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William Bryan Biography

Very interesting that the grandfather of this gentleman not only hunted and trapped with Daniel Boone, but they each married the others sister!

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Logan County

William Bryan

Among the pioneers of Kentucky, and contemporary with Daniel Boone, was the grandfather of William Bryan, of Russellville, Logan County.  The first record now known of the family of Bryan dates back to the colonial days when a William Bryan emigrated from England to America and settled in North Carolina.  He espoused the cause of the Colonies and fought in the Revolution and probably died in North Carolina.  He reared a son, William, and it was he who removed from North Carolina to Kentucky shortly after the coming of Boone.  He doubtless hunted and trapped with that celebrated pioneer; and it is definitely known that they traded one with the other, as Mr. Bryan married Barbara, a sister of Boone’s, while the latter secured in marriage the hand of Rebecca Bryan, the sister of William Bryan.  Mr. Bryan soon wearied of the wild life in the wilderness of Kentucky and removed to what is now Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he reared his family and passed the residue of life, which terminated at the close of the eighteenth century.  He reared one daughter and five sons, the second of whom was named William, he being the father of the subject of this sketch.  He was born in Pennsylvania, there reared to maturity and married Miss Phoebe Inman, which union resulted in the birth of six children.  He finally settled in Ohio, where he died in 1860; and where his widow is now living, in her eighty-seventh year.  William Bryan, of Russellville, Kentucky, was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, in 1840.  When nineteen he located in Russellville.  He was educated by Horace Mann, in the Antioch College of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and before removing to Kentucky, had learned the art of photography, at which he engaged for several years after going to Russellville.  In 1875, he abandoned this to embark in merchandising, and is now doing a thriving dry goods business.  He is an official member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a director of the Logan County Female College; a member of the Masonic order, and in politics a Democrat.  Mr. Bryan was married in Russellville, in 1865, to Miss Sallie, daughter of George W. Weller.  Their union has resulted in the birth of four children – Ida, Frederick W., Fannie M. and Frank Bryan.

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