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Colquitt Spoon

Colquitt Spoon

Date: 1847
Creator: unknown
Description: Actual spoon belonging to Alice M. Colquitt, wife of Robert K. Colquitt. They had a large ranch in Presidio County. "A.M. Colquitt" is engraved on the back of the handle. 1847 Roger Bros. 12 stamped on the back of the handle as well.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
James Osborn Sellers

James Osborn Sellers

Date: 1857~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a daguerreotype picturing James Osborn Sellers in the late 1850s. He was killed in 1864 during the Civil War. He was Ethel C. Bryant's maternal grandfather. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Alabama Land Deed with President Buchanan's Signature

Alabama Land Deed with President Buchanan's Signature

Date: November 1, 1858
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a Alabama land deed for 220 acres belonging to Garrison Deens. it is signed by President James Buchanan on November 1, 1858. Mr. Deens sold this land to James O. Sellers in 1859 or 1860. Mr. Sellers was Ethel Bryant's grandfather. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Photograph of Marriage Certificate]

[Photograph of Marriage Certificate]

Date: January 1, 1860
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a marriage certificate for Francis D. Wilson and Hannah A. Jones from January 1, 1860.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Row of Officers' Houses, Fort Davis]

[Row of Officers' Houses, Fort Davis]

Date: 1871
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a photograph of a row of 8 nearly identical houses. Each house has a white front with a short flight of stairs from the ground to a porch surrounded by white pillars. There is a mountain behind the row of houses and the foreground is covered in desert scrub. The back of the photograph is labeled: "1871 Picture of Fort Davis, The Row of Officers' Houses"
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Martha Willis Sellers, 1880s

Martha Willis Sellers, 1880s

Date: 1880~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a painting of Martha Willis Sellers, maternal grandmother of Ethel C. Bryant. This painting was fron the 1880s. It was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Postcard of the DeAnda Family]

[Postcard of the DeAnda Family]

Date: 1880~
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of a portrait of the DeAnda family. Those standing (L-R) are Jose DeAnda, Jesusita DeAnda, Francisco Morales, and Jose Morales, and those sitting (L-R) are Maria DeAnda, Manuel DeAnda, Domitillia DeAnda, Marcella Huereque, and Bernarda DeAnda. There is nothing written on the back of the postcard.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Wedding photo of Hadji "Hi Jolly" Ali and Gertrudis Serna]

[Wedding photo of Hadji "Hi Jolly" Ali and Gertrudis Serna]

Date: [1880]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of Hadji Ali ("Hi Jolly") and his new bride in Tuscon, Arizona. Ali is sitting while his bride is standing to his left. Hadji Ali was also known as Philip Tedro.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Antonio Lieck Briam

Antonio Lieck Briam

Date: 1885
Creator: unknown
Description: Portrait of Antonio Lieck Briam in 1885, the year she married Louis Briam. She is wearing a dress with a collar and a belt. Her hair is pulled back.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Louis Briam

Louis Briam

Date: 1885
Creator: unknown
Description: Portrait of Louis Briam in 1885. He is wearing a suit and tie.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
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