Female 1878 - 1947  (~ 69 years)

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  • Name GREEN-BRYAN Emma 
    Born May 1878  Haverstraw, Rockland, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Census 4 Jun 1900  Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    106 Clinton Street 
    • (enumerated as Emma Green; age 22; living with her mother and step-brother John in the home of her step-grandmother Grace Bryan.)
    _UID 37828C86C1924431AB0706AB765B0A613299 
    Died 19 Nov 1947  Dog River, Mobile, Alabama, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried 24 Nov 1947  Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery 
    John Bryan plot
    John Bryan plot
    John Bryan family plot diagram
    John Bryan family plot diagram
    • Emma Green Bryan Emma was born in 1877 in Haverstraw, NY to William Green and Theresa Cody Green Bryan. After her father died her mother Theresa married John Bryan. Emma was a quiet and sweet girl who was very close to her mother. Growing up Theresa was overly protective of Emma. In 1905 Emma found out that she was with child. Her mother Theresa would make sure that no one would ever know that her daughter was pregnant and not married. Emma most likely stayed in the house for months so no one would notice. I'm sure that Theresa had a plan of giving up the child. I don't think that Emma had much say in the matter. So about the end of September in 1905, Emma and her mother made the journey into New York City. They found a boardinghouse on 162 Morningside Ave. in upper Manhattan. On October 12, 1905 a baby boy was born; he would be my father and his name would be Wilfrid Bryan. October 12, is the the feast day of Saint Wilfrid. He was a patron Saint and Bishop of York in England, born 634 and died 709. Saint Wilfrid was determined and strong in his beliefs. My father was named after Wilfrid; most likely this was Theresa's idea, being of the Catholic faith and naming him after this saint would protect him through life. Emma and Theresa stayed with Wilfrid for one month at 162 Morningside Ave. In the early morning hours of November, 1905 Emma, Theresa and Wilfrid made their trip to The New York Foundling Home some blocks away. This would be one of the saddest days in Emma's life. They were greeted at the door by the head sister. She welcomed them. They did not say too much of Emma's situation. They just told the sister that Emma would not be able to care for the baby Wilfrid. I believe Theresa would do most of the talking because Emma was much too beside herself in what they had to do next; that was to sign a surrender to give the power to the home to do what they saw fit and what would be best for Wilfrid. Emma could not put Wilfrid down and sobbed. Emma reluctantly handed Wilfrid to the sister, kissed him goodbye and left. Emma never married and lived with her parents and step brother. After her parents died she had no one, so in 1940 her step brother, living in Alabama, sent for her and she would spend her last years there. Emma died in 1947 from a broken heart. In the 1990s and 2000 I spoken to some family members, one in particular, in a phone conversation that remembered Emma. Her name was Agnes. She was in her middle 80's at the time. When I brought Emma's name up and told her that Emma was my father's mother she was so happy and surprised to hear that anyone would even remember Emma so many years later. She began with the words "I knew it", meaning that she knew Emma's secret of having a baby out of wedlock. She said that all of the women in the family knew it but they all took it to their graves with them. She explained to me about Emma's personality. She said that she was such a kind and gentle person. She said everyone and especially the children loved Emma, but there was always a strange shadow surrounding her. She was sad and quiet at times. We now know that she was thinking all of her life about the baby she left behind so many years ago, and how his life turned out. What was he like now? Did his adopted family treat him good? What did he look like? Did he have a family of his own? Did he ever think about her and what she was like? And hoped that he would not be mad at her for what she did. So that is the story of Emma - she died in 1947 the same year that I was born. Her brother escorted her body back to NY and she is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Agnes the kind lady that told me the story of Emma, died a few months after we spoke. As for my father, he did wonder all of his life about the circumstances of his being.

      [Provided by Tom Sapio, grandson of Emma Green Bryan and Victor Nathaniel Noyes]

      DNA testing has shown Noyes ancestry and led to speculation that Victor Nathaniel Noyes may have been Frank's father. There is nothing further to substantiate this theory - perhaps autosomal DNA testing could further narrow the results.
    Person ID I98454  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2017 

    Father GREEN William,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother CODY Theresa,   b. Jun 1859, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F39367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. SAPIO Frank,   b. 12 Oct 1905, New York City, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1988, Madison, Morris, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F39344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Emma Green Bryan
    Emma Green Bryan

  • Sources 
    1. [S1551], Sapio-DiPalma-Noyes families.

    2. [S6043] Correspondence-Email-SAPIO Tom, photo; 1 June 2012; Paul M. Noyes.

    3. [S6047] Census-1900-NY-Westchester-Mount Pleasant, Roll: 1175; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 79; FHL microfilm: 1241175.

    4. [S4877] LDS-New Family Search, 2 June 2012; Emma Green death record; Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974; film number: 1908823; reference number: cn 22255.

    5. [S6048] Deaths, 1908-59, Vol. 45; Certificate 22255; Roll 5.

    6. [S6043] Correspondence-Email-SAPIO Tom, Proposed Change: Source: Tom Sapio, "," e-mail message from [e-mail for private use] ([street address for private use]), to , . (S6043); 1 June 2012; Paul M. Noyes.