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William Edward Bryant

William Edward Bryant
b. 25 June 1880, Rosedale, Parke County, Indiana, to William Cleaster and Julia Louise (Grindle) Bryant
d. 29 May 1934, Devils Lake, Ramsey County, North Dakota

m/1. 16 May 1904, Vigo County, Indiana
Margaret “Maggie” Sarah Devonald
b. 25 January 1885, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, to James Lewis and Margaret Sarah (Lewis) Devonald
d. 13 November 1973, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana

m/2. 1 June 1912, Devils Lake, Ramsey County, North Dakota
Dora Lillian Williams
b. about 1890

Children with Margaret Sarah Devonald:
• Gladys Marie (1905-1993) married (1) Clarence Albert Cornell, (2) Glenn Winter Jones

William remained in the Rosedale area of Parke County, Indiana, until late 1904, when he left for North Dakota to take up homestead near Ryder. He later worked for the McClure Coal Company at Minot and in 1911 went to Devils Lake to be employed at the Stevens Grain and Fuel Co.

A prominent member of the Masonic bodies, William served as Master Mason of West Lodge in Minot and later transferred to the Minnewaukan chapter in Devils Lake. He served as commander of the Cyrene Commandery of the Knights Templar during 1932 and 1933, was a member of Doric chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of the Scottish Rite bodies, and of Kent Temple Knights of the Mystic Shrine at Grand Forks. William was also a member of the Elks, serving as past noble grand of the I.O.O.F. lodge and an active member of the B.P.O.E. He held the first three stations of the Elks until moving to the west and figured prominently in the activities of that group. He was secretary of the Devils Lake Rotary club for several years.

At the time of his death he owned the Lake Fuel Company, which he had purchased from the Stevens Grain and Fuel Company several years before.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

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Julia Louise Balding Grindle

Julia Louise Balding Grindle
b. 4 Dec 1854 Vigo Co., Indiana
d. 20 Dec 1895 Vigo Co., Indiana
bur. Kennedy Cemetery, Otter Creek Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

Julia Grindle and William Bryant

Julia Grindle and William Bryant

m. 7 Apr 1870 William Cleaster Bryant
William Cleaster Bryant
b. 13 Dec 1848 Sullivan Co., Indiana
d. 15 July 1917 Vigo Co., Indiana
bur. Kennedy Cemetery, Otter Creek Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

Children of Julia Louise and William Cleaster Bryant

  • Minnie F (1873-1881)
  • Elizabeth Ellen (1875-1946) m. William Riley Murray
  • William Edward (1880-1934) m1.) Margaret Sarah Devonald 2.) Dora Lillian Williams
  • Gertrude (1883-1883)
  • Della Estelle (1883-1980) m1.) Lee Center 2.)Omar Safford
  • Frank Verner (1886-1970) m. Elsie Baker
  • Catherine Venora (1890-1968) m. Frederick N. Cartright
  • (also an infant who died young)

Julia was born to Noah Simpson Grindle and Elizabeth Ann Balding. She lived in Indiana for most of her life, except for a brief period when she and her family were living in Iowa. She married William Cleaster Bryant who was the son of Christopher Myers Bryant and Martha Beard. Julia died one year after the birth of her youngest child. William was a farmer born to Christopher Myers Bryant and Martha Beard. He spent most of his time in Indiana except for a period when his family was living in IL and another period where he lived in Iowa briefly before moving back to Indiana. He married Julia Louise Grindle who was the daughter of Noah Simpson Grindle and Elizabeth Ann Balding. He and his wife are buried at Kennedy Cemetery in Vigo County.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute, IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis
b. 1 April 1856, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, to William and Mary (Griffiths) Lewis
d. November 1932, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

m. about 1880, Wales
Margaret [–?–]
b. October 1852
d. before April 1930, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

Children with Margaret [–?–]:

  • Mary (1881-bef 1932) married [–?–] Schmidt
  • Margaret (b. 1892)
  • Harriet Jane “Etta” (ca. 1895-1964)

Thomas adopted Harriett’s son, Richard Thomas Lewis, who was born about 1920 in Illinois.

Thomas emigrated from Wales to Indiana in 1888. His wife Margaret followed in 1890, with their daughter Mary. They lived in Clinton Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and later moved to Patoka Township, Gibson County, Indiana, before leaving Indiana and settling in Sandoval Township, Marion County, Illinois. According to his niece, Gladys Elaine Devonald, he was a very quiet man who loved his family very much. He was a coal mines in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and continued in that line of work in both Indiana and Illinois.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

William John Roberts

William John Roberts
b. 20 June 1878, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Thomas and Sarah (Devonald) Roberts
d. 22 February 1958, Detroit, Michigan

m/1. 7 July 1897, Pontypridd, Wales
Elvira Llewellyn
b. 1876, Glam Bridgend, Wales
d. 30 June 1912, West Terre Haute, Indiana

m/2.
Laura A. [–?–]
b. about 1875, Indiana

Children with Elvira Llewellyn:

  • Edward James (1899-1958) married Florence [–?–]
  • David W. (b. 1898)
  • Blodwyn (b. 1905)
  • Llewelyn (1907-1984) married Rosalia M. “Sally” [–?–]
  • John E. (b. 1901)

William John arrived in the U.S. in 1903, settling in Otter Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana, where his half-brother, James L. Devonald, and James’ wife, Margaret Sarah (Lewis) Devonald were residing.

After Elvira passed away in 1912, two of his children, Blodwyn and Llewellyn, went to live with their uncle, James L. Devonald. Later the children were placed in the Rose Orphans Home in Terre Haute but their father eventually was able to retrieve them. He remarried and moved to the Detroit, Michigan area to live, where he had family.

William John’s three oldest children were born in Wales while the youngest two were born in Indiana. He was a coal miner in Wales and in Indiana. He worked as an inspector for a brass company in Michigan.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com