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Sometimes you have to be creative with spellings when you’re hunting for your family. This is certainly the case with the Bryants on the maternal side of my family. I was trying to find out more about my great-grandmother Rachel Bryant and was reviewing records of her father — my great-great-grandfather– Crawford Bryant. As I was searching, I noticed that ancestry.com was suggesting that I look at records connected to Crawford Bryan.

Until then, I had hit a lull with my research on this side, but dropping the ‘t’ opened up a lot. I did a bit more digging on Crawford Bryan and found him listed on three property tax lists. He and his father — my great-great-great-grandfather — Aaron Bryan(t) were both sharecroppers working in Florence, Ga. for the same employer.

This Georgia property tax digest shows my great-great-grandfather Crawford Bryan (also known as Crawford Bryant) and his father Aaron, both sharecroppers who work for John Perkins. Also listed on the digest is John Dobbins, brother-in-law to Crawford. John's sister Laura was my great-great-grandmother.

This Georgia property tax digest, taken sometime between 1883 and 1887 in Florence, Ga., shows my great-great-grandfather Crawford Bryan (also known as Crawford Bryant) and his father Aaron, both sharecroppers who work for John Perkins. Also listed on the digest is John Dobbins, brother-in-law to Crawford. John’s sister Laura was my great-great-grandmother.

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