Welcome to my genealogy page of BRIENNE, O'BRIEN AND BRYANT/ SUDDENS/DONAGHUE. My name is HELENA GRACE BLOMFIELD and I am trying to trace my maternal genealogy tree . I am not a genealogist, but just very interested in my family roots, and hopefully putting my very meagre pieces of BRYANT FAMILY information online, some more of the puzzle will slip into place.....information here is gleaned from mainly my late Mother- ROSANNA MAUDE NELLIE BRYANT. From what I can gather to date and been told by family members , our NEW ZEALAND branch of BRYANTS, where among the first wave of settlers landing at PORT VICTORIA, [LYTTELTON] SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND, on the vessel RANDOLPH IN 1850? . but to date I cannot vouch this information is 100% correct, then again I have been told several families came out together...so, still looking for them...... If any members of this branch of the family tree, has any more info please tell!! Thomas and Jane above married at the Manse Lytteton, in 1872
The origin of our particular branch of 'BRYANTS' is rather intruiging to say the least, and I find all these pieces of information about our gallant and very brave ancestors most fascinating. The BRYANTS ( Brienne) evidently originated from a village between FRANCE and GERMANY. They were FRENCH HUGUENOTS, and as history relates to us these folk had to flee for their very lives during the persecution of their faith. Then on to IRELAND/SCOTLAND they have also been traced to COUNTY CLARE- IRELAND. My cousin the late PHIL BRYANT was very into this study of the origin of the Bryant name and the French Hugenots. Here the story of persucution carries on in horrific subhuman treatment of the Irish by the greedy English land grabbers, the utter misery and starvation in the POTATO FAMINE, the lucky ones escaped by migrating to other lands, anything was beter than the slow degrading death of starvation in their country of birth, where the story of human rights makes a shameful blot in the history of the UK, a horrific story of genocide. But our Family branch as far as I can ascertain originates in Scotland, see the SCOTTISH CONNECTION On to to NEW ZEALAND where our kin were amongst the very first settlers of this country they arrived on one of the first four ships to enter LYTTETON HARBOUR, SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND. ( not 100% SURE ON THAT) check out the SCOTTISH CONNECTION
JAMES WOODLAND SEYMOUR BRYANT, PATERNAL MY GRAND FATHER.(D).son of Thomas Michael Bryant and Jane Suddens
MY GRAND MOTHER, CLARA HELENA HEDWIG LANGE.
NELLIE ROSANNA BRYANT 1914-2003, YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF CLARA HELENA LANGE AND JAMES BRYANT.....(d) son of Thomas Michael and Jane Suddens
THE BOER WAR.
BRYANT HERBERT HENRY....
..8 TH CONTINGENT..NORTH ISLAND REGIMENT..PRIVATE...N0 5187'FARMER'
THE CHRISTCHURCH MILITIA-1860,
men residing 15 miles from the Land Office CH CH.
ages between 18-60
BRYANT JAMES - FERRY ROAD- MARINER.
BRYANT THOMAS- WOODEND-BUSHMAN.
BRYANT WILLIAM-JACKSON ROAD-LYTTELTON-STOREMAN.
COUNTY CLARE LIBRARY.
CHATEAU BRIENNE FRANCE
THE GREAT FAMINE.
THOMAS (TOM) MICHAEL , Harbour Master, LYTTELTON HARBOUR.
HENRY SEYMORE BRYANT married PEARL HARVEY
ALICE BRYANT 1898- married JackChanning
JAMES WOODLAND BRYANT 5/51877 married CLARA HELENA HEDWIG LANGE 1876 married 27/3/1901 at the House of Anton William Malmquvist LYTTELTON ..WITNESSES:Charles George Lange Farmer in Marshlands ( brother) and H Bryant Labourer at Salts Gulley LYTTETON
I have in my possession a memorial card below, which came via my Grandmother Clara Bryant
In Loving Memory: ofHILDA JANESELANDER, dearly beloved daughter of CHARLES OSCARSELANDER, and ELIZABETH (BRYANT) died November 23rd, 1923, aged 21yrs.interred at the Public Cemetery, LYTTELTON.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS MICHAEL BRYANT AND JANE SUDDENS
ELIZABETH NEWMAN BRYANT 1876 married CHARLES OSCAR SELANDER
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Greatgrand parents Thomas Michael Bryant 1848/Janes Suddens 1850 married Lytteton SI NZ...GGGrandparents Thomas Michael Bryant LONDON1847/ Elizabeth Donaghue