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Re: Bryant from TN to TX 1879
Posted by: TERRY PELTON (ID *****1399) Date: November 01, 2012 at 11:57:14
In Reply to: Re: Bryant from TN to TX 1879 by Nita of 11245

James Allen Bryant ---the son of John Summers Bryant & Callie Burrows Bryant: I have been busy researching Catalina/Catarina records near Texas. It will take time to complete this search, digging through various records, publications, etc to verify or disapprove each item.

On the positive side, I have a location name plus a timeline and cause of death. I'll either find the records during my research of the other areas or... I will return to Texas and hire someone to physically search for James county records near Catarina, Texas. I'll keep you updated on the subject matter when I am successful.

Callie Burrows Bryant ---The last record I found was when she was living with her daughter and son in law (as you referanced). I special ordered a very old book hoping Callie, her daughter and/or son-in-law's oral family history was included with the others for that town. Ordering this book was bad timing, they had just STOPPED publishing it via special order. My monies were refunded. They are contacting the publisher for a poss copy. I was looking for ancestor clues.

Martha E Lindsey Bryant ---wife of James and mother of John William Bryant SR. I know... something major happened to Martha and John's relationship abt 1920-1922. What it was, I can NOT say. According to John's death, medical, Health Dept and voter reg records... he relocated from Texas to Huntington CA WITHOUT his mother (whom he had supported since WWI). In CA, John was working in the Huntington oil fields. Family stories say, Martha died sooner than she should of. But what do these words really mean? Did she physically die, was hospitalized for loosing memory and/or functional skills or did she relocate? I do NOT believe anyone has researched Texas medical records. Hopefully, someone will read this and take up the challegen.

Martha's son.... John William Bryant Sr's death record does NOT identify his mother's full name (only her middle name and that is questionable via the handwriting of his step daughter on the record). The OPPOSIT is true of John's father's name (James Allen Bryant). His full name is clearly written on his death certificate.

John's birth date matched his TX WWI draft card. Martha, James and John's birthstates were NOT identified on his death certificate.

Soooo... I obtained John's CA medical and Health Dept records and all the missing information was there. Mother & father full names plus all 3-birthstates. (Texas, Texas and Tennessee). What a challenge that was.

Tomorrow, I will call my mother and ask questions about other Bryants. I think there was only 1 or poss 2 other Bryant relatives my father knew (during his childhood). My mother knew my father's Bryant family during her school years.

As for my grandmother (Ila Eulalah Ricks Bryant), she stayed in contact with her out of state Bryant relatives. If I recall correctly, she stayed in contact until approx the 1960's.

Cherokee issue: I saw the messages on the subject matter. (Hummmm.... Lucy was a pop given name in that time period. Jesse's wife Frances' Unknown Surname or... poss the 1860 Lavinia, Carroll County census records... with mis-spelled surname Briant vs Bryant... could be considered indirect links to the Cherokee line). The Cherokee given names only occassionally match a Jesse line names. I'll keep an open mind on the subject matter.

Likewise, Jere Robinson Cox, Curator-Director, Browning Library, McKenzie DOES have creditabity. In 1999, he identified father Jesse Bryant b-1805 NC, son James A, son Marshell H, daughter Lucy and her infant son's gravesites at 3-cemeteries located near Lavinia, Carroll County, TN. (2-of the 3 cemeteries are on National Guard Prop. All 3-cemeteries are within 1/2 to 1 mile of each other). Plus you, yourself found Jesse's grandson John William Bryant Beckenridge, Stephens County TX orbit. The orbit confirms he was born in Lavinia, Carroll County, TN. And, I found their 1960 mis-spelled surname census record that everyone else had found before me.

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