Ray Noyes Family Photo circa 1921-1922

Noyes family. Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

This photo, circa 1921-1922, would be from Liberal, Missouri. Nancy Benton supplied the following identification.

From left to right: O.E. Harmon; Viola Harmon; Edna Noyes; Jamie Noyes; Paul Noyes; Charles Bryant–Bettie Noyes in front of him and Mary Lou Noyes in front of Bettie; Ray Noyes with Lena Minor in front of him; Pansy Noyes Bryant with Ray Bryant in front of her; Dorothy Noyes.

Viola b. 1860 was a sister of Ray Noyes, and was married to Orrin Ellie Harmon. Edna was Edna Stark b. 1872, married to Paul Noyes b. 1869. Jamie Noyes was a son of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer and was b. 1903. Charles Bryant, b. 1890, was the husband of Pansy Noyes b. 1895. (Pansy, Viola and Ray were all siblings, children of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell.) Mary Lou was Mary Louise b. 1913, the youngest daughter of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer. Ray Bryant was the eldest son of Charles Bryant and Pansy Noyes, their only child at the date of this photo. Lena Minor, b. 1916, was the daughter of John J. Minor and Cora Noyes. Her parents don’t appear in the photo.

James Allen Noyes and granddaughter Pansy

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

A quick tint

James Allen Noyes strolls with granddaughter Pansy Noyes, eldest child and daughter of Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer. I’m guessing the photo is from about 1900 when Pansy would have been 5 years of age. James Allen would have been about 74.

This photo would have been taken in Liberal, Barton County, Missouri.

Photo of Cora and Pansy Noyes as Children, Liberal, Missouri

Original courtesy of Nancy Benton



A nice photo of Cora and Pansy Noyes, daughters of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer. Cora was born 1897 and Pansy was born 1895. The photo seems to me about 1900. I tried a restoration plus a colored version. Lost the full size of the colored version somewhere along the way.

The place of the photo would have been Liberal, Benton County, Missouri.

Notes on Caroline Atwell Noyes’ Family by Pansy Noyes Bryant

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Caroline Atwell (born Oct. 2, 1835) told her oldest daughter Emma Viola Noyes Harmon many interesting things of her life in Vermont. Her mother was Rachel Scagel and was apparently brought up above ordinary rank. An old copy of Goldsmith’s “Vicar of Wakefield” is still in Mrs. Harmon’s possession and it belonged to Rachel Scagel in the days when books were scarce. (Note: This book “Vicar of Wakefield” is in the possession of Pansy Noyes Bryant, great granddaughter of Rachel Scagel, at the present time, 1960). Caroline Atwell always wore wool clothing in her younger days–petticoats, aprons, dresses, underwear, and even stockings were spun at home. She always believed wool was conducive to health. Note: (by granddaughter Pansy Noyes Bryant) So strong was her opinion about wool that my father insisted his first baby’s dress and petticoats were pure wool and I have in my possession a wool blanket in which all my grandmother’s children, my father’s children and my first child was wrapped in birth.

She was a believer in many of the health fads of the day. Always took a daily cold bath even tho she had to break the ice to do so. She took long walks and encouraged her children to do so. Caroline was raised in the days of hoop skirts, corsets, etc., but she was a believer in sensible clothing for women and refused to wear corsets all her life. Vermonters were famous for their apple butter and her mother was one of the best at this art. Much of it was sold in Boston–days being consumed in this journey of taking produce to market and then bringing back goods for the family.

Family of Hiram Atwell and Rachel Sacgel Atwell taken from family bible now in possession of Ray Noyrs (1918) a grandson.

Hiram Atwell–born Mar. 2, 1801 Johnson Vt.–died Dec. 2, 1849 Waterbury, Center, Vt. buried in cemetery there.
Rachel Scagel–born April 15, 1802 Waterbury Vt.–died April 17, 1843 Waterbury Center Vt. buried in cemetery there.

Married Waterbury Vt. Oct. 7, 1830

Their children

1 Hiram Scagel Atwell–born May 5, 1832
2 Sarah Ann Lydia Atwell–born Apr. 18, 1834
3 Caroline Atwell–born Oct 2, 1835
4 Francis Awell–born Apr. 11, 1843

Marriages of these children
1 Sarah Ann Lydia to N. W. Gilbert in Waterbury Mar. 7, 1852
2 Caroline Atwell to James A. Noyes in Bradyvillage, Kalamazoo Co. Mich. June 28, 1859

Deaths in this family
1 Hiram, son, died July 23, 1843
2 Rachel, wife, died in childbirth, April 17, 1843
3 Francis, son, died Apr. 20, 1843
4 Hiram, father, died Dec. 2, 1849
5 Sarah Ann Lydia Gilbert, daughter, died in Boston, Mass. Jan 3, 1844 [should be 1877] . Her body was buried in Northfield Vt.
6 Caroline Atwell Noyes died Apr. 18, 1894 near Liberal, Mo. Buried in City Cemetery there.

Rachel Scagel Atwell died in childbirth, the baby Francis dying a few days later. An older child Hiram took some medicine intended for his mother and this caused his death later.

Hiram Atwell after his wife died in 1843 kept the home together for his young daughters. When the gold rush started for California in 1849, he decided to go. He sold off his stock all except some younger animals that he was going to take to his father’s home in Johnson Vt. about fifteen miles away. It was a warm sunny morning when he started to drive those calves down the road to his fathers. Along in the forenoon it became very cold so Hiram stopped at a house and procured an overcoat to keep him warm. The storm grew worse and the next morning when he did not appear at his father’s house they started in search of him. He was found frozen to death with the calves all huddled around him.

Sarah Atwell Gilbert married a dentist and they were living in Boston when she died. They were quite wealthy but never had any children. Note: I have several pictures of great aunt Sarah Gilbert–also the last letter she wrote to her sister Caroline (my grandmother) in my possession. (Pansy Noyes Bryant 1953)

Caroline Atwell after her father’s death was sent to an aunt in New Berlin, Ohio. Here she met James Allen Noyes, whom she married in 1859. She always told her children she was a cousin of President Franklin Pierce.

Pansy Noyes Bryant on the Adams Genealogy

It was once popular (likely still is) to find if one’s family had any connection to a president.

Pansy Noyes Bryant (1895 – 1985) recorded, for her family, the Noyes connection to President Adams. The Henry Adams she writes of (breathless confusion follows) was father of Joseph, father of Joseph, father of John the 2nd president. Henry Adams was also the father of Thomas, father of Peletiah, father of Elizabeth who married Deacon John Cummings who were parents of Deacon William Cummings, father of Bridget Cummings who married John Atwell who was father of Nathaniel who was father of Hiram who was father of Caroline Atwell who married James Noyes. So Elizabeth Adams who married Cummings, a contemporary of John Adams, was his 2nd cousin once removed.

I have transcribed from the document supplied me by Nancy Benton.

About the year 1608 in the little village of Charleton Mackrel on the river Cary, among the Polden Hills in the heart of English Somersetshire, a young girl was being courted by a lad from the neighboring village of Barton St. David.

The girls name was Edith and she was the daughter of a certain Henry Squire. The lad who made her his wife in 1609 or there abouts was Henry Adams – a young farmer who held some land by the old English system of copyhold from the lord of the Manor of Barton St. David. How rapidly children came to fill the farm house we do not know but in all eight sons and one daughter lived to grow up.

For some reason Henry Adams decided to abandon the home where his family had probably lived for generations and to try his luck in the New World. The moving may have been religious or it may have been economic or as was often the case, a combination of the two.

About 1636 he arrived at Boston Mass with his wife and nine children.

He was granted land at MT. Wollaston afterward called Braintree, and managed to establish a foothold.

After his buriel on Oct. 8, 1646, the inventory of his estate reveals that he had a house and barn, a cow and calf, some pigs, furniture and utensils and three beds – one in the parlor and two in the chamber. More noteworthy and probably relics of the old days in England were a silver teaspoon and some books.

The estate was worth 75 pounds, equally divided between real and personal property.

This Henry Adams was the great grandfather of John Adams, our second president.

The earlier generations of the Adam’s family are buried at Quincy Mass. where the old family home still stands.

This information is from the Prologue of “The Adam’s Family” by James Thuslow (?) Adams published 1930.

Written by Pansy Noyes Bryant

Children of Charlie and Pansy Bryant

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Children of Charlie and Pansy Bryant

Ray Milton Bryant was born near Liberal Mo Apr 4 – 1916

Kathleen Bryant was born at Liberal Mo Mar 9 – 1923

Charles Robert and Nancy Ann Bryant, twins, was born near Liberal Mo Feb 26- 1933
Chas at 3 oclock Nancy at 3-30 A.M. Sunday

Charles Robert was killed by lightning June 30 1946 and buried in the Liberal cemetary age 13 yrs 4 mos. and 4 days

Family Record – Marriages of the Children of Ray and Betty Noyes

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Marriages of the children of Ray and Betty Noyes

Pansy Noyes to Charlie Bryant at Greenfield Mo. Apr 24 – 1915. Saturday

Cora Noyes to John J. Minor at Greenfield Mo. Oct 18 – 1915 Moneay

Cora Minor Noyes was married to W. B. Dickson at Shreveport La. May 3 – 1923

Ray James Noyes to Mildred Snip Oct 21 – 1926 Thursday at Carthage Mo

Dorothy Nadeen Noyes to Lloyd C. McKenney Fri July 27 – 1928 at Girard Kans.

Mary Louise Noyes to Frank Bevans Jr. on Sat Aug 10 – 1929 at Crown Point Ind.

Mary Louise was married to Philip J. Hurt Sept 6 – 1933 Wed. at Carthage Mo.

Ray James was married to Eula Millard Nov 17 – 1933. at Greenfield Mo. Friday

Family Record – Children of Ray and Betty Noyes

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Children of Ray and Betty Noyes

Pansy Ruth Noyes was born near Liberal Mo Sunday Dec 8th, 11 oclock 1895 9 lbs

Cora Vira Noyes was born near Liberal Mo Tuesday Sept 14th a.m. 5 oclock 1897 – 10 lbs

Ray James Noyes was born near Liberal Mo Sat Aug 8th 7 oclock 1903 – 12 lbs.

Dorothy Nadeen Noyes was born near Liberal Mo Monday June 13th 8 oclock 1908 – 11 lbs

Mary Louise Noyes was born near Liberal Mo Friday Nov. 15th 5 oclock 1912 – 10 lbs

NOTE: Ray Noyes was the son of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell Noyes. Betty Noyes was the daughter of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana L. Jane Fowler.