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Eliza C. Bryan Simonson
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Birth: 1823, USA
Death: Mar., 1901
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Eliza C. Bryan was the older daughter of Elijah Bryan (dentist) who was born in London, England in 1790 and Margaret Robertson McQueen who was said to have been born in New Jersey about 1800. Margaret was a daughter John McQueen and his wife Helena Willett (c. 1759 to Jan. of 1840) of Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Helena was a daughter of Thomas Willett, Jr. and his wife Ann and Helena's paternal grandparents were Thomas Willett, Sr. and Abigail Stevenson who were married in New York Colony and who grew up in the part of the old Westchester County, New York which is now part of Bronx County, New York, New York.

Eliza's parents married in Manhattan in October of 1818. Eliza's younger sister was Amelia M. Bryan who married Mr. Robert F. W. Robinson at Trinity Episcopal Church in Manhattan about September of 1846. Eliza seems to have been named after her father's mother, Elizabeth Cobbing, the wife of William Bryan.

In July of 1844 Eliza married John Augustus Freeland, Sr. at St. Paul's (Episcopal) Chapel in Manhattan. John Augustus Freeland, Sr. was born July 28, 1807 to Leonard Freeland and Maria Van Deusen, then living in Claverack, Columbia County, New York. John was about 16 years older than Eliza was and he was a dry goods merchant in Manhattan who worked with his first cousin James Freeland who was the senior member of the firm. Both John and James had been born in Claverack, Columbia County, New York and lived there as young men.

Eliza and John had two children - my ancestor Helena Willett Freeland, born Sept. 27, 1846 and John Augustus Freeland, Jr., born in 1850.

In 1853, Eliza's husband John resigned from the firm where his first cousin James Freeland was one of the partners and he purchased a 60 acre gentleman's farm at Greenport in Columbia County, New York.

John Augustus Freeland, Sr. died in December of 1860 at his home in Greenport.

In October of 1864 Eliza remarried. The new groom was Joseph Simonson, Jr., a dry goods merchant at his store on Canal Street in Manhattan. Joe's family lived in Northfield, Staten Island but Joe commuted to Greenport in Columbia County, New York by train on weekends after his marriage to spend time with his new wife Eliza and his two step-children.

Eliza's daughter, Helena Willett Freeland married Charles Alger on January 4, 1866 at the Greenport house. Eliza had three granddaughters and one grandson from this marriage before her daughter died February 5, 1879 of pneumonia at the Allen Street home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Palmer Alger, at Hudson, Columbia County, New York.

The U. S. Census of 1870 finds Eliza living in Greenport, Columbia County, New York with her husband Joseph Simonson, Jr., and her son John Augustus Freeland, Jr. Also listed at the house are Eliza's daughter Helen-Helena Alger, Eliza's son-in-law, Charles Alger, Eliza's granddaughter, three year old Grace Alger, and Eliza's maiden aunt, Miss Ann McQueen who was very old.

The U. S. Census of 1880 finds Eliza listed as a widow while living or visiting with her son John Augustus Freeland, Jr. and his wife Helen (Ella) Harris at the Yonkers, New York hotel which Johnnie managed. Johnnie and two of his sons (one an infant and one 20 years old) predeceased Eliza. Johnnie and his oldest son died at Hudson, New York in 1897.

Eliza died in March of 1901 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while living with her daughter-in-law, Helen, and Eliza's two surviving grandsons and one granddaugher. She is buried at the Hudson City Cemetery at Columbia County, New York. She shares a common headstone with her son Johnnie and his wife Helen and the five unmarried children(four sons and one daugher) of John and Helen. Nearby is the burial spot of Eliza's daughter Helena Willett Freeland, the wife of Charles Alger. Helena is buried with her husband and two of her four children and two of her grandsons who died as infants. There are also Helena's mother-in-law and sister-in-law buried within the fence surrounding the Alger burial spot.

Eliza's first husband, John Augustus Freeland, Sr. died in December of 1860 and was buried at the Hudson City Cemetery. I have not been able to find a date, a place of death, or a burial spot for Eliza's second husband, Joseph Simonson, Jr.

Family links: 
  Elijah Bryan (1790 - 1868)
  Margaret Robertson McQueen Bryan (1800 - 1882)
  John Augustus Freeland (1807 - 1860)
  Helena Willett Freeland Alger (1846 - 1879)*
  John Augustus Freeland (1850 - 1897)*
  Eliza C. Bryan Simonson (1823 - 1901)
  Amelia Margaret Bryan Robinson (1824 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Hudson City Cemetery
Columbia County
New York, USA
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Nov 02, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6901905
Eliza C. <i>Bryan</i> Simonson
Added by: Barbara Doxey
Eliza C. <i>Bryan</i> Simonson
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Added by: Thomas J Fraser
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Dear Eliza,
A family member's widow let me read your diary of 1866. I loved it, but I wish you had included more personal and family information. I think you were wonderful and very determined and brave.
- your great , great gd
 Added: Nov. 2, 2002

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