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looking for russell brians for info regarding brians family in ohio

William, Adam, Virilla Brians

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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.

Brians of Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Wva.

Russell Brians (View posts)
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Looking for info on John M. Brians Sr. Mercer County WVa., Giles County, Va.
Also info on Orpah (orpha)Killgore Brians, 1863-1870, Mason County Kentucky

John W. Brians

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Looking for info on my g-grandfather John W. Brians Born Sept.1853 in Virginia
Married Jenny Sandifer in 1883 in Missouri
Thanks for any help

John W. Brians

Carol Ann Gerber (View posts)
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I have a John Brians whose family lived in Ralls county Mo., but originally from Va. My records show his birth date as 12/15/1855 in Va. His father was James A. Brians and his mother was Julia Stafford both from either Giles or Mercer County Va. Please let me know if this helps. I still need some help on this family. Thanks


John W. Brians

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Dear Russ,
My John Brians married Jennie Sandifer, She lived just north of Ralls Co. in Marion Co.,Monroe City. Her family moved from S.W. VA to Kentucky to MO. I think there is a connection, I hope. I have been struggling with this family. One reason, is because of the different spellings of the name. The birth date that I have comes from the 1900 Census,Sept. 1853, but it very well could be wrong. He was 95 when he died in 1949.
I will be glad to share any info that you would like. What connection is he to you?
Thank you so much for responding to my cry for help!!
Carol Ann Gerber

John W. brians

Russ Brians (View posts)
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Dear Carol,
Do any of these names ring a bell for you?
James A. Brians, born 11/4/1926, married Julia Stafford, 4/18/1853. Julia Stafford Brians died 2/2/1889, near New London, Ralls County, Mo.

John, born 12/15/1855
Alonzo, born 1/19/1858
James, born 3/2/1862

James and Julia were born in Giles County Va.
The children were born in Mercer County, Va. (now West Va.)The above records are from James A. Brians' Civil War records and pension statements filled out in his hand. According to the pension records James returned to Princeton West Va. the same year that his wife died. On the records filed in 1915 his sons were still living in Mo., John in Ralls Co., Alonzo in Kansas City Mo., and James in Hamilton Mo.
I'd appreciate hearing about this family. James A. Brians, the Civil War Vet. was my great Grand Father's older brother who was also named John. James had a twin brother named William.

Hope this helps. I'll be right here.


Re: William, Adam, Virilla Brians

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Surnames: Brians
My husband's great-grandfather, Adam Brians, lived in Sonoma County (Northern California). He was born in approximately 1830 and his father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Kentucky. Is there a connection?

Re: William, Adam, Virilla Brians

kathy moulthrop (View posts)
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I have Adam Brians born in 1828.
Was his middle name Thorton? Did he marry Lucy Finley Dec. 9, 1858? These facts for an Adam Brians of Analy Township in Sonoma County have been found in the Sonoma County newspapers. How many Adam Brians could there be in that county?

His brother William (my great great grandfather) was born July 12, 1812 in Missouri, according to the 1890 census (although my grandmother thought it was Tennessee). He married Virilla (or Virillia) Adams in 1833 in Missouri.

According to my grandmother, the extended families of the Adamses and the Brians came across the plains from Missouri to Sonoma County. The Brians are listed in the 1850 Missouri census and my great grandmother was born at Bodega in February 1855, so it is probably safe to assume that they came west between 1851 and 1854.

She also said that Adam and Williams' father, also William Brians, was a "little tailor with a crippled foot" from Ireland, and that his wife was Margaret Scott from Scotland. There is nothing to verify this, and perhaps these two people are one generation back from the men's father and mother. William the elder did settle in Virginia, however.

Please let me know if any of this sounds familiar.

Re: William, Adam, Virilla Brians

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My husband's grandfather was Obadiah Brians and was born in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. I have several different records for Obadiah. One says his father was Adam Brians and is mother was Sarah Finley, but the 1880 Census says his mother's name was Lucy Finley and shows them in San Luis Obispo County and Obadiah definitely lived in the San Luis Obispo area. We live in Northern California and plan to go to Sonoma and check their birth and death records as we believe Adam is buried at the Druids Cemetery. I'll be happy to get back to you when we have verified some of this. Is there anything I can check for you when we're there?
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