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Jennings "Bryan" Gilreath[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

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  • Nickname  Bryan 
    Born  10 Oct 1896  , Gilreath, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
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    Gender  Male 
    Census: Federal  15 Jun 1900  , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • 1) Marcus Gilreath, head, white male age 36, married 9 years, born Apr 1864 in NC, parents born in NC, farmer, rented farm #86
      2) Thena L. Gilreath, wife, white female age 27, mother of 4 kids, all living, born Aug 1872 in NC, father born in NC, mother born in IN
      3) Lundia T. Gilreath, daughter, single white female age 8, born Jul 1891 in NC, attended school 2 months
      4) Wade H. Gilreath, son, single white male age 5, born Jun 1894 in NC
      5) Bryant J. Gilreath, son, single white male age 3, born Oct 1896 in NC
      6) Chloe V. Gilreath, daughter, single white female age 2, born Feb 1898 in NC
    Move  Between 1901 and 1910  10th Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census: Federal  Apr 1910  10th Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • 1) Marcus L. Gilreath, head, white male age 46, married 19 years, born in NC, parents born in NC, shoe maker, own shop, rents a house
      2) Thena L. Gilreath, wife, white female age 37, mother of 5 kids, 4 living, born in NC, father born in NC, mother born in IN
      3) Lundy T. Gilreath, daughter, single white female age 18, born in NC, sales lady, attended school
      4) Wade H. Gilreath, son, single white male age 15, born in NC, attended school
      5) Jennings B. Gilreath, son, single white male age 13, born in NC, attended school
      6) Clora V. Gilreath, daughter, single white female age 11, born in NC, attended school
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    Education  1912-1915  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    North Wilkesboro Graded School 
    Religion  From 19 May 1918 to 20 Jan 1964  510 D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 14, 15
    First Baptist Church 
    • Mr. J. B. Gilreath was received by Baptism.
    World War I Service Draft Registration  5 Jun 1918  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    World War I 
    • Serial Number: 88
      Registration Number: 187
      Name in full: Jennings Bryan Gilreath, age 21
      Date of Birth: October 10th 1896
      Where born: Wilkes County, N.C., U.S.A.
      Citizenship: I am a native of the United States
      Father's birthplace: Wilkes County, N.C., U.S.A.
      Name of Employer: Southern R.R.
      Place of Employment: N. Wilkesboro, N.C.
      Name of nearest relative: M.L. Gilreath
      Address of nearest relative: N. Wilkesboro, N.C.
      Race: white
      Height: Tall
      Weight: Slender
      Color of eyes: light blue
      Color of hair: light
      Lost a foot, arm, leg, hand, eye: no
      Registrar: Mabel Hendren
      Date of registration: June 5th 1918
    Census: Federal  25 Jan 1920  Main Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • 1) Markas L. Gilreath, head, married white male age 55, born in NC, parents born in NC, maker of shoes, owns a home
      2) Lindey T. Gilreath, daughter, married white female age 28, married, born in NC
      3) Bryan J. Gilreath, son, single white male age 23, born in NC, billing clerk for Southern Railroad
      4) Chloe V. Gilreath, daughter, married white female age 20, married, born in NC
      5) John F. Rhodes, son-in-law, married white male age 38, married, born in NC, parents born in NC, salesman for dry goods store
      6) Bessie Chloe Rhodes, daughter, single white female age 1 month, born in NC
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    Census: Federal  9 Apr 1930  B Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • 1) Marcus L. Gilreath, head, white male age 65, owns a $10,000 home and has a radio, married at age 26, born in NC, parents born in NC, proprietor of shoe repair shop, not a veteran
      2) Thena L. Gilreath, wife, white female age 57, married at age 18, born in NC, father born in NC, mother born in IN
      3) Jennings B. Gilreath, son, white male age 33, born in NC, express agent for Southern Railway, not a veteran
      4) Linda Hendren, boarder, single white female age 22, born in NC, parents born in NC, stenographer for upholstry factory
      5) Grace Poe, boarder, single white female age 20, born in NC, parents born in NC, sales lady for 5&10 store
      6) J.A. Stenkel?, boarder, single white male age 47, born in NC, parents born in NC, shoe repairer at shoe shop, not a veteran
      7) John F. Rhodes, boarder, white male age 49, married at 37, born in NC, parents born in NC, salesman for wholesale grocery store, not a veteran
      8) Lunda T. Rhodes, boarder, white female age 38, married at 26, born in NC, parents born in NC, stenographer for wholesale grocery store
      9) Bessie C. Rhodes, boarder, single white female age 10, born in NC, parents born in NC
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    Move  Abt 1936  507 E Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • The house at this address was sold to the Baptist church across the street after Bryan's death. It was torn down and made into a parking lot to accommodate the expansion of the church.
    Directory Listing  1939-1940  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • "Gilreath J Bryan (Gayle B), clk Sou Ry, h 507 E"
    Directory Listing  1948-1949  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • "Gilreath J Bryan (Gail B), cash Sou Ry, h 507 E"
    Directory Listing  1953-1954  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • "Gilreath J Bryan (Gail B), cash Sou Ry, h 507 E"
    Directory Listing  1959  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    • "GILREATH J BRYAN (Gail B) H cash Ry Exp Agcy & Sou Ry & mem N Wboro Bd of Educn h 507 E [phone] 286"
    Occupation  1918-1964  [2, 3, 7, 9
    clerk and express agent for Southern Railway & Express Company 
    Died  20 Jan 1964  1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 14
    Cause: infarction, myocardium acute (48 hrs.) 
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    Funeral  22 Jan 1964  510 D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    First Baptist Church 
    • "In memory of Jennings Bryan Gilreath, October 10, 1896 - January 20, 1964, First Baptist Church, North Wilkesboro, Wednesday 10:00 A.M. January 22, 1964, Clergyman: Rev. R. F. Smith, Jr., Interment at Mountlawn Memorial Park"
    Membership  Knights of Pythias 
    Buried  22 Jan 1964  Mountlawn Memorial Park, Fairplains, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
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    Obituary  23 Jan 1964  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Journal-Patriot 
    • "Bryan Gilreath Rites Held: Jennings Bryan Gilreath, 67, of 507 E Street, North Wilkesboro, died at noon Monday in Wilkes General Hospital. He had been hospitalized following a heart attack at his home Saturday night. He was born in Wilkes County October 10, 1896, son of M. L. and Vennie Hendren Gilreath. He held a position with Southern Railway for 45 years and was in charge of express at North Wilkesboro depot prior to retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, also the Knights of Pythias Lodge and Dokies Club. He was active in Y.M.C.A. work and in sports programs, including Little League and Pony League Baseball here. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gail Bumgarner Gilreath; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Jane Bishop of Macon, Ga., and Mrs. Rebecca Gail Barefield of Atlanta, Ga.; a grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. John Rhodes of West Jefferson and Mrs. T. K. Thomas of New York City. Funeral service was conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. R. F. Smith Jr. Burial was in Mountlawn Memorial Park."
    Notes 
    • Bryan grew up on the Brushy Mountain in North Carolina, the third of five children. His youngest sister died as an infant. When he was still a boy, Bryan's father was injured in a hunting accident. After that, he and his family moved in town to Wilkesboro, where his father opened a shoe repair shop.

      Bryan was commonly known as the family dare-devil. His sister once commented that she and her siblings never got to play with many toys because Bryan got them first and broke them or hurt himself on them, thereby earning the nickname of "Crip." When he was young, he and some friends set off bottle rockets. While setting one off, he tripped and fell. Before he could clear the area, the rocket went off and blinded him in his left eye. This later precluded him from serving in World War I. In fact, he was injured so often that he would began going straight to the doctor's office instead of going home first. His injuries did not deter him, however, from experimenting with various machinery and equipment. He owned the first automobile in Wilkes County, and flew airplanes for fun. He even owned the local airport and had an open cockpit airplane.

      Bryan completed school through the 9th grade, and then started working for Southern Railway to help support the family. He worked there for over 45 years, handling the express shipments. Bryan was well known in the community for his friendly, outgoing spirit, and was much loved by his two children. He coached Little League Baseball and was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge. In his free time, Bryan played bridge and poker, and enjoyed going to "the show" in town.
    • (Medical):See attached sources. [7]
    Person ID  I189  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Father  Marcus Leander Gilreath,   b. 11 Apr 1864, , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1936, , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Thenia Lavenia Hendren,   b. 27 Aug 1872, , Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1945, , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  10 Oct 1890  , , Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F130  Group Sheet

    Family  Abigail Bumgarner,   b. 18 May 1904, , Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1972, 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Nov 1933  Woodland Boulevard, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 9, 15, 23, 24
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    Marriage Announcement  20 Nov 1933  , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Journal-Patriot 
    • "Miss Bumgarner Is Bride Of Mr. Bryan Gilreath: Ceremony Is Performed At The Home of Bride's Parents; Out Of Town Guests:
      A wedding of much interest to a wide circle of friends, and coming as a complete surprise, was solemnized Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents in Wilkesboro, when Miss Gail Bumgarner became the bride of Jennings Bryan Gilreath, of this city. Rev. S. S. Jennings officiated, using the impressive ring ritual.
      The home was artistically decorated for the ceremony in a nuptial setting of green and white. In the living room, where the vows were spoken, an altar was improvised of white Chrysanthemums, candles, ferns and other greenery.
      The bride and bridegroom entered together unattended while the wedding march was played by Mrs. R. O. Poplin, a sister of the bride. The bride was becomingly attired in a brown crepe travelling suit, with accessories to match. She wore a corsage of talisman roses.
      Mr. and Mrs. Gilreath left immediately after the ceremony for a motor trip to Washington, New york, Niagra Falls and other points of interest and upon their return will be at home in North Wilesboro after December the first.
      Mrs. Gilreath is an accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Linville Bumgarner and has been assistant register of deeds of Wilkes county for a number of years. She is also a justice of the peace and has made a record for herself in officiating at nearly five hundred marriages.
      Mr. Gilreath, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Gilreath, of this city, holds a responsible position as agent for the Southern Express company at North Wilkesboro.
      The wedding was attended by immediate members of both families and a few intimate friends. Among those present from out of town were: Mrs. Kent Thomas, of New York, a sister of the groom; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Riley, of Chapel Hill; Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Poplin, of Ronda; Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Jennings, of Statesville, and Miss Pearl Bumgarner of High Point."
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Rebecca Gail Gilreath,   b. 28 Jul 1940, 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F87  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Oct 1896 - , Gilreath, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - Between 1901 and 1910 - 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - Apr 1910 - 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - North Wilkesboro Graded School - 1912-1915 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - First Baptist Church - From 19 May 1918 to 20 Jan 1964 - 510 D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWorld War I Service Draft Registration - World War I - 5 Jun 1918 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 25 Jan 1920 - Main Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 9 Apr 1930 - B Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Nov 1933 - Woodland Boulevard, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Announcement - The Journal-Patriot - 20 Nov 1933 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - Abt 1936 - 507 E Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory Listing - 1939-1940 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory Listing - 1948-1949 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory Listing - 1953-1954 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory Listing - 1959 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: infarction, myocardium acute (48 hrs.) - 20 Jan 1964 - 1370 West D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - First Baptist Church - 22 Jan 1964 - 510 D Street, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Jan 1964 - Mountlawn Memorial Park, Fairplains, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Journal-Patriot - 23 Jan 1964 - , North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S71] "Marcus Leander Gilreath Family Bible", Marcus Leander Gilreath, (location unknown, photocopy of the original hand-written inscription is in the possession of Gail Rich Nestor.), "William Jennings Bryan Gilreath was born October the 10th 1896".

    2. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., marriage announcement for Bryan and Gail Gilreath, vol. XXVI, no. 103, Monday, 20 Nov 1933, page 5.

    3. [S806] North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (Vital Records, Raleigh, North Carolina), certificate of birth for Rebecca Gail Gilreath, registration district 97-60, certificate 118, vol. 26, page 558.

    4. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Marcus Leander Gilreath, vol. XXX, no. 54, Monday, 13 Apr 1936, page 1.

    5. [S815] Wilkes County, North Carolina, Delayed Birth Certificates, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Courthouse), delayed certificate of birth for Jennings Bryan Gilreath (1896), certificate no. 474, issued 20 Jul 1944.

    6. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Mrs. Venie Hendren Gilreath, vol. 40, no. 45, Thursday, 11 Oct 1945, page 1.

    7. [S806] North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (Vital Records, Raleigh, North Carolina), certificate of death for Jennings Bryan Gilreath, registration district no. 97-60, registrar's certificate no. 9, 1964.

    8. [S799] First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, funeral program for Jennings Bryan Gilreath (1964), Reins - Sturdivant, Inc., Funeral Directors.

    9. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Bryan Gilreath, vol. 57, no. 77, Thursday, 23 Jan 1964, page 1.

    10. [S171] Mountlawn Memorial Park, Fairplains (North Wilkesboro Township), Wilkes County, North Carolina, grave marker for Bryan Gilreath, section H, lot 18, space 7, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 13 Jan 2004.

    11. [S2] A Genealogy of Stephen Bumgarner 1811-1901, Flora B. Friend, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Hunter Publishing Company, 1983), 144.

    12. [S1736] 1900 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Digital images, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), T623, roll 1224, Brushy Mountain Township, enumeration district (ED) 144, sheet 5B, dwelling 85, family 86, Marcus Gilreath household, accessed 14 Jan 2011, 14 Jan 2011.

    13. [S1387] 1910 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006), T624, roll 1135, North Wilkesboro Township, enumeration district (ED) 173, sheet 17B, dwelling 362, family 539, Marcus Leander Gilreath household, accessed 18 Jul 2008, 18 Jul 2008.

    14. [S799] First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, membership record no. 209.

    15. [S805] Wilkes County, North Carolina, Marriage Record Books, Register of Deeds, (County Courthouse, Wilkesboro, North Carolina), certificate of marriage for Bryan Gilreath and Gail Bumgarner, 19 Nov 1933.

    16. [S208] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital images, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), card for Jennings Bryan Gilreath, North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina.

    17. [S1365] 1920 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T625, roll 1329, North Wilkesboro Township, enumeration district (ED) 180, sheet 4B, dwelling 84, family 87, Markas L. Gilreath household, accessed 7/18/2008, 18 Jul 2008.

    18. [S1343] 1930 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wilkes County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), T626, roll 1728, North Wilkesboro Township, enumeration district (ED) 18, p. 10A, dwelling 172, family 191, Marcus L. Gilreath household, accessed 18 Jul 2008, 18 Jul 2008.

    19. [S466] North Wilkesboro, North Carolina City Directory, (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Public Library), vol. I: 1939-1940, page 141, entry for Bryan Gilreath family.

    20. [S466] North Wilkesboro, North Carolina City Directory, (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Public Library), vol. II: 1948-1949, page 145, entry for Bryan Gilreath family.

    21. [S466] North Wilkesboro, North Carolina City Directory, (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Public Library), vol. III: 1953-1954, page 140, entry for Bryan Gilreath family.

    22. [S466] North Wilkesboro, North Carolina City Directory, (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Public Library), vol. 2: 1959 Master Edition, ABCD no. 841, page 354, entry for Bryan Gilreath family.

    23. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., birth announcement for Rebecca Gail Gilreath, Monday, 29 Jul 1940, Local News section.

    24. [S142] The Journal-Patriot, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on microfilm, (Wilkesboro, North Carolina: Wilkes County Community College Library), M 071.756 Jou., obituary for Gail Bumgarner Gilreath, vol. 65, no. 68, Monday, 24 Jan 1972, page 1.