Lewis Bryant
Researched by:
William Brackett

According to census records Lewis Bryant was born about 1801 in New Jersey.  He married Susan Folger Hatch about 1825 most likely in Hamilton or Butler County, Ohio. 

Lewis Bryant first appeared in the Michigan census of 1840 in Bertrand Township.  In his household were one male under the age of five years,
one male aged five through nine years, one male ten to fourteen years, one male thirty to thirty-nine years of age, one female ten to fourteen years,
one female thirty to thirty-nine years of age and one female sixty to sixty-nine years of age. 

In 1843 Lewis Bryant was supervisor of Bertrand Township.

The 1850 census of Berrien County, Michigan includes:

Lewis Briant age 49 years born in New Jersey

Susan F. Briant age 43 years born in Massachusetts

David Briant age 13 years born in Michigan

Charles Briant age 8 years born in Michigan

Oscar Briant age 5 years born in Michigan

Harriet M. Briant age 2 years born in Michigan


The 1860 census of Bertrand Township of Berrien County, Michigan includes:


Lewis Briant age 59 years born in New Jersey

Susan F. Briant age 45 years born in Massachusetts

David Briant age 23 years born in Michigan

Charles Briant age 18 years born in Michigan

Oscar Briant age 13 years born in Michigan

Harriet Briant age 11 years born in Michigan

Jane Collin age 16 years “domestic” born in Ohio

Ann White age 83 years widow born in Massachusetts


The 1870 census of Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan includes:


Louis Bryant age 69 years born in New Jersey

Susan F. Bryant age 65 years born in Massachusetts

Hattie M. Bryant 22 years born in Michigan


Susan F. Bryant died in Buchanan, Michigan on 03 Sep 1874.  Her middle name was Folger and she was named that after her mother Ann or Nancy Ann Folger Hatch. 
Ann Folger married Charles Hatch on 24 Sep 1795 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Charles died on 11 Sep 1808 and Ann remarried to David White on 08 Dec 1811
also in Nantucket.  Charles and Ann (Folger) Hatch had a daughter Susan Folger Hatch who was born on 04 Jan 1805.  Ann (Folger) White died on 01 Jan 1861 in
La Porte , Indiana and is buried in the Pine Lake Cemetery in La Porte.  In the 1860 census Ann White was living in the household of Lewis and Susan F. Bryant.

The Berrien County Record carried an obituary for Susan Bryant on 03 Sep 1874 and it reads: "Died, August 27th, 1874, in Buchanan, Mrs. SUSAN F. BRYANT,
wife of Lewis Bryant, in the 70th year of her age. The deceased was born in Nantucket, Mass. When quite young she removed with her parents to Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was married to Mr. Lewis Bryant in 1825. In 1835 they came to Michigan, making their home a few miles from Buchanan, and more recently in Buchanan.
Mrs. Bryant, during her last sickness, which was of but five days continuance, spoke of death with the utmost calmness and hopefulness. To her "dying was but going home."
She rested sweetly and confidingly on the merits and promise of Jesus, without a doubt or fear respecting the future. The entire community will miss her. The Church of which
she was a member has lost one of its most devoted exemplary members. Her family has been bereft of one whose teachings, example and influence as a christian wife and
mother were most lovely and estimable. She lived and died a christian. In her life and death she has taught us all how to live and how to died.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

Lewis Bryant died in Dallas, Texas on 01 Dec 1880.

The Berrien County record carried an obituary for Lewis Bryant on 12 Dec 1878 and it reads: "Died December 1, 1878, in Dallas, Texas, after a brief illness, LEWIS BRYANT,
aged 78 years. Father Bryant was born in New Jersey. Went with his father to Cincinnati, O., when he was 10 years of age, where he lived until 1836, when he came
to Berrien Co., Mich., living on Terre Coupee prairie until 1866, when he removed to Buchanan. He went to Iowa, Oct, 1877, and six weeks before his death, to Texas.
He became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Buchanan at its organization, and was for many years an officer in the Church. He was an active living Christian and
looked up to as a father by all who knew him, and in his death the Church to which he belonged and the whole community feel that they have lost a good man and a good citizen."
In 1880 both his son David was living in Dallas Texas and it is probably with him that Lewis was visiting when he died.

At http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/O-nantucket_index.htm you can find Nantucket Vital records.  The is an Index Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
which was published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts in 1925.  

In this index under births you can find:

Hatch, Betsy Ann ch. Ann (Wid), bp Apr 15, 1809, CR1 [w. Lewis Bryant of Mich. D. Charles and Nancy (Folger) b. 27th 11 mo. 1802, PR38. 
Her brother Charles Gorham Hatch was baptized this same day. Charles Gorham Hatch was born “25th 6 mo. 1799”.

Sarah Folger, ch. Ann (wid.), bp. Apr. 15, 1809, CR1. [Susan F., w. George Smith (s. John and Hepsabeth). d. Charles and Nancy (Folger), b. 15th, 1 mo. 1805, PR38.]

In this index under marriages you can find:

Bryant, Lewis , of Mich. And Betsy Ann Hatch d. Charles and Nancy Folger,___, 1826 [? In N.1] PR38

Susan F., d. Charles and Nancy (Folger), and George Smith, s. John and Hepsabeth (Folger), ___, 1827 [in Ohio], PR38.

Hatch, Ann and David White, Dec 8, 1811 [Nancy, wid. Charles, d. Henry Folger and Betsey (Coffin) (second w.) PR38

Hatch, Charles and Ann Folger, Sept. 24, 1795 [Charles s. Moses of Falmouth, and Nancy Folger, d. Henry and Betsey (Coffin) (second w.), PR38

In this index under deaths you can find:

Hatch, Charles, Sept 11, 1808, a. 36y 10m., GR1 [H. Nancy (d. Henry Folger and Betsey), s. Moses of Falmouth, a. 37, PR38. Yellow fever, Sept 12, PR64.

These records come from three references:  PR38, PR64 and GR1.  PR38 is a private record from William C. Folger’s genealogical records of (1911)
in the possession of the Nantucket Historic Association.  There is also a note to use caution with this reference “as it is not free from errors”.

GR1 is from tombstone readings of the Old North cemetery.

PR64 is from the private records from a copy of notes from the diaries of Mrs. Kezia Fanning in the possession of Alexander Starbuck of Waltham.

It is possible that Mr. William C. Folger may have confused Betsey Ann Hatch and Susan F. Hatch as having married Lewis Bryant. 
Census records show that it was Susan F.  who was his wife.

According a genealogical record found on www.familysearch.org Lewis and Susan had twelve children:

Charles A. Bryant b. 1826
Henry L. Bryant b. 1828
John L. Bryant b. 1829 d. Nov 1851 in California
Charles H. Bryant b. 1831 d. 18 Jan 1836 in Bertrand Township, Berrien Co. MI
Ann E. Bryant b. 1833
Nathan B. Bryant b. 1835 d. 1929 Cresbard, South Dakota, buried LeMars, Iowa.
David Bryant b. 1837 living in Texas as late as 1908.
Samuel Bryant b. 1839 d. 15 May 1839 in Bertrand Township, Berrien Co. MI
Charles H. Bryant b. 1842 21 Feb 1865 Civil War
Theodore Bryant b. ? d. 11 Sep 1835 in Bertrand Township, Berrien Co. MI
Henry O. Bryant b. 15 Jun 1846 d. 20 Oct 1860 in Bertrand Township, Berrien Co. MI
Harriet M. Bryant b. 27 Jun 1848 d. 30 Mar 1943 in Dallas Texas.

Nathan B. Bryant was the son of Lewis and Susan F. (Hatch) Bryant.  The following information for the article carried in the Niles Daily Star was his.
This is substantiated by the fact that he is seen in the 1850 census of Berrien County living in the household of D. B. Cook who was a “Printer”. 
This article indicates Nathan was serving an apprenticeship with D. B. Cook as of 1848.  The article indicates it was from F. N. Bryant but this should read
N. B. Bryant. Nathan B. Bryant died two months after this article was published and is buried in the Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa.

The article was published on 08 Aug 1929 and it reads:


Word of the plans for the Niles Centennial celebration has reached an old timer out in Cresbard, South Dakota, who was born in 1835,
lived his first few years at Terre Coupee Prairie, Ind., and now at 94 recalls many of the early day scenes about Niles, where he became a printer. 

With a letter to Miss Alice Quimbly, 621 E. Main street, the writer, F. N. Bryant, enclosed an article written in a neat hand telling of things that took place
in this section of the middlewest when Niles was an infant village.  His article says:

‘My earliest recollection of a political campaign is that of Harrison, the ‘log cabin’ candidate for president.  It was the year 1840.  I was five years old. 
My father and others spent one week making a log cabin on trucks and taking it from Terre Coupee Prairie to LaPorte, Ind., 25 miles, with 20 yoke of oxen. 
Cattle were more plentiful in those days than autos are now.

My father moved from the farm to Niles in 1847.  In the spring of 1848 I began a four-year apprenticeship to learn the printing trade with D. B. Cook. 
I always shall remember the good advice given the boys by Mrs. Cook, a grand, good woman. 

I read in the papers there are only 11 left of the soldiers that fought in the Mexican war.  I distinctly remember the war with Mexico. 
There was a company recruited in Niles, and the fife and drum was classical music for the boys, and we were there in full force.  Charles E. Stewart was appointed captian. 
He was publishing a Whig paper in Niles, and he dropped the composing stick for the sword. He was a bright, smart man, and when word came that he had fallen from the deck
of steamboat and was drowned, the grief of his widow and son was extremely sad.

The business interests of Niles had such representative men as R. T. Twombly, Jacob and William Beeson, G. W. Platt, H. A. Chapin, Samuel Griffin, James Lewis,
W. G. Ferson, Stephen Norse, J. C. Larimore, J. Tuttle and others.  The legal profession was represented by Nathaniel Bacon, judge of circuit court, Charles Jewett,
Frank Muzzy, Emory M. Plimpton, Edward Bacon and James Brown, who was judge of probate and whose writing looked like a haystack struck by a cyclone. 
I was stuck trying to get one of his legal notices in type and went to his office for assistance.  He looked at the manuscript awhile and then said, what d---n fool wrote this? 
Poor Jim (a victim of too much corn juice that was sold over the counter for three cents a glass).

The medical fraternity was represented by Dr. Finley Richardson Bonine, (father of Dr. Fred N. Bonine), Saxie and a little pill doctor whose name I have forgotten. 

In 1859 George M. Dewey and I bought the printing plant of Monroe G. Carlton, Dewey was a fluent writer but a crank on the temperance question,
and would abuse his best friend .  When I saw him near a saloon I saw where the business was drifting to, sold out to him and bought a farm at Terre Coupee Prairie.

When it was known I was going to farming H. A. Chapin came to me and said he had just bought an elevated cook stove and wanted to sell it to me.  I bought it.

In the spring of 1865, the 14th of April, I drove the length of State street in Chicago, in a covered wagon on my way to Iowa, when State street was a vast street
of mourning for the great and lamented Abraham Lincoln.

I could recall a great many more time of my early life in Michigan but as I left there 61 years ago I don’t think there are many left that my rambling notes will interest. 

I think every year will be my last, but I still live on.  I have voted for 18 presidents, can see to read without glasses and could drill in the militia if I were not so lame.”

Mr. Bryant went from this section to LaMarr, Iowa, where he settled for many years.  In a letter to the LaMarr Sentinel he relates how he went to
Washington, D. C., in February, 1865, to try to get two brothers transferred from army hospitals to Michigan state hospital. 
While at the capital he shook hands with Lincoln in the White House.  That was two months before he drove through State street, Chicago,
which was in mourning for the dead chieftain.”

LeMars Sentinel
October 1, 1929

A Beloved Old Resident of LeMars Answers Final Summons
Was a Nonagenarian
Prominent in Daily Life Here For Many Years

Dr. R.M. Figg, of this city, received a telegram Sunday announcing the death
of N.B. Bryant, of LeMars, at Cresbard, S.D., where he has been making his
home the last four or five years. His death was due to old age and marked
the passing of a spirit, which embodied the characteristics of a real man,
who lived and labored, had a sane view of life, and was endeared by ties of
friendship to a large number of people living in LeMars and vicinity.

Mr. Bryant had reached the age of 94 years, exemplifying the scriptural
saying that the days of a good man are long in the land. The sobriquet “Dad”
by which he was called for years, is tribute in itself to his qualities and
indicates the regard in which he was held in the community.

His life covered a long span and saw the making of much history, and Mr.
Bryant, in the course of his existence, was an observer of events and kept
in touch with the doings of the world until the last. His unbounded faith in
the general honesty of human kind was one of his tenets and one which
affected his monetary interests in later life.


Nathan B. Bryant was born in Butler County, Ohio, June 16, 1835, where his
parents, who came from New York, were early settlers. When he was a child
they moved to Michigan and carved a home out of the timber.

Nathan Bryant received a meager education in the country schools and helped
on the farm. With an inquiring mind and a prosperity for reading, he
gathered a smattering of knowledge which in after life became well grounded
with additional information gleaned by an open mind.


When a lade of thirteen years of age in 1848, he went to work in a printing
office in Niles, Mich., and worked at that trade until 1860, when he quit
the art preservative, and returned to the work of the farm.

Mr. Bryant, while farming in Michigan, made trips to Chicago and used to
relate early experiences when that metropolis was budding. He was in Chicago
when the news of the assassination of President Lincoln was received and
well remembered the pall of gloom which overcast the country when the great
leader was stricken down by the hand of a crazed murderer.


Mr. Bryant was married to Susan Currier, of Rockingham, New Hampshire, in
1865. She was a member of a family several members of which were closely
connected with political and social life in Washington D.C., for many years.
She died in 1897.

The year of his marriage Mr. Bryant came to Iowa and bought land in Buchanan
County, where he farmed successfully for fourteen years and then moved to
Benton County where he lived eight years. From there he went to Faulk
County, S.D., where he lived a year and then came to LeMars and bought a
well improved farm in Marion township where he prospered. In 1903 he moved
to LeMars and purchased a fine home. Living in well earned retirement and
with a comfortable competence he listened to friends who told of fortunes
quickly made. Mr. Bryant made investments which failed to turn out as

With altered fortune he was the same gallant gentleman as ever and never was
heard to utter a murmur or a complaint.

While residing in LeMars, Mr. Bryant was active in political and community
affairs and served two terms as a member of the city council. He was one of
the men instrumental in bringing the first Chautauqua to LeMars. He was a
member of the Congregational Church and of the LeMars Lodge of Elks.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Otis Swift and Mrs. Marion Olin, of
Cresbard, S.D., and two sons, Frank, of Assiniboia, Can., and Lewis Bryant
residing in Saskatchewan.

The remains were brought here for burial, arriving last night and the
funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Beely undertaking

Members of the LeMars Lodge No. 428, B.P.O.E. will be in charge of the
funeral. Dr. C.A. Mock, president of Western Union College, will deliver the

By William Brackett
02 Jul 2012

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