It all began in 1836 with my great-great-great grandfather Benjamin Franklin Bryant, Son of Nathan Bryant and Rebecca Little, born 15 March 1800 in, Wilkes County, Georgia and died on 25 March 1857 in, Milam County, Texas.
Benjamin Franklin Bryant and wife Roxana (Price)
Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas
Benjamin Franklin Bryant recruited a company of men to join Sam Houston, March 1836, , Sabine County, Coahuila Y Texas, Mexico. Benjamin Bryant was unanimously elected captain of the company. The mens mounts were 'Texas ponies,' and they were armed with long rifles. From Polygotch Creek, they passed through Nacogdoches, and crossed the Trinity River at Robbins Ferry. They traveled from Robbins Ferry to Washington-on-the-Brazos with some difficulty, as the road was full of citizens fleeing in what later became known as 'The Runaway Scrape.' At Washington, they learned of the fall of the Alamo, and the massacre at Goliad. They could not cross at Washington because of the masses of people attempting to cross the other way, so they proceeded down the east side of the Brazos to Groces Ferry, arriving there on 30 March. On 31 March, Bryant crossed the Brazos and met with General Sam Houston to offer the services of his company for a 30 day enlistment (Bryant believing that the enemy would be engaged within that time frame, and the men of the company wanting to return at the end of that time to see to their ranching and farming.)
Benjamin Franklin Bryant was a military officer noted for his service in the Texian Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, and later in the Army of the Republic of Texas. In March 1836, Bryant, now captain of a recruited company of volunteers joined up with other units from the Texian Army at Bernardo Plantation, former home of Jared Groce, a wealthy Texas farmer. In June 1836, Bryant was issued Donation Certificate No. 314 for 640 acres of land for fighting on behalf of Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto. This was the start of our family in Cattle Ranching. Though retired from military service in 1836, Bryant established and led Bryant Station a frontier fort on Little River. Bryant Station became a Headquarters for Indian fighters. Bryant was personally recognized by Sam Houston and the Texas Legislature. The legislature voted in 1931 to relocate his grave to the Texas State Cemetery due to his notable place in Texas history.
My great-great grandfather Samuel Houston Bryant was born at Bryant Station, Milam County, Texas on November 10, 1842. His father, Benjamin Franklin Bryant was a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto and an Indian agent. His mother was Rebecca Parker Bryant. Sam married Susan Weaver Anderson on September 26, 1858. He and Susan came to Los Angeles County, California with his half-brother, Barney Bryant (and his wife Jemina Burks Bryant). They were all living in Los Angeles County in the 1860 census. The name of Samual Houston Bryant is not only prominent in the family tree - it is recorded in the history of California. He was in the posse that captured California's notorious outlaw, Tiburcio Vasquez in 1874. During the years 1865-1878 grandpa Bryant was one of the first constables in Los Angeles pueblo after having left his native Texas in 1860. Sam and Susan had 17 children. The family lived in Nevada, Oregon and Montana as cattle ranchers before moving to Gilroy, California. When Sam died in 1937, he had over 100 living descendants.
Samuel Houston Bryant
Samuel Houston Bryant and family
Vasquez and his Captors. (note: Sam Bryant in bottom right corner)
Cattle feeding on the the Bryant Ranch in Montana
Bryant Cattle Ranch in Cederville, California
Great-great Grandma and Grandpa Samuel Houston Bryant with their horse and buggy on the Cattle Ranch
My great grandfather David Windbegler Bryant was born on 11 October 1872 in Los Angeles County, California and died on 21 September 1941 in San Mateo County, California. He owned a 1600 ac. cattle ranch in Modoc County, California. David married my beautiful great grandma Birdie Georgia Warren about 1893 in California. Birdie was born on 13 August 1875 in California and died on 26 April 1954 in San Mateo County, California.
David and Birdie Bryant with 8 of their 11 children. My grandma Lenora 'Nonie' is the 3rd smallest child on the left right next to her father, David
My grandma Lenora Frances Bryant was born on 20 January 1908 in Eagleville, Modoc County, California on the family cattle ranch and died on 20 April 1990 in Fresno County, California. She married my fantastic grandpa, Lewis Golden Galloway. My grandpa Lewis Golden Galloway was born on 8 December 1904, in Hooper, Utah on the family cattle ranch. The family then moved to St. Anthony, Idaho to the family cattle ranch and farm. His father, Richard Micklethwaite Galloway, was 43 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Kay Walker, was 41. Grandpa married Leonora Bryant in 1924. They were the parents of 2 sons, Lewis and Paul, my father worked for his entire youth on the Cattle Ranch and and in the alfalfa fields 'bucking' hay. Grandpa lived in Newdale, Idaho on the family cattle ranch in 1920 and Kings, California, United States in 1930. He died on 23 November 1979, in Oakland, California, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Visalia, California.