Week 17: April 26, 2014
Bryan Family Reunions
I’ve heard about several Bryan family reunions our family had, but unfortunately I don’ remember any of them. When I first discovered the town of Dahlonega, Georgia, little did I know that I had been to this exact place when I was very young, probably before the age of five.
My mom told me, after I began researching, that we once went to a Bryan family reunion just outside of Dahlonega; Her remembrance is. “I rode in my parents car that day as they also came and I definitely remember going ’round and ’round those winding mountain roads to get there. That’s probably why I don’t like those roads there today. I remember my father stopping by a small stream along the way” (see photo above).
“My father talked about seeing no cemeteries along the way as he drove. We finally found our turnoff, but there was no driveway to turn into – someone opened a gate to a field and we drove through. Their house was located by a stream that actually ran under the back porch area – I remember distinctly that the back porch was over running water. I also remember watching the women cook all day – platefuls of fried chicken were brought to the table all day, and it was some of the best fried chicken I’d ever eaten, except for my mama’s. The chicken was good because it had been freshly killed that morning. Unless you’ve eaten fresh chicken, you wouldn’t know the difference, but there is a big difference in taste compared to store bought.”
“What most interested my father was the lack of cemeteries that he didn’t see – and being the talker he was, he questioned several old men on that. Their answer was that they didn’t need them, they lived to old ages.”
From what I know today, and talking to others who went to a few of those Bryan reunions, I believe the house belonged to Sara Catherine Bryan Long, daughter of William Madison Bryan. She was also known as Aunt Sage. I believe that house to be near Cane Creek Church.
Later on, there were many Bryan family reunions held at Uncle Clyde Bryan’s home where these photographs were taken. I’ve often wondered why my parents didn’t continue going to those Bryan family reunions, but by that time they had left Greene Co., and moved to Perry, Ga. – they were considerably further away now. I’ve never been able to locate any photographs of the reunions, other than this one; people then didn’t use a camera like we do today and photography was an unnecessary expense for them.
What puzzles me about the photo below is – my grandparents Paul and Evelyn Bryan are missing? I can’t imagine what kept them away on this day unless they arrived after the photo was taken? And who took this photo? There is always someone missing – the someone who took the picture.