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Monday, December 31, 2018

#52ancestors Post #52: The Last One

The writing prompt for #52ancestors during this last week of the year is Resolution. I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions, but I will make a few related to genealogy as I have some definite goals. Here are a few of my goals for 2019. 

#1. Find more information about Mayflower descendant, Peter Reed. I would like to prove my 5th great-grandfather, Benjamin Reed is his father. 

#2. Post more of the information found in Marguerite Cook Clark's wonderful collection. 

#3. Learn more about the siblings of George L. Giddens and the siblings of Mitchell Giddens in hopes of finding more family and family documents or photos. 

I will not be participating in #52ancestors in 2019. I enjoyed #52ancestors when I posted in 2014. Posts involved 52 Hairston ancestors. I learned much and enjoyed the research. 

This year (2018), while following writing prompts, some posts were about family I had not previously pursued (a good thing). Many required out-of-the-box thinking (a good thing). Other posts had very little substance as they needed more thought and research (not so good).  I learned that I did not need the writing prompts to post regularly.  However,  if you need motivation and ideas for posts #52ancesters is an excellent way to start. 

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Friday, December 28, 2018

#52ancestors Post Fifty: Naughty in Seymour Texas

The writing prompt for #52ancestors post fifty was naughty so thought I would relay a story told to me by my father. 

My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was born in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas in 1920. He spent his first nine years living in Baylor County. I have never been able to positively say my grandparents owned the home above. However, the photo was found in the family Bible and I did find information in the Baylor County Banner indicating this may have been a home modified/built by my grandfather, Redic E. Bryan. See my post Family Photos: The House in Seymour – Part II

Dad said his only recollection of the house was sitting on the front porch while trying to open his father's pocket watch at the age of 5 or 6. The watch had belonged to his grandfather, Terrell Bryan. Unable to open it, he used a hammer thus destroying the watch. Dad said there was a pile of wood on the porch and when his father saw the watch, his father picked up a piece of wood and chased my father. The expected paddling didn't happen as his older sisters intervened. 

The watch case was kept in a jar with other odds and ends on
Dad's workbench. I saw the actual watch parts years before
Dad passed away, but don't know what happened to them.
The case was made by 
Fahys Watch Case Company in New York City.
The markings on the inside of the case indicate the silver case was
produced about 1893. 

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Fahys Watch Case Co. - Pocket Watch Case Trademarks. Pocket Watch Database. Web. 28 Dec. 2018. <>

Quinn, Diana Bryan. Family photos and documents. 

#52ancestors Post Thirty-Eight: Unusual Sources

I am trying to finish the writing prompts for #52ancestors (in 52 weeks). There are only 3 days left in the year and I have three posts left. 

I postponed the completion of post-thirty-eight as I had a particular topic in mind to match the writing prompt Unusual Sources; however, the topic will take much research, some letter writing, and too many hours to complete this year. 

My most unusual source and unbelievable find was a photo of a Confederate soldier on Facebook that matched an unidentified Confederate soldier in a photo shared with me. I wrote about that find in 2016 - Friday's Photo: Thanks to Facebook, a Confederate Soldier is Identified.

Until that valuable find, Facebook was not on my go-to list of sources. This find showed me the value of Facebook in my genealogical searches. Now, when searching for a particular person, I always look for their surname on Facebook as there may be Facebook Groups or Facebook Pages devoted to that family. 

I created Facebook Groups for descendants of my Hairston, Bryan, Giddens, and Quinn/Murray families. This is a good way to get other family members interested in family history and also a way to share information.  

Looking for Facebook groups or pages related to a locality is also a great way to learn new information and find others researching your families. You might find a Facebook page for a genealogy society or historical society related to a particular location. 

Cyndi's List has a wealth of good information about using Facebook for Genealogy. 

Check out Katherine R. Wilson's Genealogy on Facebook list. This 300+ page document, containing more than 13,000 links related to genealogy and history, is organized by topic (location, surname, etc.) and has an easy to use clickable table of contents. 

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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.

Photograph of John Lawson Wimberly from the collection of Ken Shively. Used with permission. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

#52ancestors Post Forty-Eight: Next to Last - Bryant Rustus Giddens

This photo was taken between 1910 and 1918. If Mildred and Albert were already married when this photo was taken, the photo would have been taken after the marriage of the
Northcutts in 1917 and prior to the death of Cleo Patra Giddens O'Cain in 1918.
Click on the photos to see a larger version. 

The writing prompt for #52ancestors, post-forty-eight is next to last. Bryant Rustus Giddens was the next to last child of Mitchell Giddens and Letisha Britt of the North Carolina. Bryant Rustus Giddens was probably born in Duplin County. According to Bible records, he was born on September 2, 1851. His father was living in Duplin County when recorded in the 1850 census and appeared to remain in Duplin until at least November 1852. 

In 1860, Bryant Rustus Giddens was found as "Ristus W. Giddings" on the United States census. He was eight-years-old, attending school, and living with his mother, Letisha, and four of his siblings in Buck Swamp, Wayne County, North Carolina. 

His name was recorded as Bryan R. Gidden in 1870. He was living with his mother, Letisha, at the home of his sister, Patience E. and her husband, John O. Clifton. John was a farmer and it was written on the census that eighteen-year-old Rustus "works on farm."

Much changed for Rustus in the 1870s. He moved to Arkansas and married Martha J. Jones on December 29, 1875, in Lonoke in Prairie County, Arkansas. He was the only one of his siblings to move to Arkansas. Why and when did he leave North Carolina? Did he leave with friends or family? 

Bryant Rustus and his wife, Martha, had seven children. Letishe, Lenolia, and Willie died as infants and are buried in New Hope Cemetery. John Gilbert died at age 10 of congestion and is also buried in New Hope Cemetery. 

Cleo Patra

Daughter, Cleo "Patra" Giddens remained in Arkansas, married Charles O'Cain, died in 1918, and is buried in Concord Cemetery in Lonoke County. 

Mildred Lee Giddens, the next to the last daughter,  remained in Arkansas where she married Albert Lafayette Northcutt in 1917. She died in 1969 and is buried in Hebron Cemetery in Lonoke County. 


Daughter, Dochia Giddens, married James Oscar Cochran, remained in Arkansas, died in 1959, and is buried in Salem Cemetery in Lonoke County. 

Walter Rich

Walter Rich and his wife, Jessie Petty Rich, are seen in the above photo. Walter and Jessie were boarders living with Bryant Giddens in 1910. In 1900, Walter, age 14, was also a boarder living with the Giddens family. Notes, from a descendant of Bryant Rustus Giddens, mention him as an adopted son. 

R. Giddens of Arkansas was found in the obituary of James T. Giddens, older brother of Bryant Rustus, on April 21, 1908. Did Bryant Rustus keep in touch with family? In an old query on Genform, it was suggested that one of his descendants had a photo of his brother, James T. Giddens and a woman by the name of Hobbs. This could be his sister, Mary Susan Giddens, who married a Hobbs. 

By 1900, Bryant Rustus Giddens was living in Hickory Plains in Prarie County, Arkansas where he remained until at least 1930. He died on June 1, 1938, in Lonoke County, Arkansas and is buried with family in New Hope Cemetery in Lonoke County. 

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Sources 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 

Northcutt, Mildred (wife of Rex Northcutt). Letters, Giddens family bible pages, family photo, and correspondence. 2009.

Quinn, Diana Bryan. Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Sunday's Obituary: James Thomas Giddens. Blogger., 22 April 2012. Web. 25 Dec. 2018. <>

Quinn, Diana Bryan. Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: #52ancestors Post Thirty-Six: Mitchell Giddens was a Shoemaker. Blogger, 9 Sept 2018. Web. 25 Dec. 2018. <>

Monday, December 10, 2018

#52ancestors Post Fifty-One: The Second Anniversary of Mobile Hospital No. 2, Pearl Harbor - August 1943

The writing prompt for post fifty-one of #52ancestors is nice

Friday was Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - 77 years since the bombing on December 7, 1941. My father was there at the Mobile Naval Hospital #2 and last week, I was contacted by two nice people sharing information about their fathers who also served in the Mobile Naval Hospital #2. 

I thought it would be nice to share a copy of a program celebrating the second anniversary of the Mobile Naval Hospital No. 2.  The names on this copy are very difficult to read. I have transcribed as many as possible in hopes that others looking for information about family members who served in the Mobile Hospital No. 2 may find this list. 

If you can fill in any of the blanks or correct any of my transcriptions, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or on my Facebook page. 

8-18-41                     8-18-43
Second Anniversary
Mobile Naval Hospital
NO 2

L.N. Hart, Captain, Commanding Officer
Paul E. Spangler, Commander, Executive Officer
Clarence W. Ward, Ensign, Commissary Officer

U. S. N.
Mobile Hospital
NO. 2
August 18, 1943

Fruit Cocktail
Stuffed Celery          Stuffed Olives
Rice Turkey Soup
Roast Young Tom Turkey
Giblet Gravy           Oyster Dressing
Baked Spiced Ham
Cranberry Sauce          Buttered Asparagus
Candied Sweet Potatoes          Creamed Peas
Pineapple               Cottage Cheese Salad
Hot Rolls
Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Apple Pie
Butter            Coffee

Captain Lynn N. Hart

Commander Paul E. Spangler

Lt. Comdr. Joseph B. Stevens
Lt. Comdr. Charles Gartenlaur
Lt. Comdr. William F. Holcomb
Lt. Comdr. John L. Barnett
Lt. Comdr. Joseph E. N______
Lt. Comdr. John P. Davis
Lt. Comdr. William F. Green
Lt. Comdr. Clarence W. T_____
Lt. Comdr. Lewis Rector
Lt. Comdr. Henry F. Page
Lieutenant Francis G. S_____, Jr. 

Lieutenant Frank J. __________
Lieutenant Barry O. C________
Lieutenant (jg) Oliver C. Simpson
(jg) Edwin Shoemaker
(jg) Harden J. Killiam
Ensign Clarence W. Ward
Ensign Ray W. Lewis
Pharmacist James R.  Ch________
Mechinist Charles C___________

Lieutenant Edward H. Vincent
Lieutenant E P. H_____________

Roster of Enlisted Personnel

Chief Petty Officers

                                                             Carter, William O.                                                             
Colt, Herbert W.
Howells, David H.
P_______, Thomas R.
S_________, Robert L.
Smith, Allen N.
Watkins, Roy G.
_________, Arthur
Santomernio, John A.
Pepper, Kenneth
Suszczynski, Stanley J.
Finley, Eugene
Ellison, Hollis
Rosenwinkel, Ralph N.
Moore, Millard
Moss, William

Petty Officer First Class
Anderson, Robert R.
Arnold, Keith R.
Baird, Elton R.
Barrett, Gus
Reedy, Vernon LeR.
Blazenski, Stanley J.
Boatright, James
Bragg, Charles
Brown, Robert
Brunner, Robert R.
Bryan, Whit C.
Chaplik, Peter
________, Robert I.
F_________, Jules
Funkhouser, David
Gibson, Billy
Gillmore, James D.
Hall, Max Edward
Henderson, George
________, Peter Paul
Johnson, Robert C.
Ler__ck, Norman G.
Olszewski, Eugene F.
Popps, Glenn L.
Rohre, Walter R.
Ross, William LaV.
Rossi, Paul J. Jr.
Sorensen, William H.
Sowles, George
Tippin, Thomas
Willi, John H.
Williams, Bernard,
Wr____ski, Joseph
Phoenix, John H.
Bollinger, William H.
Rachels, Casey
Black, Dwight
Ellis, George
Phillips, John
Warren, Joseph T. 

Artificers  3/C
Hayes, Thomas P.
Fuel___, Thomas M.
Tw_____, John Jr.
Sing, John C.
Li______, Edwin H. Jr.
Dill_______, Harry J.
Kr__s, Vernon
D_____sky, Pete
McKenna, William J.
Thompson, David W.
Cail, James R. Jr.
Myers, Lawrence E. 

Petty Officers Second Class

Arden, William T.
Arnold, Russell,
Atchley, Bob N.
Blanck, Vernon L.
Borges, Robert
Christopher, Wiley S.
C______, Calvin C.
Comrey, William H.
C______, Harold P.
C_______, John M.
D_______, Sam J.
Flock, William D.
Forst, Bernard
Gast, Carl
Gown, William A.
Gookin, Jay
H______, Daniel J.
Holloway, Jesse R.
Holt, Fred Jr.
Horton, Arthur S.
Hughes, Howard R.
King, Raymond L
L______, Robert C.
Laughlin, ______ K.
Lovell, John
Mantel, Vincent N.
McCarty, Curry W.
McLain, Wilfred D.
M_______, Ceril C.
Morris, Clarence
Mueller, Ario R.
Mullins, Luther C. Jr.
_______, David C.
Norton, Paul H.
O'Donnell, Jack
C______, Robert R.
__________, Ralph R.
__________, Harry S.
Blakely, Ted S.
Peters, Phillip J.
P______, Maurice M.
Prince, James T.
Quinn, James
Rice, James
R____sky, Mike
Rice, Earnest P.
Rid______, Burl
R_____, Ralph C.
Robertson, Robert F.
S_____, ______
S______, Fredrick M.
S_______, David
S________, Woodrow
T________, James J.
T______, Louis A.
V_______, Louie J.
W_____, Bernard
W____, Robert A.
W______, Edward
W______, Earnest
Wolf, Jay

Petty Officer Third Class
Black, James D.
Cowan, S. G., Jr.
Edwards, R. J.
Fallgren, J. R.
Fonti, J. A.
Houlahan, P. H.
K____y, H. J.
Kerr, F. L.
L______rran, J.
Lusk, D. F.
Mansfield, R. L.
Martin, E.
Martinez, L.
McBride, R. S.
Moe, W. R.
Moore, C.
Palmer, J. J.
Ralji, C. J.
Rollins, M.
Roth, C. J.
S_____, F. H.
Shiffer, M. G.
Smith, V. N.
Spence, C. A.
Thompson, T. C.
Turner, H. B.
Welch, C. _. R.
West, T. T.
Williams, A. R.
McKeever, J. E.

Artificers  Third Class
Applegate, J. C.
Beaman, R. L.
Batson, C. R.
Buda, A. S.
Knurr, L. J.
Lisincki, H. G.
K___nko, S. D.
Przyrylo, C. S.
Pass, J. J.
Griffin, W.
Beck, L.
Hansen, D. F.
Luce, I. L.
Zupan, A.
Goorey, R. F.

Non-Rated MenHAlc.
Fel_ck, R. A.
Brown, V.
C_sp_d_s, D. T.
Dougherty, J. P.
Ellsworth, J. M.
Fine, P. J.
Ficy, W.
F________, __
McGriffin, C.
Patterson, J. H.
Price, L. N.
Pr_eau, G.
P_____er, R. W.
Schreck__gast, H.
Synac, J. P.
Smith, F.
Smith, J. M.
Soll__, S. M.
Tidball, D. B.
Vanhook, C. R.
V_____, F
Volkman, B.
Walker, __
Westin, __
Wittsill, J. D.
Willden, C.
Wilson, E. A.
Witchey, D. R.
Wright, J. F.

Non-Rated MenHA2c.
Bolon, J. F.
Davison, C. D.
Dillon, H. L.
Duckworth, E. W.
Ewing, C. E.
Fritsch, W. J.
Grigliert, G. J.
Hazelton, J. E.
Heine, R. H.
Hermsen, J. D.
Hollfelder, J. P.
Jones, E. L.
Lyman, R. C.
Manfra, V. L.
Marino, J. A.
Mustola, T.
Rosenthal, W. H.
Thomas, R. E.
Trail, R. H.
Vaiha, J. V.
Wait, R. C.
Weidner, G. H.
Woods, R. C. 

Banda, I. E.
Barnes, S. T. Jr.
Bartholomew, B. B.
Beasley, G. E.
Bruen, K. W.
Dooley, W. P.
Hendricks, J. G.
Mannion, T. J.
Rawlins, J. B.
Ringgenberg, K. L.
Rose, A. S.
Sellhausen, H.
Snowgren, V. C.

Brown, W. M.
Conner, D. E.
Daily, C. D.
Dinger, W. J.
Gaunt, G. P.
Goodell, S. T.
Grillo, W.
Manlon, W. J.
Taylor, E. L.
Hayes, C. A.
Heaton, J. E.
Johns, R. E.
Ke_____, D. K.
Lovejoy, R. E.
Marusic, F.
Mazeau, D. T.
Mazzuca, R. F.
McComish, E. P.
Mesko, G. Jr.
Therrien, W. E.
Minthorn, C. E.
Moeller, J. L.
Monastesse, N. M.
Morris, V. L.
Nesbitt, J. H.
Morberg, J. J.
Ninnery, R. W.
Rawlins, E. D.
Reedy, T. A.
Rieser ,B. H.
Vota, J. H.

Messman Branch
Hatchett, Gust D.
Sasser, Vance A.
Loston, Hardy
Dagdagen, Alfonso, A.
Nolasco, Marcelino
Aguinaldo, Luis
Brooks, Henry T. Jr.

Plank Owners
August 18th, 1941   - - -   August 18th, 1943
Officers and enlisted personnel who were at the
commisioning  ceremony and
who are still attached to hospital staff.

Lt. Comdr. Charles Gartenlaup
Lt. Comdr. Joseph E. Nunes
Lt. Comdr. William F. Green
Lt. Comdr. Lewis Recter
Lt. Comdr. Henry F. Page
Lieutenant Francis G. Soul, Jr.
Lieut. (jg) Oliver C. Thompson
Pharmacist James R. Charless

Enlisted Personnel
Winton, Arthur,
Smith, Allen N.
Shriver, Robert L.
Berody, Thomas P.
Wrobleski, Joseph
Popps, Glenn L.
Blazenski, Stanlev J.
Brunner, Robert R. 

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - Dad was stationed at the Mobile Naval Hospital #2 in Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii

Dad and his friend, John Dale Dickerson, at Pearl Harbor. They look so young!
Dad was 20 years old when he saw the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

Current Google Map of Pearl Harbor showing Aiea Heights. 

Dad was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. He was stationed at the Mobile Naval Hospital #2. I find bits and pieces about the hospital in oral histories, newspaper clippings, and on the web, but never thought to find the exact location until today. 

In an interview with John Lorange found in a long-lost NC newspaper clipping, Mr. Lorange described the location of the hospital as Aiea Heights. 

View from the Aiea Naval Hospital {Mobile Naval Hospital #2} of anti-aircraft bursts nearly forming an umbrella over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the Japanese air attack, 7 Dec 1941. The thick smoke, center, is from the USS Arizona.

These past posts tell much more about Dad's time in Hawaii.
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Aiea Heights Dr - Google Maps. Google. Web. 4 Dec. 2018. <,+Hawaii+96701/@21.3887715,-157.9501276,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c0068d1eec07e05:0x3575905dbf656875!8m2!3d21.3887703!4d-157.9151085>.

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

World War II Database. United States Government - Public Domain. Web. 4 Dec. 2018. <>.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#52ancestors Post Forty-Six: My Web Site

The writing prompt for #52ancestors, post forty-six, was Random Fact so decided it was time to tell a few facts about my website. 

In the late 1990s, I had my first website at AOL Hometown. I used it to post unidentified photos of family in hopes of matching these photos to names on my family tree. My ambitions grew, technology improved, and I moved those photos, along with much-found information and transcriptions, to a Rootsweb Freepages account in 2004.  Last year, Rootsweb struggled with security issues and removed all accounts. My site returned to the Internet a few months ago. 

Although I haven't updated the site since 2012, you might want to visit it if you are connected to any of my families. There are at least 70 pages of family trees, photos, and document transcriptions. 

The site was built when many were still using dial-up, screens were smaller, and photos had to be reduced in size. If you see a photo or document you need, send me an email, I can send you a better copy. 

I don't plan to update it. I don't know Rootsweb's plans and it's much easier to add to my blog. And, most of those pages will eventually become part of my blog. 

Below are photos of my Table of Contents page. Click here to access the actual Table of Contents. 


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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

#52ancestors Post Forty-Nine: A Quinn Honeymoon at Mirror Lake Inn

The writing prompt for #52ancestors for week forty-nine is winter

My in-laws, Bill Quinn and Doris Staubach, were married on January 3, 1953. These photos, taken on January 6, 1953, must be photos taken on their honeymoon. The original photos are very tiny and Doris and Bill could not be recognized until the photos were scanned and enlarged. 

The Mirror Lake Inn is near Lake Placid, New York. See the current inn and read it's history by clicking here

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn