and William B. Trott Saved Our Family History

Josie Sarah Catherine Bryan Cook - 1856 to 1941
William Bryan Trott - 1905 to 1985

Josie Bryan Cook saved numerous family documents, letters, and photos related to my Bryan family in a scrapbook. William Bryan Trott, her grandson, took care of the scrapbook and shared as well. Newspaper clippings, photos, and especially family letters told the story of my family and others in Bienville Parish, Louisiana during the 1800s. 

William Trott passed away in 1985 and the location of the scrapbook is unknown. However, copies of scrapbook items are found in library vertical files, other researchers' collections, and in the Wimberly Family History compiled by Vera Meek Wimberly. 

Vera Wimberly only published 300 copies of the book and I was lucky to find one on eBay. Many bits of history, letters, and newspaper clippings from Josie's scrapbook are found in the book. The book is now available at To view a digital version of this item click here.

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Family photographs and documents from the Frye Family collection. Accessed June 6, 2016. Used with permission.

Wimberly, Vera. Wimberly Family History: Ancestors, Relatives, and Descendants of William Wimberly, Pioneer from Georgia to Louisiana, 1837. Houston, Tex.: D. Armstrong, 1979. Print. 

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