George S. Bryant

George S. Bryant was born 1832 in Erie County, Ohio.

According to the 1880 census George’s father was born in Vermont.

George was probably still living in Ohio when he married Ohioan Emerette Crawford (1832-1901), on July 4, 1854, in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, and they had at least six children: Clarina (b. 1855), Alfred (b. 1857), Ahira or Harry (b. 1859), George (b. 1862), Ford (b. 1866), and Charles (b. 1870).

George and Emerette left Ohio and settled in Michigan sometime between 1855 and 1857. By 1860 George was working as a farm laborer and living with his wife and three children in Orange, Ionia County.

He stood 5’8” with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion, and was a 30-year-old farmer probably living in Orange, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company F on February 20, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered on April 30. He joined the Regiment in Virginia and was present for duty during the “Peninsular” campaign when he was taken ill with measles in June. He may have returned to duty, but was sick with chronic diarrhea in July at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia. George was absent sick suffering from chronic bronchitis at Patterson Park hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the hospital in Cumberland, Maryland, from August through November, and was dropped from the company rolls on December 30, 1862, at Camp Pitcher, Virginia. In fact he was discharged on December 23, 1862, at Cumberland, Maryland, for “chronic bronchitis the result of an attack of measles.”

After his discharge from the army George returned to Ionia County, and by 1864 was living in Berlin, Ionia County. By 1870 he was working as a farm laborer and living with his wife and children in Saranac. By 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Boston, Ionia County. He was living in Lowell, Kent County in 1888. Two years later he was residing in Boston, Ionia County, suffering from chronic Bright’s disease.

In 1864 he applied for and received pension no. 27,698, drawing $6.00 per month by 1888.

George died, probably from Bright’s disease, at his home in Boston Township, Ionia County or in Lowell, Kent County, on February 25, 1893, and was buried on February 27 in Saranac cemetery: lot 6, Ionia County.

His widow was living in Lowell or in Boston, Ionia County in 1895 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 429,353.)