NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
William Bryan was born and died in county Antrim, Ulster province, Ireland. His ancestors were Scottish. He married Mary Glassey, who was born in Scotland.
William, Robert, James, Mary, Samuel and George.
(II) Robert, son of William Bryan, was born in county Antrim, Ireland 1808, died in Ticonderoga, N.Y. April 28, 1880. He recieved his education in the schools of his native parish, and learned the trade of weaver in the old county. In 1833 he came to this country in a sailing vessel and landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where for two years he worked at shoemaking. In 1835 he came to Ticonderoga, N.Y. He engaged in business as a shoe and boot manufacturer on a modest scale and continued to make shoes as long as he lived.
He married, April 3, 1836, Mary Hovenden, born at Fermoy, near Dublin, Ireland, 1816, died at Ticonderoga, Feb. 4, 1904, daughter of William and Mary (Haines) Hovenden. She came to this country with her sister and uncle, Thomas Hovenden.
1. William T., born Feb. 25, 1838, mentioned below.
2. Samuel G., Oct. 2, 1839; lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.; retired; married Anna McNeil; children: John H., Martha M., Rose Ellen, Anna and Robert H.
3. George W., Jan. 6, 1842, died Dec. 8, 1874; soldier in the civil war, Company E, Second New York Regiment.
4. Mary J., Jan. 29, 1845; married William J. Donnell, deceased; children: James B., and William G. Donnell.
5. Robert John, mentioned below.
(III) William T., son of Robert Bryan, was born Feb. 25, 1838; died Nov. 24, 1904. He attended the public schools of his native town and afterward studied Latin and French under private tutors, at Greenwich Academy and at the Fort Edward Institute. He taught school in the neighboring districts for two years and one term in the village of Ticonderoga. He learned the trade of shoemaker and in addition to his business opened a harness shop which he also conducted at Ticonderoga until 1876. Then he removed to Buchanan county, Iowa, and engaged in the shoemaking business for five years. Returning to his native place, he was in partnership with his brother for six years.
He bought the Ticonderoga Sentinel in 1888 of T. R. Neil. The newspaper was established in 1873 and was at one time owned by John E. Milholland, who afterward became a figure of national interest in politics. Mr. Bryan enlarged the paper and more than doubled its circulation and influence within a few years.
He married Sept. 27, 1864, Mary Ann, daughter of Amos and Rose (Sheldon) Hogie.
1. Claude, born Aug. 10, 1865; student at West Point Military Academy; left on account of trouble with his eyes; became teacher of languages, mathematics and military drill at Deveaux College, Suspension Bridge, N.Y.; since 1889 instructor of military affairs at the Elmira State Reformatory with the rank of colonel.
2. May E., Oct. 20, 1873; graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
(III) Robert John, son of Robert Bryan, was born at Ticonderoga, Nov. 8, 1851. He was educated in the public schools. He entered the employ of his brother and learned the trade of harness making. In 1876 he opened a shop as harness maker on his own account and has continued in the business ever since. For a time he was in partnership with his brother, William T. Bryan.
In politics he is a Republican and he has served the town as a member of the board of education. He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons, and is a past master; member of Carillon Chapter, No. 290, Royal Arch Masons, and a past high priest; of Washington Commandery, No. 33, Knights Templar, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; of Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, Troy, N.Y.; of Ethan Allen Lodge, Odd Fellows, of Ticonderoga; of the Exempt Firemen's Association of Ticonderoga. He is a member and vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal church.
He married, Dec. 24, 1879, Laura, born in Vermont, daughter of Mark and Laura (Lahue) Burton.
1. George B., born July 4, 1881; mentioned below.
2. Leonora M., July 17, 1888; educated in the Ticonderoga public and high schools and at the Albany Business College; now (1910) a stenographer at Glens Falls.
(IV) George B., son of Robert John Bryan, was born at Ticonderoga, July 4, 1881. He received his education in the public schools of his native town. He learned the trade of harness maker and has followed that business ever since. He owns the oldest house in town, erected in 1810. He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and is its present secretary; past high priest of Carillon Chapter, No. 290, Royal Arch Masons; of Washington Commandery, Knights Templar, of Saratoga Springs, and of Orientral Temple, Mystic Shrine. He has taken the thirty-second degree in Scottish Rite Masonry at Albany.
He is a member of the Exempt Fireman's Association.
He married, May 7, 1910, Sarah F. Noyes, of Ticonderoga, N.Y., daughter of William C. Noyes, of Whitehall, N.Y., now Ticonderoga, N.Y.
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