1. I will use this gallery to present everything I have on my first cousin, twice removed, Orvil Perry Pyron. He was born October 10, 1878 while the family was living in Clay County, Arkansas. They moved back to McNairy County, Tennessee when he was about three years old. I'm not sure where he got his first name, Orvil, but he probably got his middle name from his mother's side of the family; her father was Allen Perry Swain.
This is probably the earlies photograph we have of Orvil. He is in the dark suit in the back, left part of the group. He appears to be about 14 or 15 years old. I think he remained in school longer than many boys his age, because his father, William Henry Pyron (1846-1909) valued education. At least two of Orvil's sister, Mary and one other, taught school. His younger brother Riley, born in 1886, might well be in this picture, as well as one or two of his sisters. His sister Lula was born in 1881 and Sallie was born in 1889. I think this picture might date to about 1893 or '94. The school could have been Hardins Beauty, or perhaps one near Leapwood.
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