Posted By:Bill Page
Subject:Re: Roan's Chappel in Bryan?
Post Date:January 26, 2007 at 07:04:48
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Forum:Brazos County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Hi, Michelle:

Unfortunately, that book does not mention either of these two women. Here are some notes I found in my files that may relate to your Durham or Redden relatives. I think I sent you some of these when we corresponded before?


Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles

Bryan … Deputy Sheriff J.D. Conlee arrived this morning from Denison, bringing with him A.B. Holmes, a Negro, wanted in Brazos County on a charge of assault with attempt to murder, alleged to have been committed on another Negro, Lige Redding, near Harvey some time ago. Holmes appeared before Justice McGee this morning and was allowed bond in the sum of $250. Dallas Morning News, January 25, 1907, p.13

“Two Negroes Dead, Two are Wounded, at Reddin Supper,” Bryan Daily Eagle, 3 September 1917, p.3, col.3. Charles Peddeford and Simon Reddin were killed.

“Bryan Briefs,” Houston Informer, 28 May 1932, p.5, col.1. Mrs. Roberta Reddan of College Station died; W.H. Haynes died


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bryan (also known as Second Baptist Church)

FORD, Michael Dwain, Up from Cotton -- This church was organized in 1893 by a group of ex-slaves, who had migrated from Alabama to Texas and who had settled at Stone City. They later moved the church into Bryan.
Brazos Co. Deeds of Trust Book 15, pp.156-159 (1941): S.B. REDDEN, S. MARTIN, G.B. BANKS, J.H. TURNER, Jeff TURNER, D.L. BISOR & Cyrus NEBLETT, church deacons, gave a deed of trust to W.S. HIGGS on land in Bryan.


Buried in Roan’s Chapel Cemetery

name                     date of birth              date of death
REDDEN, ABE NL 1913, APR 13 71y old
REDDEN, JESS J. 1899 JAN 2 29 Sept. 1925

Buried in Freedmen Section of Bryan City Cemetery:


from tombstone: Duren, Lucindy, died 25 Dec. 1911; aged 43 years; wife of Rollin Duren

Durhon, Charlie       39 years       no entry       24 April 1920 (from Sexton's register, does not have a tombstone)

The 1880 Burleson County, Texas, Census, p.38a, lists:
Frank DURING         Self         M         Male         MU         27         TX         Farmer         ---         ---
Mollie DURING Wife M         Female B         30         KY         Keeping Home ---         ---
George DURING Son         S         Male         B         7         TX                 ---         ---
Emma BOSS         SDau         S         Female         B         9         TX                 ---         ---
George BOSS         SSon         S         Male         B         12         TX         At Home         ---         ---
Rollin DURING         Brother M         Male         MU         19         TX         Laborer         ---        

The 1910 Brazos County Census, ED 10, sheet 13a, lists:
Duran, Rolland       head       40       farmer
       , Lucindy        wife       43       married 22 years

Duran, Charlie; born 18 Feb.1883; next of kin Viola Duran wife; registered 1918. World War I Draft Registration Records (from Ancestry)
Duren, Charles Edward, Jr.; son of Charles E. Duren & Viola Bowen; born 15 Nov.1907(see: Brazos Co. Texas Births 1850-1910)

Duren, Rolan; owned lot 3 in block 186 in Bryan. 1894 Brazos County Tax Roll

Morgan Levi, colored, was shot and instantly killed by his stepfather, Roland Duren, also colored, at Duren’s home near Steep Hollow yesterday afternoon. Duren used a shotgun loaded with small shot, but was near Levi and the entire load entered his left breast near the heart, killing him instantly … (article continues at length) … Duren is well known in Bryan and is the father of Charlie Duren, the well known colored piano player of this city. Bryan Daily Eagle, 15 Jan. 1915, p.3, col.2.
In a difficulty in a Negro pool hall on North Main street this morning, Charley Duren, the well known Negro piano player, was stabbed through the jaw by Cicero Shivers. Shivers was arrested, but says he was only playing with Duren. Bryan Daily Eagle, 10 Apr. 1915, p.5, col.5.
Charles During, a well known colored musician, died Saturday morning at 1 o’clock. He leaves a wife and three children. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Charles had made arrangements with John Daly, Jr., to play for the K.C. minstrel Monday night and a few hours before his death expressed the hope that he would be able to do so. He had many friends among the white and colored people of Bryan who regret to learn of his death. Bryan Daily Eagle, 24 Apr. 1920, p.1, col.3.


I think this is a different family from the Reddins, but included it, just in case.

Wrighting?, Syleria?, Mrs.              - -               no entry              9 Aug. 1923

This is probably:
The 1880 Brazos County Census, p.348c, lists:
Writen, Ed       30       laborer              Texas
        , Sylvia       34       k house       Mississippi
McIntosh, Asa       19       son
        , Nelia       14       daughter
(plus more children)       

The 1900 Brazos County Census, ED 9, sheet 11b, lists:
Wrighton, Sylvia              45       wid       MS        cook & washing
              , Fannie       21       dau              teacher

The 1910 Brazos County Census, ED 9, sheet 17a, lists:
Wrighten, Sylvia       56       wid       mother of 5 children       Mississippi       


One other note:

Brazos County Deed Book M, p.203: Jack Durham (f.m.c) & his wife Mariah Durham sold land for $40 to Noon Pillow (race not stated); was part of land sold to Jack Durham by H. Mitchell; bordered land of Washington Knox; 12 August 1871


Sorry I could not be of more help.