Since I originally posted info on the search for my 2nd great-grandfather, Henry Bryant, back in 1998, I've discovered new information about his family.I must say that much of the census info regarding his children is confusing at best.
Here's my Bryant line:
Henry C. (?Clay?) Bryant b Jan 1818 KY d 3 July 1903 Madison Co MO m Eveline N. Stephens 11 May 1845 Monroe Co MO.Henry C. Bryant states that his father was b NC and his mother was b KY per the Monroe Co MO 1900 census.Henry and Eveline Stephens had the following children per census records--1850 & 1860 Monroe Co MO, 1870 Clinton Co MO, 1880 Howard Co MO, 1900 Monroe Co MO:
1. James W. "Dick" Bryant b 11 Apr 1845 MO d 23 May 1909 bur Saddle Cem Fulton Co AR - record of his burial can be found at Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25895423http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25895423His wife and some of his children are listed at Find A Grave also. (1880 Howard Co MO census records show his wife to be Mary F. b c1852 TN--Platte Co MO marriage records show James Bryant m Mary F. Jennings 18 Aug 1870 Platte Co MO--the family photo I have was taken by J.S. Stone, Photographer, Edgerton, MO, which is in Platte Co MO--for some reason James W. Bryant had the nickname "Dick")
2. John G. M. Bryant b c1848 MO (I believe this child died before the 1860 census)
3. Francis "Frank" Marion Bryant b 5 Mar 1850 Monroe Co MO d 4 Dec 1931 Monroe Co MO (m Mary Clifton 12 Sep 1871 Monroe Co MO - they had six children; Mary Belle, Julia, Date, Willie Maye, Elmer, and Iva Ruth)
4. Napoleon Boneparte "Pole" Bryant b 4 Jul 1850 Monroe MO per Monroe Co MO 1850 census and Cowley Co KS 1880 census d 9 Apr 1936 Billings OK bur Union Cem Billings OK at Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bryant&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=38&GScnty=2179&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=39336180&df=all&http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bryant&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=38&GScnty=2179&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=39336180&df=all& m1 Louisa J. Frisk 4 Jul 1874 Jasper MO m2 Martha Alice McPheeters 11 May 1889 Hutchinson, Reno Co KS (Napoleon and Louisa Frisk had three children: Myrtie E., Mildred, and Clarence Albert "Bertie" - Napoleon and Martha Alice McPheeters had 11 children: Elmer W., Charles Ora, Henry Lynn, Laura Mae, Susan Alice, Ruble (my grandmother) b 24 Feb 1901 Kingfisher Co OK, Infant son, Alpha Nellie, Amy Jo, Napoleon Boneparte Jr, and Jessie Lee)
5. Joseph William Bryant b 12 Jan 1856 MO d 1940 bur Madison MO m Amanda Witherspoon 1875 Madison MO (Joseph and Amanda Witherspoon had 5 children: Ada T., Henry Clay, Claudie Pearle, Orpha Herbert (twin), and Cleta Bernice (twin) )
6. Henry Bryant b c1858 MO (I believe this child died before the 1870 census)
7. Jefferson Davis "Bunk" Bryant b c1859 d c21 Oct 1930 Greenville MS unm (Was murdered at Greenville MS - According to an article in "The Daily Democrat-Times," Greenville Mississippi dated 5 Nov 1930, Bunk's body was discovered on Nov 4, 1930 by two hunters, and it was believed that he had been dead for two weeks, which would have made his death occur approximately 21 Oct 1930.There is some info in the article that does not add up: it says Bunk lived in Greenville for "near one year," however, I found Bunk on the 1930 Bolivar Co MS census - Bryant, J.D. age 66, born MO, father born MO (sic), mother born MO (sic), listed as "manager cotton plantation."The date listed on the page of the 1930 census that Bunk is on, is April 4.Therefore, Bunk was a resident of Bolivar Co MS on 4 April 1930, and was killed approx. 21 October 1930--so he could not have lived in Greenville "near one year."I also found it interesting that the article noted that he was wearing a signet ring on his right hand--I have a picture of Frank, Joe, and Bunk, and in the picture it is plain to see that Bunk is wearing a ring on his right hand.I wonder what happened to his personal effects?In a letter dated 11 Nov 1930, to Aunt Laura Bryant Pitts, J. B. Gilliam answers a question about Bunk's personal effects and city property, that Aunt Laura evidently asked."In answer to your letter to Shannon Cain Funeral Parlors asking information about his city property and personal property wish to say that as far as I know he had no city property and his personal property is at the court house in charge of Mr. John W. Sterling sheriff of Washington County and if you wish it sent to your father please communicate with the sheriffs office and get him to send it to you or if he is unable to do it get his permission for it to be sent and I will arrange to have it sent to you."The contents of Bunk's pockets are listed in the article: two nickles; a razor; a pack of cigarettes and matches; and a large knife.Now, I wonder how he could have gone out in public with only two nickles in his pockets, and without a wallet--makes me wonder if he wasn't robbed too?It also peaked my interest to read that, "He is said to have relatives in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Washington DC" (it is clear to me now that the relative he had was in Washington state and was probably Anna "Nan" Smith Bryant Cline).The article says that Bunk had wounds on the right side of his head and were said to come from either a shotgun or ice pick. I did find an additional article about Bunk's death in "The Daily Democrat-Times," 6 Nov 1930, which states the Coroners Jury concluded that the death of J.D. Bryant was as a result of a broken neck, and that Baton Rouge LA may have clue to the murder . . . . "G.O. Maher of Baton Rouge, LA., telegraphed the Democrat-Times today for a description of the slain man.Maher in his message said that he may have uncovered a clue in the Louisiana Capital City."Of further interest is the following: "Maggie Rutledge, negress 515 N,. Edison Street, housekeeper for Bryant had been arrested and is being held for investigation . . . Belief is expressed by the investigation that Bryant was killed elsewhere and dumped into the thickly wooded section were the body was found. Officer Furnby said from the position that Bryant's body was discovered it appeared that he had been struck while sitting in a chair and then carried to the "Hobo Jungle.Labels had been cut out of the planter's coat and hat and it was revealed that initials on a ring that he wore on his right hand had been filed.")
8. Anna "Nan" Smith Bryant b 3 Jan 1863 d 9 Sep 1935 Vernon B.C. Canada m George C. Cline 13 Jan 1881 Howard Co MO (found Anna and George C. Cline on the Kingfisher OK 1900 census and the Reno Co KS 1910 census, then I lose track of them on census records).In 1900 Anna and George C. Cline had the following children: George, Harry, Charly, and Sally.I do have a suspicion the the family lived in Colorado c1884, but I don't know where.
I have additional info on Henry Clay Bryant and his service in the Civil War.I also believe that Henry had a brother, Richard Bryant--Henry and Richard Bryant were in the 9th Missouri Sharpshootsers and were on board the SS Kentucky when it sank in June of 1865 on the Red River below Shreveport LA--they both survived. Here's the web page that tells about the incident:http://www.shreveport.com/Disaster_on_the_Red.htmhttp://www.shreveport.com/Disaster_on_the_Red.htm
Info I've found on Richard Bryant m Elizabeth Johnson/Johnston 10 Jan 1837 Monroe Co MO.Richard and Elizabeth appear on the 1850 & 1860 Marion Co MO census.I was able to track their son Clay (also shown as Henry C. Bryant on some census records) on the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Marion Co MO census; on the Labette Co KS census records 1885, 1900 (listed as Henry C. Bryant), 1910 (listed as Henry C. Bryant), 1920 (listed as Henry C. Bryant), 1930 (listed as Henry C. Bryant) evidently Henry and Lavinia Bryant died before the 1940 census.The strange thing about Henry C. Bryant's children is that they seem to disappear after the 1885 Labette Co KS state census.I can't find the children on marriage records or at FindAGrave--can't figure out what happened to them--however, Lavinia states on the 1900 census that she had four children and three were still living.On several census records Clay (Henry C.) lists his father as being born in KY.I'm looking for descendants of this Richard Bryant.