Tombstone Tuesday–Peter J & Mary A Bryan

Peter J & Mary A Bryan, Loofbourrow Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana

This is the tombstone of Peter J and Mary A Bryan, located in Loofbourrow Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. The grave marker is inscribed: BRYAN, Peter J. Bryan, 1852-1914; Mary A. his wife, 1854-1901.

Passage:  P.J. BRYAN PASSES AWAY:  P.J. Bryan of Jefferson Township, father of S.P. Bryan, our local jeweler, died at his home on Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 1914, age 62 years. Mr. Bryan was one of the pioneer farmers of Adams County and a man known and respected by nearly every inhabitant of the county. He had been an invalid for several months with a complication of diseases and his death had been expected for some time. The direct cause of his death was the bursting of a blood vessel. (Geneva Herald, 29 January 1914)

Obituary: Peter J. Bryan was born in Jay County, Indiana, May 22, 1852. He departed this life at the home of his son on Jan. 27, 1914, at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 5 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Reed in the year 1876. She preceded him in death in the year 1900. To this union was born six children. Five are still living, one having died in 1898. Those still living are John Bryan of this county, Irene Maxwell of Toswell, New Mexico, Adele Digges of Beaumont, Texas, Jesse Bryan of Geneva, Ind., and Emma Bond of Beaumont, Texas. He also leaves one brother, H.B. Bryan of Michigan, and four sisters, Mrs. Mollie Reed of Kenton, Ohio, Mrs. Emma Bysel [sic] of Jay County, Ind., Mrs. Bertha [sic] Saxman of Michigan and Mrs. Alta Schmidt of Jay County, Ind., seven grand-children and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Bryan was an exemplary citizen and a patient sufferer for many years before his death.  He was a member of the K. of P. Lodge and an active member of the Maple Grove Christian Church. (Geneva Herald, 5 February 1914)

Peter J Bryan (1852-1914)

Mary A Bryan died 27 Jul 1901 in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. (County Health Office, Decatur, Indiana, Book H-22:10, Indiana WPA; database,, ( : accessed 15 Jan 2012)

Obituary: Mary A. Bryan was born Oct. 6, 1854 and died July 27, 1901, aged 46 years, 6 months and 21 days. She was united with the Christian church at the age of 17 and was united in marriage to Peter J. Bryan in 1877. To this union was born six children, three sons and three daughters. Edward, the second son, having preceded her to the Spirit Land. She leaves a husband, two sons and three daughters to mourn in her death, a kind mother and loving wife. Funeral by Elder Miller at Mt. Carmel Church.  (Geneva Herald, 2 Aug 1901) 

Peter J Bryan was the son of John and Hannah (Huey) Bryan. He was born in Bear Creek Township, Jay County, Indiana. He married Mary A. Reid 8 Nov 1877 in Allen County, Ohio. (Ohio County Marriages, 1790-1950, film number 901414, image number 637; digital database, Family ( : accessed 15 Jan 2012). Peter was my great-great-granduncle.

Peter and his wife Mary were living in Washington Township, Van Wert County, Ohio in 1880. The family consisted of Peter J, 29, born in Indiana; Mary, wife, 26, Ohio; John, son, 2, Ohio.

Peter J & Mary (Reid) Bryan

In 1900 the Peter J Bryan family was living in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. They probably moved to Indiana sometime between 1881 and 1884. The family consisted of: Peter J, 49, born in Indiana; Mary A, 45, Ohio; John S, 21, Ohio; Irena L, 19, Ohio; Edward B, 15, Indiana; Opadell M, 13, Indiana; Jesse P, 8, Indiana; Emma E, 7, Indiana.

Peter was still residing in Jefferson Township in 1910. In this census enumeration he was a widower and living with his son John. The household was as follows: John, head, 30; Sylvia, wife, 30; Kenneth, son, 3; Lawrence, son, 1y 6m; Peter J, father, 58; Jesse, brother, 19; Hazel Galloway, servant, 14.

Loofbourrow Cemetery is also known as Lufboro Cemetery or New Corydon Cemetery. I enjoy visiting this cemetery which is located on the south side of county Road 1150, a short distance east of County Road 450. It is in the middle of a field and getting to the cemetery reminds me of driving down a farm lane. Once a Mocking Bird entertained me as I wondered through the cemetery. Some of my Brewster ancestors are also buried there, including Jackson and Mary Ann, Daniel’s first wife Sarah Ann (Fetters) and Sarah’s parents, John and Elizabeth.

Loofbourrow Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana

An index of Loofbourrow Cemetery transcriptions can be found on the website of the  Indiana Genealogical Society. It is a free database.


Census Sources:

1880 US Census, Washington Twp, Van Wert, Ohio, Roll 1074; Page: 425C; ED: 153; Image: 0009; FHL Number: 1255074; database, ( : accessed 15 Jan 2012)

1900 US Census, Jefferson Twp, Adams, Indiana; Roll: T623_357; Page: 12B; ED: 4; database, ( : accessed 15 Jan 2012)

1910 US Census, Jefferson Twp, Adams, Indiana; Roll: T624_338; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0004; Image: 83; FHL Number: 1374351; database, ( : accessed 15 Jan 2012)




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