FRANKLIN C. BRYAN was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. November 19, 1826. His father, John Bryan, was born in West
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Babcock, was born on Long Island, New York.
At the age of seven years Mr. Bryan removed with his parents to Constantine, St. Joseph county, Michigan, where
he remained on a farm until the age of twenty-two years, when he learned the trade of machinist, which trade he
followed about eight years, when he removed to Plainview, Minnesota, in 1857, and to Rolling Stone township in
1868. to the farm on which he now resides. Was married to Miss Mary E. Donaldson January 13, 1853. Mrs. Bryan was
the daughter of William and Eliza Donaldson, and was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1831. Eight
children have been born to them, seven of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan are members of the Congregational
church of Winona. Mr. Bryan is of an inventive turn of mind and has invented several valuable improvements, not
the least of which is a sulky plow, designed for steep hillsides, but works equally well on level ground. He has
also on his farm a mineral spring, said to possess very medicinal properties, a notice of which will appear in
the proper place in this work.
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Winona County, MN
Names A to H
Names I to Y
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906