William Brians was born in Ireland. He was described by my grandmother (his great granddaughter)as "a little tailor with a crippled foot". He had two sons: William and Adam. His son William married Virilla Adams.
William and Virilla Brians settled in Northern California in approximately 1853. They came with a large family group across the plains from (we believe) Missouri. They may have lived in Ohio and/or Illinois before that.