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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday's Photo: A Tintype From Bienville Parish

This started out as a very simple post. An unknown young boy. A tintype. A fringed chair. Maybe someone else has the photo and just maybe it can be identified. 

A fringed chair gives the photo a date of about 1860. But, then I remembered another photo in Marguerite Cook Clark's collection with a fringed chair.  Alice Wimberly Bryan might be sitting in a chair similar to the low fringed chair in the tintype. 

That led to the very poor copy of these photos said to have come from the scrapbook of Josie Bryan Cook.  This is the family of James Bryan and Alice Mary Wimberly Bryan. The children, Josie Bryan and John T. Bryan were adopted. Their biological parents were the siblings of James and Alice - Joseph B. Bryan and Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan. 

The photos of James and Alice in the above very poor copy appear to the same as the photos below. 

And, this photo below may match the photo of Josie in the poor black and white copy. 

The fringe in the original tintype and Josie's photo is similar. 

So is the boy in the tintype a young John Terrell Bryan? I think there is a chance, but would love to see a better copy of the photos in Josie Bryan Cook's scrapbook. In the late 1970s, William Trott had possession of the scrapbook. It contained photos and many old letters and documents. Does anyone know where I might find this scrapbook? 

John Terrell Bryan - Left
Unknown young boy - Right

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

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to share some of my Bienville Parish photos. It is my mother and her immediate family.