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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Alexander Bryan, a retired farmer of Pulaski County, is a native of Ballard County, Ky., and was born in March, 1823. He was the fourth in the family of six children, four sons and two daughters, born to Moses A. and Eliza (Weaver) Bryan. The mother, who was born in Kentucky, died in her native State when our subject was five years old, and about one year later the father took his family to Maury County, Tenn. Moses A. afterward married Elizabeth Carival, and in 1858 located on the Gasconade River, in Pulaski County, when the county was almost a wilderness and white settlers were few. He was an enterprising farmer, and lived in Pulaski County until his death, which occurred in 1873. He was a member of the Baptist Church for many years. Alexander Bryan was fifteen years of age when he came to Pulaski County, and in early life devoted much attention to hunting. He is a farmer by occupation, and owns 155 acres on the Gasconade River, where he has a good home; he also owns a two-thirds interest in a flour and saw-mill in Richland, and after the war was engaged in the hotel business at Waynesville for many years. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, and served about nine months under Gen. McBride, six months as bass drummer. He afterward was enrolled in Company A, Forty-eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, where he served eleven months, and then went to his old home in Tennessee, and was subsequently sent on garrison duty to Camp Douglas, Chicago, where he remained until June, 1865. When but seventeen years of age Mr. Bryan was united in marriage with Sarah Jones, who died about 1848; five years later he married Caroline York, who only lived three years after marriage, and died leaving one son, Samuel, who died about 1882. Mr. Bryan afterward married Mary, daughter of William and Elizabeth Carmack, and of the six children born to their union only three daughters are now living. Politically Mr. Bryan is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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