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Saturday, August 17, 2019

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan

Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan and her daughter, Laura Frances Bryan Martin

Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan, a tintype found in
Terrell Bryan's family Bible

Sarah Margaret Wimberly was born in Twiggs County, Georgia on February 23, 1828. She was the daughter of William Wimberly and Lucy Smith Lawson and the second of nine children born to this union. Sarah's mother died in 1844 and William Wimberly married Mary Angelina Pittman, widow to both John William Roberts and John Westly Hinton. She had two children (Martha Roberts and John W. Hinton, Jr.) when she married William Wimberly. Six children were born to that union. 

To Sarah Margaret Wimberly from her mother's sister, Martha S. Lawson, October 23, 1839

Sarah and Joseph Bryan were married on December 4, 1845, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They had eight children.

Marguerite Cook Clark was told by her mother and Aunt Alice Bryan Williams that Sarah was a little woman and was very kind. She said Uncle Albert remembered Sarah's ginger cookies. 

Laura Frances Bryan Martin wrote this after her mother's passing. A transcription is below.

The hearthstone is vacant the homestead is drear    
The loved one is gone who on earth was most dear   
Her voice is now silent  her work is all done
But her life of rejoicing is just now begun
I am lonely without her but death hath no power to sever our spirits for even one hour
The body may moulder
The spirit may fly 
Up to the mansions of glory on high
Yet there is a union as sweet and as near
As ever existed while even thou wast here
That union of spirit life Jesus hath given
To all the dear Saints on earth and in Heaven
Oh mother I love thee they teachings I love
I love thy devotion so like that above. 
I love our hearts union which nothing can sever
I have loved thee on earth and I'll love thee forever

Sarah's obituary was written by Reverand Thomas J. Martin Sr., Sarah's son-in-law. She died on October 4, 1904 and is buried in the Wimberly Cemetery. 

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© 2019 Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn. 

Wimberly, Vera. Wimberly Family History: Ancestors, Relatives, and Descendants of William Wimberly, Pioneer from Georgia to Louisiana, 1837. Houston, Tex.: D. Armstrong, 1979. Print. 

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