Biography of Marcus Bryant of Princeton, Illinois

Marcus Bryant, deceased, Princeton, was born March 21, 1842, in Princeton, Ill. He was a son of Cyrus and Julia (Everett) Bryant. Cyrus Bryant was a brother of William Cullen Bryant, our American poet. The genealogy of the Bryant family appears in this work. Mrs. Julia (Everett) Bryant was a daughter of James and Phebe (Clark) Everett. Her brother, James S. Everett, is yet living in Princeton.

Marcus Bryant was educated in the town of his nativity. His early life was spent on his father’s farm, and farming was his main occupation in life. As most of the Bryants, from whom he inherited many noble traits of head and heart, he loved the country and was therefore a farmer. While on the farm he was fond of the woods and loved to admire nature in its most beautiful temple. I after life he was engaged as a grain merchant. He was a man whose word was never doubted; his character was a shining light and his memory will be cherished by those who knew him. he died at his home in Princeton, February 27, 1867.

He was married December 19, 1868, in Dixon, Lee Co., Ill., to Miss Kezia McGinnis, who was born March 11, 1840, in New York City. She is a daughter of Stewart McGinnis, a native of Ireland, who was supposed to have died in New Orleans. He was a lumber merchant and architect by occupation. her mother was Mary (Law) McGinnis; she was also a native of Ireland and is yet living. She is a daughter of David and Kezia (Hillis) Law, both natives of Ireland. The former was a farmer, and died in Dixon, Lee Co., Ill, where the latter, who was born July 2, 1782, yet resides, aged over one hundred and one years. She is the mother of eight children. Mary (Law) McGinnis is the mother of four children, viz.: Margaret, James, William and Mrs. Kezia Bryant, the widow of the subject of this sketch. She is the mother of two children, viz.: Grace M., born November 4, 1869, and Alice M., born December 7, 1871.

Mrs. Bryant yet resides on the old homestead, which contains over 300 acres, pleasantly situated in the southern part of Princeton.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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