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Rossville Cemetery
Allamakee County, Iowa
Uploaded 9/5/2004 by
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In Memory of
Hon. James Bryson
Died Nov. 30, 1889
Aged 87 years & 6 mo.

(this stone is between those of Margaret Scott Bryson & Wm. Scott Bryson -- photo taken Sept. 2003 --if this is your family, email me for a larger & higher quality photo showing all three stones)

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Posted on Mar-1-2008 by SK James R. Bryson born Aug. 1802, Redgorton, Braehead, Perthshire, Scotland, md. 1824 Margaret Scott, 1835 emigrated to Ontario, (Lambton Co.), Canada near the St. Clair River until 1840; moved to USA, CT, NY, WI; 1850 settled in Paint Creek Twp., Iowa, Sec. 17 & 18.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
John Scott Bryson was born in Dundee, Scotland, June 13, 1831, and was a son of James Bryson and a grandson of Alexander M. Bryson, natives of Redgorton, Braehead, Perthshire, Scotland, the former born August 26, 1802. The family is of ancient origin and its history is definite as far back as 1700.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
When James Bryson, the father of our subject, was seven years of age he was left an orphan and dependent upon his own resources. As a boy he herded cattle and sheep in Perthshire, later becoming errand boy for a fashionable lady and still later obtaining employment in the linen and woolen mills of his native country.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
On the 1st of March, 1824, he married Miss Margaret Scott and in April, 1835, the family emigrated to America, settling in Canada on the St. Clair river. There the father took up two hundred acres of dense timber land and after enduring great hardships and privations founded a home, in which they continued to reside until 1840, when they removed to the United States,

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
settling in Thompsonville, Connecticut, where the father and children obtained employment in the factory of the Thompsonville Carpet Company. After nine years they removed to Rock county, Wisconsin, but a year later went to Auburn, New York, where they again worked in a factory.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
In April, 1850, the family again started west and in May of the same year landed from a horse ferryboat on the west side of the Mississippi river at McGregor's Landing, Iowa, a state which had been their objective point for several years. On the 11th of May, 1851, they settled in what is now Paint Creek township, Allamakee county,

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
the father taking up land on sections 17 and 18 and developing there a profitable and productive farm. This property he sold in 1866 and removed to Elgin, Illinois, but after one year returned to Paint Creek township, continuing to reside here until his death. The mother died on the 1st of September, 1873, and the father passed away at the home of his son, John Scott, November 30, 1889.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
Both the Brysons and Scotts were representatives of old Scotch families and for generations were all church members and good Christian people.

Posted on Sep-27-2009 by TRINA BROUSSEAU
According to a biography posted on the Allamakee county genweb site, he was the first representative to the Iowa legislature from Allamakee county. Thus, the tital "Hon." (honorable). I am related to him through my maternal grandmother, Elsie Bryson Stocks.

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