History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884
J. M. Bryant Biography
J. M. Bryant, Collector thirteen years for Erie City, born in Franklin Co., N.Y., April 24, 1819, son of Philip and Sophia (Sheppard) Bryant, the former a farmer by occupation and a native of Conn., of Irish descent: the latter a native of Vt. of Scotch extraction.
They came to Erie from N.Y. in 1834; were parents of nine children. Our subject, who is 5th in the family, was reared on the farm and educated at the common schools. He chose the trade of carpenter, followed it, with the exception of eight years spent in Ill., from the age of fifteen to fifty.
Mr. Bryant was married in 1845, to Mary L. Mackencumber, a well-known school teacher of Erie City and County, who died in 1855, leaving two children, one now living - C.M., conductor of passenger train on the Nickel Plate R.R.
Mr. Bryant's second wife was Nary J. Henry, whom he married in 1862. They are members of the First M.E. Church, of which he is Trustee. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the I.O.O.F. of long standing.
Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884
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