Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Names Of Bryant.

This information may be only a line or two, but it may help you look in a new direction, one you may not have thought of before, and you may find out something about your ancestor you never know before.

Note. This information will come from Bills, Acts, Nominations, Petitions, Memorials and Claims, which are housed at The Library of Congress.

DECEMBER 18, 1871.
Granting a pension to Joseph Bryant.

Be it enacted the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension-roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Joseph Bryant, late a private in Company E, Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and to pay him a pension from and after the passage of this act.
Passed the House of Representatives December 15, 1871.

FEBRUARY 5, 1866.
For the benefit of Colonel R. E. Bryant.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to allow R. E. Bryant, late commissary of subsistence, on settlement of his account, a credit of fourteen hundred and eighty-four dollars and thirteen cents, the vouchers and accounts for which were lost and destroyed, falling into the hands of the enemy at Holly Springs, Mississippi, on the twentieth day of September, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, if on examining the evidence by the Commissary General the said Commissary General shall deem him justly entitled to said credit; but said credit shall not be allowed without the said Commissary shall certify approval thereof.
Passed the House of Representatives February 2, 1866.

JANUARY 5, 1835.
Granting a pension to John Bryant.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, directed to place the name of John Bryant, of the county of Strafford, in the State of New Hampshire, on the roll of invalid pensioners, and pay to him the sum of eight dollars per month during his natural life, commencing on the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five.

1846. The memorial of Thomas Bryant, heir of William Bryant, deceased, an officer in the naval service during the revolutionary war, praying compensation for the services of his ancestor.

1820. Joseph Bryant of New York, as Consul at Pernambuco, in Brazil.

1873. Dr. Javan Bryant to be deputy postmaster at Spartanburgh C. H., in the county of Spartanburgh and State of South Carolina

1866. John H. Bryant, of Princeton, Illinois, to be collector of internal revenue for the fifth collection district, of the State of Illinois.

1860. Thomas S. Bryant was being removed as a United States Marshall for the eastern district of Missouri.

1858. Warren Bryant to be collector of the customs for the district of Buffalo Creek, in the State of New York.

1794. John Bryant was asking for compensation for services as a soldier in the fifteenth Virginia regiment, during the late war.

1856. Abel M. Bryant, of Kennebunk, Maine, praying for increase of pension

1826 Appointments, William Bryant, Cadet, to be brevet 2d Lieutenant, 1st regiment of Artillery, 1st July, 1826.

1872. J. W. C. Bryant to be assessor of internal revenue for the fourth collection district of Tennessee

1867. Henry L. Bryant to be assessor of internal revenue 9th district of Illinois.

1836. Appointment, First lieutenant, Thomas S. Bryant, of Pennsylvania.

1837. Appointment, Second Regiment of Dragoons, First Lieutenant Thomas S. Bryant to be captain, 26th September, 1837

1848. William P. Bryant, of Indiana, to be chief justice of the supreme court of the United States for the Territory of Oregon. He resigned in 1850.

1795. Edward Bryant, asking for compensation for services rendered, or losses and injuries sustained, in the Army of the United States, during the late war.

1859. Sarah G. Bryant, widow of Charles G. Bryant, who was killed by Indians while in the military service of Texas, asking to be allowed a pension and back pay.

1874. Appointment, First Lieut. Cullen Bryant to be captain, January 12, 1874.

1861. Appointment in the Volunteer force, as brigade surgeons. Henry Bryant, of Massachusetts.

1866. William Cullen Bryant, on behalf of the officers and members of the American Free Trade League, praying the continuance of the reciprocity treaty, and in favor of an entirely free interchange of all goods between the United States and the British provinces

1858. Thomas S. Bryant, of Missouri, for reappointment as marshal of the United States for the eastern district of that state.

1831. Lewis Bryant, signed to become a American citizen on June 25, 1831, he was white wife Indian.

1870. J. E. Bryant, had been deputy postmaster at Augusta, in the county of Richmond and State of Georgia but has resigned.

1822. Philip Bryant, of the state of New York, praying compensation for injuries sustained in his dwelling house at a place called "The Four Corners," in said state, in consequence of the occupation of said house by a detachment of troops of the United States in the late war with Great Britain

1815. Appointment Thirty-first Regiment of Infantry, 1st Lieut. Daniel C. Bryant, Capt. 1st Dec. 1814.

1848. William C. Bryant and others, all of the city of New York, praying for the passage of an international copyright law.

1856. Montgomery Bryant had been deputy postmaster at Lexington, in the county of La Fayette, State of Missouri but has resigned.

1817. Joseph Bryant of Castine, in the District of Maine, praying that certain duties on goods entered by him at the said port of Castine, while the same was occupied by the British forces, which he were compelled to pay to the collector on the part of the United States, after the evacuation of that place by the British authorities, may be remitted.

1812, Appointment, Joseph Bryant, North Carolina, Captain of Infantry.

1864. W. C. Bryant, and others, praying for the establishment of a national home for totally disabled soldiers and sailors.

1813. Samuel H. Bryant, of New York, to be Ensign of the 10th., infantry.

1851. Gridley Bryant, proposing to enter into a contract with the Government for the erection of a permanent lighthouse on Minot's Ledge, in Massachusetts bay

1861. Appointment Robert E. Bryant, of Indiana, to Captain.

1865. War Department, Confederate States of America,
Richmond, December 5, 1864. Cadet J. C. H. Bryant, of Virginia, to be second lieutenant infantry, to rank from July 16, 1864.

1833. William Bryant, of the State of Georgia, praying to be allowed arrears of pension.

1777. David Bryant, Captain on September 11, 1777, pension paid to heirs $1,200.

1795, John Bryant, certificate claim, Deputy Commissary of military Store interest starting Oct. 1, 1785, amount of certificate, $906.37.


Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Philip Bryant, of Chateaugay, in the State of New York, reported:

It appears from the representations of the petitioner that, in 1813, he volunteered as a lieutenant under Captain David Erwin of the militia, and continued in service till discharged by Major General Hampton; that, in the winter of 1814, he was employed by Colonel Bissel to reconnoitre the enemy ‘s lines, and to watch their movements; that a part of his house was occupied as a guard-house during the time the army remained there, which was about three months; that, about the time of the evacuation by the American army, there were stored at his house thirty barrels of beef and pork which belonged to the United States.

The petitioner further represents that, immediately after the removal of the American army, the enemy approached them, and because they found public property at his house, because he had performed services, and because a part of his house had been occupied by a guard, they became much exasperated, and plundered or destroyed whatever of furniture and other personal property they could find; at the same time they also injured the house itself as much as they could, without entirely demolishing the same, destroying the doors, floors, and windows. He therefore prays Congress to indemnify him to the amount of six hundred dollars.

The committee think there is abundant evidence in this case to show that the destruction complained of was wanton on the part of the enemy. In the first place, none of the witnesses state that the beef and pork were deposited in the house of the petitioner; a fact so essentially necessary to substantiate his claim, and so easily ascertained if it had existed, that the absence of proof in regard to it must be taken to justify an inference decidedly in the negative.

In the next place, the petitioner himself assigns to the enemy a plurality of motives for the destruction: to wit, “that he had rendered service to his country; that a guard had occupied a part of his house some time previously to the destruction; that beef and pork were in it,” &c. To say that an enemy is at liberty to destroy the property of citizens because they serve their country, saps at once the foundations of patriotism, and overthrows the whole system of honorable warfare among nations; such a principle would prepare the way for every terrible Ill attending a war, not of victory, but of extermination.

The committee are unable to determind the quantum of injury done to the petitioner on account of each of these distinct, if not contradictory, motives which have been inputted to the enemy. It appears to them that, taking into view all the circumstances of the case, the more rational conclusion will be that the destruction of the petitioner’s property is only another instance of outrage committed by the enemy during the late war. They therefore submit the following resolution: Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.

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