Mary Catherine Holmes Bryan 

Married 1817 in Columbia, SC - Burial site: Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Mary Catherine Holmes Bryan (Bryant)

Born:  1800, March 18, Columbia, SC
Died:  1862, Talbot County, GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Father:   Finley Holmes
Mother:   Jane (Jenny) Downs [Downes] Holmes

Mary Catherine Holmes Bryan, born in 1800 in South Carolina, was the only daughter in the family. She married David Bryan of Georgia in 1817 in Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband settled in Talbot County, Georgia, around 1830 where he farmed. As pioneer settlers of Talbot County, David and Mary prospered. In 1845, they built a mansion on the plantation land that was on land that adjoined the plantation of William Thomas Holmes, brother of Mary Catherine. David and Mary reared eight children, five are buried in Georgia and three in Texas.

Mary Catherine died in 1862 and David followed in 1864. At the time of his death, David Bryan had accumulated about 1,700 acres of land. He owned 101 slaves, and the total estate was appraised at $409,830. Mary Catherine and David are buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Woodland, Talbot County, Georgia, with five of their children.

  • 1850 Census  Talbot County GA - line 22 "Catherine Bryant" age 50
  • 1860 Census  Talbot County GA - line 14 "Catherine Bryan"
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Husband:   David Bryan (Bryant)

Born:  1791, 10 Sep in Washington County GA
Died:  1864 in Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Father:  David Bryan (b. 3 Jan 1760, Surry County VA; d. 12 Nov 1826, Monroe County GA)
Mother:  Dorcas Stokes (b. 19 May, 1762 in NC, d. 1837)
  • David Bryan Plantation - description by Dawson in A Rockaway in Talbot: Travels in an Old Georgia County, Vol. 1
  • 1830 Census   Talbot County GA - line 21 "David Bryan"  with Slaves: 22 - next to Robert Holmes
  • 1840 Census   Talbot County GA - line 14 "David Bryant"  with Slaves: 50
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 21 "David Bryant"
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 13 "David Bryan"
  • 1850 Slave Schedules  Talbot County GA - Slave Owner: "David Bryan"  with Slaves: 78
  • 1860 Slave Schedules  Talbot County GA - Slave Owner: "David Bryan"  with Slaves: 104
  • David Bryan - Notice of Last Will and Testament Talbot County GA - 1864
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male  Child 1:   John Hardy Bryan (Bryant) MD

Born:  1818, 5 Sep Talbot County GA
Died:  1886, 21 Jan Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Spouse:  m. 1st Amanda Malvina Fitzallen Mahone Bryan in 1847 in GA,  m. 2nd Martha Louisa "Matt" Stinson Bryan in 1852 - Find A Grave Memorial #41802312, m. 3rd Frances "Fannie" Walton Bryan ~ 1862 - Find A Grave Memorial #39414907
Children:  By Amanda:  David "Finley" Bryan,
William Thomas "Bill" Bryan - Find A Grave Memorial #39414950,
John Hardy Bryan Jr - Find A Grave Memorial #41802104;
by Martha:  Martha Stinson "Mattie" Bryan - Find A Grave Memorial #39414870,
John Hardy Bryan Jr (died in infancy);
by Francies: Mary "Loula" Bryan,
Fannie Bryan,
John "Hardy" Bryan Jr (died in infancy),
Henry Bryan,
Douglas Walton Bryan
  • 1850 Slave Schedules  Talbot County GA - Slave Owner: "John H Bryant" — 104 slaves
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 35 "John H Bryant" age 31 with wife, Amanda, and two children
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 1 "John H. Bryan"
  • 1870 Census   Talbot County GA - line 8 "Bryant, Hardy"
  • 1880 Census   Talbot County GA - line 45 "Bryan, Hardy"
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Male  Child 2:   David Finley Bryan (Bryant)

Born:  1820 GA
Died:  1897 TX - buried in Big Springs Cemetery, Garland, Dallas County TX
Spouse:  m. 1st: Julia Ann Hall Bryan in 1855 in Talbot County GA;  m. 2nd: Mary Oxley Bryan after 1863 - Find A Grave Memorial #39860818
Children:  By Julia:  
Catherine Holmes "Kate" Bryan Sandifer (b. 1858, d. 1891 - Find A Grave Memorial #39851981),
David Finley Bryan Jr (b. 1861, d. 1942 - Find A Grave Memorial #39107610),
John Hardy Bryan;
by Mary:  
Jennie Bryan,
Julia O. Bryan,
Bud Bryan (b. 1871, d. 1887 - Find A Grave Memorial #39861288),
M. P. Bryan (b. ~1872) [F],
S. J. Bryan (b. ~1876) [M]
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 23 "Findley (sic) Bryant" age 29
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 38 "D F Bryant" with wife, Julia
  • 1880 Census   Dallas County TX - line 36 " Bryant D S (sic)" with wife, "M O Bryant" and six children
Find A Grave Memorial #39860353

Male  Child 3:   Jane Elizabeth Bryan Goulding

Born:  1829 GA
Died:  1892 TX - buried in Big Spring Cemetery, Dallas County TX
Spouse:  Edwin Ross Goulding Sr (b. 1821, d. 1862 - Find A Grave Memorial #29070622)
Children:  David B. Goulding, Edwin Ross Goulding Jr, Jessica Kate "Jennie" Goulding
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 24 "Jane Bryant" age 21
  • 1860 Census  Talbot County GA - line 7 "Jane E Golding (sic) " with husband and two children
  • 1870 Census  Talbot County GA - line 35 "Golding (sic) Jane" with children, Edwin and Jennie - same page as her brother, Robert Bryant
  • 1880 Census  Talbot County GA - line 10 "Goulding Jane" with daughter, Jeannie Goulding
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Male  Child 4:   Robert Sylvanius Bryan (Bryant)

Born:  1831, 18 Nov Belleview, Talbot County GA
Died:  1896, 1 Jun Near Plano, TX - buried in Big Springs Cemetery, Garland, Dallas County TX
Spouse:  Laura Emma Wimberly Bryan (b. 1842, d. 1915 - Find A Grave Memorial #67298200)
Children:  Jane Emma Bryan,
Jennie Bob Bryan,
William "Preston" Bryan (b. 1866, d. 1935 - Find A Grave Memorial #66549865),
Lewis Wimberly Bryan (b. 1868, d. 1911 - Find A Grave Memorial #67298092),
Edwin Goulding Bryan (b. 1870, d. 1946 - Find A Grave Memorial #10812540),
Robert Sylvanius Bryan Jr,
Elizabeth Mira "Lizzie" Bryan Glenn (b. 1875, d. 1946 - Find A Grave Memorial #40182272),
Catherine Holmes "Kate" Bryan,
Frances Emma "Fannie" Bryan
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 25 "Robert Bryant" age 18
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 15 "Robert S Bryan"
  • 1870 Census   Talbot County GA - line 29 "Bryant Robert" with wife and four children
  • 1880 Census   Talbot County GA - line 36 "Bryant Robert" with wife and eight children
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Male  Child 5:   William Thomas Bryan

Born:  1834, Talbot County GA
Died:  1853, 7 Nov Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Spouse:
Children:
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 26 "William Bryant" age 16
Find A Grave Memorial #76462520

Male  Child 6:   James "Jimmie" Hamilton Bryan (Bryant) MD

Born:  1836, 30 Mar Talbot County GA
Died:  1898, 14 Apr Bellview, Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Spouse:   Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Holmes Bryan (daughter of William Thomas Holmes and Mary Owen) - Find A Grave Memorial #76455946
Children:  James Hamilton Bryan Jr (b. 1867, d. 1890 - Find A Grave Memorial #76457191),
William Holmes Bryan MD - (b. 1868, d. 1937 - Find A Grave Memorial #76457235),
David Bryan (b. 1872, d. 1872 - Find A Grave Memorial #76457264),
Baxter Turner Bryan (b. 1873, d. 1934 - Find A Grave Memorial #76457286),
Francis Ellison "Frank" Bryan (b. 1875, d. 1952 - Find A Grave Memorial #76457317)

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  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 27 "James Bryant" age 14
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 16 "James H Bryan"
  • 1870 Census   Talbot County GA - line 17 "Bryant, James"
  • 1880 Census   Talbot County GA - line 28 "Bryant, James"
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Male  Child 7:   Preston Holmes Bryan

Born:  1839, 11 Feb in GA
Died:  1859, 6 Aug in Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Spouse:  not married
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 29 "Preston Bryant" age 10
Find A Grave Memorial #76461281

Male  Child 8:   Henry Monroe Bryan

Born:  1842, 7 May Talbot County GA
Died:  1916, Talbot County GA - buried in the Ephesus Presbyterian Church Cemetery Woodland, Talbot County GA
Spouse:  Alice Viola O'Neal Bryan (b. 1850; d. 1929 - buried in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, TX - Find A Grave Memorial #69821691
Children:  Alice Viola Bryan Roberts (b. 1869; d. 1952 - buried in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, TX - Find A Grave Memorial #69820737), Henry Monroe Bryan Jr, Charles O'Neil Bryan
  • 1850 Census   Talbot County GA - line 30 "Monroe Bryant" age 8
  • 1860 Census   Talbot County GA - line 17 "Henry M Bryan"
  • 1870 Census   Talbot County GA - line 26 "Bryan Henry"
  • 1900 Census   Comanche County TX - line 43 "Bryan Henry M"
  • 1910 Census   Talbot County GA - line 74 "Bryan Henry M"
Find A Grave Memorial #29070647

Sources:
United States Federal Census data
(2004). Historical Census Browser. Retrieved [Date you accessed source], from the University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center: http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu/.
Family Records, unpublished records of the Holmes family - correspondence, Bibles, interviews, etc.
Newspaper accounts of weddings and deaths, and other public documents for wills, land transfers, etc.
Beasley, Irene. (1973). AS I REMEMBER THEM ---. (Memoirs of the Holmes' family - printed for family distribution)
Davidson, W. H. (1983). A rockaway in Talbot: travels in an old Georgia county, Vol 1, 2, 3, and 4. West Point, GA.: Hester Printing.

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