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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Capt. Arch. S. Bryan, of Washington, is a native of Warren County, Mo., born in 1831, the son of John and Hulda (Larame) Bryan. The Bryan family originally came from Wales, and immigrated to America with Lord Baltimore, locating in Pennsylvania, and afterward in Kentucky. John Byran was of this branch. He was born in Kentucky in 1804, and in his youth came to Warren County, Mo., married and began merchandising at Duke Prairie. He died in 1836, while yet in the prime of life. His wife was of French extraction. Her ancestors were driven from France with the French Huguenots, and settled in North Carolina. When Daniel Boone immigrated into Kentucky they joined the party. Boone was a great-grandfather of Hulda Lamme. The latter was born in Warren County, Mo., in 1807, her parents having moved to Missouri from Kentucky at a very early day. Mrs. Bryan died April 1, 1881. She was the mother of four children, two of whom are living: Arch. S. and Adaline (wife of Hezekiah Moore). Arch. S. Bryan was but five years of age when his father died. He was educated in St. Charles County, and was reared and grew to man hood on a farm, and in 18.50, during the gold excitement in the Far West, he determined to obtain his share of the hidden treasure, and went overland with a train of about fifty men. It took them six months to complete the journey. The Captain for the first year was engaged in mining, but the next two years followed mercantile pursuits. In 1853 he returned to Warren County, Mo., by way of Nicaragua. In the summer of 1854 he followed agricultural pursuits, and the next year engaged in boating on the Missouri River, taking the position of captain, and has, for the past thirty-two years, been engaged in the same business. He has sailed the Missouri River from its source to its mouth, and up the Yellowstone, on the Cumberland, Ohio, Osage and Gasconade. He is one of the oldest captains on the “Big Muddy” who has been continuously in the same business. His headquarters have been at Washington since commencing. He is the captain and owns one-half interest of the “General Meade,” and has been for the past four years running from St. Louis to Roche-port, on the Missouri River, a distance of 200 miles. The “General Meade “ has a capacity of 500 tons. Capt. Bryan has run as captain on the following steamers: “Wide Awake,” “Mill Boy,” “Calypso,” “ Hattie May,” “Evening Star,” “Washington,” “Yellow Stone,” “Western,” “Phil. E. Chappell,” and “ General Meade,” and others. January 28, 1857, Capt. Bryan married Miss Mary E. Sterigere, daughter of Judge David Sterigere (deceased). Mrs. Bryan was born in Franklin County, Mo., in 1839, and to her marriage were born six children: William, Charles, Susie, Katie, John and Archie. Our subject is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic Order, Lodge No. 251 of Washington, and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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