WILLIAM N. BRYAN, of Ada, was born March 25, 1848, in Caroline, Md. He is a son of William and Sarah (Adams) Bryan, the latter a native of Maryland. His father, of Irish descent, came to Ohio in 1855, and settled in Marion County, where he followed his trade of blacksmith, and also pursued farming. Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving an ordinary education from the common schools. For his occupation, he chose the trade of a carriage-maker. In 1872, he came to Hardin County, Ohio, and has been working ever since at his trade. He is now employed in Conner's carriage shop, having charge of the body and wood work department. The Bryan Wind-Mill was invented by our subject; it is coming into general use, and proves to be a source of revenue to him. The patent was secured in 1882. Mr. Bryan was united in marriage with Matilda Uncapher in 1858. She is a daughter of Solomon Uncapher of Ohio and is of German descent. Four children have blessed this union, of whom three are living, viz.: Presly F., Olive and Merritt. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Bryan is a class leader and a member of the Knights of Honor.
History of Hardin County, Warner Beers Co., 1883