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Obituary of James Perry Bryan, Bay City Texas.

After a short illness, J. P. Bryan died at the home of his daughter in Bay City, Tex., on the 24th of January, 1920, having nearly reached his eightieth year. Born during the days of the Texas Republic, he was one of the few citizens of the State who could claim that distinction and was among the oldest citizens of the coast counties.

James Perry Bryan was the eldest son of William J. and Lavinia Perry Bryan and was born at the plantation home, in Brazoria County, on the fifth anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1841. Reared in the outdoor life, he grew into strong manhood and finished his education at the University of Virginia. Soon afterwards he entered the service of the Confederacy as a member of the gallant Terry Rangers, and with his regiment he participated in many important engagements of the War between the States, notably Shiloh and Murfreesboro. During his third year of service he was furloughed on account of illness, returned home, and on February 10, 1863, was married to Miss Octavia LeVerte Brown, eldest daughter of Col. Reuben R. Brown. After being transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department, he joined Colonel Brown's regiment and served that command to the end. Comrade Bryan was the last veteran of Terry's Rangers living in Brazoria County.

Comrade Bryan was successful in his business and generous in his benefactions. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and contributed largely toward the upbuilding of several Churches of the denomination in his county. His married life was one of rare happiness, and his home was famed for its comfort and royal hospitality. His loved companion survives him, with a son and two daughters. He represented the best type of citizen in public and private affairs and was highly respected by all who kenw him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, October, 1920.

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