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Matthew Bryant


Matthew Bryant was born December 7, 1884 in Texas and died March 31, 1967 in Brazoria County, Texas. According to the Social Security Death Index, he was living in Markham, Texas at the time of his death.


In 1930 Matthew and his mother, Julia Bryant, were living in Markham where Matthew was farming. The 1930 Matagorda County census lists Matthew's age as 46 and his mother's as 70. It says they and both of their parents were born in Texas and lists both as being widowed.


Julia's possible death date is January 1, 1944


Matthew registered for the WWI draft on September 12, 1918 in Matagorda County. That document stated that he was 33 and living in Markham, Texas with his mother listed as next of kin. He was working for Young Cornelius and described as being of medium height and build with black eyes and hair. Matthew evidently had no middle name as none was listed. He signed his name at the bottom of the registration.


The following remembrance is from Liz Farthing, who as a child, lived on the farm next to the place where Matthew worked.


"He was an extremely nice gentleman who farmed here in Markham and was also working at the time the photo was taken, for Luther Robertson. My parents, brother and I lived next to Luther Robertson's farm/ranch and had the opportunity to know Matthew Bryant quite well.


Mr. Bryant did both farming and ranching work for Luther Robertson, but he owned his own home place on the left hand side of the curve of the last street of Markham, or what was called the old Markham-Bay City road. His home was about a block east of the Markham African-American School. Mr. Bryant had the biggest and most beautiful horse I have ever seen. His name was Banner. He was a chestnut stallion with a white blaze face and four stocking feet. Mr. Bryant's other horses were above average, but Banner was an extraordinary cutting horse and he had trained him."

Special thanks to Liz Farthing for the research, remembrance and picture of Matthew Bryant.



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Jan. 13, 2007
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