States: Texas: Hood
Thank you so much. Yes, that is the marriage date for William Josiah BRYANT / BRIANTs first wife but I really need the date for William J. BRYANT & Donie Edna "Eddy" or "D E" BUTLER somewhere between 1864 & 1869 in Prob. TX. but could have possibly married in Arkansas or Lousianna near the Texas boarder. William's first wife died (according to family legend) at Mary's Creek in Cook Co., TX. abt. 1864-65. Donie is found in the Household of her widowed mother, Nancy TILL Butler (widow of William) and next to her Grandfather George TILL in Anderson Co., TX. in 1860. Her family apparently were in Navarro & Hill Co., TX. area in the late 1860's & early 1870s. along with William J. & Donie E. Butler BRYANT. They are on the `1870 census there and are acredited for helping to start the community of Blooming Grove. *( several of William's older children married founding members of this city as well). By late 1870s he and Donie are in Hood Co., TX. The children are attending Mambrino Schools. Most of the early family is listed as buried at Wells Cemetery of Farm Rd. 2425.. William J. BRYANT & William M. BUTLER are listed as owning business property in Grandbury until 1894. That is when I lose track of William J. but his son says he died in 1912 and is buried at Wells Cem. *( Judge Davis of Hood Co.)
Donie is remarried late 1894 to William M. BUTLER ( apparently not kin ). I would love to know when he died. Maybe George Richard or William Arthur / Carl BRYANT (sons) were talking about their stepfather. I don't know where Donie went. She was with a dau-in-law in Wichita Co., TX. in 1910 and with a dau. who married William LOGAN in 1920. One of my 90+ year ISRAEL cousins (who since has gone on to be with our LORD), said she is sure that Donie left there and went to another daughter's after she came to visit them but she was young and could not remember which one or what happened to her after that. Her parents too are buried at Wells. She wanted to go out there the last time I saw her but it was in the 90s that day and way too hot to go out in that weather for either of us. She knew where several were buried but I can only find one or two by headstones and her directions of a couple. Anyway, after all of that Thanks again for the help. Let me know if I can help you at any time.
Blessings; J. BRYANT
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