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Texas Family Reunion: 1898

Texas Family Reunion: 1898

My sister and I found this old photo in a box among my parents' belongings and recognized enough of the people to identify it as a Yater family reunion, apparently in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Prominently featured front and center is Frances Mills Yater. In the back we can just make out Frances's daughter Nannie looking at newspaper over a baby and Nannie's husband, and my great-grandfather, J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Tant leaning back against a tree. J.D. is the subject of a book entitled "J.D. Tant, Texas Preacher," and Nannie wrote a book entitled "Reminiscences of a Pioneer Preacher's Wife." Nannie, whose older brothers fought in the Civil War, rocked me in the rocking chair when I was a baby.

Sitting to the left some distance from his sister Frances is Roger Q. Mills. He was a civil war colonel and later a US senator. There is a county in Oklahoma and a school in Texas named after him. Frances Yater's sons were all physicians. That is probably one of them next to her. I've made this website with some more info on this photo. View full size.

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