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  • Name Jennings "Bryan" Gilreath  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Nickname Bryan 
    Born 10 Oct 1896  , Gilreath, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jan 1964  1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 12
    Buried 22 Jan 1964  Mountlawn Memorial Park, Fairplains, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Person ID I189  Main
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2012 

    Father Marcus Leander Gilreath,   b. 11 Apr 1864, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1936, , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Thenia Lavenia Hendren,   b. 27 Aug 1872, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1945, , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 Oct 1890  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 13, 14
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail Bumgarner,   b. 18 May 1904, , Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1972, 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1933  Woodland Boulevard, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 9, 15, 16, 17
    Children 
     1. Martha Jane Gilreath
     2. Rebecca Gail Gilreath,   b. 28 Jul 1940, 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F87  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Bryan grew up on the Brushy Mountain in North Carolina, the third of five children. His youngest sister died as an infant. When he was still a boy, Bryan's father was injured in a hunting accident. After that, he and his family moved in town to Wilkesboro, where his father opened a shoe repair shop.

      Bryan was commonly known as the family dare-devil. His sister once commented that she and her siblings never got to play with many toys because Bryan got them first and broke them or hurt himself on them, thereby earning the nickname of "Crip." When he was young, he and some friends set off bottle rockets. While setting one off, he tripped and fell. Before he could clear the area, the rocket went off and blinded him in his left eye. This later precluded him from serving in World War I. In fact, he was injured so often that he would began going straight to the doctor's office instead of going home first. His injuries did not deter him, however, from experimenting with various machinery and equipment. He owned the first automobile in Wilkes County, and flew airplanes for fun. He even owned the local airport and had an open cockpit airplane.

      Bryan completed school through the 9th grade, and then started working for Southern Railway to help support the family. He worked there for over 45 years, handling the express shipments. Bryan was well known in the community for his friendly, outgoing spirit, and was much loved by his two children. He coached Little League Baseball and was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge. In his free time, Bryan played bridge and poker, and enjoyed going to "the show" in town.
    • (Research):Letter dated 10 Sep 19?? to Miss Gail Bumgarner, 2830 S 16th Place, Homewood, Birmingham, Ala from Bryan Gilreath, Southern Railway System, Box 434, No. Wilkesboro, NC

      Friday Night
      Dear Mamma,
      I wonder what you are doing to night, bet you are having a wonderful time, I haven't had any mail yet but I guess I haven't had time, but am looking for some real soon.
      One of the traffic men was up last night, and we had to work on the tariff file for a while, then go down on the *creek* and it was late when we got back, so that's why I didn't write last night.
      Mill, Bee, Bet, and I went to the show to night, it was real good. It's only 10.30 now and I'm back over in town. Now isn't that being good.
      Oh! You just ought to be at house, Pearl came in to night. She says she is wound up, but I only seen her for a few minutes and she didn't get to tell it all to me. Say's she had a marvelous time.
      Wedmore also came in to night. Guess I better get a date with her, to keep from being lonesome, hadn't I?
      I sure do miss you lots ole dear and it won't be long now, before I see you. Will probably be down by the middle of the week. I hope so anyway. I can get off now most any day, thought I would hang around until Mon. or Tues. and see if the auditors came.
      Guess I better lay me down to rest now, be good, and remember, I *love* you.

      Bryan


      Letter dated 13 Sep 1927 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, 2830 S 16th Place Homewood, Birmingham, Ala. from Bryan Gilreath, Southern Railway System, Box 434, No. Wilkesboro, NC
      Tuesday am
      Dear Mamma,
      Sorry I didn't get to write you last night, but I was up on the mountain. Ray and I went Squirrel hunting this morning, had very good luck got four.
      I have had two letters from you, and I'm looking for another one to day. I sure do enjoy them. They keep me from being so blue, but make me want to see you all the more.
      I won't be here after to day. Mr. Hendren had to go back to the hospital at Charlotte, so I am going to see him to morrow. Hope to see you Thursday. Will wire you from Atlanta.
      Tell Mary if it's any hotter down there than it is here, all she will need will be a fig leaf.
      I certainly am glad you are having such a good time, but be sure and save some of them for me.
      I *gotta* get busy now, be good and think of me until I C U.

      All my love,
      Bryan


      Letter dated 19 May, 1930 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, c/o Wardmen Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. from Bryan Gilreath, Southern Railway System, Box 434, No. Wilkesboro, NC
      Monday afternoon

      Dear Gail,
      I have been wondering if some body had kidnapped you. I didn't get your letter until to day noon. You must have put it in an ashe can instead of a mail box. Any way I was certainly glad to get it.
      I have been awful lonesome for you. I played some golf Sat. night but didn't go any where to play Sunday am. Couldn't find any one to go with me. Shorty had to go to a funeral.
      I showed Dr. Johnson's demonstrater around a lette(?) Sunday afternoon, but I'm sure you won't mind or be jealous, when you see her for she isn't any *queen*.
      I stayed up with Claude last night until bed time. It rained awful hard here, had a regular storm. Am glad you are coming down the Valley. I know you will enjoy the trip.
      You didn't say what time you would be in W.S. but I will come down as soon as I can after I get off. I must stop as I want to get this on the buss.

      All my love,
      Bryan


      Letter dated 9 Nov. 1931 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, 203 Belvoir Ave., Chatanooga, Tenn. from Bryan Gilreath
      Sunday night
      Hello Baby!
      I have been thinking about you all afternoon. It is just about time for you to be getting to Chatta. and I'll bet you are tired.
      I sure have missed you this afternoon. It doesn't seem like the same place. I didn't see any thing of Mildred and her gang. Don't know whether they came or not.
      I have been working most of the day. I hung around on the street a while this afternoon but nothing exciting happened. I made a little trip down on the creek to night, but didn't find any body at home. Guess all the bootleggers were gone to church. I hope you didn't have any trouble with your's.
      Everybody want's to know what I am doing loafing around. I just tell them my wife is gone to the country, (but I'm glad she won't be gone long) for I want to see you already just don't see how I will get along until Fri.
      Tell Mary, Charlie, and Ted hello, and give them my very best, and I hope it won't be long until I see you all.

      Yours until Niagra Falls,
      Brayan
      P.S. (Da - this pen)


      Letter dated 26 Dec 1932 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, c/o W.H. Riley, Chappel Hill, NC from Bryan Gilreath
      Sunday night
      Dear Mama!
      I really have missed you this afternoon. All the boys must be nursing a hangover for I can't even find a poker game.
      I stayed over at the house until after three and have been (dam this pen) just hanging around ever since. Wish I had kept the bridge book. Would have had plenty of time to study it.
      I have been worrying about you all afternoon, because it was such a bad time to travel.
      I haven't had my nog yet. Harry Somers asked me to come up to his house and make some. Think I will go if he hasn't gone to bed.
      I will be looking for a letter from you to morrow and I better get it.
      This is the first Sunday night we have been away from each other for a long time, and it sure does make a big difference.
      I hope you have a big time, and I know you will. Hen will see to that, but don't have all the fun until I get there, Fri. night if possible, and don't forget your lonesome (may bee)

      Papa


      Letter dated 28 Dec 1932 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, c/o W. H. Riley, Chappel Hill, NC from Bryan Gilreath
      Friday Nite
      Dearest Gail,
      Here tis: I have kept my promise so far. Sure was glad to get your note to day. I think Pat was kindly crazy to go hunting such a time. It hasn't ceased raining here all day and doesn't look like is was going to stop soon.
      I took her Highness to the show to night, but I didn't let her get in contact with any of her old acquaintences, so didn't have to listen to any speals.
      I asked the boss to day about having off Sat. and he said if nothing happened he thought it could be arranged.
      I missed you lots to night, fur it was our night to go to the show, but I hope to see you Fri. night. It seems like you have been gone a week already.
      I wore my new pajamas last night; tell Hen they are just fine.

      Lots of Love,
      Bryan


      Letter dated 29 Dec 1932 to Miss Gail Bumgarner, c/o W. H. Riley, Chappel Hil, NC from Bryan Gilreath
      Thursday am

      Dearest Gail,
      I didn't write you last night. Was mad cause I didn't get your letter until this am, but everything is alright now. Sure was good to hear from you. I'll bet you widows have been having a big time, but it won't last much longer cause your usbands will soon be back.
      We are still having rain every day and lots of fog every night. If it doesn't clear up, I may not come until Sat. am. So if I'm not there don't think I had a wreck.
      Your mother said she wanted to see me before I left. Guess she wants to send Hen something.
      Sorry you didn't get to see Mary Tom. Guess she was gone some where for xmas. Sorry I couldn't be there for the party last night, hope you had a big time. did you stay sober? hope you didn't get sick.
      I sure have been missing you, and I'll be counting the hours until I get there. I must go to lunch now. be good and don't forget I love you lots.

      Your
      Bryan


      Letter dated 1 Jan 1935 to Mrs. J. B. Gilreath, 9 Center Hill, Petersburg, VA from Bryan Gilreath
      Tuesday am
      Happy New Year!
      I didn't get any letter this morning. thought sure I would hear from you. I hope you had a nice trip and are having a good time.
      Charlie and I got home in time for dinner and he went to see Susie Sunday afternoon. Pearl and I rode around and a little in her car.
      Did you celebrate any last night? It was a bad night here, rained all afternoon and night. Ice was freezing on the trees last night, but was all gone this am. Pete and I went to the midnight show last night. Was home by 1:30 that isn't too late is it?
      I am feeding the chickens and taking in the egg every day.
      I sure do miss you when I go home it doesn't seem like home now. I have turned the water off up stairs, haven't been building any fires, just use the oil stove in the bath room and dress in there. We didn't have any new years party, the weather was too bad.
      It is almost train time, so I guess I better get busy. I hope it brings me a letter from my sweet heart, for I love you laps.

      Bryan


      Letter dated 3 Jan 1935 to Mrs. J. B. Gilreath, 9 Center Hill, Petersburg, VA from Bryan Gilreath
      Thursday am
      Hello Sweet,
      You are doing right well, have had two letters, they were a long time coming, but I was sure glad to get them.
      Are you sure it's Ruth's face that is getting long. Why don't you visit one of the whisky stores instead of so many antique shops!
      I am getting along very nicely, except that I miss you a lot. I ate supper with your motherTuesday night, had a very nice supper, they have been killing hogs again. Pearl, Charlie, Tom and I listened to the ball game and the radio until bed time. Last night I went to practice, and then loafered up town for a little while. Your cutain goods are here. Lundy said they wouldn't use any of it before you came home.
      The schedule out of Richmond isn't so good. You will have to leave Richmond at 6:50 am. That will put you in Durham at 12:25. That seems to be the only train you can get.
      Has Hen gotten home yet? Mack was sick after their party the night we didn't go, don't know whether he is out yet or not.
      Nothing has happened of any interest. Will write you again to morrow and I love you an awful lot.

      Yourn
      Bryan


      Letter dated 6 Mar 1935 to Mrs. J. B. Gilreath, 5 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC from Bryan Gilreath
      Wednesday am
      My Dear.
      I sure was glad to hear from you, had a letter yesterday and one this am. Sorry you are not feeling so good, but hope you will soon be OK.
      I am feeling OK, it rained all day yesterday, but it is just cloudy to day.
      We went to Statesville Monday night, and wow, the boys haven't lost a single game out of town when I was with them, and haven't won a game when I wasn't. Is that conceipt for you.
      Guess I just as well say I am glad you bought the secretary, for I know you would never have been satisfied without it. Hope you like it. I know I will like it if you are satisfied.
      I went to see Will Rogers last night. It was real good.
      Turner sent the chairs in this am. I will try to get one of them finished. Which one was it Mary wanted for her self?
      I must get to work. Write me real often, for I am in love with you lots.

      Your Bryan


      Letter to Gail from Bryan
      Monday night
      My Dear!
      Sober, yes, haven't had but one drink to night. I'll bet you are ahead of me.
      I didn't get any letter to day, better get one soon, because I want to hear from my baby.
      I called on my customers this afternoon, bawled a while, then went to see Grand Hotel. Didn't think it was so hot.
      Think I will go over and take her highness to the show to morrow night. She and Ruth was over here this afternoon. She was trying to get Ruth to stay over, but I think she went home.
      Guess you and Hen are having a good time while Pat is away. Sorry I can't be there with you. I am going to ask the boss to morrow about getting off Sat. Hope he is in a good humor.
      It is eleven now. Guess I better turn in. Be good, and I love you laps,

      Yours always,
      Bryan


      Letter to Gail from Bryan
      Saturday am
      My Dear:
      You are real sweet to write me every day cause I sho do look for them. You should have another letter from me by this time.
      Glad you got to go to Richmond and had a good time. Sorry you couldn't find any thing to suit you.
      I called your mother last night. They are OK. Your dad is getting out some now. She told me about Hen moving, and Pearl went down yesterday to help her pack (or see Obie), don't know which.
      I sure do miss you to snuggle up to at night. That house gets awful cold with no fire in it for a week. Will warm it up this afternoon to take my weekly.
      Mr. Moore asked me over to his house last night for supper. It was real nice and I enjoyed it very much.
      If you are not coming by to see Hen, I don't know just when to tell you to come. There is only three trains out of Richmond coming this way. One leaves at 6:50 am and gets to W. Salem at 1:02 pm. It would be almost impossible for me to meet you on that train until next Sunday, unless you would want to wait in W.S. until say 3 pm. I could get there by that time. Another train leaves R. at 6 pm, arrives Greenshaw 12:03 am. That isn't so good. Another leaves R 10:30 pm arrive W.S. 8 am. I could meet that one most any time. Of course you would have to take a Pullman on this train.
      The train schedules from Petersburg to Richmond are very bad. You would have a long wait in Richmond. You can probably get something better on the electric line or the Buss. J. V. can find out for you.
      Just let me know when you are coming and I will arrange to meet you. I am getting awful anxious to see you. Didn't know I would miss you so much.
      Guess I will have to work some to morrow as we are going to have five cars of cattle to get out. Don't see why they have to ship them on Sunday every time.
      I saw Bill Tate last night. Said he would like to see you, and for me to give you his regards. You didn't know he was married, did you! Was married Xmas Eve. Didn't have his wife with him tho, rather early to be seperated don't you think?
      I must get to work, or I'll get fired. Write me your plans as soon as possible.

      I love you
      Bryan


      Letter to Gail from Bryan
      Sunday pm
      Sweetheart,
      I sure have missed you to day. I went to S. S. then worked until noon and have been loafering all afternoon and that is harder than working.
      I went over to the orchard this afternoon to look for some rocks, but couldn't find any way to get in. I couldn't find Charlie to go with me. I saw him pass through town one time, but he didn't stop.
      I haven't heard any thing from you yet. Hope you got along OK and you and Hen are having a good time.
      Pete and I didn't have any trouble. Mattie came on the buss. at 5:20 and we were back home at seven. I sure did miss you last night. I had to pull up the blussut(?) before morning. It makes a difference when you don't have a hot mamma with you.
      I put some water in your flowers in the window to day. I just supposed you forgot to tell me about that.
      I sure do wish I could have gone down with you. Tell Pat and Hen Hey for me, and don't get too high while the Gin lasts.
      Will write you again as son as I hear from you.

      Heaps of love from
      Your Bryan


      Letter to Gail from Bryan
      Wednesday night
      Hey old Dear!
      How is everything in Birmingham? I know you have been there long enough to take it all in.
      I sure do wish I could have gone with you, but everything looks now like I am going to get to come alright.
      Bee and Mill was over in town to day. Bee said you told her I could have dates with her or take her to ride either, so I'm starting to night. Charlie and I am going over to play bridge.
      I didn't get over this afternoon to see about the new girls.
      You did leave your compact in my car last night. I will bring it with me when I come.
      Tell May I said have every thing set for I'll be seeing her soon.
      I know I am going to miss you for I feel it coming on now.
      Well ole dear O hope you have a wonderful time until I get there then we will have it together. Write to me real soon and often and remember I love you all the time.

      Heaps of Love
      Bryan


      Letter to Gail from Bryan
      Friday am Sat. (don't even know the day)
      Dearest,
      I didn't get a chance to write you last night. Fact is I didn't have enough stamps, but you should get it any way.
      I haven't been out of the house this am. It is cold as the devil up here.
      Clo is feeling fine although she is in bed yet, and I think I could stay warmer there. Kent is off this afternoon and we are going in to the city to a show. Hope it will be good.
      I miss you an awful lot, but really I think you would enjoy it more in the Summer time up here.
      Clo, Mattie and me are enjoying the candy very much. Clo thinks it is awfully good, and nice of you to send it. I hope you and Pearl are having a big time with Mr. Bob and ?.
      I know I would have a much better time down there with you than I am going to have up here. They was really not looking for me until next week.
      Guess I better take a big ball, eat a little lunch, and go to the city.
      I'll be glad to see my sweetheart Monday morning, bright and early.

      Your
      Bryan
    • (Medical):See attached sources. [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] Bible: North Carolina, Wilkes - Marcus Leander Gilreath Family, Marcus Leander Gilreath, (location unknown, photocopy of the original hand-written inscription is in the possession of Gail Rich Nestor.), "William Jennings Bryan Gilreath was born October the 10th 1896" (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., marriage announcement for Bryan and Gail Gilreath, vol. XXVI, no. 103, Monday, 20 Nov 1933, page 5 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S806] Vital: North Carolina Vital Records, Births: 1913-Present, Deaths: 1930-Present, (Vital Records, Raleigh, North Carolina), certificate of birth for Rebecca Gail Gilreath, registration district 97-60, certificate 118, vol. 26, page 558 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Marcus Leander Gilreath, vol. XXX, no. 54, Monday, 13 Apr 1936, page 1 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S815] North Carolina, Wilkes - Delayed Birth Certificates, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Courthouse), delayed certificate of birth for Jennings Bryan Gilreath (1896), certificate no. 474, issued 20 Jul 1944 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Mrs. Venie Hendren Gilreath, vol. 40, no. 45, Thursday, 11 Oct 1945, page 1 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S806] Vital: North Carolina Vital Records, Births: 1913-Present, Deaths: 1930-Present, (Vital Records, Raleigh, North Carolina), certificate of death for Jennings Bryan Gilreath, registration district no. 97-60, registrar's certificate no. 9, 1964 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S799] Church: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, funeral program for Jennings Bryan Gilreath (1964), Reins - Sturdivant, Inc., Funeral Directors (Reliability: 3).
      IN MEMORY OF
      JENNINGS BRYAN GILREATH
      DATE OF BIRTH
      OCTOBER 10, 1896
      DATE OF DEATH
      JANUARY 20, 1964
      PLACE AND TIME OF SERVICE
      FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
      NORTH WILKESBORO
      WEDNESDAY 10:00 A. M.
      JANUARY 22, 1964
      CLERGYMAN
      REV. R.F. SMITH, JR.
      PLACE OF INTERMENT
      MOUNTLAWN MEMORIAL PARK

    9. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Bryan Gilreath, vol. 57, no. 77, Thursday, 23 Jan 1964, page 1 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S171] Cemetery: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro Township - Mountlawn Memorial Park, grave marker for Bryan Gilreath, section H, lot 18, space 7, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 13 Jan 2004 (Reliability: 3).
      Inscription:
      BRYAN GILREATH
      OCT. 10, 1896
      JAN. 20, 1964

    11. [S2] Book: North Carolina-Genealogy - Genealogy of Stephen Bumgarner 1811-1901, Flora B. Friend, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Hunter Publishing Company, 1983), 144 (Reliability: 3).
      "Bryan, son of M.L. and Vennie Hendren Gilreath, was born and reared in Wilkes. He held a position with the Southern Railway for forty-five years, in charge of express shipments. He was active in the Knights of Pythias Lodge, the Dokies Club, the Y.M.C.A., and in sports programs. Bryan and Gail were buried in Mount Lawn Cemetery."

    12. [S799] Church: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, membership record no. 209 (Reliability: 3).
      209
      Gilreath, J. B., Mr.
      507 E St., N. W.
      received by Baptism
      5-19-18 R. F. Smith, Jr. Pastor W. O. Absher Clerk
      Died 1-20-64

    13. [S71] Bible: North Carolina, Wilkes - Marcus Leander Gilreath Family, Marcus Leander Gilreath, (location unknown, photocopy of the original hand-written inscription is in the possession of Gail Rich Nestor.), "M. L. Gilreath and T. L. Hendren was married Oct. the 30th 1890" (Reliability: 3).
      FAMILY RECORD
      M. L. Gilreath and
      T. L. Hendren was
      married Oct the 30th
      1896
      Marcus Leander
      Gilreath was born
      April the 17 1864
      Louvenie Gilreath
      was born August
      the 27th 1870
      Lundy Tryphena
      Gilreath was born
      July the 31st 1891
      Wade Hampton Gilreath was
      born June the 2nd 1894
      William Jennings Bryan
      Gilreath was born October
      the 10th 1896

    14. [S806] Vital: North Carolina Vital Records, Births: 1913-Present, Deaths: 1930-Present, (Vital Records, Raleigh, North Carolina), certificate of death for M. L. Gilreath, registration district no. 97-60, certificate no. 23, vol. 1870, page 431 (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S805] North Carolina, Wilkes - Marriage Record Books, Register of Deeds, (County Courthouse, Wilkesboro, North Carolina), certificate of marriage for Bryan Gilreath and Gail Bumgarner, 19 Nov 1933 (Reliability: 3).
      I, T. H. Settle, Register of Deeds of Wilkes County, State of North Carolina, hereby certify that I have this day issued License for the marriage of. J. Bryan Gilreath, age 35, address North Wilkesboro, N.C., to Gail Bumgarner, age 29, address Wilkesboro, N.C. This 19th day of November A.D. 1933
      T. H. Settle, Register of Deeds
      CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE
      This Certifies that:
      J. Bryan Gilreath of N. Wilkesboro, N.C. and Gail Bumgarner of Wilkesboro, N.C. were by me united in Holy Matrimony at The Home of Linville Bumgarner According to the Ordinances of God and the Laws of the State of North Carolina, on the 19th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1933.
      Witnesses:
      J.V. Jennings of Statesville, N.C.
      R. O. Poplin of Ronda, N.C.
      Linville Bumgarner of Wilkesboro, N.C.
      S.S. Jennings, Baptist Minister

    16. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., birth announcement for Rebecca Gail Gilreath, Monday, 29 Jul 1940, Local News section (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S142] Newspaper: North Carolina, Wilkes, North Wilkesboro - The Journal-Patriot [microfilm], (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Gail Bumgarner Gilreath, vol. 65, no. 68, Monday, 24 Jan 1972, page 1 (Reliability: 3).