Margaret Eliza Henderson Outlaw was born 1840 the eldest of 3 known surviving children (2 girls/ 1 boy) born to Dr. William Thomas McKay Outlaw and his wife, Margaret Henderson. Margaret was born in Tennessee, but some sources report she was born in Bertie County, NC.
She was the paternal grandchild of George Outlaw & Frances Lee MacKay; and gr-grandchild of Ralph Outlaw and Mary Holladay, all of Bertie County. She is a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Edward Outlaw Sr. (1650-1714) who immigrated to the Virginia Colonies from England and married Elizabeth Dafnell. On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of James Martin Henderson & Margaret Hill of Granville County, NC.
Margaret's father died in 1854, and on November 25, 1858, the 18-year old married 33-year old John Heritage Bryan, Jr., son of the prominent Hon. John H. Bryan Sr. of Raleigh.
The couple would become parents to 9 known children (4 boys/5 girls):
* Sarah Williams Bryan (1859-1914)
* Mary Shepard Bryan (1862-1941)
* William Henderson Bryan(1866-1892)
* John Heritage Bryan III (1869-1888)
* Margaret Isabel Bryan (1874-1839)
* Victorine Santo Bryan (1876-1877)
* Minnie Speight Bryan (1877-1952)
* Frederick Outlaw Bryan (1879-1898)
* Henry Shepard Bryan (1882-1892).
Following the Civil War, sometime about 1866-1867, Margaret, John, their 3 children left North Carolina and resettled in Brazil where their last 6 children were born. Little is known of their life in Brazil, other than they were known to be in the Petropolis and Campinas areas where their children were born, and where daughter Victorine Santo Bryan died.
The Bryans remained in Brazil for about 20 years, returning to the United States in 1886 and settling again in Raleigh. Whether it was the hardship of the life in Brazil, or just natural causes, many members of the Bryan family died soon after their return to the States. Margaret Outlaw Bryan would bury her husband and all 4 of her sons over the next 12 years. First her son, John III died at age 19 in 1888; then her husband in 1891 at age 66. She lost two sons, William Henderson (age 26) & Henry Shepard (age 10) in 1892; and her last son, Frederick Outlaw Bryan died at age 19 in 1898.
After the death of her husband and sons, Margaret Outlaw Bryan continued to live in Raleigh with her daughters Mary and Minnie, who never married. All of her sons died before marriage, so there are no Bryan descendants of this family. Margaret died in Raleigh in 1912 at age 72, having survived all but three of her daughters.
Her eldest daughter, Sarah William Bryan married Frederick Clinton Lewis of North Carolina, and they resided in Brazil where their only child, Ethel, was born in 1885. Sarah's husband died in 1886, and daughter Ethel died in 1906. Sarah died in 1914 at age 55. Daughter, Mary, never married and was school teacher in Raleigh, passing in 1941 at age 79. Daughter, Margaret, married architect Charles A. Pearson and was mother to 3 known children. She died in 1939 at age 65 and her husband later remarried at age 75. Daughter, Minnie, never married and died in Raleigh in 1852 at age 75.
The Bryan monument in City Cemetery is a square stone base with the names of John Heritage Bryan, Margaret Henderson Bryan, Henry Shepard Bryan and William Henderson Bryan inscribed on each of the 4 sides. The stone appears incomplete, as if an obelisk or some other taller stone was intended to be placed on this base. It is possible, the monument has been eroded by time and the top no longer attached to the base. The graves are located in an iron fenced enclosure which is placed very close to the side of the grave featuring the inscription for John Heritage Bryan. Their daughter, Victorine Santo Bryan (1876-1877) who reportedly was born and died in Brazil, is shown on the index of graves for City Cemetery -- presumed to be a memorial -- but this researcher was unable to locate her grave.
The Bryans are buried next to David W. Stone, son of Gov. David Stone of NC (1808-1810), owner of Hope Plantation in Bertie County. Margaret was related to the Stones through marriage as her father's half-brother, Dr. Joseph Bryan Outlaw, had married into the Stone family when he wed Hannah Turner Stone, daughter of the Governor.
Sarah Williams Bryan Lewis
Mary Shepard Bryan
William Henderson Bryan
John Heritage Bryan
Margaret Isabel Bryan Pearson
Victorine Santo Bryan
Minnie Speight Bryan
Frederick Outlaw Henderson Bryan
Henry Shepard Bryan
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