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Col. John Bryner
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"Bugle Echoes" by Col. John Bryner (1905)
The Story of the 47th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

The 47th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was active from August 16, 1861 to January 21, 1866.

from the Portrait and Biographical Album of Peoria County (1890)...

Col. John Bryner, deceased, came to Peoria as early as 1845, and subsequently became identified with its mercantile interests. After the war broke out he offered his services to the Government, and as a commissioned officer in the Union army afforded valuable assistance in suppressing the rebellion, and won a distinguished military record. He was at one time a conspicuous figure in public life, and in various ways forwarded the highest interests of the community, and his death was a serious loss to the citizenship of city and county.

Col. Bryner was born in Juniata County, Pa., October 6, 1820, and was a son of George and Catherina (Motzer) Bryner. His father was born January 5, 1787, and died January 9, 1823. His marriage with the mother of our subject was solemnized April 16, 1805. She was born October 28, 1787, and died September 1, 1833.

Our subject was early left an orphan, and was brought up by an uncle. He entered a dry—goods store as an errand boy, and from early youth was familiarized with the business, and for a number of years after marriage carried it on. In the spring of 1845 he removed, with his family, to Peoria, and became book—keeper for the firm of Vories & Daughterty, and was thus engaged for a short time, when he was obliged to give up all cares and responsibilities on account of ill—health. After leaving Mr. Daugherty’s employ he became book—keeper for D. Gurney & Co., and remained with that firm a year. At the expiration of that time he formed a co—partnership with William McLean, under the firm name of McLean & Bryner, and they engaged in the leather trade together until 1861. While in the latter business he was elected Sheriff of Peoria County, which office he filled very acceptably for two terms.

The breaking out of the war gave our subject opportunity for the exercise of his great executive talent, and his knowledge of military tactics, which he had gained in connection with the National Blues, of which militia company he was Captain. He entered the services of the Government in October, 1861, was commissioned Colonel, and organized the Forty—Seventh Illinois Regiment, which he commanded until the siege of Corinth, he having thoroughly drilled his troops, so that they acted with the coolness, courage and efficiency of veterans in their various encounters with the enemy. After the capture of Corinth the Colonel was taken sick and was obliged to resign his commission at Rienzi, Miss., September 2, 1862.

After his return from the seat of war, Col. Bryner still continued to do good service in the cause of his country, although he was incapacitated for active work on the field, and he assisted in organizing and sending to the front the Eighty—fifth, Eighty—sixth, One Hundred and Third, One Hundred and Eighth and One Hundred and Twelfth Regiments, and had charge of the camp here. When the One Hundred and Thirty—ninth, a hundred—day regiment, was organized, he accepted a commission as First Lieutenant and Assistant Quartermaster. While in camp at Cairo his old regiment, the Forty—seventh, which had been reduced to four companies, came home on veteran leave from the Red River expedition and visited him in a body. His old comrades—in—arms showed their love for their old leader by doing him the great honor of presenting a petition, signed by every officer and member of the command, requesting him to reorganize and take command of his old regiment. He accepted the great mark of their respect and esteem, and gaining permission from Gov. Yates, raised six new companies, and went into camp at Springfield, the four veteran companies having been ordered to join Gen. Smith’s command in front of Spanish Fort before the defenses of Mobile.

But the Colonel’s illustrious career was already overshadowed by his approaching death, and while yet in the prime of a noble manhood he was called upon to give up his life that was so precious to his country, to his beloved family and his many warm friends. After the completion of the organization of the regiment he was taken suddenly ill at the Chenery House, in Springfield, and on the 19th of March, 1865, he passed away universally regretted. Every honor possible was paid to the dead man’s memory, and all that was mortal of him was borne to its final resting—place in Peoria, the funeral ceremonies being witnessed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Our subject was a man of marked public spirit, and his hand was noted in the promotion of any and every feasible scheme for the common good. Of a frank, genial and tender nature, he was generous, sympathizing and considerate, and no one ever appealed to him in vain for aid if suffering or needy. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and was always active in its every good work. Before the war he assisted in the organization of Calvary Mission in a railroad car, and to his earnestness and devotion it owed much of its success. In commemoration of his patriotic services during the war, Bryner Post, G. A. R., organized October 8, 1879, was named in his honor.

Col. Bryner was happily married September 15, 1842, to Miss Rebecca, daughter of James and Rachel (Jordan) North, of Mifflintown, Pa. The North family came of an old and distinguished family of England, being descendants of Lord North. Mrs. Bryner is a native of Juniata County, Pa., where she was born October 28, 1824. Her father died when she was but two years old, while her mother lived to the advanced age of eighty—six years. Mrs. Bryner is living alone in a pleasant, attractive home on Ellis Street, Peoria. She is a woman of fine character, who has suffered and sacrificed much, but has borne herself nobly through it all. She relates that when she first came to Peoria with her husband to share with him his pioneer life she had to endure many hardships to which she was unaccustomed. She lost two of her children the first summer she was here, and has laid away six of her children in all and her husband, in two of the cemeteries in this city. One of her children was poisoned by eating mushrooms; and her son Willie was accidentally shot and killed July 4, 1867, at the age of nine years. Three of the nine children born to her and her husband are still living: Cloyd, who is in the life insurance business in Pittsburg, Pa.; Clara B., wife of Charles A. Cornwell, an attorney—at—law of Peoria; and John, who is in the grain and commission business in Chicago.

The following is the record of the children born to Col. And Mrs. Bryner: Francis Marion, born February 23, 1844, died August 28, 1846; Mary M., born March 3, 1846, died August 30, 1846; Jane S., born July 25, 1847, died August 22, 1847; Byron Cloyd, born February 20, 1849; Clara Belle, February 20, 1854; William Henry, born July 22, 1856, died October 4, 1857; William, born September 19, 1858, died July 4, 1866; John, born January 1, 1862.
"Bugle Echoes" by Col. John Bryner, 1905 (The Story of the 47th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry)
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