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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. 

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