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Stephen Bryant - Gen 1 in America

Abigail (Bryant) Bryant - Gen 2

John Bryant - Gen 2 (immigrant)

Samuel Bryant - Gen 3

Nathaniel Bryant I - Gen 4

Nathaniel Bryant II - Gen 5

Nathaniel Bryant III - Gen 6

Rodman Bryant - Gen 7

Julia (Fraser) Bryant - Gen 7

 

Orris/Oris Willoughby Bryant (1840 - 1894)

 

Bryant Generation 8

 

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1.   Orris’s parents: Rodman and Julia (Fraser) Bryant

 

2.   Orris’s birth: 8 July 1840 at Ellicottville, Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Middle name perhaps in honor of Ebenezer Willoughby, who was one of the earliest settlers at Great Valley.

 

     Orris’s death: Wednesday evening, 30 October 1894 (age 54) from complications of typhoid fever at Greene, Chenango County, New York.  His daughter-in-law, Maud Elise (Reynolds) Bryant said  it was "the only time he was sick."  His obituary was printed in the Chenango American on 8 November 1894.  Funeral services were held Friday, 1 December with Reverend Martin Luther Dalton of Salamanca, New York, officiating.  Interment Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, New York (plain black casket).

 

Of interest, Orris purchased lots 22, 23, 24, and 25 of Section C in the Sunset Hill Cemetery on 22 January 1883 (recorded 8 Aug 1885).

 

3.   Orris’s marriage:

 

a. To whom: Mariette/Marietta E. Gurney (photos) (more info)

                  Mate

 

(1. Mate’s parents: David Sisson and Eunice E. (Pratt) Gurney of Crumhorn Mountain, Maryland Township, Otsego County, New York.

 

(2. Mate’s birth: 4 June 1844 at/near Maryland, Otsego County, New York.

 

Mate’s death: Friday, 20 May 1921 at the home of her daughter, Effie, in Binghamton, Broome County, New York from complications of a heart attack suffered the day before.  Obituary published in the 26 May 1921 Chenango American.  Mate had been in poor health for some time and had planned to visit Effie for a couple of weeks.  Interment Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, Chenango County, New York.

 

(3. Other biographical notes:

 

(a. Before marriage Mate was employed teaching at a district school in Maryland Township, Otsego County, New York.

 

b. Marriage date & location: 5 May 1867 at the residence of Mariette's parents, Crumhorn Mountain, Maryland Township, Otsego County, New York.  Reverend A. Martin, Minister of the Gospel, officiated.  Witnesses: Maria/Marie A. Gurney and Francis M. Thorn.

 

c. Children:

 

(1. Euphemia Louise Bryant: (photos) (more info)

“Effie”

 

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Born 3 February 1868 at or near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Consistent with a promise made by her father, Orris Bryant, to a woman who had done him a favor, she was named after that woman.  Though her mother agreed to honor the promise, she was not happy with it, so throughout her life Euphemia was always called “Effie” in public and in private.

 

1900 US Census: Geo A. Van Valkenburgh, age 31 (b. May 1869 in NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a restaurateur, was heading a household at 14 Caugdon Place in the City of Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 11 years, Effie L. Van Valkenburgh, age 32 (b. Feb 1868 in NYS; parents b. NYS); and son, Charles L. Van Valkenburgh, age 9 (b. Oct 1890 in NYS).

 

1910 US Census: George A. Van Valkenburgh, age 40 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as proprietor of a boarding house, was heading a household at 27 Exchange Street in the City of Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 21 years, Fel Van Valkenburgh, age 41 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as proprietor of a boarding house, who had had 2 children, both still alive; son, Charles Van Valkenburgh, age 18 (b. NYS) and single; daughter, Marguerate V. Van Valkenburgh, age 17 (b. NYS) and single; and 12 boarders.  Of interest, another George A. Van Valkenburgh, age 47 and single, was an inmate at the Binghamton State Hospital, Binghamton, New York.

 

1920 US Census: George A. Van Valkenburg, age 49 (b. NYS), was heading a household in Ward 8 of the City of Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Effie Van Valkenburg, age 51 (b. NYS); and 9 boarders.  Of interest, another George A. Van Valkenburg, age 56 and single, was an inmate at the Binghamton State Hospital, Binghamton, New York. 

 

1930 US Census: George Van Valkenburgh, age 61 and employed as Election Board Commissioner, was heading a household at 79 Susquehanna Street in the City of Binghamton, Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  He had married at age 21.  The household also included his wife, Effie Van Valkenburgh, age 62, who had married at age 21; son, Charles Van Valkenburgh, age 38 and employed as salesman for a cigar corporation, who had married at age 26.  Of interest, another George A. Van Valkenburg, age 66 (b. US) was an inmate at the Binghamton State Hospital, Binghamton, New York. 

 

Moved to Greene with her parents at age 17 (1885).  Married at Greene, New York on 22 December 1889 to George Adam Van Valkenburgh (photos) (more info) (b. 14 May 1869, d. 19 Nov 1932, age 63, from a heart attack) of Greene (Rev. Edward Taylor officiating) and resided on the Van Valkenburgh family farm on the Greene – Coventry road (later the Farout place) for several years before moving to 79 Susquehanna Street, Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  George was the Commissioner of Elections for Broome County, New York.  Effie was employed as a dressmaker and took in roomers to supplement the family income.  After his death, Effie filled in for him in that capacity until the end of 1932.  She died 27 January 1937 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, New York, age 68 years, 11 months, 27 days.  Interred in the Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, New York (same row as Bryants, but a little south). (note: Frances (Bryant) Harrison's date book says: "Effie died April 18, 1938")  Effie and George had the following children:

 

(a. Charles Lloyd Van Valkenburgh: (photos) Born 27 October 1890 in Greene?  According to Florence Irene (Bryant) Rogers, Charles "had a lovely voice and sang in the Episcopal Church Boy's Choir when he was young."  Married Sarah/Sara Fillmore “Sue” (?) (more info) (b. 27/21 May 1893/2, d. 7 Feb 1982, age 88, at the Endicott Nursing Home; interment Floral Park Cemetery) and in January 1977 resided at Castle Creek Road, Box 700, Binghamton, New York 13901.  Sarah worked at the Fair Store in Binghamton, New York for more than 40 years.  Charles and Sarah had the following children:

 

(1) Charles Filmer Van ValkenburghFilmer”/"Philmere" "Van": (more info) Born 21 May 1919 (or 28 May 1916).  Died Friday, 1 March 1996 at Wilson Hospital, Endicott, Broome County, New York; interred Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, Chenango County, New York.  In 1916 resided in Greene, Chenango County, New York.  Was a Veteran of World War II and a member of the Castle Creek (Binghamton, N.Y.) United Methodist Church.  Owned and operated Van’s Motors and Van-Tiques.  Collected antique horse-drawn buggies and sleighs, which at one time numbered nearly 200.

 

(a) Charles R. Van Valkenburgh.

 

(b) Vanessa Van Valkenburgh: Married Joseph “Joe” Burke and resided at Whitney Point, New York.  Vanessa and Joe had the following children:

 

[1. Sarah Burke.

 

[2. Bryan Burke.

 

(2) Paula Joan Van Valkenburgh: Born 8 March 1920.  Married (1st) Edward Novossel and resided at Mundelein, Illinois.  Married (2nd) (?) Mobile and resided at Kenosha, Wisconsin.

 

(b. Margaret Bryant? Van Valkenburg: Born 19 July 1892.  Died 29 January 1956.  Married Earl Langdon Chubbuck (b. 15 Apr 1891) and resided at Binghamton, New York.  Earl and Margaret had the following children:

 

(1) Earl ‘Eme’ Langdon Chubbuck, Jr.: (photos) Born 10/11 August 1916.  Missing for 10 years.  Married Natalie Turnock and had the following children:

 

(a) Jay Chubbuck.

 

(b) Gladice Joy Chubbuck "Joy": Died 4 December 2009.  Married (?) Harp and had the following daughter:

 

[1. Sheryl L. Harp: Married Stan Chrzanowski and resided in Florida.

 

(2) Marjorie Louise Chubbuck: (photos) (more info) Born 20 June 1918.  Married Herbert A. Paull (more info) on 15 September 19?? At Trinity Memorial Church, Binghamton, New York.  They were subsequently divorced, and, apparently, Marjorie resided at Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

 

(2. Frances Eliza Bryant: (photos) (more info)

 

Born 12 October 1871 at or near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Died Monday, 4 December 1961, age 90; interred at the Sylvan Lawn Cemetery in Greene.  Was about 12 years old when her parents moved to Greene, Chenango County, New York.  Joined the Congregational Church in Greene on 5 April 1886.  Her father died on 30 October 1894, and there was a personal note in the 22 November 1894 Chenango American newspaper which said: "Mis Frances Bryant returned to Cortland on Tuesday, where she will resume her studies at the Normal School."  In 1902 was employed as a teacher and residing with her parents on Franklin Street in Greene, New York.  Resided last at 19 North Chenango Street, Greene, Chenango County, New York.  Broke her hip on 21 June 1957.

 

1915 NYS Census: Lee Ray Harrison, age 42, was heading a household in Greene Township, Chenango County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Fracis L. Harrison, age 45; Gertrude M. Harrison, age 7; and Edward Harrison, age 74.

 

Frances Eliza Bryant married 18/24 October 1905 at Greene to Lee Ray Harrison (photos) (more info) (b. 1872, d. 20 Apr 1953), son of Edward and Elizabeth (Morton) Harrison, of Greene and had the following daughter:

 

(a. Elisabeth “Betty” Morton Harrison: (photos) (more info)

 

Born 15 November 1907 at Greene, Chenango County, New York; middle name in honor of her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Morton) Harrison.  Died 16 March 1999, age 91, at Gilmour Health Care Center, Norwich, New York; interment Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.  Married George Edward Mead (photos) (more info) (b. 8 Nov 1907 at Oxford, N.Y., d. 8 Jun 1994, age 86, at Chenago Memorial Hospital, Norwich, N.Y.; interment Riverview Cemetery, Oxford), son of Sackett and Marion (Davis) Mead of Oxford, New York, on Saturday, 1 November 1947 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City, New York.  They resided for many years 7 West State Street in Oxford, New York; no children.

 

George graduated from Oxford Academy and Union School, Oxford, New York.  Then he attended Clark College in Massachusetts, eventually transferring and graduating from the College of Administration in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He was employed by the Gas and Electric Company before taking a position as a auditor with E. I. Dupont in Indianapolis during World War II.  Subsequently George started his own private accounting practice.

 

Betty was a graduate of Greene High School, Wellsley College, and the Katherine Gibbs School.  She worked as a secretary in New York City for several years, and that’s where she met George.  Betty was a long time member of the United Church of Oxford and several other civic and charitable organizations.

 

Of interest: In the mid-1980s Marian E. Biles corresponded with a Richard “Dick” E. and Doris (?) Mead of P.O Box 235, 4 Canal Street, Greene, New York 13778-0235.  Perhaps a relative of George E. Mead?

 

(3. Courtney Smith Bryant:

 

Born 19 April 1875 at or near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Died 26 October 1954 at home outside Greene, Chenango County, New York.  Bryant generation # 9.

 

(4. Nelson Oris Bryant:

 

Born 11 April 1876 at or near Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Died as an infant on 25 August 1876.

 

d. Other biographical notes on Mariette E. (Gurney) Bryant:

 

(1. Was a school teacher in Greene, New York.

 

4.   Other biographical notes on Orris:

 

Orris wrote his name "Oris," with 1 r, and used that spelling for his son, Nelson Oris Bryant.  Subsequent use of the name in this line, for instance, his grandson, Lincoln Oris Byrant, continued that spelling.

 

Grew up in Cattaraugus County, New York.  Orris joined Company M of the 9th New York Cavalry Regiment of Union forces on 26 September 1864 and remained with that unit until the end of the Civil War; discharged 1 June 1865.  In March 1867 he was unmarried and involved in a land settlement record with other members of his family.  On 22 January 1883 he purchased lots 22, 23, 24, and 25 in Section C of the Sunset Hill Cemetery at Ellicottville.  In 1885 Orris and his family moved from Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York to Greene, Chenango County, New York.

 

Orris was a Presbyterian.  When he and Mariette and their children moved to Greene, there was no Presbyterian church there, so they decided to join the Congregational Church of Greene.

 

In 1889 Orris W. Bryant and his family resided in a house on Van Buren Street (later changed to Franklin Street) in Greene, Chenango County, New York (2nd house north of the florist & greenhouse).  The house had been built in 1886 by Fred Beach.  He was employed as a laborer (perhaps in a supervisory role) in the lumber and planing mill at Lyon Iron Works in Greene (later the sight of the Raymond Corporation).  Orris was five feet nine inches tall and had blue eyes and brown hair.  He was an active member of the Congregational Church in Greene.

 

1850 US Census: Orace Bryant was 9 years old and residing in the household of his parents and siblings in Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1855 NY Census: Orris Bryant was 14 years old and residing in the household of his widowed mother in Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1860 US Census: Orris Bryant, age 20 (b. NYS), single, and employed as a farmer, resided in the household headed by his widowed mother in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  He was also enumerated in the household headed by his brother-in-law, Hiram Wheaton, age 39 (b. NYS), in Ellicottville Township, Cattaraugus County.

 

1865 NY Census: Orris W. Bryant was in the Army but recorded as a single, 24 year old in the household of his mother in Great Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York.

 

1870 US Census: Oris Bryant, age 30 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  His real estate was valued at $1,000.  The household also included his wife, Maryette Bryant, age 26 (b. NYS); daughter, Euphiame Bryant, age 2 (b. NYS); domestic servant, Mary Coffee, age 47 (b. Ireland); farm laborer, Thomas Simmons, age 18 (b. NYS).

 

1875 NY Census: Orris W. Bryant, age 34 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NYS) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Maryette Bryant, age 31 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NYS); daughter, Effie L. Bryant, age 7 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NYS) and single; daughter, Frances E. Bryant, age 3 (b. Cattaraugus Co., NY); and son, Cortney S. Bryant, age 2 months (b. Cattaraugus Co., NYS).

 

1880 US Census: O. W. Bryant, age 39 (b. NYS; father b. MA; mother b. NYS) and employed on farm, was heading a household in Great Valley Township, Cattaraugus County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Maryette Bryant, age 35 (b. NYS); daughter, Effie Bryant, age 12 (b. NYS); son [should be daughter], Francis Bryant, age 9, (b. NYS); and son, Courtney Bryant, age 5 (b. NYS).

 

1900 US Census: Mariette Bryant, age 55 (b. Jun 1844 in NYS; parents b. NYS), widowed, and the mother of 4, 3 of whom were still, was heading a household in Greene Township, Chenango County, New York.  The household also included her son, Courtney S. Bryant, age 25 (b. Apr 1875 in NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as a laborer on a duck farm; and boarder, Elwin A. Barnes, age 22 (b. Feb 1878 in NYS; parents b. NYS), single, and employed as an iron molder.

 

1905 NYS Census: Marritti Bryant, age 61, was heading a  household on Franklin Street in the Village of Greene, Greene Township, Chenango County, New York.  The household also included her son, Courttney S. Bryant, age 30 and employed as a poultry man; and boarder, Henry Ford, age 28 and employed as a stenographer.

 

 

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