James Calvin Bryant Elliott’s Brigade, Co H 23rd

James Calvin Bryant, a very successful merchant and a leading citizen of early Loris, was one of six children born in Marion County, SC, to Stephen D and Martha F Bryant. The 1850 county census records show J.C.Bryant, as he was later known, as being born on March 8 1846; however, his tombstone, located in the Green Sea cemetery, shows his birthdate as 1843. No records have been found concerning Bryant during his early years until he enlisted in the Civil War on March 3 1863. It is believed he may have changed the year of his birth by the time he enlisted in Elliott’s Brigade, Co.H, 23rd Ret. in Wilmington, NC. Young bryant served only six months before he was listed as absent because of sickness. He continued to be reported absent because of sickness until he was admitted to Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On February 13, 1865, Bryant was discharged because of sickness.
On October 5, 1866, J C Bryant was married to Nancy S Mincey by the Rev. Matthew Martin and records show on August 2, 1867 he purchased 100 acres of land for $150. It is believed this land was in the Green Sea Township because in 1881 he built the Old Bryant Home in Green Sea. Records of 1880 show Bryant living on 100 acres of land in the Green Sea Township.
Between 1866 and 1881, J C and Nancy Bryant became the parents of eight children and they lived in the Green Sea Township until he purchased property in Loris on December 29, 1899. The first house the Bryants lived in in Loris was located at the intersection of Main and Broad St. The Bryants lived in this house until about 1907 when he purchased the farm and home where Mrs. Lena Bryant once lived. They lived in the Lena Bryant home until Nancy Bryant died in 1914. After his wife’s death, J.C. Bryant lived with his daugther and son in law, Eva Mae and Dan W Hardwick.
J C Bryant was a clever businessman and was a leader in many of the early businesses in Loris. He was an active leader in the building of the Methodist church, It is said that Bryant furnished, cut and delivered the lumber used to build the church which was later moved and given to the local black members of the Methodist church. As long as he owned the JC Bryant Lumber company, Bryant supplied, cut and delivered firewood to the local Methodist preachers.
In September, 1902. J C Bryant helped sponsor a basket picnic for anyone interested in promoting the idea of building a tobacco warehouse. $1500.75 was received and the warehouse had its opening sale on July 26, 1905.
At his death, J C Bryant left an estate valued at $42158.06 to his six surviving children and two surviving children of his deceased daughter.
An article on the front page of the Horry Herald on May 18, 1916 stated, “Man of Affairs has Passed Away. President of the J C Bryant Co. of Loris for a number of years. Mr. J C Bryant, for many years the president of The J C Bryant Company, a leading mercantile concern located at Loris, departed this life on the afternoon of May 12 at an advanced age. He had been unable, owing to ill health, to attend to any active affairs for some time before his death. He was a veteran of the Civil War, a past Master in the Masonic Fraternity and was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was successful in business and was a leading citizen of his time. He is survived by several children, all grown to womanhood and manhood. The interment took place at Green Sea, the old home place of Mr. Bryant on last Saturday at 4:00 pm.”
James Calvin and Nancy Mincey Bryant’s children, Mandy Mellie, Simpkons D, Francis Elmina, James Aldolphus, Warren Carl, Eva Mae, Jennie E and Nancy Adeline, have left many descendents in the Loris area. Mandy Mellie married John A McDermott and they were the parents of 2 children, Maude who died as a child and Johnny who died shortly after his birth. Mandy Mellie Bryant died about the time of the birth of Johnny. Simpkons D Bryant married Emma Jenkins and they were the parents of Nell who married Bernard Peal, Albert who married Oleta Fore, and Elise who married a Mr. Humphery. Francis Elmina Bryant married J Quincey Graham and they were the parents of Blanche who married Doc Prince, Ernest who married Sarah, Ruth who married H. Clay Hughes, James who married Janie Marsh, Fannie who married C.P.Brewer, Ruby who was first marreid to Poe Hickmand and after his death to John Spell, Gladys who married Frank Barbour, Joe who married Lucille Cater, and Clarabelle who married Pete Nocek. James Alfolphus Bryant married Blanche Harreson and they were the parents of Roscoe who married Lena Carter, Douglas who married Frances McCorkle, and Hubert who married Doris. Warren Carl Bryant married Rebecca Elizabeth Watson and they were they parents of James Thomas who married Dorothy Jennings, Frosty Bell who married Quince Grainger, Warren Ralph who married Emma Shelley, William Penn who married Janie Weaver, Ethel Bernice who married Averet Hayes, Edwin Earl who married Vera Shelley, John Calvin who married Cornell Allen, Cordelia who married John Alexander, Robert Eldridge who married Austin Grainger, Bruce who married Essie Mae Thompkins, and Rebecca who married Raymond Loch. Eva Mae Bryant married Dan W Hardwick and they were the parents of D. W who never married and Nathan Everett who married Nell Winesette. Jennie E Bryant married D.F. McGougan and they were the parents of John Monroe who married Velma Bell and James who married Sarah Powell, Nancy Adeline Bryant married Albert F Cannon and they were the parents of Dorothy Genevieve who never married, Frank Cannon who married Grace Fowler, Cecile Elouise who never married, and James Bryant Cannon who married Suedell Norris