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Charles Edward Bryars

Male 1801 - 1843  (42 years)


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  • Name Charles Edward Bryars  [1, 2
    Born 1801  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1830  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1 Jun 1840  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1843  Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John,

      My sister and I think that Charles is buried in an unmarked grave in the private Bryars Cemetery at Hubbard's Landing. I need to correct his name. Based on my ggrandfather's (Benjamin Henry Bryars) death certificate, his parent's names were "Edward" and "Katie" both born in SC.

      So his name is Charles Edward instead of Charles Sizemore. Katie was Catherine Margrate. My Dad told us that after Charles died, Catherine Margrate moved by wagon to the Escambia, Fl. area. One of the boys had to follow later because a horse kicked him and broke his leg. I don't know whether it was Benjamin Henry or James Lazarus.

      Helen Bryars Dunnaway

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      John,

      I don't really know who Green Berry's wife was but I've always been told she was a McGill. I'll see what I can find. You know that Green Berry was killed in that feud with the Hadleys and then later the McGills and Hadleys also had a feud. I've always been told (but have never checked it out) that the earlier Bryars-Hadley feud was partly responsible for the later one between the McGills and the Hadleys. Of course, there were several Bryars who did marry McGills (marriage records on those).

      I too have wondered about the parents of W. A. Jones. I've seen the death certificate and the Fisher Pou funeral records but neither gives his mother's name. Death certificate gives his place of birth as Alabama but I don't know where in Alabama but he should be on both the 1870 and 1880 census. In 1870 he
      would no doubt be in his parent's household and maybe even in 1880. Have you located him on the census?

      I do think that Charles Hubbard (Hubbird) is Catherine's brother. I've been to the cemetery where they are buried. It's in a field behind a farm owned by Phil Amos who is a descendant. Mr. Amos may be dead by now but about 10 years ago he took us to the cemetery. Helen calls it the "Bull Cemetery" because there was a bull in the pasture we had to go through. It was near Atmore but I'm not
      sure if it was in Alabama or Florida or if it was in Baldwin or Escambia County.

      Jo Ann McKay
      03/25/02

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      John,

      I've not found a will for Charles Bryars but there are several court documents concerning his estate in Baldwin County. Apparently, Catherine Margaret (Katie) moved into Florida after he died. There is a record dated July 25, 1843 where she was appointed guardian of the children. The children are
      named: Elizabeth A. Bryars, James Elazarus Bryars, Isabella Bryars, Catherine Bryars, Mildred Bryars, Benjamin Bryars and Sarah Frances Bryars. There are other documents showing Joseph G. Hubbird as administrator of the estate of Charles Bryars and concerning the sale of land from the estate. Orphan
      Court Minutes, Baldwin County, 1822-1844, p. 325-326. Date was 19 Aug 1843. Charles also appears in court documents along with Ethelbert Bryars and Joseph Hubbard (with the a this time) as security for administration of the estate of Lazarus J. Bryars, Book G, pages 52 & 53, Jan. 30, 1833. We know Lazarus, Sr. was dead by 20 Dec 1827 because Mrs. Mary Bryars appeared in court as the administrator of the estate of Lazarus J. Bryars. Orphans Court Book, page 44). On Aug. 22, 1833, Book G, p. 66, Charles was appointed guardian of Redberry Bryars, "a minor heir of Lazarus J. Bryars,
      deceased." I wonder why this was so long after Lazarus' death? Catherine Margaret Bryars' will is in Escambia County, Florida, 1893, File No. 0-56-CP-03.

      I don't know how much information the Masons have either. All the male members of my family seemed to have been very active in the Masons too. Some of them belonged to the Lodge at Flomaton. I've not pursued looking into this though. (I did find on the Fisher Pou Funeral records that the life insurance my
      father had was through the Masons though. He died when I was four years old and way back then a lot of people had no insurance of any kind. This was during the Depression.)

      Jo Ann McKay
      03/25/02
    Person ID I0518  Dickinson
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2009 

    Father Lazarus John Bryars,   b. ca. 1775, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Notes 
    • Bryant alleges that in 1797 Lazarus Bryars married an unknown Sizemore of North Carolina. It was not until her death that Bryars left North Carolina. (Most researchers, however, have Bryars haling from South Carolina. None of these claims are sourced nor are they vouched for here.) Since the Sizemores were a well-known Tensaw Creek family and intermarriage was socially advantageous, the question arises whether Bryars took an Indian wife.

      The Sizemore family was established in the Tensaw by the late eighteenth century. According to Vickery and Travis, Arthur Sizemore was the progenitor of the Baldwin County Sizemores and haled from from North (others say South) Carolina. If not of mixed ancestry himself, Arthur's presence in the Creek-controlled Tensaw country is explained by his marriage: His wife, Mary "Polly" Bailey, was of European-Creek origin and related to the McGillivrays, Tates, and Moniacs, among others. As Karl Davis explains in The Founding of Tensaw: Kinship, Community, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Creek Nation, the Tensaw community north of Stockton was established by the Creeks sometime after 1783 to facilitate closer contact with Spanish Pensacola (and the the recently relocated British firm, Panton, Leslie). Marriage of Creek women to European men was encouraged as a way to consolidate ties to the south. And with the British loss of the colonies, the Tensaw drew expatriate Tories who were sympathetic to Creek designs in the Gulf.

      The Sizemores had ten children but none were contemporaries of Bryars; nor were any married to a Bryars. Mary's will (dated 1860) lists children as follows: 1. Cynthia Padgett; 2. Amelia Stiggins; 3. Celia Colbert; 4. William Sizemore; 5. Absolom Sizemore; 6. Nancy Moniac; 7. Samuel Sizemore; and 8. Betsy Tarvin.

      Thus, the question of whether Lazarus Bryars had married into one of the Tensaw Creek families is subject to slim circumstantial evidence. Lazarus endorsed a petition filed by Joseph Stiggins (a back-country trader who had taken a Natchez wife) to allow his children to take oaths. His son, Red Berry, gave his daughter Annie the middle name of Moniac- a well-known Tensaw Creek surname. And a grandson, Frank, married into the Tunstall family for which the Creek heritage is unquestioned. [3, 4]
    Family ID F0194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Ann Bryars,   b. Abt 1830, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. James Lazarus Bryars,   b. 07 Dec 1832, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1908, Bluff Springs, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +3. Mary Catherine Bryars,   b. Feb 1834, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Benjamin Henry Bryars,   b. 6 Nov 1836, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1920, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Isabella Bryars,   b. 1838, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, Jack Springs, Escambia, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     6. Mildred Lucivy Bryars,   b. Apr 1841, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Sara Frances Bryars,   b. abt. 1842, Stockton, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1924, Escambia County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F0191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S022760] 1840 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administratio, 1840n).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1840 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. Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1840.M704, 580 rolls. , Baldwin, Alabama, roll 1, page 86.

    2. [S014596] 1830 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1830 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. Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1830.M19, 201 rolls. , Baldwin, Alabama, roll 2, page 20, image 40.

    3. [S336331] The Tensaw Country North of the Ellicot Line 1800-1860, Charles E. Bryant, Ed.D., (Bay Minette, Alabama: Lavender Press), 240.

    4. [S336337] Coastal Encounters: the Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century, Brown, Richmond Forrest, ed., (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007), 81-98.