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My Criswell Family

Lodema Walker Criswell

Lodema Walker Criswell, my great-grandmother, was born in Cherokee County, TX. She was the daughter of William Moore Criswell and Mary Ann "Polly" Evans.
She married Phillip Hairston in 1873. They had two children; an boy who died at birth and Johnie Myrtlene "Myrtie" Hairston, my grandmother.  Phillip and Lodema moved to Erath County, TX in the 1880s and later, in 1905, moved to Baylor County where they spent the remainder of their days. Both Lodema and Phillip are buried in  unmarked graves in the Woodman of the World Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.
Myrtie Hairston, my grandmother, born in 1880, married Redic E. Bryan in Erath County in 1900. Myrtie and Redic also moved to Baylor County where both are buried. To see much more about Myrtie, Redic, and their family please go to  My Bryan Family and My Hairston Family web pages.

The above information about the Criswell family was found in my Bryan Family Bible. To see the transcription of this information click on the Bible.



Wallace L. McKeehan has much information about the Mary Ann Evan's ancestors on his web pages.

The Evans Family of Cherokee & Leon Counties Texas

The Selman Family


This is my great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Evans, the daughter of Evan Evans and Nancy Selman. This tintype was found in the Bryan Family Bible.

The Baylor County Banner, a newspaper published in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas contains information about my great - grandparents, Philip Hairston and Lodema Criswell and their extended families. Click on the newspaper to read my current findings.

William Moore Criswell and Mary Ann "Polly" Evans

1 William Moore Criswell b: May 24, 1822 in Alabama d: March 07, 1881 Burial: Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

.. +Mary Ann Evans b: June 09, 1829 d: May 30, 1883 in Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas m: August 30, 1847 in Cherokee County, Texas

..... 2 Evan Henry Criswell b: July 10, 1848

......... +Celestine Bagette d: December 12, 1875 m: October 03, 1872

..... 2 William Holmes Criswell b: June 27, 1849 d: September 21, 1917 in his home, Mart, Texas Burial: Mart Cemetery

......... +Claret P. Wilder b: November 20, 1855 in Shelby County, Alabama. d: February 27, 1930 in Mart, Texas m: November 25, 1875 Burial: Mart Cemetery

..... 2 Bowden Callaway Criswell b: March 23, 1850

......... +UNKNOWN

..... 2 Nancy Josephine Criswell b: November 24, 1851

......... +James "Whiteoak" Monroe Chisum b: February 23, 1846 in Nacogdoches County, Texas d: in Dixie Community of Grayson County, Texas m: February 13, 1873 in Falls County, TX Burial: Dixie Cemetery Grayson County, Texas

..... 2 Viola Vivian Criswell b: November 16, 1853 d: November 16, 1853

..... 2 Lena Ann Criswell b: November 12, 1854

..... 2 Lodema Walker Criswell b: June 04, 1856 in Cherokee County, TX d: October 03, 1919 in Seymour, TX Burial: Woodman of the World Cemetery, Seymour, Texas

......... +Phillip A. Hairston b: May 17, 1852 in Hinds County, Mississippi d: November 09, 1917 in Seymour, TX m: January 22, 1874 in Falls County, TX Burial: Woodman of the World Cemetery, Seymour, Texas

..... 2 John Carson Calhoun Criswell b: March 02, 1858 d: February 25, 1919

......... +Amy Myrtlene Manning

..... 2 [1] Caldonia Alice Criswell b: December 28, 1861 Burial: Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

......... +George Cross b: February 08, 1863 d: January 09, 1943 Burial: Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

..... *2nd Husband of [1] Caldonia Alice Criswell:

......... +Gabrial A.Daugherty b: December 24, 1854 d: July 13, 1894 m: May 29, 1879

..... 2 girl Criswell b: November 16, 1863

..... 2 [2] Thomas LeRoy "Whit" Criswell b: January 18, 1864 in Falls County, Texas d: November 13, 1934 in Falls County, Texas

......... +Mary Magalene Parton b: October 15, 1867 d: January 13, 1889 m: December 17, 1885 Burial: Stranger Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

..... *2nd Wife of [2] Thomas LeRoy "Whit" Criswell:

......... +Mary Catherine "Katie" Durham b: February 09, 1872 d: August 15, 1950 m: 1889

..... 2 Frances Carolyn Criswell b: March 28, 1867

......... +A. J. "Jack" Eaves

..... 2 Eudora Green Criswell b: July 25, 1869 d: 1931 Burial: Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

......... +J. David Clewis m: 1885 Burial: Criswell Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

..... 2 Mary Ophelia Criswell b: March 02, 1872 d: December 14, 1897

......... +William Johnson Durham m: June 29, 1887



My Unknown Family Members

I have pictures that belonged to my grandparents, Redic BRYAN (1870-1929) and Myrtie HAIRSTON (1880-1927). Most were probably taken in Texas. Family names include ALBRITTON, BIGGS, BRYAN, CHISUM, CRISWELL, EVANS, GILBERT, GRESHAM, HAIRSTON, HAMMETT, KEITH, LATTA, NOAH, PYLE, SELMAN, THOMPSON, and WYLIE.  Many pictures identified have been Criswell and Hairston family members. These pictures can be viewed by clicking the album below. Please contact me if you are able to help with the identification of any of these pictures.