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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 627-628

W[illiam]. G. BRYSON, a substantial farmer of Harrison township, Benton county, was born January 27, 1854, in Urbana, Iowa, and is a son of Joseph and Jane (Remington) Bryson. Joseph Bryson was born near Nashville, Tennessee, in 1825, and reared in his native state. When twenty-one years of age he removed to Iowa, and settled near McGregor. His father, Fielding Bryson, had entered land in Benton county, Iowa, in 1841. Joseph Bryson entered land in Polk township, Benton county, and lived there for a while, but bought and sold land from time to time, moving around from one place to another, as he saw opportunities to better himself, and died in Kansas in February, 1905. His wife was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Remington, who came from Indiana and settled .near Urbana, Iowa, in 1842; Mrs. Bryson died in 1906. Joseph Bryson and his wife were married in 1847, and their children were: Louis, William, John, W. G., Charlotte, Frank, Nathaniel, Lovina and Mary.

W. G. Bryson remained with his parents, and moved to Kansas with them in 1873, returning to Benton county, Iowa, in 1897. He took a Kansas homestead, and was there married, after which he spent a short time in Missouri. Upon returning to Iowa in 1897 he rented a farm one year and then purchased eighty acres, where he has lived since. He has made all modern improvements, and now owns eighty acres in section 2 of Harrison township, where he has fine horses, cattle and other stock. His land is good standard soil and he has been very successful. In politics he is a Republican, and he has held local offices. He is a member of the Christian church, and a patriotic, public-spirited citizen.

In 1875 Mr. Bryson married Lydia Ann Riggs, and their children are: Eli J., a plumber, living at Missoula, Montana; Joseph Elver, a dairyman of Anaconda, Montana; George, of Montana, member of the Kalispell Lumber Company; John G., of Harrison, Iowa; Effie, living with an aunt in Kansas; W. Richard, a farmer of Harrison township; and Grace A. and Corris M., living at home. The first Mrs. Bryson died in 1893 and in 1894 Mr. Bryson was married to Corris A. Gates who was a school teacher in Benton county where she had taught eighty-four terms. The last mentioned daughter was by the second marriage. Both the Bryson and Remington families were among the pioneers of Benton county and numbered among its earliest settlers.

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