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Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday's Photo: My Grandfather, Claude Louis Davis (NOT Claude Lewis Davis)


Claude Louis Davis
1893-1967

New York City - June 1920

My grandfather, Claude Louis Davis, spent most of his youth in Edmonson County, Kentucky and the majority of his adult years in New York. I only found his full name written in two places - on his application for a Social Security number in 1936 and on his death certificate in 1967.

In my family tree, I recorded my grandfather's name as Claude Lewis Davis. I will need to change my grandfather's middle name in my online trees as well as on numerous blog posts. I checked Ancestry.com for other tree that include him and they all use Lewis as well. However, those trees were probably posted after mine so I'm sure I was the originator of that error.  These are photos of Claude in NYC in June of 1920. It appears that he was in the Navy at that time as these photos show the same setting as some of his photographs in his Navy uniform. 











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Sources

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

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Happy Birthday, Mom!

88 years ago today!


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Sources

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

Saturday, June 20, 2020

1820 - The Will of Joseph Regan in Pulaski County, Georgia

This map from 1818 shows Pulaski County right on the frontier. The Regan family lived in 
Pulaski County where, after Joseph's death, Elizabeth Regan married Reddick Bryan in 1821. It is thought that Reddick lived in Twiggs County and some of their children may have been born in Twiggs County. 



In 1820, the family of Elizabeth Regan and Joseph Regan was found on the census as living in Pulaski County, Georgia.  The enumeration date was August 7, 1820.  Joseph Regan was listed on the census record and those counted were as follows:

Georgia in 1818
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:  6

The three white males under 10 are presumed to be John Regan (age 3 ), Span Regan (age 2), and Rufus Wiley Regan who was born February 16, 1820.

The free, white male between the age of 16 and 25 is undoubtedly Joseph Regan. While Elizabeth Regan is the free white female between the ages of 16 and 25. The sixth person listed in the household is a female slave between the ages of 26 and 44.
  
Just a few months later, on December 13, 1820, Rufus Wiley Regan died.  His father, Joseph Regan passed away six days later on December 19, 1820.




A transcription of Joseph Regan's will, obtained from E. Ragan Pruitt, signed on December 18, 1820 is as follows:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Joseph Regan, of the County of Pulaski and State of Georgia, being very low in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same calling to mind the mortality body and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty that give it me and mine body I recommend to the earth to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my friends and as vouching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First of all I request that my mare and colt and bridle and saddle I give to my wife Elizabeth Regan Extry of her equal part the Joseph Regan do request her to have that much extry still to have all the rest of my property after my just debts is paid her life time or widowhood but and if she marry again then an equal division with the two sons in the land and negroes household and kitchen furniture one negro named Bise and Anthony and Nell and Simon, and the land that I now live on in the County of Pulaski now by the number 88 one hundred and a quarter acres if the said Elizabeth Regan marry again then and equal division between her and my sons John Regan and Span Regan and I do hereby ordain and appoint Elizabeth S. Regan executrix to carry this my last will into effect and I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former will and testament by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed.   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of December One thousand eight hundred and twenty. Signed sealed pronounced and delivered by the said Joseph Regan as his last will and testament in the presents of            
Wincherd Dawson      
Sarah Dawson                                                     (signed) Joseph Regan (Seal) 
William Smith



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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection E. Ragan Pruitt. Used with permission. 

Gridley, E. G. & Carey, M. (1818) The state of Georgia. [S.l., ?] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2006635240/.

Year: 1820; Census Place: , Pulaski, Georgia; Roll: M33_9; http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&h=1481088&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Friday's Photo: Bertha and Annie

Bertha Davis Cooksey Hawkins and Annie

 "This is one with Annie." is written on the back.
In the old album, this photo is labeled Bertha and Annie. Bertha Davis was my great-grandmother; my maternal grandfather's mother born in Edmonson County, KY. Mom did not know Annie's relationship to Bertha or where or when the photo was taken. I didn't see Annie in any family records but there was a Harry and Annie Moyer living next to Bertha in the 1920 census in Hardin County, KY and Bertha was living in the same home, in Louisville, KY, as the Moyer family in the 1910 census.  Was this the Annie in the photo? 

A cursory search at Ancestry  revealed that Annie Moyer was the sister of Frank Hawkins who married Bertha on July 25, 1910. 

I suspect Annie Moyer is the woman in the photo; however, won't know for sure unless someone with photos can positively identify her. I would love to hear from anyone in the Hawkins/Moyer family and especially would like to be in contact with any Edmonson County Davis family relations.  

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Sources

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

Year: 1910; Census Place: Louisville Ward 9, Jefferson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_486; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0153; FHL microfilm: 1374499.  Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

From files of Marguerite Cook Clark: John Karl Tooke - A Memorial Day Post


John Karl Tooke was born on July 14, 1946 in Louisiana and he died on November 6, 1967 in Vietnam.

His mother was Mary Frances Fairchild, born in Scott County, Mississippi, and Karl Bryan Tooke, born in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. John Karl Tooke was a descendant of the Reddick Bryan family, the William Wimberly family, and several other Bienville families. Marguerite Cook Clark was a first cousin to John's grandmother Frances Wimberly Tooke. 


I found more about John Karl Tooke and some nice tributes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's Wall of Faces.


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Sources

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.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday's Photo: Miriam Marguerite Walters Braswell

Miriam Marguerite Walters Braswell
1902-1990

Marguerite Walters
Yellow Pine, La.

This is another photo from Marguerite Cook Clark's collection. I could not find a family relationship with Marguerite Cook Clark's families. Miriam Marguerite Walters was born on January 7, 1902 in Webster Parish, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Henry Calvin Walters and Frances Jane Webb; both from Kentucky.  She married Claiborne Lloyd Braswell on December 25, 1924.

Found at Newspapers.com
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Sources

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. 

"Family Trees results for Marguerite Walters." Ancestry https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/42/?indiv=try&h&db. Accessed 1 May. 2020.

"Obituary for Marguerite Walter Braswell."  Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/50012964/obituary-for-marguerite-walter-braswell/. Accessed 1 May. 2020.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday's Photo: The Bryan Cemetery, Bienville Parish, Louisiana


I needed a short post tonight as working from home is much harder than going to work! Thank you to my distant cousin Jane in Louisiana for this new photo of the Bryan Cemetery. 

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Sources

Photo from Jane Slater. Used with permission. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Rueben Collier and his wife, Sarah "Frankie" Thomas







The short biography about Reuben Collier was found in the Minutes of the Louisiana Methodist Conference in 1885. 

Reuben S. Collier was born in Coweta county, Ga., October 4, 1851, and moved to Louisiana in 1857. He was converted, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, October, 1876. He was licensed to preach, on Montgomery Circuit, May 12, 1877, and served Webster Circuit as supply in 1879 and 1880 ; was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference in January, 1881, and sent to Sparta Circuit ; to Indian Village in 1882, and ordained deacon that year by Bishop Wilson, and returned to the same work for 1883. In 1884 he served the Sparta Circuit.

Reuben married Sarah Franke Thomas on April 9, 1879 in Bienville Parish. Sarah, born March 2, 1862, was the daughter of Frances L. Wimberly and Benjamin F. Thomas of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Sadly, Sarah Franke died soon after her marriage on April 18, 1881.  Ruben married Franke's sister, Elizabeth L. Thomas on December 21, 1882. 

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Sources

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Louisiana, Compiled Marriage Records, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

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.

"Full text of 'Minutes of the Louisiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1885 annual session'." Internet Archive. .https://archive.org/stream/minutesoflouisia1885meth/minutesoflouisia1885meth_djvu.txt. Accessed 11 Apr. 2020.

"Sarah Franke Thomas Colier (1863-1881)."  Find A Grave Memorial https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70685418. Accessed 11 Apr. 2020.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday's Photo: My Grandmother, Edith Giddens, and her Niece, Evelyn James in Phillipsburg, NJ


This is my grandmother, Edith Giddens, in about 1927. She was visiting Phillipsburg. She might have been living in South Orange, New Jersey at the house on Irvington Avenue with her brother, Charles Giddens, and his wife, Louise Uhde. Sometime the next year Grandma was living in Newark. 

Grandma is standing with her niece, Evelyn James. Evelyn was the daughter of Grandma's sister, Elizabeth Giddens, and her husband, Louis James. The James family was living in Easton, PA in 1923 but by 1930 they owned the home at 28 Reese Court in Phillipsburg. I have other photos of Giddens family standing in this spot. Is this the home on Reese Court? Maybe in the back? 

The home at 28 Reese Court was built in 1900. Recorded on the 1930 United States Census, Louis James, his wife, and their children Dorothy, Evelyn, and John were living in the home. 

Also living with the family was Evans James, father of Louis James. It was reported that Louis James owned the home and its value was $3,000.00.

The house can currently be found at Realtor.com with an estimated value of $105,000. It has one bath and three bedrooms. Interior photos can also be found at Realtor.com.


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Sources

"28 Reese Ct, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865." Realtor https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/28-Reese-Ct_Phillipsburg_NJ_08865_M52668-34670#photo0. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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

Monday, April 6, 2020

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Ringgold High School, Bienville Parish, Louisiana - Class of 1935


 This photo of the Ringgold High School senior class of 1935 was found in Marguerite Cook Clark's collection along with the graduation invitation and related papers. I was able to label the photos as the same photo was found in The Shreveport Journal. Unfortunately, in the newspaper article, the second row* only included seven names instead of nine. So, the labeling of that row might be incorrect. If you find a mistake, contact me on my Facebook page or make a comment below. 










Woodrow Sledge, Nealie Woodard, Marven Ferguson



Helen Huggins, Wayne Fuller, Lucille Burroughs




Jack Pope, Eleanor Pietach, Rupert Bryan


Orie Lee, Mrs. Billie Morrow (Sue Ellen Scott), Maxine Locke *


R. W. Lawson, Clytie Corley, Frank Myers *


Virgie Martin, Alice Burkett,  Karl Cook *


Richard Hodgkins, Mable Locke, Jack Wimberly



Edward Gifford, Jacqueline Thomas, Francis Bryan



Principal - Mrs. Clifford Cook Shelby (Marguerite's sister), 
Travis Pate, Mary McDowell



Oma Watson, Charles Cook


Maxine Davis, Percy Thomas, Mrs. Attice Swanson - class sponsor 



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Sources

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.

The Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, Louisiana. 22 Apr 1935, Mon  •  Page 2
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/47853979/ringgold-hs-photo-matches-mccs-photo/