Nellie Kate James Bryan
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Nellie was born on July 13, 1891 in Childress, Texas and is the daughter of Robert Kirkland James (born January 28, 1851, Alabama) and Julia Ann (Pittman) James (born 1853, Texas). On September 27, 1908, Elmer Bryan married Nellie Kate James in Caviness, Texas. Elmer and Nellie Bryan were the parents of eight children:
   Sam Tilton Bryan,   b. September 9, 1909, Durant, Oklahoma
   Audy Everett Bryan,   b. January 31, 1911, Paris, Texas
   Celes Bryan,   b. October, 1912, Texas
   Mary Nellene Bryan,   b. October 28, 1914, Caviness, Texas
   Ruby Bryan,   b. December 12, 1919, Durant, Oklahoma
   Fairy Beatrice Bryan, b. April 12, 1922, Ralls, Texas
   James Edward Bryan, b. September 9, 1931, Ralls, Texas
   Boyce Ardell Bryan, b. August 14, 1933, Ralls, Texas 

In 1920, Elmer and Nellie Bryan were living in Crosby County, Texas. Elmer Bryan died on July 26, 1968 in Ralls, Texas and Nellie (James) Bryan died on April 14, 1972 in Crosbyton, Texas. Both were buried in the Ralls Cemetery in Ralls, Texas. Fairy Bryan married Bruce Strickland and they had two children: - Linda Strickland, - Vicki Strickland. Fairy (Bryan) Strickland died on August 15, 1991 in Durant, Oklahoma and was buried in the Ralls Cemetery in Ralls, Texas. James Bryan died as a small child on March 2, 1934 in Ralls, Texas and was buried there in the Ralls Cemetery.

References: 1) 1920 Census, Crosby County, Texas; 2) Family Group Sheet by Candi Seaton, August, 1993; 3) Family Group Sheets, Boyce Bryan, October, 1996


Rites Read For Mrs. Bryan In Ralls Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Kate Bryan, 81, of Ralls were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Emma Church of Christ in Ralls Sunday.

Mrs. Bryan died about 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Crosbyton Hospital.

Officiating were Jerry Hestand and James Eubanks. Burial was in Ralls Cemetery.

Mrs. Bryan was born in Childress. She moved to Ralls from Lamar County in 1920.

She is survived by three sons, Sam of Happy and Audy and Boyce, both of Ralls; four daughters, Mrs. Perry Anthony of Plains, Mrs. Phillip Robertson of Batesville, Mrs. Rubye Smith of Crosbyton, and Mrs. Farry Bea Strickland of Ralls; 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Crosbyton Review, April 20, 1972
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum

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