Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Sallie Atkins Bryan, 1862-1924

By Brenda Harper, volunteer researcher for 2020 Vision Committee, Clarksville, TN

Treasurer of the Clarksville Equal Suffrage League in 1917 and 1918

Sallie Barker Atkins was born in Clarksville, Tennessee to Caroline Barker and George S. Atkins on December 25, 1862. She lost her father at an early age. After marrying Henry E. Bryan on July 21, 1883, she settled into the rural Hampton Station area of Montgomery County and lived there until her death on July 10, 1924. She and her husband reared two adopted children, Fletcher and Lucy Beaumont, from their early childhood.

Sallie Bryan was an early member of the Clarksville Equal Suffrage League and served as its treasurer in 1917 and 1918. At the February 26, 1918 meeting where members voted to endorse Mrs. Leslie Warner of Nashville for state president, Sallie collected the dues needed to ensure the local league's representation at the upcoming Memphis meeting.


U.S. Federal Census Records Accessed July 27, 2017 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Accessed July 27, 2017

Year: 1870; Census Place: District 1, Montgomery, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1551; Page: 191B; Image: 33410; Family History Library Film: 553050

Year: 1880; Census Place: Clarksville, Montgomery, Tennessee; Roll: 1273; Family History Film: 1255273; Page: 385B; Enumeration District: 140

Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 1, Montgomery, Tennessee; Roll: 1590; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0024; FHL microfilm: 1241590

Year: 1910; Census Place: Civil District 1, Montgomery, Tennessee; Roll: T624_1513; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0116; FHL microfilm: 1375526

Year: 1920; Census Place: Civil District 1, Montgomery, Tennessee; Roll: T625_1756; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 133 (marriage record) Accessed July 22, 2017

"Equal Suffrage League," Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, February 27, 1918

"Women's Suffrage" by Eleanor Williams, Montgomery County (TN) Historian Accessed July 27, 2017

"Death Comes to Mrs. H. E. Bryan," Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, July 12, 1924

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