Tombstone Tuesday–Hallot Bryan

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

This is the tombstone of Hallot Bryan, located in Section C, site 2740, Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee. The marker is inscribed:

Co. E
89 Ind Inf
September 13, 1863

Hallot Bryan was the fifth of seven known children born to Peter and Mary (Huey) Bryan, born about 1835 in Fairfield County, Ohio. [1] One account indicates that Peter and Mary had eight children. [2]

Hallot was a younger brother of my great-great-great-grandfather John Bryan. John was the father of Emily Bryan, who married William Reid. William and Emily were the parents of my great-grandmother Pearl (Reid) Brewster.

I was already familiar with this unusual first name because Hallot’s brother John named one of his sons Hallet. Hallet [the younger, 1853-1936] was a brother to Emily (Bryan) Reid and that is why the name Hallet may sound familiar to other Bryan researchers in the family. Hallot, subject of today’s post, was an uncle to the younger Hallet. They lived near each other and probably knew each other well.

I have seen his name spelled several ways—Hallot, Hallet, and Hallat. Since it is inscribed as Hallot on his tombstone I will use that spelling for this post.

I learned of the older Hallot Bryan several years ago from his father’s estate papers. Peter Bryan died in 1854 and Hallot was listed as one of his six children and an heir: Estate of Peter Bryan Dec’d. Heirs: Mary Bryan [wife]; 6 children: John Bryan; Joseph Bryan; Byantha Curtice, wife of Leonard Curtice; Hallett Bryan; Elizabeth Bryan; Peter Bryan. [3]

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo0

Hallot Bryan, reverse of tombstone, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Hallot’s parents, Peter and Mary (Huey) Bryan, were from Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in the early 1820s. They resided in several Ohio counties before finally settling down in Jay County, Indiana, in about 1850. These counties included Coshocton, Licking, Fairfield, Putnam, and Allen. [2]

In 1830 the Peter Bryan family was living in Licking County. [4] Within five years they moved to Fairfield County, where Hallot was born in about 1835 or 1836. [1]

The Bryans moved once again and by 1840 set up residence in Monroe Township, Putnam County, Ohio. [5] At first it appears that they moved between 1840 and 1850, but I believe they were living at the same location during those years. The county boundaries changed in 1848 and Monroe Township, once located in Putnam County, was located in Allen County when the 1850 census was taken. [6]

The 1850 census was the first census in which Hallot was enumerated by name. He was 14 years old, born in Ohio, living with his parents Peter and Mary and siblings Joseph, Elisabeth, and Peter.  [7]

The Peter Bryan family moved to Jay County, Indiana, shortly after the 1850 census was enumerated. They probably followed their son John, who married Mary Huey in Jay County in 1848 and set up housekeeping there.

Peter Bryan [Sr] purchased 80 acres of land in Jay County on 19 September 1850 from Chris Huey. [8] Most of the Bryan family moved to Indiana soon after. Peter Bryan [Sr] died there in 1854, leaving his widow Mary and six children behind.

In 1860 Hallet Bryan was living with his widowed mother Mary. Hallet was 25 year of age, born in Ohio, and was a farmer. Mary was 62 years of age and born in Pennsylvania. Also living with them was Hallot’s younger brother Peter, age 21, born in Ohio, a laborer. They lived next door to Hallot’s brother Joseph. [9]

Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Less than three years later the Civil War was raging and young men were signing up with other locals to fight in the war. Hallot joined Company E of the 89th Indiana Infantry Regiment. He enlisted on 13 August 1862 and marched off to war from Indianapolis on 28 August, never to return to Indiana or see his family again. [1]

I am related to Hallot several different ways due to the Bryan/Huey intermarriages. Hallot was my third great granduncle [common ancestors Peter & Mary Huey Bryan]; my first cousin five times removed [common ancestors Jonas Huey & Unknown]; and my second cousin five times removed [common ancestors James Huey & Elizabeth].

A big THANK YOU to one of my patients who took these photos for me at Memphis National Cemetery a few weeks ago while on vacation.

Coming up Friday: Private Hallot Bryan’s Civil War service.

[1] Compiled Service Record, Hallot Bryan, Pvt., Co. E, 89th Indiana Infantry; Record Group 94, National Archives, Washington, DC.

[2] Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana (Chicago : The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887), 899.

[3] Peter Bryan estate, loose papers, Box 8, 1854, Jay County Historical Society, 903 E. Main St, Portland, Indiana.

[4] 1830 U.S. Census, Madison, Licking County, Ohio, p. 415, line 14, Peter Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014), from FHL Film 0337945, from NARA Series M19, roll 134.

[5] 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe, Putnam County, Ohio, p. 338, line 2, Peter Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014), from FHL Film 0020174, from NARA Series M704, roll 422.

[6] There was a boundary Change in 1848. Monroe Township was transferred from Putnam County, Ohio, to Allen County, Ohio:,_Ohio.

[7] 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe, Allen County, Ohio, p. 369B (stamped), p. 738 (penned), dwelling 1924, family 1924, Peter Byan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014); from NARA Series M432, roll 657.

[8] Jay County Indiana Land Deeds, Book F: 476, Recorders Office, Portland, Indiana.

[9] 1860 U.S. census, Bearcreek, Jay County, Indiana, p. 75 (penned), dwelling 531, family 537, Hallet Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014); from FHL microfilm 803269, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 269.

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