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Elizabeth Span Regan Bryan - Obituary
A copy of this obituary was sent to me by Julia Brittain, a descendant of Elizabeth's son, Tilman C. Bryan. Copies of this obituary and other Bryan records are in a vertical file compiled by Vera Meeks Wimberly at the Genealogy Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Conroe, Texas. 
OBITUARY

Died February 12th at 9 o’clock p.m. at the residence of J.B. Bryan, her son, Mrs. E. S. Bryan, aged 78 years.

The subject of this memoriam was born in North Carolina and moved to Georgia at an early date, and from there to Bienville Parish, La., where she has been all the while doing all she could in behalf of Christ. She has been a member of the M. E. Church for may years. She was kind and lenient to all; did all she could both by words and actions, for those whom she thought loved Jesus. She was confined in bed nine weeks, during which time she had all the attention and all that human hands and hearts could contribute. She loved God and all his people and had unlimited faith in Jesus. She suffered very much at times, while at others was easy. She had been in delicate health for several years, but by the kind care of her family, she survived until the 12th of February 1877, when the lamp of existence went out. On the following morning we saw the cold form as it lay in the arms of death, a large family and a large circle of friends to morn her loss. She was buried at the Bryan grave yard at Liberty Chapel Church, were, after the burial services, we heard the heavy sound of sod die out as though at a distance, and the sobs of the family and friends as they gave her a fare well adieu. She is gone, gone! Gone to that fairer and better land where there is not more sickness, sorrow nor pain.

<signed> Roger Lawson

Elizabeth Span Regan Bryan - Obituary
This obituary, published in the New Orleans Christian Advocate, was sent to me by my first cousin, Jackie Skinner.  Elizabeth Span Regan Bryan was my great-great grandmother.

MOTHER ELIZABETH SPAN REGAN died at the residence of her son, Joseph Bryan, in Bienville Parish, La., on the twelfth of February 1877. Mother Bryan, the daughter of Joseph and Doratha Regan, was born near Lumberton, Robinson County, NC., October 29, 1794. She was converted in early life, and attached herself to the Methodist Church; was married to Joseph Regan November 11,1814; moved to Gregg County, Ga.where she was left a widow with two sons, Sept. 11, 1821, she married Redric Bryan, who also had two sons. From Houston County, Ga., they moved to Louisiana, and settled in Claiborne parish, where they lived happily and usefully together, aiding in the support of the gospel, the building up of society, and sustaining camp meetings, until the twelfth of January, 1864, at which time she was again left a widow. She still considered it her duty to do what she could in the Master's kingdom; and though the field of her usefulness was chiefly confined to her own large family, she wielded an influence for good which will be felt through time, the extent of which eternity alone can reveal.

Her house was the preacher's house, where they always received an old fashioned Methodist welcome. Being the daughter of a Methodist preacher, she both reverenced and loved the men of God. It was a source of evident gratification that she once entertained Bishop Morris on one of his overland trips to Texas. During her last illness she requested her friends not to pray that her life might be prolonged, but that her end might be peaceful. Rarely has a family of children, themselves the heads of families, been blessed with the privilege of witnessing such a manifestation of the power of Christ to save.

Called together on the saddest occasion that ever congregates a family (to witness a mother's death,) they saw how perfectly the grace of God could enable the true believer to triumph over physical suffering, and received her godly admonitions and prayers of faith. For nine long weeks she seemed to exist in two worlds. Hope ever brightening, she was eager to depart and to be with Christ. She called her children, one by one, and requested them to say they would met her in heaven, and exhorted them not to make the promise werely to gradtify a dying mother, but to weigh well their words. Her mission on earth ended, the remainder of her days were spent in prayer and praise.

NOTE: Elizabeth Span Regan first married her cousin, Joseph Regan. Her second marriage was to Reddick Bryan (not Redric). Lumberton is in Robeson County, NC, not Robinson County. She settled in Twigg County, GA, not Gregg County.
 

 

Elizabeth Span Regan Bryan - Tribute of Respect
A copy of this tribute was sent to me by Julia Brittain, a descendant of Elizabeth's son, Tilman C. Bryan. Copies of this and other Bryan records are in a vertical file compiled by Vera Meeks Wimberly at the Genealogy Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Conroe, Texas. 
Tribute of  Respect

    At a regular meeting of Liberty Chapel Grange, No.111 P. of H., hold June 9th A. D. 1877, the following resolutions on the death of our worthy and esteemed sister Elizabeth S. Bryan, were adopted.
    Wherereas, Our Heavenly Master has in his wisdom seeth fit o remove from our midst, after a painful illness of nine weeks, (one of our Charter members,) our esteemed and beloved sister, Elizabeth S. Bryan.
    During the time that she was a member of Liberty Chapel Grange, her seat was never vacant at the Grange Hall unless detained by the infirmities of age. She took a great interest in the principles of the order, but disease at last fastened its deathly grasp upon her vital frame.  With calmness and strong faith in Christ, she breathed her last, February 12th 1877; being 78 years, 3 months and 17 days of age.  Mother Bryan adorned her Christian profession, being an old fashion Methodist, raised by a Methodist preacher, she could be none other than a true exemplar of Christianity.  She loved all the institutions of the church, and did all she could in her quiet way to advance the cause of Christ.
    But Mother Bryan has gone, and is now enjoying the society of angels and spirits of the just.  We will hear her voice no more on earth giving counsel and advice to old and young alike.  And we mourn and sympathize with the bereaved relations and friends not as those who have no hope, for we know our Mother will rise again at the last day.  Therefore,
    RESOLVED, That in the death of sister Bryan this Grange has lost a worthy and esteemed member; society a shining light, and her family a loss that cannot be replaced.
    RESOLVED, That the members of this Grange wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
    RESOLVED, That these Resolutions be spread upon the Minutes of this Grange, and a copy be furnished the relatives of the deceased, and a copy to the Rural Times for publication.

                                J. W. Cook,
        Committee,                        W. J. Page,
                                W. A. Martin.
 
 

 

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