Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Sarah Ann Bryant
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Mrs. Sarah Ann Bryant; P.O. Westfield, Clark Co.; was the daughter of Samuel Jack, of Ohio, who was a native of Virginia; she came to Coles Co. with her parents when she was 19 years of age, where they both died. She married James Parker May 26, 1842; he was the son of George Parker, and died May 7, 1864; they had ten children, two only living – Matilda J., now Mrs. John Anderson, of Hutton Tp.; Harriet R., now Mrs. Wm. Mars, of Johnson Co., Mo.; eight deceased-Jonathan, who enlisted in Co. “F,” 123d Regt. Ill. Vols., was killed at the battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862; William J., Jeptha, Samuel, Emeline, Sarah (who married Ashbury Lemaster, of Jasper Co., Ill., January, 1869), Melissa A., and one that died in infancy. She married her second husband, Mr. John Bryant, of Indiana, August, 1866; he died Dec. 9, 1869. Mr. Parker was a Deacon of Good Hope Baptist Church for many years; Mr. Bryant was a Methodist and Mrs. Bryant a Baptist.