Biography - A Bryan

A. BRYAN, lumber dealer, Raymond, was born in Arkansas March 20, 1850; received his education principally in the common schools of that State; came to Montgomery County, Ill., in 1864. His first enterprise for himself was school teaching, but eventually took upon himself the duties of a farm life. Since 1873, he has been working at the carpentering and joiner trade, and in January, 1882, bought the lumber yard and business of D. J. PARRATT & Co., located at Raymond. On the 29th of March, he entered into partnership with D. C. KELLEY, in the same business. They are enterprising and energetic business men, and have built up a large and steadily increasing trade. Mr. BRYAN has just completed a fine frame residence on one of the principal streets of Raymond. He has done most of the work himself, and the house does honor to the town and to Mr. BRYAN as a competent workman. He was married in Pulaski County, Ark., February 18, 1872, to Miss Matilda POWERS, daughter of Oliver and Margaret (HUSTIN) POWERS. They have three children living, viz.: Leta, William and Claudie May; Ira died in infancy. The father of the subject, Darius BRYAN, was a native of North Carolina, and was one of the earlysettlers of Arkansas. He was a farmer by occupation; his death occurred in 1876. His wife, Susan Elizabeth HAMILTON, was a native of Illinois, and died on the same day as her husband, and both of small-pox. He is a Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 211.

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