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4   Louis Briant

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born .  Resided in French speaking Switzerland.

 

2. Wife:

 

Born .

 

3. Children: (order unknown)

 

a. Louis Henry Briant: See generation 3, below.

 

b. David Briant: (more info) Died 25 February 1835 from complications of delirious tremors.  Resided in New York City.

 

3   Louis Henry Briant (photos) (more info)

 

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1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1795 in the French speaking area of Switzerland.  Died 14 July 1858, age 63, in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York; interred beside his wife in the front right corner of the Sheepfold (LeRaysville) Cemetery, which is adjacent to Route 26 between Great Bend and Evans Mills (on Fort Drum), Jefferson County, New York.  Immigrated to the United States (via France) in 1817 (abt age 22); petitioned for citizenship in 1823; petition approved 5 September 1826.  In 1820 purchased property in LeRay Township from James LeRay de Chaumont.

 

1800 U. S. Census: There were no Briant or Bryant households recorded in Jefferson County, New York.

 

1810 U. S. Census: There were no Briant or Bryant households recorded in Jefferson County, New York.

 

1820 U.S. Census: Of interest, there was a Thomas Briant between 26 and 45 years old heading a farming household in Watertown Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included a female between 26 and 45 years old and 3 males under 10 years old.  Louis Henry Briant would have been approximately 25 years old in 1820, so it is possible this Thomas Briant could have been his older brother.

 

Numerous other Briant and Bryant households resided in other New York counties, but this was the only one in Jefferson County.

 

1830 U.S. Census: Lewis "Bryant" was a farmer between 30 and 40 years old and heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included a female between 50 and 60 years old; a female between 20 and 30 years old; 2 males under 5 years old (one probably David; and one male between 5 and 10 years old (probably Henry).

 

Of interest, there were numerous other Briant and Bryant households recorded in other New York counties in 1830, but just this one in Jefferson County.

 

1840 U.S. Census: Lewis "Bryant" was between 40 and 50 years old and heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included a female between 40 and 50 years old; 2 males under 5 years old (perhaps Melvin and John); 2 males (perhaps Charles and ?) and 1 female between 5 and 10 years old; 1 male (perhaps David) and 2 females between 10 and 15 years old; and one female between 15 and 20 years old (perhaps a servant).

 

Of interest, there were two other Bryant households recorded in Jefferson County in 1840:

 

a. Mrs. Bryant headed a household in Watertown Township which contained 1 female between 30 and 40 years old; 2 females between 20 and 30 years old; 1 female between 15 and 20 years old; 2 males between 10 and 15 years old; 1 male between 5 and 10 years old; and 1 male less than 5 years old.

 

b. Samuel Bryant headed a household in Clayton Township which included 1 male and 1 female between 50 and 60 years old; 1 female between 15 and 20 years old; 2 males between 10 and 15 years old; and 1 male between 5 and 10 years old.

 

There were also numerous other Briant and Bryant households recorded in other New York counties in 1840.

 

1850 U.S. Census: No record of Lewis/Louis Briant found.

 

Of interest, there was a Thomas Bryant, age 34 and employed as a farmer, heading a household in Watertown Township.  The household also included his wife, Maria, age 24, and their daughter, Julia, age 6.  Thomas and Maria had been married less than a year.

 

There were also several other Briant and Bryant households recorded in other counties of New York in 1850.

 

2. Wife: Mary "Polly" Trevallee (photos) (more info)

(also seen: Charalotte Trevallee (b. 25 Apr 1805 in Germany, d. 1888))

 

Born 7 September 1800 in either French speaking Switzerland or in New York State (Child's 1890 Gazetteer says Mary was b. Herkimer Co., NY, but no record found of a Trevallee or Trevalee household in Herkimer Co. from 1790 to 1830).  Died 28 April 1861, age 60; interred beside "Lewis" Henry Briant in the Sheepfold Cemetery adjacent to Route 26 on Fort Drum.  According to the recollections of family history passed down to Anna Arvilla (Drake) Burdick, Mary immigrated to the United States as a 2-year old child from Germany.  However, various Census records indicate she was born in New York State. 

 

1860 U.S. Census: Age 60 and residing in the household of her son, Charles, in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

3. Other biographical notes:

 

a. See Henry Briant comments, below.  An Augusta C. (b. approx. 1790), wife of Adam Ackert (b. approx. 1812), is interred in the Briant plot in the Evans Mills Cemetery along with several of the children of Louis Henry Briant.  They are the parents of Caroline K. Ackert, who married Henry's brother, Charles Briant.

 

b. Charlott Frulether (age 70), Henry Briant's aunt, was living with Henry and Louisa (Kirchner) Briant in LeRay Township at the time of the 1880 U.S. Census.  Charlott (Trevallee) Frulether was the widowed sister-in-law of Louis Henry Briant.

 

Of Interest, an Ancell C. Briant, son of Ancell and Harriet (?) Briant, died 29 July 1816 and was interred in the old Evans Mills, New York cemetery (borders the highway in the village of Evans Mills).

 

4. Children:

 

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a. Henry Briant: See generation 2, below.

 

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b. Daughter: Born between 1825 and 1830.

 

c. David Briant: (photos) (more info) (maps)

 

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(1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 1828. Died 1897; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  Employed as a carpenter and joiner, as well as a farmer (25 acres per Child's Business Directory).  Resided in LeRay Township directly across the Evans Mills to LeRaysville Road (later Route 26) from his brother, Henry on what was later a 67.5 acre farm with tax ID # 158; tract # W1415; and index # 157.  Of interest, "D. Briant" was engraved on a molding plane found with a box of old planes in the barn of Carl Dewitt Walts (husband of David's granddaughter, Sarah Angeline (Briant) Walts).

 

1865 NYS Census: David Briant owned 25 improved acres of land.

 

1870 U.S. Census: David Bryant (age 38, b. in N.Y., employed as a car (?) inspector) was heading a household in Jefferson County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $2,000 and his personal property was valued at $250.  His father was foreign born.  The household also included his wife, Sarah A. (age 36, b. N.Y.) and his son, Henry E. (age 14, in school).

 

1875 NYS Census: David Briant, age 46 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a carpenter, was heading a household next door to his brother, Henry, in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Sarah Briant, age 42 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and son, Henry Briant, age 19 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and single.

 

1880 U.S. Census: David Briant (age 51, employed as a carpenter) was head of a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Living next door was the Henry Briant family (interestingly, Henry and David were both listed as age 51).  David and his mother were born in New York; his father was born in Switzerland.  The household also included David's wife, Sarah, age 48, who was born in New York, as were her parents.

 

(2. Wife: Sarah Ann Hungerford (photos)

 

Born 1832 in New York State, perhaps daughter of Edwin (d. 6 Aug 1891, age 82) and Sarah/Laura (?) Hungerford (d. 3 Feb 1863, age 46) (who also had son: Edwin Oscar Hungerford (b. 6 Jul 1841, d. 10 Jan 1913)), both born in New York.  Sarah died 6 May 1891; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.

 

Probable relative of Elbert Hungerford, who married Frances Orr and had the following children:

 

·       Frank Elbert Hungerford: (more info) Born 26 Feb 1886 at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 1955 in the Jefferson County Hospital.  Never married.

·       Stella C. Hungerford: Married Fred Howland and resided at Woodville, New York.  Fred and Stella had the following children:

·          Hazel Howland: Married Carlton J. Corwith and resided at Watermill, Long Island, New York.

·          Dorothy E. Howland: Resided at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Stuart W. Howland: Resided at 1620 State Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

·       Ruth M. Hungerford: Married Francis L. Perkins and resided at Turin, New York.

 

1850 US Census: Sarah A. Hungerford, age 18, resided in the household headed by Lourey Barney, age 57 (b. RI) and employed as a physician, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(3. Children:

 

(a. Henry "Hankie"/”Hanky” E. Briant: (more info)

 

Born 19 September 1855 (differs from grave stone) at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York. Henry resided throughout his life in the Town of LeRay, 11 years of which he lived in LeRaysville.  Was 5' 5" tall.  Employed as a carpenter and joiner.  Approximately 1892 Henry married, as her 2nd husband, Hattie A. Sweet (photos) (more info) (b. 12 Aug 1866 in Wilna Twp, N.Y., d. 11 Feb 1936 (age 69) at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown from complications of lung cancer; interred Evans Mills Cem.), daughter of Lorenzo and Angeline (Mitchell) Sweet, and they resided in his parents' residence directly across the Evans Mills to LeRaysville Road (later Route 26) from George Edgar Drake, before Almond Henry Drake and his family moved into that dwelling.  Ruth (Drake)(Rowell) Dailey, daughter of Charles Briant Drake, recalled with humor that, in her early youth, Henry E. Briant would frequently cross the highway and visit with her family in a somewhat inebriated condition, and that would cause her stepmother, Edna (Wolcott) Drake great concern.

 

Henry E. Briant died at home on Monday, 3 December 1928, age 73.  He had been in poor health for some time, but had not been seriously ill until the previous few weeks.  Gangrene developed in his foot and spread, causing his death.  Following Henry’s death, Hattie became a live-in housekeeper for Mr. Fred M. and Grace (Tuell)(Palmer) Burgess of 536 Davidson Street, Watertown, New York.

 

Funeral services were held at his LeRaysville home on 6 December at 2:30 in the afternoon, with Reverend Harry Westbook Reed, pastor of All Souls Universalist Church in Watertown, officiating.  Henry and Hattie were interred in the Evans Mills Cemetery, sharing a headstone with Henry's parents.

 

1870 U.S. Census: Age 14, in school, and residing with his parents in Jefferson County, New York.

 

1875 NYS Census: Age 19, single, and resided with his parents in LeRay Township.

 

1900 U.S. Census: Henry Briant, age 46 (b. Sep 1853), was head of a household in LeRay Township, New York.  He was employed as a house carpenter and had been married to his wife, Hattie A., age 37 (b. Aug 1862), for 8 years.  Both of Hattie's 2 children were still living with them: daughter, Sarah A., age 6 (b. Aug 1893); and newly born son, John D. (b. May 1900).  Each member of the household, and their parents, were born in New York State.  They lived next to the George E. Drake household.

 

1910 U.S. Census: Henry E. Briant was 54 years old and head of a household on LeRaysville Road in LeRay, Jefferson County, New York.  He and his parents were born in New York State.  Was employed as a house carpenter.  Owned (free and clear) a farm house.  Married, as her 2nd husband, to Hattie A. (age 43) for 16 years.  She had two children, both living with them: Sarah (age 16) and John D. (age 9).  His uncle, Charles Briant (age 75 and widowed), resided with them. Charles and his mother were born in New York State, but his father was born in the French speaking area of Switzerland.

 

1920 U.S. Census: 55 years old.  Head of a household in the Town of LeRay, Jefferson County, New York.  Employed as a carpenter.  Other members of the household included his wife, Hattie (age 53); son, John (age 19); and a 79-year-old widow, Susan Sheldon.

 

Henry E. and Hattie A. (Sweet) Briant had the following children:

 

(1) Sarah Angeline Briant "Sarah Ann": (photos) (more info)

 

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Born 14 August 1893 at Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 7 February 1966 (4:45 AM); interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  Married Carl Dewitt "Pop" Walts (photos) (more info) (b. 13/12 Aug 1887 at Philadelphia, N.Y., d. Tues, 28 Jan 1964 (9:15 PM), age 76, at Edward John Noble Hospital, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.; interred Evans Mills Cemetery), son of Alexander and Caroline (Smith) Walts of LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York, on 16 August 1911 (license issued 15 Aug 1911) at Evans Mills, with Reverend Theo Wells officiating.  Carl attended the District Grammar School at LeRaysville and for a period of time farmed at Evans Mills and Theresa.  Was also employed as a carpenter and painter at LeRaysville.  In 1936 Carl and his family moved to Natural Dam, New York, where Carl was employed as a papermaker at the Rushmore paper mill.  He retired in 1957.

 

1870 U.S. Census: There were several Waltz families living in this area in 1870:

 

·          Abram Waltz, age 68 (b. 1802).  Dwelling 129, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Hiram Waltz, age 44 (b. 1826).  Page 421, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          John Waltz, age 44 (b. 1826).  Page 518A, Orleans Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Alonzo Waltz, age 42 (b. 1828).  Page 421B, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          William Waltz, age 40 (b. 1830).  Page 506B, Theresa Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Nelson Waltz, age 39 (b. 1831).  Page 518B, Orleans Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Michael Waltz, age 38 (b. 1832).  Page 314, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Betsey C. Waltz, age 36 (b. 1834).  Page 421, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Martin Waltz, age 32 (b. 1838).  Page 421B, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

·          Henry Waltz, age 24 (b. 1846).  Page 314, Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1910 US Census: Carl Walts, age 23 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a farm laborer, resided in the household headed by William J. Larock, age 57 (b. NYS; parents b. Fr. Canada), widowed, and employed as a farmer, on Schimell Road in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included William's daughter, Bertha A. Larock, age 23 (b. NYS) and single; and servant, Nettie Farr, age 19 (b. NYS).

 

1915 NYS Census: Carl S. Walts, age 28, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York. (pg 15)

 

1915 NYS Census: Sarah A. Walts, age 21, resided with her husband in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York. (pg 15)

 

1920 U.S. Census: Carl D. Waltz, age 32 and a dairy farmer, was head of a household on Military Road in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Other members of the household included his wife, Sarah A., age 26; daughter, Bessie, age 7; daughter, Eva, age 2 years and 7 months; and daughter, Elva, age 1 year and 1 month.  Of interest, his next door neighbor was dairy farmer Henry Drake, age 69, and his wife, Nellie Drake, age 59.

 

1930 US Census: Carl D. Walts, age 42 (b. NYS; parent b. NYS) and employed as a carpenter for a roofing company, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  He married 1st at age 24, and his home was valued at $1,200.  The household also included his wife, Sarah A. Walts, age 36 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who married 1st at age 18; daughter, Bessie I. Walts, age 17 (b. NYS) and single, with no occupation recorded; daughter, Eva M. Walts, age 12 (b. NYS); daughter, Elva R. Walts, age 11 (b. NYS); and boarder, Hazel Griffin, age 25 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a public school teacher.

 

Carl Dewitt and Sarah Ann (Briant) Walts had the following children:

 

(a) Bessie Irene Walts: (photos) (more info) Born 22 August 1912.  Died 1 June 1989, age 76.  Attended Evans Mills High School, but did not graduate.

 

1940 US Census: William H. Riordan, age 35 (b. NYS) and employed as a truck driver for the township, was heading a household at LeRaysville, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  William had completed 8th grade.  The household also included his wife, Bessie, age 27 (b. NYS), who had completed 1 year of high school; and son, John, age 1.

 

Married (1st) William “Bill” Henry Riordan (photos) (more info) (b. 5 Feb 1904 in Pamelia Twp. (11 lbs), d. 25 Jun 1956, age 52, at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, N.Y.; interred New Evans Mills Cemetery), son of Fred Eugene and Elizabeth "Lizzie" M. (Zimmer) Riordan, on 1 August 1931 (license issued 30 Jul 1931) at LaFargeville, Jefferson County, New York.  Bill attended Pamelia schools and was a part time Deputy Sheriff, and in 1948 was elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of LeRay, headquartered at Evans Mills.  Bessie eventually became the Jefferson County Sheriff Department's first female dispatcher.  Bessie and William initially resided at LeRaysville and had the following son:

 

[1. John William Riordan: (photos) (more info) Born 1 July 1938 in Mercy Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 15 August 2013 at United Helpers Maplewood Campus, Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Graduated 1955 from Evans Mills High School.  Employed in the cutter room, Saint Regis Paper Company, Deferiet, New York from 1956 to 1964.  Subsequently became a New York State Police officer and was a Justice of the Peace.

 

John married Janice Louise Waite (photos) (more info) (b. 1938 in Worth Twp, Jefferson Co., NY) of Tug Hill, Jefferson County, daughter of Willard Wesley and Hilda Belle (Sawyer) Waite of Barnes Corners, in 1958 at the First Methodist Church, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  They met at the bank on Main Street in Evans Mills; Janice kept house for the banker, as she had done when the banker resided at Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York.  Janice attended schools in Copenhagen and the Evans Mills branch of Indian River Central School.  Of interest, John's cousin, Shirley Ann (Jerome) Benware and her 1st husband, Leo C. Benware, were the Maid of Honor and Best Man for John and Janice.  John and Janice had the following children:

 

[a. Larry William Riordan: (photos) Born 1960.  Married Amber Bullock (photos) (b. 1961), daughter of Elda (?) Bullock (photos), in 1982 and had the following children:

 

[1] Christopher "Chris" William Riordan: (photos) Born 1984.  Married Janelle Forte and had the following son:

 

[a] Liam John Riordan: Born 2011.

 

[2] Michelle Lee Riordan: (photos) Born 1986.  Had the following son:

 

[a] Pasquale Madonna Riordan.

 

[b. Penney Lynn Riordan: (photos) Born 1962.  Married (1st) Michael Jenkins (b. 1958) in 1984 and had the following children:

 

[1] Jeffery Jenkins: Born 1989.

 

[2] Clayton Charles Jenkins: Born 1991.  Married Katherine Sawyer in 2012.

 

[3] Kellie Louise Jenkins: Born 1996.

 

Penny (Riordan) Jenkins married (2nd) Faron Parent in 2012.

 

Bessie (Walts) Riordan married (2nd), as his 2nd wife, Charles E. Starr (photos) of Syracuse, New York in the Dexter United Methodist Church, Dexter, Brownville Township, Jefferson County, New York and they subsequently resided at Evans Mills, New York.  Charles was originally from Allegany County in the southern part of New York State, and, before retirement, was employed as Superintendant for all Borden Milk Processing Plants in northern New York.  Charles had married (1st) Edwina A. (?) (photos) (d. 1966)

 

1930 US Census: Charles E. Starr, age 28 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as foreman of a milk plant, was heading a household at 30 Willard Street in Belmont, Amity Township, Allegany County, New York.  He married 1st at age 21.  The household also included his wife, Edwina A. Starr, age 25 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who married at age 18; daughter, Virginia M. Starr, age 5 (b. NYS) [who married (?) Washburn]; and daughter, Doris L. Starr, age 8 months (b. NYS).

 

1940 US Census: Charles Starr, age 38 (b. NYS) and employed as foreman of a milk products manufacturing company, was heading a household at 275 Genesee Street in Belmont, Amity Township, Allegany County, New York.  He had completed 3 years of high school and resided in the same place in April 1935.  The household also included his wife, Edwina Starr, age 35 (b. NYS), who had completed 8th grade; daughter, Virginia Starr, age 15 (b. NYS); and daughter, Doris Starr, age 10 (b. NYS).

 

(b) Clarence Henry Walts: (more info) Born 15 July 1915.  Died Monday, 23 April 1917; interred Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(c) Eva May/Mae Walts: (photos) Born 6 May 1917.  Died 11 December 1981 in Macomb County, Micigan.  Resided at Natural Dam when she married Clifford Lester Empson (photos) (d. 22 Nov 1985 in Macomb Co., MI) of Elmdale, St. Lawrence County, New York, son of John Empson (a native of England), and Mary (Wade) Empson (a native of Canada), on 2 December 1937 at the Presbyterian Church, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.  They subsequently moved to Michigan (1605 Guthrie Street, Hazel Park/Mt. Clemons, MI), where Clifford was employed as a tinner in a packing factory.

 

[1. Russell James Empson: (photos) Born 2 November 1939.  Died 8 June 2000 in Macomb County.  Married Helen (?) and resided in Michigan.  Russell and Helen had the following children:

 

[a. David Allen Empson: (photos) Born 1964.

 

[b. Mark James Empson. (photos) Born about 1968.

 

[2. Carl Robert Empson: (photos) Born 24 May 1944.  Died 12 April 1968 in Macomb County, Michigan; took his own life with a firearm.

 

[3. Paul Alan Empson: (photos) Born 7 May 1946.  Died 8 April 2009.

 

(d) Elva Ruth Walts: (photos) Born 14 December 1918.  Died 12 February 1988; interred East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Married (1st) Harold Amos Jerome (photos) (b. 24 Jul 1915 in Canada, d. 27 Aug 1988 at Star Lake, Clifton Twp, St. Lawrence Co., NY) on 21 January 1936 and had the following daughter:

 

[1. Shirley Ann Jerome: (photos) (more info) Born 23 January 1936.  Died 22 March 2003 from complications of cancer.  Married (1st) Leo Garnet Benware (photos) (more info) (b. 12 May 1936 in NY, d. 28 Dec 1975, age 39, when the snowmobile he was operating in a snow storm hit a parked, white car; interred E. Riverside Cem., Gouverneur Twp, St. Lawrence Co., NY), son of Leo Archie Benware of Richville, St. Lawrence County, New York, on 26 January 1954 at the Methodist parsonage, Governeur, St. Lawrence County, New York.

 

Shirley and Leo had the following children:

 

[a. Debra "Deb" Jean Benware: (photos) Born 1954.

  

[b. Donna Lee Benware: (photos) Born 1956.  Married Rick Shippee.

 

[c. Lynette Marie Benware: Born 1960.

 

Shirley (Jerome) Benware married (2nd) Thomas Allen.

 

Elva (Walts) Jerome married (2nd) Donald "Don" R. Pete (photos) (b. 17 Jul 1921 in NY, d. 23 Jan 1997 in NY; interred E. River Cem., Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., NY), son of Emery A. (b. 1896 in NY, d. 1939) and  Eva M. (McCartha) Pete (b. 1899, d. 1986), who also had son, Douglas E. Pete (b. 1918, d. 1976), on 25 August 1948 and resided at 16 Jefferson Street, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.

 

(2) John David Lorenzo Briant: (photos) (more info)

 

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Born 3 May 1900 in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 16 April 1960, age 59, at Auburn, New York from complications of a heart attack (initial attack 1957); interred Weedsport Rural Cemetery, Weedsport, Brutus Township, Cayuga County, New York.  Veteran of World War I (infantry soldier and motorcycle dispatcher).  Basic training in Florida with departure for Europe 17 August 1918.  Almost immediately after arrival was engaged in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Battle of the Argonne Forest).  Following hostilities was in the occupation force at Koblenz, Germany until July 1919, when he was discharged (age 19).  After the War was employed in numerous capacities:

 

·       1937-42: Independent & company trucker

·       1942-44: Federal Police/Security officer at the Seneca Ordinance Depot, Waterloo, NY

·       Showed motion pictures throughout central NY

·       1944-45: Federal Police/Security officer, Sampson Naval Base, Seneca County, NY

·       1945-55: Special operative for the Dave Detective Agency, Ithaca, NY; conducted confidential investigations

·       1946-57: Proprietor, Aunt Sarah's Fried (potato) Cakes, Clyde & Auburn, NY

·       Operated a gas station

 

John married Marjorie Ann Timmerman "Ann" (photos) (b. 26 Jul 1903/04 in Jefferson Co., NY, d. 12 Feb 1995, age 91/90; interred beside John), daughter of George (d. 1938, age 72, in a nursing home in Watertown, NY) and Jessie (?) Timmerman of Perch Lake, New York (who were employed as farmers and had 13 children, including son, Gerald, and daughter, Fannie, who resided at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County, New York) on 29 March 1925 in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County.  As a youth Marjorie and a sister were partially crippled by polio.  For Marjorie, both feet were twisted and deformed, causing her to walk on the inside of her ankles.  Was an accomplished pianist and an incredible seamstress, working 30 years on piece work in the shoe factory, starting at age 44.  Had reddish hair.

 

Marjorie, a sister, and two of her brothers contracted polio in 1910; her brothers died from the disease, and she and her sister were partially paralyzed.  However, the paralysis did not keep her from becoming an accomplished pianist, and she was to use that talent to entertain other patients during her care center years.  As an adult, she also loved fast horses and fast cars, especially her 1957 Imperial with HEMI engine.  She was employed from 1947 to 1977 as a stitcher in the Dunn & McCarthy women's shoe factory in Auburn, New York.  Would not admit she was a Timmerman; her son, David recalled her saying her maiden name was Briant.  John and Marjorie had the following children:

 

(a) John Henry Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 7 April 1930 at Theresa Hospital, Theresa, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 14 May 2013 at home in Old Force, New York, apparently from a heart attack; interred there 31 May in River View Cemetery.  Married (1st) Margaret "Peggy"/"Peg" Brennan (d. 1993), daughter of Edward (d. Aug 1952 from heart attack induced by falling in the bath tub and, while unconscious, scalding in hot water) and Julia (?) Brennan of Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1953 and had the following children:

 

[1. John Edward Briant: Born 1957 at Syracuse Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  Served in the US Air Force.  Employed by the US Postal Service and in 1996 resided in Massachusetts.  Married, as her 2nd husband, Eileen M. (?) and resided in Massachusetts.  John and Eileen had the following children:

 

[a. Evan J. Briant: (more info) In 1996 resided in Massachusetts.  Employed as a fire and life safety educator.

 

Eileen married (1st) (?) and had the following son:

 

[b. Son: In 1996 resided in Massachusetts.

 

[2. James "Jim" Dennis Briant: Born 1962 at Syracuse Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York (premature; under 5 lbs).  In 1996 was married and employed at a high school in Massachusetts.

 

John and Margaret (Brennan) Briant were divorced in 1964.  Margaret remarried Charles Moran of Massachusetts in 1966.  John married (2nd) Mary (?), who had a son, Donald, and resided at Port Byron, New York, followed by Liverpool, New York, but they were divorced in 1974.  He married (3rd) widow Denise Trudeau in 1976, but they were divorced in 1977.  John married (4th) Margaret "Marge" R. Minichillo (b. 1930, d. 22 Jun 2012; interred Old Forge, NY) on 26 January 1979 and in 2012 resided at Old Forge, New York, spending winters near Phoenix, Arizona.

  

(b) Dr. David George Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 1932 at Theresa Hospital, Theresa, Jefferson County, New York.  Inherited from his parents, via his brother, and shared with us the early documents relating to Louis Henry Briant, generation 3, above.  As far back as David could remember, those documents had been carefully stored in a leather pouch at his parents' residence, presumably inherited by his father from an ancestor.

 

David married Irene Helena Byrns (photos) (b. 1932), daughter of Herbert (photos) and Helena (?) Byrns (photos) of Durhamville, Oneida County, New York, and initially resided at Utica and Whitesboro, Oneida County, New York.  David and Irene moved to Arizona in October 1960.  They had the following children:

 

[1. Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Briant: (photos) Born 1958 at Utica, Oneida County, New York.  Graduated from Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, and the University of Arizona (MA degree).  In 2012 resided in Washington, DC.  Married Captain (US Army) Scott Curthoys and had the following son:

 

[a. Nathan Curthoys: Born 1984.  Employed as a chef in Colorado.  Married Dr. Jaime Derringer in 2011 and had the following son:

 

[1] James Tiberius Curthoys: (photos) Born 2014 (6 lb, 1 oz; 11:30 PM central time).

 

[2. David Gerald Briant: (photos) (more info) Twin.  Born 1966 at Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.  Middle name in honor of Gerald Timmerman, youngest of his mother's siblings.  Graduated from Glendale Community College and Arizona State University; BS degree majoring in finance.

 

[3. John Webb Briant: (photos) Twin.  Born 1966 at Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.  Middle name in honor of John "Jack" A. Webb, Manager of Technical Information with the engineering division at General Electric's Phoenix, Arizona plant.  Graduated from Arizona State University with a BS degree majoring in engineering.  Subsequently earned a masters degree from the University of Phoenix.  In 2012 resided in Washington State.  Married Elaine Sirokman (photos), daughter of JoAnn (?)(Sirokman) Spilo (d. Sep 2012) of Denver, Colorado, and had the following children:

 

[a. Ethan Joel Briant "EJ": (photos) Born .

 

[b. MacKenzie "Mackie" Gene Briant: (photos)(more info) Born about 2004.

 

David and Irene (Byrns) Briant were divorced after about 30 years of marriage.

 

(c) Joan "Joni" Dianne Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 16 July 1940; 7 lb, 3 oz at Auburn Memorial Hospital, Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, when her parents resided in a rented house at Throopsville, Cayuga County.  Died 22 February 2016 at Fresno, Fresno County, California.  In 2012 resided in California.  Subsquently resided at Fresno, Fresno County, California.  Married Anthony (NMI) Ciaccio (photos) (b. 1931/32) and had the following children:

 

[1. Marc Angelo Ciaccio: (photos) Born 1964 at .  Resided in California.

 

[2. John Anthony Ciaccio: (photos) Born 1967 at .  Employed as a police officer in California.

 

Joan and Anthony Ciaccio were subsequently divorced.

 

d. Daughter: Born between 1825 and 1830.

 

e. Charles Briant: (photos) (more info) (maps)

 

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(1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 1833 (also seen 1834).  Died 6/26 February 1913; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  Employed as a farmer (70/200 acres per Child's Business Directory).  May have been crippled in some way according to the recollection of Ruth (Drake) (Rowell) Dailey.  No children. 

 

1860 U.S. Census: Charles "Bryant," age 25 and employed as a farmer, was head of a household in LeRay Township (near Evans Mills), Jefferson County, New York.  His property was valued at $5,500, and his personal property was valued at $1,200.  He had been married less than a year to Caroline K., age 18.  Other members of the household included (his mother) Mary "Bryant," age 60; and Charles Lasha, age 24, a farm hand.  All were born in New York State.

 

1865 NYS Census: Charles Briant, age 29 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Caroline L. Briant, age 27 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and brother, John Briant, age 25 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and apparently never married.

 

1870 U.S. Census: Charles "Bryant," age 35 and employed as a miller, was head of a household in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Other members of the household included his wife, Caroline, age 28; brother, Melvin, age 32 and also employed as a miller; brother, John, age 29 and also employed as a miller; and John's wife, Lovina, age 23.

 

1880 U.S. Census: Charles Briant, age 45 and employed as a farmer, was head of a household in Evans Mills, New York.  Other members of the household included his wife, Caroline, age 38; brother, John, age 40 and employed in farming maintenance; John's wife, Lovina, age 33; and Charles' adopted son, Fred, age 9.  All were born in New York, as were their parents.

 

1900 U.S. Census: Charles Briant, age 64 (b. Oct 1835 in NYS; parents b. NYS) was head of a farming household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  He had been married to his wife, Caroline, age 57 (b. Oct 1842) for 40 years.  She and Charles had no children.  Charles and his parents were born in New York State.  Caroline and her father were also born in New York State; her mother was born in Germany.

 

Of interest, there was a Charles E. Briant and Samuel Briant who resided together in Theresa Township, Jefferson County, next door to Hiram Van Allen.

 

1910 U.S. Census: Charles Briant, age 75 and widowed (b. N.Y. State, though both parents were born in French speaking Switzerland), resided in the household of his nephew, Henry E. Briant, in LeRay Township, New York State.

 

(2. Wife: Caroline K. Ackert (photos) (more info)

 

 Born October 1842 in New York, daughter of Adam G. (b. 1812 in N.Y., d. 18/13 Jan 1888, age 75; interred New Evans Mills Cem.) and Augusta C. (?) Ackert (b. 1820 in Germany, d. 1 Aug 1895, age 75; interred New Evans Mills Cem.).  Died 9 May 1907; interred in the Evans Mills, New York Cemetery.

 

(3. Adopted child: (They had no children of their own.)

 

(a. Fred C. Briant: (photos) Born 1871.  Died 3 June 1887 (age 11 yrs, 8 mo.); interred Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York, sharing a headstone with his adoptive parents.

 

f. Daughter: Born between 1830 and 1835.

 

g. Son: Born between 1830 and 1835.  Perhaps died young.

 

h. Melvin W. Briant: (photos)

 

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 (1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 1838.  Died 27 May 1899; interred New Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Employed as a farmer (80 acres; 7 cows per Child's Business Directory).  Partially paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair in his later years. 

 

1870 U.S. Census: Melvin "Bryant," age 32 and employed as a miller, resided with his brother, Charles "Bryant," in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1875 NYS Census: Melvin W. Bryant, age 36 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York, next door to his brother, John Bryant and under the same roof as his brother, Charles Bryant.  The household also included Melvin's wife, Ellen Bryant, age 36 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); brother, Charles Bryant, age 39 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); Charles' wife, Caroline Bryant, age 32 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and Charles' adopted son, Fred Bryant, age 4. 

 

1880 U.S. Census: Melvin Briant, age 42 and employed as a farmer, was heading a household near Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, "Hellen," age 40.  Both were born in New York, as were their parents.

 

(2. Wife: Helen M. Warriner (more info) Born 1838; daughter of Isaac Warriner (b. 7 Feb 1803 in Lee Twp, Oneida Co., NY, d. 2 Nov 1888; interred Evans Mills Cem.).  Died 20 November 1922; interred New Evans Mills Cemetery.  Married (1st) Melvin W. Briant.  Following Melvin's death, Helen married (2nd) S. W. Sisson of Black River, then Tylerville.  Melvin and Helen (Warriner) Briant had no children, but they did raise a foster child.

 

 

(3. Foster Son:

 

(a. Frank Boyce: (photos) Born 1875.  Died 10 June 1895; interred beside his foster parents in the Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

 

i. John J. Briant: (photos) (more info)

 

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Born 1839/40.  Died 1911; interred Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Lovina "Vine" W. Wilbur (photos) (more info) (b. 1847, d. 1928/26; interred Evans Mills Cem.), daughter of Hiram, Sr. (b. 1818) and Margaret (Wooley) Wilbur (b. 1822) of LeRay Township.  About 1884 moved to a farm in Lyme Township, Jefferson County, and was still resided there in 1890.  Subsequently, owned and operated a farm near Sanford Corners (near Calcium), LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  In later life rented that farm to tenants and moved to a small house in nearby Evans Mills.  They had no children.

 

1860 U.S. Census: John "Bryant," age 21, resided with his brother, Henry, in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1870 U.S. Census: John "Bryant," age 29 and employed as a miller, resided with his wife, Lovina, age 23, in the household of his brother, Charles, in LeRay Township, New York.

 

1875 NYS Census: John Bryant, age 34 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York, next door to the residence of his brothers, Melvin W. Bryant and Charles Bryant.  The household also included his wife, Lovina Bryant, age 25 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

1880 U.S. Census: John, age 40 and employed in farming maintenance, and his wife, Lovina, age 33, resided in the household of his brother, Charles Briant, in Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  All were born in New York State.

 

1900 U.S. Census: John "Bryant," age 60 (b. Aug 1839), was head of a farming household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  He had been married to Lovina (b. Jan 1847), age 53, for 32 years.  John and his mother were born in New York State.  His father was born in Switzerland.  Lovina and her parents were born in New York.  John and Lovina had living with them a nephew, Clarence Wilbur, age 12 (b. Jun 1887).

 

1910 U.S. Census: John J. Briant, age 70 and retired on his own income, was head of a household on Main Street in the Village of Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  He had been married 40 years to Lovina, age 62.  They had had no children.  John and his mother were born in New York State; his father was born in Switzerland.  Lovina and her parents were born in New York.  Also living in the household was Clarence Wilbur, age 22, a nephew. Clarence was single; he and his parents were born in New York State.

 

1920 US Census: Lovina “Bryant,” age 73 and widowed, was residing as a companion in the household of Anna S. Paul, age 57 and widowed, on Main Street in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

2   Henry Briant (photos) (more info) (maps)

 

Briant, Henry and Louisa (Kirchner) and daughter, Mary (Briant) Drake

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1824 in New York State.  Died 3 January 1892, age 68 years, 8 months; interred Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Resided in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York when married.  Employed as a farmer (140 acres per Child's Business Directory).

 

1830 U.S. Census: Resided with his parents on the family farm in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1840 U.S. Census: No record found.  Probably on his own; perhaps working on a neighboring farm.

 

1850 U.S. Census: No record found.

 

1860 U.S. Census: Henry "Bryant," age 35 and employed as a farmer in LeRay Township (near Evans Mills), New York, was married to Louisa, age 30.  Their real estate was valued at $5,240, and their personal property was valued at $1,575 (both relatively large for that time).  Other members of the household included their daughter, Mary, age 9, and Henry's brother, John Bryant, age 21.  Louisa was born in Germany (though she didn't know where).  The others were born in New York State.

 

1865 NYS Census: Henry Briant, age 46 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  He owned 130 improved acres of land valued at about $5,000.  The household also included his wife, Loisa Briant, age 38 (b. Germany); daughter, Mary Briant, age 15 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and boarder Henry Bussy, age 70 (b. Switzerland) and employed as a farmer.

 

1870 U.S. Census: Henry "Bryant," age 49, was the head of a household in Philadelphia Township, New York. He was a farmer who owned real property valued at $8,400 and personal property valued at $2,000.  Other members of the household included his wife, Louisa, age 40; daughter, Mary, age 19; and Hiram Wilbur, Jr., age 19 and a hired farm helper.  All were born in New York State.  Their next door neighbor was Hiram Wilbur, Sr., age 52 and employed as a tin peddler.  Other members of the neighboring Wilbur household included Hiram, Sr.'s wife, Margaret, age 48; daughter, Libbie, age 16 and employed as a teacher; daughter, Jessie E., age 12; and son, Willie, age 8.  All of the Wilbur's were also born in New York State.

 

1875 NYS Census: Henry, age 51 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household next door to his brother, David in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Louise Briant, age 45 (b. Germany); daughter, Mary Briant, age 24 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and single; son, Louis Briant, age 3 months; servant, George Drake, age 19 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), single, and employed as a farm laborer; and servant, Hattie Drake, age 13 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a domestic servant.

 

1880 U.S. Census: Henry Briant, age 51 and a farmer, was head of a household in LeRay Township.  He and his mother were born in New York State (This differs from the report that his mother emigrated from Germany at age 2).  His father was born in Switzerland.  Other members of the household included his wife, "Louesia," age 52, who, as well as her parents, was born in Germany; daughter, Mary, age 29, who was living at home unemployed and was born in New York; son, Lewis P. Briant, age 5; George E. Drake, age 24 and described as a "servant," was employed as a farm hand by the Briants.  George was born in New York State, as were his parents.  Charlott Frulether, age 70, who was Henry's aunt and was born in New York State, was also living in the household.  Charlott's parents were also born in New York.

 

Living next door was Henry's brother, David Briant and David's wife, Sarah.  David must have been a twin of Henry, since they were both 51 years old.

 

Of interest: Henry Briant was interred in the same cemetery plot as his wife, Louisa; his son Louis P. and Louis's wife, Stella; his brother, David Briant and David's wife, Sarah A.; David's son, Henry E. and Henry E.'s wife, Hattie; his brother Charles Briant and Charles' wife, Caroline and adopted son, Fred.  Also sharing that burial plot is Adam Ackert (b. abt. 1812, d. 13 Jan 1888, age 76) and his wife, Augusta C. (b. abt. 1790, d. 1855, age 75).  Perhaps Augusta was the sister of Louis Henry Briant, generation 3, above?

 

2. Wife: Louisa Kirchner (photos)

 

Briant, Louisa (Kirchner) - wife of Henry Briant

 

First name is "Loisa" on marriage record, dated 25 September 1849 at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York.  Daughter of Johann Phillipp Kirchner/Kerkner and Anna Margaretha Koch.  Born 13 January 1829 in Germany and became a naturalized citizen of the United States after emigration with her parents in July 1831.  Resided at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York.  Married at age 20 to Henry Briant at Cape Vincent, New York by Jacob Carr and in the presence of Henry Kirchner and Mary Bretch in 1849.  Died 9 September 1885, age 56 years, 8 months, and 26 days; interred beside her husband in the Evans Mills Cemetery.

 

1840 U.S. Census: Between 10 and 15 years old and residing with her parents in Lyme Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1850 U.S. Census: No record found.

 

3. Children:

 

a. Mary Arvilla Briant: See generation 1, below.

 

b. Louis Philip Briant: (photos) (more info)

 

Briant, Louis Philip

 

(1. Biographical notes:

 

Born 28 March 1875 on the family farm outside Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died Wednesday, 29 September 1943, age 68, at Carthage Hospital, Carthage, Wilna Township, Jefferson County, New York from complications of a stroke he had suffered a month before; interred Evans Mills Cemetery, sharing his parents' gravestone.  Employed as a carptenter.  Had a "fever sore" on his hip/leg which caused him to limp.  Resided for years with his sister and her husband, George E. Drake, but moved into the near-by Village of Evans Mills when he married Estella “Stella” V. Matteson (photos) (b. 1894, d. 1941; interred Evans Mills Cem.), daughter of Franklin B./H. and Sarah (Fountain) Matteson in 1909.  Resided in Evans Mills for 30 years.  Was a Free & Accepted Mason and a member of the Evans Mills Fire Department.  Louis Albert Drake, second son of Almond Henry Drake, was named after this great uncle.

 

1880 U.S. Census: Lewis P. Briant, age 5, was born in New York State and resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1900 U.S. Census: Lewis E., age 25 and single (b. Mar 1875) resided with and listed as the "son" of George E. and Mary A. (Briant) Drake, versus being Mary's brother (this is plausible considering Lewis was age 5 in 1880 when his listed mother, Louisa Briant, was age 47 and his listed sister, Mary, was age 24, easily old enough to be Lewis's mother).  Lewis was employed as a day laborer.  He and his parents were born in New York State.

 

1910 U.S. Census: Lewis P. Briant, age 35 and single, resided with his sister, Mary, and her family on LeRaysville Road, LeRay Township.  He was listed as being George's brother-in-law.  He and his father were born in New York; his mother was born in Germany.

 

1920 U.S. Census: Louis P. Briant was 44 years old and head of a household in the Town of LeRay, Jefferson County, New York.  Employed as a farm machinery merchant.  He and his father were born in New York; his mother was born in Germany.  Other members of the household included his wife, Estella (age 27), whose mother had been born in English Canada; daughter, Grace M. (age 6); and son, Francis (age 1 year and 5 months).  Estella and her father were born in New York State.

 

(2. Wife: Estella "Stella" V. Matteson/Mattison (more info)

 

Born 1893/94 at Sterlingville (which disappeared with the Pine Camp expansion of 1941), Jefferson County, New York, daughter of Frank and Sarah (Fountain) Mattison of Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Died from complications of heart disease at home on Willow Street in Evans Mills on Friday, 30 May 1941 (age 48) at 2:30 P.M.; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  Married Louis Philip Briant in 1909.  Was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Evans Mills and the Ladies Aid Society.

 

(3. Children:

 

(a. Grace Mary Briant: (more info) Born 26 December 1913 at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 25/26 March 1962 (age 48); drowned - authorities determined she took her own life by jumping into the swift, cold waters of the Black River; interred Great Bend Cemetery.  Grace had apparently attempted suicide before this fatal incident.

 

Married Charles Earl McCallops, youngest son of Frederick Edward and Mabel Mae (McCallops) McCallops (see Para. 4.d.(2)(a) of the Almond Drake page) on 30 June 1936 at the Woolworth Memorial Methodist Church (photos), Great Bend, and resided on the Great Bend to Champion road, Jefferson County, New York.  Grace and Charles had no children.  She loved to play the piano, and she loved children.

 

(b. Francis Henry Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 10 July 1918 at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Died Tuesday, 31 July 1984 at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County; interred (new) Evans Mills Cemetery.  As an infant Francis was severely burned around the neck when his pajamas caught fire.  As a consequence, his neck and chin were fused, disfiguring him for life.  During World War II was employed at Camp Drum.  Subsequently employed as a bartender; ill health forced retirement in 1968.

 

Francis married, as her 2nd husband, Gertrude “Gert” Mae (Locksmith) Burns (photos) (more info) (b. 3 Jun 1925 at Evans Mills, NY, d. 24 Jan 2007 at Watertown, NY; interred Evans Mills Cem), daughter of Joseph and Emma Irene (Covey) Locksmith, on 24 October 1948 and resided at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  He worked there for many years at the Bordens Milk Products Plant.  Gertrude had married (1st) Joseph Sire Burns (b. 15 Nov 1924 in KY, d. 1982 at Madison, IN) on 31 October 1941, but they were subsequently divorced.  Francis and Gertrude (Locksmith) (Burns) Briant had the following children:

 

(1) Francis “Fran” Henry Briant, Jr.: (photos) (more info) Born 3 October 1946 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Died 4 May 2010, age 63, in Tennessee (where he & Linda had been residing with their son, Scott) from complications of several, long-term health problems, including diabetes.  Graduated 1965 from Indian River Central High School, Philadelphia, Jefferson County.  Worked a number of years for the New York Air Brake Corporation in Watertown, but, for health reasons, could not continue.  Later sold cars in Watertown.  Married (1st) Pamela Mae Roberts (b. 1948 at Watertown) in 1965 and had the following daughter:

 

(a) Michelle Lynn Briant: Born 1966 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Francis and Pamela (Roberts) Briant were subsequently divorced.  Francis married (2nd) Beatrice Linda Cardinal “Linda” (b. 1941 at Watertown) in 1969/67 and resided at 8357 Willow Street, Evans Mills, Jefferson County.  Francis and Linda had the following children:

 

(b) Tammy Jo Briant: Born 1968 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  In 2010 Tammy resided in New York.  Married (1st) Robert “Bob” Lloyd Griffin (b. 1965/66 at Watertown) in 1987 and had the following children:

 

[1. Robert Francis Griffin: Born 1989 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

[2. Nicole Beatrice Griffin: Born 1992 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Robert and Tammy (Briant) Griffin were subsequently divorced.  Tammy married (2nd) Gary Robert Matice (b. 1950 at Natural Bridge, Lewis Co., NY) in 2002.

 

(c) Francis Henry Briant, III: Born 1970 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  In 2010 resided in New York.  Married (1st) Marlene Joan Crowner (b. 1973 at Watertown) and had the following daughter:

 

[1. Tiffany Reta Briant: Born 1994 at Carthage, Wilna Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Francis Henry Briant, III married (2nd) Rebecca Lynn Sikora (b. 1974 at Warners, NY), daughter of Joseph and Gail (Foster) Sikora and granddaughter of Chester Sikora and Marilyn (?) Foster, in 1995 and had the following children:

 

[2. Sikora Briant: (more info) Born 14 September 1995 at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  Died there at birth; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.

 

[3. Samantha Lynn Briant: Born 1997 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

  

Francis Henry, III and Rebecca Lynn (Sikora) Briant were subsequently divorced.

 

(d) Scott Matthew Briant: Born 1972 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  In 2010 resided in Tennessee.  Married Debra/Deborah “Debbie” Elaine Runkles/Gardiner (b. 1954) in 1996.

 

 (2) Louis “Lou” Phillip Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 1947 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York; surname was mistakenly spelled “Bryant” on his birth certificate, necessitating a correction/clarification by county officials in Watertown before he could enlist in the US Navy.  Graduated 1964 from Indian River Central High School, Philadelphia, Jefferson County.  Member of the Navy from 21 December 1964 to 21 December 1994, 23½ years of which was active duty.  Married Atsuko Nakamura (photos) (b. 1947 at Nagasaki, Japan) in 1970 at the US Embassy, Tokyo, Japan and had the following children:

 

(a) Tina Louise Briant: Born 1972 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Jeffery Michael Banks (b. 1971 at Mineral Wells, TX) in 2001/00 at Las Vegas, Nevada and initially resided at Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California.  In 2005 moved to Virginia.  Tina and Jeffery had the following children:

 

[1. Sydney Maiko Banks: Born 2001 at Los Angeles, California.

 

[2. Kylie M. Banks: Born 2005 at Los Angeles, California.

 

(b) Timothy “Tim” Joseph Briant: Born 1973 at Key West, Florida.  In 2013 resided in California.  Not married; no children.

 

(3) Donald “Don” Wayne Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 1952 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married (1st) Clara Lillian Donahue (b. 1953 at Watertown) in 1971 and had the following daughter:

 

(a) Angela “Angie” Beth Briant: Born 1972 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Shawn Weidrick in 1994 and had the following children:

 

[1. Hope Ann Mae Weidrick: Born 1990 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

[2. Carah Christina Weidrick: Born 1997 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Donald Wayne and Clara (Donahue) Briant were subsequently divorced.  Donald married (2nd) Carolyn Lovely, but they were subsequently divorced.  Donald married (3rd or 4th) Debbie Brownley, who had the following son:

 

(b) Jason Brownley.

 

Donald Wayne Briant married (4th or 3rd) Sheila M. Cooper (more info) (b. 1952 at Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY), daughter of Francis Cooper of Constania in 1982 at the Evans Mills United Methodist Church.

 

(4) Joseph “Joe” Edward Briant: (photos) (more info) Born 1956 at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Graduated 1974 from Indian River Central High School, Philadelphia, Jefferson County and attended Jefferson Community College, Watertown.  Married Charlotte Ann Reed (more info)(b. 1953 at Watertown), daughter of Frederick V. Reed of Woodville, Jefferson County, in 1977 at the Reed residence and resided at Ellisburg, New York.  Charlotte graduated from Belleville High School in 1971 and subsequently from Powelson Business Institute, Syracuse, New York.  Before marriage she was employed at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, New York.  In 2010 Joe and Charlotte resided in New York.  They had the following son:

 

(a) Kyle Joseph Briant: Born 1988 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(c. Alton Richard Briant “Dick”: (photos) (more info) Born 26/28 September 1925 at Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died Friday, 23 August 1991, age 65, at home in Watertown, Jefferson County after a long illness.  Attended Evans Mills, Jefferson County school.  Served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.  Resided last at 5964 Gifford Street Road, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Was self employed as a plumber.  Was also a private pilot.  Following World War II Dick resided with Geraldine “Gerry” Arndt (b. 1924 in Jefferson Co., NY) and had the following son:

 

(1) Richard “Rich” Lewis Briant: (more info) Born 1947 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  In 2010 resided in New York.  Married Peggy Ann Johnson (b. 1950 at Watertown) in 1968 and had the following children:

 

(a) Richard "Rich" Robert Briant: (photos) Born 1971 at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  In 2013 resided in California.  Married Karen Pitirri (b. 1972) in 2000.

 

(b) Shelly Ann Briant: Born 1975 at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

 

Alton Richard Briant married (2nd) Nancy K. Carney/Carnie (b. 30 Nov 1934 at Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, d. there 6 Sep 2002 at the Samaritan Medical Center) on 31 January 1953 at Black River, Jefferson County, New York and had the following children:

 

(2) Harley Richard Briant: Born 1954 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Died there the same year.

 

(3) Kimberley “Kim” Frances Briant: Born 1956 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Michael Rayner Whittemore (b. 1957 at Buffalo, Erie Co., NY) in 1978, and in 1991 resided in Pennsylvania.  Kim and Michael had the following children:

 

(a) Jennifer Rebecca Whittemore: Born 1978 at Gainesville, Florida.

 

(b) Holly Nicole Whittemore: Born 1982 at Fort Myers, Florida.

 

(4) Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Briant: Born 1958 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Christopher Lee Charlebois (b. 1955 at Batavia, NY) in 1979 and in 1991 resided in Florida.

 

(5) Kirk Steven Briant: (more info) Born 21 May 1960 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Died there August 1976, age 16; interred Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.

 

(6) Kelly Jane Briant: Born 1962 at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.  Married Richard Arlington Palmer (b. 1958 at Corpus Christi, TX) in 1992.

 

Alton and Nancy (Carney) Briant were divorced in 1978.

 

1   Mary Arvilla Briant

 

Born 14 July 1850 on the family farm between Evans Mills and LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York.  Died there 14 December 1914/13.  Married George Edgar Drake, generation 10 in America on 17 March 1886 at Evans Mills.

 

See George's Page for More Info

 

 

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Other, still unidentified, Briant/Bryant names:

 

1. Charles Briant: Resided with his wife on Bedlam Road in Oct 1917.  Had the following daughter:

 

a. Vera Briant: (more info) Resided apart from parents and not married in Oct 1917.

 

Of interest, there was a Charles E. Briant and Samuel Briant who resided together in Theresa Township, Jefferson County, next door to Hiram Van Allen.

 

2. Mary Briant: Born about 1827.

 

1875 NYS Census: Mary Bryant, age 48 (b. England) was heading a household in a log cabin in Orleans Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included her grandson, Charles Bryant, age 11 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

3. Rufus H. Bryant: Born about 1842.

 

1875 NYS Census: Rufus Bryant, age 33 (b. Herkimer Co., NY) and employed as an engineer for the railroad, was heading a household in Alexandria Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Julia Bryant, age 29 (b. Herkimer Co., NY); son, Burton Bryant, age 8 (b. Oneida Co., NY); daughter, Fannie Bryant, age 6 (b. Oswego Co., NY); son, George Bryant, age 4 (b. Oswego Co., NY); and daughter, Lorre Bryant, age 2 (b. Madison Co., NY).

 

4. John Bryant: Born in England.

 

1875 NYS Census: John Bryant (b. England) and a widower, was heading a  household in Champion Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included Charlott Bryant, age 47 (b. England) and a widow, who was employed as a housekeeper.  The relation between John and Charlott was not given.

 

5. John Bryant: Born about 1847.

 

1875 NYS Census: John Bryant, age 28 (b. St. Lawrence Co., NY) and employed as a farm laborer, was heading a household in Orleans Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Amelia Bryant, age 27 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and daughter, Luella Bryant, age 2 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

6. Related (perhaps) but still unknown names from notes by George Edgar Drake (gen 12): (possible relevance: George's great grandfather, Almond Drake's 2nd wife was Esther P. Hare (interred Pierce Cem).  George's gr-gr uncle, Charles Briant, married Caroline K. Ackert.  George's great uncle, Louis Philip Briant, married Estella "Stella" V. Matteson/Mattison.)

 

a. Gertrude Pierce: Born 8 October 1843.  Died 27 July 1849.

b. Louisa Pierce: Born 19 August 1847.  Died 30 September 1947.

c. Mary Jane (Ackert) Pierce: Born 18 October 1820.  Died 1903.

d. Dyer Ellsworth Pierce: Born 15 February 1816.  Died 18 September 1888.

e. Florenza Ensworth Pierce: Born 28 December 1843.  Died 7 April 1867.

f. George Pierce Ackert: Born 18 June 1860.  Died 3 April 1863; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent. [perhaps Martha's son]

g. Benjamin Pierce: Born 18 September 1790.  Died 22 September 1875.

h. Mina M. Ackert: Born 5 May 1875.  Died 4 December 1967; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.

i. Martha (Pierce) Ackert: Born 19 December 1837.  Died 12/19 May 1912; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.

j. Page Ackert: Born 8 October 1824.  Died 1 March 1914; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.

k. Anna Ackert Rhoades: Born 25 March 1831.  Died 20 February 1913.

l. Abigail (Giffin) Ackert: Born 24 March 1785.  Died 5 January 1868; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.  Married Abram Ackert; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.  Married Abigail Giffin. 

m. Abram Ackert: Born 25 August 1783.  Died 26 March 1868; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.  Married Abigail Giffin.

n. Cyrus R./H. Ackert: Born 22 March 1818.  Died 1 May 1878; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.

o. Watty/Waity (Norton) Ackert: Born 19 November 1820.  Died 31 July 1904; interred St. Lawrence Union Cem, Cape Vincent.

p. Bryon O. Matteson: Born 1872.  Died 1951.

q. Josephine Bass Matteson Mayer: Born 1843.  Died 1940.

r. Laura Matteson Congdon: Born 1879.  Died 1932.

s. George S. Matteson: Born 1888.  Died 1954.

t. Thomas J. Larkins: Born 1917.  Died 1988.  Married Beatrice (?) (b. 1918, d. 1991).

u. Carl N. Thibault: Born 1908.  Married Nellie S. (?) (b. 1914).

 

Note: There was also a Mary Jane Ackert (b. abt 1823; d. 2 Sep 1849, age 26; interred Philadelphia, NY Quaker Cem.).

 

REFERENCES: 33a,38a,52

 

 

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