Uncle Sam Dead on Fourth of July

My father’s uncle Sam, being Sam Byrant, died on July 1, 1951 in Rockport, Texas. He was buried at Prairie View Cemetery on July 5, 1951.

Sam Bryant was the son of Guy Bryant (1861-1918) and Maria Martin (1864-1931).  He was one of eight children they had together.  Maria had been married once before at age 15,  and had an older son named Isaac (Ike) Payne (1879-1936)  who eventually began calling himself “Ike Bryant.”

On his draft card in 1918, Sam gave his occupation as “waiter.”  At the time, he lived with his wife Ida Thomas (who I met in 1962) in Corpus Christi.   He also had lived in San Antonio for at least seven years, as had his younger sister, Hattie Bryant, my great-grandmother.  However, at the time of his death, an obituary in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times described Sam Bryant as “a  lifetime resident of Rockport.”

As far as I know, Sam and Ida had just one child, Oscar, who died in 1936 at age 23, from cancer.  Ida lived to be 96 years old, dying in 1991 in San Antonio.

Craig


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