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William Piatt and Emily Bryant/Duke

William C Pyatt was born in February of 1841 in Crawford County, Missouri, to Benjamin and Avis Eggers Piatt. He was married as 'W C Pyatt' to 'Emily Duke' in Crawford County, Missouri, October 24, 1878 by William J Self, JP, at the residence of William Bryant. Emily was born in April of 1839 in Missouri. Some sources list Emily's maiden name as Bryant. I believe that she was the daughter of William Bryan listed in his estate file as 'Emily Duke' and that she was a widow when she married William. That would explain the marriage at the home of William Bryant (her parent) and the family records that she was a Bryant.

William and Emily had the following known child:

On the 1870 census, William was still living with siblings and his widowed mother in Osage Township, Crawford County, Missouri, as follows:

This family was enumerated #103/103 image 14/20 Pg 669. Living nearby were the families of William's married brothers, Daniel Pyatt and Benjamin Pyatt.

William and family appeared as follows in Osage Township, Crawford County, Missouri, on the 1880 census:

Families living nearby included William's brother, Daniel Piatt; his mother and step-father, Avis and Elijah Piatt.

By the 1900 census, they appeared as follows in Osage Township, Crawford County, Missouri:

My guess is that William Chandler is William's nephew, his sister, Mary J's son.

This death certificate looks to me to possibly be the death certificate of 'Emily Bryant Pyatt' with informant her daughter 'E M Lea' of Davisville:
Missouri State Board of Health; Death Certificate #4239; County: Crawford; Township: Osage; City: (blank); Registration District: 1113; File No. 1 ; Primary Registration District: 5317; Registered No: 1; Full Name: Amy Pyatt; Sex: female; Race: white; Marital status: widdow; Date of birth: April 28, 1836 [not the right year: s/b 1839 per 76 year age]; Age: 76 yrs 8 mos ?7 ds; Occupation: Housewife; Birthplace: Mo; Name of Father: William Bryan; Birthplace of Father: Mo.; Maiden name of Mother: We Donít no; Birthplace of Mother: (blank); Informant and address: E. M. ?lea/Ca/Ga?, Davisville; Filed: Feb 1st, 1915 J W Gregory; Date of Death: Jan 23 , 1915; Attended from/to: I hereby certify, that I attended deceased from 7/17, 1915 to 1/23, 1915 that I last saw her alive on 1/23, 1915 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 6 am; Cause of Death and duration: Lobar Pneumonia (blank days); Contributory and duration: advanced age; Physician and address: R. C. Parker, M.D. 1/23, 1915 Dillard, Mo; Place of burial or removal: Martin grave yard; Date of burial: Jan 25, 1915; Undertaker and address: Wm Bithorf, Cherryville

I know that 'Emily' is 'Amy' and that Emily is said to have been born in April of 1839 while Amy was born April of 1836. But, if the deceased was 76 years old, the year should have read April 1839. I think E M Lea, is Eddie M Lea, a neighbor to the Pyatts who was first married to Pearl Collier. He died in 1930 and in 1931 Pearl married James A Pyatt. However, notice that both have the same connection to William Bryan/t. I could not find a headstone for Amy Pyatt in the Martin Cemetery inscriptions which I had hoped might clear up this mystery.


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