Thank you for the list. I am sending you notes I have on Adam Brians, also the list of William and Virilla's children. I have a picture of William Brians that I would be happy to copy and send to you. My grandmother wrote "He looks just like my Uncle Adam Brians."
Notes on Adam T. Brians:
Middle name may be Thorton (3/23/1997)
Sonoma County Journal
Petaluma, Ca. Dec. 10, 1858 issue:
Married at Anally, 9th inst., Adam T. BRIAN to Lucy FINLEY.
The Sonoma Democrat, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., Ca., July 6, 1889 edition:
Following is a list of the Hop Growers of Sonoma County, together with the number of acres cultivated by each: Forestville* - W.H. BRIAN, 16;
[Is this one of our Brians?]
* Forestville is just west of Sebastopol and east of Guerneville.
The Sonoma Democrat, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., Ca., October 26, 1889: Hop Growing: W.H. BRIANS, bales 63, sold 63.
Relatives to Adam's wife?
Cynthia J. FINLEY has brought suit for divorce against her husband, Henry M. FINLEY in Department 2 of the Superior Court. Cruelty and desertion are the grounds alleged.
The Sonoma Democrat, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., Ca., July 12, 1890 edition: Married in Forestville, July 3, 1890, William BRAIN and Emma McFARLAND, both of Green Valley. ___________
William and Virilla Adams Brians data, birthdates from Brians family Bible:
William Brians: b: July 12, 1812 Tennesse; d: Sept. 18, 1887, Guerneville
Virilla Adams Brians: b:June 12, 1818; d: April 7, 1886, Gurneville
Prudence Jane "Prudy" Brians: b: Aug. 7, 1836; no death date. married a Mr. Coffer. Daughters Virilla and Settie
Elizabeth Edney "Lizzie" Brians: b: Jan. 1, 1839; no death date. married a Mr. Layton (possibly for whom Laytonville is named). Son Edward Lee Layton.
Charlotty Tenple Brians [spelling from Bible]: b:June 03, 1841; no other information.
Marion Brians: b: July 04, 1843; no other info.
Mary Angeline L. "Angie" Brians: b: Jan. 25, 1846; m Ferdinand Sicotte Dec. 10, 1871, Bodega. Children: Alice, Wilfred, Nellie, Fred. No other info.
William Joshua Brians: b:Sept. 01, 1848; d: March 23, 1873, Freestone, Sonoma Co.
Martha "Mattie" Francis Brians [my great grandmother]: b: Feb. 8, 1855, Bodega; d: Oct. 11, 1918; married: John Snoddy Beach Long, Nov. 3, 1870: Child: Justena [my grandmother].
Also married: Frank Seward, Nov. 25, 1875, Guerneville
George W. Gabriel, April 18, 1880, Guerneville, children: William H., Bessie, Georgia V.
Virilla Eveline Brians, b: Feb. 15, 1857, no other info.
Daniel Boone Brians, b: March 1, 1860, m. Josie Pippin, July 20, 1879, Guerneville. No other info [did meet a grandson of his who has since died.]
Here are some additional Brians notes:
1860 Sonoma Co., Census.
Brians, William 47 m farmer Missouri
Brians, Virillia 42 f Missouri
Brians, Angeline 14 f Missouri
Brians, Joshua 11 m Missouri
Brians, Martha 5 f California
Then in the next lines down but in a separate HH
[This could be a brother of William and Adam - but look when the arrived in California.]
Brians, Benjamin 42 farm laborer Missouri
Brians, Sarah 40 f Tennessee
Brians, Virillia E. 20, f California
Brians, James F. 25 m California
McKamy, J. W. 36 m Surveyer Tenessee
They are listed in the Anally Township.
There were 4 Brians in the 1890 reconstructed census:
DANIEL B., age 28, clerk, living in Redwood Twp.---(that includes Guerneville)
Enoch George W., age 25, lumber mill worker, living in Bodega Twp.
Nellie, under 18, student, living in Redwood Twp.
WILLIAM., no age, 24 May 1890 listed in "The Healdsburg Enterprise," something to do with estate.
From Carmen Finley, 10/17/99
Will send more as I come across it.