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Arthur and Hattie Bryant

Arthur and Hattie Bryant

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Birth Date: Nov. 21, 1880     Birth Date: Feb. 7, 1884
Death Date: Dec. 11, 1949     Death Date: Nov. 7, 1970


Hattie was one of thirteen children. She was born in Buffalo Gap, near Abilene, Texas, February 7, 1884. Her father, John Robert Linn was born in Stanton, Virginia, Aug. 8, 1851 and was married December 11, 1873 at Waco, Texas to Arcola Walker born in Thomasville, Georgia, Sept. 11, 1854; they are both buried at Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Hattie came to Estacado in 1886, at the age of two, in a covered wagon. The Quakers were here then and buffalo grass was stirrup deep. Her father, Robert Linn, built one of the first round corrals in this part of the country. He also drilled water wells and was a farmer and rancher.

A fortune teller told Hattie she would marry her nearest neighbor. She married Arthur James Bryant, May 3, 1908 in Farmer Community, sitting in a buggy. He lived on a adjoining farm.

Arthur Bryant was born in Honey Grove, Texas, November 21, 1880. He was the son of James William and Mary Elizabeth Henry Bryant. He had nine brothers and sisters.

Arthur and his family moved to Jones County near Anson in 1888. His father freighted from Anson to Abilene. It was a hard life. They had several head of cattle and it was the children´s job to pump water for them with a hand pump. Several times the family ran out of food and had to eat clabber milk until their father returned from a freighting trip.

In 1894, they moved to Silverton, then later the same year, by ox wagon to Farmer community in Crosby county, then in January, 1895 to Estacado. Arthur´s father ran a store at Estacado and also the mail route from Estacado to Floydada using a two-wheel cart. In about 1894, both of Arthur´s parents lost most of their eye sight. It was then the job of the older children to take care of the younger ones. Arthur´s father died December 15, 1900 and his mother passed away December 11, 1925. Both are buried at Estacado.

Arthur farmed and ranched, raised cattle. sheep and hogs. Hattie raised turkeys. They had six sons. Arthur died December 11, 1949 and Hattie died November 7, 1970.

Information taken from: "Estacado, Cradle of Culture and Civilization on the Staked Plains of Texas" by John Cooper Jenkins

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Arthur J. Bryant, 69, resident of the South Plains area 63 years, passed away at noon Sunday in West Texas hospital after an extended illness.

He came to Crosby County in 1886 with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bryant, from Fannin county. They settled at Estacado. Bryant, a retired farmer, still lived near Estacado at the time of his passing.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Estacado First Baptist church with Rev. P.D. Fulllingim of Southland, officiating. Burial was in Estacado cemetery. Estacado Masonic lodge conducted graveside services.

Survivors include the wife, the former Hattie Lynn also a pioneer resident of Crosby county; five sons, Olin of Cone, J.N. of Hobbs, N.M., U.L. of Petersburg, Robert D. of Camp Gordon, GA, and A.J., jr., of Estacado; three sisters, Mrs. Nelia Becton of Petersbug, Mrs. Etta Reeves of Matador and Mrs. May Sue Beckner of Littlefield; and three brothers, Gaud Bryant of Becton, (rest of article not copied)

From Ralls Historical Museum, 1949
Submitted by Grace Ashley

RALLS (Special) — Mrs. Hattie Bryant, 86, a pioneer area resident, died about 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock´s West Texas Hospital, where she had been a patient one week.

A native of Buffalo Gap, she moved with her family to the Estacado community, near Lorenzo, in 1887. The Estacado community was the first community on the South Plains. It was established by members of the Quaker religion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Estacado Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Wayne Perry, pastor, and the Rev. P.D. Fullingim of Lubbock. Burial will be in Estacado Cemetery directed by Carter Funeral Home of Ralls.

Survivors include four sons, Olin Of Lubbock, N.J. of Hobbs, NM, and Robert and Buster, both of Estacado; a brother, Dee Linn of Lubbock; a sister, Mrs. Ella Kelsey of Lorenzo; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, November 8, 1970
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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