JOHN JAY BRYANT was a school teacher in New Hampshire before coming to the south. JOHN JAY married SARAH ANN ROBINSON in Coosa Co., Alabama. When they married, her parents gave them seven slaves. They never had more than around seven or eight. When the slaves were emancipated, they thought they were ruined financially.
In Alabama he had a 50 or 60 acre farm out in the country from Rockford. He was also a blacksmith and ground grain - corn. Their house had a very long porch. JOHN had a picture of a church in New Hampshire with a cemetery around it. It was some of his folks.
In 1838 JOHN JAY BRYANT lived and paid taxes in Montgomery,Alabama. Coosa Co., Alabama, 1860 census shows J. J. BRYANT was a Millwright. His Real Property value was $600, Personal Property value was $12,000. He was born in N. H. His wife ANN was a housewife born in Ga. (I believe this must have been VA. since all records indicate Va. and SARAH herself talked of Va.) They had 3 children all born in Alabama. Both SARAH and JOHN were Methodists, but all their children were Baptists. But she believed in immersion rather than sprinkling.
JOHN was quiet, peaceful, hard to ruffle. He did not get upset easily. Tom and Sudie took after him, they had a lot of patience. Tom and Sudie were very close to each other. They thought the world of each other. Tom had a lot of horse-sense, was smooth. Sudie minded her own business, never got upset over other people's misfortunes.
JOHN JAY BRYANT had a mushroom cancer growing in his ear.His son Dr. Tom Bryant operated two or three times, trying to cut it out, but it kept growing back and finally killed him. He was buried in a country cemetery south of Goodwater, about 2 miles from where he lived. The cemetery is one block from the intersection at Hissop, Alabama, by a Methodist Church called Concord Church. There is a Mason insignia at the top of his marker.
All of their children had moved to Texas. After JOHN's death SARAH went to Texas to live. Oh, how she did hate Texas. She was old, and everything was so different. It was really sad. She complained of the weather and of nearly everything else. She went back to Alabama once or twice after she came to Texas.
SARAH lived with her daughter Sudie Hagan in Whitehouse, Texas, after 1890 and prior to her death in 1896. She was from Virginia and always talked about Virginia. She was smart, and had a lot of sense, but was high-strung, a kind of aristocrat. She had black eyes that would "snap" at you if she became angry. She believed in work and in staying busy. She helped Sudie with the children, and she kept them busy--wouldn't let them rest. During the rains pebbles use to wash across the yard. Sarah Ann would have the children pick them all up, then of course, it would be the same thing after the next rain.
SARAH ANN ROBINSON BRYANT visited some in Chandler, Texas.She was more kindly than Mary Jane Works Goggans. SARAH and JOHN JAY never accumulated much. SARAH ANN saved a little for a tombstone; the Hagans paid the rest and took care of the funeral expenses. She requested a plain slab or memorial. Mr. Hagan spent about $25 on it. She had heart trouble - an enlarged heart. She is buried in the Whitehouse Cemetery and her cemetery inscription reads - The links are breaking from the family band, but a chain is forming in a better land.
JOHN JAY and SARAH ANN BRYANT left no will. Tom and Sudiebought Eddie and Mary's shares of the estate, then sold the land to someone in Alabama. They got only about $800 for the farm - $400 each.
JOHN J. BRYANT marriage to ANN ROBINSON Book B p.7
JOHN J. BRYANT ) to) Miss ANN ROBINSON) The State of Alabama, Coosa CountyTo any ordained or Licensed minister ofthe Gospel, Judge of the Circuit or county courts or Justice of the Peace for said county Greeting. You are hereby authorized to celebrate the Rites of Matrimony between JOHN J. BRYANT and Miss ANN ROBISON and this shall be your sufficient authority for so doing. Given under my hand and Seal this 1st day of June A. D. 1848 and of American Independence the Seventy Second year. J. W. Suttle, REgister
The above named parties were married by me on the 1st day of June A. D. 1848J. H. Mitchell MG
1850 COOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA CENSUSp. 120 466/466
JOHN BRYANT 34 M W Farmer 1,000 NH
SARAH 35 F W ?VT
John 1 M W AL
1860 COOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA CENSUS p179B Rockford Real Personal
J. J. BRYANT 44 M W Mill Wright 600 12,000 NH
ANN 35 F W House Wife Ga
J. E. 10 M W Ala
M. A. 8 F W Ala
Thos. 2 M W Ala
1870 COOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA CENSUS p 303 118/132
J. J. BRYANT 55 W M Farmer NH
S. A. 45 W F Keeping House Ga
J. E. 21 W M Working Farm Ala
M. A. 16 W F Ala
A. T. 11 W M Working Farm Al
S. J. 7 W F Ala
Isabel Knight 10 B F Working for wages Ala
Jobe Temple 12 B M working for wages Va
1880 Coosa County, Nixburg, Alabama Census p 26-2 226/226
BRYANT , JOHN JAY 63 NH NH MASS
SARAH 55 Ga VA VA
Susan J. 17 Ala NH GA
McKenney Ellie F. 8 grdau Ala Ala Ala
Bryant, Thomas 21 son Ala NH GA farmer
Andrew Poore & Priscilla D. Poore 1854 Coosa Co, Alabama
JOHN J. BRYANT p. 1303
State of Alabama) Coosa County) Know all men by these presents that Andrew and Priscilla D. Poore, wife of Andrew Poore of the county and state aforesaid for an in consideration of three hundred dollars to us in hand paid by JOHN J. BRYANT of the county and state aforesaid the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge have released and for ever quit claimed and by these presents do hereby release and forever quit claim unto the aforesaid JOHN J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns forever one quarter of the following described lands to issue section (36) thirty six township (20) twenty and range seventeen and half of the north east 44 quarter of section (32) thirty two township (20) twenty and range 18 eighteen section (31) thirty one township (20) twenty range 18 eighteen fractional section 26 twenty six township (20) twenty and range (17) seventeen fractional section (6) six township (19) nineteen range (18) eighteen. Also one eight tract of section (25) twenty five township twenty and range (17) seventeen all lying and being in the Coosa district and in the county of Coosa and the state of Alabama to have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said JOHN J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns to there use and behoofs forever and do covenant with the said BRYANT his heirs and assigns that whereby seized in fee of the afordescribed property and premises that they are of all incumbrances that we have a good right to sell and of the afore granted premises to the said BRYANT his heirs and we will warrant and defend the same against the lawful and demand of all persons answering under us. In witness where of we the said Andrew Poore and Pricilla D. Poore wife of Andrew Poore reserving her rights do hereunto sit our hands and affixed our seals this sixteenth day of April in the year of our lord one thousand one hundred and fifty four. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of the "quarter" in twelfth time in before signing) Andrew Poore
JOHN J. BRYANT 1857 Coosa Co., Alabama Deed Bk J. p 399
The State of Alabama) Coosa County) This deed of conveyance made and entered into this first day of Decemberbetween J. C. Wede and his wife Mary Wede of the one part witnesseth that the parties of the first part have for and in consideration of three hundred dollars paid and three hundred dollars to be paid twelve months after the date of this conveyance to them in hand paid by JOHN J. BRYANT sold and conveyed to the party of the Second part the East 1/2 half of the South West 1/4 and the N. W. 1/4 of the S. West 1/4 of Section fourteen Township nineteen (19) Range Twenty (20) To have and to hold the same to him the said JOHN J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns forever and the parties of the first part do hereby warrant and defend the right and title in and to the premises aforesaid. To the said BRYANT his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons in Testimony we have hereunto set our hands and seals the date above written. John C. Weed SEAL Mary Weed SEAL
The State of Alabama) Coosa County) I William Gray an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County hereby certify that John C. Weedand his wife Mary Weed whose names are signed to the foregoing conveyance and who are well known to me assigned the same in my presence on the day the same bears date of their own free will. Given under my hand this the first day of December A. D. 1857 William Gray Justice of the Peace
Filed in office for Record this the 16th of March 1858. A. A. McMillan Judge
J. J. BRYANT Deed 1858 Coosa County, Alabama P. 128
*The deed above this one was signed by the President Millard Fillmore
J. J. BRYANT to T. W. Johnson) The State of Alabama ) Coosa County) Know all men by these documents that we J. J. BRYANT and SARAHA. BRYANT for & in consideration Sum of three Hundred Dollars to us in hand paid by T. W. Johnson the receipt whereof we J. J. BRYANT & SARAH BRYANT do bargain, sell & convey unto T. W. Johnson the East 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section Four. Also the NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Same section. All in Township Nineteen (19) range twenty (20). To have and to hold the same to T. W. Johnson his heirs and executors administrators and assigns & the said BRYANT on the one part do warrant and defend the aforesaid lot of land unto said T. W. Johnson that they are free of all encumbrances and that J. J. BRYANT have a good right to sell unto said Johnson and the said BRYANT will warrant & defend against the lawful claims of all persons. In witness whereof we set our hands & seals this 29th day of November 1858. J. J. BRYANT SEAL SARAH ANN BRYANT SEAL
The State of Alabama) Coosa County) I C. P. Sanford an acting Justice of the Peace for said county do hereby certify whose names is signed to the foregoing conveyance whose known to me acknowledges before me and on the day said bears date & that they being the informed of the contents of the conveyance they execute the same voluntarily. Witness my Hand the 29th day of November A.D. 1858 C. P. Sanford J. P.
Filed in office for Record the 30th day of January 1860 A. A. McMillan
J. J. BRYANT Deed p. 206 Coosa County, Alabama 1855
Wm. Jones to J. J. BRYANT) The State of Alabama) Coosa County) Know all men by these presents that I William Jones for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge as well as for the further consideration that I am indebted to JOHN J. BRYANT by promissory note in the sum of forty four dollars being date the 25th day of July 1855 and due on or the 25th day of December next thereafter now for the purpose of securing the payment of said note aforesaid I do hereby give grant bargain sell and convey unto the said JOHN J. BRYANT the following described Tract or parcel of land. Viz. The West half of the South West quarter of Section Twenty seven (27) in township twenty two (22) of Range nineteen (19) East in the Tallapoosa Land district. To have and to hold said bargained premises unto the said J. J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns and I do with the said J. J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns that I am lawfully sized in fee of the afore premises that they are free of all incumbrances that I have a good right to sell and convey the same, and that I will warrant and defend the title to said premises unto the said J. J. BRYANT his heirs and assigns forever. Upon this contract in that is to say if I pay or cause to be paid said note aforesaid and at maturity then this deed of mortgage to be void, but in case I fail to pay or cause to be paid said note at maturity then and in that case the said J. J. BRYANT in hereby to seize upon and said part of land unto his possession and sell the land in the premises at public out cry for cash after having given at least fifteen days notice of the time and place of said sale. My posting up notice at the court house door and three other public places in said county and apply the proceeds of said sale to the payment of said note aforesaid, and the residue if any to be paid to said Wm Jones after paying all costs and charges of the deed and sale and convey to the purchasers as full and complete titles as I myself could do. Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of July A. D. 1855 In presence of J. W. Sutton; Thos J. Welch William X (his mark) Jones
The State of Alabama) Coosa County ) I Isaac W. Sutton Judge of Probate for said county hereby certify that William Jones whose name is signed to the foregoing conveyance and who is Deed Satisfaction in full of this mortgage December 1st 1855 J.J. BRYANT
J. J. BRYANT Deed Coosa County, Alabama 1865
D. C. Edwards) Deed) J. J. BRYANT) The State of Alabama) Coosa County ) Know all men by thesepresents that we D. C. to Edwards and his wife Mary A. Edwards for the county and state aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars to us in hand paid by JOHN BRYANT of the same county and state the receipt of which we do hereby acknowledge do hereby give grant bargain sell and convey unto the said JOHN BRYANT his heirs and assigns the following tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Coosa and state of Alabama it be know as the northwest quarter of section no (18) eighteen Township Twenty two (22) Range Twenty (20) also Eighty acres in Township 22 Range (20) Twenty it being a part of section No Thirteen. to have and to hold the afore granted premises to the said JOHN BRYANT his heirs and assigns forever and we do warrant with the said BRYANT and his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully seized in fee of the premises aforesaid that it is free from all encumbrances that we have a good right to sell and convey the same to the said JOHN BRYANT his heirs and assigns and we will warrant and defend the same against the lawful claims of all persons whatsoever. And seals this the first day of February A. D. 1864. D. C. Edwards SEAL M. A. Edwards SEAL
The State of Alabama) Coosa County ) J. B. Hubbard an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county hereby certify that D. C. Edwards and M. A. Edwards whose names is signed to the foregoing conveyance and who is known to me acknowledged before me on this day that being informed of the contents of the conveyances they executed the same voluntarily on the day the same bears date Given under my hand this the 1st day of February A. D. 1864 J. B. Hubbard J. P.
Filed in office for Record this the 2nd day of January A. D. 1865 A. A. McMillan Judge of Probate
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