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Rev. James Lazarus  Bryars

Rev. James Lazarus Bryars

Male 1832 - 1908  (75 years)

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  • Name James Lazarus Bryars 
    Rev. James Lazarus Bryars
    Rev. James Lazarus Bryars
    Rev. James Lazarus Bryars
    Rev. James Lazarus Bryars
    Title Rev. 
    Born 07 Dec 1832  Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1860  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1870  Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Civil 1885  Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elected County Surveyor 
    Civil 1885  Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School Board member 
    Residence 1900  Perdido, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church Affiliation 1856 - 1908  Baptist Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minister of the Gospel 
    Died 13 Nov 1908  Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Bryars, James Lazarus
    Bryars, James Lazarus
    Obituary
    Pensacola Evening News
    14 Nov 1908
    Buried Crary Cemetery, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bryars, James Lazarus
    Bryars, James Lazarus
    Notes 
    • "Rev. James Lazarus Bryars" by Judith Richbourg Jolly. Published in Footprints, December 2001 edition, a publication of the West Florida Genealogical Society. Used by permission of the author.

      Rev. James Lazarus Bryars, a well-known and respected Baptist minister in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, FL, as well as in Escambia and Baldwin Counties, AL, began preaching at age 24. Among the churches he organized in Escambia County, FL were Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (1856) and Oak Grove Baptist Church (1883).

      In Escambia County, AL, he organized Sardis at Wawbeek (July 1865) and First Baptist Church in Flomaton (1878). A Sunday afternoon preaching point begun in 1870 became First Baptist Church, Atmore in 1886. For many years, James Lazarus walked four and one-half miles from his Florida home to the Williams Station sawmill of John Roberts. His daughters swept the sawmill floor and then James Lazarus stood pine blocks upon end and laid rough slabs across them to seat his faithful congregation.

      In 1882, he organized the Perdido Baptist Church in Baldwin County, AL. The churches and preaching stations he served in Santa Rosa County included Cora, Coon Hill, Damascus, Pine Level, and Spring Hill. In 1872, James Lazarus Bryars was one of the founders of the Elim Baptist Association, which included the churches in all four counties.

      James Lazarus Byrars was born 07 December 1832 in Stockton, Baldwin County, AL, one of seven children (Elizabeth Ann, Isabelle, Mary Catherine, Mildred Lucivy, Benjamin Henry, and Sarah Francis) of Charles Edward Bryars and his wife, Catherine Margaret Hubbard. Charles Edward and Catherine Margaret were born in South Carolina.

      James Lazarus Bryars married Erin Elizabeth "Lizzie" Miles in Escambia County, FL on 01 March 1857. Born near Miles Crossing at Wawbeek, Escambia County, AL in 1838, she was one of nine children (Burgess, Margaret, John, Irena, William Zebedee, Lucretia Ellen, Francis Marion, and Theresa Anetta) of James Miles and his wife, Lucretia Ellen "Nellie" Franklin. James and "Nellie" were born in South Carolina.

      James Lazarus and Erin Elizabeth were the parents of James Zebedee (18 October 1857 ~ 21 December 1921), Ellen Lucretia (02 August 1859 ~ 01 January 1945), Benjamin Francis (30 November 1861 ~ 03 October 1922), Margaret Catherine (03 March 1864 ~ 09 March 1947), Charles D. (27 June 1866 ~ 07 January 1883), and Lucy Elizabeth (02 August 1868 ~ July 1906). Erin Elizabeth Miles Brysrs, age 30, died 20 August 1868 and was buried in the Miles family plot at the Bowman Cemetery in Wawbeek, Escambia County, Alabama.

      The second wife of James Lazarus Bryars was Malinda Caroline Daily. Born 29 August 1834, presumably in Monroe County, AL, she was the oldest of four children (Francis P., Mark Hawkins, and Eliza J.) of John Daily and his wife Sarah, both born in SC. John and Sarah married 20 September 1833 in Monroe County, AL. John's father was John S. Daily, a Lutheran clergyman.

      Malinda Caroline became a mother to James Lazarus' six young children. In addition, Malinda Caroline and James Lazarus were the parents of John Lazarus (22 October 1870 ~ 04 March 1875) and Judson Rudolph (06 March 1873 ~ 11 September 1938). The family lived at Bluff Springs on land homesteaded by James Lazarus Bryars and granted to him in Patent Certificate #13254. He raised stock, including cattle and hogs, farmed, and cultivated fruit trees.

      The children attended Bluff Springs School. From his home, James Lazarus traveled his circuit, which included as many as 20 churches at one time. Representative of his work was the year 1882, in which he recorded 3,775 miles and 194 sermons. He organized Sabbath Schools, baptized converts, made religious visits, ordained preachers and deacons, and officiated at marriages and funerals.

      Among his congregations were established churches, including Pleasant Hill, Pine Barren, Beulah, Mitchell's Creek, Union Hill, and Pleasant Grove. He also preached at Ferry Pass, the Navy Yard, and in the lumber and sawmill camps along the Escambia and Perdido Rivers. Some of those worshipers gathered at McKinnon's Camp, Johnson's Camp, and Shelby's Camp.

      He was paid a small sum by the Elim Association Missionary Board and he also received offerings from the churches where he preached. Some offerings were a few dollars. Some were 25 and 50 cents. Many times his compensation was a gallon of syrup, a bushel of flour, a hat, shoes, or socks.

      In addition to his pastoral and preaching ministry, James Lazarus Bryars was elected Escambia County Surveyor and in 1885 was a member of the Escambia County School Board, serving with H. Crabtree, A. V. Clubbs, P. K. Yonge, and George S. Hallmark. At the time of his death at age 75 on 13 November 1908, he was the pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Pine Barren Baptist Church. He was also the moderator of the Elim Baptist Association.

      The news of his passing was published in the 14 November 1908 edition of the Pensacola Journal. It was noted that he was the oldest minister in point of service in the county, his service covering 52 years. His funeral was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and interment was in the family plot at adjoining Crary Cemetery. Gravesite rites were spoken by his Masonic brethren. On his memorial stone are the words, Faithful is the saying: For if we died unto Him, we shall also reign with Him.

      The Elim Baptist Association passed a resolution on the life and death of James Lazarus Bryars. It read in part,

      "Whereas our Heavenly Father deemed it (in) the best interest of the tired, tottering, and worn frame of one of our fathers in Israel...(And whereas) Brother Bryars has given a lifelong warfare in defense of the Master's cause...Resolved that...Elim lost the author of its existence, an ardent supporter, and while we feel his loss, we bow in submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well."

      Malinda Caroline Daily Bryars died 15 October 1917. She was buried in the unmarked, brick-outlined grave next to that of her husband.

    Person ID I0120  Dickinson
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2010 

    Father Charles Edward Bryars,   b. 1801, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Catharine Margarate Hubbard,   b. 10 Oct 1810, Beaufort County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1892, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1827  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Erin Elizabeth Miles,   b. 1836, Escambia County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1868  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1857  Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Escambia Book D, p. 49.
    Children 
     1. James Zebedee Bryars,   b. 18 Oct 1857, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1921  (Age 64 years)
     2. Ellen Lucretia Bryars,   b. 02 Aug 1859, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1945, Escambia County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Benjamin Francis Bryars,   b. 30 Nov 1861, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1922, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Margaret Francis Bryars,   b. 3 Mar 1864,   d. 9 Mar 1947, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Charles D Bryars,   b. 27 Jun 1866, Martin's Fork, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1883, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     6. Lucy Elizabeth Bryars,   b. 02 Aug 1868, Martin's Fork, Escambia, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1906, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F0170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Malinda Caroline Daily,   b. 29 Aug 1834, Monroe County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1917, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Lazarus Bryars,   b. 22 Oct 1870, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1875, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     2. Judson Rudolph Bryars,   b. 6 Mar 1873, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1938, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F0102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 07 Dec 1832 - Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Perdido, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Nov 1908 - Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Crary Cemetery, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007837] Headstone, Crary Cemetery, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida.

    2. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls. , Baldwin, Alabama, post office , roll M653_1, page 220, image 221.

    3. [S013899] 1870 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data, Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. Escambia, Florida, post office Pensacola, roll 129, page 675, image 495.

    4. [S013029] 1900 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900.T623, 1854 rolls. Baldwin, Alabama, ED , roll , page .