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Query: Fred and Roanne Bryant at Bearwallow Cemetery

From Ron Hege

My name is Ron Hege from Indianapolis Indiana.

My Grandfather and Grandmother are buried in this cemetery. I remember being there to visit the spot in about 1955. Their names were Fred Bryant and Roanne Bryant. They had a total of 12 children, one of which was my mother. Ida.

When I was there - Fred and Roanne were buried just off to the left and out about 30 feet of the entrance of the church at the base of a tree. Grandpa made their stones himself. They were flat stones - thin. engraved by hand. Very hard to read.

Everyone who knew my grandpa called him Fed, not Fred. He and some other men ran a business of making shingles out in the nearby woods. Fred was also a farmer who owned about 40 acres nearby. Roanne was 1/2 Cherokee Indian - daughter of Sally Goodin, full blooded Cherokee Mid Wife from the same area.

I've always believed that the song "Sally Goodin" was written about my great grandma by Fred Bryant. Of course there's no way I can prove that . Grandpa was a popular 5 string banjo player around that area. He even made his own banjos.

My mother Ida, told me many times of him playing the song "Sally Goodin" which would have been about his mother in law.
He played the banjo claw hammer style. Grandma and Grandpa died 1918 and 1921 from the old time flu.

I've only been to the cemetery one time and was never at their farm. I wasn't born till 1939 and sadly never met either one of them.

If anyone down there knows anything at all about my folks, would you please give them my email address.

Thanks a lot,

s/Ron Hege
1302 Woodlawn AV
Indianapolis, IN. 46203
(317) 635-8056

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