16. Elizabeth Arenas Arkansas HAYS was born in 1853 in Arkansas.
I might have found Arkansas in 1870, but this is doubtful. As the only lady named Arkansas in Pittsburg Twp, Johnson Co AR. Hh 149.
The family gives her name as Elizabeth Arkansas Hays and say that she married William Bryant about 1870 in Arkansas [his name was John, not William, see later]. This date is doubtful given that the eldest child found was born in 1883 [see Frances below]. Bryant is said to have been born in Mississippi. They are said to have two sons: William B. "Will" Bryant, b. 27 Jan 1887, AR; died 23 May 1929; and George, b. 31 Jul 1891, AR and died 23 Jul 1951. George's birth certificate stated that his father was JOHN Bryant, not William. There was no one of the surname Bryant/Bryan/Briant in Johnson Co AR in 1870. The only William Bryant, born in Mississippi, and found living in Arkansas in 1880 was married to a Mary.
George Bryant left an Obit when he died in 1951, stating he was survived by two sisters: Belle married to Bob Skeens and Frances married to Tom McKeever.
A family file posted on Ancestry.com states this lady's name was Elizabeth Areneas A. Hays and she married John Bryant, born in Mississippi and died prior to 1910. Six children are listed as Sarah Frances, b. Jul 1883 [obviously the Frances who married Tom McKeever]; Mary Isabel Bryant, b. 13 Mar 1885 [Belle who married Robert Skeens], William B. Bryant, b. 27 Jan 1887, d. Polk Co AR, 23 May 1929; Mary Bryant, b. 1889 [believe this is Eliza J. instead - she married Robert Dalrymple and died prior to 1910], George Washington Bryant, b. 31 Jul 1891, d. 23 Jul 1951, Oklahoma City, OK, and "Lewis" Bryant, b. 1893 and listed as a daughter [I believe there was no such child and there were only five children - it's likely that the father John Bryant died soon after the birth of George in 1891.]
I found Thomas McKeever and Francis, wife, in Polk Co AR, Ozark Twp, in 1900. Thomas was age 22, born Mar 1878 in Missouri; his father born in Illinois, mother born in Missouri. Frances was listed as age 16, born July 1883, in AR as were both her parents. They had been married for one year and had no children. Curiously living with them was a Sarah Hays, Mother, age 77 and born Mar 1823 in Missouri; her father born in NC, her mother born in KY. She was a Widow, had had only one child. If this lady's age is correct, she could not possibly have been the mother of either Thomas or Frances - she would have been 55 years old when Thomas was born. Since her name was Hays she had obviously remarried since neither Thomas McKeever or Frances Bryant was named Hays. Arkansas Hays was the maiden name of Frances' mother and she was about 47, born about 1853 - her mother might have been Margaret but she's said to have died when Arkansas was very small. Perhaps this Sarah Hays was the grandmother of Thomas McKeever.
Daughter Frances married in Sevier Co AR in 1898.
Found in Ozark Twp, Polk Co AR in 1910, Sheet 8B
This would complete the picture of the known children of Arkansas Hays and William/John Bryant:
Frances, daughter, born Jul 1883. Frances Bryant and Thomas McKeever were married 18 Sep 1898 in Sevier Co AR - his age given as 21, her age as 15. Mrs. Bryant [no given name] gave permission for Frances to marry.
Isabel "Belle" Bryant, daughter, was born 13 Mar 1885. She married James Robert Skieens in 1902. Belle died 24 Mar 1793 in Wright City, OK.
William, son, born 27 Jan 1887, died 23 May 1929. William Bryant married Beatrice Jacobs, age 19, on 4 Nov 1906. Polk Co AR Marriage Book H, p.285. His age given as 20. He married at age 25 to Grace Story who was then 20 on 15 Sep 1912, also in Polk Co AR, MB J p.458.
Eliza J., daughter, born 1890, died bef the 1910 census. Married Robert L. Dalrymple 3 Mar 1907 in Polk Co. He was 23, she was 17.
George, son, born 31 Jul 1891 or 1892, died 23 Jul 1951 in Ringold, OK. George Bryant, age 18, married Ertie DeWeese, age 17, on 27 May 1910 in Polk Co AR.
Possible daughter was a daughter named Mary. Some think she was the same as Belle.
George moved to McCurtain Ok about 1924.
1930, Oklahoma, Pushmataha Co, Kiamichi Township, Household 70
A list of the children of George W. Bryant:
Elizabeth Arenas Arkansas HAYS and John BRYANT had the following children: