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Berrian Clark Bryan
Berilla (Free) Bryan

Berrian was born 1823 in Habersham Co. and died 1923 in Lumpkin Co.   Berilla was born 1828 in Hall Co. and died 1898 in Lumpkin Co. Both are buried at Cane Creek Cemetery. When the Civil War broke out, Berrian joined up to fight for his homeland. Also to go fight side by side with him were his three of his sons, Callaway, Joshiah, and Ranson. They fought in the 1st Regiment of Co D Georgia State Troops, also known as the "Blue Ridge Rangers." After he came home Clark, as he was most known as, went back to farming his land. Berrian was often seen walking to town when he received his pension money from service in the Civil War.Berrian Clark died on January 14, 1923 at the age of 99. He is buried beside his wife In Cane Creek Cemetery, Dahlonega Georgia. Callaway, Joshiah, and Ranson Brian's graves have not been found in Lumpkin County, they may have died during the war or, may have rocks or worn soap stone marking there graves. If you have any information on these men please contact me. BRYAN, BERRIAN CLARK: 

Bryan was a private from Lumpkin County. He was born November 26, 1823 in Habersham County and died January 14, 1923 in Lumpkin County; he was almost 100 years old. Berilla Free, wife of Berrian, had a brother James P. Free that served also in the Blue Ridge Rangers. Berrian and Berilla were the parents of Marion Bryan, also from this company.

Berrian Bryan enlisted in the Georgia State Line in December 1862 at Dahlonega. In his pension application, he stated that he served a "little over one year," and at the time of the surrender (sic) was "At home." The last two extant muster rolls had him "AWOL" and "Discharged by Gen Order from" A&IGO."

When he applied for a pension in 1909, Bryan claimed that he was "...feeble in health.... (and) I furnished a substitute and received a Discharge from Service." Captain Worley sympathized with Bryan's plight and said, "in Dec 1864" he was "broken in health(.) He furnished a substitute and was discharged...."(He is) 86 years old in (1909) and physically a reck (sic)." The State did not permit substitution in the Georgia State Line: The "substitute" he claimed was his son who joined another outfit.


According to him, Bryan left the command at Camp Foster because of "Disability", Granted by Captain and Commander." Authority by which he left was "by order of 'Surgent' (Surgeon) A. P. Brown” In his pension application, Bryan rewrote his military career since he was one of a group of ten who went AWOL from Resaca on May 14, 1864 and never returned.

Berrian Clark Bryan

The Dahlonega Nugget, Dahlonega, GA. - January 19, 1923 ====================================================== 
Death of  Mr. B. C. Bryan on January 14, 1923 Mr. B. C. Bryan, one of Lumpkin County's oldest citizens, died January 14, 1923, age 99 years, one month and 18 days.  He was born in Habersham County November 1, 1825.  His father James Bryan moved to Lumpkin when Uncle Clark was a small boy and settled in the northern part of the county where he resided until his death.  He was married to Barilla Free in 1844 and they were the parents of fifteen children, fourteen lived to be grown.  His wife died in 1898 at age of 70.  He joined Mt. Zion Church in Union County in 1857.  He was one of the charter members of New Bethel Church and was deacon in this church for 63 years.  During the war he and his three sons, Calloway, Josiah and Ransom, joined the Confederate forces and fought for the Southland.  He leaves eleven children to mourn his loss besides scores of grandchildren and other relatives.  He was quiet, hospitable and unassuming and Lumpkin County has lost one of her best citizens.Berilla Free Bryan

 OBITUARY: Mrs. Berilla Bryan The subject of this sketch was born in Hall County, Georgia, August 3, 1828; married B. C. Bryan January 4, 1844; died August 1, 1898, aged 70 years.  She professed a hope in Christ and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1859.  At her death she was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.  She was the mother of fifteen children, the grandmother of seventy-three children and twenty-three great-grandchildren.  Thirteen of her children are still living and all are members of the Baptist church, one being a minister and another a deacon; her husband having been a deacon for 38 years. She died of paralysis, after an illness of 25 months.  This protracted illness was borne with Christian fortitude and patience, while being confinded to her bed.  Her longing prayer was for rest.  She said to her nurses; "I am so tired; I have done all that I can do to get rest, and you have done all you could for me; lay me when I am dead on the hill (meaning the graveyard hill almost in sight), where I can get rest.  I cannot stay here much longer, but when I am gone I will be at rest.  I just want three hours, after which I will want you all to meet me in peace.  I want you all to live right.  Hold out faithful so we may meet together and be at rest." After a few moments, she said: "I am so tired," One of her sons said to her: "Mother, you have been sick a long time and need rest."  To which she replied: "I am just waiting; I am ready any hour or any minute; I will be glad when the last breath comes." To her husband she said: "I have only one more night to be here and suffer, and then I can rest."  The weeping husband said: "Do you think that you can suffer one more night?"  To which she replied: "By divine grace I can." The say before she died she called for her mother - age 88.  The aged mother replied, "Berilla, I am here, what do you want?"  The daugher made inquiry about her health, and said: "Mother, I wanted to see you again; I have suffered a long time and so have you, too."  These were the last words that wee understood.  The last moments of her life seemed to be a sweet sleep. Seldom has the death of one in the humbler walks of life produced such wide-spread grief.  The entire community, within the range of her influence, feels a great loss in her demise.  Her hospitality was bounded by only what she possessed.  Her counsel to all who sought her advice was always wise and proper.  Her great care was for thise indistress in mind and body, these she always resorted for the purpose of affording relief.  It is hoped that the sweet influences of her life and character may always rest upon all who knew her.

Written by: C. W. Stargel

Submitted by Jeanne B. Insalaco

The Dahlonega Echo - January 25, 1914
=========================================================== UNCLE CLARKE BRYAN: We are grieved to learn that this veteran soldier was unable to attend the exercises on Lee's birthday on account of serious sickness.  We hope for him a speedy recovery.  He is now in his 94th year and on November the 1st walked to town to be present at the bestowal of the Southern Crosses of Honor.  One little girl of the graded school was so impressed with his appearance that on returning home after the ceremony at the church, said, "Mama, I do think somebody might have carried him home in an auto after he had walked so far."