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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Three Bryan Cemetery Monuments Beautifully Restored in Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Elizabeth Regan Bryan, Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly, Reddick Bryan

The earliest marked
grave in this cemetery
In the fall of 2017, my distant cousin, Jane Stewart Slater, sent photos of damaged cemetery monuments in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Jane and I are both descendants of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan who settled near Ringgold in 1838. A large tree had fallen and damaged Reddick and Elizabeth's cemetery monuments along with the monument for their daughter, Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly. 

In March 2018, I posted #52ancestors Post Twelve: The Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish - History, Photographs, and Disrepair and later posted Repairing Cemetery Stones in Bienville's Bryan Cemetery. By June 2018, descendants of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan donated enough funds to begin repair of the monuments. 

Jason Campbell at Campbell Monument Company in Provencal, Louisiana accepted the job. Elizabeth Bryan's monument was quickly repaired at the cemetery. Reddick Bryan's needed a small excavator to remove it and this was hampered by many months of bad weather. Both his monument and Georgia's needed to be repaired away from the cemetery. 

Thank you to Jason Campbell for the amazing restoration, to Jane Stewart Slater for making all arrangments, and to the descendants of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan who donated the needed funds. 

The pictures below show the now beautifully restored monuments as well as the damaged condition of each monument before restoration. 

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