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William Joel Bryan Grave Stone

WJ Bryan  

Tree Marker

 Texas State Historical Survey Committee 

William Joel Bryan, (December 14, 1815 – March 13, 1903) Grandson of Mosaes Austin whose dream of  Anglo – American colony changed course of Texas History.  Came to Texas with his mother and stepfather in 1831; served in Texas Army from 1835 to 1836.  A highly successful planter.  He was instrumental in building a deepwater port at mouth of the Brazos.                             

Town of Bryan, Texas is named after him.  He married Lavinia Perry.  Lived at “Durazno” Plantation – a gift of his Uncle Stephen F. Austin. 

Had 7 children.

Recorded 1878

(photo courtesy Cindy Guthrie)

William Joel Bryan

(December 14, 1815 - March 13, 1903)

 William Joel Bryan

A Giant Oak has fallen.BORN Dec. 14, 1815At Herculanium, Jefferson Co., Missouri

DIED March 13, 1903 At Durazno, Brazoria Co., Texas

(photo courtesy Cindy Guthrie)

 

 

 

New Inductees 

 New inductees at November 29 meeting: Harry Elmendorf, Jay Don Watson, Clancy Hicks, Gary Thomas.

New Officers 

New officers at Noveber 29 meeting: Charlie Briggs, Doug Hicks, Kyle Jones, Robert Simpton, Blair Fannin.

April 27th Meeting 

 April 26, 2017 Meeting.

April 26th Meeting 

Mr. Bill Page, Texas A&M Library System, presents at the April 26, 2017 meeting.

February 24th Meeting 

 Mervin Peters, Blair Fannin

March 22nd Meeting 

Phil Banks presents studies of the Mier Expedition and Somerville Campaigns.

March 22nd Meeting 

 Mr. Phil Banks and Blair Fannin

January 25th Meeting 

 Johnnie Jo Dickenson with Blair Fannin at the February 22, 2017, meeting.

January 25th Meeting 

Johnnie Jo Dickenson presents at the February 22 meeting.

January 25th Meeting 

 .Blair Fannin presentation at January 25th meeting.

January 25th Meeting 

Mervin Peters and George Nelson lead induction of new members Robert Hailey, Jim Singleton, and Mile McDougal.

September 21st Meeting 

 Blair Fannin, vice president of the Sons of the Republic of Texas William Joel Bryan Chapter #14, presents Michael Sprout, curator of collections at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, a certificate in recognition of his presentation on Sam Houston and related exhibits at the recent chapter meeting at Kreuz Market in Bryan.

September 21st Meeting 

September 21st Meeting

September 21st Meeting 

 September 21st Meeting

September 21st Meeting 

September 21st Meeting

February 24th Meeting 

 

February 24th Meeting 

Pastor Phillip Hassell of the Independence Baptist Church, and Director of the Baptist Historical Museum in Independence, TX.

January 27th Meeting 

 

January 27th Meeting 

 New officers were recently elected to serve the Willliam Joel Bryan Chapter #14 Sons of the Republic of Texas. (Left) Kyle Jones, secretary; Charles Briggs III, treasurer, Past President General and Knight of San Jacinto; Blair Fannin, vice president; Mervin Peters, president; and John Hicks, past president. Not pictured is Doug Hicks, webmaster.

January 27th Meeting 

Vice President Blair Fannin with Linda Reynolds, director of the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, who gave the January program.

January 27th Meeting 

 Thirty-two attended the January meeting in one of the highest recorded attended meetings.

January 27th Meeting 

New officers were sworn in during the January meeting.

November 18th Meeting 

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November 18th Meeting 

Mervin Peters and John Hicks with Ken Howell of the Central Texas Historical Association.

Robert Simpton, John Hicks, Rusty & Travis Adams 

 The William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 Sons of the Republic of Texas recently inducted new members. Pictured (left) Robert Simpton, John Hicks, chapter president, and junior member Travis Adams with his father and chapter member, Rusty Adams.

 John Hicks, Bryan McAuley

 John Hicks, president of the William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 Sons of the Republic of Texas, presents a certificate of appreciation to Bryan McAuley. McAuley gave a program on the San Felipe De Austin state historic site.

September 23rd Meeting 

 William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 Sons of the Republic of Texas members at the September 23, 2015 meeting at Kreuz Market in Bryan.

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 Dr. David Woodcock

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March 25th Meeting 

 March 25th Meeting

March 25th Meeting 

Kyle Jones presenting, March 25, 2015 

 Kyle Jones gives a presentation on his ancestor Elisha Floyd at the March 25th meeting.

 March 25th Meeting

John Hicks, Kyle Jones, Mervin Peters 

 

John Hicks, Terry Rosser, Henry Mayo 

 John Hicks, President of the William Joel Bryan Chapter #14-Sons of the Republic of Texas, inducted new member Terry Rosser, and honorary member Henry Mayo at the Feb. 25 meeting.

 February 25th Meeting

Mervin Peters, Sarah McReynolds, John Hicks 

 Tom Scaggs gives a presentation on historical stagecoach travel operations during the 1830s, and provided history on the Fanthorp Inn at Anderson and the 1850 Concord stagecoach.

Sarah McReynolds as Cynthia Ann Parker 

 Sarah McReynolds in period dress, as Cynthia Parker, providing a historical account of Old For Parker near Groesbeck, Texas, at the January 28th, 2015 meeting of the William Joel Bryan Chapter #14-Sons of the Republic of Texas.

 George Nelson, John Hicks

Mervin Peters, Sarah McReynolds, John Hicks 

 Sarah McReynolds receives a presentation certificate from President John Hicks and Vice President Mervin Peters during the January 28th, 2015 meeting

Blair Fannin and Barry Hendler 

 Blair Fannin with Barry Hendler, who gave our November program on his Republic of Texas financial documents collection.

 Bryan City Council

Members George Nelson, Charles Briggs III and Blair Fannin with the Bryan City Council, who led the pledges during the Nov. 11 Bryan City Council Meeting.

Dan Beto, John Hicks 

 (Left) Dan Beto was inducted as an honorary member of the William Joel Bryan Chapter #14-Sons of the Republic of Texas by President John Hicks. Also inducted were Henry Mayo and Bill Page (not pictured).

 George Nelson, John Hicks

(Left) George Nelson, immediate past president, receives a certificate of appreciation from President John Hicks, for his presentation on his ancestor, John Drayton Pitts, Adjutant General of Texas from 1846-1848.

Mervin Peters, John Hicks 

 The William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 Sons of the Republic of Texas recently was awarded the Chapter Archives Award (small chapter category) at the state meeting. (From left) President John Hicks and Vice President Mervin Peters, who compiled and submitted the award-winning book.

New members Jones and Ponder 

 New members Kyle Jones and Charles Ponder are inducted by Chapter President John Hicks.

 Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson receives certificate of appreciation as Chapter Webmaster from President John Hicks.

President General David Hanover 

Knight of San Jacinto and President General David Hanover provided March meeting program presentation on the Texas Navy on March 26th 2014 at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

President General David Hanover 

Knight of San Jacinto and President General David Hanover receives certificate of appreciation from President John Hicks. 

 Crimm

 Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm (left), retired Sam Houston State University history professor, recently received a certificate of recognition from John Hicks, president of the William Joel Bryan #14-Sons of the Republic of Texas. Crimm gave a program on Martin de León and family, founding members of Victoria, Texas at the Feb. 26 2014 Sons of Republic of Texas-William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 meeting held at CJ's Barbecue in Bryan.

Avril Seale 

Avrel Seale (left), speech writer for the University of Texas president, who was the featured speaker for the January 2014 program with Chapter Vice President Mervin Peters.

New Officers

(Pictured L-R) Robert Schuhmann, district representative; John Hicks, president; Mervin Peters, vice president; Blair Fannin, secretary and publicist; Charles Briggs III, Past President General and Knight of San Jacinto, treasurer.
 

 Nov 2013 meeting

George Nelson, Chapter President leads the discussion of various chapter business matters including the approval of financial support of the Star of Texas Museum annual History Fair for school age children at the November 2013 meeting held at CJ's BBQ in Bryan.

 Nov 2013 meeting

Houston McGaugh, Director of the Star of Texas Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos tells of the relevance of Washington-on-the-Brazos during the early years of the Republic of Texas era at the November 2013 meeting held at CJ's BBQ in Bryan.

 Sept 2013 meeting

Chapter member Mervin Peters presented The History Channel movie about the Early Texas Rangers at the September 2013 meeting, and speaks of the book "Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History."  Texas Rangers played a major role in the Quanah Parker story.

 April 2013 meeting

Mac Woodward, Director of the Sam Houston Museum presented the importance of the life of Sam Houston in the history of Texas at the April 2013 meeting of the WJ Bryan Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

April 2013 meeting 

Attendees at Sam Houston presentation

March 2013 meeting 

Steep Hollow Cemetery, site of the Richardson Perry, Alamo Defender cenotaph

March 2013 meeting 

Site in cemetery of ceremony and cenotaph placement

  March 2013 meeting

Some of attendees at ceremony

March 2013 meeting 

Veiled marker prior to dedication

  March 2013 meeting

Unveiled marker

Feb 2013 meeting 

Member attendees at the February 2013 meeting at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

  Feb 2013 meeting

Member attendees at the February 2013 meeting at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

  Feb 2013 meeting

Chapter Vice President John Hicks introduces Honorable Walter W. Rogers, Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons on Freemasonry in Texas in the period preceding and during the Republic of Texas and the early years following Statehood.

Feb 2013 meeting 

Honorable Walter W. Rogers addressing William Joel Bryan Chapter members 

Feb 2013 meeting 

Vice President John Hicks presenting a Certificae of Appreciation to Honorable Walter W. Rogers

jan 2013 1 

Blair Fanin, Chapter Secretary presenting for the January 2013 program about his ancestor George Washington Lang.

  jan 2013 2

Jerry Fannin, chapter member, joins son Blair telling of Lang’s fighting at San Jacinto in the struggle of Texas Independence.

jan 2013 3 

President George Nelson thanking the Fannins for their excellent program and for spending the time to put it together.

jan 2013 4 

Jerry Fannin going solo on some of his presentation.

 december meeting 1

Charlie Briggs. PPG & KSJ introduces his December 2012 program on ancestor Anne Harvey Briggs, a notably woman of Robertson county.

december meeting 2 

Chapter Vice President John Hicks administers the Pledge to new member Herb Currie.

december meeting 3 

National President General of SAR David Hanover & Vice President John Hicks presenting the membership certificate to new member Currie.

 december meeting 4

Charles P. Briggs. III. PPG & KSJ with wife Mary Kathryn Briggs, PPG of DRT with David Hanover & SRT, PPG & KSJ being recognized as distinguished guests of our chapter luncheon.  The two Briggs are the only husband and wife team to ever service as President of their respective Republic of Texas Heritage organizations.

december meeting 5 

Charlie Briggs, III presenting the full story of the Harvey Massacre and the details of her recovery and ultimate return to her original Republic of Texas home to live out her life. December 2012. 

 october meeting 1

Philip Sandel, member, presenting his ancestor Jose Antonio Navarro, presents his family knowledge and experiences knowing of his life up close and personal at the October 2012 meeting.

 october meeting 2

Members enjoying details of the family history of Jose Antonio Navarro.

october meeting 3 

Member Philip Sandel and fellow members following the program were live interviewed by KAGS TV for running on the evening’s local news.

sept meeting 1 

New members Trey Searcy (left) and Jordan Oliver were inducted as new members by Bill Schhuhmann, District Representative and Charlie Briggs, PPG & KSJ

sept meeting 2 

Chapter Secretary Mervin Peters presenting at the September 2012 meeting, info on a proposed early Texas dogtrot log house being moved to a tract of land adjoining Boonville Cemetery bought some 49 years later and generally thought about developing it as a open air natural history museum.

sept meeting 3 

Chapter Secretary Mervin Peters answering questions from interested and enthusiastic members regarding the dogtrot house relocation.

 april meeting 1

Member Judge Tom McDonald at the April 2012 meeting, presenting very humorously on the Battle of San Jacinto and factors affecting the outcome such as his relationship with the Yellow Rose of Texas. 

 april meeting 2

Members enjoying a very entertaining program that usually uses descriptive words describing their relationship but all in very good taste as a distinguished Judge would.

 april meeting 3

Visual of member Judge Tom McDonald’s presentation.

march meeting 3 

Chapter Publicist Blair Fannin introducing participants at a chapter memorial service and medallion placement for four Citizens buried in Boonville Cemetery.  March 2012.

march meeting 4 

Attendees at Boonville Memorial Service reciting pledges to the USA and TEXAS flags.

 march meeting 2

Audience enjoying history of four Citizens of the Republic of Texas being honored.

march meeting 5 

President George Nelson addressing the audience about the importance of those being honored.

march meeting 6 

Vice President John Hicks unveiling the first of the four Citizens of the Republic of Texas medallions at the site of Harvey Mitchell.

march meeting 8 

Vice President John Hicks and attendees preparing to unveil the marker for John Foley.

march meeting 9 

Vice President John Hicks unveils the medallion of Dr. John Leonard Randall.

  march meeting 10

Image of a citizen medallion placed at qualifying grave sites.

 feb image 1

Vice President John Hicks (left) and Secretary Mervin Peters  presenting Superintendent Dennis Green a Certificate of Appreciation for being guest speaker at the February 2012 meeting.

feb image 2 

Dennis Green’s visual of the monument and historic brewery at Monument Hill in LaGrange.

feb image 3 

President George Nelson listening at tentatively to Dennis Green’s presentation. 

John Hicks  

John Hicks presentation on "The Runaway Scrape" at meeting on January 25th 2012 at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

 John Hicks Presentation

John Hicks answers questions and comments to members in attendance on his presentation on "The Runaway Scrape" at meeting on January 25th 2012 at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

 New member Doug Hicks

New member Doug Hicks at meeting on January 25th 2012 at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

         Pictured, left to right, John Hicks, new member Doug Hicks, and George Nelson, WJB Chapter President.

 November 16th 2011 meeting attendance SRT

Members in attendance at the November 16th 2011 chapter meeting at CJ's BBQ in Bryan Texas.

C. Roland Hayden, PhD 

C. Roland Hayden, PhD presentation on his ancestor Caleb Wallace, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Original 300" at meeting on November 16th 2011.

(photo showing details of Grimes County Land Grants) 

C. Roland Hayden, PhD 

C. Roland Hayden, PhD presentation on his ancestor Caleb Wallace, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Original 300" at meeting on November 16th 2011.

(photo shows Texas as it existed during the period of the Republic) 

 C.Roland Hayden PhD

C. Roland Hayden, PhD presentation on his ancestor Caleb Wallace, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Original 300" at meeting on November 16th 2011.

(photo highlights the original part of Texas' earliest migration)  

Clay Hanks 

Member Clay Hanks presentation about his ancestor, one of the "Gonzales Imortal 32".  Meeting on September 28, 2011 at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

 Clay Hanks receiving Certificate of Appreciation

Chapter Secretary Mervin Peters (right) presents Clay Hanks with a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation on the "Imortal 32:  Men and boys who answered the plea from the Alamo".  Meeting on September 28th 2011at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

Fain McDougal 

Chapter Secretary Mervin Peters welcomes new member Fain McDougal (left) to the William Joel Bryan Chapter of The SRT on September 28, 2011.

September 28th 2011 Meeting attendance SRT 

Twenty-two members of the chapter in attendance at the September 28, 2011 meeting at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

 SRT President General Sam Clark

SRT President General Sam Clark addressing members at the April 27, 2011 meeting at C&J's BBQ in Bryan,TX.

 

 

 New members swearing in

New members being sworn in on April 27, 2011 at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.  

Pictured, left to right, SRT President General Sam Clark, Bookman Peters, Andy Adams, and Blair Fannin

 

 True to Texas

WJ Bryan SRT Chapter President George Nelson being "TRUE TO TEXAS!" 

 

 Bob Schuhmann District Representative

SRT 2nd VP Tom Houston recognizing Bob Schuhmann as District Representative of the year.  Meeting on April 27, 2011 at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

 SRT President General Sam Clark

SRT President General Sam Clark presenting overview of SRT programs and resources.  Meeting on April 27, 2011 at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

Feb 23 2011 meeting attendance 

Meeting attendance on February 23, 2011 at C&J's BBQ in Bryan TX.  The meeting was held on the 175th anniversary of the start of the Seige of The Alamo. 

 

 

 President George Nelson of WJ Bryan Chapter SRT

President George Nelson presiding over the February 23, 2011 meeting at C&J's BBQ in Bryan, TX.

 

SRT Annual Meeting 2011

Awards Banquet at the  Annual Meeting of SRT in Galveston, April 1-3, 2011.

Pictured, left to right, David Hanover, SRT First Vice President General; George Nelson, WJB Chapter President; Charlie Briggs, WJB Chapter Treasurer and Past SRT President General; Sam Clark, SRT President General; and Mervin Peters, WJB Chapter Secretary.

First Meeting

Brazos County Commissioners Court signing of Proclamation declaring the week of March  2, 2011 as Texas Independence Week in Brazos County in recognition of the 175th Anniversary of Texas Declaration of Independence. 

Pictured, left to right, Timothy Bryan, George Nelson, Travis Bryan, Judge Duane Peters, Mervin Peters and Charles Briggs, III, all members of the William Joel Bryan Chapter #14 of The Sons of the Republic of Texas.

Proclamation

 

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