BRYANT, Jessie

1861 - 1947

Jessie Bryant, was born at Eccles, Norfolk on 8 June 1861, daughter of William Bryant (1833-1875), corn merchant at Eccles, Norfolk, and his wife Sarah née Wells (1833-1899), who married at Kenninghall, Norfolk in 1853. In 1871, Jessie was a 9 year old, living at 39 Berners Street, Ipswich with her parents, 38 year old William and 37 year old Sarah, with three siblings, Richard J. 16, Katherine 8, Herbert W. 5, all born at Eccles. Jessie studied at Ipswich School of Science and Art. passing her model drawing examinations in 1884. She exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883 from 39 Berners Street, Ipswich, three watercolours, ‘Dripping Well, Fairlight Glen, Hastings’, ‘The Cliff near Ecclesbourne, Hastings’ and ‘Lovers’ Seat, Fairligh Glen, Hastings’. She married at St Matthew's Church, Ipswich on 2 February 1885, William Alfred Dunham (1863-1905), a horse dealer of Wymondham, Norfolk, and in 1891, they were living at Northfield Cottage, Wymondham with two children, Douglas Alfred 3 and Leslie 2, keeping two house servants and a groom and were still there ten years later with the addition of another child. In 1911, Jessie, a widow and laundry proprietor, was living at Abbeycroft, Church Street, Wymondham. In 1939, she was living at 4 Smithfield Road, Norwich, Norfolk and died in the Great Yarmouth District, Norfolk in 1947.