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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday's Photo: A Young Doris Staubach

Doris Staubach Quinn
1929 - 2012


Last night, while looking for a photo to post, I saw this photo that once belonged to my mother-in-law.  Doris, who pretty consistently labeled her photos, did not label this one. There's only a little scribble on the front. When enlarged, I could clearly see an arrow and the letters ME. Doris was telling us that was her in the photo. It is the earliest photo I have seen of Doris. I would guess 1931. She was a little older in the photo on the right. Doris was born on July 21, 1929 and would have been 88 years old today. 


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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tracing the Hairstons

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Princess Hairston, a film editor and director, about my Hairston research. She has been working on the documentary, Tracing the Hairstons, a three-part series about the history of the Hairston Family.

Myrtie Hairston - 1880 to 1927

My grandmother was Johnie Myrtlene "Myrtie" Hairston, born in Falls County, Texas, July 9, 1880.  Her father was Phillip A. Hairston and his father was John L. Hairston. John L. was born in South Carolina and I believe, but haven't yet proven, his father was Hugh Brown Hairston. 

Most Hairston genealogical research focuses on the Hairston family who was known to have numerous plantations and was one of the largest slave-holding families in the history of America. 


Those were not my Hairstons. Although I am sure my Hairstons are connected, my known Hairstons were poor, moved often, and left very little documentation about their lives. 


Tracing the Hairstons will be an interesting documentary. The film's Facebook page can be seen by clicking here.  Visit the Seed & Spark funding page to learn more, support, and/or donate.  

This photo was used on the funding page for Tracing the Hairstons. Click here to see this photo and other Hairston photos. 

This is a photo of the grandchildren of Permelia Hairston Noah and Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson. It can be seen, along with an enlargement and the names of the children at  5
2 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #38 Jessie Mae Thompson Hicks




























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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday's Photo: Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg and Another Family Story

This limestone capital building was completed in 1888. With it's Goddess of Liberty, the
Texas State Capitol Building is 14 feet taller  than the United States capitol building.
Click here to see and read more about the Texas capitol building. 

I had the opportunity to visit Austin, Texas in May and while visiting, spent a morning at the beautiful state capital building. Inside the rotunda, portraits of Texas governors line the walls of the first floor and spiral up all the way to the fourth floor where the portraits of the presidents of the Republic can be found. There I found the portrait of Governor James Stephen Hogg, governor of Texas from January 20, 1891 to January 15, 1895.

Dad once said we were related to Governor Hogg, but he didn't know the connection. In 2000, while reviewing the Hairston family research of Carl Forrest Greenway, I found a letter Mr. Greenway wrote, in 1963, to Miss Ima Hogg of Houston, Texas. Miss Hogg was the daughter of Governor James Stephen Hogg. She was a well educated philanthropist and community leader.

From the letter, written by Mr. Greenway, I could see it was in response to an inquiry from Miss Hogg. It appears she was trying to find a Hairston connection to her Hogg family. Mr. Greenway wasn't able to answer her question, but gave some possibilities. 

I have not connected my Hairston family to the Hogg family, but suspect there is a very distant connection. I seem to find some truth in most family stories. 



James Stephan Hogg
1851-1906

To learn more about Governor Hogg and Miss Ima Hogg check out the links below. 

If you would like a copy of the letter by Carl Forrest Greenway, comment below or comment to this link on my Facebook page

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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Greenway, Carl (New York, New York) to "Dear Miss Hogg" [Miss Ima Hogg]. Letter. 23 July 1963. Greenway Miscellany [Manuscript]. New York Public Library, NYC, NY.

Ima Hogg.  Retrieved June 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg

Jim Hogg. Retrieved June 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hogg

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday's Photo: Sisters

Sisters 1948

My mother and her sister have been together this birthday week. They are only a few days less than a year apart. This week, Mom celebrates 85 while her sister celebrates 84. Here are a few more "sister" photos to enjoy. 


Sisters 1937

Sisters 1935
Sisters with their father, Claude 1939


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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Honoring the Father's in My Family Tree


Happy Father's Day to my husband - pictured
with his father William Joseph Quinn 1930-2005



My father, Whit Criswell Bryan 
1920 - 2001



Happy Father's Day to my brother, Rick. 



Happy Father's Day to my nephew, Nick.


My grandfather, Claude Louis Davis
1893-1967



My Grandfather, Redic Eli Bryan
1870 - 1929

My great-grandfather, Charles Allen Giddens
1865-1958

My great-grandfather, Phillip A. Hairston
1852-1917

My great-grandfather, Terrell Bryan
1836-1920


My great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan
1793-1864



My great-great grandfather, William Moore Criswell
1822-1881


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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday's Photo: Another Postcard From Seymour, Texas


I have mentioned Seymour School in previous blogs. My father and his older siblings attended this school and my Aunt DeRay Bryan taught at the school for a year or two. 

The three story rock building was completed in 1902. It had 12 classrooms, two offices, and an auditorium. 

Postmarked November 25, 1910 in Seymour, Texas, this postcard was addressed to
Myrtle Cloud, 409 E. 2nd, Austin, Texas
Dear Aunt Myrtle
I was glad to hear from you. Otis and Warren are sick. But Warren is better.
Love to all From Lois

Lois was easy to find. 1910 was a census year and there was one family in Seymour, Texas with children Lois, Warren, and Otis.  The children's father was Otis E. Carter, a clergyman. Virginia E. Carter was his second wife and the stepmother to his children. Otis and Virginia were married in 1908. Her sister was Myrtle Cloud of Austin, Texas. The children's mother was Alice Doman who passed away on March 9, 1907. 

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Sources

Alice Doman Carter (1877 - 1907) - Find A Grave Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jun. 2017. <https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63461232&ref=acom>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Shook, L. B. The Abilene Reporter. (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 36, Ed. 1 Friday, September 8, 1899, newspaper, September 8, 1899;
(https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth331124/m1/3/: accessed June 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal

to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; 

The Portal to Texas History. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jun. 2017. <https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth429414/m1/46/?q=%22seymour%20school%22>.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday's Photo: The Wedding of Oscar Giddens and Florence Muir

Left to right: Two Shook sisters (neighbors), James Muir, another Shook sister,
Florence Muir, Florence Muir (bride) Russell Muir, Mildred Muir (Russell's wife),
Oscar Giddens, Minnie 
Muir, boys in front - Linwood and Lester Muir

Hartford Courant - July 15, 1919
Found at Newspapers.com
Thank you to my second-cousin-one time-removed for sharing this photo on Facebook. Oscar Giddens was the much younger half-brother of my great-grandfather, Charles Giddens. 

This photo was taken on July 15, 1919. The next year, Oscar and his wife are found living with his wife's family at 58 Ranney Street. The Shook family lived nearby on Main Street and bridesmaid, Mildred Gressler Baumbergin, lived with her new husband in her parents home on Woodbridge Avenue. 



1920 Census - James A. Muir Family

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Sources

Family photograph from the collection of Laura Walling.  Used with permission.

Giddens-Muir. Newspapers.com. Hartford Courant,15 July 1919. Web. 9 Jun. 2017. <https://www.newspapers.com/clip/11548493/oscar_giddens_florence_muir_marriage/>

"Oscar L Giddens in the 1920 United States Federal Census."Ancestry.com, 12 Jan 1920. Web. 9 Jun. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6061&h=105729187&tid=45260559&pid=410035589859>.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday's Photo: Lucy Giddens and Mrs. Weller

Photo labeled Lucy Giddens and Mrs. Weller 1904.
Click to enlarge.

This photo was in my grandmother's album. Lucy Glynn Giddens was my great-grandmother. In 1904, Lucy and her husband, Charles Giddens were living in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  There were Wellers living in Phillipsburg, but I cannot positively identify this Mrs. Weller. 

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday's Photo: Florence I. Giddens


This photo and the other photos of Florence were
found in my grandmother's album. The photos were
dated 1927.

Arthur and Florence in Phillipsburg.
Arthur was born in 1904 and the son of Peter and
Rose Schwartz Samer.
Two years after Florence's death, Arthur
married Emma Mae Richards.
Arthur died in 1996 at the age of 91.
See his complete obituary at this link. 
Florence I. Giddens was my grandmother's sister. She was born February 21, 1895 to Charles Giddens and Mary Lucy Glynn in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  Florence married Arthur Samer on August 25, 1924 in New York City. Florence and Arthur adopted a daughter, Billie. In 1934, Florence died from complications of strep throat. She is buried in Easton Cemetery next to her mother. 












This telegram was sent to my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis, to inform her about the death of her sister. Arthur Samer requested she contact her mother's sister and niece, Carrie and Anna Alter. 

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Arthur Peter Samer (1904 - 1996) - Find A Grave Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&amp;GRid=43307524&amp;ref=acom>

Arthur Samer in the New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61406&h=9313382&tid=45260559&pid=6887144817>.

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

Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Friday's Photo: Caroline Glynn. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May. 2017. <https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/fridays-photo-caroline-glynn.html>.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday's Photo: Julia Murray Moylan and Her Family





I first posted Julia Murray Moylan's photo in 2012 with very little known information. Baptized, March 25, 1893, Julia Murray was the daughter of James Murray and Celia Linnane in Ballyvelaghan, County Clare, Ireland. The  10th of 11 known children, she was the only child to remain in the Ballyvelaghan area and only one of two to remain in Ireland. 

Julia married Patrick Joseph Moylan. He died in 1956 after a bicycle accident in front of their home. Click here to see his obituary. Julia and Patrick had two children, Patrick and James. 

Son, Patrick, immigrated to the United States and lived with William and Susan Murray Quinn in NYC for a time.  A photo of Patrick and his obituary can be seen at this link

Son, James, lived in South Wales for 30 years before his death in 1987. 

Julia died on November 30, 1988 and is buried in Cillin Graveyard along with her husband and son, James.

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Diana

© 2017

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