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Nathaniel Bryant, III (1769 - 1832)

 

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1.   Nathaniel’s parents: Nathaniel, Jr. and Joanah (Cole) Bryant

 

2.   Nathaniel’s birth: 3 May 1769 at Plympton, Massachusetts.

 

     Nathaniel’s death: 17 November 1832 (age 63) at home near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Was one of the first to be interred in the nearby Bryant Hill Cemetery.  His epitaph read: “Death is a debt to nature due; I’ve paid that debt and so must you.”

 

3.   Nathaniel’s marriage:

 

     a. To whom: Elizabeth Rude

 

(1. Elizabeth’s parents: John and Elizabeth (Freeman) Rude of Norwich, Massachusetts.

 

(2. Elizabeth’s birth: about 1770.

 

Elizabeth’s death: 6 September 1839, age 69.

 

(3. Other biographical notes on Elizabeth:

 

Originally from Norwich, Massachusetts.  Of note: Norwich Massachusetts was first incorporated as Murrayfield approximately 1765.  In 1773 the eastern part of Murrayfield became Norwich.  In 1855 Norwich became Huntington, Massachusetts.

 

     b. Marriage date & location: 5 March 1792 at Norwich, Massachusetts. (perhaps this is the license/intention date)

 

     c. Children:

 

(1. Freeman Bryant: (photos)

 

Born 26 August 1792 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  First name undoubtedly from his mother’s maiden name.  In 1817, only a year after the first white settler arrived in the area, Freeman (age 23) and his brother Nathaniel, IV (age 21) moved west.  They first went to Toledo, Ohio, but backtracked to settle near each other in Cattaraugus County, New York - perhaps because a smallpox epidemic was gripping Ohio at the time, or perhaps because western New York State land was less expensive, being less desirable than the more fertile and less rocky land to the west.

 

1850 US Census: Freeman Bryant, age 58 (b. MA) was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Frances Bryant, age 53 (b. MA); son, Joseph Bryant, age 27 (b. NYS), whose real property was valued at $3,000; Huldah Bryant, age 30 (b. NYS); Antonett Bryant, age 25 (b. NYS); Alex Bryant, age 23 (b. NYS); Warren Bryant, age 20 (b. NYS); Harmon Bryant, age 11 (b. NYS); Watson Leonard, age 21 (b. NYS); and John Hasson, age 19 (b. NYS).

 

1855 NYS Census: Freeman Bryant, age 54 (b. MA), was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York, where he had resided for 23 years.  The household also included his wife, Frances Bryant, age 58 (b. MA); and son, Herman L. Bryant, age 16 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY).

 

Married Frances Stanton/Staunton (b. 16 Jun 1797, d. Jun 1878, age 81, in CA) in April 1818.  Of interest, Frances was the sister of both John W. Stanton and Anna Stanton, the latter of whom married Freeman’s uncle, Samuel Bryant, paragraph 3.c.(13) of generation 5 of the Ancestors of Courtney Smith Bryant.

 

Freeman died 1 February 1860, age 67, and was interred in the Sugartown Cemetery in Cattaraugus County, New York.  The following children of Freeman and Frances were named in the will of Freeman’s brother, Orin Bryant (paragraph (7), below):

 

(a. Joseph Bryant: Born about 1823 in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Later in life resided at Diamond Springs, Eldorado County, California.

 

1855 NYS Census: Joseph Bryant, age 32 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York, where he had resided for 23 years.  The household also included his wife, Jane W. Bryant, age 31 (b. Washington Co., NY); son, Charles W. Bryant, age 2 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Agnes Bryant, age 1 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); sister, Harriet McKelson, age 28 (b. Washington Co., NY); and servant, George Venables, age 16 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY).

 

(b. Alexander "Alex" Bryant: Resided at San Francisco, California.

 

(c. Warren Bryant: Born about 1839 in New York.  Subsequently resided at San Francisco, California.

 

(d. Herman L. Bryant: Born about 1839 in New York.  Later in life resided at Latrobe, Eldorado County, California.

 

(2. Nathaniel Bryant, IV: (more info)

 

Born 6 October 1794 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  In the Spring of 1817/18 moved his family to a site near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York that became known as Bryant Hill.  He worked, presumably as a farm hand, for a Mr. Leonard.  In 1820 Nathaniel sold those lots and moved to Little Valley Center, which is at the town line between Ellicottville and Franklinville.  He lived there 42 years.

 

1850 US Census: Nathaniel Bryant, age 54 (b. MA) was heading a household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $5,000.  The household also included his wife, Sally Bryant, age 44 (b. MA); son, Edward Bryant, age 22 (b. NYS); son, Alvin C. Bryant, age 21 (b. NYS); daughter, Lucy Bryant, age 19 (b. NYS); daughter, Meriam Bryant, age 16 (b. NYS); son, Stillman Bryant, age 14 (b. NYS); son, Harlen B. Bryant, age 8 (b. NYS); daughter, Loverna Bryant, age 4 (b. NYS); and mother-in-law, Lucy Chase, age 76 (b. MA).  Of interest, other Chase names residing nearby: Alvin Chase, age 53; Abner Chase, age 50; Stilman Chase, age 44.

 

1855 NYS Census: Nathaniel Bryant, age 60 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Western Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York, where he had resided for 15 years.  The household also included his wife, Sally Bryant, age 51 (b. MA), who had resided in Little Valley Township 15 years; son, Alvin Bryant, age 25 (b. Cattaraugus, NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township 15 years; daughter, Lucy Bryant, age 23 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township 15 years; daughter, Marian Bryant, age 21 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township 15 years; son, Stillman Bryant, age 19 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township 15 years; son, Harlan Bryant, age 13 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township all his life; daughter, Lyverna Bryant, age 9 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), who had resided in Little Valley Township all his life; and hired man, William Brown, age 40 (b. England), who had resided in Little Valley Township 3 months.

 

1860 US Census: Nathaniel Bryant, age 65 (b. MA), was heading a household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Sally Bryant, age 55 (b. NYS); daughter, Marinne Bryant, age 26 (b. NYS); son, Stillman Bryant, age 24 (b. NYS); son, Harlan Bryant, age 18 (b. NYS); daughter, Laverna Bryant, age 14 (b. NYS); and Jane Wheeler, age 14 (b. NYS).

 

1865 NYS Census: Nathaniel Bryant, age 70 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a  household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  He had been married once.  The household also included his wife, Sally Bryant, age 60 (b. MA), who had had 7 children; son, Harlen Bryant, age 23 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY), single, and employed as a farmer; daughter, Loverna Bryant, age 19 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY) and single; and Amelia Miller, age 18 (b. Germany) and single.

 

1875 NYS Census: Nathaniel Bryant, age 80 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his son, Harlan O. Bryant, age 33 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Loverna Bryant, age 27 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); and cousin, Dora Bryant, age 14 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY).  Of interest, Stillman Bryant and his wife resided 1 house away.

 

Nathaniel, IV married Sally Chase (b. abt 1804 in MA, d. at Little Valley on 10 Apr 1875, age 71 yrs, 1 mo, 7 days), daughter of David and Lucy (?) Chase of Little Valley, on 12 June 1826 at Bryant Hill (near Ellicottville), Cattaraugus County, New York, and they remained married for 47 years.  The Chases came to Little Valley in 1818.  Nathaniel and Sally were married in 1826 on Bryant Hill in Cattaraugus County, New York.  He died Saturday, 12 May 1883 (age 89) at his residence at Little Valley Center, having been in declining health for more than a year.  His daughter, Mrs. Smith, and sons Stillman and Harlan helped care for him after Sally’s death approximately 8 years before.  Funeral services were held at the residence on Monday, 14 May; Reverend S.B. Thompson and Reverend Mr. Varnum of Salamanca officiated.

 

Nathaniel and Sally (Chase) Bryant had the following children (one was adopted):

 

(a. Nathaniel Bryant: Not mentioned by some sources.  Died young?

 

(b. Sally Bryant: Not mentioned by some sources.  Died young?

 

(c. Edward/Edwin Bryant: Born approximately 1828 in New York State, probably Cattaraugus County.  Later resided in California for more than 20 years.

 

(d. Alvin C. Bryant: Born about 1829 in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Died 7 December 1857 at age 27.

 

(e. Lucy Bryant #1: Born about 1831 in Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

(f. Marriom/Meriam/Marion Bryant: Born about 1834 in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Perhaps married a man named Smith.

 

(g. Stillman N. Bryant: Born about 1836 in Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1865 NYS Census: Stillman Bryant, age 29 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Welthy A. Bryant, age 25 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY).

 

1875 NYS Census: Stillman Bryant, age 39 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Little Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included hiw wife, Welthy Bryant, age 35 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); and servant, Francis Culver, age 18 and single.  Of interest, his father resided 1 house away.

 

(h. Harlan/Harlen Bryant: Born about 1842 in Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

(i. Loverna/Lovena Bryant: Born about 1846 in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Perhaps married William Manley of Ellicottville, New York.

 

(j. Lucy Bryant #2: Not mentioned by some sources.  Died young?

 

(3. Alexander Bryant:

 

Born 6 (? month) 1796 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Died 17 February 1799.

 

(4. Susannah Bryant:

 

Born 1 January 1797 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Married (perhaps Orren) Pitcher and resided initially at Ellicottville, New York.  (Of interest, in the book Chesterfield Families, there is an Orren Pitcher (b. 27 Nov 1785) who was said to be a resident of Ellicottville, New York; he would have been 12 years older than Susannah.)  In 1877 Susannah resided at Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa.

 

(5. Spencer Bryant:

 

Born 29 October 1801 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Died 17 October 1802, “age 1 year.”

 

(6. Rodman Bryant:

 

Born 2 August 1803 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Died June 1853 at Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Generation 7 of the Ancestors of Courtney Smith Bryant.

 

(7. Orren/Orrin/Oren Bryant: (photos) (more info)

 

Born 8 January 1808 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Never married.  Died at Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York on Monday, 12 March 1877 (age 70) and interred in the Sugartown Cemetery in Cattaraugus County.  Left a last Will and Testament dated 4 March 1867 which named his brother, Sheldon, the executor of his estate and the following heirs:

 

·       Sheldon Bryant, brother of Great Valley, N.Y.

·       Oris Bryant, nephew of Great Valley, N.Y.

·       Nathaniel Bryant, brother of Little Valley, N.Y.

·       Olive Wheaton, niece of Allegany, Cattaraugus County, N.Y.

·       Howard Bryant, nephew of Whitney Point, Broome County, New York.

·       Anna Blair, niece of Troy, Bradford County, PA.

·       Payson Bryant, nephew of Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

·       Susannah Pitcher, sister of Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa.

·       Joseph Bryant, nephew of Diamond Springs, Eldorado County, California.

·       Alexander Bryant, nephew of San Francisco, California.

·       Warren Bryant, nephew of San Francisco, California.

·       Herman Bryant, nephew of Latrobe, Eldorado County, California.

 

Orin’s estate was settled 16 August 1877 in the Town of Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York.  

 

(8. Lydia Bryant #1:

 

Born 2 February 1811 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Died 23 February 1811, “age 21 days.”

 

(9. Sheldon Bryant: (photos) (more info)

 

Born 23 March 1812 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  On 4 March 1867 Sheldon Bryant, of the Town of Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York petitioned the Surrogate of Cattaraugus County to grant probate of the estate of his late brother, Orrin Bryant.  Sheldon died 2 January 1886 in Great Valley and is interred in the Sugartown Cemetery, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1850 US Census: Sheldon Bryant, age 38 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Ellicottville Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ruth Bryant, age 32 (b. VT); daughter, Amanda Bryant, age 7 (b. NYS); daughter, Mary Bryant, age 5 (b. NYS); brother, John Bryant, age 42 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer; and Henry Bilton, age 10 (b. NYS).

 

1855 NYS Census: Sheldon Bryant, age 42 (b. MA), was heading a household in Ellicottville Township, Cattaraugus County, New York, where he had resided for 35 years.  The household also included his wife, Ruth Bryant, age 37 (b. VT); daughter, Amanda Bryant, age 12; daughter, Mary Bryant, age 10; son, Franklin Bryant, age 3; daughter, Nancy Bryant, age 1; and brother, Orin Bryat, age 44 (b. MA), who had resided in Ellicottville Township for 35 years; and servant, Henry Blighton, age 15 (b. Genesee Co., NY).

 

1860 US Census: Sheldon Bryant, age 48 (b. MA), was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ruth Bryant, age 43 (b. VT); daughter, Amanda Bryant, age 17 (b. NYS); daughter, May Bryant, age 15 (b. NYS); son, Franklin Bryant, age 8 (b. NYS); daughter Nancy Bryant, age 6 (b. NYS); and brother, Orrin Bryant, age 52 (b. MA).

 

1865 NYS Census: Sheldon Bryant, age 53 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ruth Bryant, age 47 (b. VT), who had had 5 children; daughter, Amanda Bryant, age 22 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Mary Bryant, age 20 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); son, Franklin S. Bryant, age 13 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Nancy Bryant, age 10 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); and brother, Oren Bryant, age 57 (b. MA) and employed as a farmer.

 

1875 NYS Census: Sheldon Bryant, age 63 (b. MA) and employed as  farmer,  was heading a household at Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ruth B. Bryant, age 57, (b. VT); daughter, Amanda Bryant, age 32 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Mary Bryant, age 30 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); son, Franklin Bryant, age 22 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); daughter, Nancy Bryant, age 21 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); and brother, Orrin Bryant, age 67 (b. MA) and single.

 

1900 US Census: Ruth B. Bryant, age 82 (b. Oct 1817 in VT; parents b. VT) and a widow, resided in the household headed by her son-in-law, John P. Wittlesey, age 55 (b. Jun 1845 in NYS; father b. CT; mother b. NYS), a widower, and employed as a farmer, in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included Ruth's sister (John's Aunt), Nancy Chase, age 77 (b. Feb 1823 in VT; parents b. VT) and a widow.

 

Sheldon Bryant married Ruth Chamberlain (photos) (b. 22 Oct 1817 at Ludlow, VT, d. 4 Oct 1908; interred Sugartown, Cemetery), who moved to Warsaw, New York with her parents, Elizah and Ruth Chamberlain.  Sheldon and Ruth had the following children:

 

(a. Franklin "Frank" Sheldon Bryant: Born on Bryant Hill, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1900 US Census: Frank S. Bryant, age 48 (b. Nov 1851 in NYS; parents b. VT) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 11 years, Mary F. Bryant, age 41 (b. Aug 1858 in IN; father b. OH; mother b. IN), who had had 3 children, all still alive; son, Otis P. Bryant, age 10 (b. Feb 1890 in NYS); son, Howard C. Bryant, age 7 (b. May 1893 in IN); and Chas E. Bryant, age 2 (b. Nov 1897 in NYS).  Of interest, Frank's next door neighbor was his brother-in-law, John P. Wittlesey, with whom his mother resided.

 

Franklin Bryant married Mary Florence Prigg.  Frank and Mary are interred in the Sugartown Cemetery.

 

(1) Otis P. Bryant.

 

(2) Howard Colby Bryant.

 

(a) Edna Bryant:  Married a Cole.

 

(3) Charles E. Bryant.

 

(4) Rollin S. Bryant.

 

(b. Mary L. Bryant: Married John Pratt Whittlesey/Whattlesley/Whettlesee (b. 1845, d. 1909).  Apparently no children.  Mary and John were interred in the Sugartown Cemetery.

 

(c. Amanda Bryant: Born 12 February 1843.  Married Harlan/Harlen Beecher and had two children.  At the time of the 1905 New York State Census Amanda and Harlan lived in Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York with Amanda’s mother, Ruth.

 

(d. Nancy Bryant: Married (?) Rider/Pride and was interred in the Ellicottville Cemetery. (Of interest: in a 4 Jul 1976 letter from Ethel K. Carnes indicated Christine Pride was related to the Bryants.)

 

(e. Child: May have died young.

 

(10. Lydia Bryant: (photos)

 

Born 26 July 1817 at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  Died 11 August 1850.  Apparently never married.  Interred in the Bryant Hill Cemetery, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

4.   Other biographical notes on Nathaniel:

 

In December 1817 Nathaniel, III, his wife, and the children who still remained with them moved west to join sons Freeman and Nathaniel, IV, who had settled near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York about one year earlier.  In the dead of winter, after a tedious, 31-day trip with two yoke of oxen, one horse and wagon, and two cows they arrived at Nathaniel, IV’s residence.  They remembered one night on the trip near Cayuga, New York especially well.  Having stopped at a house to spend the night, the house caught on fire.  The men of the house were away and no water was available, so Nathaniel, III climbed to the roof and asked for anything wet to extinguish the fire.  Buttermilk was quickly passed up to him and, after considerable exertion; it did the job at hand.  However, the house was in such disorder that Nathaniel, III decided to continue west several more miles before stopping for the remainder of the night.

 

On arrival in Cattaraugus County, Nathaniel, III worked for Mr. Leonard until the Spring of 1818, when he settled between sons Freeman and Nathaniel, IV on what became known as Bryant Hill.  His land there was subsequently owned by Patrick Lynd.  In 1820 Nathaniel, III moved a short distance to the town line between Ellicottville and Franklinville, New York, where he remained the rest of his life (d. 1832).  In Nathaniel, III was active in formation of the Ellicottville Baptist Church.

 

Notes:

 

1. Among the early settlers of Cattaraugus County, New York in 1815 were Edward Bryant and Dennis Bryant (relation to this Nathaniel Bryant still unknown).  However, in the period 1816 to 1823 Freeman Bryant (son of this Nathaniel Bryant) and Ebenezer Willoughby (for whom, perhaps, Orris Willoughby Bryant (8) was named) resided there.

 

2. Roster of soldiers and sailors in the "War of Rebellion:"

 

a. From Ellicottville:

 

(1. Hamilton T. Bryant: Corporal enlisted in Company I of the 37th Infantry for 2 years on 9 May 1861.

 

(2. Levi D. Bryant: Joined Company G of the 154th Infantry in October 1864.

 

b. From Allegany: R. O. Bryant enlisted in Company H of the 37th New York Infantry on 17 May 1861.  Killed in action 2 July 1863 at Gettysburg.

 

c. From Cold Spring: Howard L. Bryant enlisted in Company F of the 194th Infantry for 1 year on 8 April 1865.

 

d. From Dayton:

 

(1. Charles H. Blair.

 

(2. William W. Blair.

 

e. From Great Valley:

 

(1. Colby M. Bryant enlisted in Company A of the 154th infantry on 21 July 1862.

 

(2. Edward P. Bryant enlisted in the 37th Infantry in September 1861.  Wounded and discharged near the end of the war.

 

(3. Orris W. Bryant enlisted in the 9th Cavalry on 26 September 1864; discharged at the end of the war.

 

e. From Randolph: Samuel Bryant enlisted in Company H of the 154th infantry on 29 August 1862.

 

 

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