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Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Deed - Manning, Bryan, Watts

A copy of this deed was found on microfilm     I find this deed interesting as it names the children of Catherine Amanda Bryan, daughter of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan.

Transcribed by Diana Bryan Quinn, February 6, 2005.

 Found  in Bienville Parish Conveyance Book J, page 765   LDS film #266011


M.R. Manning &

T.C. Bryan

To } Deed

Heirs of C. A. Bryan

C. Thomas nee Bryan

Edmond B. Watts

Alice E. Watts

Sarah E. Watts

Martha L. Watts


State of Louisiana

Parish of Bienville


Know all men by these presents  that I Mildred R. Manning now the wife of T. C. Bryan residence of the Parish of Bienville and State of Louisiana and for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred Dollars to us in hand paid the receipt of which we do hereby acknowledge and have assigned and setover with a full guarantee against all troubles, debts, or mortgage claims or ___the following named heirs to wit-of C. A. Bryan now the wife of J. B. Thomas a resident of said {difficult to read - could be G.B. or Z.B.} given parish and state of Louisiana , Edmund B. Watts, Alice E. Watts, Sarah E. Watts, Martha L. Watts all residents of the above named State the following tract or parcel of land to be equally divided between the above named heirs whenever it is thought proper to do so or when the youngest child should become of proper age and we do further agree that Joseph B. Bryan and E. B. Watts wit residents of the parish and State aforesaid has full control of said land for the above named heirs for their sole benefit the following land described as follows to wit The southeast quarter of Section Twenty Eight (28)  In Township fifteen Range nine (9) Containing  one hundred and sixty acres (160) more or less ___ this with all improvements therein and I the said M. R. Manning together with my husband T. C. Bryan to warrant and guarantee the title of said land against that of ourselves and all other persons whomever. This done and signed on this the 23rd day of December in the year of our one thousand Eight hundred and seventy three (1873) in the presents of


  1. L. Wimberly                                                        M. R. Bryan
  2. M. Nix                                                                T. C. Bryan



State of Louisiana Parish of Bienville


Before me the undersigned authority personally came and appeared A. L. Wimberly one of the attesting witnesses to the within Deed who being duly sworn says that he saw the parties sign the within deed for the purpose therein expressed. Also saw B. M. Nix sign the same as witnesses and recognizes their signatures as genuine. 

                                                                                                                        A. L. Wimberly


Sworn and subscribed before me this December 24, 1873. 

                                                                                        S. B. Dubose  Recorder

I certify that above is a true record of the original as filed & Recorded February 1st 1874.

                                                                                        S. B. Dubose

Mildred R. Manning (M. R. Bryan) - Mildred R. Manning Protho Bryan was the daughter of Simon Manning and Mary Brown. After the death of her first husband, Edward Prothro, she married Tilman C. Bryan.

T.C. Bryan - Tilman C. Bryan, son of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan, was married to Mildred Manning Prothro.

C. A. Bryan - Catherine Amanda Bryan, sometimes called "Manda."  She was the daughter of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan and the widow of James C. Watts. This deed indicates that she had recently married a J. B. Thomas. I have not found Catherine Amanda Watts Thomas in the 1880 census records. Catherine Amanda was said to have died in 1903.

J. B. Thomas - Cannot be found. Marriage records found on the Bienville Parish GenWeb site state that Mrs. A. C. Watts married a G. B. Thomas on January 7, 1873.

Joseph B. Bryan - Joseph B. Bryan, son of Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan.

Edmund B. Watts - Edmund B. Watts, also seen spelled Edmond, was the son of James C. Watts and Catherine Amanda Bryan. In the 1870 census of Bienville Parish, at age 17, Edmond Watts can be found living with his mother "Manda" Watts and two sisters, Alice and Martha.

Alice E. Watts - Alice E. Watts was born about 1857.  She was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catherine Amanda Bryan. Alice married Green Hillier Huckabay, Jr.  On the 1880 census, she can be found living in Bienville Parish with her husband and three children; Joseph, Amanda, and Martha.

Sarah E. Watts  - Although her name is written as Sarah E. Watts on this deed, her name was actually Sarah Catherine Watts. She was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catherine Amanda Bryan. On the 1870 census, Sarah Catherine Watts, age 10, was found living with the family of her Aunt, Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly in Bienville Parish. Also listed on page 20 of Ward 1 was her future husband, Elastus Stewart, and his family. In a letter dated 1914, written by her cousin, Sallie Hammett, Sarah was referred to as "Kate Stewart." Sarah Catherine Watts married Elastus Stewart around 1875 and she died in Arcadia, Bienville Parish in 1932.

Martha L. Watts - Martha Watts, also seen as "Mattie" and "Mattie S." was the daughter of James C. Watts and Catherine Amanda Bryan. She was born around 1866.  Martha married Jeffrey Tolbert and in the 1900 Census can be found living with her family in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

A. L. Wimberly - This is probably Andrew Lawson Wimberly, son of  John Lawson Wimberly and Sophanny Ann Frances Nix.

B. M. Nix - This could be Billington Malone Nix, son of George Washington Nix and uncle to A. L. Wimberly.



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