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Will Willis in the 1850s

Description: Photograph of Will Willis in the 1850s. He was a wealthy man who owned a plantation in Alabama. He was Ethel Bryant's uncle. Her mother often told stories of how Uncle Will had hidden valuables in a turkey nest and water well from the Union Army during the Civil War. In this photo he wears a suit and tie. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Martha Willis Sellers, 1880s

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.
Date: 1880~
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Portrait of Nannie Clara Willis]

Description: Photograph of Nannie Clara Evans Willis as a young woman, standing outdoors near a barbed wire fence. She is wearing an overcoat, a scarf, and a hat. A large group of people are visible in the distance beyond the fence.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Nannie Evans Standing Outdoors]

Description: Photograph of Nannie Clara Evans as a young woman before she married and took the name Willis. She is standing outdoors near a small, leafy tree at 2100 Colcord Avenue. She is clad in a long, ruffled, and tiered dress.
Date: September 17, 1916
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Photograph of Walter's Class Picnic]

Description: Photograph of Walter's Class picnic in Waco, Texas. John Todd Willis, Sr. has a pencil check mark above his head. Text on the back reads: "Sunday School Pic-nic of Walters Class Waco...Walter is Taking the picture...John Todd Willis, Sr.".
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from Robert Parker, Abbie T., and Josephine Willis to Clara and John T. Willis Sr., May 29, 1925]

Description: Letter from Robert Parker, Abbie T. and Josephine Willis to Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on May 29, 1925. They congratulate Clara and John T. Willis on the birth of their daughter, ask what they will name her, and suggest they come to see them.
Date: May 29, 1925
Creator: Willis, Robert Parker; Willis, Abbie T. & Willis, Josephine
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[John T. Willis, Sr. and Family]

Description: Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr., left, John Todd Willis, Jr., middle, and Clara Evans Willis, left. They stand in the snow, and are dressed accordingly. Clara Willis holds her son's hand. He and his father both look directly at the camera, while Clara Evans smiles at her son.
Date: 1920~
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[John T. Willis, Sr. and Family]

Description: Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr., right, Clara E. Willis, middle, and John Todd Willis, Jr., left. They stand in the snow, and are dressed accordingly. Clara Willis holds her son's hand, and John T. Willis, Sr. appears to be holding snowballs in both of his hands. John Todd Willis, Jr. and his father both look directly at the camera, while Clara Evans looks at her husband.
Date: 1920~
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Willis Family in Abilene]

Description: Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr., Neva Willis Hudson, Charles Grant Willis, and Thomas Hart Willis at the home of Sallie Parker Willis in Abilene, Texas. Pictures hang on the wall behind them, and a face is reflected in a mirror hanging between the pictures. Chairs and a bench are also visible behind them.
Date: 1955
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Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis