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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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AMMON B. BRYAN is the well known and popular agent for the Pennsylvania, Poughkeepsie & Boston Railroad Company, now leased by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, at Danielsville, where he has been located since January 1, 1890, when the station was first opened. He was born in Carbon County in 1863, and is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kessler) Bryan, the father a native of Berks County, and the mother of Carbon County.

Joseph Bryan followed the occupation of a school teacher during the greater part of his life, although he was engaged to some extent in agricultural pursuits. He is now deceased, having departed this life in December, 1883. Ammon B. has one brother and one sister who are living, namely: Myron O., and Annie M., who is the wife of Francis A. Seip, and resides in Weissport.

The subject of this sketch was reared to man’s estate in his native county, and like other lads of that day, attended the public schools. When reaching his seventeenth year he began learning the art of telegraphy at Penn Haven Junction, Carbon County, where he remained for a twelve-month, when he was given the position as operator and station agent in New Jersey. For several years following he held similar positions at different stations along the line of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and for three years was assistant agent and operator for the Central Railroad of New Jersey, located at Walnutport, this state.

In 1890 Mr. Bryan assumed charge of the station at Danielsville, and by the able manner in which he has discharged the duties devolving upon him, has given entire satisfaction to the company. The United States Express Company also chose him to represent their interests in Danielsville, their office being located at the depot. He is, besides, engaged as a dealer in anthracite coal in that place, his business being almost entirely with the slate quarries, which he supplies with that necessary article; and he is the owner of a thirty-acre tract of land, which is devoted to general farming, and which is under excellent cultivation.

August 24, 1892, Miss Laura A. Nagle became the wife of Ammon B. Bryan, and to them has been born a son, Willie Cleveland. In politics Mr. Bryan is a strong Democrat, and socially he belongs to the Knights of Malta at Slatington, and the Junior Order United American Mechanics at Danielsville. In religious affairs he is connected with the Reformed Church. He enjoys the friendship of the best people of the community, by whom he is especially respected for having so nobly fought the battle of life, gaining for himself a good position without other assistance than his ability and willingness to work and his excellent judgment.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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